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Does Wrath of God really destroy creatures with shroud?

Does this:

Day of Judgment

or other similar cards remove any hexproof / shrouded creatures?


Yes. Since the creature is not targeted, but is being affected by a global property neither hexproof nor shroud offer any protection.

702.17a Shroud is a static ability. “Shroud” means “This permanent or player can’t be the target of spells or abilities.”

702.11b “Hexproof” on a permanent means “This permanent can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.”

In both cases "not being targeted" is the key.

  • If I think through this logically it seems that this spell targets ALL creatures. How can your spell destroy a creature if it does not target it? – Adam Arold Sep 26 '11 at 13:31
  • From where did you copy that rule btw? I always see those cryptic paragraps (like 702.17a) but I don't know where do they came from. – Adam Arold Sep 26 '11 at 13:33
  • @edem : You explicitly need the keyword "target" on the card. Day of Judgment does not destroy "target creatures" but "all creatures". – Demento Sep 26 '11 at 13:35
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    @edem See the Magic Rules page. Each line of the Comprehensive Rules is numbered. – ghoppe Sep 26 '11 at 14:16

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