Question:If a card said "All spells are blue," would it only affect spells on the stack or would it apply to cards in your hand as well? Could an opponent play an Iona and shut you out of the game? - adamrinsky
Question:On the "keyword, other creatures you control have keyword" thing, I like to think there's more than just stylistic choices involved. Things like Mwonvuli Beast Tracker and the like make the current template fair game, I think. - piaco
You can like to think that, but it’s not really true. We’d go with what we thought was the clearer template regardless of Mwonvuli Beast Tracker.
Question:Not to mention that (Keyword). Other (type of thing) you control have (keyword). is functionally different from (Type of thing) you control have (keyword). since if the host of the ability no longer is (type of thing), it wouldn't give itself (keyword) anymore. - aepokh
Yeah, but that’s not the driving force behind the decision. We mostly don’t care about the functional differences.
Question:The "Keyword. Other [creatures] you control have keyword." template is not applied to Slivers, is it just to keep Slivers consistent or is it more intuitive with the Sliver type? - iamcrazyjoe
Slivers get grandfathered in and that’s their whole schtick, so it’s a lot easier to remember. Plus, the Sliver template is easier to figure out when talking about p/t bonuses.
Question:Is there any reason why Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund has (Haste) and (Other Dragons you control have haste) instead of (Dragons you control have haste)? Seems functionally equivalent in 99% of cases - iamcrazyjoe
Research has shown that “Keyword. Other [creatures] you control have keyword” is an easier-to-understand template.
Question:Regarding copying permanent spells: It would specifically have to state that any permanent summoned would have to be represented with a token, wouldn't it? Couldn't that work? - sphinxofumculthum
It only could work because it is a subset of everything, and everything could work. It’d be weird for little gain though. Why not just make a token copy of a creature?
Question:Would you consider making space functionally identical to Fork's original wording, i.e. becoming a copy of another spell instead of creating a copy, or is the templating too ugly for a limited difference (mainly being able to use things like Rebound on your copy spell)? - subbak
I’d have to consider it if the designers ever did. Let’s not tell them, okay?