Sudden Substitution

Sudden Substitution


Split Second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)

Exchange control of target noncreature spell and target creature. Then the spell's controller may choose new targets for it.

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Rare

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Format Legality
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Sudden Substitution Discussion

VorelNailo on VorelNailo

1 month ago

Pact of the White Elephant

Pact of the Titan/Slaughter Pact/Intervention Pact/Summoner's Pact + Sudden Substitution = unless your opponent can pay for the pact, they lose the game.

Bababad on chulane + sudden substitution

1 month ago

if I were to respond to a spell by targeting a creature I control with Chulane, Teller of Tales and then in response use Sudden Substitution swapping that same creature with the desired spell, would that creature still bounce to hand upon resolution or would the ability fizzle because that creature is is no longer a legal bounce target?

QuirklessJim on Riku of Two Reflections

2 months ago

Have you thought about using Sudden Substitution??? Lmao

CaptCreek on Bend The Knee

2 months ago

Fair enough! I'll be sure to get back to you on that front. I figure it would make less of a difference after the first couple times you play the deck with a group, since they'll for the most part already know what you're running. And they have all the control about what you get, so it's on them how powerful they make you. Even then, I'm sure that just handing someone your deck and saying, "Hey, look for an answer so that we don't all die, and I don't care about what else you give me" is still a decently powerful play for 3 mana.

I may be looking to your build for a little bit of inspiration in the future when looking to upgrade the list, though I won't be just copying it, of course. Even though a lot of the cards I'll be adding eventually anyway because they're good cards that any deck would want.

I recently added the Hunted cycle of creatures, Scheming Symmetry, Skullwinder, Arcane Denial and Sudden Substitution to add more politics into the deck, and I can't wait to finally be able to play with it. I'll be sure to let you know how it goes! I should be getting the last of the cards sometime this week, and I'll be able to finally do some testing to see what works and what doesn't.

RambIe on What answers would you want …

3 months ago

@TonyStark9001 i like playing that game too

Sudden Substitution is the answer to Cyclonic Rift
Angel's Grace is the awnser to Thassa's Oracle

Tylord2894 on Do you target with a …

3 months ago

Any abilities that trigger when something is cast are triggered when the spell is successfully cast, which is the last step in the casting process. Meanwhile, the step where you select your targets in one of the first steps. In short, you can't target the token that Zaxara will make from the casting of a spell with that spell.

Importantly, once an ability is triggered, nothing actually happens at that moment. The triggered ability will go onto the stack after state-based actions are checked and performed. This happens immediately after almost anything happens in the game. Once the trigger goes on the stack, it still needs to resolve just like any other spell or (non-mana) ability. In short, you don't create the token from Zaxara when the ability is triggered. It has to follow the normal timings of spell and abilities.

What will happen when you cast Primal Might is as follows:

  1. Primal Might will be put on the stack; Zaxara will trigger.
  2. State-based actions are checked and performed.
  3. Triggers (including the one from Zaxara) are put on the stack.
  4. Top to bottom, the stack will be the Zaxara trigger then Primal Might.

So by the time Primal Might resolves, you will have a token from Zaxara, but you have already selected your targets for Primal Might. You can't change them without another spell or ability (like that of Sudden Substitution).

Hope this helps!!

General_Pasta on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

5 months ago

Perhaps this has been discussed before, but how viable would a 5-color deck of a similar style be? Playing green and blue might increase your threat level, but you'd have access to: Propaganda, Reins of Power, Sudden Substitution, Collective Restraint, Gahiji, Honored One, Marisi, Breaker of the Coil, Illusionist's Gambit, Dissipation Field, Aura Thief, Narset's Reversal, Ohran Viper, Elephant Grass and more. Maybe O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami as commander?

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