Overview

The Storm Scale is a rating system Mark Rosewater uses to rate the chances of a mechanic coming back to Magic. You can see a detailed explanation of the scale on the Wizards website. The key things to know are:

Mark also uses the Rabiah Scale for returning to planes, the Venser Scale for returning planeswalkers, and the Beeble Scale for returning creature types, though they all work they same.

A portion of the data behind this site came from the wonderful Storm Scale Database.

The site was last updated on November 29, 2018.

Timeline
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
Now
Mechanics
-1/-1 counters
1
2
Absorb
8
Affinity
3
4
6
Affinity for artifacts
7
9
8
Affinity for basic lands
6
Ally mechanic
7
Animated lands
2
Annihilator
Ante
9
10
Arcane
7
9
Artifact lands
10
Aura swap
6
Auras that tap
10
Awaken
4
Banding
Bands with other
Basic lands
0
Battalion
5
4
Battle cry
3
5
4
Bestow
7
Bloodrush
6
Bloodthirst
3
Bolster
4
5
Bushido
Bushido (new name)
Buyback
Cantrips
Cascade
Champion
6
Changeling
5
5
Chroma
6
10
Cipher
9
Clash
Cohort
8
Coin flip
1
2
Colorless mana costs
6
Colorless spells
1
Conspire
7
Constellation
5
6
Contraptions
9
Converge
6
Convoke
2
2.5
4
Creatures that transform into planeswalkers
5
Creatures with abilities usable by any player
10
Cumulative Upkeep
9
Curses
5
3
Cycling
Dash
3
Deathtouch
Delirium
7
Delve
5
6
8
Detain
5
3
Devoid
6
2
5
Devotion
2
5
4
3
Devour
Domain
Double-faced cards
Dredge
Echo
Emerge
6
Empire (mechanic)
10
Energy
5
7
Entwine
4
5
6
Epic
7
8
Equipment
2
Escalate
5
Evoke
2
4
5.5
5
Evolve
Exalted
Exert
3
Exploit
6
Extort
6
Extra turn
1
Fabricate
6
Face down mechanics
6
Fading
8
Fateful hour
8
Fateseal
8
Fear
9
10
Ferocious
7
Flanking
9
7
Flanking (tweaked)
7
5
7
6
Flashback
Flicker effects
1
Flip cards
10
Flying
Forecast
8
Formidable
9
Fractions
9.5
Free spell mechanic
10
Frenzy
8
Fuse
4
Gotcha
Graft
8
Grandeur
4
5
Gravestorm
8
Graveyard order matters
10
Grind
5
Haunt
Hellbent
5
Heroic
5
4
5
Horsemanship
9
8
9
Hybrid mana
Imprint
Indestructible
1
Infect
2
8
6
7
6
7
Ingest
9
Inspired
7
Instant speed discard
1
Instant speed lands
10
Intimidate
9
10
Investigate
4
4
Kicker
Kinship
7
Laces
8
Land creature
Landfall
Landhome
9
Landwalk
9
Level up
7
8
Lhurgoyf mechanic
3
Licids
10
Living weapon
Lotuses
8
Madness
Manifest
6
Megamorph
9
Meld
5
Mercenary mechanic
8
Metalcraft
7
6
Miracle
4.5
5
8
9
Modular
8
Monocolored hybrid mana
2
3
5
Monstrosity
Monstrous
Morbid
Morph
Moxen
Multikicker
5
Negative power or toughness
4
Ninjutsu
Ninjutsu (new name)
6
Nonbasic landwalk
9
Nonland Typecycling
8
Outlast
7
Overload
6
Pacts
7
Panglacial Wurm mechanic
9
Persist
6
Phasing
Phasing (tweaked)
Phyrexian mana
7
8
Phyrexian mana (new name)
5
Pitch cards
6
4
6
Poison
2
6
5
Poisonous
8
Populate
Processors
9
Proliferate
2
3
5
Protection
2
Provoke
Prowess
1
Prowl
6
Purple
9.5
Putting cards in opponent's deck
10
Quests
6
5
Radiance
8
9
Raid
4
3
Rally
6
Rampage
9
Rebel mechanic
8
9
Rebound
3
4
3
Recover
7
Referencing the stack
8
Remove counters
3
Renown
4
Replicate
4
5
Retrace
Rhystic mechanic
9
Ripple
8
Scavenge
4
Scratch-off cards
9
Scry
Shadow
6.5
7
Shroud
9
Sixth color
9
Skulk
7
Slivers
1
3
Slivers (old-style)
10
Snow
Sorceries castable with flash (like Rout)
5
Soulbound
5
6
Spellshaper mechanic
4
6
Splice
Split second
Storm
Substance
10
Sunburst
9
Support
6
Surge
4
Suspend
9
8
9
7
7
Suspend (tweaked)
8
Threshold
Totem armor
4
3
5
Transfigure
9
Transform
3
Transmute
9
Traps
6
Tribal
9
Two cards spells
7
Undying
5
Unearth
2
4
3
Unleash
4
Untap symbol
Vanishing
7
Vehicles
2
Wither
3
4
5
World
8
9
8
Cards
1/1 vanilla creature
1
Angelic Destiny
4
Banana-themed card
6
Baneslayer Angel
3
Bear lord
3
Dark Ritual
10
Dark Ritual (in red)
10
Dead planeswalker card
10
Disenchant
8
Donate
10
Double-faced card with Morph which is a flip card on both sides
11
Doubling Season
10
Fetch lands
3
6
Giant Growth
2
Goblin planeswalker
5
Healing Salve
6
Jace, the Mind Sculptor
10
Lightning Bolt
2
8
Mark Rosewater card
9
Maro
3.5
Mishra's Factory
9
Mother of Runes
8
Naughty & Nice
10
Nonbasic lands with basic land types
2
Ooze lord
4
Pain lands
5
Path to Exile
Phyrexian planeswalker
10
Planeswalker with banding
12
Shichifukujin Dragon
10
Skullclamp
10
Storm Crow
1
Swords to Plowshares
Sylvan Library
10
Sylvan Library (different colors)
5
Timeshifted legendary creatures
10
Vanilla creature at rare or mythic rare
1
Volcanic Hammer
3
Wall without defender
10
Wasteland
10
Winter Orb
9
Planes
Alara
4
5
Amonkhet
5
Bablovia
10
Dominaria
Fiora
5
6
Innistrad
Ixalan
4
Kaladesh
3
5
Kamigawa
Kylem
Lorwyn/Shadowmoor
Mercadia
New Phyrexia
5
5
Phyrexia
9
Portal: Three Kingdoms plane
10
Rabiah
Rath
Ravnica
Regatha
Segovia
8
Serra's Realm
Shandalar
Tarkir
Theros
Ulgothra
Vryn
4
6
Zendikar
Planeswalkers
Ajani
Angrath
6
Arlinn Kord
6
7
Ashiok
4
Chandra
Garruk
Jace
Kiora
4
Koth
6
Leshrac
10
Liliana
2
Nahiri
Nissa
4
Sorin
5
Sorin (if not trapped in wall)
3
Tibalt
5
6
Ugin
7
Urza
Venser
Themes
All-creature set
8
Artifact-themed block
1
Block set in the past
6
Dwarves (theme)
5
Enchantment-themed block
Goblins (theme)
2
Graveyard-themed set
1
Human tribal
1
Legendary matters
5
No-creature set
10
Nostalgia-themed set
5.5
Other IP-based set
10
Pirate world
9
7
6
Planar Chaos-like set
9
Planeswalker-less set
10
Planeswalker-themed set
10
Prequel set
6
Time Spiral-like set
9.5
Tribal set (all classes)
7
Tribal set (some classes)
5
Unbalanced color set
Tribes
Aetherborn
6
Allies
3
Angels
1
Azra
6
Beebles
8
10
Big aquatic creatures
1
Brushwaggs
8
9
Dauthi
6
Demons
1
Dinosaurs
3
Djinn
4
Dragons
1
Dwarves
2
3
Eldrazi
4
Elves
1
Faeries
3
Goats
2
Goblins
1
Humans
1
Hydras
1
Kithkin
Lhurgoyfs
7
Merfolk
1
Moonfolk
8
Ninjas
6
Noggles
8
Orcs
4
Orggs
8
6
Ouphes
9
Phelddagriffs
9
9.5
Phyrexians
Rebels
5
Scarecrows
2
1
2
Spellshapers
4
8
Sphinxes
1
Spikes
Squirrels
Titans
4
Titans (powerful as M11 titans)
7
Vampires
1
Werewolves
3
Werewolves (non-Innistrad)
6
Zombies
1
Other
Absolutely-removed-from-the-freaking-game-forever zone
10
Alternate card frames
2
Black Forest ham
1
Commas in names
1
Creatures bigger than Eldrazi
8
Cross-block keywords
8
Full art lands
1
Full art vanilla creatures
5
Grilled cheese
3
Magic puzzles
1
Magic puzzles by Mark Rosewater
9
Mark Rosewater art
10
New Ravnica guilds
9
Noncreature tokens
2
Planechase
5
Resized cards
11
Six planeswalkers in a block
3
Storm Scale articles
1
Un-set
4
Unique promotional cards
12
White bordered cards
10
World Championship Decks
9
You Make the Card
3
4
3