I used Jace, Telepath Unbound's second ability, which is casting a spell from the graveyard. It says the spell will be exiled.

However, it didn't. For example, Adverse Conditions was in the graveyard when I activated the Jace's second ability. And Adverse Conditions was cast, but didn't get exiled and instead went into the graveyard again.

Why so?

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    Possible duplicate of Jace, Telepath Unbound and Casting a Spell from the Graveyard Apr 13, 2016 at 10:45
  • @MarcDingena Not a duplicate, involves the same cards but is asking different things.
    – Hackworth
    Apr 13, 2016 at 10:48
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    @Hackworth I stand corrected. The difference in both question is so tiny I actually missed that. How can I retract my flag? Apr 13, 2016 at 10:49
  • @MarcDingena Don't worry about it, it will expire after a few days.
    – diego
    Apr 13, 2016 at 12:44
  • @MarcDingena If you click on the "close" again, there will be an option to retract your vote.
    – tsuma534
    Apr 13, 2016 at 13:42

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Should it have been exiled? Yup. You cast it from your graveyard, it went on the stack, resolved then returned to your graveyard. Going to your graveyard should have been replaced with exiling the card.

Why didn't it? No idea. It's probably a bug. With a game and rules as complex as Magic's, it wouldn't surprise me that something doesn't work like it is supposed to.


There was an update to Magic Duels just under a week ago. There seems to have a lot of bugs that got introduced. This may be the case but I can't access the bug list at the moment because I'm at work (Although it may be unreported, may just be a bug with just this card combination). There is no date set where a patch is to be released at the time of writing.


Jace, Telepath Unbound's second ability states that "If the card (the spell cast from the graveyard) would be put into the graveyard this turn, exile it instead." This means whatever spell you pull from the graveyard, if it were to return to the graveyard by any means (casting, countered, etc,.) then the card gets exiled instead of going to the graveyard. In short, when you use Jace's second ability, any card you cast from the graveyard will most likely be exiled.

There are ways to prevent this with other spells or abilities. For example, if you cast a spell with Buyback (e.g., Walk the Aeons), it never goes to the graveyard, and Jace's ability will not exile it. Likewise, if you cast a spell from your graveyard and then Remand your own spell, it returns to your hand.

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    The nature of the question is that yes, it ought to get exiled, but it wasn't. Apr 13, 2016 at 12:48
  • @doppelgreener This answers the first half of the question, "Should the card be exiled?". The second half of the question, "Why was it not exiled?", is speculation because we don't know the entire board state (and I don't trust the OP to recall it perfectly anyway, because he doesn't necessarily know what to look for). Ultimately the OP is either leaving out some important details, or there is a bug in the game.
    – Rainbolt
    Apr 13, 2016 at 13:42
  • The spells mentioned in the second half of this answer aren't in the Magic Duels game. As far as I know, there are no spells or abilities in the game that will take a spell from the stack to anywhere other either the graveyard or exile. I may be mistaken as I've not seen all the new cards added but the cards are mainly from Origins onward (Not every card gets into the game either). Apr 13, 2016 at 14:09
  • @ProgenitorMimic Should I roll back my edit then? I was trying to provide examples of cards that would make it work that way - not necessarily examples from the game itself - so that the OP knows what kinds of abilities to look for. I definitely don't want to add irrelevant fluff to an answer that I didn't write.
    – Rainbolt
    Apr 13, 2016 at 14:45
  • I don't know. Looks like we have never had questions about the duels games before today. I don't know if these sort of questions should be directed to gaming.stackexchange.com as they have a tag for the game and more people might have played it over there. Apr 13, 2016 at 16:03

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