Reincarnate (Transform version)

Reincarnate — When this dies, you may pay <cost>. If you do, return this to the battlefield from the graveyard transformed.

Example Cards

Common Cultist
2BB
Creature - Human Rogue
Reincarnate — When ~ dies, you may pay 1B. If you do, return ~ to the battlefield from the graveyard transformed.
3/2
//
Attendant of Anubis
Creature - Hound
Intimidate
When ~ etb, destroy target non-black creature.
3/2

Ancient Acolyte
1B
Creature - Human Cleric
Reincarnate — When ~ dies, you may pay 0. If you do, return ~ to the battlefield from the graveyard transformed.
1/1
//
Satiated Scarab
Creature - Insect Warrior
When ~ etb, sacrifice a creature.
5/5

Honorable Scholar
2U
Creature - Human Wizard
When ~ etb, draw a card.
Reincarnate — When ~ dies, you may pay 2U. If you do, return ~ to the battlefield from the graveyard transformed.
2/2
//
Dishonorable Scribe
Creature - Bird Wizard
Flying
When ~ etb, draw two cards.
2/2

Discussion

I like this mechanic, but I'm not sure it should put so much emphasis on leaving mana open for the right moment. It does add skill to the game, but in a brainy, stressful way. I have a feeling it would feel more satisfying if it said
Reincarnate <cost> (<cost>: Put ~ from your graveyard onto the battlefield transformed. Reincarnate as a sorcery.)
and just had a high reincarnate cost, similar to Golgari's Scavange costs to make sure it's balanced. The night side would have "When this dies, exile it." to prevent infinite recursion.

- Chah


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