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Korozda Monitor reads:

Scavenge {5}{G}{G} ({5}{G}{G}, Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.)

I would like to know why the 5(G)(G) is listed twice, outside of the parentheses and inside. I've seen this format on other cards too.

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It's written like that because that's what the ability means; "Scavenge [cost]" means "[Cost], Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.". The italic text in parentheses is called reminder text, and it's there in this case to tell you what scavenge does.

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    Note that reminder text is not the actual definition of the term; that's in the comprehensive rules. In this case they're essentially the same, though, just a more explicit, correct phrasing in the full rules.
    – Cascabel
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:57
  • Ahhh there we go! Very well explained, thank you. The redundancy was confusing, but this makes perfect sense. Oct 9, 2016 at 4:57
  • @Jefromi I'll work on my formatting, sorry! Oct 9, 2016 at 5:01
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"Scavenge {5}{G}{G}" is a keyword ability. A keyword ability is a shortcut that represents one or more other abilities. The parenthesized, italicized text is a reminder of the gist of the ability for which the keyword stands.

Specifically, the keyword ability "Scavenge [cost]" means "[Cost], Exile this card from your graveyard: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to this card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.".

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