Iona, Shield of Emeria


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH 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

Entrei on Can GW hatebears stand a ...

1 week ago

Stuff like Iona, Shield of Emeria, teeg, and tax effects works. Good luck

BlazingAbsol on Spank Me Griseldaddy

2 weeks ago

I like it a lot. +1. A couple of things:

Mandalorian on Fist of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

2 weeks ago

Something like Prismatic Omen or Chromatic Lantern should really help you get the five colors you need. You should at least run a basic of each so that you're not so reliant on the mana dorks to make this work.

some other good Fist targets:


Iona, Shield of Emeria

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite

Emrakul, the Promised End

Woodfall Primus

Justin_Bop on UW thopter poly

3 weeks ago

Iona, Shield of Emeria is the creature you were thinking of. Worldspine Wurm is another fatty that Polymorph typically uses alongside Emrakul. Usually, Polymorph decks have at least 2-4 targets, so adding a few to your deck couldn't hurt (there is always a chance you may draw Emrakul rendering your gameplan useless).

Proteus Staff is another Polymorph-esque card that could help you more consistently combo off turn 4 (playing this turn 3 allows for a protected turn 4 combo if you have a 1-mana counterspell in hand, which I recommend you play a few of, such as Swan Song or Dispel. I also believe you should switch out Elspeth, Sun's Champion for Elspeth, Knight-Errant as she provides a far quicker way to produce tokens than her counterpart. Modern is far too fast for you to play big Elspeth as your free token generator.

The one problem I have with your list is the lack of token generators in the mainboard. Your only way to combo off currently involves you acquiring Sword of the Meek, Thopter Foundry, and Polymorph, all while not drawing Emrakul. You would fare much better if you included some of your sideboard in the deck, for example, Timely Reinforcements, as this is a fantastic way to setup and survive the turn before a Polymorph. Some of your control cards can be cut to include these token generators. Lingering Souls is also a pretty standard card to include if your manabase can make room for it, as it provides two chances to keep tokens on the field. Expanding you manabase to black with some fetchlands would also allow you to play some hand disruption in the form of Thoughtseize of Inquisition of Kozilek, and even efficient removal in Fatal Push; this preemptively protects your combo before you go off by discarding your opponents counterspells.

I really enjoy the addition of the Sword + Thopter combo, in the deck, it gives the deck a nice way out against fair decks that are beating you down. Good luck making the deck more competitive, hope I could help you :)

RUST-O on Hvis Lyset Tar Oss

3 weeks ago

Ob Nixilis Reignited is there for flavor (demon) and card draw. If nothing else it diverts some attention for a turn or 2. I like having him in the deck. Like you said Sorin, Grim Nemesis is a fucking bomb. I can't get myself to cut either one.

Swords to Plowshares, Hero's Downfall and Vindicate are on the grocery list (so to speak).

The "maybeboard" is never stuff I own. Its future pick ups. I guess everyone uses it differently.

I made some changes since yesterday:Removed - To the Slaughter, Tribute to Hunger, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Tree of Perdition, and Deathpact Angel

Added - Ankle Shanker, Merciless Executioner, Kolaghan Monument (I didn't have the signet on hand. seemed like a good stand in), Eerie Interlude, and Sudden Spoiling

You bring up a good point about Ghostly Prison and Oblivion Ring. I could replace those with Swords to Plowshares, and Path to Exile.

Thoughts on Angel of Condemnation? I packed one and I think its interesting but I dont know if its actually good or not.. also is there anything in my Jaleva deck that could be better used here?? I dont want to hurt that deck... but its a new one and its less important than this one. Under A Serpent Sun

Draakeragon on Llawan Cephalid empress EDH

4 weeks ago

I'm really sorry but Painter's Servant Is banned in commander because of disgusting combo's like

Ugin, the Spirit Dragon

Iona, Shield of Emeria

Painter's Servant is banned, and should stay banned, because almost every purpose it can serve reduces interaction between players and/or removes lines of play as options. Painter's Servant almost always moves the game into a more linear, forced state, taking away from "Player A beat Player B" while building on "Player A's deck beat Player B's deck." Building a Painter's Servant deck is way more fun than playing with the card in a game.Painter's Servant is definitely my least-favourite card to talk about, since the factors that keep it banned are rarely addressed directly by the people who want to play with it. Please note that power level, as always, isn't all that relevant to this issue."Official commander forums"

PlattBonnay on Help me update my Reanimator ...

1 month ago

Haven't gotten to play legacy since the top banning, had some questions before I update my RBx Reanimator list (current decklist at the bottom)

1. Is there a consensus on the best splash? Currently I'm on white primarily for Wear/Tear as I think it's the safest splash for an unknown metagame, but I know that people have had success with the green and blue splashes as well.

2. Is Sire of Insanity still good enough? I know it used to be a staple, but I've seen a lot of recent lists that don't have it anywhere in the 75.

3. Chancellor is always a mainboard card right? I believe it is, but I have seen a couple lists that either don't play it at all or just have it in the board. Both seem wrong, but I'd be willing to try it if it if you guys have some positive feedback about it.

4. Any glaring omissions in my list? Like I said, I haven't played it in a while, but I don't think my list is that far off, it's mostly just the sideboard that I'm actually concerned about.

4 Chancellor of the Annex
4 Griselbrand
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Sire Of Insanity

4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb

2 Collective Brutality
4 Exhume
4 Faithless Looting
4 Reanimate
4 Thoughtseize
3 Unmask

1 Chrome Mox
4 Lotus Petal

3 Animate Dead

2 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scrubland
2 Swamp

2 Collective Brutality
1 Blazing Archon
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
2 Massacre
4 Stronghold Gambit
4 Wear / Tear

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