Always Watching


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

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Set Rarity
Magic Game Night (GNT) Rare
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Rare

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Always Watching


Non-token creatures you control get +1/+1 and have vigilance.

Always Watching Discussion

Argy on Azorius humans in Pioneer

1 week ago

BioProfDude just so you realise, it's not just the +1/+1 from Always Watching that is clutch. It's the Vigilance.

BioProfDude on Azorius humans in Pioneer

1 week ago

Hi Argy,

StuBi's deck has a very different bend to it, though. Mine is tribal humans and Thalia's Lieutenant pumps the team or gets pumped as new members of the team enter the battlefield. Thus, Always Watching isn't quite as necessary. It's a fantastic card, but I just don't think it quite fits. Gideon Blackblade is a beast in this deck. It actually gets a +1/+1 counter on it if it comes in before a Thalia's Lieutenant , and giving a creature lifelink, vigilance, or indestructible has proven to be really clutch. The -6 ability for removal has also come in handy, and having a 4/4 indestructible attacker is pretty good. Were I to replace Gideon Blackblade , I would likely replace it with Gideon, Ally of Zendikar .

Were I to cut any 1 drops, it would likely be Law-Rune Enforcer (thought I am currently testing Giant Killer in its place). Thraben Inspector providing that clue token to draw a card is pretty sweet.

Ya, I don't use the playtester in TapperOut much at all. My playtesting is getting together with actual humans to try out physical cards. I'm old school that way! Ha!

Thanks again for the suggestions! They are so sincerely appreciated!

Argy on Azorius humans in Pioneer

1 week ago

If it were me I'd toss Gideon Blackblade for Always Watching

One will bring you far more value than the other.

Since you have so many 1 drops you could also cut one Thraben Inspector

Again, with StuBi's deck which he's played competitively for at least 9 months (and which has consistently topped FNM), we found that he only needs three Thrabens

That would give you one more space for a third Always Watching

Be careful with the playtester here.

It's good for letting you know if a deck is viable, but you won't get a real sense for mana screw or flood until you play with your deck in paper.

BioProfDude on Azorius humans in Pioneer

1 week ago

Hi Argy, thank you-- Ixalan's Binding is a great suggestion! I also like Search for Azcanta  Flip, but not in place of Smuggler's Copter . The copter just does soooooooo much work for this deck. The looting is pretty amazing.

Always Watching was a card that I immediately wanted to put into the deck. However, to do that, I think, would mean relinquishing some or all of the planeswalkers and fully committing to the creature plan. Maybe that's what I actually need to do, but Teferi, Time Raveler and Gideon Blackblade have just been really good in the scant play testing that I have been able to do. I shall ponder more and we'll see where it goes.

So far, I haven't had any mana problems. More play will determine whether more lands are needed. For now, I'm staying at 21. If larger play-test sample size reveals that I need more land, I will definitely add more.

Thank you so very much for the suggestion!

Argy on Azorius humans in Pioneer

1 week ago

People often seem to skimp on lands.

For this build I wouldn't go lower than 23.

We've been using Ixalan's Binding in StuBi's deck, rather then Stasis Snare , and it's proven very effective.

I actually think that Search for Azcanta  Flip would be better in this deck than Smuggler's Copter - just don't flip it.

Finally, I have no idea where you'd put these, but Always Watching makes a deck like this sing.

Xero203 on How does a creature with ...

1 month ago

I am working on building a Knight deck and trying to figure out synergies. I am having trouble wrapping my head around how protection works between creatures on your team. Looking at Phyrexian Crusader with Protection from white would it be able to Receive any benefit from white cards that buff all creatures/knights such as Knight Exemplar , Kwende, Pride of Femeref or Odric, Lunarch Marshal . Also would an enchantment that hits all creatures such Always Watching have any interaction with him?

kamarupa on Agro blue/white flying deck

2 months ago

I've really enjoyed Dovin, Grand Arbiter in my Azorious weenie fliers deck. I've also found Always Watching to be very strong and worth the space and mana. Pride of the Clouds is really good, too, but almost too good because it's such an obvious target. Same thing with Sephara, Sky's Blade . Faerie Seer is worth considering, as is Segovian Angel and Squadron Hawk . The Hawks are very strong in my deck, acting as a sort of draw card. Immortal Servitude is also pretty great, often bringing 4 or more 1CMC creatures back from the graveyard for 4.

I think you should try to upgrade the mana-base a bit, or even add in 4x dual-color tap-lands. The mana chart shows that this is blue heavy, so at the least, probably 12 Islands and 8 Plains would help a bit.

Healer's Hawk is awesome. It's got such great value! Windstorm Drake , on the other hand, seems pretty clunky for 5.

I think it will be worth it to cut back you creature count to 24, thereby reducing the deck to 60 cards total, and opening up a few added spots for disruption spells like Negate or Reprobation . Of the creatures here, I think the best are Faerie Miscreant and Healer's Hawk, because both have such strong value for only 1CMC. Next I like with Empyrean Eagle or Thunderclap Wyvern combo-ed with Warden of Evos Isle, but probably not both. Spirit of the Spires, Sprite Noble, and Windstorm Drake seem like the weakest links, costing a lot of mana for less good payoffs. Cloudfin Raptor isn't very strong in my mind either, but at 1CMC, it's an ok choice. I think the aggro strategy will work best when it hits the fastest, so keeping the CMC down to 1-2 for most the creatures is going to get more wins. As it is right now, CMC-wise, it would probably work better with 2-4 more lands.

kamarupa on Oops! All Weenies

2 months ago

Mana is scarce in mono white. I suggest you drop some 3CMC spells in favor of 1-2CMC spells.

Brave the Elements is really good in mono-white.

I think a stronger theme would help. It would make it easier to choose a strategy to take advantage of. Like if all your creatures had first strike, or flying, or ETB triggers. It seems kind of all over the place.

Add "Budget" to the deck's hubs. (unless you're interested in dropping hundreds of dollars)

I think Always Watching seems like a decent fit here. Vigilance is nothing to scoff at.

I think you can find more useful spells than Mana Tithe and Unbreakable Formation. The former is too easy to dodge and the later is too high C

There are a lot of white weenie flying creatures out there. Healer's Hawk , for example, is pretty high value for 1CMC as it has two great abilities - evasion and lifegain. While lifegain in itself isn't a very winning ability, a little lifegain over time can be pretty useful.

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