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Delve: You may exile any number of cards from your graveyard as you cast this spell. It costs {1} less to cast for each card exiled this way. Used on 1 cards: Shield of Swords

Potential mechanic for The Oncoming Storm. It enables the "exile matters" theme.

Awaken: {3}: Turn this face down. It becomes a 2/2 creature. Turn it face up any time for its awaken cost. Used on 2 cards: Sleeper Agent, Unhappy Land

Mechanic I'm testing for Convergence.

Drive: PARAM1: Target creature you control drives this Vehicle. Drive only as a sorcery. Used on 7 cards: Racecar, Bulldozer, Lightcycle, Hydrogen Blimp, Biplane, Mecha Warrior, Tugboat

Drive is inspired by the Vehicle subtype in Armageddon. At first I thought Vehicle was a cross between creatures and equipment. (It's actually just a creature type.) All of my Vehicles are treated as though they said "As long as this card isn't attached to a creature, treat it as though it were a creature."

Ricochet: Whenever a player casts a spell or activates an ability that only targets this permanent, copy the spell or ability and choose a new target for the copy at random. It can't target this permanent. Used on 2 cards: Mirror Shield, Mirror Spirit
Recall: You may exile this spell as it resolves. If you do, return all cards with the same name from your graveyard to your hand. Used on 5 cards: Memory of Decay, Memory of Growth, Memory of Health, Memory of Pain, Memory of Knowledge
Phasing: This phases in or out before you untap during each of your untap steps. While it's phased out, it's treated as though it doesn't exist. Used on 1 cards: Healer from Beyond
Gestalt: This creature gets +PARAM1/+PARAM1 for each other creature that shares at least one creature type with it. Used on 16 cards: Skorpius Flies, Seven Gamma Seven, Cyberman, Alvega Controller, Roman Legion, Ood Conversion, CyberKing, Rutan Host, Ood Third Brain, Cyberslave, Ood Sigma, Nestene Consciousness, Great One, Queen of Metebelis III, Elder of the Ood, Natural Ood, Image Translator

Mechanic originally from The Oncoming Storm.

Wither: This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters. Used on 1 cards: Necros Worm
Resolve: Spells, counters, or abilities can't change this creature's power and toughness from their printed values. Used on 3 cards: Strength of the Adamant, Draken Steed, Mighty Sledge of Sorok
Cleave: Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a blocking creature, it deals PARAM1 damage to that creature's controller. Used on 6 cards: Oxola, Judge of Mayhem, Rajav, the Overseer, Chavall, the World Arisen, Destroyer of Worlds, Viashino Stalker, Bloodthirsty Imp
Entwine: Choose both if you pay the entwine cost. Used on 8 cards: Emergency Temporal Shift, Curse of Fenric, Matter Conversion, Warning Shot, Laserson Probe, London Blitz, Crystal of Kronos, Gamma Strike

Mechanic originally from The Oncoming Storm.

Vortex: {1}: Exile this card from your hand face-down. At the beginning of your upkeep, put a time counter on it. As long as it has PARAM1 or more time counters on it, you may cast it by paying PARAM2. Vortex only as a sorcery. Used on 10 cards: Temporal Elemental, Eternal Master, Patient Corpse, Time Burns, Temporal Interference, Enlightened Gaze, Glimpse the Beyond, Cleanse the World, Mana Crystal, Through the Vortex

Potential mechanic for my set. Inspired by charge.

Timecast: When you cast this spell from your hand, you may pay PARAM1. If you do, exile it as it resolves. You may cast it from exile. Used on 3 cards: Wild Outburst, Increasing Madness, Summon Reinforcements

This is a potential mechanic for my set.

Immunity from: This creature can't be targeted, dealt damage, or destroyed by anything PARAM1. Used on 4 cards: Knight of Artifice, Protective Ward, Knight of Gaia, Slippery Eel

This mechanic is a replacement for protection. It gets rid of the unnecessary "can't be enchanted" (enchanting requires targeting anyway) and unintuitive "can't be blocked" (now White Knight and Black Knight can't fight, albeit ineffectively), but adds "can't be destroyed" (to protect from removal like Wrath of God).

Clockwork: This creature enters with PARAM1 +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever it becomes tapped, remove a counter from it at end of turn. Used on 2 cards: Silver Hind, Anima Engineer

This is for my Clockwork Plane idea. It appears only on artifacts. Artifact creatures get +1/+1 counters, while noncreature artifacts get charge counters.

Imbued by: Choose the following mode based on the choice made for PARAM1. Used on 2 cards: Aether Distortion, Metabolt

This is the part of the metamagic mechanic that goes on spells.

Imbues: Start the game with this card in your command zone. A deck may only have one metamagic card of each name. This card sets the effect of cards named PARAM1. Used on 2 cards: Essence of Fire, Essence of Aether

This is the part of the metamagic mechanic that goes on metamagic cards in the command zone.

.: Used on 7 cards: Versatile Mount, Realmspace Sword, Zoku Jewel, Sobornost Recovery Station, Gogol Capture, Sobornost Heavy, Planetary Uplift

Invisible grouping mechanic for cards based on the novel series The Quantum Thief

Mutate: If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it over or under target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature on top plus all abilities from under it. Used on 4 cards: Culmination of the Project, Chronoxolotl, Kekstrosaurus, Kraj's Influence
Spirit guide: When this creature dies, if it's not merged, put it under target creature you own. It gains all abilities from under it. Used on 6 cards: Vizkopa Sentry, Heart of the Grove, Guardian of the Woods, Kindly Ancestor, Vengeful Wraith, Deathwort Shambler

Mutate + Haunt

Magnetic: You may cast this spell targeting an artifact creature you own. If you do, merge it under that artifact. It gains all abilities from under it. Used on 3 cards: Venomizer, Beryllium Nullifier, Replicating Menace
Merge: Used on 1 cards: Gruesome Enhancements

Placeholder for any card that uses merge without it being part of a named keyword. For organizational purposes only.

underworld counter: It can only block or be blocked by creatures with underworld counters, and its abilities can only target creatures with underworld counters. Used on 9 cards: Ironic Return, Kunoros, Veil Guardian, Host of Ilysia, Honored of Ilysia, Oread of Agonas, Shade of Tizerus, Siren of Nerono, Through the Veil, Hollow of Phylias

Alternate take on the Stygian mechanic that WotC tried for Theros Beyond Death, using the newer tech of keyword counters rather than the ridiculous dexterity mechanic of Raging River

*Heresy*: Used on 3 cards: Revoke the Divine Right, Academic Coup, Resentful Fancier

Anti-devotion mechanic. Counts the number of colors among permanents you control.

.: Used on 9 cards: Doubletalking Taskmaster, Lord of the Underground, Unionize the Dead, Tale of Tragedy, Neon Necropolis, That's How It Goes, Doubt, The Long Way 'Round, Disciple of Reki

Invisible grouping mechanic for cards based on the Broadway musical Hadestown

Prime: You may cast this card face down as a Hazard artifact for {2}. You may turn it face up for its prime cost as long as the trigger condition is met. Used on 7 cards: Mimic Chest, Hazards, Antimagic Field, Hidden Pit Trap, Bear Trap, Signal for Reinforcements, Dispel the Illusion

The alternate casting cost that goes on Hazards

*Resonance*: Used on 3 cards: Resonant Growth, Blood Edict, Buzz Pollination

Improves the spell if it's the second spell you've cast this turn.

blight counter: Used on 5 cards: Salt the Earth, Grasp of Poison, Rot Lurcher, Myconid Harvester, Saprokor, the Hidden Blight

Counters that are used to represent lands that have been blighted. No rules meaning, but other cards care about that. Putting a blight counter on a land is shortcutted as "blight a land."

Turbulence: When you play this card, look at the top ten cards of your library. You may play one of those cards without paying its mana cost if it has the same mana value as this card. Then put the rest of the cards on the bottom of your library in a random order. Used on 2 cards: Valkrian Archangel, Heart of Valkri
Adventureback: Cast this spell only from your graveyard. Then exile it. Used on 3 cards: Rise Again, Release the Doves, Natural Restoration

Flashback spells on creatures

Cleave: Whenever this creature deals excess combat damage to a permanent, it deals damage equal to the excess to another target permanent an opponent controls. Used on 4 cards: Frenzied Orc, Snapping Hydra, Boring Cleaver, Compelling Duelist

Trample, but instead of hitting the defending player, it hits another creature (or planeswalker)

Symbiont: This permanent is not a creature as long as it's attached to a creature. Used on 5 cards: Tentacle Whip, Stormstalk, Skittering Carapace, Shadow Sibling, Living Armor

Ability that goes on equipment creatures that allows their equip ability to still function

shield counter: As long as there are shield counters on this, damage is dealt to it in the form of removing shield counters. Used on 3 cards: Regeneratin' Troll, Veteran Armorsmith, Ablative Power Armor

The damage prevention is an inherent ability of shield counters. They act as a form of pre-emptive damage prevention, but don't naturally replenish

 : {?} can be paid with any type of mana not already spent this turn. Used on 3 cards: Aether Warp, Unbearable Visions, Glimmerscale Hellkite

Negamana acts like generic mana on the first thing played each turn, but gets more restrictive later on. It wants to be paired with effects that are repeatable or care about the type/color of mana spent

*Summon*: Used on 8 cards: Mystic Mentor, Spirit of the Owl, Sell Your Soul, Relentless Slime, Ravish the World, Bear Summoning, Spirit of the Wolf, Garruk, Beast Caller

Ability word. It indicates that you are putting another card with certain characteristics onto the battlefield from outside the game.

Canine: Dogs, Foxes, Jackals, and Wolves are canine. Used on 2 cards: Release the Hounds, Alpha of the Pack

Tribal batching mechanic

Bleed: When this deals damage, create a colorless Vial artifact token with "{1}, {t}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card." Used on 3 cards: Draining Bolt, Bloodrage Vampire, Blood Prophecy

Blood tokens are weird. Vial tokens are meant as a more generic version of them, and then bleed serves as an implementation specific for vampires.

*Covet*: Used on 5 cards: Grabby Goblin, Competitive Farmhand, Shepherd of Souls, Orcus, Prince of Demons, Oni of Destructive Urges

Ability word that indicates "[Trigger condition], if an opponent controls more X than you, [effect]."

.: Used on 3 cards: Caitlyn Kiramman, Powder, Unlucky Tinkerer, Vander, Hound of Zaun

Invisible grouping mechanic for cards based on the TV show Arcane

Equine: Horses, Pegasuses, and Unicorns are equine. Used on 2 cards: Sun Quan, Masterful Commander, Keleth, Lord of All Horses

Tribal batching mechanic

*Ethereal*: Used on 8 cards: Kami of Treachery Incarnate, Kami of Unseen Paths, Kami of Crossed Swords, Kami of Great Feasts, Kami of Unexpected Hail, Kyodai, Embodiment of Reikai, Merge Suit, Kami of the Harvest Moon

Ability word that goes on Spirits and indicates "As long as the gate is open, [effect]."

Spellcaster: Clerics, Wizards, Warlocks, Shamans, and Druids are spellcasters. Used on 6 cards: Urza, Spellcaster Supreme, Nature's Boon, Forbidden Knowledge, Academic Rejection, Hallowed Touch, Mystical Fire

Tribal batching mechanic

Derange: Exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a Madness card. You may cast that card without paying its mana cost. Then put all cards exiled this way that weren’t cast on the bottom of your library in a random order. Used on 9 cards: Survivor's Guilt, Fit of Insanity, Diskera, Insanity Incarnate, Ashiok's Reaver, Tibalt's Inquisitor, Neverending Torment, Instill Paranoia, Haunted by Memories, Break from Reality

Keyword action used to randomly play Madness cards, which are typically Auras with negative effects.

*Launder*: Used on 5 cards: Specter of Doubt, Urabrask's Forgehand, Clever Accounting, Shady Restaurant, Nightfall Bounty

Ability word for effects that exile one or more cards and allow their owners to play them from exile, with the restriction "Spells you cast this way cost {1} less to cast and spells your opponents cast this way {1} more to cast."

.: Used on 31 cards: (show) The Bag Lady, Hunger, The Last Train, Blue Electric Angels, Eyes of the Pigeon, Nose of the Rat, Ears of the Beggar, Inscription of False Life, Guardian of the City, End of the Line, Ride the Third Rail, Death of Cities, City Specter, Take a Trophy, Eldritch Tattoo, Blackout, Electrical Embrace, Fairy Dust, Aldermen's Protection, City Dryad, Culicidae of Dust, Culicidae of Rage, Lady Greydawn, Dog, Spirit Walker, Spirit Guide, Old Man Bone, Blue Electric Angels, Ride the Third Rail, Lady Neon, Bloodhound

Invisible grouping mechanic for cards based on the book series A Madness of Angels

Cipher: Then you may exile this spell card encoded on a creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player, its controller may cast a copy of this card without paying its mana cost. Used on 10 cards: Create a Backdoor, Cancel with Set Mechanic, Whispers of Jukai, Overcome With Rage, Cross Pollinate, Snowball Fight, Zhalfirin Vacation, Banishing Smite, Breach the Firewall, Fractal Storm

Dimir mechanic from Return to Ravnica block

Incubate: Put it onto the battlefield face down as a 0/2 Pod creature. It has "At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a hatching counter from this creature." and "When the last is removed, turn it face up if it's a creature card." Used on 3 cards: Dreampod Brooding, Numanu, Grove Warden, Dreampod Attendant

Mechanic for dreampods (c.f. Grove of the Dreampods)

Defile: As you tap lands for mana while casting this spell, you may have them add an extra mana of any kind they could produce. Put a stun counter on each land that adds extra mana this way. Used on 3 cards: Ghastly Siphoner, Shatter the Lesser Minds, Entropic Blast

Dark Sun mechanic for a friend's set

Assemble a Contraption: Used on 8 cards: Flying Sparks, Parallax Skimmer, Earth Scorcher, Burly Enforcer, Diligence Enhancer, Aerial Enhancer, Celerity Enhancer, Giant Upgrader

Assemble is an action word found on Riggers. "Assemble a Contraption on X" means "Create a Contraption artifact token attached to X." X is said to be "modified" by the Contraption. When a Contraption isn't modifying anything, it's put its controller's graveyard as a state-based effect.

Xeno: Aliens, Daleks, Necrons, Time Lords, and Tyranids are xeno. Used on 3 cards: Crop Circle, War of the Worlds, Take Me to Your Leader

Tribal batching mechanic

.: Used on 13 cards: Mahiru, Jealous Lover, Hikari, Dazzling Light, Claudine, Stage Rival, Nana, Hidden Director, Futaba, Ambitious Sidekick, Maya, Top Star, Junna, Dramaturgist, Karen, Reborn Anew, Kaoruko, Traditional Dancer, The Giraffe, Rondo Rondo Rondo, Revue Starlight, Wi(l)d-Screen Baroque

Invisible grouping mechanic for cards based on the anime Revue Starlight

Clockwork: This artifact enters with PARAM1 charge counters on it. Whenever it becomes tapped, remove a counter from it at end of turn. Used on 0 cards:

This is for my Clockwork Plane idea. It appears only on artifacts. Artifact creatures get +1/+1 counters, while noncreature artifacts get charge counters.

Power up: This permanent enters tapped with a charge counter on it. Until it untaps, you may choose not to untap it during your untap step and instead put a charge counter on it. Used on 10 cards: Mechanical Hydra, Mana Generator, Mesmerizing Panflute, Aether Pools, Ticking Time Bomb, Gatling Warden, Trusty Healbot, Cybernetic Dreadmaw, Memory Trinket, Manastatic Field
Memento: When this creature dies, if it wasn't a token, create a token that's a copy of it. Used on 7 cards: Spirit of Morglen, Veil of Tranquility, Morally Uncertain Zombie, Soul of Morglen, Guardian Behemoth, Redeemer of Souls, Spirit Guard
.: Used on 6 cards: Dungeon Rabbit, Living Armor, Treasure Bug, Walking Mushroom, Kelpie, Laios, Expert Leader

Invisible grouping mechanic for cards based on the manga/anime Dungeon Meshi

Crystal token: It's an artifact with "{1}, {t}, Sacrifice this artifact: You get {e}{e}." Used on 3 cards: Beautiful Corpse, Angel Statue, Halcyon Mana Rig

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