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Gold
Gold.jpg
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 Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths
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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 afterwards for mana for a second spell. It is important to note however, 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 (April 29, 2022—Streets of New Capenna)

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 (April 29, 2022—Streets of New Capenna)

  • 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.”

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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