If I have a colorless 1/1 untapped creature that has no abilities, can I just tap this card whenever I want? Or let's say I have a artifact/enchantment/planeswalker with no abilities. Can I just tap it?

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  • Are you looking for a quick off-the-cuff answer, or a deep rules-lawyering answer? Nov 14, 2023 at 3:18

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2 relevant rules:

110.5c A permanent retains its status until a spell, ability, or turn-based action changes it, even if that status is not relevant to it.


110.5. A permanent’s status is its physical state. There are four status categories, each of which has two possible values: tapped/untapped, flipped/unflipped, face up/face down, and phased in/phased out. Each permanent always has one of these values for each of these categories.

it retains its status until something changes it, and tappedness is part of that.

a sort-of meta-guessing "here's how I would design a game" answer, while we're at it: There's no way they would have printed Gilder Bairn or Immovable Rod without closing that loophole.

  • The entire idea of untapping as a cost (rather than an effect) is questionable if you could just tap a card whenever you want. There is a functional difference in that an effect goes on the stack and a cost doesn't, but it's still questionable.
    – NotThatGuy
    Nov 14, 2023 at 10:55

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