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Abjure Abjure English

Instant, U (1)

As an additional cost to cast Abjure, sacrifice a blue permanent.

Counter target spell.

Mirri's hackles rose as Ertai continued expounding his virtues. "If that arrogant brat doesn't shut up soon," she growled to herself, "I'm going to have to kill him."

Illus. Ted Naifeh

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/1/2009: You can't sacrifice more than one permanent.
Printings:
#31 (Ted Naifeh)

Editions:
English Weatherlight (Common)

Languages:
German Abschwörung
French Abjuration
Italian Abiura
Spanish Abjurar
Portuguese Abjurar


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Annul Annul English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

"Why pray to the gods, who feed on your worship? Dissolve your illusions and see the true nature of things."
—Xenagos, the Reveler

Illus. Christine Choi

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

Printings:
#38 (Christine Choi)

Editions:
English Theros (Common)
English Mirrodin (Common)
English Urza's Saga (Common)

Languages:
German Annullieren
French Dissolution
Italian Nullificare
Spanish Anular
Portuguese Anular
Japanese 無効
Simplified Chinese 抹除
Russian Аннуляция
Traditional Chinese 抹除
Korean 취소


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Blue Elemental Blast Blue Elemental Blast English

Instant, U (1)

Choose one —

• Counter target red spell.

• Destroy target red permanent.

Illus. Richard Thomas

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/4/2004: The decision to counter a spell or destroy a permanent is a decision made on announcement before the target is selected. If the spell is redirected, this mode can't be changed, so only targets of the selected type are valid.
Printings:
#63 (Richard Thomas)

Editions:
English Fourth Edition (Common)
English Revised Edition (Summer Magic "Edgar") (Common)
English Revised Edition (Common)
English Media Inserts (Special)
English International Collectors' Edition (Common)
English Collector's Edition (Common)
English Unlimited Edition (Common)
English Limited Edition Beta (Common)
English Limited Edition Alpha (Common)
English MTGO Masters Edition IV (Uncommon)

Languages:
German Blauer Urknall
French Salve élémentaire bleue
Italian Scarica Elementale Blu
Spanish Ráfaga elemental azul
Portuguese Maldição do Elemental Azul


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Ceremonious Rejection Ceremonious Rejection English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target colorless spell.

The judges at the Fair are held in such high esteem that a nod of recognition can inspire an inventor for a lifetime—and a wave of dismissal can end a career.

Illus. Chris Rahn

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

Printings:
#40 (Chris Rahn)

Editions:
English Kaladesh (Uncommon)

Languages:
German Zeremoniöse Ablehnung
French Rejet solennel
Italian Rifiuto Cerimonioso
Spanish Rechazo ceremonial
Portuguese Rejeição Cerimoniosa
Japanese 儀礼的拒否
Simplified Chinese 隆重拒斥
Russian Церемониальный Отказ
Traditional Chinese 隆重拒斥
Korean 형식적인 거절


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Dispel Dispel English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target instant spell.

"I said we should destroy the Eldrazi. Ugin wanted to return them to stasis. Ugin's arguments were . . . unconvincing."—Jace Beleren

Illus. Chase Stone

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

Printings:
#76 (Chase Stone)

Editions:
English Battle for Zendikar (Common)
English Return to Ravnica (Common)
English Worldwake (Common)

Languages:
German Bannzauber
French Dispersement
Italian Sfatare
Spanish Esfumar
Portuguese Delir
Japanese 払拭
Simplified Chinese 云散
Russian Рассеять
Traditional Chinese 雲散
Korean 주문해제


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Disrupt Disrupt English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays {1}.

Draw a card.

Teferi wanted no part of Urza's battle plans, but both agreed the Phyrexian portal must be closed.

Illus. Paolo Parente

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 4/1/2008: You draw a card regardless of whether the targeted spell was countered or {1} was paid.
Printings:
#51 (Paolo Parente)

Editions:
English Invasion (Uncommon)
English Weatherlight (Common)

Languages:
German Störung
French Perturbation
Italian Disturbo
Spanish Disrupción
Portuguese Romper


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Envelop Envelop English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target sorcery spell.

"What you made will be unmade. What you learned will be unlearned. And when you're done, you will be undone."
—Ambassador Laquatus

Illus. Don Hazeltine

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

Printings:
#39 (Don Hazeltine)

Editions:
English Judgment (Common)

Languages:
German Umhüllen
French Enveloppement
Italian Avviluppare
Spanish Envolver
Portuguese Envolver


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Ertai's Trickery Ertai's Trickery English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target spell if it was kicked.

"Don't worry, Gerrard," said Ertai. "I'm sure the crew will come to your rescue as quickly as they came to mine."

Illus. Kev Walker

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/1/2009: You can target any spell, but that spell will be countered only if it was kicked.
Printings:
#24 (Kev Walker)

Editions:
English Planeshift (Uncommon)

Languages:
German Ertais Trickreichtum
French Tromperie selon Ertaï
Italian Tranello di Ertai
Spanish Maña de Ertai
Portuguese Travessura de Ertai


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Flusterstorm Flusterstorm English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays {1}.

Storm (When you cast this spell, copy it for each spell cast before it this turn. You may choose new targets for the copies.)

Illus. Erica Yang

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 6/7/2013: The copies are put directly onto the stack. They aren’t cast and won’t be counted by other spells with storm cast later in the turn.
  • 6/7/2013: Spells cast from zones other than a player’s hand and spells that were countered are counted by the storm ability.
  • 6/7/2013: A copy of a spell can be countered like any other spell, but it must be countered individually. Countering a spell with storm won’t affect the copies.
  • 6/7/2013: The triggered ability that creates the copies can itself be countered by anything that can counter a triggered ability. If it is countered, no copies will be put onto the stack.
  • 6/7/2013: You may choose new targets for any of the copies. You can choose differently for each copy.
Printings:
#55 (Erica Yang)

Editions:
English Iconic Masters (Rare)
English Vintage Masters (Rare)
English Commander (Rare)
English Judge Gift Program (Special)

Languages:
German Wirrsturm
French Déluge irrité
Italian Tempesta d'Agitazione
Spanish Tormenta azoradora
Japanese 狼狽の嵐
Simplified Chinese 躁乱风暴


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Force Spike Force Spike English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

"I don't think so."

Illus. Nelson DeCastro

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/4/2004: The payment is optional.
Printings:
#14 (Nelson DeCastro)

Editions:
English Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (Common)
English Seventh Edition (Common)
English Friday Night Magic (Special)
English Fifth Edition (Common)
English Legends (Common (C2))
English MTGO Masters Edition III (Common)

Languages:
German Dorn der Macht
French Chiquenaude de force
Italian Aculeo della Forza
Spanish Descarga de fuerza
Portuguese Acúleo da Força
Japanese 魔力の乱れ


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Hydroblast Hydroblast English

Instant, U (1)

Choose one —

• Counter target spell if it's red.

• Destroy target permanent if it's red.

Fire can be savage, but it is fickle. Water is always true, its flow steady and world-shaping.

Illus. Lake Hurwitz

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/4/2004: The decision to counter a spell or destroy a permanent is a decision made on announcement before the target is selected. If the spell is redirected, this mode can't be changed, so only targets of the selected type are valid.
  • 6/8/2016: Hydroblast can target any spell or permanent, not just a red one. It checks the color of the target only on resolution.
Printings:
#55 (Lake Hurwitz)

Editions:
English Eternal Masters (Uncommon)
English Fifth Edition (Uncommon)
English Ice Age (Common)
English MTGO Masters Edition (Common)

Languages:
German Hydroknall
French Hydrosalve
Italian Idroscarica
Spanish Ráfaga de agua
Portuguese Explosão Hídrica
Japanese 水流破
Simplified Chinese 流水冲击波


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Intervene Intervene English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target spell that targets a creature.

"At first I simply observed. But I found that without investment in others, life serves no purpose."
—Karn, silver golem

Illus. Heather Hudson

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/4/2004: If a spell is modal, use the target(s) of the current mode only for this check. Targets for the other modes are never selected.
  • 10/4/2004: Intervene can only target a spell that is currently targeting a creature.
  • 10/4/2004: It means “targeting at least one creature” not “exactly one creature”.
  • 10/4/2004: If the spell's target leaves the battlefield before this spell resolves, Intervene will be countered since it no longer targets a spell that targets a creature.
Printings:
#33 (Heather Hudson)

Editions:
English Urza's Legacy (Common)

Languages:
German Einschreiten
French Intervention
Italian Intervenire
Spanish Intervenir
Portuguese Intervir


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Invasive Surgery Invasive Surgery English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target sorcery spell.

Delirium — If there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard, search the graveyard, hand, and library of that spell's controller for any number of cards with the same name as that spell, exile those cards, then that player shuffles his or her library.

Illus. Steven Belledin

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 4/8/2016: Invasive Surgery's delirium ability isn't checked until after the sorcery spell has been countered. If that spell is put into your graveyard, it will be counted.
  • 4/8/2016: The card types in Magic are artifact, creature, enchantment, instant, land, planeswalker, sorcery, and tribal (a card type that appears on some older cards). Supertypes (such as legendary and basic) and subtypes (such as Human and Equipment) are not counted.
  • 4/8/2016: The number of card types matters, not the number of cards. For example, Wicker Witch (an artifact creature) along with Catalog (an instant) and Chaplain's Blessing (a sorcery) will enable delirium.
  • 4/8/2016: Because you consider only the characteristics of a double-faced card's front face while it's not on the battlefield, the types of its back face won't be counted for delirium.
  • 4/8/2016: In some rare cases, you can have a token or a copy of a spell in your graveyard at the moment that an object's delirium ability counts the card types among cards in your graveyard, before that token or copy ceases to exist. Because tokens and copies of spells are not cards, even if they are copies of cards, their types will never be counted.
Printings:
#68 (Steven Belledin)

Editions:
English Shadows over Innistrad (Uncommon)

Languages:
German Invasive Chirurgie
French Chirurgie invasive
Italian Chirurgia Invasiva
Spanish Cirugía invasiva
Portuguese Cirurgia Invasiva
Japanese 侵襲手術
Simplified Chinese 侵体手术
Russian Инвазивная Операция
Traditional Chinese 侵體手術
Korean 외과수술


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Nix Nix English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target spell if no mana was spent to cast it.

"There is no shortcut to work done true and well. The Creators learned this to their sorrow, the first time they made the world."
—Githri the Prisoner

Illus. Brian Despain

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 5/1/2007: Nix can target any spell. The condition is checked only on resolution.
  • 5/1/2007: Nix doesn't check whether a spell's mana cost is 0. Rather, it checks how much mana was actually spent to cast it. It can counter a spell with mana cost 0 (such as Slaughter Pact), a spell cast via an alternative nonmana cost (such as Allosaurus Rider) or alternative cost of {0} (such as Basking Rootwalla), a spell whose cost to cast it was reduced to 0 (such as Frogmite), a spell cast without paying its cost due to an effect (such as suspend or Mindleech Mass's ability), or a copy of a spell, among other possibilities. It will not counter a spell that had an additional or alternative mana cost paid to cast it, regardless of that spell's converted mana cost (such as a face-down spell cast with morph, or an Ornithopter cast while Trinisphere is on the battlefield, for example).
  • 5/1/2007: Nix checks whether any player paid mana to cast the spell, not whether its current controller did. If Commandeer is cast on a spell, then Nix is cast on that spell, Nix won't counter it unless the player who originally cast that spell spent no mana to cast it.
Printings:
#55 (Brian Despain)

Editions:
English Future Sight (Rare)

Languages:
German Ablehnen
French Rien
Italian Nix
Spanish Nimiedad
Portuguese Nix
Japanese 拒否
Simplified Chinese 顽空
Russian Ничто


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Outwit Outwit English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target spell that targets a player.

The student asks how a spell is begun. The master ponders what ends it.

Illus. Erica Yang

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 5/1/2012: The spell you target could also target other things, as long as it also targets a player.
Printings:
#70 (Erica Yang)

Editions:
English Avacyn Restored (Common)

Languages:
German Austricksen
French À malin, malin et demi
Italian Superare in Astuzia
Spanish Superar en astucia
Portuguese Sagacidade
Japanese 知恵比べ
Simplified Chinese 智取
Russian Перехитрить
Traditional Chinese 智取
Korean 한 수 앞서서


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Spell Pierce Spell Pierce English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

"A fool's fire is quickly quenched."
—Shaper Kumena

Illus. Deruchenko Alexander

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

Printings:
#81 (Deruchenko Alexander)

Editions:
English Ixalan (Common)
English Amonkhet Invocations (Special)
English Modern Masters 2017 Edition (Common)
English Zendikar (Common)

Languages:
German Zauberdurchbohrung
French Percesort
Italian Perforamagie
Spanish Horadar el hechizo
Portuguese Perfurar Mágica
Japanese 呪文貫き
Simplified Chinese 点破咒语
Russian Прокол Заклинания
Traditional Chinese 點破咒語
Korean 주문 관통


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Spell Snare Spell Snare English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target spell with converted mana cost 2.

Every culture has its unlucky numbers. In a city where you're either alone, in a crowd, or being stabbed in the back, two is the worst number of all.

Illus. Hideaki Takamura

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

Printings:
#64 (Hideaki Takamura)

Editions:
English Modern Masters (Uncommon)
English Dissension (Uncommon)

Languages:
German Zauberschlinge
French Collet à sorts
Italian Trappola per Magie
Spanish Trampa de hechizos
Portuguese Cilada Mágica
Japanese 呪文嵌め
Simplified Chinese 圈套咒语
Russian Ловушка заклинаний


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Steel Sabotage Steel Sabotage English

Instant, U (1)

Choose one —

• Counter target artifact spell.

• Return target artifact to its owner's hand.

"You are hopelessly obsolete, my brothers. Come and join the Great Work."
—Rhmir, Hand of the Augur

Illus. Daarken

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 6/1/2011: An artifact spell exists only on the stack. An artifact exists only on the battlefield.
Printings:
#33 (Daarken)

Editions:
English Mirrodin Besieged (Common)

Languages:
German Sabotage des Stahls
French Sabotage d'acier
Italian Sabotaggio d'Acciaio
Spanish Sabotear el acero
Portuguese Sabotagem de Aço
Japanese 鋼の妨害
Simplified Chinese 捣毁钢铁
Russian Саботаж Стали
Traditional Chinese 搗毀鋼鐵


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Stifle Stifle English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target activated or triggered ability. (Mana abilities can't be targeted.)

Illus. Cliff Childs

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 10/4/2004: An activated ability has a “Cost: Effect” format. Look for the colon. A triggered ability starts with “when”, “whenever”, or “at”.
  • 10/4/2004: Turn-based actions and special actions like the normal card draw, combat damage, or turning a face-down creature face up can't be targeted.
  • 10/4/2004: It can target delayed triggered abilities. For example, a card that says “Whenever a player cycles a card, you may exile target creature. If you do, return that creature to the battlefield at the beginning of the end step.” triggers when a player cycles a card and creates a delayed trigger that happens at the beginning of the end step. You can choose to target the “at the beginning of the end step” trigger when it is placed on the stack at end of turn.
Printings:
#18 (Cliff Childs)

Editions:
English Amonkhet Invocations (Special)
English Conspiracy (Rare)
English Scourge (Rare)
English Judge Gift Program (Special)

Languages:
German Abwürgen
French Asphyxie
Italian Reprimere
Spanish Reprimir
Portuguese Asfixiar
Japanese もみ消し
Simplified Chinese 阻抑


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Stubborn Denial Stubborn Denial English

Instant, U (1)

Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1}.

Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, counter that spell instead.

The Temur have no patience for subtlety.

Illus. James Ryman

Gatherer Card Rulings?, Legality?

  • 9/20/2014: Some ferocious abilities that appear on instants and sorceries use the word “instead.” These spells have an upgraded effect if you control a creature with power 4 or greater as they resolve. For these, you only get the upgraded effect, not both effects.
  • 9/20/2014: Ferocious abilities of instants and sorceries that don't use the word “instead” will provide an additional effect if you control a creature with power 4 or greater as they resolve.
Printings:
#56 (James Ryman)

Editions:
English Khans of Tarkir (Uncommon)

Languages:
German Hartnäckige Ablehnung
French Déni obstiné
Italian Negazione Ostinata
Spanish Negación terca
Portuguese Negação Persistente
Japanese 頑固な否認
Simplified Chinese 顽固拒斥
Russian Упрямое Отрицание
Traditional Chinese 頑固拒斥
Korean 고집스러운 부정


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