Divine Verdict

Divine Verdict


Destroy target attacking or blocking creature.

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) None
Welcome Deck 2017 (W17) Common
Magic Origins (ORI) Common
Magic 2015 (M15) Common
Theros (THS) Common
Magic 2013 (M13) Common
2010 Core Set (M10) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Divine Verdict Discussion

ZendikariWol on Card creation challenge

2 weeks ago

Okay so... I hate to be that guy but... White really does have a hard time drawing cards in a flavorful or novel way. As to why, let's just look at the things White likes to do:

Gain Life? Dawn of Hope

Control equipment and enchantments? Puresteel Paladin and Mesa Enchantress

Have lots of small creatures? Mentor of the Meek

Tax spells? How do you reference that in rules text?

Hosing effects (such as Stony Silence and Containment Priest)? Normally the purpose of those cards would be defeated if instead of actually stopping the opponent you just drew cards.

Help the group? Happily Ever After.

That said, I might have something.

Catchup effects (such as Oreskos Explorer) are in White's color pie, that shows promise.

I suspect that Heartwood Storyteller, if printed today, would be printed in White, as it's mostly a hoser for noncreature spells, with group hug thrown in.

White can also punish people for doing things it doesn't want them to do (see Divine Verdict and Smite the Monstrous)

Just pointing out the difficulty of this question. It's not that White doesn't want to draw cards, it's just quite tricky to pull off effectively.

Prudent Marshal

Creature- Human Soldier

At the beginning of each end step, if a creature with greater power than each creature you control attacked this turn, you may draw a card.


This may enable some shenanigans with combat tricks, I don't know, but that doesn't really matter.

How about another flavorful white draw card?

SynergyBuild on Ability challenge

5 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 -


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.


greyninja on My Wife’s deck that always wins

6 months ago

I built my wife a boros deck too!!! You can find it here if you'd like to check it out! She wanted mono white, but I feel like it needs a support color.

I've had trouble in the past with it drawing enough cards to stay into the long game. Knollspine Dragon is fun. Chandra, Torch of Defiance fulfils a few rolls, including card advantage. There's also Mind Stone , Hedron Archive , and Commander's Sphere among others that can ramp then sac to draw

I'd maybe take out some of the higher costing cards for more card draw, mana fixers, or aggro. Gleam of Battle is high in cmc and requires some work. Divine Verdict could be a Swords to Plowshares or Path to Exile . Razia, Boros Archangel is really high at 8cmc

Anywho +1 from me! Keep up the good work

Wizardhat91 on The First Order

11 months ago

Collective Effort could be nifty with Patron of the Valiant . I would try it in place of Divine Verdict perhaps.

Kjartan on Red/White deck

1 year ago

You could probably drop 2x Goblin Gathering , Radiating Lightning , Sandblast , Mad Prophet , Magmatic Chasm , 1x Blade Instructor and Divine Verdict for 4x Lightning Bolt and 4x Oblivion Ring .

Now, I'm about to explain something really weird to you.

Back it the day, you couldn't actually target planeswalkers with things that dealt damage. Instead whenever a player would be dealt damage by a source other than a creature dealing combat damage, that source's controller could choose to redirect it to a planeswalker that player controls instead.

Other than just not being very intuitive, this made for some really weird interactions.

Vexing Devil or Browbeat for example, could be used to kill planeswalkers which definately wasn't what they were intended to do, and if a player had hexproof, their planeswalkers could no longer be damaged by things like Shock , due to technically needing to target the player for that to happen.

So they changed the rules so that Planeswalker had to be targeted like they would be by a removal spell such as Hero's Downfall , opting to errata every old card that used to say "damage to target creature or player" to say any target, so that they would still work the way they were intended.

So Lightning Bolt is the exact same card as Shock it just deals an extra damage, it's just too old to have the opdated text printed on the card.

hkhssweiss on life link

1 year ago


Here might be some cards that can be helpful:

Cards suggested to cut:

The reasons the card listed above to cut is one of few reasons either they don't do much, better alternatives, or they don't further your game plan enough to make an impact. By meta I meant, the type of decks you are facing as your meta might be filled with more aggro players than if that's the case you might want to add in a Ghostly Prison for example, or if you are facing a lot of reanimation decks than adding in a Relic of Progenitus or Tormod's Crypt can be fairly helpful. Against control players than you might want to consider a lot Silence/Orim's Chant effects.

Aside from that, some non-budget friendly cards are the obvious Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Teferi's Protection, or Vedalken Orrery. Winding Canyons can also be helpful to flash out Evra or your Felidar Sovereign to sneak in that win.

Hope that helps!

MarcelGilneas on Mister Mammoth's Flying Circus

1 year ago

I am said friend that requested that this be posted. So my personal commentary for this deck:

1) Remove Revitalize - At one point I was also quite fond of cards that gain life, but they don't really help you win so much as they help you not lose. Even if this one draws a card too, it also is a card you need to spend so all it does is replace itself.

2) Remove Oakenform, Knight's Pledge - I tend to avoid Auras that buff creatures quite a lot unless there's certain circumstances. It's entirely too easy for your creature to die and for you to lose an extra card this way. The buff is tempting but it's too big of a draw back in my eyes. Squire's Devotion is a special case since it comes in with an extra creature.

3) Remove 1 each of Forest and Plains - This just looks like too much land, especially with the recommendations I'll be giving later on. You probably want to put yourself at 26 lands tops.

4) Move Plummet to your Sideboard - You already have a not insignificant amount of anti-air options. If the deck is strictly flying creatures, that's when you move in Plummet. From your maybeboard, Naturalize or a different version Forsake the Worldly should also be sideboard material.

5) Inspired Charge - I'm not particularly fond of this card; you seem more interested in going tall than wide in this deck. But try it for now and see how well it works. It makes sense with your Mammoth, so I wouldn't outright cut it yet.

6) Llanowar Elves and Druid of the Cowl - The elves you have in here so far are good. You will definitely want more of these guys to make sure you can cast your big goofs as soon as possible.

7) Rabid Bite, Take Vengeance, Gideon's Reproach, Divine Verdict - these cards are going to be your removal suite. They should all be main deck for right now, until you can find better options. Rabid Bite will always be prime for you, though.

This is not a bad start for a deck that is a modified Welcome Deck. You'll definitely want some consistency so you'll want more of your best cards and less of your not quite as good cards. As always, practice makes perfect for deck building.

jakeelephant006 on Athreos

1 year ago

In a gist, less removal, more ramp, creatures and lands.

This is a solid deck. It really has some power in some places. The trick is getting it to be cohesive. Right now there doesn't seem to be a real solid theme or focus which makes the deck unwieldy during play. It wouldn't take much to fix this, though. I think it would be a good idea to focus on getting Athreos out and then playing value creatures and forcing opponents to make the decision on whether or not you get to play those creatures an additional time.

Cards to pull: Removal - You have more than enough in here so you can cut some of the less effective (more restrictive) cards like Divine Verdict, Pillar of Light, Ghostly Possession, Reprisal, Murderous Cut, Arrest, Suppression Bonds, Doom Blade or Armament of Nyx. (I put the cards in order of what I would think is best to pull to worst to pull). I would generally stay away from creature based removal here because you want to increase the number of creatures you have in the deck.

Other - These are cards that kinda just take up a slot. They're generally not bad, but they kinda pull this deck in directions that don't help the deck win like it should. These include Raise Dead, Baneful Omen, Edge of the Divinity, Cutthroat Maneuver, Erebos's Titan, Nighthowler, Pontiff of Blight, and Hopeful Eidolon. I hesitate to put the creatures on here cuz I think it would be best to have more creatures than fewer but these ones are good things to cut if you're looking to make more room.

Cards to add: Generally, I'd try to slot in some more ramp cards like Sol Ring, Orazca Relic, Orzhov Signet, Commander's Sphere, Solemn Simulacrum and the like. Also you could do with more card draw. For instance Dusk Legion Zealot, Ambition's Cost, Read the Bones, Hedron Archive, etc. And then put in some more quality creatures. Maybe they should have etb or death effects like Merciless Executioner, Fleshbag Marauder, Demon of Dark Schemes, Elenda, the Dusk Rose, Blood Artist, and more. Or maybe they're just solid creatures like Bontu the Glorified, Cataclysmic Gearhulk, Crested Sunmare, Urgoros, the Empty One, or Vona, Butcher of Magan. Maybe even a couple more board clearers like Crux of Fate, Bontu's Last Reckoning, Fumigate, or Hour of Revelation

Essentially, this deck has the structure to be real strong. It just needs some focus and a few upgrades to really get where it wants to go. Hope this helps.

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