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1 – 20 of 23 cards where the text includes “counter target” and the colors is U and the card types include “instant” and it’s legal in Standard

Annul {U}

Instant

Counter target artifact or enchantment spell.

“Many giants have tried to crush me with their hammers. You’ll never stop me with that little toy.”
—Stigur of the Omenseekers

Illustrated by Caio Monteiro

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An Offer You Can't Refuse {U}

Instant

Counter target noncreature spell. Its controller creates two Treasure tokens. (They’re artifacts with “{T}, Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any color.”)

Elspeth wanted answers. Xander needed a spy. Their paths were destined to cross.

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Illustrated by Dallas Williams

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Anticognition {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target creature or planeswalker spell unless its controller pays {2}. If an opponent has eight or more cards in their graveyard, instead counter that spell, then scry 2.

“I think not.”
—Flekon the Mindcensor

Illustrated by Igor Kieryluk

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Bar the Gate {2}{U}

Instant

Counter target creature or planeswalker spell. Venture into the dungeon. (Enter the first room or advance to the next room.)

“This path is closed to you!”

Illustrated by Johannes Voss

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Concerted Defense {U}

Instant

Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1} plus an additional {1} for each creature in your party. (Your party consists of up to one each of Cleric, Rogue, Warrior, and Wizard.)

“You mess with one of us, you mess with all of us!”

Illustrated by Chris Rallis

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Devious Cover-Up {2}{U}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner’s graveyard. You may shuffle up to four target cards from your graveyard into your library.

Widow Weber’s new scarecrow seemed to attract more crows than it scared off.

Illustrated by Colin Boyer

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Disdainful Stroke {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell with mana value 4 or greater.

“I’ve known for a year that you would cast this exact spell, at this exact spot, at this exact time.”
—Raffine

Illustrated by Irina Nordsol

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Disruption Protocol {U}{U}

Instant

As an additional cost to cast this spell, tap an untapped artifact you control or pay {1}.

Counter target spell.

“Let’s just turn that off, shall we?”

Illustrated by Pauline Voss

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Dissipate {1}{U}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner’s graveyard.

“Morning light, morning light,
Chase away the fears of night.”
—Gavony children’s rhyme

Illustrated by David Palumbo

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Essence Capture {U}{U}

Instant

Counter target creature spell. Put a +1/+1 counter on up to one target creature you control.

The Futurists regard the tradition of kami-bonding as anachronistic and inefficient, striving constantly to surpass spiritual power with technology.

Illustrated by Campbell White

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Flip the Switch {2}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {4}. Create a 2/2 black Zombie creature token with decayed. (It can’t block. When it attacks, sacrifice it at end of combat.)

“Works every time! Well, every time they don’t explode, anyway.”
—Barton, stitcher

Illustrated by Campbell White

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Geistlight Snare {2}{U}

Instant

This spell costs {1} less to cast if you control a Spirit. It also costs {1} less to cast if you control an enchantment.

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {3}.

Tamil had always wanted a closer look at a geist’s lantern. Now he had an eternity to study one.

Illustrated by Anato Finnstark

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Jwari Disruption {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {1}.

“You worry too much.”
—Nys Dal, Sea Gate trapfinder

Jwari Ruins

Land

Jwari Ruins enters the battlefield tapped.

{T}: Add {U}.

“The Ondu Skyclave was a center for rebellion against the capital in Makindi. Of course they built in deadly traps.”
—Nys Dal, Sea Gate trapfinder

Illustrated by Cliff Childs

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Make Disappear {1}{U}

Instant

Casualty 1 (As you cast this spell, you may sacrifice a creature with power 1 or greater. When you do, copy this spell and you may choose a new target for the copy.)

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {2}.

Watermark: Maestros

Illustrated by Inka Schulz

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Negate {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target noncreature spell.

“The ancient kor were a clever bunch with a taste for nasty traps. Spikes, poison, fire pouring forth with no warning … I’ve seen and disabled them all. If you intend to raid a Skyclave, you’d be wise to hire me on.”

Illustrated by Billy Christian

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Reject {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target creature or planeswalker spell unless its controller pays {3}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner’s graveyard.

“Grux, for the last time, you have to do more than simply shout ‘Apply!’ at the administrators.”
—Pavil, admissions officer

Illustrated by Zoltan Boros

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Saw It Coming {1}{U}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell.

Foretell {1}{U} (During your turn, you may pay {2} and exile this card from your hand face down. Cast it on a later turn for its foretell cost.)

“How predictable.”

Watermark: Foretell

Illustrated by Randy Vargas

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Spell Pierce {U}

Instant

Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {2}.

“There’s a hole in your plan.”
—Noyan Dar, Tazeem lullmage

Illustrated by Vance Kovacs

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Syncopate {X}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell unless its controller pays {X}. If that spell is countered this way, exile it instead of putting it into its owner’s graveyard.

“Fool! Can’t you see the tide has turned against you?”

Illustrated by Marta Nael

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Syphon Essence {2}{U}

Instant

Counter target creature or planeswalker spell. Create a Blood token. (It’s an artifact with “{1}, {T}, Discard a card, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.”)

The third step in creating a skaab requires draining the body of blood and replacing it with viscus vitae, a mixture of angel’s blood and lamp oil.

Illustrated by Sean Murray

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