Q: I've noticed on creatures with multiple keywords (flying, trample, etc.) that the keywords are in a certain order. For instance, Flying comes before First Strike and First Strike comes before Trample (Just look at Akroma, Angel of Wrath). My question is: Imagine that there was a creature printed with every keyword in Magic, what is the ordering of the keywords and is there any logical pattern to the ordering?
Burnaby, BC, Canada
A: From Del Laugel, Senior Editor:
The short answer is that there's no fixed order for keywords. I check Oracle for similar cards whenever an unusual combination comes up, but my top priority is getting the individual cards to read well. But what fun is a short answer?
Creature — Sliver Samurai Ninja
Affinity for Auras with enchant Forest, kicker , convoke
Graft 1, sunburst, amplify 1, bloodthirst 1, modular 0
Defender, flying, horsemanship, banding, bands with other Slivers, phasing, Urza's-walk, provoke, flanking, rampage 5, first strike, double strike, vigilance, trample, haste, bushido, protection from Yeti, shadow, substance
Cumulative upkeep , echo
When Keyword Ultimus comes into play, if the kicker cost was paid, all Equipment lose equip until end of turn.
Imprint — When Keyword Ultimus comes into play, you may remove target creature card in your graveyard from the game.
As long as an imprinted creature card has flying, all creatures you control gain flying. The same is true for fear, first strike, double strike, haste, landwalk, protection, and trample.
Threshold — : Return target card with splice or storm from your graveyard to your hand.
Haunt, soulshift 4
Whenever the creature Keyword Ultimus haunts leaves play, scry 2.
Cycling , transmute
Forecast — : You may pay rather than pay the buyback, entwine, or flashback cost for spells you play this turn.