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Gold
Gold
Artifact Type
(Subtype for artifact cards)
Rules Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.
Statistics
0 cards
4 Gold creation cards
{B} 50% {R} 25% {G} 25%
as of Theros Beyond Death
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type:"Gold"
For other uses, see Gold (disambiguation).

Gold is an artifact type first used in Born of the Gods, and later specified as a predefined token in Theros Beyond Death.[1]

Description[ | ]

Gold can be sacrificed for mana. Unlike Treasure, these artifact tokens don't have to be tapped. This is especially useful when it comes to a mechanic like Improvise where you can tap the Gold tokens to pay for one spell and then sacrifice them afterward for mana for a second spell. However, it is important to note that Gold tokens cannot be sacrificed for mana and tapped to improvise the same spell. Given the prevalence of Treasure over Gold, it's likely that the "double-dipping" for costs was considered difficult enough to track during gameplay to be unwanted for most card designs.

Colorless artifact tokens "named Gold" had existed since Born of the Gods. The cards with this syntax were Gild, King Macar, the Gold-Cursed, and Curse of Opulence, all of which created tokens with the same text as the current version. With the release of Theros Beyond Death, Gold tokens became predefined in the game rules. The description of what a Gold token does now appears in the reminder text instead of in the rules text, and the older Gold token cards received errata.[2]

Rules[ | ]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

Gold Token
A Gold token is a colorless artifact token with “Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.” For more information on predefined tokens, see rule 111.10.

From the Comprehensive Rules (June 7, 2024—Modern Horizons 3)

  • 111.10. Some effects instruct a player to create a predefined token. These effects use the definition below to determine the characteristics the token is created with. The effect that creates a predefined token may also modify or add to the predefined characteristics.
    • 111.10a A Treasure token is a colorless Treasure artifact token with “{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.”
    • 111.10b A Food token is a colorless Food artifact token with “{2}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: You gain 3 life.”
    • 111.10c A Gold token is a colorless Gold artifact token with “Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.”
    • 111.10d A Walker token is a 2/2 black Zombie creature token named Walker.
    • 111.10e A Shard token is a colorless Shard enchantment token with “{2}, Sacrifice this enchantment: Scry 1, then draw a card.”
    • 111.10f A Clue token is a colorless Clue artifact token with “{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
    • 111.10g A Blood token is a colorless Blood artifact token with “{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”
    • 111.10h A Powerstone token is a colorless Powerstone artifact token with “{T}: Add {C}. This mana can’t be spent to cast a nonartifact spell.”
    • 111.10i An Incubator token is a transforming double-faced token. Its front face is a colorless Incubator artifact with “{2}: Transform this artifact.” Its back face is a 0/0 colorless Phyrexian artifact creature named Phyrexian Token.
    • 111.10j A Cursed Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Cursed with enchant creature and “Enchanted creature has base power and toughness 1/1.”
    • 111.10k A Monster Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Monster with enchant creature and “Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has trample.”
    • 111.10m A Royal Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Royal with enchant creature and “Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has ward {1}.”
    • 111.10n A Sorcerer Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Sorcerer with enchant creature and “Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has ‘Whenever this creature attacks, scry 1.’”
    • 111.10p A Virtuous Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Virtuous with enchant creature and “Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each enchantment you control.”
    • 111.10q A Wicked Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Wicked with enchant creature, “Enchanted creature gets +1/+1,” and “When this Aura is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, each opponent loses 1 life.”
    • 111.10r A Young Hero Role token is a colorless Aura Role enchantment token named Young Hero with enchant creature and “Enchanted creature has ‘Whenever this creature attacks, if its toughness is 3 or less, put a +1/+1 counter on it.’”
    • 111.10s A Map token is a colorless Map artifact token with “{1}, {T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Target creature you control explores. Activate only as a sorcery.” See rule 701.40, “Explore.”
    • 111.10t A Junk token is a colorless Junk artifact token with “{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Exile the top card of your library. You may play that card this turn. Activate only as a sorcery.”

Tokens[ | ]

Token Name Color Type Line P/T Text Box Source Printings
Gold Colorless Artifact — Gold Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.

References[ | ]

  1. Eli Shiffrin (January 10, 2020). "Comprehensive Rules Changes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Eli Shiffrin (January 10, 2020). "Oracle Changes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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