Say my opponent attacks me with a creature. I use a burn spell to deal lethal damage, then he regenerates it. Is it removed from combat at that point or does it still deal damage?

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Yes, when a creature is regenerated, it is removed from combat.

The exact wording of the rule (701.12a) is

If the effect of a resolving spell or ability regenerates a permanent, it creates a replacement effect that protects the permanent the next time it would be destroyed this turn. In this case, “Regenerate [permanent]” means “The next time [permanent] would be destroyed this turn, instead remove all damage marked on it and tap it. If it’s an attacking or blocking creature, remove it from combat.


If I recall correctly creatures regenerate tapped. That pretty much removes them from combat.

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    Why would tapped creatures be removed from combat? Heck, I tap my attackers and they are very much in combat. As far as I know I can even defend with an untapped creature (such a tim the prodigial sorceror), blocking an attacker and then tapping it to deal damage. - That tapped Tim still blocks, even if it deals no combat damage. It still is in the fight). So purely on tapped: No. That is not enough.
    – Hennes
    Mar 28, 2015 at 14:06
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    @Hennes Note that Tim will still deal combat damage, they removed the rule that tapped blockers don't deal combat damage a while ago
    – diego
    Mar 28, 2015 at 21:32
  • Ah. I missed that. Then again, I still have decks with interrupts which I play as instants. (Nobody expects the Spanish.... uhm. Nobody expects the red elemental blast).
    – Hennes
    Mar 29, 2015 at 21:02

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