|Reminder Text||Provoke (Whenever this attacks, you may have target creature defending player controls untap and block it if able.)|
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Provoke is a keyword ability on creatures that allows a player to, during his or her declare attackers step, untap a creature the defending player controls and require that creature to block the attacking creature with provoke. The block must still be legal, e.g. a non-flying creature cannot block a flying creature even when Provoke is used on it.
History[edit | edit source]
Tournament-legal cards with provoke were first printed in Legions. All the provoke creatures in that set have a hook element in their art. Aside of Legions, the un-card Greater Morphling is the only other card printed with Provoke, though a card named Provoke, with an ability similar to provoke, appeared in Stronghold.
Rules[edit | edit source]
Rulings[edit | edit source]
- There's no requirement for the provoked creature to be tapped or to be able to block.
- You can choose not to force the creature to block, in which case it won't untap.
- If the provoked creature becomes tapped before the declare blockers step, it won't be able to block.
- If a creature is provoked by more than one creature, the controller of the provoked creature chooses which one it blocks.
- If the provoked creature has any costs to block, those costs don't have to be paid. If the costs are paid, the provoked creature must block the creature with provoke.
Example[edit | edit source]
Creature that grants Provoke[edit | edit source]
Provoke cards before the keyword ability[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Magic Arcana. (November 29, 2004.) "The Hook Look of Provoke", magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
- Mark Rosewater. (July 11, 2017.) "Do you think you'll ever use the Provoke mechanic again?", Blogatog, Tumblr.