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This really isn't that difficult of a card to play. Thanks to Magic's (Very well written) rules, this will usually work the way you expect it will. Actually I love this card. I love simply worded static abilities (Ex: Mirror Gallery) and I personally think this card is a necessity for mill decks, at least for your sideboard what with all the flashback, dredge, unearth and worst of all eldrazi floating around. I would put this only behind the Hedron crab for usefulness in mill.

This card will single-handedly send a dredge or unearth player into panic mode, but sadly you will need to defend the good lady, which is not easy. Strapping on a pair of Swiftfoot Boots is useful, and can also protect your Hedron Crabs.
Posted By: Enelysios (5/7/2012 3:27:03 AM)


One of the best artworks i've seen. And in addition with the flavor text looks really sinister and obscure. Excuse my bad english.
Posted By: skorpionrazor (7/31/2012 3:43:02 PM)


From Comprehensive Rules:
"603.6c Leaves-the-battlefield abilities trigger when a permanent moves from the battlefield to another zone, or when a phased-in permanent leaves the game because its owner leaves the game. These are written as, but aren't limited to, "When leaves the battlefield, . . ." or "Whenever is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, . . . ." An ability that attempts to do something to the card that left the battlefield checks for it only in the first zone that it went to. An ability that triggers when a card is put into a certain zone "from anywhere" is never treated as a leaves-the-battlefield ability, even if an object is put into that zone from the battlefield."

Emrakul goes to the graveyard, Emrakul stays in the graveyard. Definitely going in my U/B mill deck, or at least the side board.
Posted By: beatmick (4/16/2011 8:08:06 PM)


Just for the sake of being correct: It's a static effect.

There is no trigger. It just works as long as Yixlid Jailer is on the battlefield. The reason is important because let's say you have something that shuffles itself back into your library when it enter's the graveyard.

If this was a triggered ability then the "Cards in graveyards" effect and the "Shuffle in" effect would occur simultaneously and therefore placed on the stack in turn order and resolve in reverse turn order. This being a triggered ability would cause it to perform inconsistently based on which player chose to go on the play or on the draw and that's just silly.
Posted By: starfox444 (9/26/2011 4:29:42 AM)


Yixid Jailer does not interact with Blightsteel Colossus, Progenitus, Legacy Weapon, or any card with the replacement effect "If ~ would be put into a graveyard, instead..." That is because the card never actually goes into a graveyard.

It does however work with the legendary Eldrazi and with Worldspine Wurm, which have the triggered ability "When ~ is put into a graveyard..." because these cards actually do go into the graveyard. The catch however is that this only applies if the card is entering the graveyard from some zone other than the battlefield (such as your library or your hand). If the card dies (i.e. goes into the graveyard from the battlefield) then the ability triggers on the battlefield before Yixid Jailer can remove it.

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If an ability triggers when the object that has it is put into a graveyard from the battlefield, that ability triggers from the battlefield (such as... (see all)
Posted By: adrian.malacoda (8/23/2013 4:19:48 PM)


This doesn't stop Progenitus or Darksteel Colossus since their abilities are replacement effects. They never get in the graveyard.
Posted By: Qazior (6/12/2010 11:15:01 AM)


The way I understand the effect of this card, it doesn't stop Progenitus from being shuffled back into the library since it states "If Progenitus would be put into the graveyard from anywhere, reveal Progenitus and shuffle it into its owner's library instead" meaning it just bounces back into the deck rather than ever entering the graveyard.

Yixlid Jailer's ability does, however, stop Guile, Dread and the other Elemental Incarnations because the text is a bit different, but in this scenario, it makes all the difference. "WHEN Guile/Dread/Hostility/Purity/Vigor is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library" which means they do, in fact, enter the graveyard before returning back into the owner's deck and Yixlid Jailer's ability would trigger, interrupt... (see all)
Posted By: Keiya (8/25/2010 12:06:01 AM)


Ow... six words to screw certain decks so badly! Pur-aise the lord it's only got one toughness!
Posted By: Asinine-Ultimatum (11/25/2009 4:59:21 PM)


Actually with Sedris, it says right on the card that the ability belongs to every creature in your graveyard, so its like each card itself has unearth, and our little friend here would shut it down.
Posted By: Behalter (1/4/2010 10:17:29 PM)


The art is damn cool.
Posted By: AXER (7/23/2010 11:05:54 PM)