Support

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Support
Keyword Action
Introduced Oath of the Gatewatch
Last Used Battlebond
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

Support is a keyword action introduced in Oath of the Gatewatch that boosts your (or your teammates') creatures with +1/+1 counters. [2] It was also used in Battlebond.[3][4]

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.

You cannot put the +1/+1 counters on one creature. If it is support 3, you have to put a +1/+1 counter on one creature, then another one, then another. It has to be different creatures for each +1/+1 counter

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Core Set 2019 (July 13, 2018))

  • 701.34. Support
    • 701.34a “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 (Core Set 2019 (July 13, 2018))

Support
A keyword action that lets you put +1/+1 counters on creatures. See rule 701.34, “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}
    Sorcery
    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
    6/6
    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”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Matt Tabak. (December 28, 2015.) “Oath of the Gatewatch Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Gavin Verhey. (May 18, 2018.) “Find Your Partner with Battlebond”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Matt Tabak. (May 21, 2018.) “Battlebond Mechanics”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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