Creature — Illusion
When Illusionary Servant becomes the target of a spell or ability, sacrifice it.
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|2010 Core Set (M10)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Illusionary Servant Discussion
1 year ago
Here is why I have chosen these cards: Child of Alara - This is my Commander - This is Sakura. Alara reads "When Child of Alara is put into a graveyard from play, destroy all nonland permanents. They can't be regenerated. Now we all know how much it sucks to have to worry about the threat of a board wipe being on the field - so I have chosen to put 1 restriction on Alara. In the series during The Final Judgement, Sakura essentially has her memories wiped and life as she knows it as a Cardcaptor never existed. This only ever happens to Sakura ONCE. For this reason, I am putting a restriciton on her, that I can only choose for her to go to the Graveyward ONCE per game. This means timing of this is crucial. Other reasons for why I have chosen Alara and the Commander: - She is a Child, like Sakura was when she encountered the cards - You will need recursion as a key element in your deck building to ensure you can continue to use Alara. Sakura always has access to her cards, so having the ability to pull things back from the grave fits in perfectly with that aspect.
Yuriko, the Tiger's Shadow - This is Shadow. Has shadow in the name as well as gives you the ability to draw a card and have your opponents lose life based on its CMC
Voice of All - Voice. The cards title is the essence of what the Voice Card does.
Tishana, Voice of Thunder - Thunder(1). I chose this card 1) because it has Thunder in the name but also because the artwork is of Tishana who is controlling the 'thunder' (but is actually water) Tishana would be Sakura. This card allows you to have no max hand size - which isnt an essential element to this deck but again- access to all cards. She allows you to draw a card and her 'Thunder' is as strong as you can make it. Just as it would be is CCS.
Thunderbolt - Thunder(2). Some cards are too hard to not have in when they fit so perfectly with a CCS card. This card speaks for itself as to why I would choose it as Thunder
Soul Manipulation - Illusion(1) My first thoughts when i though about Illusion as a MTG was making something appear as something it isn't - Like a Morph card. Another thought I had, which i feel fits more correctly with CCS is that Illusion would appear in the disguse of what that person feels. Manipulating the space in front of them so see something else. This just lead me on key word search for Manipulation and this seemed to be a reasonable result. Also allows for graveyard recursion.
Illusionary Servant Illusion(2). Has Illusion in the name. Is essentially just another creature.
Maze of Shadows Maze. Has maze in the name and allows for a 'Fog' on target creature.
Etali, Primal Storm Storm. Has storm in the name, is a big creature. Storm is an aggressive Card. Etali, feels just that. In the series Saoryan became the first Cardcaptor to control Storm, essentially taking the card away from Sakura. So, Etali, Primal Storm, will take others cards away from them.
Mirror Mockery Mirror. Mirror had always been used to make a copy of Sakura (until Clear Card) but Mirror was never the real Sakura. So I searched for something that would create of copy of a creature that wouldnt become a permanent. Essentially this would need to be used on a card with an ETB trigger or with Haste.
Blood Mist Mist (1). Has mist in the name. Originally i was thinking of a creature that had deathtouch as everything Mist touches gets destroyed. Instead I went with a card that has Mist in the name and allows for Double Strike.
Dread Return Return. I know from the start that any of the Time element related CCS Cards would have be graveyard related. I felt this was the best of my options and has Return in the card name.
Dragon-Style Twins Twin. CCS Twin Card are 2 twins who fight in unison. This creature has Twin in the Title, The art is of twins about to engage in combat and has Double Strike.
Valley Dasher Dash. Dash is a super fast card that panics when scared or flees. Valley Dasher has Haste and has to attack each turn if able. I think that is a pretty close similarity in the fact that this card is "always on the go"
Sandcrafter Mage Sand. Art work is of a Mage casting Sand Magic. That alone fits in the CCS.
Carpet of Flowers Flower. Im not gonna lie originally i was going to go with Flower / Flourish simply because the card is called Flower however, Carpet of Flowers allows for colouring fixing if used against an island deck. An essential element in a 5 colour deck.
Pit Fight Fight. I always knew what style of card I wanted for Fight. This seemed like a reasonable option.
Shu Yun, the Silent Tempest Silent. Has silent in the name. In the art Shu Yun is in a temple. A quiet place. Just like the museum was in the series. This card has the ability to allow additional damage.
Snowhorn Rider Snow. Besides from running One snow covered land. This seemed like the next best option.
Agony Warp Little. There are no LEGAL cards with little in their name. The little card is known for making things smaller. Whilst my BIG card does not currently do this in reverse. I felt Agony Warp was a good alternative.
Wall of Wood Wood. A gentle card that does essentially nothing but defend. My RAIN card was originally going to be a card that allows walls to attack as if they have no defender but I am not running enough walls in this deck for it to be worth while. instead I went with once that could be used with Wall of Wood being on the field or any other card.
Angelic Shield Shield. Makes your creatures tougher- giving them more protection. Allows for Graveyard recursion.
Ashiok, Dream Render Dream. Has dream in the name. Looks somewhat similar to the CCS Dream Card Art. Allows for Graveyard control.
Drana's Emissary Sweet. There are NO CARDS with Sweet in their titles. Sweet only appears in flavour text. Out of all the options. This seems the most beneficial.
Goldenglow Moth Glow. Only card with glow in its name. it is similar to CCS Glow Card and allows for life gain. A gentle card that is really - Just a 'pretty' card just like in CCS.
Spirit Loop Loop. Has loop in the name. Allows for life gain and the card itself, essentially in undying... just like a loop.
Luminescent Rain Rain. The only card with Rain in its title that seemed some what in resemblance to the CCS Card and could still work with WOOD.
Avenger of Zendikar Create. Create is a card that creates creatures. Avenger seemed to be a good fit. Avenger being the book and the plant tokens being the creatures that Create makes. This card will be changed out for Deep Forest Hermit(UNRELEASED) which creates squirrels and works with your graveyard.
Sword of the Animist Sword. Allows you to attached a sword to target creature and allows for ramping.
Archangel's Light Light. Originally I wanted a card that was similar to Dark- just like in the series. It was hard to find any that that worked that included the words light and dark. There is the potential that the 2 cards could become One single card in future, as in the series the 2 cards must always be used in unison. This card has light in the name and has graveyard recursion.
Erase Erase. REMOVAL. No further explanation needed.
Floating Shield - Float. Has float in the name. Allows you to choose WHITE as the protection colour without it being removed from enchanted creature.
Pathway Arrows Arrow. We never for to see much about how Arrow works as a card when being controlled. But we do know that it shoots arrows. So, this card has Arrow in the name, the artwork is of a bow and arrow and is an equipment allowing equipped creature to tap to deal a damage to another creature - almost as if it were shooting an arrow.
1 year ago
I would reduce the creature count...removing Phantasmal Abomination for sure because you want to be aggressive and maybe any combination of Illusionary Servant & Phantom Beast to make room for a more budget draw/cantrip and or bounce/tempo spells like Monastery Siege and or Mana Leak / Gigadrowse .
1 year ago
Yes, Mirage Mirror does target--any time an ability says the word "target" it is a targeted ability. As such, you cannot use it to copy a shrouded artifact, creature, or land, and can only use it to target a hexproof artifact, creature, or land if you controlled the targetted object. Also, note how it does not use the word "permanent"--Mirage Mirror can't target planeswalkers.
Compare to Phantasmal Image, which enters the battlefield as a copy of another creature, but does not target that creature.
Yes generally, but there's a bit of an error in your terminology. Yes, the Illusionary Servant will die, but it will be sacrificed, not destroyed. These are very different effects, so the distinction is critical. For example, an indestructible Illusionary Servant would still die as a result of Mirage Mirror's targeting, as sacrificing a creature does not implicate indestructible.
1 year ago
2 years ago
I've been looking at all the mono-blue modern decks trying to find cool sideboard cards and bits of tech. This deck plays a fair bit like modern Merfolk and I reckon you could steal a few tricks from them.
For one, Metallic Mimic seems like it would be great here. It's 2 cmc so it works well with Aether Vial, it's another lord (Merfolk runs 12 lords usually!) and it's an illusion. It's a bit pricey but a solid addition without a doubt.
Also because you close out games fast you should use your life as a resource (your opponent shouldn't be putting much life pressure on you because you kill them so fast). I reckon a copy of Dismember wouldn't go astray. getting a problem blocker like Gurmag Angler out of the way can be the difference between victory and loss for aggro decks like yours. Being able to pay one colourless makes it versatile in your deck, which has quite a few colourless lands.
Being on the aggro plan means that you want to hit fast. Sometimes that means removing defenders. However if you can do direct damage to the face that is sweet too, especially in blue where no one sees it coming. Psionic Blast is an all-star in this deck by Saffron Olive. Being an aggro deck you don't care about doing damage to yourself so this card should be in strong contention as it gives you serious reach and surprise factor.
Another lord you can use is Grand Architect. It not only gives your creatures +1/+1 but it also allows you to tap a creature to play an artifact. That's pretty cool with Metallic Mimic (which you can cast just by tapping a creature - especially one with summoning sickness), Damping Sphere or Relic of Progenitus. You could even do what Saffron Olive did and throw in some Smuggler's Copter just because it gives evasion and looting which is pretty solid. As a more budget option Illusionary Servant is pretty good. Anything they use to target it would probably kill it anyway so the sacrifice trigger isn't much of an issue. If you cast this on turn 3 after casting a lord on turn two you just got a 4/5 flier on turn 3 for 3 mana. That's good enough for modern. I'd choose Grand Architect as the three drop first but if budget is an issue Illusionary Servant is pretty good.
As for cards I'd drop - Search For Azcanta is first. You hardly have anything it can actually draw you once it flips and only one card that cares about the graveyard. You're trying to kill your opponent ASAP and Search doesn't do anything toward making that happen.
Another card I'd drop for similar reasons is Opt. Card selection is not as important for you as it is in the control shells that love this card. You want threats thick and fast so Phantasmal Bear or Jace's Phantasm are your turn 1 plays.
Halimar Depths has the same problem of offering card selection by slowing your deck down.
Muddle the Mixture is too narrow for a two mana counter and the transmute ability is too slow for your deck. It turns a 2 cmc lord into a 5 cmc lord.
Finally Phyrexian Metamorph is a worse verion of Metallic Mimic because you need to already have a lord for it to matter. Copying someone else's creature means that you just have what they have already. Also being an artifact it eats heaps more removal and is a total blowout against Kolaghan's Command.
So overall I'd add +4 Metallic Mimic, +4 Grand Architect, +2 Psionic Blast, +1 Dismember and + 3 Island (to get around Blood Moon) for -2 Search for Azcanta, -4 Opt, -2 Muddle the Mixture, -3 Phyrexian Metamorph and -3 Halimar Depths.
Anyway, mono-blue modern solidarity! Hope you get lots of wins out there :)
2 years ago
Hey, i am also running Illusions in my local stores modern fnm and have some expierience.
I am using 2 Monastery Sieges right now, so far to great effect, they can either protect my lord by taxing opponents or loot to give lots of virtual card advantage (drawing 2 spells each turn and discarding a land is great to close out games)
If you can i would get some Aether Vials and change the Illusionary Servants for Illusory Angels as they have a bigger body and don't have the sacrifice clause, as they will be vialed in anyways so not being able to cast them doesn't matter that much.
Cavern of Souls: expensive and i don't own it but there are basically no downsides for running 4 of them.
I would cut the Unsubstantiates as you don't need them anymore to protect your creatures from counters, as they can't be countered and bouncing a removal spell or a creature to it's owners hand usally isn't very effective.
2 years ago
2 years ago
Great deck and love how it's budget.