Ihsan's Shade


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) Uncommon
Masters Edition II (ME2) Rare
Anthologies (ATH) Uncommon
Homelands (HML) Uncommon

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Ihsan's Shade

Legendary Creature — Shade Knight

Protection from white

Ihsan's Shade Discussion

Deadpoo111 on Throwing Shade [A Shade Tribal Deck]

3 weeks ago

naynay666: Hell yeah BRO!!!! Puts on shades

RNR_Gaming: Thanks! It is worth mentioning that I made the deck a few months before K'rrik was spoiled and I originally ran Ihsan's Shade . This isn't a K'rrik deck, it's a shade deck that accepted K'rrik when he was spoiled. He does speed the deck up 9-15 turns so that's nice!

eatmygender on a Concept to expand Pauper ...

11 months ago

I had an idea which I wanted to share for a while. Let's face it; Pauper EDH isn't very popular. If anything, people avoid it due to the overwhelming amount of non-legendary Commons they can pick from to be their General. While it could be argued it breaches the spirit of Pauper, I think Uncommon Legendaries (Of the myriad of options we have, largely thanks to Dominaria and Masters sets) should be legal as Commanders for Pauper EDH. There's so much untapped potential in these creatures! Adeliz, the Cinder Wind could be incredibly good in Wizzet Tribal, Baird, Steward of Argive gives you what's essentially a white Propaganda, Bladewing the Risen could make Dragons interesting in Pauper again, Zada, Hedron Grinder is so much bigger than Valuetown she's practically the Value Capital of Value Country, Danitha Capashen, Paragon shows potential for mono-white Voltron, Grunn, the Lonely King has just as much if not more, Hallar, the Firefletcher could have interesting Synergy with Kicked spells, Ihsan's Shade which is an Uncommon thanks to Masters 25 might have potential, Iwamori of the Open Fist could do Legendary tribal better than Arvad the Cursed despite the Color identity, Jalira, Master Polymorphist could make for a great mono-blue Cascade deck, Kongming, "Sleeping Dragon" miiiight do something interesting, and Kwende, Pride of Femeref is another solid addition to the overwhelming amount of White commanders and acts like a slightly Nerfed Odric, Lunarch Marshal. And these are just the ones I thought were worth mentioning. I really want this idea to catch on, because Pauper EDH is struggling, and it saddens me.

Edit: I've been told that you can use any uncommon in Pauper Dragon Highlander. My input isn't nearly as useful anymore, but I would like to say that a lot of these have great potential for Pauper EDH nonetheless.

LittleBlueHero on Dominaria release notes posted

1 year ago

I'm hoping that one of the antagonists is Baron Sengir. The last we saw him it appeared his new army was ready to venture through the dwarven gate on ulgrotha. Its never been revealed where the gate leads, though the baron has sent minions through the gate before and none have returned. This could account for the fact that we have see Sengir Vampire on dominaria before when they shouldn't really be there.

Without going into detail we are currently about 60 or so years in the timeline AFTER leshrac saw Ihsan's Shade readying a vampire army to cross the gate. Which would mean, if the gate did in fact lead to dominaria, the Baron could have established a foothold here and become a player in whatever is going on. It would also better explain Kazarov, Sengir Pureblood being in the set.

Not to mention there would be a vampire army to fight Bolas's zombie army and how awesome is that!

DemonDragonJ on Masters 25 Speculation and Wishlist

1 year ago

Yes! The filter lands are finally being reprinted! I nearly shouted for joy when I read that announcement, but I did not, because I was at work. I do wish that all ten were being reprinted, but some are better than none at all, and I imagine that WotC shall reprint the other five at some other point. The reprint of Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is also very nice; this set definitely has some of the best lands of any recent set.

Another card that I desired is being reprinted; Ihsan's Shade, and with new artwork, which is very nice, but does not quite have the same aura of darkness and mystery that the original had.

I have seen some players complaining about this set, and I wonder how they can, when the set contains so many awesome cards; some people simply cannot be pleased, it seems.

DemonDragonJ on Masters 25 Speculation and Wishlist

1 year ago

I also would like to see Ihsan's Shade in this set, as I am certain that that card would look great in the new border style and with new artwork.

clayperce on Magic Art Pairs

2 years ago

One more: Prophecy and Ihsan's Shade

Also, here's a Semi-Comprehensive Collection of Magic Polyptychs and Diptychs, including almost all the panoramic Lands. Here's the related thread on r/MagicTCG too.

DemonDragonJ on Iconic Masters Announced

2 years ago

Ihsan's Shade would also be a very night reprint, because it would be awesome with new artwork (although that is not to say that its original artwork is not awesome, because it is very awesome).

Draw_Wurm on Diary of a newbie commander ...

3 years ago

Recently I moved to an area where a lot of the local games store nights play EDH rather than modern, which has been my preferred format since getting back into Magic a few years back via the iOS apps. With modern, from a budget perspective I liked the eternal nature, and the degree of brewing potential, with standard a bit too difficult to keep up with, but I often found the LGS culture around winning a bit sour. That and the fact that by nature the format was very defined and tiered. Now each to their own, and I realise it's by nature a competitive format. However I fancied a bit of a change.

So for the last few weeks I've been brewing commander decks, which has been a really interesting challenge.

From my reading around the format, I knew I wanted something fun, both for me and others at the table. So it didn't need it to be 'winningest'. I also wanted something that reflected my relationship and history with the game. I started playing in 94/95 when we used to stack up massive decks of all the cards we owned and Force of Nature, Leviathan and Craw Giant seemed like serious propositions... I also wanted to begin in mono colour, partly for cost, partly to simplify things for me a bit. I also wanted to include flavourful cards. Cards I'd played with or against, or cards where the art or 'feel' captured my MTG experience. I tried brewing an Adamaro deck:

Shoot that Adamaro through my deck

Commander / EDH Draw_Wurm


And a Meriek deck:

I am the Assassin, providing your nemesis

Commander / EDH* Draw_Wurm


But neither felt like 'mine'

So I went Mono Black. The "Sworn to darkness" 2014 pre-constructed deck seemed a starting point. I don't normally like buying pre-cons, but the structure of the list gave me somewhere to begin in terms of outlining possible cards.

Partly I like being contrary, and running underdog cards that you don't see very often. I also wanted a commander that supported the need for 'flavour'. Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath, Ghoulcaller Gisa, Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief were good, but not quite the right fit. I wanted a card that reflected those older cards that I could brew around and settled on Christopher Rush's Ihsan's Shade. Clearly this wasn't the most powerful commander. Not modern playable, and potentially not commander playable. A 6cmc fatty with protection from white (and a bit of built in protection from removal being a black creature). But what direction to take the deck in? The 2014 pre-con lends itself to black goodstuff and zombie tribal builds. Zombie tribal seemed a bit obvious, and I'd discounted Ghoulcaller Gisa already. What about a goodstuff build, but using the flavour text of Ihsan as a basis? Weak, fallen, betrayer, suffering...

What about picking cards based on their art and artists as well. So Nether Shadow, Ritual of the Machine, Knight of Stromgald by the original MTG flavour artists that hooked me. Anson Maddocks, Mark Tedin et al.

Mono colour immediately led me down the route of devotion. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and Gray Merchant of Asphodel. Combined with Abhorrent Overlord, and 'swamps matter' cards like Lashwrithe, Mutilate and Liliana of the Dark Realms, I could cast cheap knights as sacrifice fodder, and mana sinks, all the while stealing and corrupting my opponents creatures.

The weakness of Ihsan's Shade could be counterbalanced by the inclusion of powerful cards like Necropotence and Phyrexian Arena as draw engines, and Rise of the Dark Realms and Beacon of Unrest as creature stealers and bombs like Phyrexian Obliterator and Erebos, God of the Dead

It might not be any good, but it would be mine...

Poole Rush Tedin Maddocks & Associates

Commander / EDH Draw_Wurm


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