Lure (ability)

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The lure ability, informally named after the eponymous Lure card, is an ability that limits an opponent's options when blocking, such that he or she is impelled to block any creatures with the ability.

History[edit | edit source]

This ability has been with Magic since Alpha. It is primary in green, but R&D has started scaling back how often it is used. It's done infrequently now, and only at higher rarities because of its impact on Limited.[1]

Two main forms of the ability exist, forcing all creatures able to block ("lure") or a given target creature to block a creature with the ability ("targeted lure" or "Lure Limited"). R&D has started occasionally using the latter ability in red.[1]

The lure ability can be used to force opponents to block smaller creatures to permit larger ones to directly attack them or to block creatures with abilities that would produce a favourable outcome to the attacking player (e.g., deathtouch, venom, rampage).

On cards[edit | edit source]

Lure[edit | edit source]

Creatures

Enchantments

Sorceries

Instants

Artifacts

Targeted Lure[edit | edit source]

Creatures

Sorceries

Artifacts

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. a b Mark Rosewater. (June 5, 2017.) “Mechanical Color Pie 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.