Hold the Gates


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash (GTC) Uncommon

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Hold the Gates


Creatures you control get +0/+1 for each Gate you control and have vigilance.

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Hold the Gates Discussion

Clawsun73 on Kemba Kha artifact deck

8 months ago

Masterwork of Ingenuity for Herald of the Host. Masterwork of Ingenuity is any equipment on the battlefield for 1 mana. Herald is a cool card, but doesn't really fit the deck.

Explorer's Scope for Worn Powerstone. Worn powerstone is pretty bad...

Strata Scythe for Slagwurm Armor. This card seems insane since you are playing mono white.

Spear of Heliod for Infiltration Lens. Makes people not want to attack you if you have 3 mana open. You are trying to make sure your commander is not blocked, that makes this useless.

Stoneforge Masterwork for Accorder's Shield. You summon a lot of cats, this makes Kemba thicc.

Inventors' Fair for Plains. It's just good and there is no reason to have a plains rather than this. (I can trade you one)

Dispatch for Bandage. Don't see bandage being too useful. Dispatch is extremely cheap removal in this deck. (I can trade you this too)

Trailblazer's Boots for Kitesail. Basically unblockable, better than flying.

Golem-Skin Gauntlets for Ring of Thune. This gives more attack than Thune and costs basically the same. (2 play, 1 equip vs. 1 play, 2 equip)

Oblivion Ring for Hold the Gates.

Sandblast for Second Thoughts.

Swords to Plowshares for Aura Blast. Don't need Aura Blast and Erase.

Open the Vaults for Cobbled Wings. If someone casts Vandalblast, you don't automatically lose.

Skullclamp for Staff of Nin. Staff is too expensive mana wise for 1 extra card and 1 damage per turn. Skullclamp is much better draw.

Selfless Spirit for Gorgon's Head. Deathtouch isn't good on a voltron, seems not worth it.

Rogue's Passage for Plains if you don't already have it since you don't have lands listed.

Calliber on Brainstorming win cons for 5c ...

11 months ago

Sacred Ground can help protect the gates and maze. And if you're going to run them then Crackling Perimeter and Hold the Gates could be worked in.

total_euphoria on Doran's Gonna Get Your Head Kicked In

11 months ago

For hexproof/similar abilities you'll want to be looking at Swiftfoot Boots, Mask of Avacyn, Darksteel Plate, Lightning Greaves, General's Kabuto and Champion's Helm. In regards to vigilance I'm guessing you want mass as opposed to single card vigilance? In this case you should look at Brave the Sands, Heliod, God of the Sun, Hold the Gates, Serra's Blessing and Angelic Field Marshal. Please dont take this the wrong way but I feel you have a fair few cards that aren't really in keeping with your gameplan or rest of the deck. For instance, Dragonlord Dromoka has a stax effect which youre not utilizing with other cards. Similarly, you're not running sacrifice so Ghoultree's mana reducing ability is unlikely to be utilized. Also, your land count is really low. An average EDH deck will run around 37 but you are using high costing creatures which require lands and ramp.

fyrewire on

1 year ago

Hey VesuvanDoppelbanger:

Thanks for looking and the suggestions! I don't think I'll be adding any of those cards though - just don't think they fit great in the deck as it is.

Conclave's Blessing - rarely do I have enough guys out for this to be good enough I think. This might max at like a +8-10 I think - which is crazy good, but pricey at 4cmc and not guaranteed.

Hold the Gates - intriguing because I would like another source of vigilance, but not a big fan of the gate lands (tapped and no upside over other duals)

Lumithread Field - there are better anthems, and a simple anthem is probably not going to be a game changer in this deck

VesuvanDoppelbanger on

1 year ago

A few cards that work for Doran:

Conclave's Blessing can be a huge boost late-game.

Hold the Gates You'd need to switch up your mana base just enough to include a few gates for this one to be worthwhile.

Lumithread Field simple buff for all your critters.

Nice build, +1.

PupidoMcMuffin on Mono-White Soldiers

1 year ago

Richrox , thanks for the advice I've been considering Preeminent Captain ( I just completely skipped over the maybe board). I actually just bought Preeminent Captain a little bit ago as well as some other cards that I have seen used in other soldier decks. As for Hold the Gates , I had it in there because the vigilance triggers even without a gate, but now that I look it over there are definitely better cards to have in it. Overall, just thanks for the advice and feedback!

Richrox on Mono-White Soldiers

1 year ago

Hold the Gates has no value if you don't control any Gates, which you don't.

Additionally, I would reduce your lands down to 19 and add 4 copies Preeminent Captain, as he can push our your entire hand by turn 5 or 6, and for a budget modern deck like this he should be a staple.

lagotripha on Hold dem gates! (Budget control with a twist)

1 year ago

Have you tested running some more Assault Formation alongside Natural Affinity for an unexpected win with Tower Defense or Hold the Gates? I feel like having a post-board state where the creatures appear from nowhere- Cobra Trap or Secure the Wastes style to deal with the inevitble Wrath of God coming in from sideboard could be good. It could also help free up those lower creature slots for some Languish and Yahenni's Expertise type area removal to deal with faster aggro. Might try putting it together to see what it would look like. Anyways, loving the deck idea.

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