Ally – Creature subme. Most creature
types describe a species or a profession, the Ally
type describes creatures that are capable of
working together to create powerful effects.
Amplify (?) – Allows players to reveal a
number of cards (from their hand) that share a
type with the card being cast to place that
number of +1/ +1 counters on the ampli?ed card
when it enters the battle?eld.
Annihilator X (Offense) – One of the most
devastating triggered keywords, annihilator
forces opponents to sacri?ce X permanents
whenever a creature with annihilator attacks.
Since this triggers ‘when’ the creature attacks all
of the sacri?ces must be made before blockers
Anthem – Slang. An effect that gives
several permanents a bonus. A basic example is
an enchantment that grants +1 / +1 to your
creatures. Anthems can be temporary or
permanent, can grant additional Power /
Toughness or other abilities, and in every
instance I know of, they are cumulative. If you
have four of the same permanent that grants
+1/ +1 to your creatures, your creatures all have
+4/ +4. Same thing if you have two of one kind
and two of another, they all add up. I have rarely
heard ‘anthem’ used to describe an effect that
has a one-time effect, such as untapping all of
your creatures, but this is rare and confusing so
I avoid that use.
Art / Artwork – The image that appears in
the upper half of a Magic card is called the art,
or artwork. Artists are credited at the bottom of
each card, next to the little paintbrush icon.
Artifact (31L) – Permanent that can have
other types such as, creature, or land and
subtypes such as equipment.
At end of turn (Trigger) – This phrase
describes a timing trigger condition for an
ability or effect.
Attach (?) – The ‘instant speed’ version
of m. Some equipment have this activated
ability and can be equipped to a creature any
time the attach cost is paid.
Aura Swap – An activated ability that
allows a player to exchange an aura on the
battle?eld with an aura in their hand (even if
the card in hand does not have aura swap).
Banding (Combat) – A notoriously
confusing, and retired keyword. Creatures with
banding can ‘team up’ to act as a single creature,
and up to one creature without banding can be
tacked on to each band. A band of creatures can
only use abilities that all of the individual
creatures in the band have. Attacking bands are
declared before the declare attackers step. When
a band of creatures attacks, a single blocker may
be assigned to block the entire band. If a
creature with banding is assigned to block; the
defending player chooses how the attacking
creature assigns damage (this is most effective
when multiple creatures are assigned to block,
the usual intended result is that all of the
blocking creatures survive).
Bands with other (Combat) – This is
always followed by a Lait, such as color,
subtype, or keyword (such as ?u’ng ). Most of the
same rules as regular banding apply except only
one creature with ‘bands with other’ is required
(any number of other creatures that have the
named trait may join the band).