Alpha Authority

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash (GTC) Uncommon

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Alpha Authority

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature Enchanted creature has hexproof and can't be blocked by more than one creature.

Alpha Authority Discussion

Rome921 on Walks-The-Counters

3 days ago
  1. I love this commander and think you've got a great start and idea, but you need to fully commit to the fact that this deck is all about Skullbriar being huge and smashing face, or one of his friends doing it. .
  2. You should put in Increasing Savagery , Hardened Scales , Solidarity of Heroes , Reyhan, Last of the Abzan , Fungal Behemoth , Vastwood Hydra , Retreat to Kazandu , Predator Ooze , Blessings of Nature to push the +1/+1 theme to the max. .
  3. Now, 2nd problem is having big creatures without trample. I see Tuskguard Captain and you've got Rancor already, which is 100% awesome and reusable, but you should have 2 reusable trample activators, so I recommend also adding Ring of Kalonia . .
  4. Having big creatures attacking also is usually stopped by awkward blocks. You need slightly better cheap removal so I recommend Titanic Brawl , Ancient Animus , Abrupt Decay . .
  5. 3rd Problem is when they actually block and kill something because they have no other way to deal with it. Make them hate blocking by just having Mer-Ek Nightblade on your field. And then resummon stuff with Journey to Eternity  Flip! .
  6. 4th Problem is when you're smashing for 17 trample damage a turn, but they've got some stupid elf-shaman combo or human-ally combo that gains them 20 life a turn. And now they're at 55 life. Awkward. Get a sneaky kill in instantly with Tainted Strike on one of your big trample guys, just make sure you were about to do 10+ normal damage, and surprise win. (please put Tainted Strike in, even if you ignore every other card I suggested) .
  7. 5th Problem is your life-total. Sometimes you just need your 12/12 to have lifelink. Best way is Loxodon Warhammer , plus it gives you another trample activator!! .
  8. Also for ramp you should include Incubation Druid and Rampant Growth . I'd also use hexproof enabling with Alpha Authority .
  9. I would definitely remove the following since they don't fit with your deck idea overall to make room: Elves of Deep Shadow (don't need), Longtusk Cub (it ain't ever gonna happen), Witchstalker (useless against a red/white/green deck), Gaze of Granite (since it kills your things too), Animation Module (its slow and you should have better things to do with your mana than make 1/1s), Cloak and Dagger (no rogues, it's slow, Alpha Authority is better), Golgari Signet should be replace with Golgari Cluestone so you can sac/draw when you don't need mana anymore. Manalith (you have an aggro curve, don't need THAT much ramp), Plague Boiler (you're not a control deck), Skullclamp (since we're taking out Animation Module , you've got enough good draw), Wayfarer's Bauble (Rampant Growth is better), Greater Good (you're aggro not a graveyard-based-conrol deck), Preferred Selection & Primitive Etchings (because again you're not control, you want to be aggro). .
  10. I would also cut down on the # of fancy lands that don't add b/g, and play a few more basics for fetching with your ramp cards and being able to play commander on turn 2 more likely.

Ragamander on Enchantress

1 week ago

Finest Hour is probably better than Brave the Sands, so if we're trying to fit in Leyline of Anticipation and Privileged Position , it would be better to cut that instead. And it would probably be correct to cut New Horizons instead of Weirding Wood. A card is better than a +1/+1 counter.

You're going to want to add Alchemist's Refuge to the manabase to help you cast enchantments on your opponent's turns when you don't have Leyline of Anticipation. It might even be worth trying to play Vedalken Orrery to get these effects more often. There are a few flash enchantments you can play as well: Seal Away , Temporal Isolation , Slow Motion , Lawmage's Binding , Cast Out , Alexi's Cloak , Cho-Manno's Blessing , Eel Umbra , Jolrael's Favor , and Serpent Skin seem playable.

Another thing you might consider are replayable enchantments. The few I'm thinking of are Mana Bloom , Gossamer Chains , Flickering Ward , Broken Fall and Molting Skin . The latter three will also help you keep Tuvasa alive!

Speaking of keeping your commander alive, you might find it difficult with only Shield of the Oversoul, Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, and Greater Auramancy. Furthermore, the latter two give shroud, which will make it hard to enchant Tuvasa afterwards! I'd consider trying to find more hexproof and indestructible effects even if they come from non-enchantment sources, such as Darksteel Plate . As for auras, there's Alpha Authority and Canopy Cover .

Finally, as just a neat card, you might consider playing Cloud Cover .

As for things to take out, the first thing I would do is take out Luminarch Ascension. The card is so powerful that people will just kill it or, more likely, YOU. It's a political disaster. I'd pull Abundant Growth because it's just not a very high-yield card. If you're looking for ramp and color-fixing, Carpet of Flowers is better because of how common blue is in Commander. Authority of the Consuls is probably not going to be very useful unless you know opponents are going to making large numbers of 1/1s for a combo. Finally, as much as I like it as a card, On Serra's Wings is not particularly excellent here. Unfortunately, that's just four cuts, and I gave a lot more suggestions. You'll just have to consider what effects you might want enough to include.

mal099 on A Swift Kick in the Rear

2 weeks ago

There's a lot of really good cards that increase the number of counters that you're not using yet - I think especially cards that double counters like Solidarity of Heroes , Kalonian Hydra and Biogenic Upgrade could be quite deadly. Also anything that lets you proliferate each turn, like Contagion Clasp and Contagion Engine , and maybe Plaguemaw Beast or Throne of Geth . Primal Vigor and Doubling Season double the number of counters coming in, and Increasing Savagery just immediately gives you loads.

For more Kicker spells, a Scryfall search should suffice, but one that stood out to me was Everflowing Chalice , as it's very cheap and helps you ramp.

One weakness I see in this deck is that your commander is pretty easy to remove, and then you lose all those counters! Alpha Authority , Swiftfoot Boots , Champion's Helm or Mask of Avacyn could help you protect him.

ZypherW on Skullbriar, the Walking Grave

1 month ago

This deck looks pretty good. Similar to my own Vultron-ish Skullbriar deck.

Yahenni, Undying Partisan is another hasty +1 counter creature that has built-in protection.

Suspicious Bookcase , Canopy Cover , and Prowler's Helm are other ways to get Skullbriar and friends through enemy defenses.

Nim Deathmantle , Journey to Eternity  Flip, Supernatural Stamina , Stitch Together and Unearth are great graveyard recursions (especially because Skullbriar keeps counters even in the graveyard).

Eternal Thirst , Feast on the Fallen and Predatory Hunger might be good +1 counter editions depending on your group's meta.

If you can afford it, Doubling Season doesn't help your opponents like Primal Vigor does and it has the same effect.

Vraska, Regal Gorgon might have a bit higher CMC, but I think fits your deck a little more than your current Vraska.

Assassin's Trophy , Windgrace's Judgment and Beast Within are good removal spells in Golgari colors.

Withstand Death , Rush of Vitality , Heroic Intervention and Destined / Lead are good protection cards

Finally, Sword of Vengeance , Pelt Collector , Lightning Greaves , and Alpha Authority are just overall good cards that you might find helpful in your deck.

Pro_Noob on Isao stands alone

2 months ago

This deck looks super fun, but I do have a few concerns. A lot of this is going to depend on the playgroup you encounter, so take it with a grain of salt. The two main issues I see are EDH-specific removal and go wide decks.

Lets look at removal first. Obviously in a green deck, the ramp you will be getting is going to make it very easy to just regenerate or recast your commander if you need to, but many players run removal that doesn't put your commander back to the command zone. I'm a filthy blue player, so the immediate example for me is Imprisoned in the Moon , but think things like Pacifism , or even Mind Control or Act of Treason effects. Currently, you only have 4 cards that protect against this type of removal in Alpha Authority , Canopy Cover , Swiftfoot Boots , and Krosan Grip . All of these except for grip are only options that work if you preemptively draw and play them, they cannot save your commander if he is already under a bit of removal. That would be fine, but with only 4 pieces of protection, your chances of drawing and playing them before your opponents can respond to your commander is not actually super great. That means you might be staring down a game where your only creature is stuck as a land, or just unable to attack. I would definitley consider trying out either more protection style enchantments, or running something like a sacrifice outlet i.e. Ashnod's Altar . Altar probably isn't the best choice for mono green, but its the first thing I could think of. If you wanted to run more creatures I would recommend trying out something like a Birthing Pod or Evolutionary Leap , but if you want to keep the count low the other option is to run more enchantment removal. Krosan Grip is a good choice, but if you are banking on going tall, you need more ways to defend your dude. With commander damage being a thing, you should be in a good spot to close out the game with only 2 or 3 enchantments on your commander, so I would prioritize more slots to protection to actually be able to swing in.

Go wide decks might be another big issue. Going up against a Krenko, Mob Boss or a Marath, Will of the Wild , even trample might not be enough to get through chump blocks. You are also open to a blowout by just not having enough blocks to stop your opponent. If they swing with 10 tokens and you can only block one, you aren't really going to be alive very long. You do have some Fog effects, but that's potentially not going to be enough on its own, and again it falls into that issue of only being one or two cards in your deck. Something like Silent Arbiter could help out in this aspect. Arboria could be a neat include too once you have your dude suited up. you won't have to cast spells after you have a beefy commander, but your opponents will eventually have to do something, opening them up to attacks. Elephant Grass could be another option, as a token deck probably won't want to pay 10 mana just to sneak in 5 damage.

Also, if you end up doing any playtesting, keep note of what your deck struggles with and feel free to add it to the description. Having a list of problems to tackle helps out a lot in strengthening decks, and it helps commenters stay on the right track a lot easier. This deck does look super fun though, so definitely let me know how it goes in any future games!

darksilver on Apocalyptica

3 months ago

Hi! So, I'm not sure if you want input on this deck or not, but I'm going to offer some anyways. First, lets get this out of the way: Unfortunately, this deck is not modern legal, because Atraxa, Praetors' Voice and Curse of Predation have not been printed in any modern legal sets. I'll start with the good things: these are predominately good magic cards. A lot of people tend to try to make decks that ultimately are just lacking strong effects. Your sideboard is pretty well built, although I'm not sure what the "Dread Decks" you are referencing in the description, it contains a good mix of graveyard, aggro, midrange, and control hate. Additionally, Hardened Scales is strong, and it looks like you've got a fair amount of cards that synergise with it. (Sorry for all this text, especially if you already know this.) Now onto the stuff that could use tweaking. The enchantments. A lot of them are sweet, but unfortunately really aren't very useful. Alpha Authority is strong, but usually won't really effect the game state, or at least not in a meaningful way if you look at how powerful modern decks are. Curiosity can be reasonable, but typically is only good on cheap creatures with evasion. In this deck, the best you can do with it is play a two-drop, next turn enchant it, and hope that your opponent has no blockers or removal by turn three. While not necessarily bad, it is almost always a worse Serum Visions. Having played with Aether Vial a fair amount, I think it's safe to say that it doesn't belong in your deck. Most vial decks want to use it for two things: to accelerate out cheap creatures, or to "flash" in creatures with disruption abilities at instant speed. Also, most vial decks want to run thirty-ish creatures, so that vial is always good. Currently, Chromatic Lantern probably should be in this deck, but not for the right reason. Your land base is really inconsistent. Instead of using Reflecting Pool, Mana Confluence, and filter lands, you should try a combination of "fetchlands", like Windswept Heath, Verdant Catacombs, or Marsh Flats, and "shocklands," those being Overgrown Tomb, Temple Garden, or Godless Shrine. These together with fetchlands are incredibly strong, as you can fetch up any color of mana the deck uses, and thin your deck,slightly decreasing the chance of drawing lands in the future. The real issue I see with this deck is that it doesn't really know what it wants to be. You have midrangey creatures, aggressive enchantments (kinda), slow artifacts, +1/+1 counter synergy, life gain synergy, etc. I would try to pick one of those things, and make the whole deck built around it, which means getting rid of all the random two-ofs. Arguably more important than raw power in modern is consistency, and this deck has no real card advantage spells, and too many different things.

For some inspiration, here's some versions of some of the archetypes your deck displays: 1. Midrange: BG "rock". Modern BGx midrange decks use discard effects like Inquisition of Kozilek as their form of card advantage. 2. Hardened Scales: G Hardened Scales. Modern scales decks are typically artifact based, to abuse the "modular" ability. 3. Enchantments: Bogles. Modern enchantment deck typically use cards like Slippery Bogle (hence the deck being named "Bogles"), so that their creatures come down fast, already with hexproof. Sorry if all this was pointless for any reason, but I had some spare time and I hope this helps maybe. (Also, a bunch of your maybeboard isn't modern legal... have I been Whooshed?)

LordD_Chaos on My Permanents are Better than Yours| Vaevictis EDH

3 months ago

I know the struggle of keeping your commander on the field, especially in pods.

Canopy Cover + Alpha Authority + Glaring Spotlight + Sylvan Safekeeper all help protect and attack.

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