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A Charm is a modal instant spell with three possible results of which one can be selected. Charms usually appear in horizontal cycles. So far there have been charms at common that cost a single colored mana, charms at uncommon that cost three different colored mana centered around one color with its two allies and charm at uncommon costing two colored mana.[1] According to Mark Rosewater in 2014, players like these Charms and he was pretty sure they would see them again (knowing that would appear in Khans of Tarkir).[2]

The term "Charm" came from the Mirage design team, referencing a fantasy term for a small object with tiny amounts of magic. The name has become a staple for this type of effect, but the names now imply a small magical effect rather than a magical object.[3]

The card Charming Prince from Throne of Eldraine, a creature with a modal enters-the-battlefield ability, is a nod to the charms.

Charm cycles[edit | edit source]

Cycle name {W} {U} {B} {R} {G}
Mirage charms Ivory Charm Sapphire Charm Ebony Charm Chaos Charm Seedling Charm
Visions charms Hope Charm Vision Charm Funeral Charm Hearth Charm Emerald Charm
Funeral Charm has been reprinted in the timeshifted portion of Time Spiral without its counterparts.
Onslaught charms Piety Charm Trickery Charm Misery Charm Fever Charm Vitality Charm
Planar Chaos charms Dawn Charm Piracy Charm Midnight Charm Fury Charm Evolution Charm
A cycle with exceptions as only Dawn, Fury and Evolution Charm cost 1C, while Piracy Charm is a timeshifted mirrored pair to Funeral Charm.[4]
Cycle name {W}{U} {U}{B} {B}{R} {R}{G} {G}{W}
Return to Ravnica block charms Azorius Charm Dimir Charm Rakdos Charm Gruul Charm Selesnya Charm
All guild charms were reprinted in their respective guild kit except for Simic.
Cycle name {W}{B} {U}{R} {B}{G} {R}{W} {G}{U}
Return to Ravnica block charms Orzhov Charm Izzet Charm Golgari Charm Boros Charm Simic Charm
All guild charms were reprinted in their respective guild kit except for Simic.
Cycle name {G}{W}{U} {W}{U}{B} {U}{B}{R} {B}{R}{G} {R}{G}{W}
Planeshift charms Treva's Charm Dromar's Charm Crosis's Charm Darigaaz's Charm Rith's Charm
also called Dragon Charms as they are named after a cycle of legendary dragons.
Shards of Alara charms Bant Charm Esper Charm Grixis Charm Jund Charm Naya Charm
Cycle name {W}{B}{G} {U}{R}{W} {B}{G}{U} {R}{W}{B} {G}{U}{R}
Khans of Tarkir charms Abzan Charm Jeskai Charm Sultai Charm Mardu Charm Temur Charm
First cycle that uses the new bullet-point layout for modal spells.

Other charms[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (September 17, 2012). "Return on Investment, Part 3". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (August 03, 2014). "Any chance we'll see charms again?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (April 13, 2015). "Maro's Command". Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Magic Arcana (February 6, 2007). "Planar Chaos Charms". Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (January 10, 2016). "Why did you make a 2 mana, 3 choice instant without charm in the name?". Blogatog. Tumblr.