Are there any Magic cards that nullify activated abilities?

Edit: My apologies for such an easily query-able answer. I was not aware of the existence o such comprehensive databases and easily-searchable databases like magiccards.info before posting these questions. I will surely do more research from now on. Thank you!

  • You really need to research more rather that machine gunning this site with your short questions that can be searched via advanced search in some magic card database site. – Moses Aprico Oct 27 '14 at 16:10

Several cards that counter activated abilities. They are

There are also cards that prevent activated abilities from being activated. You can find cards that do that with a Gatherer search for "can't be activated" There are a bunch of these, but the highlights are

  • Arrest (An aura that prevents the creature from attacking, blocking, or activating abilities)
  • Linvala, Keeper of Silence (Prevents any creature your opponent controls from activating abilities)
  • Null Rod (Prevents all artifacts from activating abilities)
  • Phyrexian Revoker (Lets you name a card, and stops any permanent with that name from activating abilities)
  • Pithing Needle (Basically the same effect as Phyrexian Revoker, but can't stop mana abilities)

As Michael Snook points out, Time Stop and Sundial of the Infinite end the turn immediately, and that includes exiling anything on the stack, including activated abilities.

  • Ayesha Tanaka can only counter activated abilities from artifact sources. – jwodder Oct 26 '14 at 2:53
  • You're right. Fixed. – murgatroid99 Oct 26 '14 at 2:54
  • Azorius not ous – Matt Ellen Oct 27 '14 at 9:01

Yes, there's several: this Gatherer search covers cards with the words "counter target activated ability" in their rules text (not necessarily in that exact order), which covers that exact phrase and small variatons on it.

At the time of writing:

For far more nuclear options, there's Time Stop amd Sundial of the Infinite, which exile everything on the stack as part of the turn ending.

  • There's also Time Stop and Sundial of the Infinite. They don't technically counter the abilities, but ending the turn does exile everything on the stack. – Michael Snook Oct 26 '14 at 0:57
  • Ayesha Tanaka can only counter activated abilities from artifact sources. – jwodder Oct 26 '14 at 2:53
  • @MichaelSnook Thanks for the suggestions! – doppelgreener Oct 26 '14 at 3:06

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