Leaves Play

From Archon Arcana

If a card that is in play leaves play (is returned to hand or deck, destroyed, discarded, archived, or purged), all non-Æmber tokens and status cards on the card are removed, all upgrades on the card are discarded, and all lasting effects applied to the card expire.

When a card moves from an in–play zone to an out-of-play zone in which the identities of cards are hidden from the opponent (such as a player’s hand, deck, or archives), any pending effects that are currently or about to interact with that card no longer do so, unless a card effect explicitly states that it interacts with that zone.

If a creature with Æmber on it leaves play, the Æmber is placed in the opponent’s Æmber pool. If a non-creature card with Æmber on it leaves play, the Æmber is returned to the general token pool.

When a card leaves play it is always put into its owner’s appropriate out-of-play zone, unless a card effect explicitly states that it interacts with that zone.

If cards leave play while resolving an ability, later instructions in the same ability refer to the cards as they were immediately prior to leaving play.

Example: Code Monkey (WC 147) has the text: "Play: Archive each neighboring creature. If those creatures share a house, gain 2 Aember icon." If one of the archived cards was affected by an effect that changed which house it belonged to, then the second part of Code Monkey's ability refers to the houses to which those cards belonged immediately before being archived.

Official rules v1.7 December 2020