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Enchantment — Aura
As Flickering Ward enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Enchanted creature has protection from the chosen color. This effect doesn't remove Flickering Ward.
(White): Return Flickering Ward to its owner's hand.
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Flickering Ward Discussion
1 week ago
Eidolon of Countless Battles for sure, possibly True Conviction, Three Dreams, and Celestial Mantle as well. Given the number of enchantments/auras (including the Eidolons), maybe capitalize on that some more with Flickering Ward, Winds of Rath (I see you have Wrath of God already), Sram, Senior Edificer, Kor Spiritdancer, Daybreak Coronet, and things like that. Prison Term is fantastic and I'm hard-pressed to avoid it in my white decks due to the utility.
2 weeks ago
Here are some easy swaps when you have the chance.
Why Homarid Explorer? Seems like an odd choice. Again, infinite blinks will win with literally anything so why not play card that synergies with your deck more? How about Deadeye Navigator which is a stupid card and a back up brago? Or Venser, Shaper Savant to bounce all the lands.
That's the biggest piece of advice I'd give you. You have a lot fo random mill that doesn't synergies with your commander like Psychic Corrosion. I'd see about removing that.
Finally 33 lands is kinda low. I aim for at least 36, maybe even 38
1 month ago
Balan is all about Equipment, so I chose to exclude Auras from this deck and focus solely on Equipment.
Another reason why I abstain from Auras is Sword of Light and Shadow. I had Godsend and Flickering Ward (for the brief time Sram was the Commander) in this deck before. SoLaS' pro-White caused significant issues when them. Auras would have the same problem.
This deck doesn't care about Equipment that don't benefit Balan is some way. Equipment that don't give her relevant keywords or increase her Commander Damage clock are pretty much worthless.
Helm of the Host is one of those Equipment.
2 months ago
And in fact that will happen with any auras you control that grant protection from their own color, such as Flickering Ward or Floating Shield (if you choose white). While these auras contain clauses or rulings that specify that they don't cause themselves to fall off if you choose white, if the enchanted creature gains protection from white in any other way, including Concerted Effort duplicating the protection from white from those auras, they will fall off as a state-based action because the "this effect doesn't cause this enchantment to fall off" clause is not copied over, same as with Pristine Angel's "must be untapped" clause.
This also applies to Spectra Ward. Even though it doesn't cause any auras already on a creature to fall off, you can't add new ones afterward, and Concerted Effort will give the enchanted creature another instance of "protection from all colors," which will make Spectra Ward fall off.
In short, Concerted Effort is basically a non-bo with many protection-granting auras.
2 months ago
2 months ago
Flickering Ward effectively reads "Pay , draw a card" if either Sram or Mesa Enchantress is in play. Protection from a certain color may also path the way for your Commander to swing in for lethal commander damage.
Cage of Hands is a weaker substitute of Ward above but can used to lock an opponent's creature.
Cessation it recurs itself when put into the graveyard from the battlefield is useful.
Curse of Exhaustion not exactly strong but it's an aura nonetheless, and a single player "Rule of Law" can be hilarious (for you at least).
Pentarch Ward Cantrip effect and grants color protection to Sram.
There are plenty of white aura that buffs a creature's P/T and grants a bunch of abilities like flying, first strike, vigilance, lifelink, etc. Those are personal choices so will leave it to you to pick and chose the best combination. I'd prefer those with in-build cantrip effects to help with card draw.
3 months ago
Your deck have one more card than allowed. It is 100 cards including commander. The way you are listing you have 101 cards.
Wouldn't Kestia, the Cultivator be better for the build you want to make? You can run other cheap enchantment creatures in order to trigger its effects.
I suggest using Mesa Enchantress.
Another good enchantment for providing unblockability is Flickering Ward.