Illusionary Mask
Community Rating:
Community Rating: 3.962 / 5  (39 votes)
Card Name:
Illusionary Mask
Mana Cost:
Converted Mana Cost:
Poly Artifact
Card Text:
ooX You can summon a creature face down so opponent doesn't know what it is. The X cost can be any amount of mana, even 0; it serves to hide the true casting cost of the creature, which you still have to spend. As soon as a face-down creature receives damage, deals damage, or is tapped, you must turn it face up.
All Sets:
Limited Edition Alpha (Rare)
Limited Edition Beta (Rare)
Unlimited Edition (Rare)
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10/4/2004 The creature enters the battlefield face down, so none of its “enters the battlefield” abilities will trigger or have any effect. Also none of its “As this enters the battlefield” abilities apply.
10/4/2004 The creature’s “enters the battlefield” abilities (and any other abilities relating to the creature entering the battlefield) do not trigger when it turns face up.
10/4/2004 Only the controller of the face down creature can look at it.
10/1/2009 If you use the ability to cast a creature card face down, you must keep track of the amount and types of mana you spent on Variable Colorless. If that creature spell is moved from the stack to anywhere other than the battlefield, the resulting creature leaves the battlefield, or the game ends, the face-down card is revealed. If its mana cost couldn’t be paid by some amount of, or all of, the mana you spent on Variable Colorless, all applicable penalties for casting a card illegally are assessed.
10/1/2009 You actually cast the card face-down, much as when playing a spell with Morph. It can be responded to and countered.
10/1/2009 The effect that turns it face-up is a replacement effect. It doesn’t use the stack and can’t be responded to.
10/1/2009 You may not turn a face-down spell face up. You may not turn a face-down permanent face up unless it would have morph while face up or an effect specifically allows you to turn it face up. Illusionary Mask’s ability has you turn a face-down creature face up if it would assign damage, deal damage, be dealt damage, or become tapped, but not for any other reason. For example, if you use Illusionary Mask’s ability to cast a black creature face down, you can’t turn it face up just because it’s being targeted by Terror.
10/1/2009 Both the amount and types of mana you spend on Variable Colorless are taken into account while you’re choosing a creature card from your hand. For example, if you spent BlueBlue on Variable Colorless, you can choose a creature card with mana cost BlueBlue, 1Blue, 2, or White or BlueWhite or Blue, among other possibilities, but not one that costs 2Blue or one that costs Green.
10/1/2009 While the creature card is face down, it’s a 2/2 creature with no name, mana cost, color, creature type, abilities, or expansion symbol. Since it has no mana cost, its mana value is 0.
10/1/2009 You may look at a face-down spell or permanent you control at any time.
10/1/2009 You can turn a face-down permanent face up if it would have morph while face up. This applies to creatures you cast face down as a result of Illusionary Mask’s effect. The rest of Illusionary Mask’s effect applies to it as well.
10/1/2009 Illusionary Mask’s ability will continue to apply to creatures cast face down with it, even if Illusionary Mask has left the battlefield.