What happens if I clone an animated artifact?
Asked by Kilroy54 4 years ago
Suppose I use Sydri, Galvanic Genius to animate Darksteel Forge and give it lifelink and deathtouch with her second ability. If I cast Phantasmal Image and target the animated Darksteel Forge, does the clone I have stay a 9/9? Does it keep lifelink and deathtouch?
From the Gatherer Rulings:
9/22/2011: Phantasmal Image copies exactly what was printed on the original creature and nothing more (unless that creature is copying something else or is a token; see below). It doesn't copy whether that creature is tapped or untapped, whether it has any counters on it or Auras attached to it, or any non-copy effects that have changed its power, toughness, types, color, or so on.
Your Phantasmal Image will be an inanimate "Artifact - Illusion" withDarksteel Forge' name and rules text and the additional ability "Has to be sacrificed when targetted." If you target it with Sydri, you'll have to sacrifice it.
March 9, 2016 6:03 p.m.
Note also that clone-style copy abilities don't target. You choose what to copy as Phantasmal Image enters the battlefield, whereas targets for a spell or ability that requires them must be chosen during the casting process.