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Support
Keyword Action
Introduced Oath of the Gatewatch
Last Used Modern Horizons 2
Reminder Text Support N (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N (other) target creatures.)
Storm Scale 6[1]
Statistics
16 cards
{W} 31.3% {U} 6.3% {R} 6.3% {G} 43.8% {G/W} 12.5%
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oracle:"Support"

Support is a keyword action introduced in Oath of the Gatewatch that boosts your (or your teammates') creatures with +1/+1 counters.[2] It was also used in Battlebond.[3][4]

Description[]

"Support N" means "Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N target creatures." You may choose fewer targets at will.

If a creature (or any other permanent) has an ability that supports, the ability can't target the creature/permanent itself.

You cannot put multiple +1/+1 counters on one creature. If it has support 3, you have to put a +1/+1 counter on one creature, then another one, then another. It has to be a different creature for each +1/+1 counter.

Rules[]

From the glossary of the Comprehensive Rules (July 23, 2021—Adventures in the Forgotten Realms)

Support
A keyword action that lets you put +1/+1 counters on creatures. See rule 701.35, “Support.”

From the Comprehensive Rules (July 23, 2021—Adventures in the Forgotten Realms)

  • 701.35. Support
    • 701.35a “Support N” on a permanent means “Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N other target creatures.” “Support N” on an instant or sorcery spell means “Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to N target creatures.”

Rulings[]

  • You can't put more than one +1/+1 counter on any one target using the support action.
  • Support can target a creature you don't control.
  • If a spell with support has other abilities that target creatures, those abilities and the support ability can target the same creature.

Examples[]

Example 1

Shoulder to Shoulder {2}{W}
Sorcery
Support 2. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to two target creatures.)
Draw a card.

Example 2

Gladehart Cavalry {5}{G}{G}
Creature — Elf Knight
6/6
When Gladehart Cavalry enters the battlefield, support 6. (Put a +1/+1 counter on each of up to six other target creatures.)
Whenever a creature you control with a +1/+1 counter on it dies, you gain 2 life.

References[]

  1. Mark Rosewater (November 21, 2016). "Storm Scale: Zendikar and Battle for Zendikar". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  2. Matt Tabak (December 28, 2015). "Oath of the Gatewatch Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  3. Gavin Verhey (May 18, 2018). "Find Your Partner with Battlebond". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
  4. Matt Tabak (May 21, 2018). "Battlebond Mechanics". magicthegathering.com. Wizards of the Coast.
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