If I have a Dack's Duplicate copying Jace, Vryn's Prodigy, can it transform into Jace, Telepath Unbound?

I imagine it would not — it would be similar to the rules for tokens right, it doesn't have the face to flip to, and in this case I would assume duplicate would just be exiled forever if it tried right?


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You are correct about the outcome, but it is a different set of rules that deals with what happens here.

In the case of a Jace token, it can’t transform because tokens cannot exist outside of the battlefield, and can’t ever come back to the battlefield after leaving. With a non-token copy, we have this rule:

711.8a If a player is instructed to put a card that isn’t a double-faced card onto the battlefield transformed, that card stays in its current zone.

So the Duplicate will remain in exile.

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    What if the copied card is in fact a flip card? For example, we are getting Metamorphic Alteration in M19. What if I enchant my delver of secrets, copying Nicol Bolas, The Ravanger. Then I pay the cost on Bolas(Previously a delver) to flip into Bolas Planeswalker? Not sure if this is a different question or not - so I'll comment for now. Commented Jul 2, 2018 at 20:00
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    @Christopher That sounds like a separate (and good) question to me. Commented Jul 2, 2018 at 20:15
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    I feel like you would end up putting Insectile Aberration into play, but please do ask a new question because I'm not sure!
    – GendoIkari
    Commented Jul 2, 2018 at 21:46

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