Benalish Commander
 
Community Rating:
0.51.01.52.02.53.03.54.04.55.0
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Card Name:
Benalish Commander
Mana Cost:
3White
Converted Mana Cost:
4
Types:
Creature — Human Soldier
Card Text:
Benalish Commander's power and toughness are each equal to the number of Soldiers you control.
Suspend X—Variable ColorlessWhiteWhite. X can't be 0.
Whenever a time counter is removed from Benalish Commander while it's exiled, create a 1/1 white Soldier creature token.
P/T:
* / *
Rarity:
Rare
All Sets:
Planar Chaos (Rare)
Time Spiral Remastered (Rare)
Card Number:
8
Artist:
Rulings
3/19/2021 The ability that defines Benalish Commander’s power and toughness applies in all zones, not just the battlefield.
3/19/2021 When the last time counter is removed from a suspended Benalish Commander, both its triggered ability and the suspend “play this card” triggered ability will trigger. They can be put on the stack in either order.
3/19/2021 As long as Benalish Commander is on the battlefield, its first ability will count itself.
3/19/2021 Because damage remains marked on a creature until the damage is removed as the turn ends, nonlethal damage dealt to Benalish Commander may become lethal if other Soldiers you control leave the battlefield during that turn.
3/19/2021 Suspend is a keyword that represents three abilities. The first is a static ability that allows you to exile the card from your hand with the specified number of time counters (the number before the dash) on it by paying its suspend cost (listed after the dash). The second is a triggered ability that removes a time counter from the suspended card at the beginning of each of your upkeeps. The third is a triggered ability that causes you to cast the card when the last time counter is removed. If you cast a creature spell this way, it gains haste until you lose control of that creature (or, in rare cases, you lose control of the creature spell while it’s on the stack).
3/19/2021 You can exile a card in your hand using suspend any time you could cast that card. Consider its card type, any effects that modify when you could cast it (such as flash) and any other effects that stop you from casting it (such as from Meddling Mage’s ability) to determine if and when you can do this. Whether you could actually complete all steps in casting the card is irrelevant. For example, you can exile a card with suspend that has no mana cost or that requires a target even if no legal targets are available at that time.
3/19/2021 Exiling a card with suspend isn’t casting that card. This action doesn’t use the stack and can’t be responded to.
3/19/2021 If an effect refers to a “suspended card,” that means a card that (1) has suspend, (2) is in exile, and (3) has one or more time counters on it.
3/19/2021 If the first triggered ability of suspend (the one that removes time counters) is countered, no time counter is removed. The ability will trigger again at the beginning of the card’s owner’s next upkeep.
3/19/2021 When the last time counter is removed, the second triggered ability of suspend triggers. It doesn’t matter why the last time counter was removed or what effect removed it.
3/19/2021 As the second triggered ability resolves, you must cast the card if able. You must do so even if it requires targets and the only legal targets are ones that you really don’t want to target. Timing permissions based on the card’s type are ignored.
3/19/2021 If you can’t cast the card, perhaps because there are no legal targets available, it remains exiled with no time counters on it, and it’s no longer suspended.
3/19/2021 If you cast a card “without paying its mana cost,” such as with suspend, you can’t choose to cast it for any alternative costs. You can, however, pay additional costs. If the card has any mandatory additional costs, you must pay those to cast the card.
3/19/2021 You are never forced to activate mana abilities to pay costs, so if there is a mandatory additional mana cost (such as from Thalia, Guardian of Thraben), you can decline to activate mana abilities to pay for it and hence fail to cast the suspended card, leaving it in exile.
3/19/2021 The mana value of a spell cast without paying its mana cost is determined by its mana cost, even though that cost wasn’t paid.
3/19/2021 A creature cast using suspend will enter the battlefield with haste. It will have haste until another player gains control of it. (In some rare cases, another player may gain control of the creature spell itself. If this happens, the creature won’t enter the battlefield with haste.)
3/19/2021 If this is suspended, then when the last time counter is removed from it, both its triggered ability and the “cast this spell” part of the suspend ability will trigger. They can be put on the stack in either order.