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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
Manar.gif36% Manag.gif32% Manab.gif18%
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] 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.

From the Comprehensive Rules:

  • 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]

  • 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]

  • Gristleback - Mana2.gifManag.gif
    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 - Manag.gif
    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 - Mana6.gifManag.gif
    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

References[edit]

  1. Aaron Forsythe. (February 03, 2006.) "Gruuling Workout", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater. (June 27, 2011.) "Putting On a Core Set", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Tom LaPille. (July 08, 2011.) "Bloodthirst in the Water", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.