Evasion ability

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An evasion ability is a kind of static ability of a creature that improves its chances of damaging the defending player by restricting which creatures can block it. The ultimate example is "This creature is unblockable" (e.g. Tidal Kraken), but there are several other evasion abilities:

Pseudo-Evasion[edit | edit source]

Some abilities act as pseudo-evasion abilities, not affecting how creatures block but instead affecting how combat damage can be assigned.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

  • 509.1b The defending player checks each creature they control to see whether it’s affected by any restrictions (effects that say a creature can’t block, or that it can’t block unless some condition is met). If any restrictions are being disobeyed, the declaration of blockers is illegal.: A restriction may be created by an evasion ability (a static ability an attacking creature has that restricts what can block it). If an attacking creature gains or loses an evasion ability after a legal block has been declared, it doesn’t affect that block. Different evasion abilities are cumulative.

    Example: An attacking creature with flying and shadow can’t be blocked by a creature with flying but without shadow.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

Evasion Ability
An ability that restricts what creatures can block an attacking creature. See rules 509.1b–c.
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