If I cast Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge and exile a creature with flash, could I cast that creature when she attacks and triggers her ability?

Flash is defined as follows, which makes it sound like the answer is "yes":

702.8a Flash is a static ability that functions in any zone from which you could play the card it’s on. “Flash” means “You may play this card any time you could cast an instant.”

But the following rule for activated abilities makes it uncertain:

602.5e Activated abilities that read “Activate this ability only any time you could cast an instant” mean the player must follow the timing rules for casting an instant spell, though the ability isn’t actually an instant. The player doesn’t actually need to have an instant card that he or she could cast.

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    No, quite simply because a "creature card" is not an "instant or sorcery card" Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 20:21

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No, you cannot. Being able to be cast when an instant could be cast does not make something an instant. The closest the rules actually come to addressing this point appears to be (emphasis added):

304.5. If text states that a player may do something "any time he or she could cast an instant," it means only that the player must have priority. The player doesn't need to have an instant he or she could actually cast. Effects that would prevent that player from casting a spell or casting an instant don't affect the player's capability to perform that action (unless the action is actually casting a spell or casting an instant).

Thus, "having flash" does not imply "being an instant."


The pertinent words are instant and sorcery since they are used directly in front of the word card, they are descriptions for the card.

109.2a If a spell or ability uses a description of an object that includes the word “card” and the name of a zone, it means a card matching that description in the stated zone.

Note that in this case we also need 607.2a, since it is a linked ability, but I will skip over that part since it doesn't seem to be questioned here.

So we have a description of some kind for a card in a zone. The description's typically are assumed to look at the characteristics of a card unless they describe a non-characteristic (for instance owned by you).

109.3. An object’s characteristics are name, mana cost, color, color indicator, card type, subtype, supertype, rules text, abilities, power, toughness, loyalty, hand modifier, and life modifier. Objects can have some or all of these characteristics. Any other information about an object isn’t a characteristic. For example, characteristics don’t include whether a permanent is tapped, a spell’s target, an object’s owner or controller, what an Aura enchants, and so on.

Emphasis mine, since card type include instant and sorcery, that is what is being listed by the card. The exact card type in the line of the card.

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    Yep that's the crux of it, a Creature Card is not an Instant Card even if it has the Flash ability.
    – ghoppe
    Commented Nov 27, 2013 at 19:31

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