|Last Used||Mystery Booster|
|Reminder Text||Four-faced (Whenever this becomes tapped, move it to the next stage, or to stage 1 if it’s at stage 4.)|
Four-faced is a keyword ability featured on a test card in the Mystery Booster set. A four-sided creature has four stages with different characteristics, and advances through stages whenever it is tapped. It is inspired by Double-faced cards, but has elements of the Level up mechanic and Sagas in the way it moves through multiple stages.
It is unclear from the test card how a four-faced creature would be configured on an actual card. The test card uses a layout very similar to the Level up mechanic, which ironically had been met with mixed reactions due to the layout. A few months before Mystery Booster was released, Mark Rosewater speculated that something similar to "triple-faced cards" found in the Duel Masters trading card game would eventually be done in Magic, but not soon.
Example[edit | edit source]
Creature — Lobster
Four-faced (Whenever this becomes tapped, move it to the next stage, or to stage 1 if it’s at stage 4.)
Stage 1 — (1/4)
Stage 2 — (4/1) Evolve
Stage 3 — (2/4) : Loopy Lobster gets +1/-1 until end of turn.
Stage 4 — (4/4) Vigilance. : Draw two cards.
Rulings[edit | edit source]
- A permanent with four-faced starts at stage 1.
- If Loopy Lobster somehow enters the battlefield tapped, it will still be at stage 1.
- If an object becomes a copy of a permanent with four-faced, that object remains at the stage it was. If it wasn't at a stage, it's at stage 1.
- A creature card with four-faced that isn't on the battlefield is a 0/0 creature.
- Activating Loopy Lobster's stage 3 ability creates an effect that lasts even if it moves to stage 4 during that turn.
References[edit | edit source]
- Eli Shiffrin (November 11, 2019). "Mystery Booster Release Notes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater (September 07, 2015). "How was Level Up received?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (September 07, 2015). "Do you think that the mechanic has any chance of returning?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
- Mark Rosewater (February 02, 2019). "What are your thoughts on the triple-faced cards...". Blogatog. Tumblr.