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Blessed Alliance EMN

Last Used: Eldritch Moon
Type: Static Ability
Introduced: Eldritch Moon
Category for Escalate

Escalate is a keyword ability.


Escalate is a static ability for modal spells. For each mode you choose beyond the first, you pay the escalate cost—an amount of Mana stated on the card. Escalate works similarly to the Kicker ability.

Comprehensive Rules

702.119. Escalate

702.119a Escalate is a static ability of modal spells (see rule 700.2) that functions while the spell with escalate is on the stack. “Escalate [cost]” means “For each mode you choose beyond the first as you cast this spell, you pay an additional [cost].” Paying a spell’s escalate cost follows the rules for paying additional costs in rules 601.2f–h.[1]


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