Tap

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Keyword Action
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Tap

Tap is a keyword action that is usually represented on cards with {T} symbol.

Description[edit | edit source]

To tap a permanent, turn it sideways from an upright position. For example, one of the first things that any player learns about Magic is that you tap your lands to cast your spells.[1]

Tap symbols

Actions that cause a card to tap include:

Forced tapping[edit | edit source]

White is the primary color of tapping creatures.[2]

Twiddle[edit | edit source]

Ever since the card Twiddle appeared in Alpha, blue has had the ability to tap or untap permanents. It's most often used just on creatures. Blue doesn't tend to just tap or just untap, but rather give you the choice between the two.[2] The one exception is when it "freezes" creatures, tapping creatures and keeping them from untapping for a turn..

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

  • 701.20. Tap and Untap
    • 701.20a To tap a permanent, turn it sideways from an upright position. Only untapped permanents can be tapped.
    • 701.20b To untap a permanent, rotate it back to the upright position from a sideways position. Only tapped permanents can be untapped.

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

Tap
To turn a permanent sideways from an upright position. See rule 701.20, “Tap and Untap.”

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

Tapped
A status a permanent may have. See rule 110.6 and rule 701.20, “Tap and Untap.” See also Untapped.

Tap symbol[edit | edit source]

Originally cards used the word tap explicitly (e.g., the text on Samite Healer in Unlimited was "Tap to prevent 1 damage to any target.") or were of type "Mono Artifact" (Cyclopean Tomb). Revised introduced the tap symbol as a tilted T inside a gray circle.[3][4] This didn't work, because in foreign languages the word for "tap" didn't start with a T.[5] In 4th Edition, it was changed to a white curved arrow with a tilted black rectangle representing the tapping card. In 8th Edition, it was changed to a black curved arrow without the rectangle behind it {T}.[6]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

Tap Symbol
The tap symbol {T} in an activation cost means “Tap this permanent.” See rule 107.5.

From the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

  • 107.5. The tap symbol is {T}. The tap symbol in an activation cost means “Tap this permanent.” A permanent that’s already tapped can’t be tapped again to pay the cost. A creature’s activated ability with the tap symbol in its activation cost can’t be activated unless the creature has been under its controller’s control continuously since their most recent turn began. See rule 302.6.

From the Comprehensive Rules (Guilds of Ravnica (October 5, 2018))

  • 302.6. A creature’s activated ability with the tap symbol or the untap symbol in its activation cost can’t be activated unless the creature has been under its controller’s control continuously since their most recent turn began. A creature can’t attack unless it has been under its controller’s control continuously since their most recent turn began. This rule is informally called the “summoning sickness” rule.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gavin Verhey. (April 20, 2017.) “Tap, Tap . . . Oops!”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. a b Mark Rosewater. (June 5, 2017.) “Mechanical Color Pie 2017”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. David Howell: Contributions
  4. Mark Rosewater. (October 4, 2004.) “Change For the Better”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  5. Mark Rosewater. (February 16, 2009.) “25 Random Things About Magic”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  6. Magic Arcana. (July 12, 2004.) “The Changing Tap Symbol”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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