When Detention Sphere enters the battlefield, you may exile target nonland permanent not named Detention Sphere and all other permanents with the same name as that permanent.
When Detention Sphere leaves the battlefield, return the exiled cards to the battlefield under their owner's control.
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|Ravnica Allegiance: Guild Kits (GK2)||Rare|
|Return to Ravnica (RTR)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Detention Sphere occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.14%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.03%
Detention Sphere Discussion
1 day ago
Thank you so much for your input psionictemplar!
What is the purpose of the Scroll Rack? Is it to trade lands you get from land tax into other cards? - Exactly. Pull out lands, trade lands and unneeded cards to dig further into the deck. Thins out the deck too, and both cards in the combo are Enlightened Tutor targets. 4 Land tax is a must I think; you want a T1 tax, and tutor for rack if you need, then rack away the extra taxes. 3 Scroll Rack is what most tax/rack decks play; I don't want 2 in my opening hand, but I'd rather not have to tutor for it every game.
Does only having 8 basic lands do enough for land tax? - It's admittedly an odd land base, but T1 tax and T2 rack while being able to counter at least 1 of your opponents spells is actually a fairly reliable opening. Moxes help, and Chrome Mox is part of the reason for 4 Detention Sphere (D-sphere a great card for this deck: exile it w/ chrome mox for UW, E-tutor target for emergency spot removal of all permanents with same name that I can't counter, and is blue for FOW and Force of Negation). I have 23 mana sources (16 lands + 7 mox), and remember with land tax you're literally pulling lands out the deck every turn, every game. As a result you don't want your deck stuffed with lands, but the trick here is having enough W for tax/e-tutor turn 1. Of the 23 mana sources, a maximum of 14 are UW (including chrome mox exiling a d-sphere), so it's a delicate balance that works ok now and I'm still tooling with it. Also, great recommendation with Hall of Heliod's Generosity! Bringing back Solitary Confinement is super valuable, but I have to see if it's worth the risk of only having colorless mana. I included 2 Solitary's so if 1 gets blown up hopefully I can tutor for the other.
I'm also wondering about the inclusion of Genju of the Falls and the detention sphere's - LOL so am I. D-sphere as I explained earlier I think is crucial for this deck, but Genju is just a fun addition I've kicked around (acts as a pseudo Delver of Secrets Flip, blue fodder for FOW is very important, the deck is full of islands, and it goes back to my hand! This is big because if Island gets destroyed, that provides synergy with Land Tax and helps refill my hand for counters and better scroll racks). I think sometimes the deck might stall waiting for Jace/ Luminarch Ascension, and if Luminarch gets blown up while I have solitary out, the opponent only attacks Jace if he's out too. Genju gives me a pocket Delver I can swing with if I'm stuck with Solitary and nothing else. It's likely not the best but it's a funny play I'm messing with, and other recommendations would be helpful. Standstill is a good rec, and I actually had Counterbalance in here originally and may put it back.
Basically I'm pretending that Abrupt Decay doesn't exist... that card gives me nightmares. Otherwise I think this deck can at least be somewhat competitive with a bit more refinement, and thanks for helping!
5 days ago
Hey, your deck is missing it's Commander. If Alela is the Commander of this deck then you can make it official by tagging her with CMDR. In the deck editor put the CMDR tag after Alela, Artful Provocateur text.
1x Alela, Artful Provocateur *F* *CMDR*
What this does is it displays the card image of Alela in the deck list making her the official Commander of your deck.
Bident of Thassa is a good repeatable draw source with Faeries. Faeries have flying meaning that more times than not you will do combat damage to your opponents when you attack. For each Faerie who does combat damage to an opponent you draw a card. This can draw you a lot of cards. Consider cutting Festive Funeral for Bident?
Some upgrades within the budget to consider:
- Cloud of Faeries > Moonglove Changeling
- Faerie Conclave > Safe Haven
- Faerie Swarm > Glen Elendra Pranksters
- Faerie Formation > Nightshade Schemers
- Latchkey Faerie > Fencer Clique
- Etchings of the Chosen > Always Watching
- Favorable Winds > Eel Umbra
- Counterspell > Spell Syphon
- Open the Armory > River's Grasp
- Generous Gift > Mortify
- Brainstorm > Cerulean Wisps
- Ponder > Advice from the Fae
- Mask of Memory > Winged Words
- Detention Sphere > Prison Realm
- Chromatic Lantern > Mana Geode
- Exotic Orchard > Rupture Spire
- Caves of Koilos > Vivid Meadow
- Sunken Hollow > Dimir Aqueduct
- Esper Panorama > Evolving Wilds
Good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
Chivalry is Dead!
"Don't ask my name, it's long since I forgot
if once I had a name, a home, a wife?
No words of fame or valor is my lot,
and yet my quest continues past this life."
Doran, the Siege Tower: The basic idea of all Doran decks is the ability to turn very cheap defensive creatures like Nyx-Fleece Ram into big offensive threats, based on the idea that 3/3s for 1 and 5/5s for 2 etc is great value and hard to race for most decks. Doran also has a strong defensive quality since his ability applies to all creatures, effectively neutering strategies based on high power creatures or pumping up the power of creatures, like for example Kiln Fiend or Goblin Piledriver. A third advantage of Doran is that he and the other 16 zero power creatures in the deck can attack through Ensnaring Bridge, making this decks matchup against Lantern control and other bridge prison decks a lot better. Assault Formation acts like a backup copy of Doran that can be fetched with Zur and dodges more removal if needed, this redundancy is important since the deck is much weaker if it can't put this effect on the field.
Zur the Enchanter: Solving problems and gaining card advantage by tutoring up additional creatures and enchantments as he attacks. Also a "4/4" flying beatstick in this deck making the 4cmc much more reasonable.
Chord of Calling: Allowing us to get our creatures reactively or in opponents end step rather than tapping out, making the deck much more resilient and flexible when playing around removal, counterspells and board wipes.
Behind the Scenes: Adds a whole new synergy to the toughness strategy. Since all of our creatures have zero or very low power this card makes them unblockable by most things that could trade with them. This fundamentally changes the dynamic of going up against opposing creatures, since we can block their creatures but they often can't block ours it shifts the initiative in our favor and enables much easier lethal swings. While only a single copy, it can be fetched onto the battlefield with Zur, conveniently before blockers are declared.
This all comes together in the signature finishing move of this deck: Casting Chord of Calling on opponents end step putting Zur the Enchanter or Doran, the Siege Tower on the battlefield (assuming the other one is already in play), and then on our turn swing with everything tutoring up Behind the Scenes for an unblockable lethal blow out of nowhere.
Green fetchlands play into this as well as they can fetch Murmuring Bosk untapped with a treefolk in hand, typical turn 1 is fetch>Murmuring Bosk revealing Harbinger>play harbinger putting Doran or missing land on top.
Another strong turn 1 play is Birds of Paradise, also synergising well with Doran making it a 1/1 and ramping/fixing, and making our somewhat demanding color pie much smoother to play.
Finally Chord of Calling for 1 can be employed as a consistency engine in a pinch, fetching harbinger to put a needed card on top or fetching a bird to ramp and fix. It is however much more powerful to use the chord for more impactful creatures and should only be used in this way when no other option exists.
An unanswered Zur the Enchanter also leads to consistency all by himself since he can fetch creatures and Assault Formation as a stand in for Doran, but given the preparation needed to cast him this is more of a late game type consistency/inevitability.
Dryad Arbor: Forest doubling as a creature, can be put on the field with with fetch lands. Emergency blocker, sac fodder for edict effects, can be fetched with a Chord of Calling for 0 to get a 4th land, played from the top with Courser, fetched to the top with harbinger and so on.
Dragon's Eye Savants: A rarely played card, but he's actually the only modern legal 6+ toughness 2 drop option for this deck! All of the others (only 5 total) either have defender or needs decks built around them. It's great for this deck to have a way to survive a block/trade with Gurmag Angler, a 4/5 Tarmogoyf, Tasigur, the Golden Fang and other 5 toughness threats. The flip ability can come in handy if you have surplus mana, note that flipping morphs is a special action that can't be responded, so there is no window to bolt him, but usually this guy's job is just to be a "6/6" for 2.
Nyx-Fleece Ram: "5/5" for 2 mana that gains you life and can be tutored up with Zur, a given staple of Doran decks.
Spellskite: Already a fantastic card in many decks for protecting yourself and your permanents from all sorts of things, or to steal your opponents auras and buff spells etc. Here where it's also a "4/4" beatstick for 2 mana it's just amazing.
Selfless Spirit: Sligtly nonbo with Doran unfortunately, but the option to secure yourself against sweepers like Supreme Verdict and also protect more imprtant creatures against spot removal is very useful. Also works really well with Chord of Calling.
Courser of Kruphix: Great value and consistency engine, can be tutored with Zur, gets buffed by Doran but also able to deal some damage without him. All in all a great fit and I'd run 4 if it wasn't for the lack of 3 drop slots in the curve.
Sapling of Colfenor: Topping our curve as the only 5 drop, this badboy provides a hard to remove creature that can both hit hard and stabilize our life as well as restock the hand with creatures. Plus he can be tutored up with Treefolk Harbinger. Very useful in grindy games.
Detention Sphere: Removes just about everything and takes care of multiple copies of cards, tried and true modern staple and here it gains extra utility by being tutorable with Zur.
Aegis of the Gods: Provides protection against burn and hand disruption etc, can be tutored with either Zur or Chord.
Eidolon of Rhetoric: Stops storm and slows down other decks that likes casting a lot of spells at once, we are usually fine casting a spell per turn and can double that up with Zur activations, also a "4/4" beatstick and can be tutored with both Zur and Chord.
Everlasting Torment: Stops life gain decks and fog effects.
Ghostly Prison: Takes the edge off a lot of aggro strategies.
Nevermore: Against decks that rely on a specific card to win, Ad Naseam decks and so on.
Rest in Peace: Graveyard hate
Slaughter the Strong: One sided sweeper against decks with big creatures, since we can easily go under 4 power with all our 0/X dudes.
Spreading Seas: The most obvious land hate option for a Zur deck
Stony Silence: Artifact hate.
Aura of Silence: Artifact/enchantment hate.
Virulent Plague: Tokens.
Wheel of Sun and Moon: 2nd graveyard hate that also counters mill decks.
2 weeks ago
Love me some Angus.
I am not a big fan of Fog Patch. It doesn't stop creatures with Trample, which is a pretty big deal. I also think you can do way better than Fog and Holy Day in Commander.
Cancel is a bit bland as well. There are tons of better counterpells. I would play Forbid, but pretty much anything else will work as well.
Elephant Grass is a super powerful card for you. Extra points for comboing with Hannah, Ship's Navigator.
You aren't running too many essential creatures to your game plan, aside from card draw and ramp. Asceticism seems a bit out of place. Why not play Privileged Position? This will protect all your permanents at the expense of not being able to regenerate creatures for 2 mana.
You can do a lot better than Guard Gomazoa. In fact, I think it would be a good idea to add a few more lands to your deck and this seems like an appropriate cut.
O-Ring or Banishing Light could be replaced by Detention Sphere. It's only slightly better because it can deal with boards full of tokens.
2 weeks ago
If you aren't going to dump green, then I suggest adding more of its color. Green does have some nice constellation cards, and if you're going to be playing with enchantments like Detention Sphere and Winter's Rest, then things like Nylea's Colossus and Setessan Champion would be great finishers (Here's a link to get some more ideas: preview.tinyurl.com/v2ugy4a). You could drop some things like Castle Ardenvale to add more cards like Capture Sphere. Following the green finishers theme, consider adding things like Manifold Key to make your fatties unblockable. Hopefully this helps!
1 month ago
Detention Sphere would only exile a single morph. Morphs have no name, therefore they can not share a name with anything.
1 month ago
If I have several different morph creatures on my side of the field and an opponent casts Detention Sphere, is he able to exile all my creatures (because all of them are noname morphs)?
1 month ago
Hmmm... I hadn’t considered the poor interaction between Detention Sphere and The Scarab God. I like that suggestion. Thoughts on trimming the Spheres for Fatal Push? Likewise, can trim the Spheres from the SB for Supreme Verdict... I was on the fence between those two anyways.
I was toying with Hostage Taker as well. I’ll have to do some play-testing.