Iona, Shield of Emeria


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
From the Vault: Angels (V15) Mythic Rare
Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2) Mythic Rare
Zendikar (ZEN) 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

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

12 hours ago


Tough to tell. A worst case I can see is that he replaces himself in my hand with a CMC < 4 card, So i haven't lost any card advantage. I get what your saying, I've wasted my Kaalia of the Vast swing for a 6/6 Flample at this point. If Kaalia of the Vast gets killed, it hasn't delivered any value. In my build 36 / 63 = 57.1% I'll only get 1 card as well. Using Hypergeometric probability, 24.9% I'll get 2 cards, 10.6% 3 cards, 4.5% 4 cards, 2.9% 5 or more. I can't tell if that is going to be worth the slot he's taking. If he draws me 3 cards (10.6%) I pay 3 life, I'm probably quite happy, because 2 cards are CMC >= 4 and 1 is CMC < 4. Need to see him in action a couple times, but worst-case I do not lose a card in hand advantage, gets me 1 card draw closer to that Iona, Shield of Emeria in my deck, and potentially he filters out some lands I would have top-decked (ew).

Trying to figure out his opportunity cost here, I already have Master of Cruelties and Iona, Shield of Emeria in my build, so those aren't options/opportunities. I can't see any other A/D/D that are on that level, I replaced Archangel Avacyn  Flip with Demonlord Belzenlok, but her CMC5 was challenging too, and it only made creatures indestructible, and on occasion would wipe out my Kaalia of the Vast with her flip ability.

To get a Master of Cruelties or Iona, Shield of Emeria that means I would need a Tutor to hand, Gamble? It is cast/gone and then it also forces a discard, so I go down net 1 card, which might actually be the card I tutored. Also with 0 cards in hand it's just an Entomb. Diabolic Tutor but that is CMC4, but maybe better, in general it is too high a CMC. Cruel Tutor for CMC3 does top of library only, but maybe? Beseech the Queen i've been thinking about for a while, but it is limited by the number of lands I have, so can't pull a Razaketh, the Foulblooded. There are CMC5 tutor with Cycling or Spell Mastery etc, none feel just right. Imperial Recruiter but there's no Power 2 creature that helps me out that much, tutor the Dark Confidant maybe would be his best option, or Grand Abolisher/Mother of Runes?

I've found I'm at critical mass of A/D/D where sometimes (occassionally), I do not have an A/D/D and Kaalia of the Vast sits without anything to resolve. For a while I've been thinking of increasing my A/D/D by another 1.

Some other creatures I'm considering are Angel of Sanctions small and doesn't permanently exile it, Archfiend of Depravity which is situational, Aurelia, the Warleader which doesn't trigger properly with Kaalia of the Vast, Bruna, the Fading Light which doesn't work with Kaalia of the Vast, Disciple of Bolas which is a different way to draw cards, but it requires a creature to sacrifice, Maralen of the Mornsong which by itself is a dead draw and not an A/D/D, only powerful with Stranglehold (High CMC), Silverblade Paladin who I miss, but he was cut to increase my A/D/D odds so Kaalia of the Vast wasn't sitting doing nothing, Steel Hellkite who since being in the deck since inception has done nothing except destroy 1 Mana Crypt and 1 Sol Ring for all his efforts, Zodiac Dragon which I can't afford, but even so, he's not trample or flying, so limited usefulness, if any.

What other opportunities are > Demonlord Belzenlok, that's the key question. Right now have to see how he goes. I'm ok if he pulls me 3 cards to my hand and gives me a 6/6 Flample. Maybe he pulls me a Tutor so I can pull Teferi's Protection and protect my Kaalia of the Vast long enough to play the Razaketh, the Foulblooded he also pulled to my hand? I know that's a best-case type scenario, but it could happen?

Let me know if you get him resolved and if he does work, or if he's just a big flop.

UR2L8 on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

1 day ago


I'm in the same boat as you with not drawing or resolving him. On paper I feel Demonlord Belzenlok has wonderful potential. 6/6 Flample isn't a joke, nor is the Tainted Pact ETB. But it's there where I feel torn about how consistently useful that ability is as an ETB.

One scenario is that we we cheat Demonlord Belzenlok in, load our hand with a good chunk of A/D/D, discard down to hand limit then reanimate.

Another Scenario is that we cheat Demonlord Belzenlok in, get a good A/D/D in hand then Kaalia gets removed from the field and then we're stuck with something uncastable for a few turns.

My playgroup doesn't let Kaalia sit on the field for more than a turn, so the turn I do attack, I need something devastating like Master of Cruelties or Iona, Shield of Emeria so I can stabilize.

I'd argue that beyond the 6/6 Flample, there's hardly a reason to cheat in Demonlord Belzenlok. Perhaps this is what one would call a loss of tempo. It's also a gamble, there's life total to consider as well.

Again, some playtesting is necessary. I'm just not a fan of the idea of cheating him in to maybe load our hand with something useful while at the same time leaving ourselves wise open to attack. Especially considering we run the best tutors and card draw period already.

xeratheenigma on Kresh Deck : Need help ...

2 days ago

Well you have access to Asceticism, Wrap in Vigor, Blossoming Defense and which are pretty good at turning off removal. Imp's Mischief is also pretty good at making removal bad.

Crypt Angel has decent utility and pro white can go along way and Marauding Knight could be pretty backbreaking against a monowhite deck.

I completely overlooked spot removal and yes I would personally up the number of spot removal I'd play. Here's a short list of spot removal I'd consider for kresh:

Doom Blade, Go for the Throat, Ultimate Price, Innocent Blood, Vendetta, Slaughter Pact, Chaos Warp, Dismember, Ashes to Ashes, Snuff Out, Terminate, Putrefy, Devour Flesh, Diabolic Edict, and Oblivion Strike ( I suggest this only if your avacyn player plays Iona, Shield of Emeria.). Hopefully some of these will prove to be helpful

Grimnack on Decisions decisions.

3 days ago

Dragonlord Dromoka is one I would consider a fairly versatile commander since Dromoka can't be countered (an issue I deal with since most of my friends have at least 1 deck with blue in it) and prevents players from casting spells during your turn. Dromoka also has lifelink so if you've got to attack you're guaranteed to get something out of it.

Dromoka also works well with Grand Abolisher and Iona, Shield of Emeria if you want to stick with the can't cast spells theme Iona severely limits dual and multi color decks and shuts down mono color decks.

Catalog9000 on Card creation challenge

1 week ago

Can I just tag Iona, Shield of Emeria and call it a day? No? Okay.

I think Sphinx's could use some more love.


Myriad of Silence

Legendary Creature - Sphinx


When Myriad of Silence enters the battlefield, choose a color. You and permanents you control have Hexproof from spells of the chosen color.

Whenever an opponent casts a spell of the chosen color, add to your mana pool. Spend this only on Instants.



I am way too tired to think of a challenge. Evident by the fact I totally Jackson Pollock'd my last one.

That didn't even make sense.

So here's one that's been in the back of my mind for a while now. I actually quite like Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded. I started to work on a Madness Aristocrats deck where I use his discard ability to pay into my Madness costs, building to his ultimate where I sac your entire boardstate for my own benefit. Working on a balanced creature base (Probably Vamps). Just haven't had the time to finetune the deck because ADHD is a thing that exists.


Since Mr. Blooded here is renowned as the single most hated / worthless / garbage Planeswalker to have ever walked the Planes, here's your challenge.

USING ONLY ONE SUBTLE TWEEK, fix Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded.

This can be as simple as changing his mana cost, bumping a loyalty up or down, adding / removing a single word from one of his abilities.

Make a subtle change to make him more viable. Good luck <3

IF you have to make two subtle tweeks, I'll forgive you but I honestly think it can be done with one. Just don't set his starting Loyalty at 6. That's kind of cheating :/

Adam_swagasoarous on God's Plan

1 week ago

Jmreas good idea. i will most likely cut Archangel of Tithes down in turn for one Iona, Shield of Emeria as another win condition. I may also cut 1 plains for another shrine.

FlammendesSchwert on ORZHOV, Heartless, Angels and Demons

2 weeks ago

good deck idea. is my favorite. I would recommend Iona, Shield of Emeria in mainboard instead of Lich's Mastery.

If you like card suggestions check out my deck:

Flammendes Schwert 24

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