How does Phoebe's ability interact with card names and do stolen abilities stay when she changes zones?

Asked by The_Epic_Dog 8 months ago

Does Phoebe, Head of S.N.E.A.K. 's ability to steal abilities change any instances of the card's name to her name? For example, if you stole Modular Monstrosity 's ability, would it change who get's the keyword, or would Modular Monstrosity still get the new keywords? Also, could you reuse the same keyword it already has if you stole Modular Monstrosity from an opponent?

Also, does Phoebe lose any abilities she's stolen when she changes zones?

On an unrelated note, are there any cards other than Rapid Hybridization and Gift of Tusks that turn creatures into weird animals?

Madcookie says... Accepted answer #1

I've never played with any un-cards, but generally whenever a text on a card refers to a card by its name it is translated in the cases of copying as "this permanent" rather than the printed name.

706.10b A copy of an ability has the same source as the original ability. If the ability refers to its source by name, the copy refers to that same object and not to any other object with the same name. The copy is considered to be the same ability by effects that count how many times that ability has resolved during the turn.

For example if Mirage Mirror died while copying The Scarab God it will get returned to its owner's hand at the end of turn, regardless of the fact that it is not considered a creature or The Scarab God while in the graveyard. So Phoebe, Head of S.N.E.A.K. will permanently have the text and refer to herself in all instances of the name Modular Monstrosity in her newly acquired text box.

As for the other question I can think of Pongify, Beast Within and Polymorphist's Jest.


October 11, 2018 6:55 p.m.

Kogarashi says... #2

I notice that your question about Phoebe retaining text boxes when changing zones wasn't answered. According to the Unstable FAQAWASLFAQPAFTIDAWABIAJTBT, it will lose the stolen text boxes when changing zones, due to being a new copy of Phoebe with no memory of its previous existence.

October 13, 2018 11:48 a.m.

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