Turn target creature with morph face down.

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

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Onslaught (ONS) Common

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

Backslide Discussion

BMHKain on Help wanted for Kadena Morph/Manifest... ...

8 months ago

Back. No response. Backslide has been removed from the question.

I just updated the OP again. I decided to give the Maybeboard one last chance to get a spot on the 100 cards. Any suggestions for the final 2 cards? What to replace w/ the cards of the Maybeboard? BTW: I chose Mastermind's Acquisition as it's a better Diabolic Tutor - You wanted my opinion on "Wish Cards" in MTG? Screw the Side Deck, find another Zone for all formats to rejoice. I thought of the Command Zone at first, but who's going to put that in alongside a game of CMDR w/ Archenemy Schemes, Planechase Planes, Vanguards, & at most, 2 Commanders w/ Partners, ALL IN THE SAME ZONE?! Just a worst case scenario. I'll cease derailing though... XP

BMHKain on Help wanted for Kadena Morph/Manifest... ...

8 months ago

Update: Just updated my deck to have a Myriad of ways to use Face-Down Cards. I am now at 17 cards over. But I still need your help on this.

I'll deal w/ Yidris myself. I just want your thoughts on Kadena for now. That said, I'd like some ideas for cuts as of this point please. It's Ironic nobody was helping me by this point. I just wanted some opinions of what should stay, cut, or be added instead; especially Backslide ; how does one repeat the effect as if w/o even Isochron Scepter ? Another Question to add.

Thanks in advance if anybody has any ideas for adds, cuts, or stays; as well as a way to repeat Backslide . Later!

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Commander 2019...

11 months ago

Staizer - Get ready for a long response:

I did look at the same list as you did, but as a longtime morph player, this deck is a disappointment. I've already made my thoughts on Kadena clear so I'll make that response short.


A bland Sultai value engine that brings nothing new to the table. She isn't a bad card by any means, but she doesn't address any of morph's biggest weaknesses. I'd still play Animar, Soul of Elements , Kruphix, God of Horizons , Muldrotha, the Gravetide , and maybe even the new Bant brawl commander over her.

The choice of morph/manifest related reprints

Some fine inclusions. Ixidron , Stratus Dancer , and Vesuvan Shapeshifter are nice, but they chose to exclude most of the best morph/manifest related cards: Dream Chisel , Ixidor, Reality Sculptor , Whisperwood Elemental , Riptide Entrancer , Voidmage Prodigy , Voidmage Apprentice , Aphetto Runecaster , Primordial Mist , Obscuring AEther , Unblinking Bleb , Weaver of Lies , Brine Elemental (though this one actually makes sense), and even Backslide . I would never expect all or even most of those to make it into the deck, but a couple would've been nice and would've made more sense than something like Deathmist Raptor or Silumgar Assassin .

Value reprints

Not much to complain about here as there is some solid value in the deck, though I think Cloudstone Curio or Equilibrium would've been good value reprints that interact well with the theme mechanic.

New cards

Only Scroll of Fate and Kadena's Silencer are worth mentioning here. I know I sound like a broken record, but none of the new cards help address the issues facing morph: speed and the fact that morph is a value based mechanic that requires a massive mana investment. Morph will always be a casual mechanic, but it needs something that reduces the cost of triggering morph, or something that allows for multiple activations (my hope was for repeatable Backslide effects). Neither of those issues were addressed by the new cards in this deck. I would've been happy with just 1 card that helps in that way...1 card.

Is this a good pre-con for new players? Yes. Does it have value? Yes, though most of the value cards are only that way due to scarcity. I think many will end up tanking in price. Will it win games against the other pre-cons? Probably. Will it win games against even 60% decks? Unlikely.

So is it a good pre-con and I am being extra critical? Maybe, but this mechanic has had a special place in my heart for a very long time (Morph was first introduced when I was a little kid and just starting out playing Magic). I was excited to see morph finally get some needed reprints and support. Instead the new cards aren't that inspiring and the reprints honestly look like they just pulled up Gatherer, typed in "morph", and then picked some of the first things that they found.

BarrinsBuddy on Animar Morph Draft

2 years ago

Nice deck! I've been brewing a morph deck too and found your deck while googling for ideas. You had some cards down I hadn't thought about, so thanks for that!

I'm using Atraxa, Praetors' Voice as the Commander, because I really wanted to use again Mastery of the Unseen since it rotated out of Standard, and black has some powerful cards too, like Ghastly Conscription. I'm making use of the proliferate too with planeswalkers and cards like Gavony Township.

Here're some cards I've considered that you don't have on your list.

Backslide and Master of the Veil to reuse your morph tricks.

Whisperwood Elemental is incredibly strong, and can give you an advantage over board wipes.

To make your morphs cheap there's Cloud Key, Planar Gate, Helm of Awakening, and in your colors Herald of Kozilek. And definitely Qarsi Deceiver.

Illusionary Mask probably has the most convoluted card text of all time, but it has great synergy with morph.

If you'd consider other colorless lands, some you might look at are Ancient Tomb, Temple of the False God, Tomb of the Spirit Dragon, and Shrine of the Forsaken Gods.

You can take advantage of your face-down creatures by using All Is Dust and Ugin, the Spirit Dragon to wipe out your opponents.

Also, Ritual of Subdual shuts down your opponents' spells and lets you beat them down with morphs.

MagicBlues on Bant Morph

3 years ago

I think most of these cards unfortunately do to little. I had Aven Farseer in there, but it got outclassed by the time it got bigger.
Backslide seems interesting. Pondering what to swap out for it

Game_of_Cones on Bant Morph

3 years ago

You beat me to the punch in creating a Morph deck! Im still almost ready to put mine on TappedOut, itll probably be a non-Commander deck and will have some other, different creatures w/ and w/o morph ability. You probably are aware of these, but I dont see any of them on your list: Backslide, Revealing Wind, Soul Summons, Write into Being, Ethereal Ambush, might consider a couple of those to go in here, and Witness of the Ages & Proteus Machine for a couple of artifact creatures w/ morph.

Aven Farseer is a great addition to any morph deck!

liamgoodale on

3 years ago

I have a morph EDH also, with Ixidor, Reality Sculptor as my commander. I'm jealous that you're able to run the green and blue/green morph enchantments! I see you already considered Cloudform, but what about Write into Being, Training Grounds, Backslide, and so on? In my deck, I tried to fit all of the pieces into the theme. Here's a link if you're interested: Illusory Ixidor