Forbidding Watchtower

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Tenth Edition (10E) Uncommon
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Uncommon

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Forbidding Watchtower

Land

Forbidding Watchtower enters the battlefield tapped.

Tap: Add W to your mana pool.

1,W: Forbidding Watchtower becomes a 1/5 white Soldier creature until end of turn. It's still a land.

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Forbidding Watchtower Discussion

Byuante on Doran in progress

1 day ago

That land base is horrible, man, even with a budget!

Add Command Tower for one. You should probably also run Miren, the Moaning Well. Maybe try adding Opal Palace, Reliquary Tower, Rogue's Passage, Vault of the Archangel, Murmuring Bosk, and Forbidding Watchtower for one. You can also try your luck with bounce lands, signets, and tap lands, but you really need to add duals.

Maybe remove and replace Toxic Deluge with Duneblast, Gilded Lotus with Thran Dynamo. I also don't think you need to run both Mirri's Guile and Sylvan Library

Cereal_Killer on Order of Stolen Will

1 month ago

As said before by thehat an indicative budget could help when searching for cards that cuold be add to your deck.

Lingering Souls and Raise the Alarm are very good cards. I'd prefer them to Timely Reinforcements (remember that you need to have less creatures than your opponent or Timely Reinforcements won't give you any token).

As for the lands: consider some Flooded Strand. Personally I don't like so much Moorland Haunt and Forbidding Watchtower and, in my opinion, you should reduce them to 20 in order to don't see them too often. Moorland Haunt is a land that provides you colorless mana and needs 2 specifical mana and a creature in a your graveyard to put a 1/1 token, Forbidding Watchtower enters tapped and needs 2 mana to became a 1/5 creature. Furthermore, I'll reduce to 2 the Mystic Gate. If you don't want to spend money on Flooded Strand consider Glacial Fortress.

I'd cut Acrobatic Maneuver that needs 3 mana cast and you will just use it to bounce a creature and get a +1 +1 on Champion of the Parish or Thalia's Lieutenant if one of them is on the battlefield. If you really want to go this plan I'd add Essence Flux or Ghostly Flicker.

Personally I don't like Silver-Inlaid Dagger. If you want to boost your creatures I'd choose Honor of the Pure.

Another good card you could consider, if your opponent plays lot of creatures, is Ghostly Prison. If you want to control more the board an option could be Detention Sphere or Path to Exile. Wrath of God is a good card but consider also Supreme Verdict.

As for Beguiler of Wills, I understand you really like it, so won't ask you to cut it.

zephyr_chang on Ow Ouch My Bones Ow

1 month ago

Play 4 Treefolk Harbinger, 2 more Doran, the Siege Tower and 1 more Spellskite. This means you can cut down the number of Idyllic Tutor and Assault Formation as well. You need to start playing more lands that can produce black mana too. Forbidding Watchtower is a good man-land for this deck. Drop the creatures with Defender or keep them to a minimum.

SynergyBuild on How an Army Wins!

2 months ago

Hey, would Forbidding Watchtower be a god fit for the deck, I have 4 copies, but had the old one that didn't say "soldier" in it... maybe having a Field Marshal in play will make it a lot better...

zephyr_chang on Doran's Army

2 months ago

Spellskite - you need to protect Doran when he is on the battlefield. It incidentally eats all of your opponent's buff spells too. Forbidding Watchtower - a sturdy manland in this deck.

lagotripha on Oregon Rain

4 months ago

If you've got the playtester open while editing, you'll need to close it and open it again before it updates iirc. I'd consider Storage Matrix in place of emrakul- it feels a lot better here as you only care about untapping lands, and most mixed creature/spell strategies really suffer to it. Conserving your fogs cause they untap lands not creatures will buy you some turns. Rule of Law is super useful if your meta has a meaningful combo component.

Interesting land choices abound- I'm a fan of Mystifying Maze, but its a serious mana hog. Blinkmoth Well can be fun when an opponent is reliant on Grinding Station for their win. Calciform Pools could ease casting those big end-spells, Desert/Grasping Dunes/Sunscorched Desert/ that new one that provides amazing graveyard hate look like they're going to be an interesting package, Flagstones of Trokair is a better plains against all but blood moon (which you fight through well anyway), Forbidding Watchtower as a backup win when there aren't creatures or removal, Nephalia Academy may have utility protecting fogs from thoughtsieze. As a whole set though- tectonic and ghost will see you through most of the meta, with gher/mikokoro to keep things running smoothly- its best not to worry too hard unless you see something that will plug a gap.

zephyr_chang on The Best Offense...

4 months ago

No problem, you go with what works for you. More importantly, test the deck as much as you can. There are many ways the deck can go, from being a Doran/Abzan good stuff deck to an aggro deck all-in on the toughness plan (https://www.mtggoldfish.com/articles/much-abrew-about-nothing-abzan-toughness-modern, if you haven't seen it already) to all the different splashes.

Lingering Souls is one of the most powerful cards in Modern right now so I'll try to jam some copies of it in the deck. Spirit tokens also work very well with Tower Defense. Then, in G2, side out all the Tower Defense and make the opponent still play around them. =)

Also, yes Forbidding Watchtower is definitely fun. I've had opponents not leave up blockers because they literally forget it is a manland.

I'd go with a full playset of Doran only because he gets killed on sight, plus you don't have Spellskite to protect him. (Also, be wary of random Thought Scour targeting you after you tutor up Doran)

To make space for the above, maybe Nyx-Fleece Ram doesn't need to be in the main, and can come out from the sideboard in more aggro matchups?

Good luck and have fun with the deck! Let us know the results of your testing. I played this deck at last year's WMCQ and am still playing it every now and then - it definitely packs a punch

cmsrDPM on The Best Offense...

4 months ago

zephyr_chang I do agree with Tower Defense like the idea of Forbidding Watchtower. I play 3 Doran because Treefolk Harbingers get me 7 chances to see the card. However I cannot disagree more on Assault Formation: that card wins games.

It is a more aggressive than Doran and is one sided. I have to worry about my opponents running Tarmogoyf and the one problem with Doran, the Siege Tower is he buffs their Goyfs.

The last ability on Assault Formation is a relative high cost. However wary opponents have to block or you buff for lethal (this has happened in several games I've played).

If I dump the Formations I go from 7 butt to 5 butt: that feels kinda risky.

Still thank you for the ideas.

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