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Backbone
Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced MTG Arena
Last Used MTG Arena
Reminder Text Backbone (This creature assigns combat damage equal to its toughness instead of its power.)
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{C} 10% {W} 20% {G} 20% {W/U} 10% {G/W} 20% {M} 20%
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oracle:"Backbone"

Backbone is a MTG Arena-specific keyword ability that causes creatures to deal damage based on their toughness.

History[]

Backbone was introduced in the March 12, 2020 Game Update (1.06.00.00).[1] According to Matt Tabak, the term will not be appearing on printed Magic cards now or in the foreseeable future.[2] It isn't part of the Comprehensive Rules.

Cards granting backbone[]

References[]

  1. MTG Arenea Admin (March 12, 2020). "MAR 12 - 1.06.00.00 Game Update". MTGArena.com.
  2. "New" keyword for Ikoria?. Reddit (March 12, 2020).
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