Armillary Sphere

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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 2017 (C17) Common
Commander Anthology (CMT) Common
Planechase Anthology (PCA) None
Commander 2013 (C13) Common
Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2) Common
Duel Decks: Venser vs. Koth (DDI) Common
MTG: Commander (CMD) Common
Duel Decks: Knights vs. Dragons (DDG) Common
Conflux (CON) Common

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Armillary Sphere

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, , Sacrifice Armillary Sphere: Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Armillary Sphere Discussion

Optimator on (Budget-Prototype) Iroas, God Shogun of Bushido

4 days ago

I would also run Sol Ring, Boros Signet, Fire Diamond, Marble Diamond, Mind Stone, Wayfarer's Bauble, Coldsteel Heart, and Worn Powerstone. 4-8 ramp cards is basically mandatory. It's a shame, because it takes away from deck character and adds to deck homogeneity but that's the format. If you include extra ramp you can save card slots by dropping a few lands. 38 is considered the sweet-spot for lands but I like 36. Elf decks can go as low as 30 lands so play it by ear.

Wanderer's Twig, Armillary Sphere, and Hedron Archive are nice. Knight of the White Orchid is nice but a total flavor-fail. Temple of the False God is good but you kind of have to treat it more like a ramp card than a land card.

Commander's Sphere and Darksteel Ingot are decent even in two-color decks because of their utility.

Sword of the Animist would be somewhat flavorful while ramping.

Pearl Medallion might be worth it since your deck is mostly white. Same with Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx but it's pricey.

Optimator on MTG list of EDH Ramp Cards | last update: 02-09-17

4 days ago

Should there be a special section for things that add lands to hand but don't strictly ramp? Like Armillary Sphere, Wanderer's Twig?

TaegukTheWise on Making an Entrance

1 week ago

Cancel is pretty bad, I get it, its cheap, but I would suggest either the original Counterspell orDissolve since they do more for the mana put into them. Wall of Blossoms or Wall of Omens is a way better pick over Carven Caryatid for obvious reasons. I will always recommend Restoration Angel and Felidar Guardian over instants and sorceries that don't stick around like Momentary Blink. The other upside to Restoration Angel is that she can be a surprise blocker that's out of bolt range and flies, which is always a plus. If you are running into trouble with Torpor Orb and Hushwing Gryff and Tocatli Honor Guard, run Swords to Plowshares /Path to Exile and for the orb: Naturalize/Krosan Grip. In place of those charms I would run Bant Charm, its the best charm you should be playing since it takes care of an artifact (or torpor orb), an instant, or a creature (with torpor orb's effect on it) and Angelic Purge, they're so good! Get rid of the Tamiyo, she doesn't fit the theme of the deck, nor is she directly progressing your game plan, I would recommend Kiora, Master of the Depths, she untaps Roon (and a land), can dig for a creature or land, and if you get her there you can gain spot removal, that and she isn't as mana intensive. I also believe that you need either lower CMC creatures or get a Birthing Pod (pod also combos with Felidar Guardian). Aerie Mystics does nothing, don't get me wrong, they look cool, but they don't do anything when they enter play, and they might protect your stuff, but that's assuming that you have the mana open to do so especially if you want to play those big CMC creatures I mentioned. The sword needs to go, I'm sorry, the sword just sucks hard-boiled eggs. I used to have a control magic in my deck, Its not what this type of deck is looking for, the same goes for the djinn its way too slow. Gilded Drake is obviously better, but its really expensive, but effective. I'm surprised you don't have a Duplicant in here. Minion Reflector and Ashnod's Altar are niche picks from me, I'll let you figure out how they go infinite! If you want an AEtherling then get one, not a goofy enchantment. You would probably need to add wastes to your deck, but Eldrazi Displacer can help you not rely on casting Roon as much and start focusing on the value you need to generate. Get a Mulldrifter, its too good not to have. If you still have Derevi, Empyrial Tactician add her back in. Commander's Sphere is better than the keyrune, hands down. And for the final bit I'll add (if you want more advice just ask or see my Roon deck) is a ramp set, Solemn Simulacrum, Explosive Vegetation, Blighted Woodland, and Armillary Sphere.

zretrareo27 on What to remove, Red White ...

1 month ago

I've not played it out, but Conqueror's Foothold  Flip has good synergy in this deck, plus I can always tap my commander to make it a creature and transform it. Comparing anything in red to Regrowth would be silly if you judge by the mana costs. We will see how it truly functions when I play it.

Humble Defector I have played many times, and it works excellent. In 2 player, it's guaranteed card draw. In multi, it normally fledges allegiances with another player, which helps buy time. What I've found is it's always way more advantageous to me to draw cards than anyone I am up against, save mono-red.

What is it about Armillary Sphere that isn't good? Haven't played it. Helps thin the deck and get cards in my hand. Doesn't allow adding more than one per turn. Good late game to use the ability. What's your reasons?

K34 on What to remove, Red White ...

1 month ago

Legit, Armillary Sphere is not really good.

miracleHat on What to remove, Red White ...

1 month ago

Do not use Armillary Sphere. Sunforger is one of red/white's best cards in edh. Not using it is a mistake. All of the cards that you list under 'tempo' save Sol Ring, Skullclamp, and maybe Magus of the Wheel should probably be replaced.

zretrareo27 on What to remove, Red White ...

1 month ago

EDH Brion Stoutarm R/W, Fury and Wrath

I have purchased the following cards:

Fellwar Stone replaces?

Open the Armory replaces?

Commander's Sphere replaces?

Armillary Sphere replaces?

Quarantine Field replaces?

Weathered Wayfarer instead of Sunforger

Recruiter of the Guard instead of Taj-Nar Swordsmith

Warped Landscape instead of Stone Quarry

Help me decide what to remove!Other suggestions are welcome too. Thanks!

greatdevourer on Charge of the Light Brigade

1 month ago

So, let's work on making this deck a bit better. Don't get me wrong, this deck is good, but there are a couple of things that we can swap to make it better. Some of these you may not agree with. But consider the ideas behind the recommendations.

For the mana base, look at Temple of Triumph, Battlefield Forge, Ancient Amphitheater, Needle Spires, Wind-Scarred Crag, Vivid Meadow, Vivid Crag, Boros Guildgate, Opal Palace and Command Tower. I think you should get a many lands that tap for both colors into the deck as you can afford. Secluded Steppe and Reliquary Tower should probably come out to make room for better lands. Plateau and Rugged Prairie are just too expensive to really recommend.

Replace Armillary Sphere with a Burnished Hart which has a better synergy in the deck. A 2/2 attacker or blocker that can be equipped and can be recurrred with Sun Titan seems really good.

Ride Down just seems like a crappy spot removal card. If you need more removal, consider a good old Wrath of God, Blasphemous Act, the new Star of Extinction as a board wipes.

Vessel of Endless Rest should be swapped with a Boros Signet. The Boros Signet hits a turn earlier, allows you to convert colorless mana from the Ghost Quarter, Reliquary Tower, Rogue's Passage, Seraph Sanctuary, Slayers' Stronghold, and the Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion. If you want to keep the Vessel of Endless Rest, then I would still recommend adding the Boros Signet anyway.

Akroma, Angel of Fury has always been a weak version of Akroma, Angel of Wrath and I've never really felt that it was that good a card. Her 'can't be countered' is nice but the morph ability seems tacked on just to fit the Time Spiral block's mechanic themes and not to make the card better.

Mikaeus, the Lunarch is ok, but you really aren't utilizing a +1/+1 counter theme in this deck and he feels a little slow. The X casting cost makes him more situational.

Tajic, Blade of the Legion is an underwhelming 2/2 for 4 mana. Yes, the indestructible is nice, but I've never really been in a situation where I was happy to draw that card. I just feel that there are better creatures.

Combat Celebrant is stuck with the horrible Exert mechanic. Why would I ever swing out and leave myself stuck not being able to untap my lands the next turn? Too risky. Especially in a multi-player environment. Just bad, cut it. World at War, Waves of Aggression, Scourge of the Throne, and Aggravated Assault would be much better options for multiple combat phases.

I know I previously recommended the Ranger of Eos but I don't think this deck is going for quick creatures. This deck is more about dropping bombs and making people deal with your threats. So the Ranger of Eos, Mikaeus, the Lunarch may not really fit this theme as well as other cards. After looking over the deck some more and looking at some of the options below, we may have to cut the Whitemane Lion and the Flametongue Kavu to make some room.

True Conviction, is a 'wins more' card. The card is strong, but only helps in a few situations. Let look at three different situations to see how interacts with the board state.
1: You have 4 or 5 creatures in play and you are attacking each turn. You are applying a significant ammount of combat damage to your opponents. You have a good chance of winning the game in the next couple of turns, depending on blockers. Does a True Conviction help in this situation? Not really. Can you win without it? Why cast it?
2: You have 4 or 5 creatures on the field, and a True Conviction. Someone board wipes with a Final Judgement. The next turn you get a creature on the field. The True Conviction gives your dude life link and double strike. This time it will help you stay in the game a bit longer and rebuild faster.
3: You have 4 or 5 creatures on the field. Someone board wipes with a Final Judgement. This time, instead of drawing a blocker, you top deck the True Conviction. Is this what you need now? No. You need boots on the ground, a blocker.
What do you think? And, before you ask, yes, I'll be reconsidering this card in my Brion Stoutarm deck.

Alright. Now that we've looked at things to cut, lets look at some options.
Angrath's Marauders would act as an additional Gisela, Blade of Goldnight. Firebrand Archer and Harsh Mentor are good ways to ping each opponent. Archetype of Aggression, Archetype of Courage, Odric, Lunarch Marshal could be really broken and dramtically alter combat. Homura, Human Ascendant works well with Brion Stoutarm and Gideon's Avenger could be outrageous. Kumano, Master Yamabushi has never let me down. Aegis of the Gods and Magus of the Moat provide some defensive options. The Defy Death and Herald of War you already have to provide you with a lot of resiliency and flexibilty with the addition of a Angel of Glory's Rise. Vanquisher's Banner would be really go in this deck naming either 'Human' or 'Angel'.

And thanks to all of the work I've put in on making suggestions to your deck, I've got to go back and update my Brion Stoutarm deck. So check back on that deck in a week or so. As always, temper these suggestions with your budget, collection, and play style. Feel free to let me know what you think of these recommendations.

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