Arcane Denial

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Commander Anthology (CMT) Common
Commander 2016 (C16) Common
Commander 2013 (C13) Common
Masters Edition (MED) Common
Alliances (ALL) Common

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Arcane Denial

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Counter target spell. Its controller may draw up to two cards at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

You draw a card at the beginning of the next turn's upkeep.

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Arcane Denial Discussion

FrigidOfficial on Inalla's Tap Studio (EDH Adaptive Combo)

1 day ago
  • Arcane Denial is fine to replace, I just like it for the draw to be honest. Remand is a nice replacement.

  • Azami, Lady of Scrolls has always been really valuable imo. I've never been upset to draw her and I think she is one of the better draw outlets in the deck.

  • Swapping Goblin Bombardment with Impact Tremors is a good idea. I may do that as well.

  • Scepter is fine to imprint pretty much anything on. A counterspell presents a huge deterrent for our opponents, cantrips are always nice, etc. I might put Final Fortune in the deck for a really easy infinite turn combo.

DiabeticFire on The Queen's Egg

3 days ago

So I have spent a while doing some research, and I have found a few things that I want to pick your brains about.

  • First, new from Ixalan is Unclaimed Territory. It enters untapped and makes any color of mana, as long as that mana is spent on a sliver. It seems to me to be a upgrade to Gemstone Mine.

  • Second is Steely Resolve. I haven't yet piloted the deck so I don't know how difficult it is to obtain and protect Crystalline Sliver, but this seems like a good second version of the card.

  • Third is Cover of Darkness. It makes the entire brood extremely difficult to block, which could come in handy if Sliver Queen or some other combo piece gets exiled and you need to win through commander damage or combat damage.

  • Shared Animosity follows a similar vein of logic as Cover of Darkness, helps you get more damage through when you need to.

  • Urza's Incubator Gives a cost reduction of for only to cast. Seems great to me.

Also, I built my own version of this deck. I do not have the original duals, so I replaced them with the Shadowmoor/Eventide filter lands. In addition, I made the following substitutes for budget reasons. (I tried to get each substitution to fill a similar role but I just dont have the library manipulation cards, so I went with ramp and card draw)

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated thanks!

multimedia on Suns_Champion

4 days ago

Hey, you asked for my advice on your Zur deck. You've put a lot of time and effort into it and the deck description is easy to read and understand very nice work. I've never seen Zur used with Alarm as a win condition combo. Very creative idea, well done, upvoted. For a first deck with combo you've gone combo crazy!

The idea is great the problem is the combos need to be streamlined, too many combo cards not enough synergy between all cards in the deck and not enough universal good Commander cards. You don't need to jam all the possible combos into a deck it's overkill. Consider trimming Combo #1, Combo #2 and cutting Combo #3? A lot of combo cards you're playing are only good with other combo pieces as part of a combo. These cards are not good by themselves or have synergy with the rest of the cards in the deck other than the combo they go with. Because of all the combo cards I see problems with playing a normal game of Commander.


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Your deck is very creative as a first deck with combo, you have a good grasp on the archetype. But you're going combo crazy which in my opinion will hinter gameplay much more than help it. It's more practical to pick a few combos that include cards that have overall good synergy with the entire deck not to use so many cards just because they're part of a combo.

Good luck with your deck.


radio414 on Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant Combo (EDH)

4 days ago

First off, while I have very few sources as to the gender of Sasaya, I'm pretty sure she's female.

Second, I'm not entirely sure what you're trying to suggest. Add Scapeshift and Nostalgic Dreams? I mean, I tried Dreams once upon a time, but there are not that many cards you want to get back from the graveyard, and discarding as a cost is a real cost. Even the most forgiving counterspell, say Arcane Denial or Remand, still puts you incredibly down on cards and, while there are comeback mechanisms (Sylvan Library and Life from the Loam, for example), it can still be difficult to come back once you're down.

In terms of utility lands, there's not a lot of non-Forest lands that this deck wants. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is the only major one I can think of, maybe Ash Barrens or Dark Depths if I was feeling particularly spicy, but other than those I'm not even close to sure what you are suggesting.

Thanks,

-r

radio414 on Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant Combo (EDH)

4 days ago

First off, while I have very few sources as to the gender of Sasaya, I'm pretty sure she's female.

Second, I'm not entirely sure what you're trying to suggest. Add Scapeshift and Nostalgic Dreams? I mean, I tried Dreams once upon a time, but there are not that many cards you want to get back from the graveyard, and discarding as a cost is a real cost. Even the most forgiving counterspell, say Arcane Denial or Remand, still puts you incredibly down on cards and, while there are comeback mechanisms (Sylvan Library and Life from the Loam, for example), it can still be difficult to come back once you're down.

In terms of utility lands, there's not a lot of non-Forest lands that this deck wants. Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is the only major one I can think of, maybe Ash Barrens or Dark Depths if I was feeling particularly spicy, but other than those I'm not even close to sure what you are suggesting.

Thanks,-r

ThallionDarkshine on IntruZur Alarm | Zur EDH

5 days ago

I second the suggestion of the talismans and Fellwar Stone, since ramping out a t3 Zur is always nice. I'm not a huge fan of Stern Mentor as a tap outlet, since it doesn't get around summoning sickness like most of the others, and is very slow. In addition, it feels like you may be overcommiting to the Stonybrook Schoolmaster combos. I would consider adding some more free sac outlets, since they not only enable your recursion combos, but also work with the infinite tokens you create with your other combos. Altar of Dementia is a great way to kill with infinite tokens, while Martyr's Cause and Fanatical Devotion are decent protection pieces that are tutorable by Zur. I would also definitely recommend including some counterspells to protect your combos. Maybe cutting back a bit on token producers, especially the worse ones like Drana's Chosen and adding some great cheap counterspells like Swan Song, Dispel, and Arcane Denial would be good to shift you away from being all in on your combo. In that case, you could tutor up Necropotence first as a draw engine, and be more resilient against disruption. Rule of Law is a decent piece of disruption, that doesn't affect you greatly, since all of your combos focus on activated abilities.

Pal00ka on GG - Gisa and Geralf

1 week ago

Your "fun combo" does little, in my opinion, because Prized Amalgam is not impactful at all. If you add Phyrexian Altar to this mix you now can generate infinite mana which is impactful depending on how you utilize it.

Vengeful Pharaoh is a good rattlesnake card to have in the yard.

G&G screams to me to use ETB zombies and sacrifice outlets since they allow you to re-cast zombies from the yard. Gray Merchant of Asphodel is the quintessential example. Cast it late game to drain, sack, then cast again for hopefully GG. I'd trim cards like Soulless One who are only decent late game with Wonder in the yard.

Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth + Filth = everyone is unblockable.

I love Stitcher Geralf but he is super slow and anti-synergistic here because he exiles while G&G wants to re-cast.

Is this budget? I would add in better board wipes like Damnation and Decree of Pain; more card draw outlets Phyrexian Arena and Rhystic Study; more ramp Fellwar Stone and Mind Stone; utility counters like Arcane Denial and Dream Fracture to deny and draw; and trim your high CMC spells to only those that would win you the game on the spot (ex. of not doing this is Army of the Damned which is flavorful but slow).

Hope something helps!

RazortoothMtg on Inalla

2 weeks ago

Thanks for you suggestions Hyperalgialysis, multimedia, and ChaosCommander!

I was considering cutting one of Rise or Legion, since they're so expensive, but I think Rise of the Dark Realms is actually better than Clone Legion, even though legion technically goes infinite with Dualcaster Mage. I play Rise in my Tasigur deck, and it generally wins every game I play it in due to the high amount of GY based decks in my meta.

Chromatic Lantern simply got moved to the maybeboard because I don't own one and they're over $10. This isn't a deck I'm wanting to slam a bunch of money on quite yet, so that's also the reasoning for Patron Wizard and Glen Elendra Archmage, and to a lesser extent Voidmage Prodigy. I own most cards in the list right now because I have the Inalla precon and pre-owned a lot of the cards here.

I think AEther Adept is probably cuttable. It just doesn't usually do enough. I usually look at it wishing it was a Hero's Downfall or Terminate instead, as games in my meta usually go long and having to recast a card isn't that big of a deal.

Dire Fleet Ravager is simply in there because I was looking for wizards with cool ETB effects, and he was new, so I threw him in. I haven't really gotten to testing him yet, but the more I look at him the more I think "I play this and immediately die to whatever's on the other end of the board" because at 40 life it brings me to 18, and I usually won't have a lot of dudes. So out he goes!

Similarly, Flesh Carver and Ghoulcaller Gisa were me looking for cool sac outlets that also happen to be wizards, like Viscera Seer, since I'm losing my tokens anyway. I already own Ghoulcaller Gisa, and although it is a wizard, it doesn't really benefit from one of our only real tribal synergy, Inalla's trigger, outside of turning a wizard into a zombie. She'll probably be cut. But I'm not so sure about Flesh Carver going away, since he can potentially get huge, and requires two removal spells, in addition to being able to use him multiple times a turn and his synergy with our reanimation effects to make more giant horrors.

Out of the counterspells, which ones would you cut? I'm thinking Last Word and Arcane Denial. Maybe Dissipate/Void Shatter, but there's a lot of GY decks in my meta...

Also, what are your thoughts on adding the Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind combos at the end of the description? Should I even bother? And which ones are best?

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