Cartouche of Strength


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Pauper Legal

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Amonkhet Common

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Cartouche of Strength

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature you control

When Cartouche of Strength enters the battlefield, you may have enchanted creature fight target creature an opponent controls. (Each deals damage equal to its power to each other.)

Enchanted creature gets +1/+1 and has trample.

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Cartouche of Strength Discussion

Pal00ka on Hydras

5 hours ago

Magewright's Stone, Thousand-Year Elixir, Burst of Strength, Emerald Charm, Seeker of Skybreak, and Vitalize can untap Rosheen to make a hydra 2x as big or be used as combat tricks.

Hammer of Purphoros, Fervor, Fires of Yavimaya Ogre Battledriver, In the Web of War, and Mass Hysteria allow your hydras to attack the turn they drop so they can have immediate impact.

And so chump blocking isn't an issue, trample enablers like Nylea, God of the Hunt, Primal Rage, Temur Runemark, Rancor, Fists of Ironwood, Dragon Fangs, Cartouche of Strength, etc. are helpful.

For removal the fight mechanic like Prey Upon, Savage Punch, Ulvenwald Tracker, Unnatural Aggression, Mutant's Prey, Epic Confrontation, etc. could be fun and flavorful for hydras (at least in my head).

Hope something here helps!

Zork12 on Many Cats - Many Damage

3 days ago

The main reason for using the Cartouche of Strength was for Trample, so that my massive Pride Sovereign could get through chump blockers.

However I see that the consistency was lacking.

Actually reading Nature's Way helped me realise it gives Trample And Vigilance, so that makes for an even better exert/untapped combo with Prepare / Fight and Pride Sovereign.

Not sure about the Prowling Serpopard in the main, I think it might deserve a spot, I just don't know where.

MrBoombastic on Abzan Counters (Amonkhet Block Constructed)

1 week ago

Nest of Scarabs is the main reason for playing this deck in my opinion. It's just too good to not include. The creatures by themselves are fairly easily outclassed, unless you get some payoff from your -1/-1 counters. Vizier of Remedies makes sure that more or less none of your creatures trigger Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, which seems counterproductive. I'd add the Cartouche of Ambition over Cartouche of Strength simply because of the synergy. Removing all white cards would make room for both Cartouches, maybe even a Trial of Strength or two. Since you're playing block constructed (wish my LGS tried that) the Decimator Beetle looks really good to top off your curve. Exemplar of Strength could be good too.

DarkStarStorm on Bogles...Lost In the Desert...

3 weeks ago

Redace878 If you're unsure on getting on the Cartouche of Strength bandwagon, just try adding one in the main and see how it feels. You can always take it out.

Redace878 on Bogles...Lost In the Desert...

3 weeks ago

DarkStarStorm Yeah, that makes sense about Cartouche of Solidarity. I guess my meta doean't have as many boarwipes.

Thanks for the explanation, Cartouche of Strength does actually seem pretty good. I might put a few in the sideboard, but buying fewer Paths does seem like a good thing to me.

delinquents on Hapatra, Vizier of Tokens

4 weeks ago

Luciferos I get what you're saying. I switched some stuff out to give it a try. Took out the Splendid Agony since Cartouche of Ambition is giving out negative counters. Prey Upon moved to the side for Cartouche of Strength and Trial of Ambition took the place of Transgress the Mind.

HotDog800 on Scratch & Plague

4 weeks ago

Thanks guys for the suggestions. I really appreciate it!


Yeah, unfortunately Viridian Longbow isn't legal, because that would have been a nice addition. And your suggestion for Nature's Way doesn't help, because there were already 4 in the deck XD But thanks for taking the time to make the suggestions and check out the deck anyway!

@ NinSonNar

Great suggestions. I don't think Clear Shot is a good option. I could just add more Cartouche of Strength and have persistent +1/+1. It is instant, but I don't think that is enough to entice me. I don't need a lot of surprise tactics in this deck - It's a big, fat, obvious, in-your-face bully =p

However, Rabid Bite is an excellent option, which I can't believe I didn't think of. And Prey Upon could be handy too. May throw 1 or 2 in, but if not, 4 for the sideboard in case I need to speed up the deck.


Luciferos on Hapatra, Vizier of Tokens

4 weeks ago

@ delinquents To be fair, while a Deathtouch does fight very well, Cartouche of Strength would be going more on any other creature on your board, as you have high value creatures with lots of power. If you aren't adding Trial of Ambition though it's not especially worth it. Cartouches only play well if mixing with Trials - bouncing Trial of Ambition with your Cartouche would let you kill a creature on the fight and force them to sacrifice when you re-cast the Trial. But none of your big stompies have trample, so you can get those stompies like Bontu, Croc, and Decimator past a chump block.

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