Iona, Shield of Emeria

Legality

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

Flying

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

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

Iona, Shield of Emeria Discussion

WUBRG87 on As Above, So Below (Kaalia Zenith Seeker)

5 days ago

Absolutely, brother! And yeah, I agree. The amulet probably isn't worth running if you're keeping your creatures lower on the CMC curb. Both Avacyn, Angel of Hope and Iona, Shield of Emeria are so busted.They're both in my OG Kaalia deck if you want to check it out! ill leave it here: Kaalia, Who Don't F' Around

RJGiel on As Above, So Below (Kaalia Zenith Seeker)

5 days ago

WUBRG87 Thanks mate! Since I try to keep the cost low, I was hoping that I wouldn't need Quicksilver Amulet , but I'm also wondering whether I should put some more top-heavy cards in the list like Avacyn, Angel of Hope and/or Iona, Shield of Emeria , in that case, the Amulet is probably a solid addition!

Lenax on Reworking my creature stealing tactics

1 week ago

I made a chopping block, figuring I can live without these cards and replace them with probably lands but other cards for sure. I threw most of this together a little quickly after all:

Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Mother of Runes , Dread Shade , Well of Lost Dreams , Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant , Wall of Glare , Iona, Shield of Emeria , Obzedat, Ghost Council , Sentry of the Underworld , Lord of the Void , True Conviction , Ashes of the Abhorrent , Swords to Plowshares

I also just straight swapped my Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving Wilds for swamps. I end up using them to search for one 90% of the time anyways, and more swamps lets my Extraplanar Lens give me more.

Bewmz on Midrange Budget Esper Token Control

2 weeks ago

I have apparently been summoned?

So lets start with the first bit match_lighter hit on: Modern format works off of all sets that were at one point standard legal starting at 8th edition to present as well as the new Modern Horizons set which drops into legality this friday, minus a relatively small ban list.

Temple of the False God , Brainstorm , Mystical Tutor , Rout , and Sol Ring were printed in sets prior to 8th Edition, so those are out.

Mental Misstep , Ponder , Preordain , and Gitaxian Probe are all banned in the format.

Lastly, Death Grasp was only ever printed in a commander product which means it is not a Modern legal playable.

match_lighter is also likely right, if you really want to play Esper in modern you have basically two routes:

  1. Go straight control, no fancy frills. The deck exists and is doing actually alright but it is mostly a UW shell making a minimal black splash for sideboard cards and like one main deck walker in Kaya, Orzhov Usurper in small numbers.

  2. You could play what ye olde players would call "solar Flare", or Gifts Control. Deck plays some number of effects that let you put cards in your graveyard ( Liliana of the Veil , Thirst for Knowledge occasionally) in conjunction with Gifts Ungiven , Unburial Rites , and some big dumb thing like Iona, Shield of Emeria / Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite to reanimate and bring the opponent to a screeching halt. Because you're playing Gifts, you wind up play single copies of cards or multiple cards with similar effects with different names (eg. Wrath of God , Damnation , Supreme Verdict , Day of Judgment ) so that you can force your piles with the card to do what you want. Gifts over the years has leaned more into strict Esper, but there are people who still play the old 4 Color lists with green for access to Life from the Loam and solid removal effects like Abrupt Decay and Assassin's Trophy . I can swing back through and link you some smaple deck lists in a bit.

match_lighter on Opt to Concede

2 weeks ago

It seems like this deck could benefit from some Gifts Ungiven as there are a lot of single copies to fetch with it, seen as you have Iona, Shield of Emeria you could try out also the Unburial Rites combo. Cool deck.

Funkydiscogod on Amass My @$$

3 weeks ago

Apathy-Dance Ok, so traditional Polymorph decks work like this: the deck contains exactly one or two creatures. These should be large unanswerably powerful fatty. Emrakul, the Aeons Torn is the traditional choice, but there are plenty of options, like Iona, Shield of Emeria , Progenitus , and Kozilek, the Great Distortion . These must be the only creatures in the deck, or else you risk polymorphing into something else.

Then, the deck will have a 4-8 copies of Polymorph , and/or other redundant effects like Proteus Staff , Indomitable Creativity or Reweave .

Then, there will have a number of noncreature spells that make creatures. This can take the form of permanents that become creatures like Faerie Conclave or Guardian Idol . Or, it will be instants and sorceries that create creature tokens, like Dragon Fodder or Lingering Souls .

Now...the idea is as follows: you create a creature, then destroy your own creature with Polymorph, and find a copy of the big fatty in your deck, and put it on to the battlefield. Yeah, you lose the creature to Polymorph, but it would always be better to have the big fatty than the tiny critter.

But, the biggest problem that Polymorph decks face, is that the opponent can kill the creature Polymorph is targeting, and this will prevent any of the effects of Polymorph from happening. So, Polymorph decks have to pack hexproofing , counterspells , discard , bounce and other things to fight against removal and lock . And they usually need cards that assist finding the combo.

It is at this point that Amass becomes very appealing to me, because there is an Amass card that can fill each of those functions, and this means you don't need to specifically have any token generation, just noncreature amass spells. And then, with so many instants and sorceries, Invade the City could make a solid backup win condition.

Joe_Ken_ on Lavinia/ angel

3 weeks ago

Lyra Dawnbringer is one angel that comes to mind as one of the better ones.

A good utility creature would be Angel of Finality to exile a person’s graveyard.

Although being on the high end of cost Iona, Shield of Emeria can just dismantle some decks.

If money is not a concern than some of the better counter spells like Mana Drain and Pact of Negation could be up your alley.

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Iona, Shield of Emeria occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.03%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

White: 0.25%