Ok so let's say you've stolen a creature from an opponent with Zealous Conscripts. You then play Mystic Reflection and then flicker it with Ghostly Flicker, which puts it back onto the battlefield under your control, and transformed into a Blightsteel Colossus. Since it is no longer the Target creature from Zealous Conscripts, would it still return to its opponent's control?

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    I want to note that "transform" has a specific meaning in Magic: it refers to changing which face is currently up on a transforming double-faced card.
    – murgatroid99
    Aug 12, 2022 at 2:33
  • Ah ok thanks, sorry. Still relatively new to the game and haven't gotten all of the terminology down just yet
    – Tavian
    Aug 12, 2022 at 13:39

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You do keep the creature, but not because of Mystic Reflection.

Whenever an object changes zones, it becomes a completely new object, with no memory of its previous existence (other than some exceptions that don't apply here). In this case, Ghostly Flicker moves the creature to exile then back to the battlefield. Once that happens, it is no longer "the creature that was taken by Zealous Conscripts" and it is instead "a new creature that entered the battlefield under your control". So, there is no previous controller for it to return to. You just control it.

Mystic Reflection doesn't matter here because changing an object's characteristics doesn't change which object it is, and that is the thing that matters for an effect like on Zealous Conscripts. In fact, if you used an effect like True Polymorph to turn the creature into a Blightsteel Colossus without it leaving the battlefield, it would still return to the opponent's control at the end of the turn.

  • Ah, ok, I'd wondered about that as well. Thank you for your help!
    – Tavian
    Aug 12, 2022 at 13:40
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    Aug 15, 2022 at 22:27

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