13 cards where the text includes “counter” and the text includes “target” and the text includes “activated ability”

Ayesha Tanaka {W}{W}{U}{U}

Legendary Creature — Human Artificer

Banding (Any creatures with banding, and up to one without, can attack in a band. Bands are blocked as a group. If any creatures with banding you control are blocking or being blocked by a creature, you divide that creature’s combat damage, not its controller, among any of the creatures it’s being blocked by or is blocking.)

{T}: Counter target activated ability from an artifact source unless that ability’s controller pays {W}. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

2/2

Illustrated by Bryon Wackwitz

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Azorius Guildmage {W/U}{W/U}

Creature — Vedalken Wizard

{2}{W}: Tap target creature.

{2}{U}: Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

2/2

Illustrated by Christopher Moeller

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Bind {1}{G}

Instant

Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

Draw a card.

“The battlefield is cluttered enough. Be still.” —Multani, maro-sorcerer

Illustrated by Mark Zug

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Brown Ouphe {G}

Creature — Ouphe

{1}{G}, {T}: Counter target activated ability from an artifact source. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

In a strange twist of fate, one of the most annoying creatures in the multiverse was brought to the place where it could cause the most damage.

1/1

Illustrated by Greg Hildebrandt

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Disallow {1}{U}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell, activated ability, or triggered ability. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

“How easily your flames are quenched.” —Baral, Chief of Compliance

Watermark: Planeswalker

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Illustrated by Min Yum

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Interdict {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target activated ability from an artifact, creature, enchantment, or land. That permanent’s activated abilities can’t be activated this turn. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

Draw a card.

Illustrated by Jeff Laubenstein

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Ouphe Vandals {2}{G}

Creature — Ouphe Rogue

{G}, Sacrifice Ouphe Vandals: Counter target activated ability from an artifact source and destroy that artifact if it’s on the battlefield. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

The ouphes finally managed to still the clockwork monstrosity by catching themselves in its cogs.

2/2

Illustrated by Thomas M. Baxa

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Rimewind Cryomancer {3}{U}

Creature — Human Wizard

{1}, {T}: Counter target activated ability. Activate this ability only if you control four or more snow permanents. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

“The Thaw brings flooding, disease, and death. We will do all in our power to bring frigid peace back to the world.”

2/3

Illustrated by Dan Scott

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Rust {G}

Instant

Counter target activated ability from an artifact source. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

“How dull it is to pause, to make an end,/ To rust unburnished, not to shine in use,/ As though to breathe were life!” —Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Ulysses”

Illustrated by Liz Danforth

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Squelch {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

Draw a card.

Oku-Doku had gone through all the motions: the same akki cursewords, the same ingredients with their horrid stink, the same rude gestures. Yet not a person died.

Illustrated by Matt Cavotta

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Tale's End {1}{U}

Instant

Counter target activated ability, triggered ability, or legendary spell.

“When you are gone, will anyone remember your story?”
—Unknown

Illustrated by Randy Vargas

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Voidmage Husher {3}{U}

Creature — Human Wizard

Flash (You may cast this spell any time you could cast an instant.)

When Voidmage Husher enters the battlefield, counter target activated ability. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

Whenever you cast a spell, you may return Voidmage Husher to its owner’s hand.

2/2

Illustrated by Chippy

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Voidslime {G}{U}{U}

Instant

Counter target spell, activated ability, or triggered ability. (Mana abilities can’t be targeted.)

“It is technically an ooze, but its lifespan measures only seconds. In that short time, its appetite for magic is extraordinary.”
—Simic research notes

Watermark: Simic

Illustrated by Jim Murray

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Their mind whirled with grand plans, never thinking of what might happen if they got to the end of the list.