Suppose I animate my Simic Keyrune into a 2/3 artifact creature. Will it evolve my 1/1 Fathom Mage?

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    "Transform" has a specific meaning in magic, and it doesn't apply here. The word "animate" is usually used. Fixed. – ikegami Apr 19 '13 at 17:13
  • possible duplicate of If a land becomes a creature, has it entered the battlefield? – Cascabel Apr 19 '13 at 17:55
  • (The duplicate is about lands turning into creatures, but I think it's pretty clear the answer wouldn't be different for an artifact.) – Cascabel Apr 19 '13 at 17:56
  • Despite having the same answer, the two are distinct questions. More info: meta.stackexchange.com/q/57836/147335 – corsiKa Apr 19 '13 at 18:37
  • @corsiKa, It's only a different question if you don't realize it doesn't matter whether the card being animated was an artifact or land. I don't think anyone would fail to realize that, including the OP. Way too many questions are marked as "duplicate" when they shouldn't be, but I think you're just being too nitpicky here. – ikegami Apr 19 '13 at 20:43

No, Evolve triggers on creatures entering the battlefield, and the Keyrune must necessarily be on the the battlefield to use its ability.

Changing an object's characteristics (power, toughenss, type, etc) does not cause it to enter or leave the battlefield.

702.99a Evolve is a triggered ability. “Evolve” means “Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, if that creature’s power is greater than this creature’s power and/or that creature’s toughness is greater than this creature’s toughness, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature.”

  • And What about Zameck Guildmage? If i use its ability to make my new creature enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it then if I cast another Fathom Mage will it evolve my 1/1 one? – Adam Arold Apr 19 '13 at 17:07
  • Zameck Guildmage causes creatures to enter with the +1/+1 counter -- there is never a moment it's on the battlefield without the +1/+1 counter -- so Evolve does see the higher modified P/T from the +1/+1 counter as you would want. It won't add a counter to a Keyrune being animated, though. – ikegami Apr 19 '13 at 17:10
  • I've added a sentence to my last comment. – ikegami Apr 19 '13 at 17:14

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