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Reach
Duels Reach symbol.png
Keyword Ability
Type Static
Introduced Alpha (mechanic)
Future Sight (keyword)
Last Used Evergreen
Reminder Text Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
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oracle:"Reach"

Reach is an evergreen keyword ability that replaces the "[This creature] can block as though it had flying" ability seen on creatures such as Giant Spider.

History[]

The mechanic used to be known as the "Spider ability".[1]

For design reasons, Mark Rosewater convinced R&D that they needed to keyword more abilities and then put them in a secondary color. The Rules Manager suggested adding Reach because it would greatly shrink the reminder text for flying.[2]

Reach was first keyworded in Future Sight and was introduced into core sets with Tenth Edition.[3] Reach is primary in green. Lately, it also is appearing in red.[4][5][6][7] Reach is tertiary in white, mostly on archers[8], but there have been no reach creatures that are white but not green since Hundred-Handed One.

Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths introduced reach counters.

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

Reach
A keyword ability that allows a creature to block an attacking creature with flying. See rule 702.17, “Reach.” See also Flying.

From the Comprehensive Rules (September 24, 2021—Innistrad: Midnight Hunt)

  • 702.17. Reach
    • 702.17a Reach is a static ability.
    • 702.17b A creature with flying can’t be blocked except by creatures with flying and/or reach. (See rule 509, “Declare Blockers Step,” and rule 702.9, “Flying.”)
    • 702.17c Multiple instances of reach on the same creature are redundant.

Rulings[]

  • All cards that have or grant the Giant Spider ability will be receiving errata to change that ability to reach.
  • The interaction between creatures with flying and creatures such as Giant Spider will not change.
  • Some card interactions are changing:
    • Creatures with reach (and without flying) won't be able to block creatures that say they "can't be blocked except by creatures with flying," simply because those creatures don't actually have flying (and will no longer act as though they do). Cards affected by this change are Elven Riders, Silhana Ledgewalker, Treetop Bracers, Treetop Rangers, and Treetop Scout.
    • Creatures with reach (and without flying) will be able to block creatures that say they "can't be blocked by creatures with flying," for the same reason. Cards affected by this change are Dust Corona, Gnat Alley Creeper, Greater Stone Spirit, and Stone Spirit.
    • Talruum Piper, which says "All creatures with flying able to block Talruum Piper do so," will not force creatures with reach to block it.

Examples[]

Example

Giant Spider {3}{G}
Creature — Spider
2/4
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)

Enchantments that grant just Reach[]

One creature

Trivia[]

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