Angelic Arbiter


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare

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Angelic Arbiter

Creature — Angel


Each opponent who cast a spell this turn can't attack with creatures.

Each opponent who attacked with a creature this turn can't cast spells.

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Angelic Arbiter Discussion

Darkshadow327 on Winged Monkeys?

3 days ago

Sorry About the Delay.

So far I have a few suggestions:

I hope that this wasn't too overwhelming. If you need any more help just let me know!

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 month ago

Hi UR2L8,

Yes life is a premium, paying life to go fast. Will see how Toxic Deluge goes or if it can't be cast when needed.

Children of Korlis was fabulous in my Alesha, Who Smiles at Death because I could recur him, much life Selfless Spirit. Lately I've been thinking I need Selfless Spirit and Hatred in here as well.

Wheel of Fortune/Reforge the Soul/Dragon Mage/Wheel of Fate/Chandra Ablaze/Magus of the Wheel are all viable. I play more Orzhov () and splash the Mardu , so usually I won't be pulling too many read lands with fetches. Also, with a Liliana's Caress type build or a Surveil/Dredge and true Reanimator Living Death/Living End type builds it would be very powerful.

In my build, I always feel like once I get Kaalia of the Vast stabilized where I can start dropping the A/D/D from my hand, when I would Dragon Mage to recharge, it would just give my opponents a solution to whatever, Iona, Shield of Emeria or Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Etc., instead of trying to slow the board state down. I just feel this is better suited to a Nekusar, the Mindrazer or Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder or The Locust God, Etc. type Commander.

Probably could make it effective in a true reanimator with Sire Of Insanity and Liliana's Caress (type effects, draw/discard) though.

I'm unsure about Mausoleum Secrets (Situational/Late game), similar feelings towards Gamble (-1 card advantage and randomness) and Beseech the Queen (Situational/Late game). I think Mausoleum Secrets would be good with Selfless Spirit and Children of Korlis in the deck though. Hmm. I will play test it a bit, see how effective it is.

Batwing Brume is okay, I'm not sure it makes the cut, not really synergistic. Holy Day is still there too, and Angel's Grace can combo easily with a few different spells, so both feel better.

Angelic Arbiter isn't great against some decks like, Izzet () or Grixis (+) but against commanders like Xenagos, God of Revels or any Haste Commander builds actually, or Blightsteel Colossus. Since we get attacked quite a bit too, it also helps mitigate lots of that damage. Like do you want to cast Cultivate or attack with those 3/3's or whatever, do you want to swing your infect and cast nothing this turn? He's been good, won't replace him anytime soon.

UR2L8 on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 month ago

Spirits, I appreciate you updating me!

Also, thanks a lot for pointing me towards that article, I'll look it over. I think I can see why Toxic Deluge has caught your attention with it being CMC3 and only needing a single while also getting around indestructible and the like.

I imagine the life spent to wipe the board will be negligible, but we already have plenty of negligible life loss in the deck alongside entering the game with a target on our back. It makes me wonder just how much we can rely on our life total as a resource.

Children of Korlis seems cheeky, and goes off the beaten path of Combo / Aggro.

I also wanna hear your thoughts on Wheel of Fortune, Mausoleum Secrets, and Batwing Brume

I mention Wheel of Fortune because strangely enough, I've been running out of cards in my hand and have been going into Top Deck mode a little more than I'd like. I see it can have some synergy with the Reanimator side of the deck too.

Mausoleum Secrets gets my attention for being an instant tutor that works with our grave as well, with a fair selection of low CMC black cards to chose from.

And lastly, Batwing Brume for the potential to flip the game upside down if our opponents pull a Kiki Combo or something similar. It's similar to Teferi's Protection but with the potential to eliminate a player.

ALSO, how well is Angelic Arbiter working for you? I rarely find a spot where his ability actually stops the opponent from doing something substantial. A lot of the combos I see here won't even use the combat phase and vice versa.

Honor_Basquiat on Teneb, the Harvester

1 month ago

You're off to a good start.

Here are some budget friendly staple removal spells you should consider running (you don't need to run them all of course):

Here are some budget friendly cards that can help you feed your graveyard:

Here are some budget friendly big bomb creatures you can use as win conditions and/or reanimate:

If you want to go the reanimator angle here are some budget friendly reanimator spells:

DespairFaction on Aurelia RW Angel Reanimator

3 months ago

Updates: Out Sunblast Angel, in theory it seems but just never does as much as you want it to. Angelic Renewal, often I find I don't even have time to cast it, though its good if theres a lot of spot removal in your meta. Hammer mage ive moved to the maybe/sideboard. Some decks cant win if you cast it, at least until they get rid of it, but its also very slow an mana inefficient. Faithless Looting was just never as good as I wanted it to be.

In: Iona, Shield of Emeria, Angelic Arbiter, Platinum Angel these 3 can shut down a wide range of problems that opponents may try to throw your way. Angelic Arbiter is particularly sweet against decks that try to use Craterhoof Behemoth or other overrun type of effects. Boros Locket will try this out, see if its worth card draw ability.

wisegreenbean on Shalai's Potent Plenty

3 months ago

I reckon average CMC probably needs to come down overall. You have almost no ramp in the deck, afterall, only like 5 cards. 21 at >5 CMC seems pretty whack, especially when your commander is a mana sink. Farhaven Elf and Wood Elves seems reasonable value with your creature synergies.

Felidar Sovereign seems not synergistic. Low life gain opportunities.

Reya Dawnbringer is clunk town, particularly with lots of other ways to reanimate/prevent creatures dying.

Hydra Broodmaster will probably be a 2 turn process. That's usually a 7/7 for 6, followed up by 3 3/3s if it lives. 19 power for 13 mana isn't really an exceptional rate on mana efficiency, and it offers so little utility.

Yosei, the Morning Star seems ambitious with your fairly small reanimator suite.

Sunscorch Regent seems a bit like a do-nothing fatty.

The Great Aurora feels pretty bad when you really aren't a dedicated token deck.

Angelic Arbiter is a giant awkward fatty that ALSO gives your opponent choices. Don't love it.

The 'aura package' might be too cute. I think you already are working in a lot of different directions there, between trying to be a counters deck, and a hatebears deck, and a tokens deck. Open the Armory and Heliod's Pilgrim are not exceptional. This makes Lignify pretty bad too.

You have a variety of field sweeps despite being a creature deck. I don't think this is wrong, but given the effort you've put into 'indestructible synergy', the sweeps that bypass indestructible seem problematic for you. Note, this still leaves you with 5 sweeps after Hallowed Burial and Descend upon the Sinful are cut.

ThoAlmighty on Isperia's Aerial Assault

4 months ago

I don't run Consecrated Sphinx and Avacyn, Angel of Hope because of their price, but I've recently been looking to trade for them. Angelic Arbiter is a card that comes with a big target on it's head. I use to run it but I got tired of paying 7 mana to trade for a removal spell without getting any value. Quicksilver Amulet seems super good though, and not too expensive, any idea what I'd cut for it?

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