Arena

Arena

Land

, : Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice he or she controls. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Set Rarity
Time Spiral "Timeshifted" (TSB) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Arena Discussion

BX223Hunter on The Bloodhall Season 22 - Rhonas the Indomitable

1 day ago

Arena might be a good addition and tutor-able

Tzefick on Defender of the Heart, revised

1 month ago

enpc I understand that was your intention, but that seems to be from a standpoint that you want to lower the CMC. My point is that the creature itself would be more whole, if you kept it expensive but viable by itself without necessarily needing additional help, unlike a 2/2 trampler. It reminds me of a similar issue with Spawnwrithe. Spawnwrithe is often too small, even in Commander pre-cons to actually be able to function and do what it wants to do. Then it just ends up being irrelevant all together.

If you consider the Magus creatures, they are often costed and stat'ed to match what they intend to do and how their counterpart functions. Magus of the Bazaar is low stat'ed and cheap to cast because its main function is a creature-version of the Bazaar of Baghdad, so it doesn't need high stats as it needs to be used early and readily. It's not there for combat, it's there for the active ability. You want it early.

In difference to Magus of the Coffers who mirrors Cabal Coffers. Here the Magus is higher stat'ed and more costly, despite the counterpart is also a land. The Cabal Coffers is usually used as a late-game tool to explode some mana advantage, and the creature reflects that.

Magus of the Arena is also a very expensive creature, that is better stat'ed to better go with the fight-ability of it's counterpart Arena. If the Magus was weak, it would need help to function - on top of being a creature, whereas Arena is a land with no further inherent cost and is much better protected than a creature.

Magus of the Mind has the CMC of its counterpart Mind's Desire but also a more fair stat'ed body with a cheap activation to get the actual spell - in many ways it is better positioned to function than Mind's Desire itself, as it is very mana cheap the turn you break it, which opens up mana to cast spells to grant its active good value. The downside is that it is a creature and has summoning sickness, so opponents can deal with it or plan accordingly.

Magus of the Balance is the most different as it carries the CMC of its counterpart Balance, but with a heavier activation cost on the ability. And all the Maguses who mirrors a sorcery can still go off at instant speed, despite WotC's ability to limit it, and without adding to the cost of the active ability compared to the cost of the original counterpart. Granted Balance is also banned in all formats and restricted in Vintage, so it speaks more volume to the wrong costing and effect of Balance than the Magus itself being an outlier.

wolfhead on The First Rule of Fight Club...

1 month ago

dont forget Arena! especially with urborg

dbpunk on Ability challenge

2 months ago

I mean, there is literally cards with Fight causing as an activated ability.

(Ulvenwald Tracker and Arena)

Dwarfinside on Black Devotion

6 months ago

Thank you for the input, 7H30F7.

I was torn about which Lili to use. Reason for no Lili of the Veil is because I don't have any cards I want to discard so I wouldn't be getting any advantage from her plus 1. I also just flat out really like how Lili the Last Hope has been performing in modern and thought it would be a useful way to get a Gary or an Obliterator back from the GY if needed. No Nykthos because I don't have any mana dumps for it (other than dread shade?) and I need my black sources early game at all costs.

I like the add 1 Phyrexian Arena minus 1 Dread Shade plan. I'm gonna do that.

Kitesail Freebooter is also a very good idea, I'll probably drop 2 Gatekeeper of Malakir for 2 Booters. Good call. Dark Confidant has not been fantastic in modern for a while I feel, plus getting plenty of card advantage from Phyrexian Arena already (especially with 4 now in the MB).

And yes, when I first laid eyes on Arena I immediately thought of Phyrexian Obliterator and felt I needed to make this deck. Glad you like.

Thanks again for the well thought out suggestions, I'll be sure to post how it performs at my LGS.

7H30F7 on Black Devotion

6 months ago

Out of curiosity, why no Liliana of the Veil or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx ?

I would also consider bumping up to 4 Phyrexian Arena and taking out the Dread Shade . I've found card advantage to be really useful, though this might not be the case in modern as I haven't played Black Devotion against many meta modern decks.

In terms of creatures, I wouldn't underestimate the power of some creatures that have more general mana in their mana costs, such as Kitesail Freebooter or Dark Confidant .

I've actually never thought about using Arena with Phyrexian Obliterator . I'll check it out for myself as well.

GreenHamma on Gruul Hydras

6 months ago

NinetyFish thank you for the compliment.

yea i don't know last fnm was the only time i used Arena there probably isn't any room for a non mana producing land in modern ha. Basically i was hoping the ramp in the deck would be enough, and added it for nostalgic reasons, but it could be removed.

3 Blood Moon s would definitely be better. I could probably take out a Primordial Hydra , Red Sun's Zenith or Lightning Bolt

NinetyFish on Gruul Hydras

6 months ago

Really sweet, really creative deck! I'd be really excited to play against this deck. That singleton Arena worries me a bit; is there room in modern for a non-mana producing land?

I'd also personally be really interested in adding another Blood Moon to hate out Tron and greedy manabases, but I have no idea what I would cut for it.

Awesome deck!

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