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Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced Ravnica Allegiance
Last Used Ravnica Allegiance
Reminder Text Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)
Statistics 11 cards
{R} 36.4% {G} 27.3% {R/G} 36.4%
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Riot is a keyword ability, which allows you to choose between gaining a +1/+1 counter or haste when a creature enters the battlefield. It was introduced in Ravnica Allegiance for the Gruul Clans of Ravnica.[1][2][3]


From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (August 23, 2019—Commander 2019)

A keyword ability that lets a player choose whether certain creatures enter the battlefield with haste or with a +1/+1 counter. See rule 702.135, “Riot.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (August 23, 2019—Commander 2019)

  • 702.135. Riot
    • 702.135a Riot is a static ability. “Riot” means “You may have this permanent enter the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it. If you don’t, it gains haste.”
    • 702.135b If a permanent has multiple instances of riot, each works separately.


  • Riot is a replacement effect. Players can't respond to your choice of +1/+1 counter or haste, and they can't take actions while the creature is on the battlefield without one or the other.
  • If a creature entering the battlefield has riot but can't have a +1/+1 counter put onto it, it gains haste.
  • If you choose for the creature to gain haste, it gains haste indefinitely. It won't lose it as the turn ends or as another player gains control of it.
  • If a creature enters the battlefield with two instances of riot, you may choose to have it get two +1/+1 counters, one +1/+1 counter and haste, or two instances of haste. Multiple instances of haste on the same creature are redundant, but it allows Gruul to send a strong message to its opponents.



Gruul Spellbreaker {1}{R}{G}
Creature — Ogre Warrior
Riot (This creature enters the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)
As long as it’s your turn, you and Gruul Spellbreaker have hexproof.

Cards that grant riot


  1. Matt Tabak (December 17, 2018). "Ravnica Allegiance Mechanics". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Gavin Verhey (January 3, 2019). "Starting a Riot". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (January 7, 2019). "Building Allegiances, Part 2". Wizards of the Coast.