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Celestial Colonnade enters the battlefield tapped.
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,,: Until end of turn, Celestial Colonnade becomes a 4/4 white and blue Elemental creature with flying and vigilance. It's still a land.
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Celestial Colonnade Discussion
4 days ago
For official rulings always go to gatherer.wizards.com, as this site is not official:
8/1/2008: A noncreature permanent that turns into a creature can attack, and its Tap abilities can be activated, only if its controller has continuously controlled that permanent since the beginning of their most recent turn. It doesn’t matter how long the permanent has been a creature.
As for untapping a permanent, you only do that during you untap step, or if an effect specifically tells you to. If your friend wants to attack with a land and still be able to use it for mana they should be using Celestial Colonnade.
1 week ago
Since your idea is to beat your opponents with your commander, why don't you make it a bit more voltron with cards like:
For board swipe, counters and draw cards:
Unexpectedly Absent (cause you put the card you want to steal on top of it's owner's library just paying two mana and chosing X = 0)
For some good lands I'd suggest:
3 weeks ago
Celestial Colonnade- by far the best land for a controlling wu deck, mostly to add to the non budget list.
Field of RuinGhost Quarter- the deck can be really soft to man lands, the deck isn't too demanding of mana, and slowing down tron can buy you the time to lock them out, Tectonic Edge might be a budget option (not sure of it's price atm).
Sphinx's Revelation really doesn't work too well in here as the deck is rather light on land, my first thought would be Search for Azcanta Flip, but a more budget option could be Jace, Architect of Thought, Gifts Ungiven, maybe even Think Twice.
Blessed Alliance- pretty sweet effect options that's good for both killing creatures and healing you for burn, also can be put on a scepter.
Gut Shot just because there's no mountains in the deck doesn't mean you can't "bolt the bird".
decks like this always reminds me of the time I could run 8 board wipes and have my only wincon be a Psychic Spiral (course back then ran 27 lands).
3 weeks ago
I have also considered the problem with not having enough hard removal, currently I am trying 1 Lightning Bolt>Terminate probably, mainly cause I find the lifegain from Lightning Helix to be very strong against a lot of currnetly popular decks, but either is a viable option tbh. The Main creatures that I have had the problem with personally is Tarmogoyf, Gurmag Angler and Tasigur, the Golden Fang. I've always considered a resolved Primeval Titan to just mean gameloss, given that I haven't actually fought bloom titan in my last 800 games (according to the list I keep) and versus Titanshift it really is just game over.
Dreadbore is a card I have also been considering, sorcery speed sucks, but killing planeswalkers is obviously very helpful.
Supreme Verdict is hard to cast. There aren't many great wrath effects in modern really tho, and I really feel like the deck needs to be able to do something against a flooded board, Godless Shrine is something I have trying in place of 1 Watery Grave.
Esper Charm is prolly next on the chopping block to speak from my sideboard, what I like about the card is mainly that it does something in matchups where I normally have a lot of dead cards, like Tron, other control decks, combo decks like Ad Nauseam and Bogles (lol why bother tho), it is a decent way of dealing with cast triggers too (draw phase discard 2), but for sure isn't the best card in the deck.
Regarding matchups, I never finished the section cause I haven't had time quite yet and will now give my thoughts on how you perceived the matchups.
- Amulet Titan: Haven't fought on MTGO in my last 800 games, can't say, my guess would be its fairly even.
- Death and Taxes is just plain miserable too fight, a lot of the time they can just land Leonin Arbiter before you drop your second land and then it's just over, other times they draw Ghost Quarter after Ghost Quarter. This is fortunately for us not a very common deck, but def one I would avoid if possible. I honestly don't really know what put in your sideboard to deal with it effectively either as it attacks your mana, something like Alpine Moon targeting Ghost Quarter would be an options I guess, but not a massive fan of that plan as imo its otherwise not a great card and sideboard spots are scarce.
- Storm, I actually like fighting storm with this deck, post-sideboard you can bring in Damping Sphere, Leyline of the Void and some of the general good stuff from your sideboard, you can ofc whiff and not draw any of your sideboard cards, but that's the case with all decks, but overall I have a good record against them, as both spot removal (for Baral, Chief of Compliance and Goblin Electromancer, Counterspells for EoT Gifts Ungiven and Echoing Truth together with hatepieces Damping Sphere and Leyline of the Void
- Tron variants are all fairly annoying, as they're quite easy if you draw good (like Damping Sphere, Stony Silence, Logic Knot and some lands) basically means they don't get to play the game, while most hands w/o Damping Sphere are very hard to justify keeping as T3 World Breaker into T4 Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is a real risk that not even counterspells can protect you from.
- Burn is a matchup I personally despise, while it is winnable, I wouldn't say its good, the 4 Lightning Helixreally do improve it a lot, and imo Kolaghan's Command is also good here.
- Most Jund variants are good matchups, but jund is a very diverse deck, just a few days ago (well GB to precise), with 8 manlands, 4 Liliana of the Veil, 4 Tireless Tracker and 3 Thrun, the Last Troll maindeck, which was obviously a miserable experience, so it varies a lot depending on the jund deck. Other times they run with few of the control-hate pieces and you kinda crush them.
- Ponza is a deck that feels tailored to fight us, strangely enough I have won both the matches I had against it, but I am fairly certain that was pretty lucky tho. Basically I just try to keep fetches uncracked for as long as possible and I am not scared of shocking myself multiple times if needed, but I am certain that my 2 wins against this deck wont repeat themself often.
- UW(G) Spirits are actually alright to fight, Spell Queller and Geist of Saint Traft are the only real threats they have, Izzet Staticaster pulls a lot of weight here post-board too.
- I personally hate fighting other control decks, mainly cause of Search for azcanta and Teferi, Hero of Dominaria as they can make the matchup feel very luck reliant. How good one is against other control decks is also very much a question of how much sideboard you dedicate to it, Esper Charm, Dispel and Negate are all obviously great here, but this deck in general lacks a way to deal with t2 Search for azcanta while being on the draw. Spell Snare could be an option, but I personally do not like the card. In general this deck has rather few ways of dealing with other control decks, if compared to for example, UW control which runs more Celestial Colonnades and actually runs Ghost Quarter and/or Field of Ruin, while having a bit more counterspells. Overall tho, control is rather rare in the current meta and I can accept having a slightly below average winrate against the decks.
- Hollow One variants are actually fairly reasonable with this ye, adding in a Terminate would obviously make it better, but Kolaghan's Command really is amazing here.
Mardu Pyromancer really comes down a lot to Blood Moon, if they manage to resolve on its generally over, but usually you have a decent shot at stopping them, or at least fetching accordingly, in which case the matchup is rather favorable, especially postboard with Izzet Staticaster
Humans, decent matchup, I'd say something like 60-65% in our favor probably, we got a lot of removal, but the nut draws from humans are basically unbeatable. Izzet Staticaster can also be amazing here.
- Living End I haven't faced either, but should be good with Leyline of the Void and a few counterspells and Supreme Verdict
- Vengebridge variants are imo easier than the straight up B/R Hollow One decks, as you can usually (not always) get a hand with Leyline of the Void and make them play a very bad aggro/midrange deck with a lot of dead cards.
- Ironworks is one of those matchups where you will rarely drop a match, between Damping Sphere, Stony Silence , Leyline of the Void, Kolaghan's Command and counterspells you're almost gauaranteed to draw a starting hand that makes them miserable, so far my record against them in 5 - 0 with few of the sideboard games even being "real" games.
- Death's Shadow depends a lot on what variant, Grixis is imo the worst one to face, but even that one is prolly around 45-50% chance to win, the non-blue variants are considerably easier as you can generally either stock up on burn spells and go face, or boardwipe>counter everything and win the more normal way.
- Titanshift sucks to face, I have considered picking up Runed Halo,Leyline of Sanctity or Alpine Moon specifically for this matchup. Their actual combo isn't even the main problem, its that they can often kill you just by playing lands at you, even if you counter their bomb cards.
3 weeks ago
Hey dude, just thought I could leave a few quick thoughts on cards to change/think about:
I would start by playing 38 lands. This way, we can consistently get to cast Varina on time, and have mana up to either keep our interaction up or activate Varina's ability to create zombies/ditch dead cards in your graveyard.
Here are my suggestions for the lands we can add and non lands we can remove: Cleansing Meditation -> Ancient Tomb: Cleansing Meditation seems narrow and sort of weak. We have a much better version we can use in Austere Command, and you really want this effect, Cleansing Nova may be better as it is more versatile. Academy Rector -> Shambling Vent/Celestial Colonnade: Academy Rector seems out of place here and at four mana, we're already about to cast our other enchantments anyways. I don't know if we have enough enchantments to really warrant it's inclusion.
If you want to, you can also switch Bojuka Bog for something else. We don't have a reliable way of getting it out our deck, and it is only a one shot at exiling the graveyard. Maybe something like Yixlid Jailer or Silent Gravestone? The Jailer is a zombie, so it's on theme :-) Let me know what you think.
4 weeks ago
In my opinion, this deck would be improved by trading speed for consistency. We can disagree, but I believe a control shell would give a more consistent kill.
I like your combo because it doesn't get blown out like Polymorph when they cast it targeting a token. But, it can be interrupted by most graveyard hate in Modern, like Nihil Spellbomb(which doesn't stop Extirpate) and Rest in Peace(which does). If the opponent is lucky enough to draw their sideboard Pithing Needle, you'll also have a difficult time. I suggest Selective Memory as the alternative because it doesn't share the same weakness to removal the other strategies do, mostly because it can pack removal and doesn't target or use the graveyard.
Control decks can far more reliably set up Little Miss in the top 4 cards for Shelldock Isle with Serum Visions and the Wallet Sculptor(if you can afford him). If control decks can make enough mana to swing with a Celestial Colonnade, they could cast Selective Memory and threaten both Remand to protect it or a game won if the opponent doesn't respond.
It's not like 4 mana is unreasonable in modern: Cryptic Command comes to mind as proof control decks easily make it happen. In fact, you could run up to 26 non-fetching land with a control strategy, since you know you want to have 4 land for the Selective Memory, and 1 Island and 1 Shelldock Isle when you combo.
1 month ago
Dropping Lead for anything is a really bad idea. I'm testing now playing even 4 Leads and card advantage it generates is amazing. Sometimes it's easier to build up after mass removal with Lead than Company. 3 are the absolute minimum, and to prove that you can look up decklists that acquire top eights recently. Dismember is a really bad card in elves, every list just plays 2-3 Abrupt Decay. Dismember is super weak against burn, and if you want it for the Shadow matchup, decay is better because it can't be countered by Stubborn Denial. Versus creature decks, you either don't need removal or you don't want to lose life. Decay also hits various enchantments. The only one weakness of Decay is that it can't target Celestial Colonnade nor Inkmoth Nexus. If you are not meme player You should consider trying 4th Lead instead of Throne of the God-Pharaoh. Inquisition of Kozilek is just bad, you either want to remove only noncratures (Duress for mass removal), or anything (Thoughtseize for Thought-Knot Seer, Primeval Titan etc). If you don't enjoy playng Stain the Mind, there is a trend to play 2x (Thoughtseize and 1 Duress. I'm testing the Stains and they are doing pretty well for me. There is also no need to drop 4th Nettle Sentinel, this are not GW combo elves, you need critical mass, and every elf more makes you Lead the Stampede better. Some people try to play 4x Elves of Deep Shadow, so you can try it buy yourself. The one thing I have learned for playing elves that, there is no room for playing joke cards in main. You just can't be free in your deckbuilding because of the restriction of how Lead and Company works. I hope, I have helped you in some way. Keep Elfing :)
1 month ago
Nathanaiel Field of Ruin is an absolute must-have in this format, I fear. Any reactive or midrange deck that is not utilising the free land destruction provided by Field is a strictly inferior version of another deck that is. Celestial Colonnade, Azcanta, the Sunken Ruin, Academy Ruins, Raging Ravine, Urza's Tower, Sea Gate Wreckage, Eldrazi Temple, Moorland Haunt, Gavony Township, Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and I could go on - the point is, there are a lot of lands with powerful effects in Modern, and to not have the free answer provided to them in the form of Field is a serious omission that only the most proactive strategies can afford to make. A land drop that also double times as a spell is extremely powerful, especially one that answers the powerful lands of other decks.
So, given the necessity of Field of Ruin, is it greedy to play 3 colours? With any less than 22 coloured sources, I think so, but given that I play 26 lands, generally speaking, being colour screwed is not an issue. This is also greatly helped by the fact that so many of my cards only require one mana of a certain colour - the exceptions being the planeswalkers and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet. I think it would be extremely greedy to attempt to play Cryptic Command in this list, for instance, but when most spells can be cast within the realm of having just one black, blue and red, Field really doesn't hurt a lot. Also worth noting is that unlike Ghost Quarter, Field does not put you down a land, and also does fix your mana after it is activated, so in most cases, Field really shouldn't hurt.
The only time when Field is a real pain is if you have 2 of your 3 lands are Field of Ruin, because then your hand can be really slowed down. In such cases, either mulligan, or keep and pull through with Thoughtseize and Fatal Push. Consider also the early requirements of this list - with a single black mana, most of the relevant 1 and 2 drops are castable. The lack of Lightning Bolt is a conscious choice, one made for many reasons, one among which is the mana.
Inquisition of Kozilek misses too much. Cryptic Command, Jace, the Mind Sculptor, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, everything Tron plays, all of Jund's big drops including Bloodbraid Elf, Primeval Titan, Through the Breach, all the random four mana planeswalkers a bunch of different decks play, Gurmag Angler, Tasigur, the Golden Fang, and I could go on - but the point is, in a deck that isn't seeking to proactively push through damage and end the game, unconditional answers are better than conditional ones, and Thoughtseize excels in many a situation where Inquisition is only medium. The life loss is not as big a deal as it is in other decks, owing to the 3 Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet and 3 Collective Brutality.
The list initially did have 2 Inquisition of Kozilek alongside its current package, but that proved to be too much discard in a primarily reactive shell. They were removed for more versatile and unconditional answers in Kolaghan's Command and Dreadbore. So far, that choice has definitely served me very well. Only 3 pure discard spells means the chance of dead draws is much lessened; besides, Kolaghan's Command, Collective Brutality, Sedraxis Specter and Nicol Bolas, the Ravager Flip all double time as hand disruption that also has additional effects, and so unlike the one mana discard spells, is much less often a dead draw.
Re: Tron, yes, game 1 is god awful. Game 2, however, is actually favoured. If Tron is heavy in your meta, I would recommend sideboarding more Pithing Needle and Fulminator Mage; otherwise, the general plan is Thoughtseize into Extirpate + Field of Ruin , with a bunch of countermagic to survive through their big threats. Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet is invaluable in this matchup owing to his ability to exile Wurmcoil Engine; Thundermaw Hellkite can also come down and eat a Karn Liberated or a Ugin, the Spirit Dragon. You can also set up some nasty loops with Kolaghan's Command and Fulminator Mage that completely shuts the Tron player out of the game; and since, unlike traditional control lists, this one can turn the corner and end the game super fast, once you've gotten your disruption down, you should be able to power through to the finish before they start making their seventh and eighth land drops.
Another line of play to keep in mind is Extirpate on one of their big threats - Tron is not a threat dense deck, and if it is clear they are going to be able to make their mana and start casting big guys, then it may be worth your while to think of all the threats in their deck, and then just start cutting through the lot, so that they have nothing to do with all their mana. Tron does not really have a draw engine either, so once you've dealt with the first 3-4 threats, you're in a very very favoured position to win.
I will be testing a lot more with this deck and I plan to post the results to https://patreon.com/invite/bxlvxg in a few days; stay tuned if this deck is something that interests you, and you want to see where this goes!