New Missed Trigger Rules Updates

The most recent update of the IPG (Infraction Policy Guide) was released today and of note to all players are the updated missed trigger rules sections included. Matt Tabak has released an article on the DailyMTG site covering the new changes. Covered in the article are sections on the corner cases involving Pyreheart Wolf and delayed triggers, clarifications on what acknowledging a trigger means and an the unification of missed trigger rules across all REL levels.

Some excerpts from tonight’s article:
A triggered ability that changes the rules of the game.

This case includes triggered abilities like the one Pyreheart Wolf has. It changes the rules governing some aspect of the game, often attacking and blocking. You are expected to mention the ability when it first has an effect, and you must prevent opponents from taking any resulting illegal actions. For example, if you attack with Pyreheart Wolf and your opponent attempts to block with one creature, you must inform your opponent that that is an illegal block, and blockers must be redeclared.

At Regular REL, there are really only two “rules.” You aren’t allowed to miss your own triggered abilities, and your opponent isn’t required to remind you about them. The second one is a change that was put in at higher RELs a few months ago. Please note that this part applies only to triggered abilities. You can’t ignore rules violations. Now, your responsibilities as the opponent are the same across different types of tournaments. If a triggered ability is forgotten (or any other game error is made) and the error is discovered later, players should alert the judge. The judge will try and fix the error if possible and, if not, the game will just continue. Regular REL is all about fun and providing a casual environment where players of all skill levels and experience levels can have a good time, so missing a triggered ability isn’t punished too harshly.

I highly recommend reading the entire article to become fully aware of the new rules.

If you can’t get enough about Missed Triggers and their place in the IPG, don’t despair! Level 5 Judge Toby Elliot also released a handful of pieces on his blog going further in-depth for tournament players and judges alike.


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