Bloodthirst

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Bloodthirst is a keyword ability. It appeared in the Ravnica block as the ability associated with the Gruul guild of the Guildpact set, and later also appeared in Magic 2012. It works by putting a number of +1/+1 counters on a permanent (so far only creatures) as it enters the battlefield, if an opponent has been dealt damage that turn.

From the Comprehensive Rules:

  • 702.53. Bloodthirst
    • 702.53a Bloodthirst is a static ability. "Bloodthirst N" means "If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this permanent enters the battlefield with N +1/+1 counters on it."
    • 702.53b "Bloodthirst X" is a special form of bloodthirst. "Bloodthirst X" means "This permanent enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the total damage your opponents have been dealt this turn."
    • 702.53c If an object has multiple instances of bloodthirst, each applies separately.

Rulings

  • Bloodthirst checks for any kind of damage, including combat damage.
  • Life loss that isn't caused by damage (for example, the life loss caused by Blood Seeker's ability) doesn't cause a creature with bloodthirst to get counters, but damage from a source with infect (a mechanic from the Scars of Mirrodin block) does, even though it doesn't cause loss of life.
  • It doesn't matter who controlled the source of the damage dealt to your opponent. If an opponent was dealt damage by a source he or she controlled (such as Manabarbs, for example), creatures with bloodthirst that enter the battlefield under your control later that turn will get +1/+1 counters.
  • The creature with bloodthirst enters the battlefield with the +1/+1 counters already on it. For example, a 1/1 creature that enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it will enter as a 3/3 creature, not as a 1/1 creature that then becomes 3/3.
  • "Bloodthirst X" doesn't appear on any Magic 2012 cards.

Examples

  • Gristleback - Mana2.gifManag.gif
    Creature — Beast
    2/2
    Bloodthirst 1 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.)
    Sacrifice Gristleback: You gain life equal to Gristleback's power.
  • Skarrgan Pit-Skulk - Manag.gif
    Creature — Human Warrior
    1/1
    Bloodthirst 1 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.)
    Creatures with power less than Skarrgan Pit-Skulk’s power can’t block it.
  • Petrified Wood-Kin - Mana6.gifManag.gif
    Creature — Elemental Warrior
    3/3
    Petrified Wood-Kin can’t be countered.
    Bloodthirst X (This creature enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the damage dealt to your opponents this turn.)
    Protection from instants

Color percentages

There is a total of 22 cards that involve bloodthirst, which divide by color as such:

  • Red = 36 %
  • Green = 32 %
  • Black = 18 %
  • Multicolor = 14 %
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