Arcane Melee and X spells?

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If I have Arcane Melee out and I want to cast Black Sun's Zenith for 4, does the enchantment reduce the cost by two generic and I only have to pay 2BB for it?


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If I have Arcane Melee out and I want to cast Black Sun's Zenith for 4, does the enchantment reduce the cost by two generic and I only have to pay 2BB for it?


Yes, that's correct.

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If I have Arcane Melee out and I want to cast Black Sun's Zenith for 4, does the enchantment reduce the cost by two generic and I only have to pay 2BB for it?


Yes, that's correct.


But does that mean that I have to make Black Sun's Zenith X cost at least 2 when I cast it? Or can I choose to exclude Arcane Melee's effect?
When you cast BSZ you choose a value for X, then later you pay the cost.

You can not choose not to apply Arcane Melee, but you can just choose X =2 (if that's your goal)
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You choose X before you determine the spell's cost. So you choose X=4, then you pay - = .

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But does that mean that I have to make Black Sun's Zenith X cost at least 2 when I cast it?

You are welcome to pick a number smaller than 2. For example, if you pick X = 1, then the total cost of Black Sun's Zenith = - =
Or can I choose to exclude Arcane Melee's effect?

Arcane melee's effect is not optional.
Awesome. Thanks a bunch guys. I appreciate it!
Out of curiousity, why would you want to choose to not apply Arcane Melee's cost reduction?

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http://community.wizards.com/forum/limited-sealed-and-draft/threads/4206961

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"Simple questions" usually need rather complex answers, while complex questions often come down to no more than a simple "yes" or "no".

 

He might have been thinking that cost reducers automatically increase the value of X, and that casting BSZ while arcane melee it out will automatically make X = 2 or more. A lot of new players see it that way.

Luckily, that's not how it works. 

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