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Double strike
Type: Static
Introduced: Legions
Last Used: Magic 2015
Reminder Text: This creature deals both first-strike and regular combat damage.
Statistics: 67 cards
Manar.gif32% Manaw.gif31% Manau.gif2% Manab.gif2% Manag.gif1%
Multicolored 16% Artifact 5% Land 1%
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Double strike is a keyword ability that allows a creature to deal combat damage during both the First Strike and the normal Combat Damage Step. It was introduced in Legions [1] [2] and has been printed in each subsequent block. [3], secondarily in White and a little in the rest of the colors.

Rules[edit]

From the Comprehensive Rules:

  • 702.4. Double Strike
    • 702.4a Double strike is a static ability that modifies the rules for the combat damage step. (See rule 510, “Combat Damage Step.”)
    • 702.4b If at least one attacking or blocking creature has first strike (see rule 702.7) or double strike as the combat damage step begins, the only creatures that assign combat damage in that step are those with first strike or double strike. After that step, instead of proceeding to the end of combat step, the phase gets a second combat damage step. The only creatures that assign combat damage in that step are the remaining attackers and blockers that didn’t have first strike as the first combat damage step began, as well as the remaining attackers and blockers that currently have double strike. After that step, the phase proceeds to the end of combat step.
    • 702.4c Removing double strike from a creature during the first combat damage step will stop it from assigning combat damage in the second combat damage step.
    • 702.4d Giving double strike to a creature with first strike after it has already put first strike combat damage onto the stack in the first combat damage step will allow the creature to assign combat damage in the second combat damage step.
    • 702.4e Multiple instances of double strike on the same creature are redundant.

Rulings[edit]

  • Double strike isn't first strike. Effects that make a creature lose first strike won't make it lose double strike.
  • Creatures with double strike and creatures with first strike deal combat damage in the first combat damage step.
  • All creatures that didn't assign combat damage in the first combat damage step assign combat damage in the second combat damage step. In addition, all creatures with double strike assign combat damage again in the second step.
  • If a creature has both double strike and trample, the combat damage it assigned during the first combat damage step will be considered when determining how much damage can trample through in the second combat damage step.

Examples[edit]

  • Boros Swiftblade - Manar.gifManaw.gif
    Creature — Human Soldier
    1/2
    Double strike (This creature deals both first-strike and regular combat damage.)

Cards that grant double strike[edit]

Planeswalkers

Sorceries (until end of turn)

Instants (until end of turn)

Creatures

Auras (enchanted creature)

Enchantments (your creatures)

Equipment (equipped creature)

Land (Tap.gif until end of turn)

Sorcery

Plane cards that grants double strike[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Anthony Alongi. (September 16, 2003.) "Seeing Double", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Randy Buehler. (January 17, 2003.) "Double Damage, Double Fun", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Magic Arcana. (October 22, 2003.) "Fun with double strike", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.