Apostle's Blessing


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Common
New Phyrexia (NPH) Common

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Apostle's Blessing


( can be paid with either or 2 life.)

Target artifact or creature you control gains protection from artifacts or from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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Apostle's Blessing Discussion

Delta-117 on The Song of Phyresis

3 hours ago

Ah it's good to see that you have built an Atraxa, Praetors' Voice decklist, and one that is more unique than most (even mine admittedly). I use to include all the praetors in mine for the flavor as well as a bit of infect, but my Atraxa deck paints a big enough target on me at my lgs without those kind of cards as people have seen what it is capable of. I have games turn into essentially archenemy at times. I'm still undecided on the direction of the deck ultimately but it's already my most expensive edh deck. But enough talk of my list, here are some suggestions to consider:

(LANDS) Sea of Clouds in place of an Island, Morphic Pool in place of a Swamp, then cut maybe Manifold Insights for another land like Bountiful Promenade as I think your land count is a bit low. Other changes I would make would be to add an Inkmoth Nexus, and a Reliquary Tower. Inkmoth Nexus has evasion and if your goal is to win with infect you will want as much early game cards as you can to get early poison counters in. I would take out Saltcrusted Steppe for Inkmoth Nexus, and then cut Steady Progress (You already have better ways to proliferate, a number of which are repeatable unlike this one, maybe i'm wrong on this one but I think there's better cards you could have over it here) for Reliquary Tower (while this may not be relevant that often, look at how many cards Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur nets you if he sticks around and you will notice you have no way to have an unlimited hand size). And since you happen to have quite a few sources of proliferate, it might not be a bad idea to put Gavony Township in here to help your creatures out since so many on their own are quite weak.

(CREATURES) I would swap Corpse Cur for Phyrexian Swarmlord, as I don't really see many good targets for infect creatures to bring back outside of course Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon. Viridian Corrupter might be another infect creature you might want to consider using, I have to say spots are looking tight for me to suggest cuts for some cards but I think for this one I would swap Putrefy for this additional infect creature.

Additionally, while I see that you aren't concerned really with +1/+1 counters I still think Champion of Lambholt might be worth consideration for helping to get infect creatures through for even as much as an outright kill. For other aggressive options, you could go the route of Blightsteel Colossus which can simply kill players (It's kind of pricey, but i'm not sure if that's a concern for you). If you were to use this card however, you would want to make sure it's protected from the likes of your Swords to Plowshares etc with Lightning Greaves, Asceticism, Whispersilk Cloak or even additionally with Conqueror's Flail which I talk about more later. Putrefax is kind of similar if even not as strong, and perhaps this kind of strategy can pay off well with the use of equipment and maybe even some pump spells if we were to take inspiration from modern/legacy infect lists?




They rely on taking usually 1-2 infect creatures and pumping them up with cards like Berserk, Become Immense, Vines of Vastwood, Invigorate, Groundswell, Blossoming Defense etc to go for a kill, and while some of these might not seem as effective here in commander, I still think a couple like Berserk and Become Immense are worth using because I already see you have Rancor here and these can help get around the fact that many infect creatures are quite weak on their own. And on that topic of infect creatures being generally frail, a few cards that you could consider using here to solve that would be Teferi's Protection, Spellskite(great for taking removal off your more important creatures), and or Heroic Intervention. A few other cards that modern infect lists make use of from time to time are Distortion Strike, Apostle's Blessing, and then of course the staple Noble Hierarch and Pendelhaven. As I said before the general gameplan with such decks is to attack with generally 1 or so infect creatures and back them up with pump spells like those and more mentioned above, and that's where Noble Hierarch and Pendelhaven (pairs well with Glistener Elf, Blighted Agent, Plague Stinger, Inkmoth Nexus and the like) give the attacker a boost to kill outright in as early as turns 2-4. A few cards that might help with this route would be Duelist's Heritage, the previously mentioned Champion of Lambholt, Spinebiter, Apostle's Blessing (can be used for offense or defense), and Slip Through Space. And I see you have a couple counterspells here, and so maybe this is foolish enough to work, but I think you should consider using Hatred here. It can be put either obviously on an infect creature that is not being blocked/can't be blocked (many good targets would be Blighted Agent, Inkmoth Nexus, Putrefax provided you added it of course) or any other evasive creature or what may not at first be obvious to be used on your commander, because ask yourself how many players early on/mid game are going to stop you from attacking them say maybe 1-2 times with Atraxa, Praetors' Voice who is a 4/4 deathtouch/flying/vigilance creature? What you can do with this is pay all of that life to simply kill someone with Atraxa and then gain all that life back :)

While maybe I fear a bit redundant similarly to Grafted Exoskeleton, Triumph of the Hordes is a card that maybe you have overlooked here. The trample can be very useful for getting damage through and I would probably want to play a card like this over Praetor's Grasp, Wargate, or Viridian Longbow possibly? I have to say that I agree with FiveEightFiveBC's observation about Grafted Exoskeleton, I think if you want to stick with equipment that is yet better, either use Sword of Feast and Famine/Sword of Light and Shadow or something like Conqueror's Flail. I could see stacking a bunch of equipment and using stuff like Hatred, Duelist's Heritage, Become Immense, Glistening Oil, Fireshrieker, Sword of Vengeance, and such just on your commander as a legitimate gameplan also with or without infect.

Lastly, similarly to my earlier suggested Gavony Township, I was curious if your opposed to the inclusion of any planeswalkers here? Because I believe Nissa, Voice of Zendikar could do well here. Others to consider would be Ajani Steadfast, and Venser, the Sojourner. You wouldn't even have to go far with this, as too much and you start to change the theme of the deck, but these few that I highlighted might be of use to you here I thought with or without the likes of Doubling Season, and all the other obvious things that you would use with planeswalkers.

I will try to think of more suggestions, but I think this is enough for now to say the least as I will let you know I spent about 75 minutes in all coming up with all of this so far I think! Let me know what you think of all of this, as I know I suggested a ton of things and not all of which did I havsuggestions on what to replace them with. On a side note, I have to say i'm a bit jealous, do you happen to actually have a specific copy of that judge promo Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite?

Silverdrake on Modern Laboratory maniac u/w combo

1 week ago

Cute combo, +1 from me. Seeing as how all three of your pieces are permanents that can be easily removed, you should probably consider some spells that can protect them. Things like Turn Aside, Rebuff the Wicked, and Apostle's Blessing are all great choices. If you're having trouble finding your pieces you could use a weird sort of Gifts Ungiven package, almost like an Esper Gifts deck but... wierder. You cast it and search for some combination of Lab Man, Merrow, Mantle, Remember the Fallen and Sun Titan (both of which you could include as just a 1x for this). Either they give you the pieces you want and put the reanimation in the graveyard, or they put the pieces in the graveyard and give you the reanimation you need to get them back. A bit of a clunky combo, but as a whole this deck is a little clunky (I don't mean that in a bad way - a lot of the most fun decks are clunky).

Whatever you decide to do, good luck!

Gattison on The Boros Legion

2 weeks ago

also, you might like things like Apostle's Blessing and Shelter for some surprise protection, if you need it.

Silverdrake on Green/Blue Competitive Modern Infect

3 weeks ago

Consider Blossoming Defense somewhere in here. Does the same job as Vines of Vastwood for half the cost, albeit only half the buff. If I were you I'd cut 1x Apostle's Blessing and 2x Vines of Vastwood for 3x Blossoming Defense.

Also consider Stubborn Denial for the sideboard. The correct play against infect is usually to let them blow all their buffs before casting the removal spell/combat trick/flash blocker - Stubborn Denial shuts that plan down by turning your beefy boi into a one-mana counter machine. I'd play this instead of the Turn Asides in board since they can stop problems that aren't necessarily targeting your creatures, like counterspells pointed at your buffs and sacrifice effects like Blessed Alliance and Geth's Verdict

Nillstan on Oh The Kor And Their Toys

3 weeks ago


I'm not putting in Stoneforge Mystic because, for one, its banned in modern. And for two, it's stupid expensive for this. There are better things to be doing on turns 2 and 3, rather than cheating out a single equipment.

The swords of X and Y are great. It's very likely they'll be added in as the money comes in to buy them.

Loxodon Warhammer was cut already due to there being better things for me deal damage with. What I would consider dropping for it would be Flayer Husk.

Apostle's Blessing is actually already in consideration. I'm currently debating dropping Path to Exile and running a pure aggro deck. Path rarely does anything in this anyways.

Return to the Ranks is a good addition and I'm very much tempted to add it to side for sure.

Thanks for your suggestions.

HotRodScott on Oh The Kor And Their Toys

3 weeks ago

Great postNensouHiebara! Like Forrestwalker, I played an Ally equipment deck and rebuilding after a wipe or dealing with heavy removal needed an answer and Ajani seems great!

You could run some Stoneforge Mystic and go down on your equipment since you can tutor for them with her. Also, you can play more expensive equipment for only 2 mana using her ability: Loxodon Warhammer (for trample) Sword of Light and Shadow for some life and pulling stuff out of the graveyard. I'd make room in their somewhere for Apostle's Blessing. It can be great to defend against removal, or prevent a blocker from blocking you (if played before blocks are declared.)

You may want some Return to the Ranks (sideboard?) in case of other aggro or heavy removal that's keeping your board clean.

Looks fun!!

kamarupa on Reign of Giants

3 weeks ago

Seems like it will be likely enough to face decks with higher CMC creatures than 6-7CMC, so removal that can kill big things seems like a must - Chained to the Rocks maybe? Seal Away and Journey to Nowhere also come to mind.

Given that Favor of the Mighty will do nothing to help you against Artifacts, probably Apostle's Blessing is better than Gods Willing.

Sideboard considerations: Pithing Needle, Celestial Flare, Witchbane Orb, Oblivion Ring, Cast Out, Disenchant, Ratchet Bomb.

Scytec on Help with an anti net-deck

4 weeks ago

You can also build budget infect moderately well and it hoses a lot of those decks. Especially with a little color protection from Apostle's Blessing. There is a difference in net decking and just finding a good base. I will take a look at your deck real quick and see if I can't recommend a few things tho.

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