I saw this tweet (of a neural network generated MTG card), and tried to find a name for the ability "Simic Commander" has.

Using the gatherer I find some similar cards, but nothing with a name.

Does this kind of mechanic have a mechanical (preferably) or colloquial name?

  • Are you looking for a mechanical name of some sort, or a colloquial name like how we call Just the Wind a "bounce" effect? Oct 23, 2016 at 19:49
  • @doppelgreener the mechanical name if possible, otherwise a colloquial babe is fine. Oct 23, 2016 at 19:54
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    Magma Phoenix is literally the only card ever printed with an ability that specifically matches the one you specify in your title. Are you looking for a name for that specific ability, or the trigger condition, or the effect?
    – murgatroid99
    Oct 23, 2016 at 19:56
  • Yeah, the other two cards just deal damage to one thing on death. Oct 23, 2016 at 19:57
  • @murgatroid the name for that ability. Oct 23, 2016 at 23:13

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A search on Gatherer reveals that there are only two cards with exactly this ability. Based on that, I believe that it is very unlikely that it has a colloquial name. It definitely does not have a name used in the rules; if it did, that name would be used on cards instead.


Death triggers are common, but the EXACT ability that triggers is unique to Magma Phoenix. No other card dies and deals 3 damage to each creature and each player. In addition, no other card specifically just deals 3 damage to each creature and each player without some sort of additional restriction or specification.

If I had to shorthand it to a friend who I know is familiar with a long list of historical cards, I would just say that it dies and Bolts all creatures and players, in reference to Lightning Bolt.

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