Wither

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Wither
Type: Static
Introduced: Shadowmoor
Last Used: Eventide
Reminder Text: Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)
Statistics: 33 cards
{B}31% {R}21% {G}13%
Multicolor 30%, Artifact 15%
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Wither is a keyword ability introduced in Shadowmoor.[1] Damage dealt to a creature by a source with wither isn’t marked on that creature. Rather, it causes that many -1/-1 counters to be put on that creature.

Rules[edit | edit source]

From the Comprehensive Rules (Conspiracy: Take the Crown (August 26, 2016))

702.79. Wither

  • 702.79a Wither is a static ability. Damage dealt to a creature by a source with wither isn’t marked on that creature. Rather, it causes that many -1/-1 counters to be put on that creature. See rule 119.3.
  • 702.79b If a permanent leaves the battlefield before an effect causes it to deal damage, its last known information is used to determine whether it had wither.
  • 702.79c The wither rules function no matter what zone an object with wither deals damage from.
  • 702.79d Multiple instances of wither on the same object are redundant.
From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (Conspiracy: Take the Crown (August 26, 2016))
Wither
A keyword ability that affects how an object deals damage to a creature. See rule 702.79, “Wither.”

Rulings[edit | edit source]

  • Wither's effect applies to any damage, not just combat damage.
  • The -1/-1 counters remain on the creature indefinitely. They won't be removed if the creature regenerates or the turn ends.
  • Since damage from a source with wither is real damage, it follows all the other rules for damage. It can be prevented or redirected. When it's dealt, it will cause lifelink and other similar abilities to trigger.
  • If the source of the damage is still in play at the time that damage is dealt, its characteristics are checked to see if it has wither. If the source has left play by then, its last known information is used.
  • Damage from sources with wither affects players and planeswalkers normally.

Example[edit | edit source]

  • Sickle Ripper - {1}{B}
    Creature — Elemental Warrior
    2/1
    Wither (This deals damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters.)

Cards that grant Wither[edit | edit source]

Creatures

Enchantments

Artifacts

Plane card that grants Wither[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Magic Arcana. (May 14, 2008.) “Wither Art Cues”, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.

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