Astral Slide

Astral Slide


Whenever a player cycles a card, 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.

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters (VMA) Uncommon
Onslaught (ONS) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Legacy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

Astral Slide Discussion

kingconr on ⟳ Deckcycle | Gavi Primer

3 weeks ago

I've been playing a deck very similar to this for a while since you've posted it. I really appreciate the work you've done. I will say while I can control and have a meaningful impact on most games, I rarely win b/c I so frequently do in fact fizzle out while cycling through my deck.

Curious with Nimble Obstructionist. It specifies, "target...ability you DON'T control." Don't we control Astral Slide's ability?

tflceia on ⟳ Deckcycle | Gavi Primer

1 month ago


Great job here. Best primer I've seen so far for Gavi cycling deck. I also love cycling and you state very interesting points here. I agree Astral Slide/Astral Drift/Escape Protocol is the best way to abuse both ETB effect and protection. Also really like the idea Wild Research card and the negative cost is easy to mitigate.I'll testing this for sure! In other hand I also found Abandoned Sarcophagus a really awkward card in some situation and you refer that might also happen with Bag of Holding (need to test this one a bit more and it might see the cut).

From my end, I am in a more budget version and also trying to avoid Thassa's Oracle win as it seems to be wincon to every body else who plays blue these days. As an alternative I play with Approach of the Second Sun. What's your opinion on this?

As I don't run mana infinite combo, I found Lightning Rift quite useless most of the times. I would rather pay 1 mana for the drake than shock any target. It only came up couple times to shoot some key creatures. Also it doesn't have cycle itself so it ends up having low utility card. Do you think it deserves a cut in my situation? My play pattern is trying to cycle 2 times each turn to get maximum value of Gavi with my Astral Slide/Astral Drift/Escape Protocol in the battlefield so sinking mana into Lightning Rift to shock doesn't seem too effective.


KingMetalink on Gavi, Cycling Warden

2 months ago

Cards like Spellpyre Phoenix, Warden of the Eye, Archaeomancer, Izzet Chronarch, Mnemonic Wall, and Salvager of Secrets can go infinite if you have Astral Drift or Astral Slide in play alongside your Fluctuator. With a Glint-Horn Buccaneer, Drannith Stinger, or Impact Tremors in play, this lets you infinitely ping the whole table to lethal. The fact that all of those cards are already good makes them relatively easy inclusions. Maybe include Tribute Mage and Idyllic Tutor to let you fetch some of the pieces.

plasmapython on ⟳ Deckcycle | Gavi Primer

2 months ago

I really like this deck and was coming up with a similar brew, the thing about a deck like this is that Escape Protocol, Astral Slide and Astral Drift, and New Perspectives are more so your commander than what you have in the command zone. I see that you are using tutors to get over this hurdle, but I was wondering if you had considered any of the more Gavi Unique tutors as I would like to know your opinion on them. Long-Term Plans is a tutor that is usually pretty slow, but given you can draw that many cards in one rotation around the table, is it worth it? Another one is I considered was Drift of Phantasms for a 3 drop transmute spell. Library of Lat-Nam lacks Mana efficiency, but given this deck needs card draw and tutors, could it be worth it? Finally Archmage Ascension is a hard to get off the ground ultimate tutor but with Gavi already trying to do it's requirement, I think it may also be worth consideration.

I love this deck and appreciate any input on my suggestions. I look forward to seeing how you adjust it in the future.

MiIo on When I equip a creature ...

2 months ago

Playing against Lightning Greaves equipped on a creature I had Astral Slide and New Perspectives and 7 cards in hand, two of which had cycling. My opponent tried to equip the Greaves to another creature, in response I cycled and used Astral Slide’s effect on this second creature. Now that the equip ability lost it’s target what happens to the equipment? Is it still equipped to the first creature?

Fibonachos on Gavi Spellslinger

2 months ago

Thanks for the tips Enral! I guess my only qualms with those adjustments would be at what cost do I make them? Warden of the Eye/Scholar of the Ages certainly help the spellslinging theme, but would going that route also include adding Astral Drift? I'm just unsure how worthwhile it would be to hard cast Warden of the Eye or Scholar of the Ages without the ability to blink/flicker them. Or do you think with card advantage and both Astral Slide/Escape Protocol chances are I will draw into one of them? Making a 5 card swap just might come at a significant cost to other synergies.

Having an extra wincon in there would definitely be a boon though. (And Warden/Slide/Decree is filthy, I love it :D)

Enral on Gavi Spellslinger

2 months ago

I've been loving Warden of the Eye/Scholar of the Ages and think it would be a great fit in your style of spellslinging deck. You can cycle through your entire deck using Scholar of the Ages + Turnabout + Escape Protocol + any instant/sorcery cycle to win with Thassa's Oracle as a fun cycling win condition. Warden of the Eye is also pretty sick with Decree of Silence + Astral Slide.

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