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Return Gossamer Chains to its owner's hand: Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by target unblocked creature this turn.
Gossamer Chains Discussion
3 months ago
Hi! I'm relatively new to this aikido style of control/pillow fort. I've already learned a bit from everyone's comments already, so thank you guys! :)
I've made a list of cards that I imagine fits the archetype but that I haven't seen in most lists. I would really appreciate if i could get your experienced opinions on them. Thank you all in advance :)
Spectral Grasp - Prevents a creature from attacking you like the Vows do, but unlike the Vows, Spectral Grasp also makes them unable to block your creatures.
Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor - Gives your opponents 1/1s that can't attack you or block,incentivizing them to hit each other with them. When Varchild eventually bites the dust you even get all the survivor tokens that have, well, survived.
Crown of Doom - Incentivizes your opponents to attack each other and can't be returned to you.
Mathas, Fiend Seeker - Rewards you and your opponents for killing creatures that don't belong to you.
Flash Conscription - Seems to fit aikido quite nicely if I've come to understand the term correctly. Steals an opponent's creature at instant speed to block, and it even gets a lifelink-effect if you payed white. Does cost 6 mana though...
Master Warcraft - Its uses include making opponents' creatures kill each other, assuring your survival one combat step if an opponent is threatening and letting your creatures slip past clogged up boards for lethal damage.
Disharmony - Steals an attacking creature to let you block with it.
Jabari's Influence - Gain permanent control of a creature that attacked you. Its drawbacks is that it costs 5 and only works on nonblack and nonartifact creatures which limits its uses, in addition to shrinking its power slightly. Still feels pretty on theme.
Encircling Fissure - One sided fog. Can punish an opponent for being overly aggressive with their creatures. Can also help out an opponent in a pinch to make them owe you a favour later on.
Treacherous Urge - Can steal an opponent's creature from their hand and hit them with it. It's also a instant, so you can use it in response to someone attacking you.
Coveted Jewel - Provides you or the one who steals it from you with ramp and cards. Everyone wants in on that good stuff, right? I imagine that this could get tossed around a bit, but maybe 6 mana is a bit much, even if you get 3 of them back right away...
6 months ago
Finest Hour is probably better than Brave the Sands, so if we're trying to fit in Leyline of Anticipation and Privileged Position , it would be better to cut that instead. And it would probably be correct to cut New Horizons instead of Weirding Wood. A card is better than a +1/+1 counter.
You're going to want to add Alchemist's Refuge to the manabase to help you cast enchantments on your opponent's turns when you don't have Leyline of Anticipation. It might even be worth trying to play Vedalken Orrery to get these effects more often. There are a few flash enchantments you can play as well: Seal Away , Temporal Isolation , Slow Motion , Lawmage's Binding , Cast Out , Alexi's Cloak , Cho-Manno's Blessing , Eel Umbra , Jolrael's Favor , and Serpent Skin seem playable.
Another thing you might consider are replayable enchantments. The few I'm thinking of are Mana Bloom , Gossamer Chains , Flickering Ward , Broken Fall and Molting Skin . The latter three will also help you keep Tuvasa alive!
Speaking of keeping your commander alive, you might find it difficult with only Shield of the Oversoul, Swiftfoot Boots, Lightning Greaves, and Greater Auramancy. Furthermore, the latter two give shroud, which will make it hard to enchant Tuvasa afterwards! I'd consider trying to find more hexproof and indestructible effects even if they come from non-enchantment sources, such as Darksteel Plate . As for auras, there's Alpha Authority and Canopy Cover .
Finally, as just a neat card, you might consider playing Cloud Cover .
As for things to take out, the first thing I would do is take out Luminarch Ascension. The card is so powerful that people will just kill it or, more likely, YOU. It's a political disaster. I'd pull Abundant Growth because it's just not a very high-yield card. If you're looking for ramp and color-fixing, Carpet of Flowers is better because of how common blue is in Commander. Authority of the Consuls is probably not going to be very useful unless you know opponents are going to making large numbers of 1/1s for a combo. Finally, as much as I like it as a card, On Serra's Wings is not particularly excellent here. Unfortunately, that's just four cuts, and I gave a lot more suggestions. You'll just have to consider what effects you might want enough to include.
7 months ago
Hey SSK, nice to see you're now playing Commander :)
Several really good cards here, but I think you're going to have trouble getting enough experience counters fast enough for Spirits created by Daxos to matter. Daxos is a slow Commander, to increase the speed of getting exp. counters consider some low mana cost enchantments that can return themselves back to your hand to be cast again with either an ability or when they go to the graveyard.
Budget cards ($4 or less each) to consider adding:
- Caves of Koilos
- Shambling Vent
- Smothering Tithe : amazing ramp for white in multiplayer Commander.
- Flickering Ward : protection for Daxos and bounce it back to your hand; one of the best ways to get exp. counters.
- Gossamer Chains : bounce it for no mana cost to prevent a creature from doing damage to you. Like Ward it's only two mana to get repeatable exp. counters.
- Fallen Ideal
- Conviction : three mana for repeatable exp. counters.
- Open the Armory : search for Ward, Connections or any other aura.
- Heliod's Pilgrim : same as Armory.
- Angelic Renewal
- Eidolon of Rhetoric : when you have experience counters you don't have to play a lot of spells because you have a repeatable source of creatures from Daxos this makes cards that allow players to only play one spell a turn quite good.
- Rule of Law
- Day of Judgment
- Sun Titan : repeatable reanimation of 3 or less CMC enchantments, combos with Renewal. His high mana cost is worth it.
Cards to consider cutting:
- Kabira Crossroads
- Orzhov Guidgate
- Deadly Tempest
- Spear of Heliod
- Intangible Virtue
- Necromancer's Covenant
- Marshal's Anthem
- Dictate of Heliod
- Celestial Archon
- Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts
- Archetype of Finality
- Orzhov Cluestone
- Stasis Snare
Most of these are high mana cost cards. I don't think you need all these anthem effects for tokens since the main source of tokens comes from Daxos and those tokens should already be big with high power/toughness.
Good luck with your deck.
9 months ago
Ashes to Ashes, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, Sign in Blood, Angelic Purge, Afterlife, Snuff Out, Unmake, Pentarch Ward, Cho-Manno's Blessing, Blessing of Leeches are all really good and serve you as card draw/ protection or control.
9 months ago
if the thing you want is to have a deck focused on flying creatures or spells without good or bad additions, why not make a commander deck? if you already got the colors figured out you could use Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage, Azor, the Lawbringer or even Medomai the Ageless. with that combination you got a lot of ways to control the board and protection for your creatures, and add 40 more cards to the deck. Aboshan's Desire, Flood, Tidal Flats, Spirit Bonds, Invocation of Saint Traft, Angelic Favor, Entreat the Angels, Tidal Surge, Decree of Justice, Battle Screech, March of Souls, Descend upon the Sinful, Storm Herd are cards that you could use in commander but not in this deck... if you want to have a reliable way to trigger Sigil of the Empty Throne you can use Flickering Ward, Shimmering Wings, Conviction, Brilliant Halo, Gossamer Chains, Viscerid Armor, Ephara's Enlightenment and others. Aven Mindcensor, Mana Short, Boomerang, Standstill, Magus of the Moat, Bident of Thassa, Sigil of the New Dawn, Hindering Light, Supreme Verdict.
ooor make a pauper deck edh or a normal one... :P
1 year ago
An automatic +1 for running Gossamer Chains
1 year ago
ForTheOldFrame Thanks for all the suggestions, but I think in the second set of suggestions, there isn't anything among them that would add to the current strategy more than my current cards do.
I've decided to stick with Spectra Ward, even though the casting cost is high, it has one ability that puts it on top and that is that it's effect doesn't remove other auras, whereas if I were to Flickering Ward, say green, it would cause Ancestral Mask (which is one of my main win cons) to fall off whereas Spectra Ward wouldn't and it gives all color protection and +2/+2 to boot.
I actually decided to keep Broken Fall in the end, because it has essentially a free return to hand cost, and it can spare one of my enchantresses or my commander from a boardwipe if needs be.
Thanks for the tips! =)
1 year ago
ForTheOldFrame Wow a lot of these cards are amazing. I've never head of most of them!
I'd be reticent to unclude Dueling Grounds as sometimes I get to swing big in all directions with angels.
Gossamer Chains and Cessation are the ones that appeal to me the most. Flickering Ward and Broken Fall are both amazing too, but I have a hard time casing auras considering most of the time I have Greater Auramancy in play.
I'll need to have a good hard think about what to take out in order to include some of these, but thanks for the tips! I'm really happy to see those cards! =)
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