Afflict is a triggered keyword ability that makes the defending player lose life for blocking.

Expansion InfoEdit

Afflict was introduced into Magic Arena with Hour of Devastation (closed beta).

Card/Color DistributionEdit

Afflict can often be found on Color U, Color B and Color R creatures.


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Hour of Devastation Spotlight Afflict

Hour of Devastation Spotlight Afflict

Comprehensive RulesEdit

Comprehensive Rules Glossary (April 17, 2020)

A keyword ability that makes the defending player lose life for blocking. See rule 702.129, “Afflict.”

Comprehensive Rules (April 17, 2020)

  • 702.129. Afflict
    • 702.129a Afflict is a triggered ability. “Afflict N” means “Whenever this creature becomes blocked, defending player loses N life.”
    • 702.129b If a creature has multiple instances of afflict, each triggers separately.

Afflict Card List Edit

1 result
Acolyte of Affliction Acolyte of Affliction C2Color BColor G (4)
Creature — Human Cleric (2/3)
When Acolyte of Affliction enters the battlefield, put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard, then you may return a permanent card from your graveyard to your hand.


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