Uncounterable

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Uncounterable is a slang term for an attribute of a spell that precludes it from being countered.[1]

Description[edit | edit source]

A spell's ability that grants uncounterability can be a static - or triggered ability. Uncounterability can also be granted by other spells.

This ability is primary in red and green, and secondary in blue.[2] Red tends to have spells that can't be countered while green tends to have creatures that can't be countered. When blue does "can't be countered," which is less often, it's usually a more control-oriented card. There is no artifact that can not be countered.

Under a previous version of the rules, uncounterable spells that were targeted spells used the text "can't be countered by spells or abilities"; if the spell had no legal targets at the time it would resolve, it was "countered on resolution"; specifying that the spell could not be countered by spells or abilities ensured that the game rules were still able to counter it.[3] With the Dominaria rules update, the rules on spells fizzling were changed so that, if a targeted spell had no legal targets at the time it would resolve, the spell would simply be put into the graveyard without using the keyword action "counter".[4]

Examples of Uncounterable[edit | edit source]

Example 1

Scragnoth {4}{G}
Creature — Beast
3/4
Scragnoth can't be countered.
Protection from blue.

Example 2

Abrupt Decay {B}{G}
Instant
Abrupt Decay can't be countered by spells or abilities.
Destroy target nonland permanent with converted mana cost 3 or less.

Uncounterable spells[edit | edit source]

Creatures

Instants

Sorceries

Planeswalkers

Spells that grant Uncounterable[edit | edit source]

Creatures

Enchantments

Instants

Sorceries

Planeswalkers

Lands

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana (February 24, 2004). "Green's uncounterable creatures". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (June 5, 2017). "Mechanical Color Pie 2017". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (September 24, 2012). "Card Day's Night". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Eli Shiffrin (April 13, 2018). "Dominaria Comprehensive Rules Changes". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.