Iona, Shield of Emeria


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Angels Mythic Rare
Modern Masters 2015 Edition Mythic Rare
Zendikar Mythic Rare

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Iona, Shield of Emeria

Legendary Creature — Angel


As Iona, Shield of Emeria enters the battlefield, choose a color.

Your opponents can't cast spells of the chosen color.

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Iona, Shield of Emeria Discussion

Rebullet on Kaalia

11 hours ago

you are missing Iona, Shield of Emeria. one of the centerpiece creatures of any kaalia deck.

abby315 on Cut Sire of Insanity for ...

2 days ago

Legacy players!

I've built B/R Reanimator (NEED 4 T1 GRISELBRAND) and having done a lot of testing & after watching the GP, I suspect Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is a better 10th Reanimate target than either Sire Of Insanity OR Iona, Shield of Emeria in the main.

The rise of sultai Leovold decks, DRS decks, Delver, and Elves makes her seem a better choice as a one sided boardwipe. More importantly, though, I feel that tempo decks (Delver) mean that being both disrupted T1 AND pressured early is common.

I've been in many situations now where a t3 Griselbrand was not going to cut it, especially if it was with Reanimate.

I've also been in and seen many situations where disruption as simple and ubiquitous as a Baleful Strix stalls for like 4 turns.

Elesh Norn stops pressure from DRS and Delver creatures, and clears Baleful Strix. She stabilizes instantly, unlike Iona, and vigilance means she can pressure and protect, unlike Iona.

Thoughts? (May seem trivial but I'm talking, like, bringing this list to a GP)

xander11 on Rune-Tail and The Six Circles

5 days ago

A fun card you may want (it will draw hate so be warned) is Iona, Shield of Emeria she can hurt a lot of decks very easily

Logics on Esper Dredge Reanimator

1 week ago

@Heretic_Dragoon - Collective Brutality is an absolute must for the deck. Not only does it let me get rid of unwanted cards in my hand (dredgers or reanimation targets) but it just does so much in so many match-ups. It ends up basically being a 3 for 1 because it puts the important cards in the bin for me.

The problem with going all in on Craterhoof Behemoth, is that it won't always be enough. Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite and Iona, Shield of Emeria can both win games on the spot, just like Craterhoof. I might consider moving Iona over, but Elesh Norn at her worst is a mini Craterhoof.

In light of this, I feel like I need to cut Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver from the sideboard. She's there for midrange and control match-ups. Control is fair, and I think I'm advantaged in midrange matches, making her pretty bad overall.

Sparky41 on Looking to trade Liliana of ...

1 week ago

So I did some research and found that most Kaalia decks are pretty streamlined, with a few goals in mind. The deck can be divided into a few key parts to look for: big stompy angels/demons/dragons, the best of which are the avacyns, old Gisela, Iona, any other ones with etbs, Dragonlord Kolaghan, Balefire Dragon, Bladewing the Risen, stuff like that. Then you want mana accelerators that can jam kaalia early-stuff like signets, chrome mox, fetches and shocks for fixing, and maybe a couple rituals. Then you want a couple ways to give kaalia haste, like Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, Mass Hysteria, and the like. This can also include lands like Hanweir Battlements, Hall of the Bandit Lord and Slayers' Stronghold. Then once kaalia is out, you'll want a way to make sure your threats stick, which is typically done through land destruction like Wasteland, Strip Mine, Armageddon, Vindicate, and other other mass land destruction. The last bits are some light spot removal (basically the best spells like Anguished Unmaking and Swords to Plowshares) and some backup plans if kaalia gets hated out, like Reanimate strategies and/or Sneak Attack packages.

That being said, you should have a clear idea of what to look for, and for your troubles I can contribute a Reanimate, an Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Sire Of Insanity, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Dragonlord Kolaghan, Chrome Mox, Vindicate, Anguished Unmaking, Swords to Plowshares, Vindicate, Armageddon, and fetches/other mardu lands as filler.

Griffin7823 on Esper Reanimator

1 week ago

Unfortunately I don't think Entomb is modern legal and Emrakul, the Aeons Torn shuffles itself into the library when it hits the yard. Maybe consider Iona, Shield of Emeria as an equally brutal finisher. As for replacing Entomb I would suggest Gifts Ungiven which allows you to only grab Unburial Rites and a reanimate target to be garunteed the two pieces together on the following turn. And if you're really into emrakul then adding tron lands would make him more reasonable

SaifurCommander on Reign of the Flying

1 week ago

This has the makings of an absolutely brutal deck. Now, only because of the sheer hatred it will bring you, I would drop Iona, Shield of Emeria and maybe replace it with Necropolis Regent. Given the amount of flying power in this deck, things could quickly get out of control in your favor.

Teddyjunior11 on Metamorphosis [[Budget]]

1 week ago

Some dispel is good for company decks. For Shadow you dont really have anything more counters is all I got, like Negate in that matchup you need to hit polymorph and stick the fatty. Iona, Shield of Emeria is great for scapeshift. Also Linvala, Keeper of Silence

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