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Destroy is an evergreen keyword action.


To destroy a card is to move it from the battlefield to it's owner's graveyard.

Creatures that are destroyed can be regenerated by effects unless some effect prevents them from doing so. On older edition cards the word Bury was used, but if a creature was buried it could not be regenerated.

Indestructible cards cannot be destroyed without the Indestructible ability being removed.

Comprehensive Rules

701.6. Destroy

  • 701.6a To destroy a permanent, move it from the battlefield to its owner’s graveyard.
  • 701.6b The only ways a permanent can be destroyed are as a result of an effect that uses the word “destroy” or as a result of the state-based actions that check for lethal damage (see rule 704.5g) or damage from a source with deathtouch (see rule 704.5h). If a permanent is put into its owner’s graveyard for any other reason, it hasn’t been “destroyed.”
  • 701.6c A regeneration effect replaces a destruction event. See rule 701.12, “Regenerate.”

See also

Keyword Actions
Evergreen ActivateAttachCastCounterDestroyDiscard
Other AbandonBolsterClashDetainFatesealInvestigate
Set in MotionSupportTransformVote

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