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Does anyone know where to find a good listing of all keywords that are on the cards?

I have downloaded the rules for the Xth edition but words like "lifelink" or "champion" are not included in those. Well, maybe they are but there are words that are not yet added.

Obviously it's all explained on the web (on different sites) but I would be interested in a handy complete listing so that I can print these.

Thanks in advance.
 
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Wikipedia has a comprehensive list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Magic:_The_Gathering_keywords
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http://www.wizards.com/magic/rules/Keywords_08242007.pdf

This is from the Wizards website.
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Thanks very much! This should make our games go a lot faster now!


Another related question: what do you do if a card with a Discontinued Keyword pops up? A creature with banding for instance? Do you just treat it as a regular creature or do you use the banding?

We play the game as explained in this (excellent) thread: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/382910
Which means that a lot of the older cards pop up and that's where my question comes from.
 
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If you ever have a question regaurding the older keywords, do a google search and generaly there will be several.
BTW banding is the ability to "band" together any banding creatures when attacking or defending. (pool their respective att/def)
also if you search for the older rules you can get disputing terminology regaurding the "what happends after...?" Flanking is the S...

The url is broken up and does not work in this format:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Magic:_The_Gathering_keywords
ctrl c /p it instead
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Pokke wrote:
Another related question: what do you do if a card with a Discontinued Keyword pops up? A creature with banding for instance?

Most of the old keywords shouldn't be that much of a problem for you and will probably play nice with more recent cards. With that wikipedia page (see above) to hand, you ought to be able to bodge through OK.

On the other hand, I personally would just ignore the word 'banding' wherever you see it. It's a really old keyword that hasn't seen print for years. Frankly, the rules for it are a bit of a mess and even some of the game's veteran players have trouble getting their heads around it. My personal opinion (when playing in a fashion similar to yourself) is that it's not worth the trouble it causes and that it'll cause more frustration than enjoyment. I seriously recommend just ignoring the fact that some cards have the ability.

In short: Use the excellent wiki page for all keywords and you'll be fine, they'll probably mesh together fantastically no matter what edition they're from. But avoid banding like the plague, its rules are clunky, it's liable to annoy you, new cards aren't made with it in mind (as, I think I'm right in saying, it no longer exists in the official rules) and it's basically just not worth the hassle.
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Pokke wrote:
Thanks very much! This should make our games go a lot faster now!

Another related question: what do you do if a card with a Discontinued Keyword pops up? A creature with banding for instance? Do you just treat it as a regular creature or do you use the banding?


A discontinued keyword is just one they don't include in newly developed cards anymore - it hasn't been 'stricken from the lexicon' like, say, the Interrupt card type has. The creature still has the ability and is costed for having the ability - you should play it with its ability.

At its core, banding on defense is quite simple: normally, the attacking player decides how the attacking creatures' damage is distributed when more than one creature blocks a single attacker; but if the blocking gang includes at least one banding creature, it's the defending player that makes the damage assignment decisions.

Banding on offense is much more complicated and much less useful.
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OK. Many thanks all! I doubt that I have much cards with banding anyway, but sometimes it did show up.
 
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