Menace

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Menace
Type: Evasion
Introduced: Fallen Empires (mechanic)
Magic Origins (keyword)
Last Used: Evergreen
Reminder Text: Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)
Statistics: 31 cards
  • {R}70.9%
  • {G}9.7%
  • multicolor 9.7%
  • {B}6.4%
  • {U}3.2%
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Menace is an evergreen keyword ability which was introduced in Magic Origins to replace Intimidate which had turned out to be too "swingy". The Menace mechanic had existed since Goblin War Drums from Fallen Empires and used to be primary in black and secondary in red.[1][2][3] Nowadays menace is primary in both black and red. There's been some talk that a third color should be secondary or tertiary.[4]

Some older cards with this ability received errata so they now have menace.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

  • 702.110. Menace
    • 702.110a Menace is an evasion ability.
    • 702.110b A creature with menace can’t be blocked except by two or more creatures. (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step.”)
    • 702.110c Multiple instances of menace on the same creature are redundant.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Ixalan (September 29, 2017))

Menace
An evasion ability that makes creatures unblockable by a single creature. See rule 702.110, “Menace.”

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • Once a creature with menace is legally blocked by two or more creatures, removing those blockers from combat won't change or undo the block.

Example[edit | edit source]

  • Boggart Brute - {2}{R}
    Creature — Goblin warrior
    3/2
    Menace (This creature can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (June 8, 2015.) “Evergreen Eggs & Ham”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Matt Tabak. (June 22, 2015.) “Magic Origins Mechanics Article”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Wizards of the Coast. (July 8, 2015.) “Magic Origins Release Notes”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Mark Rosewater. (June 5, 2017.) “Mechanical Color Pie 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.