Bar the Door


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension (DKA) Common

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Bar the Door


Creatures you control get +0/+4 until end of turn.

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Bar the Door Discussion

Wolfying on Doran likes big butts

1 week ago

i think Tower Defense it's better than Bar the Door, another card i would change is Hold the Gates, i think there are better enchantments or artifacts thaa works better with big butts decks

MTGSloth on Toughness Kills

7 months ago

Tower Defense could replace Bar the Door. One additional toughess, and reach, for one less mana.

Byuante on [Primer] I need a Tree-ro!

7 months ago


Added in that under the Card Categories tab, thanks for the catch

I tend to go heavy on single target removal, mostly because I always like to have the ability to remove 1 threat, over the entire board. This deck runs a good amount of both removal. Even in multiplayer, single target is always useful. I may remove some in the long run though, but so far I dont encounter issues with the removal flood.

Eidolon of Rhetoric - I have considered it, but itll tend to slow me down too much. Its T/CMC ratio is also a bit of a letdown.

Vizier of the Menagerie - Ooh! Thats something worth considering! Though I dont like its T/CMC ratio, hot dog is it powerful.

and hoardofnotions,

Grim Contest: Its very flavourful though..Ill think about replacing it with Mortify, I might just remove it as removal and replace it entirely

Bar the Door: No. Just no. Bar the Door is a game winner. I also dont think I lack card draw, Ill have to see about that.

Regrowth/Eternal Witness: Regrowth probably over Witness, the GG in its cost is very unappealing to me.

Winding Canyons: Good idea

Land hasnt really been an issue, with all the ramp in the deck, 32 lands are enough. Though I dont really like Pontiff as in this deck hes basically a more expensive Kami of Old Stone (Since Extort really isnt that helpful here).

Cathar's Shield - Vigilance enabler and is free to cast, quite good, no?

Really is a fun deck to use. People I use it against seem to hate it though. I'm gonna add some quotes from players to the description

fearphage on Doran, the Siege Tower EDH

8 months ago

I've built a very similar deck. Here are some suggestions based on my build.

Dusk / Dawn is (almost) a completely one-sided wrath. I only have 2-3 creatures it can hit in my build. At worst you lose one or two creatures while you wipe all or most of their board. It seems like a definite include and it provides late game card advantage by recurring most of your squad.

Elspeth, Sun's Champion also provides a (mostly) one-sided wrath effect. The great thing is you can play it and "wrath" in one turn and she lives. Also since you killed several of their creatures. It's likely she'll be able to setup to wrath again in a few turns.

I really like Humble in this deck. It's a single-use Vhati il-Dal that I treat as removal and let's you do fun battle tricks even when you're not attacking or defending. Good times.

Thrill of the Hunt is a good replacement for Iron Will. It doesn't pump as much, but you can use it twice on two different creatures if desired.

Team pumping seems better overall than the targeted variant. Bar the Door, Fortify, and Solidarity all feel that Overrun-esque role. Also Overrun, albeit a sorcery, can punch through those last points of damage ignoring their board state. I don't have it in my build, but it wouldn't hurt.


NV_1980 on

10 months ago

For some Doran-redundancy, I'd suggest adding Assault Formation. Skinshifter is a great creature to add in this deck. Bar the Door could be nice too for some sudden bonuses. Last but not least, Abzan Beastmaster and Phyrexian Arena could provide you with some card-draw.

cesario- on Humans and Soldiers: Go for the Face

10 months ago

Here's a couple more suggestions: For creature protection, Selfless Spirit or Cauldron Haze can help save you from a boardwipe. Bar the Door is also good. Frontline Medic can be great in the late game, especially when combined with vigilance, from Always Watching or Brave the Sands. Guardians' Pledge can help you slide in a lot more damage if you have a large number of creatures on the field. Also, I noticed that Archetype of Courage is a better version of Field Marshal, unless you're facing a lot of enchantment removal.

MRDOOM3 on Towers Above the Rest

1 year ago

First off, I like the LotR reference.

Okay, now for my suggestions.

Assault Formation and Behind the Scenes are both really nice cards for Doran.

You also can try out Belbe's Armor.

There's also Solidarity and Bar the Door to inflict more pain with Doran on the field.

Meekstone is just another good card as well, although it may not synergize well with some creatures in here.

Dusk / Dawn is another really nice sweeper.

Ensouled Scimitar, Cathar's Shield, and Accorder's Shield all synergize pretty well with Doran.

For your creatures with Defender, you may need Wakestone Gargoyle.

You also can probably try out Tree of Redemption along with Perdition.

Crenellated Wall is nice as well.

Iron_Cube on That which Endures, Survives.

1 year ago

I recommend building Doran. It's a lot of fun. Not many cards are changing the way that the game works. I already have this deck but the treefolk and wall versions are really interesting. I will take a look at your list when it's done.

This is probably my best deck and I'm trying to get it better before the event without spending to much money. I had a lot of fun games with it, but I would like to actually win some games there. I'm also working on other decks all at the same time.

I'm not playing heavily on the tokens/lifegain but they are there. Usually killing blockers is enough to attack with big creatures. That was the main goal. But things like Rhox Faithmender are crazy with Doran. Attack for 5 and gain 10 life ? Cool! That's 25% of the starting total on one hit. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper already have a great body; 3/7 Menace. The lifegain is a bonus. The tokens let me hit harder with general boost. 3 soldiers unblocked ? Bar the Door that's 15 damage. But yeah, I need to keep Doran in play. I like to have some cards that are good if I don't have him.

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