What targets and what does not.

While technically not a keyword ability or a keyword mechanic, 'target' is definitely a key word in Magic, and one that can confuse players. It is important to know which spells and abilities target because of the interactions with actual keyword mechanics like protection, shroud and hexproof, and for other rules issues like determining if a spell is countered on resolution. In most cases, only those spells and abilities that use the word 'target' actually do target. When reading a Magic card,

Read more.