Instant as a Supertype
Posted on Aug. 28, 2017, 3:26 p.m. by DemonDragonJ
Some players have asked about the possibility of eliminating the instant type and simply making sorceries with the flash mechanic, but WotC has stated that doing so would be far too difficult, an idea with which I agree. However, another interesting idea occurred to me: what about eliminating the flash mechanic and making "instant" a supertype (akin to "snow" or "legendary") that could be put on cards that previously had flash? I know that it would be too difficult to implement, but it is still an interesting idea. What does everyone else say about that?
August 28, 2017 3:35 p.m.
Raging_Squiggle, how, exactly, would such a change "break" those cards?
August 28, 2017 3:48 p.m.
They could tutor Restoration Angel, Containment Priest, Archangel Avacyn Flip, Torrential Gearhulk, Aven Mindcensor, Spell Queller, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Venser, Shaper Savant, and Vendilion Clique, among others.
August 28, 2017 4:06 p.m.
: tutor Snapcaster Mage or any former instant seems broken to me. Invest in Delvers.
Ignoring that, supertypes need to modify a type. What happens to all of the current instants? They just become instant sorcery cards? No need to such large-scale redundancy.
August 28, 2017 4:09 p.m.
It seems like it would cause more or less all the same problems that changing instants into flash sorceries would, plus it puts extra pressure on the limited space of the type line. Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, for example, would be a "Legendary Instant Creature - Human Wizard".
August 28, 2017 5:23 p.m.
Lame_Duck: in that case, why not simply use smaller text? It amazes me that WoTC is not willing to use smaller text to fit more text onto cards.