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Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced MTG Arena
Last Used MTG Arena
Reminder Text Backbone (This creature assigns combat damage equal to its toughness instead of its power.)
Statistics 9 cards
{C} 11.1% {W} 11.1% {G} 22.2% {W/U} 11.1% {G/W} 22.2% {M} 22.2%
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Backbone is a MTG Arena-specific keyword ability that causes creatures to deal damage based on their toughness.

History[edit | edit source]

Backbone was introduced in the March 12, 2020 Game Update ([1] According to Matt Tabak, the term will not be appearing on printed Magic cards now or in the foreseeable future.[2]

Cards granting backbone[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. MTG Arenea Admin (March 12, 2020). "MAR 12 - Game Update".
  2. "New" keyword for Ikoria?. Reddit (March 12, 2020).