An anchor word is a word that precedes a choice on a modal spell, to give the respective abilities a bit of flavor and signify the choice. Anchor words don't have a specific rule attached to them, but always tie the existence of a continuous effect to the choice.
List of anchor words
- "Khans" and "Dragons" ("Siege"-cycle)
- "Flavorful" and "Bland" (Ineffable Blessing (Unstable, #113a))
- "Whack", "Doodle" and "Buzz" (Buzzing Whack-a-Doodle)
- "Mirran" and "Phyrexian" (Mirrodin Besieged)
- "Truth" and "Dare" (Truth or Dare)
- Anchor Word
- A word that precedes one of two abilities a permanent may enter the battlefield with. See rule 614.12b.
- 614.12b Some replacement effects cause a permanent to enter the battlefield with its controller’s choice of one of two abilities, each marked with an anchor word and preceded by a bullet point. “[Anchor word] — [ability]” means “As long as [anchor word] was chosen as this permanent entered the battlefield, this permanent has [ability].” The abilities preceded by anchor words are each linked to the ability that causes a player to choose between them. See rule 607, “Linked Abilities.”
- The anchor word "Dragons" has no connection to the creature type Dragon.
- Will of the council options from Conspiracy, and Council's dilemma options from Conspiracy: Take the Crown are not anchor words, because they don't represent a modal choice. The voting is just voting for arbitrary words and referring to how many times certain votes were received.
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