So I have a couple questions here about the cipher ability. First off, can I cipher more than one card to the same creature? Second, when the creature deals damage to a player and then the cipher ability goes off to "cast" a copy of the spell it's encoded to, is that technically casting a spell? And if so, then would the trigger ability on [[[Consuming Aberration]]] go off?
answered 2013-02-22 02:00:45 -0600Treize
Unlike Soulbond, there is no "encoded on a non encoded creature" restriction. You can encode multiple spell on the same creature.
702.97a Cipher appears on some instants and sorceries. It represents two static abilities, one that functions while the spell is on the stack and one that functions while the card with cipher is in the exile zone. "Cipher" means "If this spell is represented by a card, you may exile this card encoded on a creature you control" and "As long as this card is encoded on that creature, that creature has 'Whenever this creature deals combat damage to a player, you may copy this card and you may cast the copy without paying its mana cost.'"
So cipher trigger "cast spell" ability