Delaying Shield

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Odyssey (ODY) Rare

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Delaying Shield

Enchantment

If you would be dealt damage, put that many delay counters on Delaying Shield instead.

At the beginning of your upkeep, remove all delay counters from Delaying Shield. For each delay counter removed this way, you lose 1 life unless you pay (1)(White).

Delaying Shield Discussion

Schechefter on 5-Color Alternate Win-Cons

3 weeks ago

I too have a 5-color alternate win con deck although I leaned more heavily into the win cons that involve counters rather than the biovisionary, lifegain, coin flip ones. I didnt think about Hive Mind//Pact of ___ so I will have to try and squeeze that in and I also like Delaying Shield as a backup to Azor's Elocutors .

A couple of suggestions for you; Approach of the Second Sun (alternate win con and also life gain), Mycosynth Lattice for hellkite Tyrant (this one is funny because even if you dont have 20 permanents if you connect with Tyrant he will steal ALL of your opponents stuff), and since you have phage, possibly try squeezing in Fractured Identity as it is an instant win.

Hope this helps!

Davihelio on Marchesa, Political Queen of Pillows

3 months ago

Im going to copy this coment in both precociousapprentice and MegaMatt13 since both their primers for Queen Marchesa were the inspiration to make my own list and I want as much people as I can who is discussing the archetype to discuss this idea. Also excuse my poor grammar please, Im not really good at english.

First of all, thanks you both for making those primers. This is easily my favourite EDH deck and I always have a lot of fun playing it, and most people enjoy playing against it too. The only thing that bothers me about this deck (the strategy in general, not this specific list) is that I sometimes have a lot of trouble closing out games where I am in a clear leading position, or that my aikido cards, even if they do a ton of damage, sometimes fall short of winning the game and its difficult to trick the same opponent into making the same mistake twice.

But I have seen a few cards in WAR that may be really powerfull in this strategy, and I think they have some synergy with common stuff we are already running.

The first card that sparked my interest is The Wanderer . I firmly believe that this card have some serious potential in Mardu colors because it adds consistency to effects that prevent/halves non-combat damage (or damage in general) like Delaying Shield or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight . But clearly, we are not short on pillowfort effects right? So whats the big deal? I'll be there in a moment.

I think that the card that gave me more wins was good ol Insurrection . And I think that Command the Dreadhorde has the potential to be a virtual second, cheaper and slighly worse copy. Be aware that this can resurrect creatures and planeswalkers from ANY graveyard. The most important drawback is that it can do a lot of damage to you, but with Gisela, Delaying Shield, The Wanderer and similar effects we can negate or minimizate most of the damage.

This also opens to run cards like Personal Sanctuary and being able to use mass burn cards like Price of Progress or Molten Disaster or Rolling Earthquake , this last two also double as board wipes.

And it may also open up for fun sheanigans with cards like Arcbond or Repercussion without risking killing ourselves.

I think I will try to adapt my deck to this burn subtheme while trying to keep the political/aikido main theme, but I would love to hear what everyone thinks on this. Thank you for reading!

Davihelio on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

3 months ago

Im going to copy this coment in both precociousapprentice and MegaMatt13 since both their primers for Queen Marchesa were the inspiration to make my own list and I want as much people as I can who is discussing the archetype to discuss this idea. Also excuse my poor grammar please, Im not really good at english.

First of all, thanks you both for making those primers. This is easily my favourite EDH deck and I always have a lot of fun playing it, and most people enjoy playing against it too. The only thing that bothers me about this deck (the strategy in general, not this specific list) is that I sometimes have a lot of trouble closing out games where I am in a clear leading position, or that my aikido cards, even if they do a ton of damage, sometimes fall short of winning the game and its difficult to trick the same opponent into making the same mistake twice.

But I have seen a few cards in WAR that may be really powerfull in this strategy, and I think they have some synergy with common stuff we are already running.

The first card that sparked my interest is The Wanderer . I firmly believe that this card have some serious potential in Mardu colors because it adds consistency to effects that prevent/halves non-combat damage (or damage in general) like Delaying Shield or Gisela, Blade of Goldnight . But clearly, we are not short on pillowfort effects right? So whats the big deal? I'll be there in a moment.

I think that the card that gave me more wins was good ol Insurrection . And I think that Command the Dreadhorde has the potential to be a virtual second, cheaper and slighly worse copy. Be aware that this can resurrect creatures and planeswalkers from ANY graveyard. The most important drawback is that it can do a lot of damage to you, but with Gisela, Delaying Shield, The Wanderer and similar effects we can negate or minimizate most of the damage.

This also opens to run cards like Personal Sanctuary and being able to use mass burn cards like Price of Progress or Molten Disaster or Rolling Earthquake , this last two also double as board wipes.

And it may also open up for fun sheanigans with cards like Arcbond or Repercussion without risking killing ourselves.

I think I will try to adapt my deck to this burn subtheme while trying to keep the political/aikido main theme, but I would love to hear what everyone thinks on this. Thank you for reading!

TheCaptainsLog on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

3 months ago

I'm curious what everyone thinks of Command the Dreadhorde . Seems like it could be a great play when combined with a fog-like effect, or with any of the bullet-proof combos like Solemnity + Delaying Shield / Phyrexian Unlife . That way you get a lot of value and take no damage / loss of life.

I'm still running those plus Solitary Confinement & Righteous Aura in my own version of this deck, so I'm really tempted to include it and see how it does.

Side Note: what would happen if I cast Command the Dreadhorde , and in response to that I cast Teferi's Protection ?

  • I'm assuming any permanents I have in play when Teferi's Protection resolves would phase out, as normal.
  • Then, I'd gain a bunch of new permanents from Command the Dreadhorde , and these would not phase out - they'd simply enter the battlefield under my control, and I would take zero damage.
  • Is there anything I'm missing with this interaction?

NetholonTheArchmage on Project Z

6 months ago

A really great decklist you have here :) My own Zedruu-deck initially started as a bad-gifts-version, didn't work out to well for me though as I was hated off the board immediatly as soon as my opponents understood what I was up to... Your version whatsoever really seems to work as you're running a lot of stax + chaos-effects and I love all the different synergies. My own deck evolved itself into a more political style but also builds upon cardsynergies like Solemnity + Glacial Chasm or Mystic Remora . Take a look if you're interested: ( Zedruu, Enlightened Master ). You definetely deserved an upvote from me, as you truly have built a great deck just as the great goat deserves!

For the suggestions: I thought about Venser, the Sojourner , as he can get you donated cards back (looking at Illusions of Grandeur , donating it multiple times or multiple uses of Delaying Shield ).

ObviousError on Zedruu, Enlightened Master

6 months ago

So, I promised to take a look at your build. Looks like tons of fun.

So, I really like redundancy. Makes your deck feel more consistent. One of these cards that achieve that is Puca's Mischief , it's a better Zedruu despite not looking like a goat lady. Exchanging a howling mine for their sylvan library AND getting zedruu triggers from that play feels very good.

I'd also strongly advise you to test Smothering Tithe as soon as possible, it really is all that and a bag of chips. It really helps decks looking to play at instant speed one way or another (like zedruu's ability).

I really like Kumena's Awakening it's a howling mine that gives the cards at a better time (your upkeep, instead of their draw) and eventually turns into your personal howling mine. Removal that you can later give away is also stellar, stuff like Grasp of Fate .

The card Reins of Power seems like a fun political tool, steal their blockers, fog (swapping control of creatures mid combat takes them out of combat) or borrow someone's army to kill another. If I had the money for it and my deck didn't like Torpor Orb effects so much, then I'd really like Gilded Drake . Thaumatic Compass  Flip becomes another maze

Also more toys for solemnity to play with: Delaying Shield , Phyrexian Unlife

I hope these tips are somewhat useful, keep on enforcing the will of zedruu :).

Daedalus19876 on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

6 months ago

SynergyBuild: I'm a huge fan of Delaying Shield + Solemnity . Fun times ;)

Beyond that, I am a fan of Fiery Justice in cEDH-ish metas for decks that can't run Fire Covenant , but the loss of instant-speed is a pain :(

I hadn't thought of using Induced Amnesia in Ertai, the Corrupted , that's cute XD and I think that both Cruel Sadist and Sire of Stagnation are awesome designs (I've even milled someone to death using the latter), but I don't currently have a deck for them...

Also, welcome new members _Delta_ and hkhssweiss! I'm not sure why we're getting so much attention recently, but I'm not complaining - more people make this page more vibrant :)

SynergyBuild on The Deckwatch [Home Base]

6 months ago

Been really interested in finding corner-case rares, Fiery Justice for example, as a weird worse Fire Covenant , one of, if not the best cEDH board wipe, Mind Twist as a great legal commander card, with the downside of only stopping one opponent, Ertai, the Corrupted as a cool commander with Hatching Plans or Induced Amnesia to get massive card advantage, Sire of Stagnation as a second Consecrated Sphinx ish effect, and Cruel Sadist as really cheap reusable removal or a big threat.

Otherwise, I have just seen some really powerful effects that save your life like Delaying Shield and Soul Echo , which together let you live forever, but alone still save you a turn worst case scenario. They are both great with infinite mana too.

Thoughts?

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