Richard Garfield, Ph.D. (Unsanctioned #26)

Richard Garfield, Ph.D. {3}{U}{U}

Legendary Creature — Human Designer

You may play cards as though they were other cards of your choice with the same mana cost. You can’t choose the same card twice. (Mana cost includes color.)

And yea he doth spake: “Let there be Magic.”


Illustrated by Dave Dorman

Notes and Rules Information for Richard Garfield, Ph.D.:
  • Richard Garfield, Ph.D. essentially makes you play a variant of the Magic game called “Mental Magic.” Here’s how the game works. Whenever you cast a spell, you reveal the card to all players and choose any other card (see below for the cards that you can use) that has that card’s mana cost. (Note that color very much does matter.) That spell can then be cast as though it was the chosen card. You aren’t allowed to choose the same card twice. (2020-02-29)
  • By default, you are limited to cards legal in the format you’re playing. If you’re playing Draft or Sealed Deck, you can name any card available in the format you’re playing. If you’re playing with Unsanctioned decks, anything goes. Discuss with your playgroup if you’d prefer to modify or eliminate these limitations. (2020-02-29)
  • Playing cards as though they were other cards is optional. (2020-02-29)
  • Each Richard tracks its own list of played cards. If one leaves the battlefield and another enters, cards previously played under the first Richard are available once again. (2020-02-29)
  • If more than one player controls a Richard Garfield, Ph.D., the cards one player plays has no effect on the other players. For example, each player could play Savannah Lions as a Swords to Plowshares this way. (2020-02-29)
  • The same is true if Richard Garfield, Ph.D. changes controllers. If you play a Savannah Lions as Swords to Plowshares, then an opponent gains control of Richard Garfield, Ph.D., that player can then do the same. (2020-02-29)