Bounce

1. What does bounce mean in CCGs?

Return a card to a player's hand

In Hearthstone, Magic: The Gathering (MTG), and other CCGs, to bounce a card means to return it from the battlefield to its owner's hand. For example, the MTG card Unsummon allows you to bounce an in-play creature (and is MTG's most iconic bounce spell).

There are many reasons a player might want to bounce an in-play card (usually a minion or creature) to their own or their opponent's hand. When used on an opponent's creature, a bounce spell acts as a soft removal spell, buying time in which you can either defeat your opponent or topdeck a permanent answer to their creature. Using a bounce spell on your own creature can protect it from your opponent's removal or allow you to re-use the creature's Battlecry or "enters the battlefield" (ETB) ability.

What is the difference between a bounce spell and a blink spell?

In MTG, bounce spells and blink spells are similar yet different. A bounce spell returns a card to its owner's hand, while a blink spell causes a card to temporarily leave and then re-enter the battlefield. However, a blinked card never returns to its owner's hand and does not have to be replayed. This makes blink spells a better choice than bounce spells for abusing "enters the battlefield" abilities.

Example

"I'll bounce your Grizzly Bears with Echoing Truth and attack."
A classic MTG bounce spell

A classic MTG bounce spell

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Last Updated: July 29, 2021

2. What does bounce mean?

To leave

A term that refers to the act of leaving; not to be confused with bouncy balls.

Example

"This party sure died, you wanna bounce?"

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Last Updated: August 27, 2014

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