Discard

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Discard is a keyword action which takes cards from a player's hand and puts them in their graveyard. [1] Discard is in the black part of the color pie. Discard spells are more often at sorcery speed, a few have been printed at instant speed. The target of a discard spell more often gets to choose which cards to discard. Cards which give the choice to the discard spell's caster cost more, as do cards which force a random discard. Random discard spells are said to be "unfun", so less of them have been made. The Spectres are famous for causing players to discard cards when they are unblocked.

From the Comprehensive Rules:

  • 701.7. Discard
    • 701.7a To discard a card, move it from its owner’s hand to that player’s graveyard.
    • 701.7b By default, effects that cause a player to discard a card allow the affected player to choose which card to discard. Some effects, however, require a random discard or allow another player to choose which card is discarded.
    • 701.7c If a card is discarded, but an effect causes it to be put into a hidden zone instead of into its owner’s graveyard without being revealed, all values of that card’s characteristics are considered to be undefined. If a card is discarded this way to pay a cost that specifies a characteristic about the discarded card, that cost payment is illegal; the game returns to the moment before the cost was paid (see rule 717, "Handling Illegal Actions").

Contents

List of discard instants and sorceries

Instants

One card

Two cards

Variable cards

  • Tsabo's DecreeMana5.gifManab.gif choose a creature type, target player discards all creature cards of the chosen type and also destroy all creatures of that type that player controls.

Sorceries

One card

Two cards

Three cards

Variable cards

  • Abandon HopeManax.gifMana1.gifManab.gif & discard X cards; your choice of X cards
  • AmnesiaMana3.gifManau.gifManau.gifManau.gif your choice of all nonland cards
  • Cabal ConditioningMana6.gifManab.gif any number of players each discards cards from their hand equal to the highest converted mana cost among permanents you control.
  • Cabal TherapyManab.gif name a nonland card, target player discards all cards with that name. Also has flashback (sacrifice a creature).
  • Death CloudManax.gifManab.gifManab.gifManab.gif each player loses X life, discards X cards, sacrifices X creatures and X lands.
  • Fall (Rise/Fall)Manab.gifManar.gif target player reveals two cards at random, then discards each nonland card revealed this way.
  • Hint of InsanityMana2.gifManab.gif all nonland cards with the same name as another card in their hand
  • Ill-Gotten GainsMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif exile this card, each player discards their hand then puts up to three cards from their graveyard into their hand.
  • Last RitesMana2.gifManab.gif you discard any number of cards from your hand, then you choose a nonland card for each card to discard of target player.
  • Mind BurstMana1.gifManab.gif their choice of X cards where X is one plus the number of Mind Burst cards in all graveyards.
  • Mind ExtractionMana2.gifManab.gif you sacrifice a creature, target player reveals their hand and discards all cards of each of the sacrificed creatures colors.
  • Mind ShatterManax.gifManab.gifManab.gif X cards at random
  • Mind SludgeMana4.gifManab.gif target player discards a card from their hand for each swamp you control.
  • Mind TwistManax.gifManab.gif randomly discard X cards
  • Mind WarpManax.gifMana3.gifManab.gif your choice of X cards
  • MonomaniaMana3.gifManab.gifManab.gif target player chooses a card from their hand and discards the rest.
  • Noxious VaporsMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif each player reveals their cards and choose one card of each color, then discards all other nonland cards
  • PersecuteMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif choose a color, target player discards all cards of the chosen color.
  • PoxManab.gifManab.gifManab.gif each player loses 1/3 of their life, discards 1/3 of their cards, sacrifices 1/3 of their creatures and 1/3 of their lands. Round each loss up.
  • Rakdos's ReturnManax.gifManab.gifManar.gif - target opponent discards X cards and deals X damage to them
  • Sink into TakenumaMana3.gifManab.gif sweep - return any number of swamps you control to their owner's hand, target player discards a card for each swamp returned this way.
  • Trapfinder's TrickMana1.gifManau.gif target player discards all Trap cards.
  • TyrannizeMana3.gifManabr.gifManabr.gif they discard their hand unless they pay 7 life.
  • Voices from the VoidMana4.gifManab.gif domain - on caster's lands, their choice.
  • VoidMana3.gifManab.gifManar.gif choose a number, destroy all artifacts and creatures with converted mana cost equal to that number. Then target player discards all nonland cards with converted mana cost equal to the number.
  • Wistful ThinkingMana3.gifManau.gif they draw two cards, then discard (up to) four cards, their choice.
  • Wit's EndMana5.gifManab.gifManab.gif target player discards their hand

Planeswalkers which cause discard

Creatures which cause discard

  • Bala Ged ThiefMana3.gifManab.gif - one your choice pulled from a set of X cards in their hand where X is the number of Ally creatures you control
  • Bloodhusk RitualistMana2.gifManab.gif - their choice for each time it was kicked. Multikicker Manab.gif
  • Cinderhaze WretchMana4.gifManab.gif - Tap.gif: Their choice, only during your turn.
  • Noggle RansackerMana2.gifManaur.gif - when this comes into play, each player draws two cards then discards a card at random.
  • Rakdos RingleaderMana4.gifManab.gifManar.gif - when this deals combat damage, one card at random
  • Riptide PilfererMana1.gifManau.gif - their choice, also has morph Manau.gif
  • ScandalmongerMana3.gifManab.gif - Mana2.gif target player discards a card, their choice. Any player may play this ability when they could play a sorcery.
  • Slavering NullsMana1.gifManar.gif - if it deals damage to a player and you control a swamp, their choice

Rats

Some rats cause discard to their opponents and mostly when they enter the battlefield, some rats force discard when combat damage occurs.

  • Drainpipe VerminManab.gif - when this dies, if Manab.gif is paid, then target player discards a card, their choice.
  • Earsplitting RatsMana3.gifManab.gif - when this enters the battlefield, each player discards a card, their choice
  • Hellhole RatsMana2.gifManab.gifManar.gif - when this enters the battlefield, target player discards a card, their choice
  • Nezumi Bone-ReaderMana1.gifManab.gif - Manab.gif, sacrifice a creature, target player discards a card (activate this ability only any time you could play a sorcery), their choice
  • Nezumi ShortfangMana1.gifManab.gif - Mana1.gifManab.gif, Tap.gif target opponent discards a card, their choice, then if that player has no cards in hand, flip Nezumi Shortfang
  • Okiba-Gang ShinobiMana3.gifManab.gifManab.gif - when this deals combat damage to a player, that player discards two cards, their choice
  • Ravenous RatsMana1.gifManab.gif - when this enters the battlefield, target opponent discards a card, their choice
  • Rotting RatsMana1.gifManab.gif - when this enters the battlefield, each player discards a card, their choice
  • Sanity GnawersMana1.gifManab.gifManar.gif - when this enters the battlefield, target player discards a card at random
  • Stronghold RatsMana2.gifManab.gif - when this deals combat damage to a player, each player discards a card, their choice

Specters

Specters are flying creatures and the most famous for causing opponents to discard when they aren't blocked.

  • Abyssal SpecterMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif 2/3 - their choice
  • Blazing SpecterMana2.gifManab.gifManar.gif 2/2 - their choice, also has haste
  • Blizzard SpecterMana2.gifManau.gifManab.gif 2/3 - their choice or force them to return a permanent they control to its owner's hand
  • Doomsday SpecterMana2.gifManau.gifManab.gif 2/3 - your choice, also has gating
  • Entropic SpecterMana3.gifManab.gifManab.gif */* - their choice, has power / toughness equal to the number of cards in target opponent's hand
  • Guul Draz SpecterMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif 2/2 - their choice
  • Hollow SpecterMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif 2/2 - pay Manax.gif, that player reveals X cards from their hand, you choose one of those revealed.
  • Hypnotic SpecterMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif 2/2 - randomly
  • Liliana's SpecterMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif 2/1 - (only when this enters the battlefield) their choice
  • Needle SpecterMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif 1/1 - their choice (discards that many cards equal to the number of combat damage)
  • Scythe SpecterMana4.gifManab.gifManab.gif 4/4 - their choice and each of them who discarded a card with the highest converted mana cost among cards discarded this way loses life equal to that converted mana cost.
  • Sedraxis SpecterManau.gifManab.gifManar.gif 3/2 - their choice, also has unearth Mana1.gifManab.gif
  • Shrieking SpecterMana5.gifManab.gif 2/2 - their choice, whenever Shrieking Specter attacks
  • Shimian SpecterMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif 2/2 - nonland, your choice, removes all cards with same name from hand, library, graveyard
  • Silent SpecterMana4.gifManab.gifManab.gif 4/4 - two cards their choice
  • Tainted SpecterMana3.gifManab.gif 2/2 - (only for activated ability) their choice unless they mill their top card of their library and deals 1 damage to each creature and each player.
  • Whispering SpecterMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif 1/1 - sacrifice it instead, target player discards a card for each poison counter they have.

Enchantments which cause discard

  • BereavementMana1.gifManab.gif - whenever a green creature dies, its controller discards a card.
  • Bottomless PitMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player discards a card at random.
  • Brink of MadnessMana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of your upkeep, if you have no cards in hand, sacrifice Brink of Madness and target opponent discards his or her hand.
  • Cabal ShrineMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif - whenever a player casts a spell, that player discards X cards, where X is the number of cards in all graveyards with the same name as that spell.
  • Dire UndercurrentsMana3.gifManaub.gifManaub.gif - whenever a black creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may have target player discard a card.
  • Discordant DirgeMana3.gifManab.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a verse counter on Discordant Dirge. Manab.gif and sacrifice Discordant Dirge: Look at target opponent's hand and choose up to X cards from it, where X is the number of verse counters on Discordant Dirge. That player discards those cards.
  • Gibbering DescentMana4.gifManab.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player loses 1 life and discards a card. Hellbent - Skip your upkeep step if you have no cards in hand. Madness Mana2.gifManab.gifManab.gif
  • Honden of Night's ReachMana3.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent discards a card for each Shrine you control.
  • LarcenyMana3.gifManab.gifManab.gif - whenever a creature you control deals combat damage to a player, that player discards a card.
  • Leshrac's SigilManab.gifManab.gif - whenever an opponent casts a green spell, you may pay Manab.gifManab.gif. If you do, look at that player's hand and choose a card from it. The player discards that card.
  • Mind SlashMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif - Manab.gif and sacrifice a creature: Target opponent reveals his or her hand. You choose a card from it. That player discards that card.
  • Necrogen MistsMana2.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player discards a card.
  • OppressionMana1.gifManab.gifManab.gif - whenever a player casts a spell, that player discards a card.
  • PutrefactionMana4.gifManab.gif - whenever a player casts a green or white spell, that player discards a card.
  • Seer's VisionMana2.gifManau.gifManab.gif - your opponents play with their hands revealed. Sacrifice Seer's Vision: Look at target player's hand and choose a card from it. That player discards that card.
  • Triumph of CrueltyMana2.gifManab.gif - at the beginning of your upkeep, target opponent discards a card if you control the creature with the greatest power or tied for the greatest power.
  • Warped DevotionMana2.gifManab.gif - whenever a permanent is returned to a player's hand, that player discards a card.

Auras

  • Dying WailMana1.gifManab.gif - when enchanted creature dies, two cards their choice
  • Strands of UndeathMana3.gifManab.gif - when this enters the battlefield, two cards, their choice

The following auras enchanted on creatures cause opponents to discard when they aren't blocked.

Artifacts which cause discard

Equipment

  • Specter's ShroudMana2.gif - Equip Mana1.gif - if a player is damaged by a creature equipped with this, their choice. The name Specter's Shroud is an homage to the numerous Specter creatures that cause discard if they attack and are unblocked.
  • Sword of Feast and FamineMana3.gif - Equip Mana2.gif - if a player is damaged by a creature equipped with this, their choice.

Notes

In the above list; "their choice" means the target player gets to choose which cards to discard, "your choice" means the person casting the spell gets to choose.

References

  1. Mark Rosewater. (April 11, 2005.) "Discard Tricks", Daily MTG, magicthegathering.com, Wizards of the Coast.
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