Eternal Witness

Eternal Witness

Creature — Human Shaman

When Eternal Witness enters the battlefield, you may return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Uncommon
Secret Lair (SLD) Rare
Ultimate Masters (UMA) Uncommon
Ultimate Masters Promo (UMAP) Mythic Rare
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Uncommon
Commander Anthology (CM1) None
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Modern Masters (MMA) Uncommon
Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ) Uncommon
MTG: Commander (CMD) Uncommon
Fifth Dawn (5DN) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Mythic Rare

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal

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Eternal Witness Discussion

0rc on 京 An illusion? What are you hiding? (CEDH-$T4KS) 京

3 days ago

Kiyomei, I use Drannith Magistrate to prevent my opponents from casting their commanders from the command zone, which is crippling in its own right, however, my strategy is far different from yours and less competitive so it may not be as appropriate for your stax strategy (my deck is on my profile). Late game, it also prevents commanders from casting spells from zones outside of the hand zone. As such, it stops Urza, Kess, and Muldrotha type strategies that hope to cast their win conditions from exile, graveyard, or wherever. It’s easy to pod into with Llanowar Elves-type dorks and completely shuts down many of the most competitive strategies, which tend to be commander driven. It also pods into Eternal Witness and Faeburrow Elder. It’s a real asshole in cEDH. I play it in Brago as well.

Peoni on Lord Windgrace CEDH Land Hate

5 days ago

I recommend running more stax/hate pieces in this deck. Cards like Null Rod, Sire Of Insanity, Stranglehold, and Trinisphere would do a lot to slow down any proactive combo players at the table and give you time to get your MLD value engine running. This deck isn't fast enough to win a race with them, so you'll need to stifle their speed significantly in order to compete with the faster decks at the table that aim to win in the first few turns.

Chrome Mox would be a nice addition. Could probably serve to replace Arcane Signet since you need your mana to be as fast as possible if you have any hope of hating out your speedier opponents before they go off. I don't know if you need an Eternal Witness in this deck, and I think you could also benefit from running some more cheap mana dorks along with a Priest of Titania rather than ramp spells like Kodama's Reach to speed up your ramp and hit your end game faster. Speaking of Titania, Titania, Protector of Argoth would be pretty strong in this deck.

Like your deck! Hope this helps. :^)

Beebles on Mina & Denn's Supermassive ZNR Update! | Primer

1 week ago

Thanks Profet93 :). I like your questions! They makes me reconsider card assessments formed long ago. Let’s dig into our new ones:

  • Yavimaya Hollow: a card I like and play in other decks. I also considered it for this deck several times. However, every time I do I feel it just does not belong in this deck. I think the reason why I feel that way is because it’s not the creatures that need protecting most of the time (or that I don’t want to focus on protecting them). Opponents could kill Mina and Denn, Wildborn sure. But they are just an enabler for the deck. Not a key piece, like in decks where I do run Hollow. The deck does not really have many vital pieces like that. On certain moments, yes, hollow will save that one creature you needed for the explosive play, so I do agree it would be a useful include. I just don’t think it is necessary or used very often. A bit like Kessig Wolf Run maybe. To be honest, the threshold of getting one in FOIL also contributes to a feeling of resistance nowadays. However, I can totally see anyone swapping out Spikefield Hazard for Yavimaya Hollow if they feel differently. It might be a good idea to test this one again just to see what happens.
  • If I’d cut Retreat to Kazandu now - which I won’t ;) - I’d probably go for another 2-mana ramp piece or put Krosan Tusker back in. I did just put in Rampant Growth in the last update, so I’m already up a ramp piece (5 now) to skip a turn for M&D. Sol Ring is a no go for me because of the total lack of synergy. Life from the Loam was cut in the last update for Ancient Greenwarden and the deck does not need a 4th effect like that I think. Eternal Witness is nice to have, especially with all the green creature tutors, so that is also a valid choice. Has creeped up on my maybe list rank recently because of Valakut Exploration. Depending on your meta, you can also consider something like Vexing Shusher for the spot.
  • Ancient Tomb: I have a similar opinion on this land compared to hollow and kessig wolf run. They all provide a little something for the deck, but creating a spot for them is just terrible. Apart from Spikefield Hazard there are no lands I am willing to cut atm. Blast Zone has been a strong answer on a land so far that’s easily found. Khalni Garden has a lot of applications and synergy, Radiant Fountain I like for the same reasons as Retreat to Kazandu. Cryptic Caves and Temple of Abandon get you out of dead situations, which I value more than the benefits of the competition. Most other lands feel like they are kind of set in stone now.

kraizor on Omnath, Locus of Creation feat. Landfall!

1 week ago

Update 17th of September:

1. Phylath, World Sculptor: I figured out, that at the time I can cast this guy, I have more than enough basic lands under my control, which means I can get enough tokens.
I replaced this for "Spoiler" Rampaging Baloths as this one gives me ETB tokens which I can pump as I need it.
2. Ancient GreenwardenTwo Landfall triggers in addition to playing lands out of your graveyard? 6 mana is huge, though worth the costs.
3. Tunneling Geopede: I honstely underestimated the power of this guy. One damage for each landfall trigger adds up and can close out games out of nowhere.
4. Moraug, Fury of Akoum. A powerhouse when it gets rolling. We are winning games with this, if unanswered.
5. Felidar Retreat: This card surprised me a lot in playtesting. Not only is it better than Zendikar's Roil but it is also more versatile at is gains us an overrun-esque effect.
6. Rude Awakening: I earlier removed this card from my deck, due to it feeling like a win more card, though I realized that I was too greedy and only wanted to use this card for its entwine costs.
After more testing it feels more like a better Mirari's Wake due to its versatility. More mana? No Problem. Trying to finish? No Problem. Trying to finish, but need just a bit more mana? No Problem.
1. Mirari's Wake: Exchanged for Rude Awakening as it is more versatile and technically give me the same benefits.
2. Coiling Oracle: Too often a swing and a miss. Not necessarily bad, but was not convinced from this one anymore.
3. Ghostly Flicker: Not sure about this one, as it is additional protection and can benefit mana if blinking Gaea's Cradle.
Will see how it pans out and if cutting it was a mistake. 4. Ramunap Excavator: Exchanged for Ancient Greenwarden. Also not sure about this one, as it ensures early land drops. Though, do not have problems with this early on most of the time.
5. Rampaging Baloths: Cutted for Phylath, World Sculptor as it benefits my deckstyle more.
6. Dig Through Time: Were not able to cast this card for its delve costs most of the time, as lands in the graveyard are often more valuable than in other decks.

1. Eternal Witness As is tradition, have to mention, that I want to play her.

BenWin on Omnath V2

1 week ago

Savage1988, I appreciate your recommendations of what to change in my deck. You may not have seen Compost in the list because I am making little changes all the time. I'm aiming to build my OmRath list as competitively as possible, and that requires maintenance and play-testing!

Khalni Heart Expedition, Devoted Druid, and Summoner's Pact are all great cards for you to use in the list. For these it's important to note that a lot of people don't neglect these cards because they are bad, but choose to use others because they think others are a slightly better fit. For example, because Omnath, Locus of Rage benefits from landfall triggers, it is usually advantageous to prioritize ramp spells over mana dorks like Devoted Druid.

Gruul Turf is a fantastic card, but doesn't make the cut for the same reason other come-into-play-tapped dual lands don't. It is advantageous to have 1) as many double land drops like Fabled Passage as possible and 2) as many basics as possible for Perilous Forays should you draw it. While Gruul Turf is a great include, it is neither of those 2 things and gets cut from competitive lists. It is worth noting that these two conditions are meant to be for mana fixing lands, not those like Reliquary Tower.

Eternal Witness allows you to recur anything from your grave with any of your creature tutor cards: Green Sun's Zenith, Finale of Devastation, or Chord of Calling. This also means you can recur non-creature cards like enchantments with creature tutor cards. It is important to understand that by adding 1 Eternal Witness to the deck, you yield up to 4 outs in the deck should you ever want to recur something from your grave. While it may not always be your choice, it vastly increases your range of options with creature tutor cards.

Hope this helps!

Pastlebox on Questing Beast

1 week ago

I had built a Fog Tribal Questing Beast deck a while back. Getting some of the better ones like Spike Weaver, who has really dropped since it shot up to $20 with the release of Atraxa.

Constant Mists is a great investment too. These are probably some of the best repeatable effects that allow you to attack and not care about your opponent's creatures.

I would really suggest typing out our deck using the custom categories. I tend to split mine into:

  1. (Roughly 10x) Mana Acceleration

  2. (Roughly 10x) Card Draw

  3. Deck Control (like tutors)

  4. (Roughly 10x) Removal / Protection Effects

  5. Recursion (copy effects, returning stuff from the graveyard)

  6. Other stuff.

Ideally you want to make sure you have at least 10 mana acceleration effects and 10 card draw effects. Different commanders can allow you to drop the number of creature card draw effects you have.

Have a look at the card draw package I have in my wolf deck. Green is my most played colour. Their enchantments are just SO STUPIDLY POWERFUL. And people don't run enough enchantment removal. They do run creature board wipes though. So investing heavily into creatures can be... risky.

https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/tolsimir-anthem-and-wolf-tribal/

Zendikar Resurgent, Guardian Project and The Great Henge area all great cards. The Henge is pricy these days though but I don't think that it'll really go down or get banned. It's a good investment.

Elemental Bond should be an easy replace over Shapers' Sanctuary. The Sanctuary just doesn't trigger reliably enough. From my experience, single target removal isn't very strong in commander - unless you're playing in CEDH. But considering the difference between what you could draw vs. what you will draw with Elemental Bond. You're garenteed to draw with the bond. With the Sanctuary, you're just hoping that someone will target one of your creatures. It might happen, but when one is determined just based on your own creatures, it will trigger much more often.

Nissa, Who Shakes the World might be a good pick-up for your deck since you have so many forests.

Otherwise, my favourites are Eternal Witness, Genesis Wave and Green Sun's Zenith. Though the later won't really work with the hydras' X mana cost.

TheEmgee on [[Primer v3.5]] - OM_RATH!!! (M21 Update!!!)

2 weeks ago

Guerte

Bala Ged Recovery  Flip could replace Eternal Witness in the deck. This will give our deck another land. How often has anyone fetch for Eternal Witness? I hardly seek her out. She's alright when I draw her but I usually keep her in my hand unless I need something back from the graveyard.

Savage1988 on Omnath V2

2 weeks ago

Hey BenWin,

What does Eternal Witness specifically do so well that you rank it close to all those other synergy cards?

To me it seems decent value, but not particularly synergistic with anything? Or is it partly its price?

Anything i’m missing?

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