Spine of Ish Sah's rulings appear to say it can't be sacrificed:

Spine of Ish Sah’s last ability doesn’t allow you to sacrifice it. You must find another way to get Spine of Ish Sah into the graveyard.

Does that mean it can't be sacrificed to Breya, Etherium Shaper or Emrakul, the Aeons Torn?

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    No, "Its last ability doesn’t allow you to sacrifice it" ≠ "Abilities aren't allowed to sacrifice it". "Its last ability doesn’t allow you to sacrifice it" ≠ "Its last ability prevents it from being sacrificed".
    – ikegami
    Feb 3, 2018 at 22:42
  • @ikegami So it does allow me to sacrifice it, obviously with another ability. "Prevents" isn't a standard phrase to stop sacrifice, see Sigarda, Host of Herons. Feb 8, 2018 at 17:05

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No, that's not how that ruling is supposed to be read. Though I admit they worded it poorly.

The card can be sacrificed like any other, what the ruling means is you cannot sacrifice because of the second ability, just because you want it back in hand, but you can sacrifice it to anything that would allow you to sacrifice an artefact. Doing so will cause the second ability to trigger.

The second ability doesn't allow you to sacrifice it, it doesn't give you a way to do that by itself, but it doesn't prevent you from sacrificing it either.

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    IIRC, the context of that ruling is "a lot of people misplayed it during test"
    – Alex P
    Feb 3, 2018 at 5:10
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    "you cannot sacrifice it to trigger the second ability" - But you can sacrifice it, which will trigger the second ability. That ruling is more confusing than the redundant text on 4th ed. Spirit Link. Feb 3, 2018 at 6:03
  • @CeesTimmerman more the second ability does not give you a way to sacrifice it, but if you do sacrifice it it will trigger the second ability.
    – Andrew
    Feb 3, 2018 at 6:40
  • @Andrew That's perfectly obvious to me. If it did it'd say something like "Sacrifice Spine of Ish Sah: Do something." Feb 3, 2018 at 12:13
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    @CeesTimmerman Sacrificing it will cause the second ability to trigger, correct. You cannot however sacrifice it simply because you want to trigger the second ability, you need an outlet. I remember scars block, I remember people expecting such an expensive card with a simple effect to be repeatable that easy and players were destroying it that way, just because they wanted to sacrifice it.
    – Andrew
    Feb 4, 2018 at 20:25

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