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Investigate
Keyword Action
Introduced Shadows over Innistrad
Last Used Innistrad: Midnight Hunt
Reminder Text Investigate (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
Storm Scale 4[1]
Statistics
38 cards
{W} 23.7% {U} 34.2% {B} 2.6% {G} 23.7% {W/U} 2.6% {U/B} 2.6% {G/U} 5.3% {artifact symbol} 5.3%
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oracle:"Investigate"

Investigate is a keyword action introduced in Shadows over Innistrad[2][3][4] and reused in Innistrad: Midnight Hunt[5].

Description[]

To investigate, you put a Clue token onto the battlefield. Clues are colorless artifacts, which have the ability "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card."

Investigate sometimes is triggered when specific things happen. For example, you get to investigate whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control or a nontoken creature you control dies. There is also a number of cards that trigger when a Clue is sacrificed. It makes the decision of when to sacrifice a Clue more interesting. You don't always do it as soon as possible.

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

Investigate
A keyword action that creates a Clue artifact token. See rule 701.36, “Investigate.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

  • 701.36. Investigate
    • 701.36a “Investigate” means “Create a Clue token.” See rule 111.10f.

Examples[]

Example

Expose Evil {1}{W}
Instant
Tap up to two target creatures.
Investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (June 28, 2016). "I already miss investigate. Storm scale?". Blogatog. Tumblr.
  2. Matt Tabak (March 7, 2016). "Shadows over Innistrad Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (March 21, 2016). "Chasing Shadows, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Dave Humpherys (March 21, 2016). "Developing Shadows over Innistrad". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater (September 6, 2021). "Happy Hunt-ing, Part 2". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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