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Shadow is a keyword ability on creatures that serves as both an evasion ability and a blocking restriction, featured in the Tempest block. [1] An attacking creature with shadow can only be blocked by a defending creature with shadow, and a defending creature with shadow can only block an attacking creature with shadow. It was first seen in the Tempest block, and was revisited in the Time Spiral block. Shadow is found on black, white and blue creatures, while a few red and green creatures are able to block shadow creatures. Aura Æther Web permits enchanted creature block creatures with shadow as though they didn't have shadow. Shadow made a minor appearance in Time Spiral. [2] It is unlikely to return again. [3]

From the Comprehensive Rules

  • 702.27. Shadow
    • 702.27a Shadow is an evasion ability.
    • 702.27b A creature with shadow can’t be blocked by creatures without shadow, and a creature without shadow can’t be blocked by creatures with shadow. (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step.”)
    • 702.27c Multiple instances of shadow on the same creature are redundant.


[edit] Rulings

  • It is possible for Banding to result in a Shadow creature blocking or being blocked by a non-Shadow creature. This is legal.

[edit] Example

  • Dauthi Marauder - Mana2.gifManab.gif
    Creature — Dauthi Minion
    Shadow (This creature can block or be blocked by only creatures with shadow.)

[edit] Color percentages

There is a total of 54 cards that involve shadow, which divide by color as such:

  • Black = 33 %
  • White = 26 %
  • Blue = 24 %
  • Green = 6 %
  • Red = 6 %
  • Multicolor = 2 %
  • Artifact = 2 %
  • Land = 2 %

[edit] Creature type

[edit] Cards that grant Shadow


target creature


[edit] References

  1. Randy Buehler. (December 20, 2002.) "Out of the Shadows", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Aaron Forsythe. (September 08, 2006.) "Overseer, Overboard. Bringing back the “forbidden” mechanic", Daily MTG,, Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater. (November 21, 2012.) "Shadow on the stormscale", Blogatog, Tumblr.