Let's say I cast a card with Cipher from my graveyard with the help of Flashback (provided by Snapcaster Mage). Will I be encoding it on a creature instead of exiling it from the effect of Flashback?

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Yes. Cipher will continue to work as normal.

Cipher exiles the card it encodes.

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 the encoded card without paying its mana cost.

The relevant part of Flashback is the following replacement effect:

If the flashback cost was paid, exile this card instead of putting it anywhere else any time it would leave the stack.

Flashback does absolutely nothing if you exile a card using Cipher because the card is not put "anywhere [other than exile]" when it leaves the stack. Cipher will continue to work as normal.

If you chose not to encode the card, Flashback will cause it to be exiled instead of going to the graveyard.

  • Right on. Even though I bet most people will 'tuck' the spell card to show it's ciphered, technically the spell card is in the graveyard or exile zone as appropriate. Just because we place the card on the battlefield as an easy reminder, the game considers the card to be in exile.
    – corsiKa
    Jan 18, 2013 at 0:18

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