Deadlock Trap


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Rare

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Deadlock Trap


Deadlock Trap enters the battlefield tapped.

When Deadlock Trap enters battlefield, you get (two energy counters)

, Pay : Tap target creature or planeswalker. It's activated abilities can't be activated this turn.

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Deadlock Trap Discussion

razelfark on How 2 infinite turns in STD

1 week ago

BBfanatic21 I think you missed something. The deck said how it could go infinite, not that you will get there.

Silly and original deck design. I like it overall for its creativity. I do agree with BB that the deck combo would be too difficult to get to as it is currently presented. Maybe you would want to try to build this combo with the artifact lock down control options as alternate win con and help you survive longer vs cards that your burn will be lackluster vs. Cards for this would be along the lines of edifice of authority, Deadlock Trap, Pacification Array, and Mechanized Production. You could also run Renegade Map as a way to have a card on board for the ascension and/or a method to help thin cards from deck.

If you add the cards I was suggesting, it will change up your deck design and feel a bit. I am not sure it will be what you are looking for, but might help the deck have second way to win if vs someone with lots of kill spells keeping you from combo, or someone that runs Lost Legacy and destroys your whole deck in one cast.

grizzlby on

2 months ago

Boomking good suggestions all around! The Appeal is included in my list due to its lowest possible CMC to give a cub (or any non-gearhulk) trample for lethal. Dropping in 3 or 4 servants in place of the attunes would let me keep the super low land count and have more power on the board.

Key to the City from your maybeboard may be better than Appeal at reusable for only 1 additional mana (and colorless).

Deadlock Trap is also exactly what I want to trade my sideboard counters with. That way I dont need it in my opening hand to be effective.


Boomking on

2 months ago

My deck follows a similar design philosophy, perhaps you can draw ideas from there

Appeal/Authority seems a bit weak, and certainly not at home in a deck with only 19 creatures. I would recommend Servant of the Conduit, it helps pretty much every aspect of the deck. It is another target for counters from the gearhulk, and a way to get it out sooner and more reliably. It feeds the cub. It is a mana source which won't be forced to stay tapped by Rhonas's Last Stand. It can make the colour requirements for your aftermath cards. Deadlock Trap can be a reasonable removal effect. For sideboard I find Aether Meltdown and Aethersphere Harvester great additions against aggro.

Neotrup on problems with deadlock trap.

3 months ago

Once an ability is on the stack it will resolve unless it gets countered (such as by Disallow). Making it illegal to activate the ability, or destroying the source of the ability, does not stop the ability from resolving.

If a player activates Walking Ballista's remove counters ability and another player responds with Deadlock Trap's ability it will only prevent further activations once it resolves, not stop the already activated one(s)

If a player activates Deadlock Trap's ability targeting Walking Ballista, the controller of the Ballista could respond by activating either ability of the Ballista any number of times.

RazortoothMtg on Too Many Women in Magic ...

3 months ago

I don't remember the SOI story a ton but in SOI block prety sure Odric wasn't very important.

Ya, I guess Djeru is kinda in the same boat as Hapatra. It was late and I was tired. I just remember Hapatra had her basilisk thing and was in one of the first AKH stories, talking to the gatewatch, while Djeru kinda just sat around with Samut.

Ajani saved chandra/nissa from the Deadlock Trap, but what did he do after that? He talked with Oviya Pashiri, didn't do anything to stop Tezzeret, then made the Oath of Ajani and left.

So, probably a little less dramatic, closer to 6 - 11, but it's still high. I do think landofMordor is right about the proportion here- we'll get a ton of women with some male characters here and there to even it out. Still, the large number of male villains compared to Nahiri, the Harbinger (who i think is the coolest villain out of the bunch) is interesting too.

Blo on Untapping and Tapping Planeswalkers

4 months ago

Deadlock Trap on planeswalkers is mostly used at instant speed for all the Gideon cards such as Gideon, Ally of Zendikar and other PWs that want do do something other as simply activating loyality abilities, to stop them from attacking or blocking. Otherwise, you'd have to use the trap's ability during your opponent's upkeep step or while another spell is on the stack, to tap down a planeswalker and stop their abilities for this turn.

Shane on Untapping and Tapping Planeswalkers

5 months ago

Everything untaps at your untap step. Unless stated otherwise. Tapped planeswalkers can still use their abilities. But the use of Deadlock Trap stops the use of activated abilities for the turn it's activated.

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