Perplexing Chimera


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Born of the Gods (BNG) Rare

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Perplexing Chimera

Enchantment Creature — Chimera

Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and that spell. If you do, you may choose new targets for the spell. (If the spell becomes a permanent, you control that permanent.)

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Perplexing Chimera Discussion

pribdev on Chaos

5 days ago

Remove: -x3 Swamp -x1 Scrambleverse -x1 Magus of the Coffers

Add: +x1 Notion Thief +x1 Perplexing Chimera +x1 Izzet Signet +x1 Rakdos Charm +x1 Phyrexian Arena

You also may need some more removal

Exxie97 on Creatures that would be fun ...

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestions! I also found Perplexing Chimera to be quite fun.

Neotrup on Really deep into Perplexing Chimera

2 months ago

I don't think you understand the stack. Here's a couple breakdown's of what could be happening:

Situation 1:
Player 2 casts In Garruk's Wake, Perplexing Chimera's ability triggers, nobody responds, so you choose to use the ability and gain control of In Garruk's Wake while Player 2 gains control of Perplexing Chimera. Player 3 then decides to cast Final Reward targeting one of your creatures, and Player 2's Perplexing Chimera triggers. Again, nobody responds and Player 2 get's to decide whether to make an exchange. I'm guessing they won't because they have no stake in the a spell targeting your creature, but let's say they do. Player 4 then decides to cast Archangel Avacyn  Flip hoping to make their side indestructible, but Player 3's Perplexing Chimera triggers, and once resolves Player 3 decides to make the exchange, getting Archangel Avacyn  Flip and getting to use it's trigger. Your In Garruk's Wake finally resolves, destroying all creatures of Player 2 and Player 4, as well as any planeswalkers Player 3 controls.

Situation 2:
Player 2 casts In Garruk's Wake, triggering Perplexing Chimera. For some reason Player 3 doesn't want to see what you'll decide and casts Final Reward right away targeting one of your creatures, again triggering Perplexing Chimera. Again not wanting to see what happens Player 4 casts Archangel Avacyn  Flip triggering Perplexing Chimera for a third time. Now out of response players start letting the stack resolve. As there's an In Garruk's Wake on the stack you very much want to use the topmost trigger to gain control of Archangel Avacyn  Flip and get the trigger for yourself. Now Archangel Avacyn  Flip resolves, triggers, and the trigger resolves as people are out of responses. You're now left with the question as to whether you want to give Player 3 Perplexing Chimera and Player 4 Final Reward. As you'll get to choose the new target you promptly say 'Yes' and choose a creature of Player 4 or Player 2's for a reason that will become apparent. Now the creature gets exiled and your asked one final question: do you give Player 4 In Garruk's Wake or leave it in the hands of Player 2? As the spell doesn't target you'll gain no benefit from changing the controller, but you will get to choose which one of them's creatures and planeswalkers get left unscathed.

pedroedmarcos on Really deep into Perplexing Chimera

2 months ago

Ok, I'm really perplexed about a situation with this card. So, Perplexing Chimera says that: "Whenever an opponent casts a spell, you may exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and that spell. If you do, you may choose new targets for the spell. (If the spell becomes a permanent, you control that permanent.)"

There is an part of the rulling that says:

"In some unusual cases, you may not control Perplexing Chimera when its triggered ability resolves (perhaps because the triggered ability triggered again and resolved while the original ability was on the stack). In these cases, you can exchange control of Perplexing Chimera and the spell that causes the ability to trigger, even if you control neither of them. If you do, youll be able to change targets of the spell, not the spells new controller."

I'm an EDH Player, so multiplayer is a reality to me, and by that comes my question:


Let's say is a 4 player game, and I'm player 1, and I am the owner of the perplexing chimera. Player 2 decides to cast In Garruk's Wake. I, as the controller of the perplexing chimera decided to change control of the chimera and the spell. Player 3, decided to vanish one other creature of mine with Final Reward. It triggers again, so I change the control of it. Then, player number 4 flashes Archangel Avacyn  Flip. It triggers again I change the control of the spell, Player 4 casts an Counterspell on his own Avacyn. Again the triggler happens and I change the control of it. And FINALLY, it resolves. Am I the player that will decide the target of all of those spells regardless if I am or not the controller of the chimera? Since the Archangel Avacyn  Flip will enter first on the battlefield can I choose her as the target of Final Reward.Sorry If I'm talking nonsense but I'm Perplexed

TheDevicer on Need Help Finding A Commander ...

2 months ago

I ALWAYS recommend Roon of the Hidden Realm to people because he teaches players lessons about deck building across all skill and economic levels. He can also be put together at various levels of power, has room for tons of weird pet cards if you want to run them, and can be decently competitive at a low price point.

Blink decks also have lots of room for cool synergies. Draw a bunch of cards with Tishana, Voice of Thunder, keep people from attacking with Stonehorn Dignitary, steal back the Perplexing Chimera to your side of the board after donating it to someone, exile someone's commander until end of turn and then activate Sundial of the Infinite to end the turn and leave their commander permanently in exile, etc.

Thorbogl on Poor of the Hidden Realm (<20$)

2 months ago

Hi there, looks like a solid build.

Dunno if it fits the budged restrictions, but Brago, King Eternal and Perplexing Chimera both might be something you may find interesting.


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