Color Identity Question
Asked by GrimlockVIII 2 months ago
Can I include a creature in a commander deck who initially matches the commander's colors but whose activated abilities has different mana symbols?
says... Accepted answer #1
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To answer your question itself, Color Identity includes all mana symbols on a card (excluding in reminder text), any color indicator on the card (the blue circle next to Sorcery indicating Ancestral Vision is a Blue card, for example), and any characteristic-defining ability that defines colors (such as Transguild Courier ).
You cannot include Brutal Hordechief in a Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper Commander deck. Hordechief's color identity is --the Black comes from the colors in its mana cost; the Red and White comes from the pips in its activated ability.
Color Identity is different from the card's color in this respect--Hordechief is mono-black in terms of its color; but it is Mardu in terms of its color identity.
July 4, 2021 11:02 p.m.
Ah that clears things up.
And apologies; I'll keep that in mind next time I want to ask a question.