Madness (If you discard this card, discard it into exile. When you do, cast it for its madness cost or put it into your graveyard.)
Gain control of target creature if its toughness is 2 or less. If this spell's madness cost was paid, instead gain control of that creature if its toughness is X or less.
When you cast a card with madness, it was still discarded. If it was discarded to pay a cost, that cost is still paid. Abilities that trigger when a card is discarded will still trigger.
The toughness of the creature is checked only as Welcome to the Fold resolves. It doesnâ€™t matter if it has higher toughness as you cast Welcome to the Fold, or if its toughness becomes higher after Welcome to the Fold has resolved.
Madness works independently of why youâ€™re discarding the card. You could discard it to pay a cost, because a spell or ability tells you to, or even because you have too many cards in your hand at the end of your turn. You canâ€™t discard a card with madness just because you want to, though.
If you discard a card with madness while resolving a spell or ability, it moves immediately to exile. Continue resolving that spell or abilityâ€”the card is not in your graveyard at this time. Its madness trigger will be placed onto the stack once that spell or ability has completely resolved.
If you discard a card with madness to pay the cost of a spell or activated ability, that cardâ€™s madness trigger (and the spell that card becomes, if you choose to cast it) will resolve before the spell or ability the discard paid for.
If you choose not to cast a card with madness when the madness triggered ability resolves, itâ€™s put into your graveyard. You donâ€™t get another chance to cast it later.
Effects that cause you to pay more or less for a spell will cause you to pay that much more or less for its madness cost, too.
Casting a spell for its madness cost doesnâ€™t change its mana cost or its converted mana cost. You just pay the madness cost instead.
Cards are discarded in a Magic game only from a playerâ€™s hand. Effects that put cards from a playerâ€™s library into that playerâ€™s graveyard do not cause those cards to be discarded.
A spell cast for its madness cost is put onto the stack like any other spell. It can be countered, copied, and so on. As it resolves, itâ€™s put onto the battlefield if itâ€™s a permanent card or into its ownerâ€™s graveyard if itâ€™s an instant or sorcery card.
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