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MechanicTextPrimarySecondaryTertiaryNote
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-N/-0Target creature gets -N/-0 until end of turnBlueRed (Conditional)
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-N/-N or -0/-NTarget creature gets -N/-N (or -0/-N) until end of turn.Black
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"Kismet"VALUE your opponents control enter the battlefield tapped.WhiteGreen,Blue,Red (creatures)
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+1/+1 counters-GreenWhite, sometimes BlueAll colors (depends on block mechanics)
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Additional Combat StepThere is an additional combat phase followed by an additional main phase.RedWhite
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Additional turnsTake an extra turn after this one.Blue
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Anti Life gainDamage can't be prevented and/or players can't gain lifeRed (stop life gain)Black (punish life gain)
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Anti-DiscardGreenWhite and RedBlue
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Artifact destructionDestroy target artifactRed and GreenWhite
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Artifact SynergyBlueWhite (Own permanents)Black
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Attacks each turn if ableRed
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Aura-based creature removalAuras that get rid of creatures, prevent them from attacking or blocking, etcWhiteBlueGreen
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BouncingReturn target spell or permanent to its owner's hand.blue
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Can't be blocked~ can't be blocked.BlueBlack and Green
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Can't block~ can't blockBlackRed
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CantripAn instant/sorcery with "draw a card" after the main effect.All
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Controlling a playerYou control target player during...Black, ArtifactOnly three cards with this effect have been printed so far - Mindslaver, Sorin Markov, and Worst Fears. Word of Command has been errataed to have this effect.
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CounterspellingBlueWhite
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Creature CopyingBlueBlackRed (sacrifice at end of turn)
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Creature removalDestroy, exile, permanent tapping or preventing attack/blockWhite (conditional) and BlackBlue (Aura-based)GreenWhite can remove creatures that have harmed or threated white and has access to removal that can be undone.
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Creature TokensWhiteGreenRed, Blue, Black
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CuriosityWhen ~ deals damage to a player, draw a card.BlueGreen
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DeathtouchAny amount of damage this deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.Black and Green
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DefenderThis creature can't attack.Blue, WhiteRed, Green, Black
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Direct damage~ Deals N damage to target RedBlackGreen (flying only), White (attacking/blocking creatures only)
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DiscardCard advantage via "Target player discards N cards"BlackBlueBlue is a "distant second"
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Double StrikeThis creature deals both first-strike and regular combat damage.White and Red
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DrainingTarget player loses N life and you gain N life.Black
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DrawingDraw N cards.BlueGreen (creature based), Black (draw has secondary costs)Red (Exile top of library, can play it this turn)
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Enchantment destructionDestroy target enchantmentWhiteGreenIn theory, white is superior to green, but in practice it's not uncommon for they both to be equal.
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ExileExile target VALUE. Remove target from the game.White (Usually with a drawback)
Black (Only creatures)
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Exiling Spells on the StackBlueRed (your own)
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ExtractionSearch target opponent's graveyard, hand, and library for any number of cards with that name and exile them. Then that player shuffles his or her library.BlackBlue, Red
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FightEach deals damage equal to its power to the other.GreenRedWhite White being tertiary in fighting is based on a comment on Maro's tumblr and no cards have been printed with it.
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Firebreathing{Cost}: ~ gets +1/+0 until end of turn.RedGreen
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First StrikeThis creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike.White and Red
Black (generally on Knights)
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FlashYou may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.GreenBlueWhite, Red (if needed), Black (if needed)
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FlickerExile target VALUE you control, then return that card to the battlefield under your control.WhiteBlue
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Flowstone{Cost}: ~ gets +1/-1 until the end of turnRedBlueBlack
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FlyingBlue and WhiteBlackRed (for dragons and phoenixes)Green has some pseudo-flying effects i.e. "Flying on Your Turn" (Ledgewalker effects), and it occasionally gets actually flying creatures such as hornets (Hornet Nest, Hornet Queen) and the green dragons in DTK had flying. MaRo considers the hornets to be mistakes.
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Flying HateDamage to flying, flying removalGreen
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FogPrevent combat damage this turnGreenWhite
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Free SpellsSearch library, play selected spell without paying its manacostGreenBlueRed
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Graveyard removalExile target players graveyard.Black or WhiteGreenArtifacts
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HasteThis creature can attack and {T} as soon as it comes under your control.RedBlackGreen
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HexproofThis permanent can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.Blue and GreenWhite (enabled conditionally, or player hexproof)
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IntimidateThis creature can't be blocked except by artifact creatures and/or creatures that share a color with it.BlackRed, GreenWhite, Blue
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Land Acceleration Search your library for a Land VALUE card and put it onto the battlefield (tapped). Then shuffle your library.Green (any)Black (swamps)White (plains), Blue (islands), Red (mountains)White "Acceleration" tends to be dependant on an opponent having more lands
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Land destructionDestroy target landRedBlack, Green
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Land Type ChangingAll VALUE are now VALUE. Optional: In addition to its other types.BlueBlackRed / Green
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LandwalkThis creature is unblockable as long as defending player controls a VALUE.GreenRed, Blue or Black (Own land type)White (other land types)
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Library order manipulationblue
Red and Green
Black
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Life LossBlackoy
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LifegainWhiteBlack ("draining", i.e., after causing life loss or damage) or GreenSomeone said "There is no design difference between green and white life gain besides lifelink"; But there are 123 non-white green cards mentioning life gain, and 322 non-green white cards mentioning life gain (287 of them without lifelink).
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LifelinkDamage dealt by this creature also causes you to gain that much life.White and Black
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Looting"Draw N cards, then discard N cards" or the reverseBlue (draw then discard), Red (discard then draw)
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LureAll creatures able to block ~ creature do so.GreenRed
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Mana Acceleration{T} : Add [Mana] to your mana pool.GreenArtifact
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MenaceThis creature can't be blocked except by two or more creaturesBlackRed and Green (can't be blocked by more than one creature.)
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MillingTarget player puts the top N cards of his or her library into his or her graveyard.Blue, ArtifactBlack
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Protection from ARTIFACTSWhiteGreen
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Protection from COLORThis creature can't be blocked, targeted, dealt damage, or enchanted by anything VALUE.White
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Protection from CREATURESWhite
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Protection from ENEMY COLORAllBut this ability itself doesn't appear frequently.
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Protection from OTHER STUFFBlueIn theory. In practice, this type of protection is rarey seen.
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ProwessThis creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn whenever its controller casts a non-creature spell BlueRedWhite
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Pump, Self{Cost}: ~ gets +N/+N until end of turn.BlackGreen (Once per turn)
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PunisherLet me do this or I punch you in the face.RedBlack
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ReachThis creature can block creatures with flying.GreenRed
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RedirectBlueRed/White (Creatures)
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RegenerateThe next time this creature would be destroyed this turn, it isn't. Instead tap it, remove all damage from it, and remove it from combat.Black and Green
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RitualAdd VALUE to your mana poolRedGreenBlack will still get this effect sometimes, but in a different way. For example, Liliana of the Dark Realms, Crypt Ghast and Nirkana Revenant.
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Scry XLook at the top X cards of your library and put each card back on either the top or bottom of the library in any orderBlueRed and Green
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Spell copyingCopy target instant or sorcery spell. You may choose new targets for the copy.

RedBlueRecently, its been made so red copies spells you control and blue copies in general
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Stealing (permanent)"Gain control of target VALUE" or "You control enchanted THING"BlueBlack (only creatures)Red
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Stealing (temporary)~ can't be blocked except by two or more creatures.RedBlueBlack
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Super Trample~ may assign combat damage as if it wasn't blockedGreenRed used to get the ability to have its creatures deal damage to creatures the defending player controlled when they attacked; this ability may have been subsumed by fight. See Butcher Orgg, the Laccoliths, and Cyclops Gladiator.
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TapTap target permanent.Blue (does not untap during the next untap step)White, Red(Creatures)Seems like red is getting this effect lately, dunno if coincidental one-offs.
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TrampleIf this creature would assign enough damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it assign the rest of its damage to defending player or planeswalker.GreenRed, BlackAll (huge creatures)
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TutoringSearch your library for a VALUE card and put that card into your hand. Then shuffle your library.BlackBlue (instants, artifacts), Green (lands, creatures), White (enchantments, Equipment), Red (sorceries, dragons)
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Two-HeadedRedGreen
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Uncounterable~ can't be countered.Green (creatures), Red (instants/sorceries)Blue
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VigilanceAttacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.WhiteGreen
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Look at target player's hand.BlueBlack (when chosing to discard a card)
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