Activated Abilities

Some articles on abilities, activated abilities:

Magic: The Gathering Rules - Paying Costs - Abilities
... There are three main types of abilities that cards on the battlefield, or "permanents," may have activated abilities, triggered abilities, and static abilities ... Activated abilities are abilities of a card that are always written in the form "{Cost} {Effect}" ... Like instants, these abilities can be played at nearly any time during the game (see timing and the stack) ...

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