How does blocking work in Magic The Gathering?

How does blocking work in Magic The Gathering?

A creature must be untapped in order for it to block. Each creature can only block a single attacker, but the defending player may choose to block an attacking creature with more than one creature. Both players are given a chance to cast instants and activate abilities after blockers have been declared.

Does blocking do damage MTG?

A blocking creature assigns combat damage among the attacking creatures it blocks, which is one creature except in the case of certain abilities. Attacking creatures that are blocked but have the blocking creature removed from combat before the Damage Assignment Step deal no combat damage.

Is blocking preventing damage MTG?

Your creatures will deal their damage to the blocking creatures, but the blocking creatures won’t be able to damage yours.

Can you block infect?

Damage from a source with infect can be prevented or redirected. Abilities that trigger on damage being dealt will trigger if a source with infect deals damage, if appropriate.

Can you respond to declaring blockers?

You can’t respond to blockers being declared the way you could respond to a player casting an Instant, as declaring blockers is a turn-based action that doesn’t use the stack.

Can a creature block multiple creatures?

No, one creature cannot be chosen to block multiple attackers (unless otherwise specified on the card, like Avatar of Hope). Each blocking creature may be assigned to one attacking creature.

Does preventing damage stop infect?

“Damage dealt by a creature with infect is still damage. It can be prevented, cause you to gain life due to lifelink, or cause abilities that trigger when damage is dealt to trigger.” Hallowed healer is therefore still valid.

Is prevented damage still dealt?

Once an instance of damage from that source has been prevented, any subsequent instances of damage that would be dealt by that source are dealt normally.

Is poison the same as infect MTG?

They’re the same kind of counter, but the abilities are totally different. Poisonous put the number of counters specified by the ability, while infect determined counters by damage.

Is infect only combat damage?

Infect applies to any damage, not just combat damageā€”so if you can somehow give your Prodigal Pyromancer infect, its ability will deal damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.

Can you cast spells after blockers are declared?

To answer the question in your title, yes, each player receives priority and can cast instants after blockers are declared. A blocked creature will deal no damage to the defending player unless it has trample (or some other card-specific ability).


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