What happens if you block an attacking creature with a creature that has equal power and toughness as the attacking creature? Do they both die or bounce off each other?

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It will depend on their actual power and toughness. If their power is higher than or equal to their toughness (two 2/1 creatures or two 1/1 creatures blocking each other) they'll both die; if the toughness is higher (two 1/2 creatures) they'll both survive.

That's the story for vanilla creatures (i.e. without abilities); some abilities, like First strike and Deathtouch, might influence the outcome.

  • OK, thank you. Couldn't find the answer anywhere. Was watching tournaments and was like (huh?) When two creature bounced off eachother.
    – Kingbuck19
    Oct 25, 2019 at 19:49
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    Note that damage from sources other than combat can also affect this answer. Suppose in Glorfindel's example with 1/2 creatures, one of them had taken 1 point of damage from something before combat damage. (Perhaps due to a Goblin Arsonist). In that case, one of the 1/2 creatures will die (the one that was previously dealt 1 damage) and the other will survive.
    – Aetherfox
    Oct 25, 2019 at 20:13

A combat isn't "won" or "lost". In fact, creatures aren't really directly compared at all in combat. Each creature deals damage equal to its power to the other creature, and then, if they have received damage equal to or greater than their toughness (including damage from other sources earlier in the turn), or any damage at all from a creature with deathtouch, they are destroyed.

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    greater than or equal to their toughness is not the only way damage can be lethal - see deathtouch.
    – Andrew
    Oct 26, 2019 at 4:53

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