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How it works

Wall of Tanglecord

High Toughness Creature

Toughness is a measure for how much Damage a creature can take in a turn before it is Destroyed. A creature is dealt damage through combat, spells, and abilities. Creatures battling will each deal damage equal to their Powers to the other creatures toughness. If a creature has equal or more damage marked on it than its toughness, then it is destroyed. A creature's toughness is the number on the right side of the box in the bottom right corner of a creature card. Many spells can modify a creature's Toughness or Power, some only for a single turn, and others for as long as a permanant is in play. Some spells apply counters which affect a creature until removed. During the cleanup step, every creature's toughness returns to its printed value (modified by its counters and other permanants, such as enchantments, equipment, and specific abilities).

Example

If I attack with a 5/2 like Summit Apes, my opponent can decide to block with a 0/6 like Wall of Tanglecord. Since the Wall has a toughness of 6, the 5 power of the Apes will not be able to destroy the Wall because the 5 damage it will deal is less than the 6 toughness of the Wall, resulting with the Wall having 5 damage marked on it until end of turn. If however I'd play Lightning Bolt on his/her Wall of Tanglecord, it deals 3 additional damage, for a total of 8 damage (in the same turn). 8 Damage is enough to destroy the wall.

Power toughnes

Zoom in of bottom right corner. The number in the red circle is this creature's toughness.

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