Ephara, God of the Polis


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Born of the Gods (BNG) Mythic Rare

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Ephara, God of the Polis

Legendary Enchantment Creature — God


As long as your devotion to white and blue is less than seven, Ephara isn't a creature.

At the beginning of each upkeep, if you had another creature enter the battlefield under your control last turn, draw a card.

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Ephara, God of the Polis Discussion

Pal00ka on Bringer of Law

3 weeks ago

Please stop putting <36 lands if your ~ CMC is not <3.

I get why you chose Azor for a control build but I don't know if he is the best choice. How you want to play ultimately decides that. Azor is a conundrum because as control you want to leave mana up to answer threats but he wants to attack and draw cards. Other UW options are Ephara, God of the Polis which can be more staxxy w hate-bears; Noyan Dar, Roil Shaper is more spellslinger control w lands like Darksteel Citadel being your win-con; and the new Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage would be more legendary and artifact stax.

Regardless, I like a lot of what is going on. I think you could add more hate-bears like Eidolon of Rhetoric and Hushwing Gryff to passively mess with all opponents. The problem w control is you are trying to manipulate 3 opponents, and 1 spell for 1 answer means 2 others were not answered. Capsize lets you continually bounce problems mid-late game.

Sun Titan could be nice additional value if you build a little around it without detracting from the whole deck. Wayfarer's Bauble and Burnished Hart can come back for more ramp; Mind Stone and Commander's Sphere for extra draw (as you have); Ghost Quarter and Scavenger Grounds for hate; Hope of Ghirapur and Soul Snare can keep the control coming.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Lets speculate on the confirmed ...

2 months ago

So the spider looks super badass. Great artwork. The monk lady will propably be in the enchantress deck, but doesn't look too bant. Rather seems like an enchantment itself. The woman shows similarity to Ephara, God of the Polis.

pigeoncommander on Arcades' Moving Castle

3 months ago

Solid list, definitely better than I thought it'd come out. A couple other cards worth considering:

Ephara, God of the Polis Doesn't really benefit or benefit from Arcades, but considering you're already drawing a fair bit of cards, she acts as another, harder to remove draw engine.

Orator of Ojutai acts as another Wall of Omens.

Shield Sphere 0 casting cost 0/6. Nuff said.

Wall of Junk is a recursive draw engine.

Slaughter the Strong hurts your opponents more than it hurts you but there's something to be said for Wrath. This one seems better in theory but would need testing.

Aluren is expensive but in your current build, 24 creatures are free to cast.

Meekstone Not really casual friendly but its a solid lockdown piece.

Thought Vessel

polarlunar on W/U Azorius Blink

3 months ago

Atrabilogie from here on out, the route you want to go with the deck (tempo, control, aggro, midrange) would determine what creatures & spells you'd want to run. There is also the question of how closely to the original theme of the deck (blinking/flickering) you want to stay, versus how competitive you'd like it to be- if you're looking to do well in tournaments, then cards like Ephara, God of the Polis, Phyrexian Ingester, even Venser, the Sojourner would likely need to be cut, though I consider Venser the heart/symbol of the deck. Again, it depends on what route you want to take, but that's totally up to you and your play style. This is also where my knowledge is not as strong, but I can definitely list some options and alternatives.

First, what I'd probably keep for sure: Wall of Omens, Blade Splicer, Restoration Angel, as well as Path to Exile for removal.

Eldrazi Displacer is a great creature to run for the blink/flicker theme, and has the added benefit of not just being able to target your creatures, but your opponent's creatures as well, potentially keeping a big threat at bay and preventing them from attacking. However, it's worth noting that the activated ability requires specifically colorless mana, so you would need to run something like Adarkar Wastes and/or Mystic Gate to ensure that.

Snapcaster Mage provides a ton of value and versatility, letting you recur spells from your graveyard (provided you do run a decent amount of instants & sorceries, such as the ones listed below).

Vendilion Clique is very good for control, allowing you to look at an opponent's hand and forcing them to tuck the biggest threat from their hand into their library.

Meddling Mage can shut down combo decks, and Reflector Mage is great for tempo strategies. Both of these creatures are run in one of the current top decks in Modern, 5-Color Humans.

I'm not too familiar with the planeswalkers, but Jace, the Mind Sculptor is a staple for any control deck.

As far as instants & sorceries, aside from Path to Exile, Cryptic Command is a very powerful spell in its versatility, with all of its modes being extremely relevant at any point in the game. Remand is also a great counterspell that provides tempo advantage, delaying your opponent's early game plan, while continuing to build your board while replacing itself. Serum Visions is likely the best 1-drop draw/scry spell in the Modern format, enabling you to keep your game plan on track. Opt is a close second for the same benefits. I also like Vapor Snag for aggro/tempo strategies.

Lastly, Aether Vial is an extremely powerful artifact that allows you to cast your creatures at flash speed, that cannot be countered, while also saving you mana. This card is probably one of the more ideal cards to still preserve the idea of blinking/flickering.

If you were inclined to go a third color, one of the most popular control archetypes is Jeskai Control, running red for extra value cards like Lightning Bolt, Lightning Helix, and Electrolyze. Snapcaster Mage becomes a must in this deck that runs a ton of instants and sorceries.

That's all I can think of now, but if I think of anything else, I'll let you know! Hopefully that provides some options for you to consider. Definitely plenty of routes you can take!

RazortoothMtg on

4 months ago

GoldenDiggle ya, I wasn't sure about Raff, but after him winning the prerelease for me and playtesting this deck a little, I can see why Vedalken Orrery is $20 now. Midcombat Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite can just win the game. Instant speed Mind Control with In Bolas's Clutches is insane. It powers up Ephara, God of the Polis, lets me always hold up Counterspells, and Raff himself is a 3/3 with flying, which isn't too bad. Extremely impressed by his power level.

polarlunar on W/U Azorius Blink

4 months ago

Atrabilogie I don't blame you- it's something I never knew about morph creatures myself until recently :) Akroma is definitely the most powerful option of them all.

Ephara, God of the Polis is definitely a hit or miss card - generally speaking I am able to eventually bring her online as a creature, once the board has really been developed, but it does take a while. Unless you get Flickerwisp, Lavinia of the Tenth, Venser, the Sojourner, or Detention Sphere out along with her own devotion, it can be pretty challenging otherwise. The biggest benefit I have found for having Ephara is as a card draw engine, which is one that once it gets going, can really help find your combo pieces and lock out the opponent even sooner. The card draw also happens to help enable her devotion even quicker, but having her as a creature is more of a side benefit.

That being said, Ephara can be pretty slow, as it takes at least a couple of turns before you start to get benefit from her. I think it'd be perfectly acceptable to go down to 1x or even 0x in the mainboard, in favor of other spells with faster impact. It's often one of the first cards I swap out for a sideboard card anyways. I think I'm just still attached to her, since she's one of the first gods I ever pulled :)

Atrabilogie on W/U Azorius Blink

4 months ago

Damn I feel dumb for not seeing that about Akroma.

Actually I think you're right about Lone Missionary, it's more versatile in a side than the claws.

The decklist I copied was actually wrong as it was a sideboarded one for Affinity.

I keep testing it and I find it very hard to get the devotion for Ephara, God of the Polis, is this something you usually manage to work out in games ?

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