Astral Drift

Astral Drift


Whenever you cycle Astral Drift or cycle another card while AStral Drift is on the battlefield, you may exile target creature. If you do, return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

Cycling (, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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Set Rarity
Modern Horizons (MH1) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Astral Drift Discussion

ShieldOfHolyShadows on UW Cycling

1 month ago

Kjartan, I firmly believe that the shell of Astral Drift , Drake Haven , and Abandoned Sarcophagus outweigh any benefit added by diluting the pool with non-cycling ETB triggers. Having this many cyclers guarantees being able to cycle every turn, digging through the deck, getting cycling triggers for the engine, and padding the graveyard for Countervailing Winds . Being able to focus all Drift triggers on your opponent's creatures can often lock creature based decks out of the game (even most ETB decks can't exert pressure to damage life when they have to fight through multiple Drift triggers and a surprisingly high number of 2/2 flying drake tokens on any given turn) and makes it easier to sneak in your own chip damage. This is also ignoring the fact that reducing the number of cycling cards would actually make Drift even less consistent and make it harder to actually bounce the targets you needed it to.

Additionally, by playing a deck that is very light on actual non-token creatures, you actually reduce the value of your opponent's removal spells. Would you personally Path to Exile or Dismember an opponent's 2/2 token if you knew they were just going to make another two or three for one mana every turn? Anything short of a full boardwipe becomes a dead draw, which is not the case if you were to include value ETB creatures. Admittedly, Drift does a good job of protecting from those cards in the first place, but there's a big difference between needing to burn resources (which you may not have at a certain time, like running out of cyclers or being tapped out) to protect your creatures, and being allowed to use those resources exclusively against your opponent.

Kazierts on Mardu Blinkearth

1 month ago

I should say that even though I'm using the Modern pool of cards, I don't intend on making it a competitive deck. I just think that because a deck is casual and budget it doesn't necessarily need to be as good as it can be.

I'll probably make it Mardu since I think it shouldn't too hard to fit some cycling to help dig through the deck and enable Astral Drift for more blinks. It should end up shifting the archetype of the deck to control rather than aggro, which is something I'm totally in favor of.

I choose to keep red in deck because it helps with card draw and has way more discard outlets like Cathartic Reunion , Lightning Axe and I'll try to fit in Tectonic Reformation since lands will end up being almost useless in the late game.

I'll also be cutting almost all, if not all, copies of Unearth .

shiensteez on

5 months ago

iNinjy so I've been doing research all day, and I think cycling may be amazing to throw into this deck. Astral Drift in combination with Peregrine Drake or even a Cloud of Faeries will allow for free cycling and that's not even putting into consideration Strionic Resonator or Panharmonicon, and with the ability to shuffle around your deck and know what cards are coming next with Aminatou...idek. More testing to insue

TypicalTimmy on Why Are Some Players so ...

5 months ago

It's really more of a meme than anything.

During MH1 draft, there was a guy at my table running Selesnya Squirrels and he DOMINATED the game. He came in 1st place.

He had Squirrel Nest and Deep Forest Hermit , but he ALSO had like 3x Astral Drift to keep the engine going.

He took down multiple Sliver decks. Think about that.

hungry000 on White and Green cards to ...

6 months ago

Try making a deck around the Celestial Kirin + Ugin's Conjurant combo. I'm working on one with some Death & Taxes flavor right now, it's pretty fun. (for me, not the people I'm playing against :P)

Trying to make an Astral Drift deck could be fun too. Maybe play Life from the Loam and the one mana cycling lands ( Lonely Sandbar ).

shinyrays on Kaalia Zenith Flicker.

6 months ago

I-Rex yeah man those are good choices. i think i might sub those for the cycling lands and take Astral Drift out and put Diabolic Edict back in. thanks for your insight.

pa_c_man on Ultimate Cycling Zur!

6 months ago

Astral Drift ; Not shure why it didnt pick up the card in my prev comment

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