Iona, Shield of Emeria


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander 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

CheeseE on A Devastating Lack of Situational Comprehension

1 day ago

ooooooze: Wow glad you like it! Let me know if you find any other cards you like for it or any tweaks you make once you have played with it a bit. This can be a team effort! Have fun probably not winning but having tons of fun! Also feel free to share stories of ridiculous stuff that happens. For example, the other day I Chaos Wanded an Expropriate and Sphinx Ambassadored an Iona, Shield of Emeria in the same game!

WolverHam on GAAIV proposed

3 days ago

Potential adds:

Armageddon like effects: Ravages of War, Fall of the Thran, Catastrophe, and Cleansing

Enchantments that help Prison/Defense: Lightmine Field, Karmic Justice, Monastery Siege, Web of Inertia, and Starfield of Nyx

Creatures that help manage resources: Magus of the Tabernacle, Magus of the Moat, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, and Iona, Shield of Emeria

Potential Finisher Creatures: Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Stormtide Leviathan

Instants: Dawn Charm, Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, Condemn, and Render Silent

Sorceries: Hallowed Burial and Terminus

Artifacts: Vedalken Orrery and Portcullis

enpc on Aurelia, the Warleader

1 week ago

Honestly if it were me I would look at cutting some of the big, expensive angels like Iona, Shield of Emeria as well as some of the more vanilla creatures.

I know cutting the big, fancy angels isn't fun, but the issue is that without ramp they are unplayable to begin with.

Urza's Incubator also feels like it should be non-conditional ramp. Chances are you're only play one angel a turn so it being a Worn Powerstone will do more work.

You should also replace Boros Garrison with a basic or just something in general that doesn't bounce.

BlueStar220 on Kaalia EDH

2 weeks ago

I know you're not wanting to make this deck extremely competitive. I also don't know if your intent is to buy this deck in real life. But here are my suggestions:

With any Kaalia deck, you're not only making yourself a target, but you're also putting all your eggs into one basket. If Kaalia dies too often, you will be forced to hard cast all of your spells. And with only 33 lands and 8 ramp spells, that will be very difficult to do. Rose runs 38 lands and 7 ramp spells in his Kaalia deck, and he will still have mana issues. I would highly recommend a few more lands, (closer to 38). And in addition, I would also recommend a few more protection spells including:

Swiftfoot Boots
Lightning Greaves
Avacyn, Angel of Hope
Cavern of Souls
Maze of Ith Note: I don't count this as a land.

Since you're running Mardu, you're not going to have that much card draw. So In replacement of that I would recommend search cards. That way, once you have Kaalia out, you can use the search card to find whatever creature you want, and put it into your hand before she attacks.

Demonic Tutor
Cruel Tutor
Diabolic Tutor
Rune-Scarred Demon
Vampiric Tutor
Imperial Seal
Mastermind's Acquisition

Also, since you will be top decking a lot with little to no card draw, I find that Sire Of Insanity works really well with Kaalia, since you're preventing everyone else from drawing/having a hand.

I noticed you don't have any board wipes, I typically like to run at least 3-5 for emergency purposes. Some good ones are:

Decree of Pain
Merciless Eviction
Wrath of God
Catastrophe is especially good for Kaalia.

There are some other cards that can also help abuse Kaalia's effect such as:

Aggravated Assault
Strionic Resonator
Scourge of the Throne
Helm of the Host

If you do ever make this deck extremely competitive, land destruction is the best way to abuse Kaalia:

Desolation Angel
Ravages of War
Winter Orb
Yosei, the Morning Star

Here are some cards that are just generically good to have:

Archfiend of Despair
Iona, Shield of Emeria
Master of Cruelties
Emeria Shepherd
Anguished Unmaking
Homeward Path
Archfiend of Depravity
Lord of the Void
Utvara Hellkite
Windbrisk Heights and Quicksilver Amulet can also help cheat in creatures.

Stefouch on Zombie Horde: The Gathering of the Dead

2 weeks ago

Hi Supertek!

Thanks for your feedback.

I didn't think of a banlist for this format, but I strongly suggest to avoid the following cards:

Extra notes:

Nihil Spellbomb was omitted from the Loot deck because there are already two very good grave-hate cards, and also the shovel.

• The Horde's Zombie tokens are put onto the battlefield, not cast. Therefore, they don't trigger Demon's Horn.

SurpriZe on Mayael EDH Primer

1 month ago

@MaelstromHobo Great deck, really loving the card choices!

Is there a reason you don't play Iona, Shield of Emeria?

DespairFaction on Aurelia RW Angel Reanimator

1 month ago

Updates: Out Sunblast Angel, in theory it seems but just never does as much as you want it to. Angelic Renewal, often I find I don't even have time to cast it, though its good if theres a lot of spot removal in your meta. Hammer mage ive moved to the maybe/sideboard. Some decks cant win if you cast it, at least until they get rid of it, but its also very slow an mana inefficient. Faithless Looting was just never as good as I wanted it to be.

In: Iona, Shield of Emeria, Angelic Arbiter, Platinum Angel these 3 can shut down a wide range of problems that opponents may try to throw your way. Angelic Arbiter is particularly sweet against decks that try to use Craterhoof Behemoth or other overrun type of effects. Boros Locket will try this out, see if its worth card draw ability.

thewyzman on Mayael EDH Primer

1 month ago

Also, since so many decks straight-up out-tempo Mayael, i'm tinkering with a build with cards like Eidolon of Rhetoric and Sphere of Safety, to go ALONG with Iona, Shield of Emeria, Dragonlord Dromoka, Void Winnower, and Grand Abolisher. I guess I would rather my deck just be faster and more consistent, but slowing the table down seems to help me keep pace. A number of my fellow players are CEDH players, and it seems there are several competitive decks that are effective using a stax-style. Personally, I'm just trying to find a build strategy that works, and this primer is quite inspiring when I feel like getting back to the basics.

Because of how big and vulnerable my board gets I also run Saffi Eriksdotter and Dauntless Escort to compliment Avacyn and Spearbreaker Behemoth.

No Wayward Swordtooth in the list?

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