Outside the game

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An object is outside the game if it isn’t in any of the game’s zones. Outside the game is not a zone.

If you're dueling under tournament conditions, "outside the game" means your sideboard. If you're just keeping it casual, "outside the game" means your collection.[1]

Rules[edit | edit source]

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

  • 400.11. An object is outside the game if it isn’t in any of the game’s zones. Outside the game is not a zone.
    • 400.11a Cards in a player’s sideboard are outside the game. See rule 100.4.
    • 400.11b Some effects bring cards into a game from outside of it. Those cards remain in the game until it ends.
    • 400.11c Cards outside the game can’t be affected by spells or abilities, except for characteristic-defining abilities printed on them (see rule 604.3) and spells and abilities that allow those cards to be brought into the game.

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

Outside the Game
An object is “outside the game” if it isn’t in any of the game’s zones. See rule 400.11.

Mechanics interacting with outside the game[edit | edit source]

Characteristic-defining abilities functioning outside the game[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matt Tabak (March 25, 2021). "Strixhaven: School of Mages Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.