Bloodthirst

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Bloodthirst
Type: Static
Introduced: Guildpact
Last Used: Magic 2012
Reminder Text: Bloodthirst N (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this permanent enters the battlefield with N +1/+1 counters on it.)
Statistics: 22 cards
{R}36% {G}32% {B}18%
Multicolor 14%
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Bloodthirst is a keyword ability. It appeared in the Ravnica block as the ability associated with the Gruul guild of the Guildpact set,[1] and later also appeared in Magic 2012.[2][3][4] It works by putting a number of +1/+1 counters on a permanent (so far only creatures) as it enters the battlefield, if an opponent has been dealt damage that turn.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Shadows over Innistrad (April 8, 2016))
Bloodthirst
A keyword ability that can have a creature enter the battlefield with +1/+1 counters on it. See rule 702.53, “Bloodthirst.”
From the Comprehensive Rules (Shadows over Innistrad (April 8, 2016))

702.53. Bloodthirst

  • 702.53a Bloodthirst is a static ability. “Bloodthirst N” means “If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this permanent enters the battlefield with N +1/+1 counters on it.”
  • 702.53b “Bloodthirst X” is a special form of bloodthirst. “Bloodthirst X” means “This permanent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the total damage your opponents have been dealt this turn.”
  • 702.53c If an object has multiple instances of bloodthirst, each applies separately.

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • Bloodthirst checks for any kind of damage, including combat damage.
  • Life loss that isn't caused by damage (for example, the life loss caused by Blood Seeker's ability) doesn't cause a creature with bloodthirst to get counters, but damage from a source with infect (a mechanic from the Scars of Mirrodin block) does, even though it doesn't cause loss of life.
  • It doesn't matter who controlled the source of the damage dealt to your opponent. If an opponent was dealt damage by a source he or she controlled (such as Manabarbs, for example), creatures with bloodthirst that enter the battlefield under your control later that turn will get +1/+1 counters.
  • The creature with bloodthirst enters the battlefield with the +1/+1 counters already on it. For example, a 1/1 creature that enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it will enter as a 3/3 creature, not as a 1/1 creature that then becomes 3/3.
  • "Bloodthirst X" doesn't appear on any Magic 2012 cards.

Examples[edit | edit source]

  • Gristleback - {2}{G}
    Creature — Beast
    2/2
    Bloodthirst 1 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.)
    Sacrifice Gristleback: You gain life equal to Gristleback's power.
  • Skarrgan Pit-Skulk - {G}
    Creature — Human Warrior
    1/1
    Bloodthirst 1 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.)
    Creatures with power less than Skarrgan Pit-Skulk’s power can’t block it.
  • Petrified Wood-Kin - {6}{G}
    Creature — Elemental Warrior
    3/3
    Petrified Wood-Kin can’t be countered.
    Bloodthirst X (This creature enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the damage dealt to your opponents this turn.)
    Protection from instants
  • Bloodlord of Vaasgoth - {3}{B}{B}
    Creature — Vampire Warrior
    3/3
    Bloodthirst 3 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it.)
    Flying
    Whenever you cast a Vampire creature spell, it gains bloodthirst 3.

Creature that grants Bloodthirst[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Aaron Forsythe. (February 03, 2006.) "Gruuling Workout", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 27, 2011.) "Putting On a Core Set", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  3. Tom LaPille. (July 08, 2011.) "Bloodthirst in the Water", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]
  4. Doug Beyer. (August 03, 2011.) "The Bloodthirsty Chef", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast. [dead link]