I've seen a lot of cards use the key phrase "When you cast a spell..." but are there any cards or abilities that rely on spells being successfully cast and Resolve?

For instance the creature ability Prowess; triggers whether or not a non-creature is cast successfully or countered.

What would the wording on modern cards look like to reflect that?

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Buyback and Rebound depend on the card resolving in order for their effects to occur.


Buyback 3 (You may pay an additional 3 as you cast this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)

Artful Maneuver

Rebound (If you cast this spell from your hand, exile it as it resolves. At the beginning of your next upkeep, you may cast this card from exile without paying its mana cost.)

Feather, the Redeemed has a trigger that fires when you cast a spell, and then checks to see if the spell resolved.

Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell that targets a creature you control, exile that card instead of putting it into your graveyard as it resolves. If you do, return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.

There is also a very similar phrasing to what you're describing used on some cards. These are ETB triggers that fire only if the permanent entered the battlefield as a result of being cast. It is, functionally, no different than the spell resolving.

(...)When (X) enters the battlefield, if you cast if from your hand, (Y).

This is a list of cards that have that phrasing on it. As a specific example, Angel of the Dire Hour.

When Angel of the Dire Hour enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand, exile all attacking creatures.

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    Nothing here "triggers" on spell resolution. Buyback and Rebound both create replacement effects that modify where the spell goes as it resolves, and Feather's ability triggers on casting a spell, and then creates a similar replacement effect.
    – murgatroid99
    Mar 12, 2020 at 18:26
  • @murgatroid99 I've adjusted my phrasing of your issues, is this better?
    – DenisS
    Mar 12, 2020 at 18:46
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    @DenisS Yes, that's what I was asking for.
    – murgatroid99
    Mar 12, 2020 at 18:48
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    @DenisS Buyback and Rebound do fit in the answer I am looking for- My question phrasing could be a little more clear, as I was mostly interested in 'Things that rely on resolution'. Which do include replacement effects. However your example with the recently printed Feather is spot on. +1
    – L.P.
    Mar 13, 2020 at 13:14

Generally, these types of triggered abilities trigger on more specific events. For example, "whenever a creature enters the battlefield" will only trigger if a creature spell successfully resolves. Similarly, "whenever you gain life" will trigger when a life-gain spell successfully resolves. In the case of creatures spells; some triggered abilities are even more specific to prevent it working with creatures entering in other ways. Wild Pair says "Whenever a creature enters the battlefield, if you cast it from your hand[...]"

I am not aware of any triggered abilities that trigger upon just any spell resolving, or even any spell you control, or any sorcery, etc. There does not appear to be any reason why an ability couldn't be worded "whenever an instant spell that you control resolves [...]", but there doesn't seem to be a good reason to specifically avoid the situations where this is different than "whenever you cast an instant spell".

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