Deflection | Magic: The Gathering
Formats Deflection is Legal in
Official Oracle Text for Deflection
Official Rulings for Deflection
10/4/2004 : This only targets the spell being changed, not the original or new target of the spell it is affecting.
10/4/2004 : The target of a spell that targets another spell on the stack can be changed to any other spell on the stack, even if the new target will resolve before the spell does.
10/4/2004 : You can't make a spell which is on the stack target itself.
10/4/2004 : You can choose to make a spell on the stack target this spell (if such a target choice would be legal had the spell been cast while this spell was on the stack). The new target for the deflected spell is not chosen until this spell resolves. This spell is still on the stack when new targets are selected for the spell.
10/4/2004 : If there is no other legal target for the spell, this does not change the target.
10/4/2004 : This does not check if the current target is legal. It just checks if the spell has a single target.
10/4/2004 : You choose the spell to target on announcement, but you pick the new target for that spell on resolution.
2/1/2009 : If a spell targets multiple things, you can't target it with Deflection, even if all but one of those targets has become illegal.
2/1/2009 : If a spell targets the same player or object multiple times, you can't target it with Deflection.