Altered Ego


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Rare

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Altered Ego

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.

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Altered Ego Discussion

hkhssweiss on EDH Surrak Dragonclaw Angry Mongol Horde

1 week ago

Funny thing Luarviq, Deadeye/Peregrine( Palinchron ) combo not as bad as you would think. There are many ways to actually deal with it. Provided you have the mana on the time as well. Like in response to ETB trigger you can remove Deadeye, or response to activating soulbond.

Some cards that do this are:

In regards to Defense of the Heart , there should really be no reason why that stays on the battlefield longer than one rotation with it being active. There are several great removals that are cheap and decent, ex. Nature's Claim , Krosan Grip , Naturalize , Deglamer , Unravel the Aether to name a few.

I am a fan of tutors, because they lead to deck consistency, it does goes against the spirit of EDH but I am a competitive player so I like to win.

Cards you can consider cutting:

Davidlegomaster on Now That's A Lot of Teeth

1 month ago

LupineShadow, I did look into X cost hydras for this deck, but I didn't include them for these reasons: 1. If you want to use them, it is best to use all of the mana you have for them,and I would rather cast a synergy-based creature (maybe even two) or have mana open for contrips, counterspells, and the like. 2. The creature based is designed to work well with other cards in the deck and my commanders, outside of being only good stand-alone creatures. 3. My self-enforced rule of consistency over decency )you would be surprised how useful this rule can be, though it can be painful at times to be fair) 4. You don't need to pump so much mana into a big-bodied creature when Toothy is all the body you need to end a game. Can get counters even more exponentially than Protean too. Chasm Skulker is another Toothy too.

The only hydras I put in, which are exceptions, are Hydroid Krasis and Kalonian Hydra . Hydroid for the card draw that works for Toothy, and Kalonian for obvious reasons. However, if you REALLY want to put in Protean Hydra, I would recommend using it as a replacement for Biogenic Ooze or maybe Altered Ego , although Altered Ego has value since it can copy commanders. Up to you.

To sum it all up, to me, Protean Hydra just doesn't have as much value overall as the other creatures I have in this deck in its place. And I guess I'm a little picky too.

P.S: If you think Protean Hydra is good, look at Hungering Hydra !

ClockworkSwordfish on Vial Smasher // Kydele - Kleptos

1 month ago

Clone is a classic, but there's no reason not to run Gigantoplasm in its place (though you also have the options of Altered Ego and Evil Twin available to you.) While it's not exactly cheap, Bribery is one of the best creature-stealing effects if you can swing it: it can take creatures with Shroud, Hexproof or even Protection from Blue, and it doesn't leave an Aura that can be destroyed! Acquire is a similiar effect for artifacts - at the very least, it's hard to say no to a second Sol Ring - and Thada Adel, Acquisitor can likewise steal an artifact potentially every turn.

bomb_arie on The Great Combo Alliance

1 month ago

I am currently reconstructing my Momir deck around only one combo. First get Master Biomancer out. Copy him with Altered Ego. Then play Sage of Hours out and go infinite in turns.

This can be done by copying the Sage with Progenitor Mimic or offcourse Deadeye Navigator letting the Sage re-enter the battlefield.

I can go infinite around turn 5. Still busy fine tuning the deck. When that is done I'll post it on tapped out so you might take a peek when it is finished.

chromiumthemutable on Toothy & Pir's Counter Store: CMDR/EDH

2 months ago

I wanted the "x" cost cards (Altered Ego and Primordial Hydra) to come out really big. I also wanted to be able to easily cast Enter the Infinite and put like 50 counters on toothy using pir and pump up Prime Speaker Zegana. Altered Ego is fun because you can use it to copy your opponent's commander except more powerful.

Flexluthor32 on Best. Friends. Forever.

2 months ago

Dually noted. I've made some changes to the deck since then, namely removing Altered Ego, Laboratory Maniac, Overbeing of Myth, Tatyova, Benthic Druid, and Fuel for the Cause.

That being said, the main strategy of the deck revolves around having Pir, Imaginative Rascal and more importantly Toothy, Imaginary Friend out. The deck revolves around +1/+1 counter synergy, but most wins will come from swinging for lethal Commander damage with Toothy. A lot of the cards are built to synergize around that. The clone effects are built to clone Toothy, the draw effects are built to grow Toothy, and Elixir of Immortality and Laboratory Maniac are in there in case I deck myself, which since the time of this, I have actually won with Lab Maniac. Elixir is in place in case I haven't drawn into an "unlimited hand size" card and have to discard down to hand size after drawing a ton of cards.

Darksteel Reactor wins games with all the proliferate and doubling effects, it's won me a non-zero amount of games within several playgroups (anecdotal evidence doesn't count for much, but it's all I've got.)

The Planeswalkers are in the deck for additional value. With Pir on the board, they enter with an additional loyalty counter and gain an additional counter when they uptick. Nissa, Vital Force can immediately ult after ETB which is more value for Toothy. Kiora, the Crashing Wave is a meta-call in my playgroup to stop Purphoros or other commanders that deal heavy amounts of damage. The rest are there for additional value, and again in personal experience have served well, for what it's worth.

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Altered Ego occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Simic: 0.18%

Temur: 0.11%

Witch: 0.1%