Dice rolling

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Dice rolling
Unsanctioned die.png
Introduced Unglued
Last Used Unsanctioned
Statistics 49 cards
{W} 4.1% {U} 12.2% {B} 12.2% {R} 32.7% {G} 16.3% {R/G} 2% {artifact symbol} 20.4%
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Dice rolling is a mechanic that creates a random effect in game play. It is momentarily not part of the official Magic rules for the regular game, but has been used in supplemental sets and was considered for Battle for Zendikar.[1][2]

History[edit | edit source]

Unglued[edit | edit source]

The rolling of a regular six-sided die as a mechanic was used on Magic cards in Unglued, and proved to be unpopular.[3][4] Ever since, bringing six-sided dice to black border is something R&D has consciously chosen not to do.[5]

Planechase[edit | edit source]

The planar die

Planechase introduced the six-sided planar die, that features the planeswalker symbol {PW} on one face, the chaos symbol {CHAOS} on another and four blank faces.[6]

In a Planechase game, the active player can roll the planar die as a special action any time they could cast a sorcery. The first roll per turn costs {0}, the second costs {1}, the third costs {2}, and so on.

Fractured Powerstone is a card that allows to roll the planar die. It is also the only black-bordered card which refers to rolling a die.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (February 5, 2021—Kaldheim)

Planar Die
A specialized six-sided die needed to play the Planechase casual variant. See rule 901.3.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (February 5, 2021—Kaldheim)

Chaos Ability
An ability of a plane card that triggers “Whenever you roll {CHAOS}” on the planar die in the Planechase casual variant. See rule 309.7.

Battle for Zendikar[edit | edit source]

One of the mechanics that was considered for the Eldrazi in Battle for Zendikar was hedronize. Hedronize was a keyword action where the player rolled an hedron-shaped (eight-sided) die to get an effect. Thus, hedronize had eight abilities – you roll a dice and you do one of eight things (gain life, produce a spawn, etc.). The rules card that would have come in the pack would list them. The mechanic didn’t really play well because it was a little too chaotic.[7][8][9] Nonetheless, there were 8-sided Hedron dice given out at PAX.[10]

Amonkhet[edit | edit source]

Four-sided "lazotep" dice

Players who attended Amonkhet prerelease were rewarded pyramid-shaped (four-sided) "lazotep" dice for each trial they completed. These were also awarded in the Magic League. The dice (or counters) could be used to keep track of -1/-1 counter on their cards.[11]

Unstable[edit | edit source]

Sword of Dungeons & Dragons from Unstable makes a cross-over with Dungeons & Dragons and uses a D20 (twenty-sided die). Other cards again used dice rolling with regular dice. Mark Rosewater had reevaluated dice rolling and had decided that it could be popular if R&D was careful about how the cards were designed.[12][13] In Unstable, blue manipulates dice. Black magnifies dice. Red rolls the most dice. And green cares about what is rolled. White has a little dice rolling but doesn’t mechanically interact with it. What colors you draft affects how you may interact with dice rolling.[14]

Unsanctioned[edit | edit source]

Dice rolling was also used in Unsanctioned.[15] In addition, Pippa, Duchess of Dice creates green Die creature tokens with power and toughness each equal to the result of a die roll.

Dice interaction[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater (September 05, 2015). "I was under the impression that black border doesn't roll dice.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Mark Rosewater (September 05, 2015). "Do you see it happening anytime soon?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  3. Mark Rosewater (May 04, 2009). "Kind Acts of Randomness". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater (December 15, 2016). "What has kept die rolling out of black border Magic?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  5. Mark Rosewater (June 08, 2017). "Do you think Jumbo Imp could get black bordered in some form?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  6. magicthegathering.com staff (August 10, 2009). "Planechase Rules Revealed". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  7. Mark Rosewater (August 31, 2015). "What were some mechanics for BFZ that just floundered?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  8. Mark Rosewater (September 05, 2015). "What IS the hedronize mechanic?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  9. Mark Rosewater (September 01, 2015). "What kind of things hedronize could do?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  10. Mark Rosewater (September 05, 2015). "I'd still really love to get some Hedron dice.". Blogatog. Tumblr.
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  12. Mark Rosewater (November 20, 2017). "The Un-Ending Saga, Part 3". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  13. Mark Rosewater (November 22, 2017). "Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  14. Mark Rosewater (March 11, 2018). "How do you keep each color from feeling monotonous with every deck doing everything". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  15. Mark Rosewater (February 25, 2020). "Unsanctioned FAQ". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.

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