Defense of the Heart


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Legacy Rare
Promo Set Rare

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Defense of the Heart


At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent controls three or more creatures, sacrifice Defense of the Heart. If you do, search your library for up to two creature cards and put those creatures into play. Then shuffle your library.

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Defense of the Heart Discussion

Jmax13 on Samut Hateblade

1 week ago

I am glad taht I took the time to read your description. At first, I didn't understand a thing about how this deck would function. Just seemed like a bunch of bears thrown together. But the birthing pod combo is intricate and fun. It's not an auto win, but has tons of options. I love it.

I would add Defense of the Heart and/or Tooth and Nail just for an additional way of going off. If you can't seem to find birthing pod, both just get straight to the point.

Also, Aven Mindcensor feels awkward. It shuts down your own birthing pod combo. It's a terrible thing to let the gonti or bribery player take from you. I'm sure you have a reason for running it though.

Aeondragon on [[Primer v3.0]] - OM_RATH!!! (BIG Update!!!)

1 week ago

I actually have a fairly similar deck to what you had before your latest update. I don't run much in the way of mana dorks, but I was pretty entertained to see how similar our builds are. My deck has gotten to the point where people at my LGS actually refer people to me, when they're thinking of making an Omnath deck. Of your latest changes, I can agree with a couple of them, but I disagree with a few of them as well. I've been considering adding Blood Moon to my build for a while, and I'm curious how it'll work for you. Cream of the Crop is just as great as everyone's been saying. The card selection it provides is incredibly powerful. I've been Cyclonic Rifted, then come back to win the game the following turn, just because my position was so strong.

Stalking Vengeance has been on my chopping block several times, and keeps pulling itself off by winning games for me. Still might take it out at some point, though. I've been debating cutting World Breaker too, but it's a creature, so it can be tutored, and it can't be countered, so it's definitely come in very handy. It's an excellent way to deal with a control deck's Humility, regardless of their counterspells, which won me a tournament. As for Ulvenwald Hydra, it's been pretty great so far. Pulling out Gaea's Cradle, Yavimaya Hollow, or even just a Reliquary Tower or fetchland is a great benefit to a usually giant creature. It's also got reach, which can be relevant.

Avenger of Zendikar + Purphoros, God of the Forge is a combo that has won me a LOT of games. I run Tooth and Nail and Defense of the Heart almost solely to pull those out. Just recently, I managed to turn the tables on an Eldrazi player with a turn 4 Kozilek, Butcher of Truth by dropping Tooth and Nail entwined and winning the next turn. It's expensive, but generally affording it is not a problem, and it'll be game winning when you can. I advise the combo to basically every deck I see running , and people tend to agree after seeing what it can do.

I actually cut my Sol Ring a while ago, to try out a Null Rod, as artifact mana is far too prevalent in my playgroup. It also tended to be a dead draw late in the game, when I'd much prefer something like Nature's Lore. I cut Lightning Greaves a while back and added Steely Resolve, which I've found to be pretty successful. With the Greaves, instant speed removal can still remove Omnath, but Resolve gets rid of that window. And I rarely made use of the haste. The protection on Titania and my tokens is also welcome. Every so often, someone will play an elemental which also benefits from Resolve, but it rarely seems to happen, unless I'm playing against another elemental deck.

Figured that I'd just share some tidbits of my experience with an Omnath deck, and this post got way too long. Either way, your deck is awesome. If I had my decklist on here, I'd link it, but it's late and I don't. I'll be going to Vegas with some friends as well, so maybe I'll see you there.

Daedalus19876 on Toxic Relationship: Hapatra EDH

2 weeks ago

HOPMONSTER: Thank you for your comment! Most of those have been in this deck at some point, but were removed for one reason or another. I would like to put Crumbling Ashes but it came out for Defense of the Heart currently. Lockjaw Snapper and Plaguemaw Beast were too conditional (they only worked if I had other sources of -1 counters), and Parallel Lives basically only works if I control my commander. And while I probably should find room for a bit more card draw, Slate of Ancestry always frustrates me when I try to put it into a list (8 mana for its effect?). Thanks for the comment, I always appreciate your insight! :)

slambamwam: I really need a dedicated token deck. This deck works okay without it, though - I just hate that often I tap out for a somewhat dead card.

Teufell: I'll take a look at your list! :) For the moment I'm not too worried about counterspells - Hapatra comes down T2 and dodges many early responses - but if you play in a counterspell-heavy meta Prowling Serpopard and Gaea's Herald could be really helpful!

gdm1989: I'll take a look at your list too :)

Thank you all for your comments!

Tappedoutman on Kynaios and Tiro Coupe D'Etat

2 weeks ago


Ok this is a strange deck. it s really political and difficult to be play.The strategy of the deck is to put pieces which slows my opponents and build with the enchantment a wall of protection on myself, after that I Have all time for defeat my opponents in different way playing creatures like Gisela, Blade of Goldnight for example or Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite too. In other case I could steal or copy my opponents resources with Bribery or cards like Progenitor Mimictoo. Rhonas the Indomitable is very dangerous with the number of mana I could have in this deck and sometimes with my General I Could win by Voltron.Starfield of Nyx the main reason which I play that card is to "Reanimate" my enchantments over and over again and with Defense of the Heart it makes funny tricks.I had to think on the change of Lotus the only reasons which I haven't change it yet it s because when you do Lotus I don t go tappedout but I know Geoscope fixing better the mana then Lotus.

Gleeock on Making a Green-White Planeswalker-Angel-Eldrazi Deck

2 weeks ago

Well you have plenty of mana doublers but I might recommend EVEN MORE!Also, I know Defense of the Heart is awesome, but (in my personal experience) my meta have learned all too well what that enchantment can do, they just never let it reach threshold, so it just ends up being a dead drop or swing wide preventer usually.

You could try Wild Pair it is budget friendly & swings extremely hard in my Sisay deck. I like to play Selvala, Explorer Returned for 3 cmc & play a free Seedborn Muse -- Then Yeva, Nature's Herald played on the first opponent's untap step quickly makes things go out of control. Otherwise Vorinclex or Elesh with wild pair allows you to search and play Blazing Archon or Archetype of Endurance if you add that.

Something like; Planar Bridge can be quite fun with all those walkers & can be doable with a large amount of mana doublers around.

GolgariJunkman on This... is... MEREN!!!

3 weeks ago

Defense of the Heart is already in the Deck. Look at the Enchantments xD

Natural Order is still on the list, i want to buy ;-)

Idgi... Why Walking Ballista? It's even a very Bad Triskelion and without an engine to SAC him - no infinite Combo. (Mikaeus said +1/+1 & undying)

Demon86RM on This... is... MEREN!!!

3 weeks ago

I'd suggest including in your list Walking Ballista, Defense of the Heart and Natural Order.
Order into Hulk then sac it to get Mikaeus and Ballista and then ping opponent's 'til death

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