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Vanishing
Type: Static
Introduced: Planar Chaos
Last Used: Future Sight
Reminder Text: Vanishing N. This permanent enters the battlefield with N time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.
Statistics: 14 cards
Manau.gif29% Manaw.gif21% Manab.gif14% Manag.gif14% Manar.gif14%
Multicolor 8%
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Vanishing is a keyword ability that limits the number of turns a permanent can remain in play. It uses time as a resource.

Description[edit]

It represents three abilities. Firstly, a permanent comes into play with a given number of time counters on it. Secondly, at the beginning of the permanent's controller's upkeep step, that player removes one time counter from the permanent. Lastly, when the last time counter is removed the permanent must be sacrificed.

The keyword debuted in Planar Chaos, appearing on nine creature cards and one aura. [1] It also appeared on four creatures in Future Sight.

Vanishing is a Planar Chaos' twist on Nemesis’s fading mechanic. It’s more intuitive to play, more compatible with other Time Spiral block mechanics (in that it uses time counters, like suspend) — and it has its own visual cue (the form of the creature is sizzling away into the aether). [2]

Rules[edit]

From the Comprehensive Rules:

  • 702.62. Vanishing
    • 702.62a Vanishing is a keyword that represents three abilities. "Vanishing N" means "This permanent comes into play with N time counters on it," "At the beginning of your upkeep, if this permanent has a time counter on it, remove a time counter from it," and "When the last time counter is removed from this permanent, sacrifice it."
    • 702.62b Vanishing without a number means "At the beginning of your upkeep, if this permanent has a time counter on it, remove a time counter from it" and "When the last time counter is removed from this permanent, sacrifice it."
    • 702.62c If a permanent has multiple instances of vanishing, each works separately.

Rulings[edit]

  • Both vanishing and the suspend mechanic introduced in the Time Spiral set use time counters. Most effects in the Time Spiral block that deal with time counters, such as the ability of Jhoira's Timebug, can also affect permanents with vanishing that have time counters on them.
  • Vanishing is similar to the fading ability from Nemesis. However, it plays much more like suspend does. The card starts out with a number of time counters on it, an ability triggers at the beginning of your upkeep that has you remove a time counter, and an ability triggers when you remove the last time counter that has you do something with that card.
  • Note that the vanishing rules include an "intervening 'if' clause" that stops the counter-removing ability from triggering if there are no time counters on the permanent. This extra clause has minimal impact outside the Magic Online interface, so it doesn't appear in the vanishing reminder text.
  • If the last time counter is removed from a permanent with vanishing and the sacrifice ability is countered, that permanent will remain in play indefinitely with no time counters on it. Neither of vanishing's two triggered abilities can possibly trigger again. Similarly, if a permanent without time counters on it that's already in play becomes a copy of a permanent with vanishing, it will stay in play indefinitely. If a permanent with one or more time counters on it that's already in play becomes a copy of a permanent with vanishing, it will vanish as normal.

Example[edit]

Keldon Marauders - Mana1.gifManar.gif
Creature — Human Warrior
3/3
Vanishing 2 (This permanent enters the battlefield with two time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter from it. When the last is removed, sacrifice it.)
When Keldon Marauders enters the battlefield or leaves the battlefield, it deals 1 damage to target player.

References[edit]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (January 15, 2007.) "Utter Chaos", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Magic Arcana. (February 12, 2007.) "The Look of Vanishing", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.