Effects that Target

Recently there’s been a strange play going on: players are saying that upon the activation of a Spell/Trap card, once the target has been chosen, that Spell/Trap card can no longer be negated by a Counter Trap.

This is a misunderstanding of the game mechanics.

Going back to the basics:

Effects that Target
Effects that require you to select 1 or more specific cards when
activated “target” the selected cards. Players can then decide if
they want to respond once they know the target of the effect.
card that affects all cards or all of one kind of card does not target.
An effect that requires players to make a selection when the effect
is resolving also does not target.

Taken from Official English Rulebook V7.0.

As stated above, target(s) is/are selected upon activation of the card. After having the target(s) declared, players can then decide whether they would want to respond to that effect (maybe with a Counter Trap), or pass and allow that effect to resolve.

The following statement from 対象をとる(指定する)効果 -遊戯王カードWiki supports this stand as well:


When an effect is activated the target(s) is/are chosen, after that it will be accumulated in the Chain.
From your opponent’s point of view, after knowing the “target(s)” of the effect activated, it is possible to decide whether or not to deal with the card by interfering its effect.
For example in the situation of Mystical Space Typhoon, after confirming which card that opponent is going to destroy, it is possible to decide whether or not to interfere with a Counter Trap.


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