I was talking to a friend who said he played a game of Magic over the weekend. He said his opponent played a Void Winnower but it was okay because he was holding a Sheer Drop in hand.

When the Void Winnower attacked, he chump blocked in and then on his turn he cast Sheer drop which only has a CMC of 3, but he said he cast it for the Awaken cost which is 6 cmc

I thought by using the Awaken cost, the CMC would now be 6 and so Void Winnower's ability would prevent it? Is anyone able to give me a definitive answer?

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    Void Winnower: "Yes, your opponent can’t even. We know." Best ruling ever.
    – Hackworth
    Commented Oct 13, 2015 at 8:49

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The only time the converted mana cost of a spell changes is if is has an {X} in the cost and the spell is currently being cast. So Sheer Drop will always have a CMC of 3 regardless of if the Awaken cost is paid, or if anything else changes the actual amount of mana paid.

202.3. The converted mana cost of an object is a number equal to the total amount of mana in its mana cost, regardless of color.

202.1. A card’s mana cost is indicated by mana symbols near the top of the card. (See rule 107.4.) On most cards, these symbols are printed in the upper right corner. Some cards from the Future Sight set have alternate frames in which the mana symbols appear to the left of the illustration.


You will not be able to cast a spell for its alternative cost if the CMC is even regardless of whether the alternative cost is uneven. You cannot evoke Æthersnipe with this monstrosity in play even if the evoke cost is uneven.


Sheer Drop has uneven CMC which makes it a legal play even when cast for a even alternative cost.

The winnower only ask what is the CMC of the card played? If it is even it cannot be played regardless whether it is cast normally or with any other alternate cost (even or uneven.).

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    My interpretation of the question was "Can I cast a spell for its alternative cost if the alternative cost is even but the regular cost is odd?" I don't think you answered that, so you might consider expanding your answer. The information you have so far is good.
    – Rainbolt
    Commented Oct 20, 2015 at 13:10

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