Abeyance

Abeyance

Instant
Until end of turn, target player can't cast instant or sorcery spells, and that player can't activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.
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"I'm too modest a wizard to reveal the full extent of my abilities."
—Ertai, wizard adept

Legality

  • Legal in Legacy
  • Legal in Vintage
  • Legal in Commander

Rulings

  • 2004-10-04 Abeyance prohibits activated abilities of cards which are not on the battlefield.
  • 2004-10-04 Abeyance never prevents mana abilities from being activated.
  • 2004-10-04 Abeyance does not affect abilities which are not activated, such as static abilities and triggered abilities. It also doesn’t stop the declaration of attackers or blockers.
  • 2008-08-01 This can’t be used as a counterspell. It will have no effect on spells which were on the stack when it was cast, nor on those cast in response to it.