Defense of the Heart


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Rare
Promo Set (000) 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

DemonDragonJ on Primal Sovereign

9 hours ago

Funkydiscogod, MagicalHacker, the fact that WotC is using certain mechanics less frequenter does not mean that players who make their own custom cards need to do so, as well, and I dislike effects such Elvish Rejuvenator because they are too unreliable; what if there is no card that meets the criteria in the cards that are revealed?

legendofa, Flooremoji Defense of the Heart and Tooth and Nail have no restrictions on what they can find, so why should this card?

DemonDragonJ on Primal Sovereign

1 day ago

Both Defense of the Heart and Tooth and Nail are extremely powerful cards, but, given that green has the greatest emphasis on creature out of all the colors, I feel that it would only be appropriate to have the effect of those cards on a creature, so here is what I have created:

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For this card, please note that it has two separate triggered abilities, which can be used in any order; typically, a player will immediately put the creature that they find onto the battlefield, but they are not required to do so. The other two cards that inspired this one each search for two creatures, but, since this card is already a creature, itself, it searches for only one creature.

What does everyone else think about this card? Does it need to have protection? I gave it that ability because this card essentially epitomizes green's philosophy and strategy, so I wished for it to have protection from that color's enemies. I eagerly await your feedback.

TheErebos on Phyrexian Growth

1 day ago

I feel like Myojin of Seeing Winds can be really good here if combined with Tamiyos etc. In the other hand - it will be dead if not cheated into play with Defense of the Heart, As Foretold or any Hideaway lands.

TheErebos on Phyrexian Growth

1 day ago

I feel like Myojin of Seeing Winds can be really good here if combined with Tamiyos etc. In the other hand - it will be dead if not cheated into play with Defense of the Heart, As Fortold or any Hideaway lands.

TheErebos on Perfection.

2 days ago


Cyclonic Rift - I'm trying to find a spot for it. Forsake the Worldly and Return to Dust are not too much of an impact to this deck I think...but still I think the second one is tempting to put it in.

The biggest problem that I have, and which is holding me from ordering the stuff from MCM is as I said before - struggle to take anything out of this build to make some room for maybeboard cards as well as battle in my mind to which direction I want to go with this deck.'s confusing me more and more tbh -_-

I really want to make it "all phyrexia" but don't want to put random cards from this block only for the sake of flavor - but still - I've added Preators for example only to hardcast them with Defense of the Heart and the flavor aspect. Superfriends build is not my goal - I've done this in my slivers deck couple of years ago. Stax is imho difficult to pair with infect because it's slowing you down too much. I would like this deck to be some kind of toolbox because I will be playing with new and much larger playgroup soon.

thewyzman on Mayael EDH Primer

1 month ago

Hobo, I feel like I remember you talking about the quintessential Mayael strat of cheating dudes out with cards like the ever-typical Elvish Piper and Quicksilver Amulet? Maybe i'm confused (I've read a LOT of Mayael primers in my days). Personally, I run both because of how they simply fit in the deck's synergies. i don't run Lurking Predators, or even Defense of the Heart, at this point because they're easily removed, but i am going to be trying Hunting Grounds in the coming weeks simply because it's 2-cmc.

This subject does bring me to a question though: Is there a reliable win-con available if one were to run Defense of the Heart or Tooth and Nail entwined? What I mean is, if this were a Xenagos, God of Revels deck, I might go tutor the Kiki/Conscripts win-con, but since this is Naya and a considerably different build, is there a win-con featuring fatties? The best thing i can come up with -in my limited knowledge- is something like Ogre Battledriver+Avenger of Zendikar with T&N precombat, which isn't even a reliable win-con. I've tried tinkering around with Mayael's Aria, but for it to be a win-con you have to have something set up by your upkeep, which is a slow and vulnerable strategy.

Cloudius on Shalai, Voice of Many

1 month ago

Here're some of my suggestions:

Mentor of the Meek - Cause we don't have that many good consistent draw spells in Selesnya colors, so Mentor fills the role well.

Triumph of the Hordes - Wins me many games, even allowing me to come back from behind, when am in a seemingly dire situation.

Gaea's Cradle - Highly recommended but the price may be daunting for most folks.

Crop Rotation - I'd play this over Tempt with Discovery. After awhile, every body just don't take the bait anymore and we ended up paying for just 1 land.

Chord of Calling - I like the card for its versatility. Several times, it saved my entire army when I responded to a board wipe by fetching Selfless Spirit using Chord.

You mentioned that a perfect draw would include Enlightened Tutor so you can fetch Defense of the Heart to bring out Witness and Sabertooth. Why not add in more redundancies for Tutor, in the form of Idyllic Tutor and Sterling Grove.

Abundance works well with Sylvan Library too.

Snooktf2 on The Wurm Aurora-bos

1 month ago

antipopes, yeye! I run a Goreclaw deck you can check out; we prolly have a few overlapping similarities. One fun thing I like to do is to either Defense of the Heart or Tooth and Nail --> Surrak, the Hunt Caller + Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre in the first main phase to haste Ulamog and have an Outta Nowhere Annihilator 4.

Cool deck.

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