Iona, Shield of Emeria


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

wfja on Angel Ramp *Feedback Wanted*

3 days ago

Here's some additional cards I'm thinking of adding, but am unsure about:

Elspeth, Sun's Champion

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Iona, Shield of Emeria

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Staley on 8½ Tails of Pillow Fortitude EDH

5 days ago

Hi Warxuaroz!

I'm actually in the process of doing some tuning now. I've swapped out a lot of the pillow fort type elements for more control and things with a bit more bite.

Lately our meta has been fairly slow and the deck has done pretty well overall. I found that a lot of the attack deterrents like Windborn Muse and Norn's Annex weren't really doing much for me in practice and deeper in the game they were basically dead cards.

If there were more token decks in our playgroup and less board wipes/mass bounce played they would be a lot better. Same situation with Crawlspace.

I did find in the last version that I was wanting for some more aggression in the later game. From a political point of view I probably wouldn't play Iona, Shield of Emeria or Catastrophe in the early game but later on they would be very helpful.

When I first built the deck I had left out stuff like that but now that I've played more I would definitely prefer the cards be in my hand and decide whether to use them in the moment.

For control I basically swapped in more cards to protect my stuff like Eerie Interlude, Rebuff the Wicked, Mana Tithe and Lapse of Certainty.

Grand Abolisher has been the MVP in a lot of games so I also added Boseiju, Who Shelters All and Cavern of Souls as backup.

I'm interested to see how these latest changes work out. My hope is that the control elements will be useful in more situations but we'll see!

LeaPlath on Mind if I cheat in Griselbrand?

1 week ago

My only comment is I think Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is better playing main over Iona, Shield of Emeria, due to the presence of the TNN/Leovald type decks.

Karzalar on Oketra's Choir

1 week ago

With that many plains, Emeria, The Sky Ruin? Its synergy with, let's say, Sun Titan is overwhelming.

Some other options for removal : Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Condemn, Oblation, Austere Command, End Hostilities, Hour of Reckoning, Martial Coup...

Card draw : Not a lot in here since monowhite, but.. Mind's Eye, Dreamstone Hedron, Hedron Archive

Bombs : Iona, Shield of Emeria, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Secure the Wastes...

Enchantments : Sphere of Safety, Ghostly Prison, True Conviction.

Hope some of those might be useful to you!


dotytron on rnm8r

1 week ago

my favorite reanimation target is Iona, Shield of Emeria for more lockdown

MindAblaze on Is there any way to ...

1 week ago

Redace878 You could have a Sigarda, Host of Herons with an Indestructibility on her and an Iona, Shield of Emeria out naming black so you have protection from Merciless Eviction and Toxic Deluge? Even that still doesn't protect you from Cyclonic Rift or Terminus though.

brokendwarf on Is there any way to ...

1 week ago

Mirror Gallery + 5 Iona, Shield of Emeria naming each color + Sigarda, Host of Herons is theretically almost impossible to remove. However, since no card in the game prevents cards from being exiled, all that still dies to a Perilous Vault. I suppose you could stop that coming out if you had a Void Winnower as well.

Iron_Cube on That which Endures, Survives.

2 weeks ago

I wanted to try the treefolk theme, or walls, but I think it's better to avoid these restrictions and play other great cards out of these builds.

I tested some of your suggestions already but removed them to get more space. But there is a lot of other great interesting ideas! I will try to get more space for that. I also think I need more creatures. 20-25 + tokens seems a little low.

Arachnogenesis is great! Especially here, you get a lot of tokens hitting for 2, probably killing something. I only saw Pernicious Deed once, but it was strong. I need to try it for myself. You don't have a decklist posted yet?

I just received my order in the mail today! I will definitely play this nice Defense of the Heart Promo. :D
My friends are playing Grand Arbiter Augustin IV. I needed to kill it as soon as I can if I want to keep casting multiple spells. Karlov of the Ghost Council is also going crazy pretty fast. We were joking about how his deck have as much removal as my deck, but only on his commander. Karlov can easily exile your creatures anytime. But the fact that most of my removal can hit anything is great. Vindicate their planeswalkers, Beast Within a Sword. Also need to kill things like Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Iona, Shield of Emeria...

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