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Perpetually
Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced Jumpstart: Historic Horizons
Last Used Jumpstart: Historic Horizons
Reminder Text Perpetually
Statistics
19 cards
{W} 26.3% {U} 15.8% {B} 15.8% {R} 26.3% {G} 15.8%

Perpetually is a designed-for-digital, MTG Arena-specific, mechanic introduced in Jumpstart: Historic Horizons.[1][2]

Description[]

Perpetually modifies a specific card permanently, even as it enters other zones of play.

For example, Davriel’s Withering perpetually gives a creature -1/-2 – if that card reduces a creature to 0 toughness or less and sends it to the graveyard, for example, the debuff will remain in effect even if a player is able to bring it back to battlefield (causing it to immediately die again). Alternatively, Lumbering Lightshield can perpetually increase the casting cost of a card in your opponent’s hand by one colorless mana – the affected card then maintains that increase whether it’s cast from hand or somewhere else, like from the graveyard with Flashback or from exile with Foretell. While this is an effect that can partially be tracked with paper cards, it becomes substantially simpler in a digital space. This is most critical for when cards enter hidden zones such as the hand or library - only one player can verify which is the affected card if it returns to hand, and neither can confirm whether the card drawn is the same copy if it is shuffled into the library, but the computer can.

Example[]

Example

Ethereal Grasp {2}{U}
Instant
1/1
Tap target creature. That creature perpetually gains “This creature doesn’t untap during your untap step” and “{8}: Untap this creature.”

References[]

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