Escalateâ€”Tap an untapped creature you control. (Pay this cost for each mode chosen beyond the first.)
Choose one or more â€”
â€¢ Destroy target creature with power 4 or greater.
â€¢ Destroy target enchantment.
â€¢ Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature target player controls.
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You choose all of your modes at once. You canâ€™t wait to perform one modeâ€™s actions and then decide to choose more modes.
You canâ€™t choose any one mode multiple times.
You can tap any untapped creature you control to pay the escalate cost, including one you havenâ€™t controlled continuously since the beginning of the turn.
If you choose the first and third modes, and destroying the creature ends an â€œexile untilâ€ effect (such as that of Lunarch Inquisitors), the creature will return to the battlefield before you put +1/+1 counters on creatures. The same is true if you choose the second and third modes and destroying the enchantment ends such an effect.
If two of the chosen modes of an escalate spell target a creature, you may choose the same creature for each modeâ€™s target, or choose different creatures. The same is true if the chosen modes target a player (or opponent).
If one target of an escalate spell becomes illegal, the other targets will still be affected. If all of the targets become illegal, the spell wonâ€™t resolve.
If an effect allows you to cast a spell that has escalate without paying its mana cost, you pay escalate costs for that spell if you choose more than one mode.
Effects that reduce the cost of spells reduce the total cost, including any escalate costs added.
Additional costs donâ€™t affect a spellâ€™s converted mana cost.
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