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 Post subject: Small change to General Exile Rules
AgePosted: 2011-May-18 10:57 am 
EDH Rules Committee

Joined: 2006-May-18 5:21 pm
Age: Elder Dragon
The Commander product is coming out soon. As part of that, there's obviously FAQs and such coming out, and Wizards asked us if there were any rules updates we wanted to sneak in. After talking about it, we decided on one. We'd normally announce this on the 20th of June, but since the product will be out before then, that defeated the purpose.

We'll be adding the following to Rule 12:

"If a Commander is discovered in exile face-down by any player, turn it face up and move it to the command zone."

[Note: final CR rule may be a little more technical, but you get the idea]

We continue to believe that tuck (putting a general into the library) is an acceptable part of the format as a temporary answer to degenerate Commanders, but it does have unfortunate interactions with some cards in the game that move cards out of the deck face-down. Players shouldn't have the means to remove a Commander from the game permanently, and this addresses that problem. It's still theoretically possible to remove a Commander face-down such that nobody can ever look at it, but that's a pretty tiny corner of an already corner-case. As soon as any player sees a face-down Commander in exile, they are expected to reveal it, even if they really don't want to! Note that moving the Commander is not optional, so no Mindslaver shenanigans, either.

The upcoming Commander release (at least the bits of it I've seen) is really worth getting excited about, so go have fun at the launch party!


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 Post subject: Re: Small change to General Exile Rules
AgePosted: 2011-Jun-28 2:47 pm 
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As I mentioned, we'd be tweaking the rule to get it up to CR-publishable level. The final rule has now been released (and yes, it's a bit functionally different from the original):

903.13. If a card is put into the exile zone face down from anywhere, and a player is allowed to look at that card in exile, the player must immediately do so. If it's a commander owned by another player, the player that looked at it turns it face up and puts it into the command zone.


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