Pitch spell

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A pitch spell is any spell card of any type with a static ability that allows it to be cast for an alternative cost; rather than paying a pitch spell's mana cost, it may be cast by exiling, or "pitching", at least one card of the pitch spell's color from its owner's hand. [1]

Pitch spells were first printed in Alliances,[2] and they have more often than not appeared in cycles;[note 1] and, thus far, there are four cycles of such cards in four different sets.

List of pitch spells

Set name Description and notes White card(s) Blue card(s) Black card(s) Red card(s) Green card(s)
Alliances

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Each of these at least uncommon spells (Force of Will is rare) may be cast without paying its mana cost but at the cost of exiling, or "pitching", a card of the pitch spell's color from its owner's hand.

In addition to exiling a card of the pitch spell's color, Force of Will and Contagion require the payment of 1 life.
Scars of the Veteran Force of Will Contagion Pyrokinesis Bounty of the Hunt
Mercadian Masques

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Each of these rare spells may be cast without paying its mana cost but at the cost of exiling, or "pitching", a card of the pitch spell's color from its owner's hand. [3]
Reverent Mantra Misdirection Unmask Cave-In Vine Dryad
Betrayers of Kamigawa

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Each of these rare Arcane instant spells costing Manax.gifCC may be cast without paying its mana cost but at the cost of exiling, or "pitching", a card of the pitch spell's color from its owner's hand.

These spells have the dependent variable X, which may be the mana spelt to (hard)cast the Shoals or the converted mana cost of the card exiled to cast it.
Shining Shoal Disrupting Shoal Sickening Shoal Blazing Shoal Nourishing Shoal
Coldsnap

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Each of these rare spells may be cast without paying its mana cost but at the cost of exiling, or "pitching", two cards of the pitch spell's color from its owner's hand.

Due to the alternative cost of two cards rather than one, this cycle is referred to as the "super-pitch" spell cycle.
Sunscour Commandeer Soul Spike Fury of the Horde Allosaurus Rider

Notes

  1. Time Spiral has, however, featured the pitch spell Snapback

References

  1. Mark Rosewater. (August 05, 2013.) "Twenty Things That Were Going To Kill Magic", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (January 21, 2005.) "Beware the Shining", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (August 19, 2002.) "Free Play. The design of APC cards", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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