For the cosmological phenomenon, see The Abyss

Abyss is a slang term used by Magic R&D to describe spells that force all players/opponents to sacrifice a creature each turn. This mechanic is primary in black.[1] While not particularly common in modern design, the figurative version comes up commonly in Limited play when one player has a non-evasive creature too large to block profitably, and can attack each turn to force a chump block.

It is named after the eponymous The Abyss. In the 2021 Mechanical Pie update, the slang term was replaced by "Creature sacrifice, forced, repeatable".[2][3]


  1. Mark Rosewater (June 5, 2017). "Mechanical Color Pie 2017". Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Mark Rosewater (October 18, 2021). "Mechanical Color Pie 2021". Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Mark Rosewater (October 18, 2021). "Mechanical Color Pie 2021 Changes". Wizards of the Coast.
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