Armored Ascension

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Format Legality
Pre-release 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
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
2011 Core Set (M11) Uncommon
2010 Core Set (M10) Uncommon
Shadowmoor (SHM) Uncommon

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Armored Ascension

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 for each Plains you control and has flying.

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Armored Ascension Discussion

Firebird on For the love of Angels

2 months ago

So, speaking as an Angel fanatic who refuses to give up on the idea of a Modern-competitive Angel-themed deck, there are a few things you have to consider. One is that your CMC is far too high. You'll be killed while having a hand full of cards you're still turns away from casting. You don't have near enough removal, or things you can do early in the game.

First thing you'll probably have to do is come to terms with having some non-Angels in there. I had to, but it doesn't have to break the theme. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a servant of the church of Avacyn, and in general a holy warrior, and fits the theme. She's great for slowing up decks, trades well early on, and helps buy you time to bring out the big guns. Knight of the White Orchid is great, as you've seen, and combos well with Emancipation Angel.

Here are a few general thoughts, and I hope they help.

Creatures

This needs to be changed a ton. Some are redundant, most are too expensive and don't do enough to compete.

  • Herald of War: This card doesn't do much, although you'd think it'd be helpful. It's a 5-drop, though, so by the time it comes online, you can already cast all the stuff you'd want it to speed up for you. For the same price you could have out Baneslayer Angel or put out something cheaper but generally more effective, like Angel of Jubilation.

  • Most of your creatures are too expensive and don't do enough. Even Platinum Angel at most stalls out until it can be removed, which is pretty easy to do. I'd ditch that one, and almost all the others. Even my favorite creature in all of Magic: Avacyn, Angel of Hope.

  • Start by looking at mana costs. If you don't have a 1 CMC creature, then you need at least 2-drops. So start with probably at least 3 (I run 4) Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Knight of the White Orchid is also good, and if not that, something that disrupts your opponent like Grand Abolisher. Good blockers like low-cost Knights and Soldiers help hold the line until you need to bring out the big guns.

  • Emancipation Angel has a bit of a drawback associated with coming out, but this can be a strength when teamed up with Knight of the White Orchid. She's a 3/3 flyer for 3 mana.

  • Archangel of Tithes does a lot of work. Tough creature, makes it difficult to attack into you, or block. Especially good if you can get her vigilance with something like Brave the Sands or the like.

  • Angel of Jubilation is pretty amazing. Prevents some strategies while buffing your creatures to win battles. Also, that art is unbelievable.

  • Linvala, Keeper of Silence is also pretty nice. Good body for the cost and she can also shut down some decks almost completely. My Elves hate her, for instance.

  • For your top end, don't bother with going past 5 CMC, generally. Baneslayer Angel is pretty strong, but so is Sigarda, Host of Herons. You could also use Sigarda, Heron's Grace if you're going with more Humans for your low-level guys.

Artifacts

These can all go. Most are too expensive to put out and equip, and Angels tend to be pretty strong. They don't need many buffs. Your low-level guys could use them, but you'd be better served by putting out more creatures, or having more removal or defensive spells. Spear of Heliod isn't bad, but it's expensive and requires the creature to have done its job of bringing you closer to loss before you can do anything about it.

If you're intent on equipment, the various Swords work, and I'm a fan of Sword of the Animist, which helps you get lands out. I don't know that I'd bother with most of this, though.

Enchantments

Armored Ascension isn't bad if you can get it off, but I'd probably rather just run more Ghostly Prisons or the like. I'm not a big fan of expensive Auras because you can easily get 2-for-1'd trying to put one on. Brave the Sands isn't bad if you have a lot of cheap creatures, especially if they have first strike. For the same cost, Dawn Charm also has a lot of real useful modes.

Spells

You need far more removal. Path to Exile is a must. You could also put in Leonin Arbiter to help stuff their ability to benefit from Path or fetches. I'd run 4 Path, for sure. Any number of defensive spells can be good, like Brave the Elements for blocking or swinging through blockers, or Authority of the Consuls to slow down aggro and get you a fair bit of life.

Board sweeps are nice, and if you go GW, Heroic Intervention can help protect your own creatures from them or turn a combat into a complete rout. Settle the Wreckage has a similar drawback to Path, but a lot of Modern decks run few basics, and even if they get a few lands out of it, an entire attacking force being exiled is absolutely crippling. It also combines well with Leonin Arbiter. They could attack all-in, get exiled, and then be wide open to your counterattack. Do that once or twice and soon your opponents will think twice if you have cards in hand and untapped lands. Wrath of God is also great.

At least in the sideboard, Leyline of Sanctity is also amazing. Great devotion if it starts on the field, and when it's good, there's nothing better. Shuts down a lot of discard, burn has a hell of a time with it (especially if their creatures can't get past yours), even mill and general black staples like Thoughtseize get hosed by it.

Final Comments

Take a look at various Modern lists of what the best white spells are. Consider opening up to white/green, which solves a lot of mono-white's issues. Run more removal. Definitely run more low-cost creatures, and stabilize the higher-level lineup. You want more on the low side to help you buy time to bring out a Baneslayer or Angel of Jubilation to help you land a decisive attack. Some sweeps can help you control the board state.

If all else fails, surprise 'em with Mana Tithe. No one expects Mana Tithe. :P

Good luck!

jordybear2002 on For the love of Angels

2 months ago

Hey I want to point something out before you spend your money on this and realize what's wrong with your three card combo. There is a difference between just +1/+1 and +1/+1 counters. Herald of War needs +1/+1 counters not just +1/+1. Just FYI if you still don't get the difference. If I play Armored Ascension on on a Herald of War then she becomes a 5/5 But if someone removes that enchantment then she loses the +1/+1. She now is a 4/4 again. But she still has a +1/+1 counter. The +1/+1 counter is permanent unless someone has a permanent removal spell. All in all to say. Her ability does not work unless the cards say +1/+1 counter. I don't mean to come off rude injustice ant you to see something before you accidentally spend your money then realize that the combo doesn't work.

marcopollo on Sram-nation!

2 months ago

I've been thinking about Dowsing Dagger  Flip and it has fallen out of favor for me. It's not like white needs the extra manna ramp. And looking at your mana curve, you don't really need it either. Plus giving an opponent two chump blockers just adds to the difficulty of getting the right conditions to flip the dagger. If you've spend the 4 mana to cast it and equip it, then why not use something like Mana Vault for a decent ramp. But I suppose it depends upon your meta.

Also, I find that Armored Ascension is not really worth it as your begin to specialize your lands. For me, I leave it at home and take something a little more efficient. Again, this is a meta issue too.

Kala on The strength of man

4 months ago

It might be a little slow, but it seems like Armored Ascension would fit your theme nicely!

SkullOfPoison on Uril Aura EDH

5 months ago

Some good cards for this would be Unquestioned Authority, Battle Mastery, Open the Armory, Daybreak Coronet, Sterling Grove, Hero of Iroas, Nomad Mythmaker, Druid of the Anima, Naya Charm, and Temur Battle Rage.

Armored Ascension, Lifelink, and Angel's Mercy are some cards you could take out.

You could also take out some Umbra cards because you have Umbra Mystic.

Replace Primal Cocoon with Forced Adaptation if you want.

juampi65 on Knights, fast and hard.

5 months ago

Hey what about some Armored Ascension.

colton815 on Help me upgrade my Mono-White ...

5 months ago

i would strongly recommend keeping 24 lands, but making 20 of them plains and the other 4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. i would also recommend taking out the Armored Ascension. most of the time, enchantments are only good on a creature with hexproof, because if an opponent destroys the enchanted creature, the aura gets destroyed too, meaning your opponent used 1 of their cards, to destroy 2 of yours. this is called getting "2 for 1'd". however, if the creature has protection from black (there are a couple of knights that have protection from both black AND red) then thats almost as good as hexproof, which can allow you to run Ethereal Armor. if you keep the Honor of the Pure and use enchantments that act as removal, such as Oblivion Ring, you can get a huge boost to power for only 1 mana.

Dagger311 on Help me upgrade my Mono-White ...

5 months ago

Hey everyone, first post here, so I apologize if this is the wrong place. I built this deck out of cards I had in my collection and a few singles.

It works really well at the kitchen table, especially if I manage to get a turn 3 Mirran Crusader into turn 4 Armored Ascension across the board. I've been thinking of upgrading it to make it a lot more aggressive, and was looking for suggestions that won't break the bank. Here's what I'm thinking of now:

-2 Leonin Sun Standard, +2 Honor of the Pure: I usually have better things to spend my mana on than the Leonin Sun Standard, and a lot of turns go by where it's not used. Honor of the Pure is passive and a nice buff.

-2 Armored Ascension, -2 Journey To Nowhere, +4 Path to Exile: Armored Ascension is slow and useless if the creature it's attached to is destroyed, and Journey To Nowhere can be removed. The only downside to Path To Exile is giving my opponent a land, but hopefully the game will be over before that's an issue.

-2 Armored Ascension, +2 Oblivion Ring: Again, Armored Ascension is slow and only buffs one creature, which makes it vulnerable to removal. Oblivion Ring is amazing for utility, since it can remove creatures, planeswalkers, enchantments, and artifacts.

-4 White Knight, +4 Knight of Meadowgrain: Protection from black comes in handy occasionally, but I feel like having the lifelink would let me play more aggressively without being very risky.

-2 Pentarch Paladin, -2 Plains, +4 Student of Warfare: Pentarch Paladin is very slow, can only remove one color, and has to tap himself to do it. I have a feeling that trimming the curve will let me get away with running two fewer lands than I normally do, and Student of Warfare is a really great card at any stage in the game.

I'm also looking into running Knight of the White Orchid. Not only is he decent by himself as a 2/2 First Strike for 2 mana, but he has the chance to give me an extra land, and I'm seeing him combo really well with Path To Exile, or even just playing him on curve in a match where I go second. Not really sure what I would get rid of for him though. Maybe Knight of the Holy Nimbus?

Aether Vial would be absolutely amazing, but too rich for my blood.

Can anyone give me some advice? Would these changes be good? Any other reccomendations? I also really need to work on a sideboard for it, I just haven't done it because I mostly play casual and no one else I play against runs one.

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