Aether Vial


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Iconic Masters (IMA) Rare
Masterpiece Series: Kaladesh Inventions (MPS) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters (MMA) Rare
From the Vault: Relics (V10) Mythic Rare
Darksteel (DST) Uncommon

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Aether Vial


At the beginning of your upkeep, you may put a charge counter on Æther Vial.

: You may put a creature card with converted mana cost equal to the number of charge counters on Aether Vial from your hand into play.

Aether Vial Discussion

scapegoat_tom on Budget Modern Competitive Slivers

1 day ago

Drangonboy12 since i posted this list it has taken on a couple of small changes in what I'm actually playing in it right now. I have added 3 Aether Vial and taken out an Overgrown Tomb and all of the Striking Sliver . this has allowed me to become a little more consistent in the early game. that said I have due to lack of other available decks this last few weeks been playing two different versions of G/B Elves. One was tournament ready and is a toss up of who will win between the card draws and the other was a consist blow out in my favor vs their jank build.

AleMagic on Angels MonoWhite. Can't lose!

1 week ago

lagotripha Ghostly Prison is pretty good, but why do you think is better replacing Aether Vial ? Without that the deck is slower..

gabrielkrallzy on Fast Laboratory Maniac Combo

2 weeks ago

no need for Hallowed Fountain , u only summon Judge of Currents with Paradise Mantle 's mana, Aether Vial protects Laboratory Maniac from counter spells and its also mana ramp like. if u already got Puresight Merrow , u can use Muddle the Mixture to tutor Judge of Currents and u can also tutor Judge of Currents to the top of your deck with Puresight Merrow + Paradise Mantle combo.

hellhole3927 on Fast Laboratory Maniac Combo

2 weeks ago

You might want to add a Hallowed Fountain in case you can't turn 1 or 2 the Aether Vial for Judge of Currents .

clayperce on Thoughts on UG Control?

3 weeks ago

Thanks much; I'll give your Kefnet deck a hard look, for sure.

heckproof and APPLE01DOJ,
Yeah, those are all good examples.


> weird mashup of ramp into semi-big threats with suboptimal control elements.

That's actually a great definition of what Ponza is all about! I usually describe the deck more like "aggressive ramp into bulk rares that you would never expect could be good in Modern, with an overlay of annoying mana-denial Control", but yours will certainly do. The thing is, it works surprisingly well in many metas.

> besides fetchlands, what activated or triggered abilities are you hoping to stop with Repudiate / Replicate

I actually laid that out in the deck description, but in case you missed it here it is again:

  • Opponent transforms a Thing in the Ice? Repudiate the triggered ability and our team stays on the field.
  • Opponent wants to make us sac' a creature with Lili, put a Terminus on top with Jace, or ultimate whatever random Planeswalker they have? Repudiate the activated ability and we've totally turned the game around.
  • Opponent tries to Modular a ton of +1/+1 counters onto their attacking Inkmoth Nexus, wipe our board with an Oblivion Stone, Equip a Batterskull, Crew a Smuggler's Copter, etc, etc, etc? Repudiate gives us answers (or at least options) we never had in 'normal' Ponza.

Here are more details though, looking at the top meta decks in turn ...

All that said, it's clear that in many cases a 2-mana counterspell (e.g., Negate or Mana Leak ) is better than a 2-mana stifle effect ... certainly UW Control has found that to be the case! What's not clear to me yet is if that's the case in UG Control as well ...

NV_1980 on They're Coming!

3 weeks ago

Thanks xram666 for your kind words and your suggestions.

You're right; Expedition Map is better. I think this is one of those cases where we did not even know we had this card and therefore overlooked it. We will make the switch.

Aether Vial though, we're not sure whether we want to let this card go. We've had some great laughs with it (especially when we were tapped out, but we still had creatures in our hand and enough counters on Vial to instantly summon a powerful blocker). Quicksilver Amulet was in here before though and was also quite good ... We will give this some thought; hopefully we can find a solution that allows us to include both.

Thanks again.


Mrs. and Mr. NV_1980

xram666 on They're Coming!

3 weeks ago

Great deck. +1 from me. I have two suggestions:

Expedition Map for Wayfarer's Bauble

Quicksilver Amulet for Aether Vial : I think Aether Vial doesn't help your deck in a lot of turns and with the amount of ramp in the deck the Amulet should be stronger.

cdkime on Beating Control

3 weeks ago

Tribal decks, such as Humans or Slivers, can be pretty decent against control builds as they can abuse Cavern of Souls and Aether Vial . However, those are not particularly budget-friendly.

Green has a number of solid options that make control incredibly difficult such as Thrun, the Last Troll or Carnage Tyrant . Hexproof (or regenerate) are great against reactive control decks (i.e. decks that deal with threats after they hit the field), while Green also provides "can't be countered" against more proactive control decks.

Or, you can go for my personal favourite option, play control. Nothing says fun like two players locked in a battle to see who gets to play less Magic. (I've been told I have a skewed vision of what is "fun").

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Aether Vial occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%


All decks: 0.33%

Blue: 3.87%


All decks: 0.41%