Doran, the Siege Tower


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern 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
From the Vault: Legends (V11) Mythic Rare
Lorwyn (LRW) Rare
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare
Promo set for Gatherer (PSG) None

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Doran, the Siege Tower

Legendary Creature — Treefolk Shaman

Each creature assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power.

Doran, the Siege Tower Discussion

Tyrant-Thanatos on Junk colors in EDH

2 weeks ago

So I've become a really big fan of EDH over the last few years, but I've never managed to build a junk deck (), despite it being by far my favorite color combination.

I just took a look at the available commanders, and it's no wonder!

Ghave, Guru of Spores doesn't seem to cater to what I'm looking for out of the colors at all, which is large resilient creatures that I can reanimate time and time again.

Teneb, the Harvester seems prohibitively expensive to cast and to use. Six mana for a 6/6 flyer that has to connect with face, just to have to pay a further 3 to reanimate something? sheesh.

Anafenza, the Foremost is in the same boat as Ghave, plus I have a personal dislike for her.

Karador, Ghost Chieftain seems okay, but pretty much directly inferior to Muldrotha, the Gravetide .

Doran, the Siege Tower is possibly even further from what I want than Ghave.

Daghatar the Adamant More +1/+1 counter stuff. and he's horrible to boot.

Kethis, the Hidden Hand might be interesting, but I'm afraid he'd just devolve into superfriends.

So I guess the question is, what do I do? Who should I build if I want a resilient, aggressive deck that can throw down threats that attack, and block, and come back, and never stop? And how to I build them? Teneb and Karador seem like the only real choices, but I need some tips on making them work. Is this sort of playstyle even viable in EDH?

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Unfortunately I believe Saheeli, the Gifted is already at her peek. Trying to improve upon her at this point would be adding extra layers of jank and unfairness. Some of the most absurdly broken EDH decks I've seen run her and use that horrendous secondary +1 to string together neigh-infinite turns as they amass Treasure / Clue tokens and hit face with something like a giant Banefire . It's disgusting and I don't think she can be improved upon from here.

So, second option it is!

Jarad , Deathlegion Commander

Legendary Planeswalker - Jarad

+1 Put up to the top five cards from your library into your graveyard. The next spell you cast this turn has Delve.

-4 Destroy target creature, land or enchantment. It can't be regenerated. You may then pay life equal to it's converted mana cost. If you do, return it to the battlefield under your control. (Read card theory for notes on land)

-9 You get an emblem with "Spells in your hand have Delve and cards in your graveyard have Dredge 3. You don't lose the game if you are unable to draw a card. Instead, shuffle your graveyard and hand together as your new library. Then put the top 20 cards of your library into your graveyard and draw five cards."

{Jarad, Deathlegion Commander can be your Commander.}


Cost mirrors original Jarad cost. Golgari wants it's resources in the graveyard, so the sooner you get this going the sooner you can win. Offset with long haul to emblem.

+1 Delve straight out of the gate. Put's fuel in the engine and allows you to break out with some massive threats. Consider the following:

-4 What's Golgari without a means of control and recursion?? ;) And let's be real: -4 + paying out 4 life for Smothering Tithe is a pretty sweet deal. And the wording is carefully chosen because lands DO NOT have a converted mana cost. So no, you won't be getting those back.

-9 I mean... Do I even need to explain?

5 So that you can -4 the turn he is played and retain him for your next turn's Delve engine. Also five starting loyalty for four specific colored mana symbols isn't that bad at all.

Let's see a Planeswalker Commander that cares about creatures with Defender that isn't just another Assault Formation + Doran, the Siege Tower .

legendofa on Since I can't access the ...

2 months ago

I think we're more or less agreeing on the potential nuances of multicolor. My basic position is that multicolors can be defined just as well as single colors, and as more than the sum of their parent colors.

Helios is white. Elesh Norn is white. Ajani is white. They're all white, but they're the tortilla, sandwich bread, and pita of white. (Your choice for which one's which.) White includes fascism, military skill, order, and unity, but Ajani isn't exactly fascist, and Helios is more interested in making his champion than unifying everyone. I think we can agree on this.

All the colors, and their subsequent combinations, have a huge variety of potential nuances, but they're all distinct from each other, even between different amounts of coloredness. I don't see green/black as green + black, I see it as a unique collection of ideals, goals, beliefs, whatever I said up above.

Are all of these essentially green/black, as cards or characters?

Rhys the Exiled

Sapling of Colfenor

Nath of the Gilt-Leaf

Doran, the Siege Tower

I believe the character of Doran is unique in outlook from the others, and Rhys is green, with a black motivation, as well-represented by the cards.

greyninja on Muldrotha Turns the Tide

2 months ago

Thanks multimedia! I upvoted a bunch of your decks in return

I do hope to add the new modern horizons lands. They'll likely replace basic swamps and forests. I also just traded for a Phyrexian Tower which took the place of a basic swamp. Ancient Tomb I have in a few other decks. Maybe I'll swap one over eventually. Strip Mine is mean, maybe too mean, but I'll definitely consider it ;)

I tore apart two decks to build this one. Sylvan Library was in the pile, so that's an idea. Deathrite Shaman as well, which may go in my wife's Doran, the Siege Tower deck.

I don't own a Birthing Pod , Pernicious Deed , Spore Frog or Sidisi, Undead Vizier ; but I hope to sooner than later. They're all great ideas.

Thanks again! Cheers!

K1ngMars on Need help picking my next ...

2 months ago

One of my friends runs a 70% Doran, the Siege Tower with the good treefolks and some big butt guys. It's always an interesting match with our decks, as generally you need to answer Doran, but sometimes it's good to leave it there. Has fun interactions overall and can turn into a Voltron out of nowhere if you use wraths like Fell the Mighty + Slagwurm Armor on Doran. At last, my friend doesn't run it, but there's still the option to throw a Meekstone in there, just saying.

davidsays1 on Need help picking my next ...

2 months ago

Currently i have 3 decks. Selvala, Explorer Returned Krenko, Mob Boss Shu Yun, Silent Tempest I used to have more, but keep scrapping. I need help deciding on a commander i would actually decide to keep in the end. These are what I've narrowed it down to Tatyova, Benthic Druid Ghave, Guru of Spores Okaun, Eye of Chaos + Zndrsplt, Eye of Wisdom Grenzo, Dungeon Warden Doran, the Siege Tower Arcades, the Strategist

Sell me on one or multiple

graycattt on Help with a Zur + ...

2 months ago

I've been playing with my own take on a Zur the Enchanter + Doran, the Siege Tower deck, leaning more than other lists I've seen into defenders, along with a copy of High Alert to make sure they can attack. I'm not at all convinced there's any improvement over the current lists, but I like the idea!

The goal is just a fun deck that might win a few games at FNM. I'd appreciate any feedback/tips: Zur's Walls

MurrSheep on Card creation challenge

2 months ago

Hydromorph Dragon 3 G/U G/U

Creature - Dragon Ooze

Flying, Protection from Red, Vanishing 4

G/U: ~ loses flying and gains islandwalk until end of turn.

G/U G/U: ~ loses protection from Red and flying and gains Trample and forestwalk until end of turn.

When ~ loses its last vanishing counter, exile it, then create two token copies of it.


Slightly inspired by Chronozoa .

Rolling dice time:

1: Mardu legendary Planeswalker or vampire that grows stronger by sacrificing creatures (more so if they’re human)

2: Simic Ooze lord

3: Jeskai defender monk with level up abilities

4: Abzan treefolk that could work alongside Doran, the Siege Tower

5: Rakdos Elemental with a non-Rakdos ability

6: Wildcard

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