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Afflict

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Afflict
Keyword Ability
Type Triggered
Introduced Hour of Devastation
Last Used Hour of Devastation
Reminder Text Afflict N (Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses N life.)
Statistics 10 cards
{U} 20% {B} 30% {R} 40% {artifact symbol} 10%
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oracle:"Afflict"

Afflict is a keyword ability introduced in Hour of Devastation. Afflict is focused in red, and present in blue and black.

Description[edit | edit source]

Whenever a creature with this ability becomes blocked, defending player loses life equal to the Afflict value.[1]

Called "unstoppable" in design, the mechanic was created to convey the destructive and vicious power of the God-Pharaoh's legions, the Eternals.[2]

Dagger of the Worthy grants the equipped creature Afflict 1.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (October 4, 2019—Throne of Eldraine)

Afflict
A keyword ability that makes the defending player lose life for blocking. See rule 702.129, “Afflict.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (October 4, 2019—Throne of Eldraine)

  • 702.129. Afflict
    • 702.129a Afflict is a triggered ability. “Afflict N” means “Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses N life.”
    • 702.129b If a creature has multiple instances of afflict, each triggers separately.

Examples[edit | edit source]

Example

Khenra Eternal {1}{B}
Creature — Zombie Jackal Warrior
2/2
Afflict 1 (Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses 1 life.)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Matt Tabak (June 17, 2017). "Hour of Devastation Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (June 19, 2017). "Darkest Hour, Part 1". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.