How do Changeling Tribal Instants work?

Asked by random_mage_X548 3 months ago

Shields of Velis Vel, Nameless Inversion, Ego Erasure, and Crib Swap all have changeling. What does the mean? How can an Instant have a(ll) creature type(s)?

If I have a card saying "Whenever a Zombie enters the battlefield, target player loses 1 life.", do these Instants cause that card to trigger?

The_Epic_Dog says... Accepted answer #1

Tribal instants and sorceries, like the ones with changeling or All Is Dust for Eldrazi, are instants and sorceries that also have a creature type, but are not creatures. This means that you could use From Beyond to find All Is Dust , as it is an Eldrazi, but you can't use Worldly Tutor to find it because All Is Dust not a creature.

Instants and sorceries go straight from the stack to the graveyard, and never enter the battlefield. This means it won't trigger abilities that trigger when a creature of a certain type enters the battlefield. However, if the ability was "Whenever you cast a Zombie spell, target player loses 1 life.", the ability would be triggered by Shields of Velis Vel or any of the other changeling instants.

June 20, 2019 4:41 p.m.

Great and insightful answer, thank you very much!

June 21, 2019 1:21 a.m.

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