I have a Cockatrice enchanted with an aura, Celestial Mantle, which says:

Whenever enchanted creature deals combat damage to a player, double its controller’s life total.

My opponent then enchants the Cockatrice with Control Magic. Next turn, they attack with it.

Who's the controller of the Celestial Mantle at this stage? Who will benefit from Celestial Mantle's ability to double a player's life total?

  • The player who put the Aura onto the creature, or
  • The player controlling the creature?
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    (I'm pretty sure the answer is - the current Cockatrice controller - but I thought I'd ask you the same ...) Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 16:51
  • duplicate of: boardgames.stackexchange.com/questions/45857/… Commented Dec 18, 2019 at 17:43
  • Well, I disagree: my question is an evidence of the opposite situation...and that this kind of situations happens, and that is a proper and different question. Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 17:44
  • Not really, it is 'who controls a permanent' which is something that has been answered several times here ;) Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 17:46
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    I agree with this. Thus, wait a little for my next question... Commented Dec 20, 2019 at 14:25

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You're still controlling the aura.

303.4e An Aura’s controller is separate from the enchanted object’s controller or the enchanted player; the two need not be the same. If an Aura enchants an object, changing control of the object doesn’t change control of the Aura, and vice versa. Only the Aura’s controller can activate its abilities. However, if the Aura grants an ability to the enchanted object (with “gains” or “has”), the enchanted object’s controller is the only one who can activate that ability.

However, in this case it doesn't matter. The aura says

double its controller's life total

"its" refers to the enchanted creature, not the aura itself. So your opponent will get the benefits here.

  • In fact, it's like I thought ... I also said it in the comment above. I ask for it just to make sure about. it is a quite simple question... But please...don't rate me bad for doing this!!! Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 17:01
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    It can however be useful for beginners, or for a quick recognition of the rules about this kind of topics... Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 17:02
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    @Massimiliano An aura and its target are less connected than one might intuitively think. I know many people, for instance, tap auras on creatures that attack. That might often be just a convenience, but it's easy to believe that the auras actually tap if you haven't been specifically told that they don't. In fact, placing it under or on top of the card it enchants is also "a convenience". Pedantically (at least according to the Comp rules; I know little of tournament rules), one might just as well play them out on the table completely separate like any other card. But please don't.
    – Arthur
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 19:33
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    An interesting thing is that older Auras and Equipment tended to give benefits to their controllers such as Spirit Link, and newer enchantments tend to give the benefits to the Enchanted/Equiped permanent.
    – CALEB F
    Commented Dec 16, 2019 at 22:56
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    Also note cards like Vow of Flight (there's a full five color rotation of similar auras), which would be completely pointless if ownership of an aura was synced with the permanent it's enchanting. Commented Dec 17, 2019 at 2:54

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