The Battlefield is among the game areas in Magic: The Gathering.
This is the space between your opponent(s). The battleground is when you and your opponent do fight (attack and defend). As a-game or duel (or other variation: Two-Headed Giant, Multiplayer, etc.) begins, the Battlefield is vacant.
As Lands tend to be played and means tend to be cast (Summons, Enchantments, Sorceries, Instants), they affect the Battlefield, unless a card specifies usually. Permanants will only have a home in this area. Some older cards imprinted utilising the terms "in play, " "from play, " "into play, " etc. have now been updated through the Oracle card reference, to rather read "The Battlefield".
- 403.1. All of the location involving the people presents the battlefield. The battlefield starts bare. Permanents a new player settings are typically held facing them on battleground, though you can find cases (such as for instance an Aura attached to another player’s permanent) whenever a permanent one player controls is held nearer to an alternative player.
- 403.2. an enchantment or capability strikes and checks just the battlefield unless it particularly mentions a new player or any other zone.
- 403.3. Permanents occur just regarding battleground. Every object regarding the battleground is a permanent. See guideline 110, “Permanents.”
- 403.4. When a permanent enters the battlefield, it becomes a brand new item and has no commitment to your earlier permanent represented because of the same card, aside from the cases placed in guideline 400.7. (this is especially valid for almost any things entering any area.)
- 403.5. Formerly, the battlefield was called the “in-play area.” Cards which were printed with text that contains the expressions “in play, ” “from play, ” “into play, ” or the want are referring to the battlefield. Cards that have been printed with that text have received errata in the Oracle card reference.