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If I have a creature or multiple creatures that have a heroic ability and I activate a sorcery or instant that has an effect to "creatures you control" will this trigger the heroic ability?

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    Targeting requires the word "target". Note that some keyword abilities represent abilities that use the word "target", and note that Auras target what they will enchant when they're on the stack because the word "target" is used in the rules for casting Auras.
    – ikegami
    Feb 26, 2014 at 6:18
  • @ikegami I suspected as much, although another related question arises, what about an overloaded spell? As a normal spell it obviously would trigger since it says target. If I'm understanding this correctly given though since definition of overload removes the word target from the card it would not trigger anymore.
    – Fr33dan
    Feb 26, 2014 at 14:25
  • That's exactly right
    – ikegami
    Feb 26, 2014 at 14:27

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No, those effects do not target a creature. The sorcery or instant card must specifically say that it targets a creature to trigger Heroic effects. Enchantment Aura cards also target a creature, although they may not say so explicitly on the card.

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    Ah yes, I suspected as much. My roommate got all angry with me for being "overly technical" but I think he's just upset I blew his deck strategy apart.
    – Fr33dan
    Feb 25, 2014 at 22:15
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    This is exactly what makes Cyclonic Rift a staple card for RTR/Theros standard's blue devotion decks. Hexproof and protection care about targeting. Cyclonic Rift doesn't target. It just gets rid of everything. Everything. (except lands) Feb 25, 2014 at 22:44
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    @JonathanHobbs Cyclonic Rift doesn't target only when it is overloaded, just to be clear Feb 26, 2014 at 0:14
  • @bengoesboom Right, yes. :) Good correction! Feb 26, 2014 at 0:22
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    @Fr33dan "Overly technical" is basically the only way to interpret Magic cards in a consistent manner.
    – xLeitix
    Oct 10, 2018 at 11:14

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