Courtesy of Wizards of the Coast (WotC), take a look at this adorable and unique enchantment from Core Set 2021 — Nine Lives!
There is certainly a lot to unpack here, but first, let’s just get it all out — AWWW! SO CUTE!
If a source would deal damage to you, prevent that damage and put an incarnation counter on Nine Lives.
Having hexproof is a great way to ensure Nine Lives sticks around, and preventing damage in key situations can be the difference between winning and losing. Expect to see Nine Lives hit the battlefield in clutch situations, giving its controller that extra opportunity to regain control of the game.
When there are nine of more incarnation counters on Nine Lives, exile it.
When Nine Lives leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.
Talk about high-risk, high-reward! While Nine Lives gives you several chances to stay alive and turn the tide of battle, it also creates a delicate balancing act where one wrong move could cost you the game. In formats like Commander, Nine Lives can be combined with cards like Platinum Angel to ensure your life total stays safe without the risk of losing when the enchantment reaches nine counters.