Divine Arrow

Divine Arrow

Instant

Divine Arrow deals 4 damage to target attacking or blocking creature.

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Set Rarity
Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO) Common
War of the Spark (WAR) Common

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Historic Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Divine Arrow Discussion

SynergyBuild on Ability challenge

8 months ago

I am bored, so I will take this quite seriously.

For divine, I wanted to take a look at all cards that use the card in their name, and the etymology and its differing definitions.

Defined, it means to come from God, be of God, or be like a God. It can also simply mean excellent, when used as an adjective. I plan to use it as such, as it is an ability.

The etymology I could find shows that it comes from Old French or Latin, as "divus", to "divnus", each time meaning Godlike. Because this matches up with some of the well-used definitions, I plan to make the ability to resemble this definition.

To assure this works in MTG cannon, I looked at all of the cards that have the work "Divine" in the name, and all of them were white cards, excluding 5, with a range of green, colorless, and multicolored within those. All of them used the term 'Diviner' however, meaning someone who uses Divination, which is a soothsaying/'inspired by God' term.

So, I hit a road, I could choose the literal word 'Divine' or a play on a similar word 'Divination'. I would use the card Divination , and most likely make a blue-based mechanic involving card draw if I went the latter route, but if I went the former, I would choose a white mechanic.

I couldn't take the term Divination much further without looking away from the term Divine however, leading me to more occult or other canons like Harry Potter for further details, so I went with coming up with a White mechanic.

The question is, Which white mechanic?. If I didn't feel inspired, I'd probably pick lifegain/damage prevention, as 6 of the 17 white cards with Divine in their name use, however I felt that the cards Divine Arrow , Divine Deflection , Divine Retribution and Divine Verdict showed another, really cool angle on white's color pie, killing those that hurt others, or deflecting.

Sort of a form of protection by smiting, and often I believe an underlooked stance on white's color pie. This is what I wanted to make a mechanic.

Divine Protection - If damage would be dealt to this permanent or player, instead you may prevent that damage and then deal that much damage to a target of your choice. You may not prevent damage this way more than once a turn.

Three total types entities can use the mechanic, the player, planeswalkers, or creatures. The ability can be given until end of turn, by an equipment or aura, or and enchantment. This ability doesn’t stack with lifelink or deathtouch, as you deal the damage, not the original source of damage or permanent that Divine Protection is on.

I believe this is a semi-replacement for Hexproof, Shroud, Indestructible, or any other protection ability, but would specifically be a white mechanic, rarely going outside of it without good means, similar to how Hexproof originally was.

Below are differing examples of cards that could have this mechanic:


Saved by the Gods -

Instant

Until end of turn, target creature, planeswalker, or player gains Divine Protection. (If damage would be dealt to this permanent or player, instead you may prevent that damage and then deal that much damage to a target of your choice. You may not prevent damage this way more than once a turn.)


Shield of the Pantheon -

Legendary Artifact - Equipment

Equipped creature gains Divine Protection and has +1/+3 (If damage would be dealt to this permanent or player, instead you may prevent that damage and then deal that much damage to a target of your choice. You may not prevent damage this way more than once a turn.)

Equip legendary creature

Equip creature


Iroas, of Victory -

Legendary Enchantment Creature - God

Divine Protection, Vigilance, Double Strike

As long as you have three or less creatures, Iroas is an enchantment. (It is no longer a creature)

As long as Iroas is a creature, creatures you control have Divine Protection, Vigilance, and Double Strike.

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Loizo on Chromium Brawl

9 months ago

I don't know why but my list won't show on the Brawl hub. Here is my esper control list :Controlmium M20 Comeback

How are your games going? I think our lists are fairly similar but Divine Arrow seems a little weird in such a good value deck...

timschil on Nissa, Who Shakes the World ...

10 months ago

Consider this situation I had the other night. I had two creature lands as a result of my Nissa, Who Shakes the World and was attacking with both of them along with a third creature that I had on the battlefield. After my opponent declared blockers, he was blocking my creature that was not a land, I tapped one of my Creature Lands to create white mana to cast my Divine Arrow on his blocking creature.

Two parts of this question.

1) Can I tap my vigilant creature for mana in response to his declaring blockers?

2) Will damage from my creature land still go through after I tap it for mana?

Thanks