Last updated on November 3, 2023

Soul of New Phyrexia - Illustration by Daarken

Soul of New Phyrexia | Illustration by Daarken

Hello planeswalkers, I hope you're having a peaceful day!

Today I'm not focusing on massive damage and filling graveyards. Let's take a deep breath and prevent all the harmful damage to our lives and MTG games instead. It's time to examine the cards that prevent all damage and how they can help your builds.

These cards can have major benefits in your games. Preventing all damage can save you for another turn, protect your valuable cards, and act as a trap for an opponent. I believe preventing damage at the right moment is an overlooked skill that talented players understand. Prevent all damage cards have never been the highlights and win strategies of most decks, but they do have value.

These cards can turn the tides of battle in your favor if you use them properly. How do you do that? Let's find out!

What Are Prevent All Damage Cards in MTG?

Endure (Eventide) - Illustration by Ralph Horsley

Endure (Eventide) | Illustration by Ralph Horsley

“Prevent all damage” refers to spells that negate any damage done to all of a player’s permanents and possibly that player. There isn’t one specific build or theme that highlights preventing damage, but these cards slot into many different decks for specific purposes.

The main themes of preventing damage cards are saving your life total when you need it, protecting valuable permanents, and being a combat trick against aggressive opponents.

Best White Prevent All Damage Cards

#7. Gideon’s Intervention

Gideon's Intervention

Gideon's Intervention is a very narrowly-targeted version of these prevention cards. You can choose a card name and prevent all damage done to you and your permanents from that source.

This is a great example of a solid sideboard piece if you're struggling with a specific or couple of sources in your BO3 matches.

#6. Endure


Endure is an aptly-named card to prevent damage. If you can endure the beginning turn assaults of your opponent then you should have a chance to trap them with this instant. It's legal in the Modern and eternal formats as a life-saving card or a combat trick that gives you board advantage.

#5. Akroma’s Will

Akroma's Will

Akroma's Will lets you pick which massive number of keywords you give to your creatures. It gives you the option to protect all your creatures from damage and colors or strike hard at your opponent.

This is a bomb instant for the eternal formats and has some great value in Commander. You may even apply both options and dominate if you control a commander!

#4. Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Avacyn, Angel of Hope

Avacyn, Angel of Hope is an expensive creature that protects all the rest of your permanents, as well as itself. The question here is, is it worth it for my build? I think if your focus is ramping up in reanimating in white then it's definitely worth considering.

Cards like Smothering Tithe and Invoke Justice could help you unlock this angel‘s true potential.

#3. Channel Harm

Channel Harm

Channel Harm is an expensive instant that can instantly change the game. You can prevent all damage done to you and your permanents and then redirect the damage that would have been done to target creature, all for a whopping 6 mana.

This is a nice combat trick that has some good value in control decks. It fits best in Azorius (), Jeskai (), or Esper () builds.

#2. Divine Deflection

Divine Deflection

I’m going to include Divine Deflection because it has a chance to protect all your permanents and do some damage. You can choose the X amount of damage you want to protect your permanents from and then redirect that same amount of damage to target creature or player.

This is a very playable card in many white Modern or eternal decks.

#1. Teferi’s Protection

Teferi's Protection

Teferi's Protection has a lot of wording that ensures all of your cards are safe from damage and destruction. You can’t lose life and have protection from everything. Your permanents also phase out, so they’ll be safe for the turn.

This card is a nice answer to board wipes. Your opponent might be willing to sacrifice their board to get rid of yours, but they’re in for a big surprise when you play Teferi's Protection. Not to mention the ETB triggers that could happen! It’s a superb card that's unfortunately only legal in the eternal and Historic formats.

Best Green Prevent All Damage Cards

#2. Yuan-Ti Scaleshield

Yuan-Ti Scaleshield

Yuan-Ti Scaleshield is unfortunately only legal in Alchemy and Historic because it can completely change a game way too easily. You can protect your permanents and seek a card for your next moves.

This card is an excellent combat trick and way to seek a valuable card for any green Alchemy build.

#1. Heroic Intervention

Heroic Intervention

How many times have you read or seen the trope of a hero saving someone at the very last possible moment? As cheesy as that can be, Heroic Intervention is a great way to protect and save your permanents.

This is a slam dunk addition to most green decks in Pioneer, Modern, Historic, and eternal formats thanks to its low mana value, instant speed, and widespread protection.

Best Multicolored Prevent All Damage Card

#1. Boros Charm

Boros Charm

Boros Charm is a fantastic instant spell for the Boros () enthusiasts in Pioneer, Modern, and eternal formats. The options on this card give you the versatility to do exactly what you need to gain card or board advantage.

The most important is the ability to give all your permanents indestructible when you need to protect them from board wipes. Boros Charm is a great way to give your Boros decks more options when you need them.

Best Colorless Prevent All Damage Card

#2. Maze of Ith

Maze of Ith

Maze of Ith is a Magic classic, but that doesn't make it insane. It untaps an attacking creature and prevents all damage dealt to it, but also all the damage dealt by it! That limits the maze to being a defensive piece. You're either knocking out an attacker (or blocking the attempt before it happens by holding this up), or saving an attacker of yours from a combat trick.

#1. Soul of New Phyrexia

Soul of New Phyrexia

Soul of New Phyrexia is the colorless answer to the question, “how can I protect my permanents for multiple turns?” It gives your permanents indestructible for just five mana and can even activate from the graveyard.

This is a great card for builds that can get mana quickly or need to protect their permanents to carry out their ultimate strategy. I like the versatility of a colorless spell and believe that it has potential in lots of builds that can afford the higher mana cost.

Wrap Up

Boros Charm (Gatecrash) - Illustration by Zoltan Boros

Boros Charm (Gatecrash) | Illustration by Zoltan Boros

This list is just a small look at cards that protect all of your permanents. Many other cards protect more specific things, like your creatures in combat.

Do you have any cool ideas about protecting all your fun permanents? Did I miss anything in my rankings that deserves a spot? Let me know in the comments below or over on the Draftsim Twitter.

Stay safe, and keep exploring this great game of ours!

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  • Avatar
    Frog Man April 26, 2023 6:17 pm

    What about Spore Frog

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    Rusty January 20, 2024 1:31 am

    This list kinda turned into gain indestructible , and not prevent damage .
    There is so many better cards for damage prevention out there

    • Jake Henderson
      Jake Henderson January 29, 2024 8:10 am

      Hey Rusty, what are some of the other cards would you have expected to see on here?

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