Unleash

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Unleash
Keyword Ability
Type Static (1st ability)
Static (2nd ability)
Introduced Return to Ravnica
Last Used Dragon's Maze
Reminder Text Unleash (You may have this creature enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.)
Storm Scale 4[1]
Statistics 13 cards
{B} 30.8% {R} 30.8% {B/R} 38.5%
Scryfall Search
oracle:"Unleash"

Unleash is a keyword ability that was introduced in Return to Ravnica as the mechanic for the Rakdos guild.[2] The reminder text for Unleash reads "You may have this creature enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.".

Rules

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

Unleash
A keyword ability that allows a creature to enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it and stops it from blocking if it has a +1/+1 counter on it. See rule 702.97, “Unleash.”

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

  • 702.97. Unleash
    • 702.97a Unleash is a keyword that represents two static abilities. “Unleash” means “You may have this permanent enter the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it” and “This permanent can’t block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.”

Examples

Example

Grim Roustabout {1}{B}
Creature — Skeleton Warrior
1/1
Unleash (You may have this creature enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it. It can't block as long as it has a +1/+1 counter on it.)
{1}{B}: Regenerate Grim Roustabout

Rulings

  • You make the choice to have the creature with unleash enter the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter or not as it’s entering the battlefield. At that point, it’s too late for a player to respond to the creature spell by trying to counter it, for example.
  • The unleash ability applies no matter where the creature is entering the battlefield from.
  • A creature with unleash can’t block if it has any +1/+1 counter on it, not just one put on it by the unleash ability.
  • Putting a +1/+1 counter on a creature with unleash that’s already blocking won’t remove it from combat. It will continue to block.

Silver-border

One variant of Garbage Elemental has unleash.

References

  1. Mark Rosewater (May 2, 2016). "Storm Scale: Ravnica and Return to Ravnica". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Billy Moreno (December 14, 2012). "Developing, UNLEASHED". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.