Doran, the Siege Tower
Legendary Creature — Treefolk Shaman
Each creature assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power.
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|From the Vault: Legends (V11)||Mythic Rare|
|Promo Set (000)||Mythic Rare|
|Promo set for Gatherer (PSG)||None|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Doran, the Siege Tower Discussion
4 days ago
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Arcades, the Strategist? NOPE.
Doran, the Siege Tower? WRONG.
When it comes to Toughness Matters CMDRs, Pramikon, Sky Rampart would be literal Wall Tribe Lord incarnate that's the closest to Tribal Commanders on a Niche status (We got Hydra Lord now, & It creates so many on the fly.), but I'm not here for yet another Tribal Commander, I just wanted help for one thing right now:
(How do I make a Toughness Matters) deck in //? Commander: Pramikon, Sky Rampart. In spite of my Efforts, the First thing I need help w/ is:
1: Is there anything in MTG's entire Glossary of stuff that's good for Toughness Matters in ?
2: Notice most of my High Toughness Creatures aren't simply there as Defenders. Most actually have great abilities; & even don't have to be Wall Card Type to be so. Do you see this as a good idea, or not? This is very important if you're viewing my deck at incomplete status.
3: This is planned as a Toughness Matters deck, but some of the cards seem to show a Sub-Theme (Drannith Magistrate (HE'S NOT THE UNLUCKIEST. CEASE DEBATE. XP), & even Peregrine Drake.). Since this isn't the conventional Toughness Matters Deck using Defender more than I should, what do you think might be good here?
Honestly, I dunno what else to ask; maybe I'll add more questions overtime. Thanks for the help if you can; Obviously, this is a Pramikon, Sky Rampart "Toughness Matters" deck, but I'd rather Talk less of / (Golgari Swarm), & talk nothing at all about Doran, the Siege Tower as well as Arcades, the Strategist; I just want to experiment on a good Brew. Any ideas that can help? Thanks again. :)
(& sorry for the Huge Wall back there; I didn't think I wanted help again. X/ At least I eradicated it.)
2 weeks ago
Huh, no one actually did this one, as far as I can tell.
"Challenge: A planeswalking Giant. No red."
Moran, Gardener of Forests
Legendary Planeswalker - Moran
+1: Search your library for a basic land card and put that card onto the battlefield tapped. Then shuffle your library.
-3: Create a 0/0 green Giant token. It enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters, where X is the number of lands you control.
-7: For each land you control, create a token copy of it.
I'd like to see a Three color planeswalker for a combination we don't currently have.
Grixis, Esper, Jund, Bant, Jeskai, and Temur have been done, leaving:
2 weeks ago
2 months 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.
4 months ago
4 months ago
I think another one is Doran, the Siege Tower
4 months ago
I mean, high toughness by itself is not typically a win condition. If you're using cards like Doran, the Siege Tower or Assault Formation to then turn them into beats then that hub should be named after those cards. If you're using defender matters cards (generally walls) with stuff like Vent Sentinel then the hub should be "Defender". But high toughness without one of those outlets is just "Pillow fort", which we alrady have.
If you did want to have a hub for Doran and Formation though, I would personally go with "Sir Mix-a-lot", but that's just me.
4 months ago
I have a foil version in the wife's Doran, the Siege Tower deck and it is in fact gorgeous
I like it in there for the added benefit of swinging for 4 rather than 2 ;)
In the event of a standstill/stalemate, it is nice to have a draw card that also drains. I have a few bombs like Avacyn, Angel of Hope in there which is something you always hope to reveal lol
I wouldn't say it's a competitive must-have, but it does gain lots of value. Ascending is pretty easy in a 4-person pod. You almost always have 4-5 lands and a few artifacts by the time she's cast. Just my $0.02