Creature — Shapeshifter
Altered Ego can't be countered.
You may have Altered Ego enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it enters with X additional +1/+1 counters on it.
|Have (4)||Mortiferus_Rosa , metalmagic , pskinn01 , gildan_bladeborn|
|Want (4)||Th3_Fl0r1st , Weeding335 , Vee.o , CyberRamos|
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|Shadows over Innistrad (SOI)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Altered Ego occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
GU (Simic): 0.57%
Altered Ego Discussion
1 week ago
Lazav, the Shadow
Legendary Creature - Shapeshifter Rogue
As long as you control a permanent that's a clone or copy of another permanent, Lazav, the Shadow has hexproof and can't be blocked.
When Lazav, the Shadow deals combat damage to a player, you may search your library for a card, shuffle your library, and put that card on top.
3 / 3
Lasav, the ultimate infiltrator. He gets in with the help of cloned/copied members of the enemy guilds, gets the information he needs, then gets out. Clean and efficient. Balanced because it doesn't draw the card you searched for, and because the unblockable/hexproof needs to be set up by a clone/copy mechanic on the battlefield, which may not always be advantageous in the early game (who are you going to copy with your Altered Ego, Clone, and Unstable Shapeshifter? That little Llanowar Elves? Though, Mirrormade works in this deck too, if you don't mind copying people's mana rocks at this point in the game). Without haste, your opponents still have time to react to it. It'll be a tricky deck to pilot. But it's so very Dimir: the information you get (i.e. the card you search for) isn't revealed. The Dimir keep their secrets.
Make another clone/copy permanent card in the vein of some of the blue cards I named above. Give it a spin.
1 month ago
love it. have you considered Stolen Identity , or green for acceleration and replicate and Altered Ego ? and i'm still getting used to pioneer but as an edh player i'm cringing at the lack of evasion, so what's your thoughts on Ferocity of the Wilds / Crash Through / Teleportal / Savage Alliance / Glaring Spotlight / Barrage of Boulders / Cosmotronic Wave ? thanks in advance
1 month ago
2 months ago
Not exactly - if we take Altered Ego - which is the closest thing to blue/green clone card, it has two abilities - one to enter the battlefield as a copy of a creature and one to enter with extra counters on it. Which of the two abilities is green and which is blue? It is clear - blue cannot put counters on its creatures willy-nilly and green cannot copy creatures like that. The "can't be countered" is primary in avaialable for both colors.
Or Evil Twin - the destroy ability is black, while the shapeshifter ability is blue. Or Dack's Duplicate having red's marquee haste ability, while being a blue shapeshifter (dethrone was grixis in that set).
All of the cards highlighted above are non-creatures that do not enter the battlefield and thus are not Clone - a 0/0 creature that enters the battlefield as a copy.
2 months ago
Hey here comes my Recommations
2 months ago
I like your creative approach here. I really think you should consider running some of the protective equipment to take care of your commander. Swiftfoot Boots , Mask of Avacyn , and with blue in the deck, you could also run Neurok Stealthsuit , all of which are pretty good budget option.
I think you should also consider running some sac outlets, that way if you see something nicer you want to steal with Rubinia, you don't have to give the other creature back. Criminally underplayed sac outlets like Fanatical Devotion and Martyr's Cause would also double up as protection cards. Carnage Altar is pretty non-threatening and provides card draw, and Spawning Pit is nice in that it doesn't instantly scream "COMBO ENGINE" when it hits the board.
Some flicker effects might also let you make the most out of ETB effects from creatures that steal stuff. Flickering Altered Ego every turn could get terribly annoying. If you could afford a Gilded Drake , it get's really annoying. But, you aren't running a critical mass of creatures here, so that may not be worth considering.
Again, love the idea here. +1.
2 months ago
- Current boardstate and meta.
You may have the PERFECT answer in your deck, whether you know because you fine-tuned the deck and played it dozens of times, or because you are savvy enough of a player to actually read your damn cards, but that doesn't mean the answer is good for that particular situation.
You need to often times account for the entire board and what the other players are running, not just a single threat.
Yes, very much so is it the case where a single presence of something is the problem. For example, an The Ur-Dragon with Lightning Greaves is obviously just going to run away with the entire damn game.
But... they get a land out of it. And this land will give them enough mana to recast The Ur-Dragon . So, even if you do manage to kill that big bastard, it just comes back out next turn. Is it really worth spending three spells (Tutor + Assassin's Trophy + kill spell) just to temporarily remove a threat for a single turn? Probably not.
Well. This works as a response. Okay, so maybe you should tuck it into your hand and wait. But is it really that good? Everybody gets their cards back into their hand, sure. But that does just mean they can recast everything. But your other opponent is running an Avenger of Zendikar and they have out like a bajillion lands. That's not going to be very helpful. Plus, do you really want your opponent with the Ur-Dragon to go off a turn or two later by playing a ton of Dragons and getting more value out of them? Cyclonic Rift is only a bandaid. Players often rebuild in a single turn, sometimes two turns.
It doesn't resolve the issue of the Lightning Greaves . Your opponent will just recast their Ur-Dragon and re-equip it. That puts you directly back at square-one, only now you have wasted both a tutor and a Cyclonic Rift . Hm.
Wait a second... You found a Altered Ego . Now THAT is interesting! Why not make a copy of your own Ur-Dragon?! The threat of mutual destruction is enough to prevent your opponent from attacking into you. This, in turn, protects you from this massive threat. It also provides you political leverage.
- The Ur-Dragon player can't attack, lest they open themselves up to retaliation
- Nobody else wants to attack into either of you two and draw your ire
- You can make deals; "I won't attack, IF---"
But... maybe your table has shown they aren't keen on politics? Maybe your table is full of players who just endlessly slug it out. To them, politics are for players in losing positions; They'd rather just win on their own.
... fuck it. Damnation it is. Reset the entire game.
There are many answers. The real question is; "Which is the CORRECT one?"
4 months ago
Hi firesparker, Infect is more difficult in Multiplayer Games. I played a Atraxa Build with Infect for 2 Mounths. Your biggest Problem are your Opponents and there know what you play.
I try to give your my suggestion.
- Try to play Blightsteel Colossus over some Cheat-in Cards like Show and Tell , Defense of the Heart or maybe Quicksilver Amulet .
Take more focus on Poliferate
Use dirty Cards like Tainted Strike for take out someone if an Opponents attacks with a Fattie.
Putrefax Awesome Dude, maybe play with Reanimate/Regroth/Eternal Wittness
Phyrexian Hydra Fattie
Master Biomancer push your Creatures
Tezzeret's Gambit Carddraw + Poliferate
Triumph of the Hordes Overrun
Contagion Engine Poliferate but high Cmc, depending on your Meta.
Evolution Sage Landdrops with benefits
Craterhoof Behemoth Value Finisher if you had this Budget.
Grafted Exoskeleton also good, but expensive (CMC)
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon Must have.
Mostly important is your Manabase and Mana-Rocks.
You will play fast as possible. Cut Lands that enters tapped.
Play Atraxa just you can protect her. Abuse her Lifelink every Combat and cut Cards like Fog ...
Your opponents do not want to attack you if Atraxa is online -> Deathtouch.
Maybe you need more Carddraw, Topdeck-Control:
If you build more around +1/+1 Counters with Master Biomancer -> Herald of Secret Streams
BUT, i think your Build is also good with more focus on poliferate.