Ancient Stone Idol


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Rare

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Ancient Stone Idol

Artifact Creature — Golem


This spell costs less to cast for each attacking creature.


When Ancient Stone Idol dies, create a 6/12 colourless Construct artifact creature token with trample.

Ancient Stone Idol Discussion

cdkime on how would sacrificing an attacking ...

2 weeks ago

To cast a spell, you follow the steps laid out in Rule 601.2 and its subparts.

First you start with proposing casting the spell--this is where you move the card from the zone it is in and puts it on the stack.

Second, you announce mode choices if it modal (i.e. Cryptic Command ), or if you want to splice anything onto the card. Or if you want to pay additional costs, such as buyback or kicker.

Third, you announce targets.

Fourth, you announce division or distribution of the effects if applicable.

Fifth, you check to see if the spell is legal to cast.

Sixth, and here is where it is important, you determine the total cost of paying the spell.

Seventh, you have a chance to activate mana abilities.

Eighth, you actually pay the costs for the spell.

Ninth, the spell is actually cast.

Notice how the costs are locked in at stage 6, and activation of mana abilities is at stage 7.

That means the cost is locked in at before you activate mana abilities. Since the Eldrazi scions' sacrifice ability is a mana ability, you can sacrifice them during stage 7 to pay the mana cost that has already been locked.

This is expressly stated in Ancient Stone Idol 's Gatherer ruling dated July 13, 2018:

The total cost to cast a spell is locked in before you pay that cost. For example, if you control five attacking creatures, including one you can sacrifice to add Colorless to your mana pool, Ancient Stone Idol costs 5 to cast. Then you can sacrifice the creature when you activate mana abilities just before paying the cost, and it still costs only 5 to cast.

Gidgetimer on how would sacrificing an attacking ...

2 weeks ago

Costs are locked in before you have to pay them, so you can sacrifice the attacking Scions to pay for Ancient Stone Idol .

Meeknomore on how would sacrificing an attacking ...

2 weeks ago

For the sake of simplicity, I'll lay out the scenario like this. If I have 5 1/1 Eldrazi Scion tokens attacking my opponent, the cost of Ancient Stone Idol is reduced by 5. Can I sacrifice those tokens for the 5 mana to then cast the Idol? Or does the act of sacrificing them bring the cost back up as they are no longer attacking?

mrdehring on Ima Smash them Ankles Yo

1 month ago

You mention that you are using Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper just to add green mana. If you don't really use her for the life gain I might suggest you use Tana, the Bloodsower . The few extra chump blockers might be helpful and occasionally you may make a small army.

I see a lot of X spells here I imagine that is to take full advantage of Vial Smasher the Fierce , but you also mention that you cmc is a bit high. Delve is a good answer to this problem, cards like Tasigur's Cruelty and Dead Drop can be cast for only one mana. I see you have Murderous Cut , but see what else fits your style.

You seem creature light Bedlam Reveler and Ancient Stone Idol might be nice, both have reduced costs and the idol has flash so you can always play it when someone else is being attacked.

Baloth Cage Trap is also a way to cheat mana costs and make a creature. A few other trap cards might help bring down the cost as well. Needlebite Trap and Nemesis Trap are fun depending on your playgroup.

Darkshadow327 on Teysa & Her dead friends

1 month ago

Well hello there Weiss ;P

It's always nice to see another Teysa Karlov deck, and the token route is definitely a fun one.

If you want any other ideas I also have my own deck: May We Never Part | Teysa Karlov EDH | PRIMER

I hope that this helps!

chirz2792 on Teysa

1 month ago

@Darkshadow327: Not a big fan of sac outlets that I have to pay mana to activate. I might give Ayli a shot though because my life total tends to drop pretty low. Attrition and Priest of the Forgotten Gods are already in the maybe board. Razaketh is a good idea. I'll try a find room for it.

Debtors' Knell is in a pile of cards I have set aside to potentially put in this deck. I should probably put it in the maybeboard. Lifeline is an interesting idea, but I don't really like that it works for everyone's creatures. Never been a huge fan of Sheoldred. She's a little expensive mana wise. I'll put her in the maybeboard and try her out when I get room.

Ashes of the Abhorrent is a good idea. No one's really caught on my shenanigans yet so there isn't really a whole lot of graveyard hate right now. Elixir of Immortality and Leyline of Sanctity are good suggestions for when it inevitably happens.

Hangarback Walker might be solid but I don't really want Ancient Stone Idol , Crested Sunmare , or Anointed Procession in this deck. I'm more interested in doubling death triggers in this deck. I honestly forgot about the token part of teysa.

I appreciate the suggestions! Thank you.

Darkshadow327 on Teysa

1 month ago

From testing I've found these cards to be amazing with Teysa.

I hope that this could help, and that it wasn't too overwhelming.

If you want any more ideas I have my own deck:

May We Never Part [[Teysa Karlov EDH]] *Primer*

Commander / EDH Darkshadow327


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