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A Keyword Action is a word or words, usually a verb, that substitutes for a piece of rules text. Many keywords are summarized in reminder text, especially in core sets.

Keyword actions are somewhat different from keyword abilities, and both are distinct from ability words.

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List of Keyword Actions

Comprehensive Rules

702. Keyword Actions

  • 701.1. Most actions described in a card’s rules text use the standard English definitions of the verbs within, but some specialized verbs are used whose meanings may not be clear. These “keywords” are game terms; sometimes reminder text summarizes their meanings.
Mechanics
Keyword ActionKeyword AbilitiesAbility Words


Keyword Actions
Evergreen ActivateAttachCastCounterDestroyDiscard
ExchangeExileFightPlayRegenerateReveal
SacrificeScrySearchShuffleTapUntap
Other AbandonBolsterClashDetainFatesealInvestigate
ManifestMonstrosityPlaneswalkPopulateProliferate
Set in MotionSupportTransformVote

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