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Are there any spells (sorceries, instants) that grant emblems? The only way to get an emblem that I've seen so far is for a planeswalker's ability to grant an emblem. I wonder if there is any other spell that can be cast to receive an emblem.

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No, not at this time.

  • o:emblem means the Oracle text (rules text) of the card must include the word "Emblem".
  • -t:planeswalker means the card must not have the type "Planeswalker".

The 18 cards that do mention "Emblem" are all Planeswalkers.

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  • I'll take that answer, but how do you know?
    – MPW
    Dec 24, 2014 at 17:51
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    Did you follow the link?
    – ikegami
    Dec 24, 2014 at 17:58
  • This answer is technically still accurate, but could probably use an update to account for new cards (found at the links you already provide). The second link lists several non-planeswalker cards now, but they're all DFCs with planeswalkers on their back that actually create the emblems. The first link now goes to Teferi's Talent, which is an enchantment that defines an emblem but only lets a planeswalker create it; a near miss in my opinion. Oct 16, 2023 at 17:41
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    In addition to that, the new keyword action "the Ring tempts you" creates an emblem called The Ring. As a result, a number of non-planeswalker cards now create that emblem.
    – murgatroid99
    Oct 16, 2023 at 17:46
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While not strictly speaking emblems, there are non-Planeswalker cards which create effects with durations of "for the rest of the game," which is the original wording for Elspeth, Knight Errant (before she was errataed to have an emblem).

Cyclopean Tomb removes mire counters that it put onto a land each turn for the rest of the game after it leaves the battlefield.

Praetor's Counsel gives you no maximum hand size for the rest of the game.

Stigma Lasher prevents a player from gaining life for the rest of the game.

The Epic ability from Saviors of Kamigawa prevents you from casting additional spells for the rest of the game. (Enduring Ideal, Eternal Dominion, Neverending Torment, Undying Flames, Endless Swarm)

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Planeswalkers are the only sources of emblems

Mark Rosewater, the Head Designer for Magic, has said on his Tumblr blog that

We have chosen to make emblems a planeswalker-only thing.

That is one of many answers Mark has given regarding emblems, stretching at least as far back as 2011, and continuing to the present day, where Ascend (which is a "for the rest of the game" mechanic which could have been designed using emblems) has prompted questions about the issue again. All of them say basically the same thing.

WotC could, of course, change this decision and decide to let non-Planeswalker cards create emblems. But they have so far shown no signs of being interested in doing so.

That said, until any cards are printed which interact with emblems in any way, effects which last "for the rest of the game" are functionally equivalent to emblems, and those do exist on a number of different card types. The distinction that makes one of these effects an emblem has far more flavor significance than it does mechanical significance.

Special mention goes to Obsidian Fireheart, the card that held the title for "Greatest Reminder Text" ("The land continues to burn after Obsidian Fireheart has left the battlefield") until the Unstable card Gimme Five stole that title with "Offer high fives. Don't hit people."

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    No longer accurate - "The Ring" is an emblem and is granted by the "The Ring Tempts You" mechanic that appears on non-planeswalker cards
    – Andrew
    Oct 15, 2023 at 5:28
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As of today (Dec 24, 2014) there are 18 cards with Oracle wording that gives an emblem. As you can see, they are all Planeswalkers.

(source: this search here - I've cleaned up some un-necessary details for readability)

Name Type
Ajani Steadfast Planeswalker — Ajani
Dack Fayden Planeswalker — Dack
Daretti, Scrap Savant Planeswalker — Daretti
Domri Rade Planeswalker — Domri
Elspeth, Knight-Errant Planeswalker — Elspeth
Elspeth, Sun's Champion Planeswalker — Elspeth
Garruk, Apex Predator Planeswalker — Garruk
Garruk, Caller of Beasts Planeswalker — Garruk
Kiora, the Crashing Wave Planeswalker — Kiora
Koth of the Hammer Planeswalker — Koth
Liliana of the Dark Realms Planeswalker — Liliana
Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath Planeswalker — Nixilis
Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker Planeswalker — Sarkhan
Sorin, Lord of Innistrad Planeswalker — Sorin
Sorin, Solemn Visitor Planeswalker — Sorin
Tamiyo, the Moon Sage Planeswalker — Tamiyo
Teferi, Temporal Archmage Planeswalker — Teferi
Venser, the Sojourner Planeswalker — Venser

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