Is miracle an ability?

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1. Is miracle an ability? In that case is a triggered, an activated, a mana or which kind of ability? Because there are some abilities like flashback as well that prompt to cast a spell for a different cost.

2. For example, does Pithing needle prevent the miracle from Terminus ? (I'm thinking it's an activated ability). 

3. What about ninjutsu?

  • 702.92.Miracle

    • 702.92a Miracle is a static ability linked to a triggered ability (see rule 603.10). "Miracle [cost]" means "You may reveal this card from your hand as you draw it if it's the first card you've drawn this turn. When you reveal this card this way, you may cast it by paying [cost] rather than its mana cost."

    • 702.92b If a player chooses to reveal a card using its miracle ability, he or she plays with that card revealed until that card leaves his or her hand, that ability resolves, or that ability otherwise leaves the stack.



Ninjutsu is an activated ability, though, so Pithing Needle will stop it.
what about flashback?

 
Flashback is a static ability that creates optional method of casting a spell.
702.32a Flashback appears on some instants and sorceries. It represents two static abilities: one that
functions while the card is in a player’s graveyard and the other that functions while the card is
on the stack. “Flashback [cost]” means “You may cast this card from your graveyard by paying
[cost] rather than paying its mana cost” and “If the flashback cost was paid, exile this card
instead of putting it anywhere else any time it would leave the stack.” Casting a spell using its
flashback ability follows the rules for paying alternative costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2e–g.

Not triggered nor activated:

702.32a Flashback appears on some instants and sorceries. It represents two static abilities: one that functions while the card is in a player’s graveyard and the other that functions while the card is on the stack. “Flashback [cost]” means “You may cast this card from your graveyard by paying [cost] rather than paying its mana cost” and “If the flashback cost was paid, exile this card instead of putting it anywhere else any time it would leave the stack.” Casting a spell using its flashback ability follows the rules for paying alternative costs in rules 601.2b and 601.2e–g.

Tax evasion is nothing but legitimate self-defense against the theft that is tax collection.

Activated abilities always (and are the only things that) contain a colon separating cost from effect. If you don't know the rules text for a keyword, you can usually rule it out as a triggered ability if it can only be used under specific circumstances (like miracle).

Some keyword activated abilities are forecast, cycling and landcycling, and transmute and transfigure. Pithing needle shuts down those abilities.

Rules Advisor

Please autocard: [c]Shard Phoenix[/c] = Shard Phoenix.

And can Pithing needle prevent activated abilities done in hand or graveyard like Faerie Macabre?
Yes.

Look at the current Oracle text:

Activated abilities of sources with the chosen name can't be activated unless they're mana abilities.

MTG Rules Advisor
1. Is miracle an ability?

Technically, it's a "keyword ability", meaning it's a keyword that represents one or more abilities. (You've already been told what those abilities are.)

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