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MTG Modified – Rules and Interactions

Modified is a new MTG status that a creature can have. It was introduced with Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty. In this article, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about it, including:

  • What is a modified creature?
  • How does a creature become modified?
  • Interactions with modified;
  • and more!

Note that we don’t know everything about the mechanic so far, so there might be some changes to this article in the upcoming weeks.

How Does MTG Modified Work?

It’s pretty simple. A creature is considered modified, if it:

  • is equipped;
  • is enchanted;
  • has counters.

A creature doesn’t need to have to meet all three conditions. One is enough for a creature to become modified.

The fact that the creature is modified does nothing by itself. Instead, some cards care whether you have a modified creature, or if a specific creature is modified.

Let’s take a look at an example.

Examples

Here’s Scarica di Fiamma, an Italian leak from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty.

Italian Leak Kamigawa How Does Modified Work MTG Rules

A rough translation would be:

Discharge of Flame XR

Instant

Discharge of Flame deals X damage to target creature or planeswalker. If you control a modified creature, as you cast this spell, it deals X+2 damage instead. (Creatures that are quipped, enchanted or have counters are modified.)

It’s certainly a weird card, although very simple in the actual game play. You’ll always be able to get a Shock for creatures and planeswalkers. However, if you have a modified creature in play, you can pay more mana to deal more damage.

So if you have any creature that’s equipped, enchanted, or has counters, you get a better removal spell. There will surely be other cards with modified, but for now this is the only Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty spoiler with this mechanic.

MTG Modified – FAQ

Does a creature count as modified if my opponent enchanted it?

Yes, it does. Let’s say your opponent played a Pacifism on your Colossal Dreadmaw. This Dinosaur is now a modified creature.

What’s the easiest way to get a modified creature?

That depends on your deck. A lot of decks might have a way to get some incidental +1/+1 counters on creatures, so that’s one option. If your deck has Equipment synergies, that’s one possible way to get a modified creature, and so on.

If you have a question about the mechanic that we didn’t answer, let us know in the comments below. We’ll get back to you as fast as we can.

Flavor

To modify means to make partial or minor changes to something. Auras, counters, and equipment certainly change creatures, so the flavor is pretty straightforward here. Although, there’s nothing minor about something like Eldrazi Conscription, even on a simple Squirrel.

MTG Modifiy – Interactions

There aren’t that many weird interactions with coven. Nevertheless, there are a couple of interesting ones.

Get Modified Creatures Instantly

It might be beneficial if you can get a modified creature out of nowhere, when your opponent isn’t expecting it. That can be most easily done by auras with flash, like Feral Invocation, or with instants that give counters, for example Dragonscale Boon.

However, if you’re building a deck around modify, and you play a lot of equipment, you might consider Sigarda’s Aid, which gives all of your auras and equipment flash.

Sigarda's Aid

Additionally, you get the first equip for free, which really helps with some high equip costs. (Looking at Colossus Hammer.)

MTG Modified on a Test Card

Here’s an interesting tidbit about MTG modify. The word actually didn’t premiere in the new Kamigawa Set, but in the Mystery Booster, on a test card.

Louvaw MTG Modified Test Card

Louvaq has protection from modified creatures. However, in the reminder text, you’ll notice that modified creatures had different criteria. Any creature with changed power, toughness, or ability would be considered modified.

Since it was just a test card, it wasn’t an actual mechanic, so Wizards of the Coast had a lot of freedom in changing the modified ability. They might have done this for various reasons, but the most likely one is, that the modify now works much more clearly.

Conclusion

Anyway, that’s all about MTG modified creatures. Hopefully, you now know how they work, and you’ll be able to use it to your advantage.

If you really like the modify mechanic, you can check our article about Kamigawa Commander decks. One of the decks might focus on it.

Until next time, have fun and may your creatures be modified in a beneficial way.

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