Ancestral Statue

Ancestral Statue

Artifact Creature — Golem

When Ancestral Statue enters the battlefield, return a nonland permanent you control to its owner's hand.

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

Ancestral Statue occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Ancestral Statue Discussion

Zsi on Animar EDH +1/+1 Counters

4 days ago

Hey Last_Laugh, thank you for your suggestions! You are right, im intentionally avoiding specifically Cloudstone Curio . The only infinite thing i have is Ancestral Statue , which i put in because it comboes with Animar by itself and kinda for the lulz. I've tried to focus on cards that generally work by themselves and with Animar, without needing other cards to combo with. Lots of hydras as you can see :D Ive tried going for consistency rather than power plays.

My ramp choices are mainly because i want my ramp on 2cmc so that i have a decent turn 2 play that helps fix my mana for turn 3 Animar as consistently as possible. I do have Wood Elves already though. Beastcaller Savant could be worth a spot.

I might consider Soul of the Harvest instead of Zendikar Resurgent , since they almost do the same thing and the discount from Animar helps the former and not the latter. Not sure my deck is creature heavy enough for Vizier of the Menagerie , though i might be completely wrong.

Fierce Empath could probably be good. Though it has few targets, they are all pretty powerful.

Again, thank you for your suggestions, constructive critisism is always welcome! I'll also take a look at your decks for sure.

SaberTech on Ancestral Animar

1 week ago

I think most people are shaking their heads at Flash Hulk getting yet another tutorable win-con, and that it might prompt people to run more Torpor Orb effects.

The talk on the Discord is still discussing Thassa's Oracle. If your meta doesn't run a lot of ways of shutting down Ballista with cards like Null Rod or Extract then the Oracle isn't really needed. It would also require either Glimpse of Nature or Beast Whisperer + Ancestral Statue , which could still just as easily get you Ballista and are lines that are a little harder to put together.

However, the Oracle line can be achieved using just creatures, which goes back to one of Animar's strengths of having combo lines that dodge all the counterspells that say "non-creature" on them, which is a strength that has been slipping as Neoform and Weird Harvest have become more central to Animar's main combo lines. That same line could be used to potentially win with the help of Ballista and Painter's Servant though, which are already in the deck. And there is the (admittedly very minimal) risk of the line not working out if your win-cons are too close to the bottom of your deck, but with free mana from cards like the moxes and Elvish Spirit Guide to cast Sylvan and Worldly Tutors when you draw them the risk should be near non-existent.

Last_Laugh on Spicy Animar

3 weeks ago

Weird Harvest and Neoform both help enable your Ancestral Statue/Walking Ballista combo. Also consider Spellseeker and Imperial Recruiter .

Neoform feels convoluted but only requires 2 counters on Animar, , and Imperial Recruiter in hand. Imperial Recruiter looks up Phyrexian Metamorph . Cast Metamorph for 2 life copying Recruiter and looking up Spellseeker . Spellseeker looks up Neoform . Neoform sacs Spellseeker to look up Ancestral Statue . Statue bounces itself until Animar has double the power of your opponents' life totals. Use Statue's final bounce to return Phyrexian Metamorph to hand, play it for 2 life copying Imperial Recruiter again to look up Walking Ballista for the win.

Feel free to check out my list for the Weird Harvest combo and other ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

Futuremonk on White Zombie

1 month ago

Thanks! Felidar Guardian is a great card, but it doesn't technically return creatures to your hand to recast them. So I would need to flicker Whitemane Lion or something like that with it to get the same effect, and at 4 mana it's a little too pricey.

I've considered cutting Ancestral Statue and Blinking Spirit for the same reason. At 4 mana, something like Dust Elemental , which returns three creatures to your hand, or Eiganjo Free-Riders , which returns a creature each turn for free, is the sort of payoff I really want.

Last_Laugh on EDH Animar, Soul of Elements

1 month ago

I don't mean to sound critical but cEDH Animar lists have an avg. cmc that's half of yours and I'm not exaggerating in the slightest.

Competitive Animar lists are trying to combo in 1 of 2 ways and typically win by turn 3-5.

1: Weird Harvest looking up Walking Ballista and Ancestral Statue for the win. This one is seen consistently in competitive Animar.

2: In addition to the Weird Harvest combo it typically runs either Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos OR Cloudstone Curio infinite etb's.

The rest of the deck is entirely cantrips, land untappers, T2 Animar options, card draw, tutors, and a few ways to protect your winning turn and Animar. The deck has hardly any threat presence from its creatures outside of combo potential.

TinkererEDH on God-eternal oketra (angel version)

1 month ago

OmletMojo12 I have some nefarious plans on getting more creatures with return target creature(s) to owners' hands. I went to an edh Facebook page for ways to abuse god-eternal oketra, and they have me several ways. Standard way is to bring in weenies. I'm not a fan of weenies. I will have to rethink for the etb and tokens.

My goal is to get the cost low enough to repeat casting multiple times a turn. I might need a Vedalken Orrery for the flash aspect.

So, here are the planned maybe boards - since I'm going to ETB / casting creature triggers: Ancestral Statue - can actually become free to cast, since it's colorless, return target creature I control to my hand. Emancipation Angel - same as above, except Ivory Giant - taps all non-white creatures. Kor Skyfisher - return target creature I control . Panharmonicon - doubles etb triggers for my creatures - I don't really have artifact ETBs unless they're creatures. Reveillark - graveyard recursion for my weenies - ok. Stormfront Riders - return two creatures, whenever it or another creature is returned to my hand from play, adds at least two tokens into play when it enters the battlefield. Subjugator Angel - tap all creatures my opponents control Sunblast Angel - destroy all tapped creatures. Dust Elemental - flash, return three creatures I control to my hand. Eiganjo Free-Riders - return target creature I control at upkeep Enlightened Ascetic - destroy target enchantment or artifact War Priest of Thune - same as ascetic Thalia's Lancers - legendary creature tutor on a stick Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - mono-color ramp Possessed Portal - sacrifice a creature? okay. I have lots of tokens. Regal Caracal - more tokens on etb.

Now I need ideas on what to exchange for the above. First thoughts are the two odrics - they're combat focused, not etb or casting focused.

multimedia on Animar's Hydra's

2 months ago

Hey, Sol Ring is a staple mana rock in Commander. Ancestral Statue can by itself put a lot of counters on Animar. After it's on the battlefield it can bounce itself back to your hand and since it's mana cost is colorless then four counters on Animar makes it free to cast. Neoform and Eldritch Evolution after sacing a two drop or three drop creature are budget ways to tutor for Statue and put it onto the battlefield.

Artisan of Kozilek is a powerful budget colorless creature. Fierce Empath can tutor for Artisan or one of five other creatures you currently have including Broodmaster. Good luck with your deck.

BMHKain on

2 months ago

@ClockworkSwordfish: I think I might also have some ideas for cuts as well:

  1. Willbender : Not truly powerful enough here; besides, Krosan Grip doesn't have that many targets here; & it needs new art... ...and a new Flavor Text that is NOT Pro-Nature; at all.

  2. Voidmage Apprentice : This deck already has enough Counterspell use, & is repeatable w/o needing to flip the table. There isn't that much danger from Split Second stuff anyway...

  3. Dream Stalker : & WHY did I already put in Tidespout Tyrant , & use Ancestral Statue , then Rescuer Sphinx , & back to the former?

  4. All down to you in case you accept these 3 as cut worthy.

Thanks for the help so far. :)

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