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There are a lot of cards that have the effect

Target permanent does not untap during next untap step

For example:Kashi-Tribe Elite and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger.

Is there a term for this? Because it's kind of a mouthful to say "that permanent is not allowed to untap during the next untap step."


Since there is no official term, and therefore no officially correct answer, there were suggestions given that could be used for it. Of those I prefer the term exhausted.

If you think there is a better term please comment, but I don't think that much can top exhausted.

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The simple answer is no. I'm just not sure if there is really more to add to that. Except maybe a reason from WotC if someone can find it. – SocioMatt Apr 10 '13 at 12:32
Maybe there is an unofficial term like Trollshroud was used before WotC named it hexproof. Or maybe is the SE mtg community big enough to coin the the term! – SirDuckduck Apr 10 '13 at 12:38
If we're going to coin terms, I'm voting for "Exhausted." That creature is exhausted; it doesn't untap because it can't do anything. Alternatives if "Exhausted" is actually under copyright because of Vs.: depleted, crippled, or enervated. – SocioMatt Apr 10 '13 at 12:43
I actually wouldn't mind exhausted for lands or other permanents. One of the common uses is "exhausted resources," which is what every card in MtG represents. They are resources that are meant to help you cast spells and defeat your opponents. – SocioMatt Apr 10 '13 at 13:38
If you don't think mountains get exhausted, try being a mountain for a day!! Sure they only move a micrometer a day, but for a mountain, it's a lot of work! – corsiKa Apr 11 '13 at 16:13
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No, there is no official term for it.

If you want a term to use casually, then I suggest Paralyzed.
Paralyzing Grasp

I also like the suggested term exhausted

Tangled also seems appropriate


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The term "exhaustion" seems to be favored as answer as well in the comment section. no sure if i can tag anything as answer since there is no correct answer... – SirDuckduck Apr 11 '13 at 9:09
@SirDuckduck The 'correct' answer is no. You should accept whatever answer contains that and you find most helpful. – Colin D Apr 11 '13 at 12:00
The first three are good, because they can be used both as an action and a state, e.g. "I paralyze your creature" "nooooo it's paralyzed". ("Tangle" isn't quite as nice as the other two, but still works.) But sleep is awkward - "I put your creature to sleep"? "I sleep your creature"? In any case, +1, coining names based on existing cards is definitely the de facto convention. – Jefromi Apr 11 '13 at 14:56

Short answer, "no". Long answer, "noooooooooo".

However, in casual games I [personally] tend to use the term "locked" or "locked down" if something doesn't untap during untap phases at all.

As SocioMatt suggested in the comments, "exhausted" would be a good turn for a single-hit of this on creatures. For permanents in general, you could say "delayed" - or for flavour representing disruption of a player's magical link to their permanent, something along the lines of "obscured" or "tangled".

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we use locked down in our circle as well. – Pow-Ian Apr 10 '13 at 15:36
We use "Sleeping" because Sleep is the card with that effect that we use the most. – GendoIkari Apr 10 '13 at 17:57

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