For example: I have Urza's Incubator on the table, and I declare Spirits as my creature type.

I then want to cast Mirrorhall Mimic (A spirit creature) from my graveyard for its Disturb cost which reads: "You may cast this card from your graveyard transformed for its Disturb cost". In isolation, this would have it's spell cost reduced.

What enters the battlefield however, is an Enchantment called Ghastly Mimicry, which would not be impacted by the spell cost reduction.

Rule 712.7 states:

If a transforming double-faced card is cast as a spell, it’s put on the stack with its front face up by default. If a transforming double-faced card is cast “transformed,” it’s put on the stack with its back face up.

What I don't fully understand is this: The enchantment doesn't have a casting cost printed on it, so am I or am I not casting a Spirit creature that then transforms in to an enchantment and who's cost is reduced by the effect of Urza's Incubator.

  • Casting cost = mana cost or alt cost + additional costs and cost increases - cost reductions. You're using an alternative cost rather than its (non-existing) mana cost, so it's (lack of) mana cost is irrelevant
    – ikegami
    Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 16:45

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Even though there is no casting cost printed on the back (meaning it would normally be un-castable), you are still actually casting the back.

First the spell goes on the stack (transformed). Then you determine the cost. Normally it would be impossible to cast since no cost is printed, but in this case, the cost is the disturb alternative casting cost.

Since you are actually casting the back side, it is now an enchantment aura and so cost reductions for Spirit creatures do not apply. Also, since you are applying one alternative cost, you can't apply any other alternative costs (e.g. "cast without paying any mana").

When you cast a spell using a card's disturb ability, the card is put onto the stack with its back face up. The resulting spell has all the characteristics of that face.

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    It could be noted that Disturb is an alternative cost, and so you can't cast those cards for free through efffects that allow you to cast them "without paying its mana cost"
    – Hackworth
    Commented Nov 18, 2021 at 17:13
  • Worth noting that the disturb cards from Midnight Hunt are spirits on the back side, so these cards will get the cost reduction.
    – Swimmer F
    Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 1:47
  • The question mentions confusion about the fact that Disturb seems to be casting the back face even though the back face has no printed mana cost. When casting a card for an alternate casting cost like with Disturb, it doesn't matter what the printed casting cost is or even whether it has one. Other existing cards like Ancestral Vision and Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar apply the same principle.
    – murgatroid99
    Commented Nov 19, 2021 at 4:06

601.2a To propose the casting of a spell, a player first moves that card (or that copy of a card) from where it is to the stack. It becomes the topmost object on the stack. It has all the characteristics of the card (or the copy of a card) associated with it, and that player becomes its controller. The spell remains on the stack until it resolves, it’s countered, or a rule or effect moves it elsewhere.

601.2f The player determines the total cost of the spell. Usually this is just the mana cost. Some spells have additional or alternative costs. Some effects may increase or reduce the cost to pay, or may provide other alternative costs. Costs may include paying mana, tapping permanents, sacrificing permanents, discarding cards, and so on. The total cost is the mana cost or alternative cost (as determined in rule 601.2b) [...]

So you first move the card to the stack in 601.2a. Then, later, in 601.2f, you check what its cost is. By this time it's transformed, and you use that side to decide whether it's eligible for cost reduction. Even though this side doesn't have the Disturb keyword printed on it, the effect of choosing the Disturb ability still holds.

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