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Introduced: Oath of the Gatewatch
Last Used: Oath of the Gatewatch
Reminder Text: Support N (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N other target creatures.)
Storm Scale: 6[1]
Statistics: 10 cards
{G}40% {W}30% {G/W}10% {U}10% {R}10%
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Support is a keyword action introduced in Oath of the Gatewatch that boosts your (or your teammates') creatures with +1/+1 counters. [2]

Description[edit | edit source]

"Support N" means "Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N target creatures." You may choose fewer targets at will.

If a creature (or any other permanent) has an ability that supports, the ability can't target the creature / permanent itself.

Rules[edit | edit source]

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

  • 701.33. Support
    • 701.33a “Support N” on a permanent means “Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N other target creatures.” “Support N” on an instant or sorcery spell means “Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N target creatures.”

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

A keyword action that lets you put +1/+1 counters on creatures. See rule 701.33, “Support.”

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • You can’t put more than one +1/+1 counter on any one target using the support action.
  • Support can target a creature you don’t control.
  • If a spell with support has other abilities that target creatures, those abilities and the support ability can target the same creature.

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Shoulder to Shoulder - {2}{W}
    Support 2. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two target creatures.)
    Draw a card.
  • Gladehart Cavalry - {5}{G}{G}
    Creature — Elf Knight
    When Gladehart Cavalry enters the battlefield, support 6. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to six other target creatures.)
    Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it dies, you gain 2 life.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mark Rosewater. (November 21, 2016.) “Storm Scale: Zendikar and Battle for Zendikar”,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Matt Tabak. (December 28, 2015.) “Oath of the Gatewatch Mechanics”,, Wizards of the Coast.