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

SaifurCommander on Lyra Angelbringer

1 week ago

What about Iona, Shield of Emeria , for a bit of eff you.

Xica on Simic Merfolk

1 week ago

Well Growth Spiral is great in decks, that would love to have 4 mana on turn 3, and be able to either play turn 2 Remand or turn 3 Cryptic Command / Jace, the Mind Sculptor Unless there is some payoff, i don't think its worth the slot.

Deeproot Champion is a great card, but its not a great merfolk card. Its the second playset of Quirion Dryad at least for decks that used to play that card. I really don't see why it would mesh well with merfolk in general.

Also please consider the saying that "a modern deck needs to be able to - even if very rarely - goldfish turn 3 wins, or have interaction*". Right now interaction against graveyard decks is a MUST, its ok if you can devote enough sideboard space, but its much better if you have something mainboard like Scavenging Ooze . And you must have answers for creatures, modern is a creature centric format, and without that you can easily be prey to a LOT of decks.

*By interaction i mean doing anything that screws up their strategy, it doesn't matter if you Fatal Push Goblin Electromancer against storm, or you simply name blue/red with Iona, Shield of Emeria , both are interactions enough.

thom-le on The Heavenly Host with the Most

2 weeks ago

Nice Deck, I like the way it works. Except for Iona, Shield of Emeria , you won't generate any friendships with this card. You have so many cool stuff in your deck, you really don't need this card for casual play..

griffstick on Unleash the Horde!

2 weeks ago

I think you can try to deal with the rift problem befor it's even cast. Get my drift. Cards as small as Nevermore to cards as big as Iona, Shield of Emeria naming blue

griffstick on Indestructible vs Blink

2 weeks ago

I think you can try to deal with the rift problem befor it's even cast. Get my drift. Cards as small as Nevermore to cards as big as Iona, Shield of Emeria naming blue

GuruAg on Teysa's Trending Tea Shop

3 weeks ago

Golden Demise - I may try more wipe effects. But if I were to run Demise, I should probably run Yahenni's Expertise

Fragmentize - Gotta try this, maybe replace abolish with it.

Massacre - Even with Tymna decks, this seems always worse than Damnation

Collective Brutality - Might try

Thoughtseize - I've been thinking about duress-like effects, but it seems . . . underwhelming in 1x3

Cabal Therapy - Even harder to hit than toughtseize, but the flashback cost is pretty neat.


Ethersworn Canonist and Eidolon of Rhetoric - I avoided stax that do not double as combo, but Eidolon it's almost an auto-included if going that route. Will look for a slot.

Linvala, Keeper of Silence - Ain't this kinda of a Silver Bullet? But gotta say, it shuts Grenzo, Arcum, Thrasios, Jace and now Vannifar.

Sadistic Hypnotist - For a sac outlet, he's way too costly, and only as a Sorc.

Iona, Shield of Emeria - Seems fair

Void Winnower - Same as above

Card Advantage

Scroll Rack - Combos with Land Tax

Ad Nauseam - I happened to grasp one in another game and it did pretty well. Gotta make room for it.


Ashnod's Altar - Blasting Station and Altar of Dementia both fills this role, and double as wincon. Ashnod's ramp rarely helped me out in the old list.

Leonin Squire - It can be usefull, but with so many sugestions, he's down on my priority list for now.


Lotus Petal - Maybe it can help us with Razaketh Lines.

Weathered Wayfarer - Worth the try.

Mox Diamond - We're on 28 lands, and don't have that many T1/T2 wincons, I fear exiling a land may hurt our long term plans

Mox Opal - We run too few artifacts for it to be reliable

Ravenrose on Linvala Stax, Vannifar‘s worst Nightmare

3 weeks ago


No sorry I must have missed it! I do apologise; I have not been sleeping well lately so I miss obvious details quite easily at the moment.

OK fair enough. How about Elixir of Immortality ? It will assist you in shuffling your graveyard back into your library. I am also half tempted to suggest Iona, Shield of Emeria since this deck would be a pain in the behind to play against.

Bad_Dog on Teysa's Trending Tea Shop

3 weeks ago

Hey, commenting on here with a list of things you might want to try out.

These aren't meant to all be directly added, more of just things to keep an eye on as you test and stuff. You might want to try to make room for Leonin Squire, because it's really good with LED and Razaketh combo, and Mox Diamond because it's just a powerful card .


Golden Demise



Collective Brutality - bin raz/boon and hurt your opponent

Thoughtseize - bin razaketh/ boonweaver or a proactive counterspell

Cabal Therapy - sac outlet or same as above


Ethersworn Canonist and Eidolon of Rhetoric - good against storm and foodchain

Linvala, Keeper of Silence - good against green

Sadistic Hypnotist

Iona, Shield of Emeria - reanimated stax

Void Winnower - more reanimated stax

Card Advantage

Scroll Rack - Combos with Land Tax

Ad Nauseam - If you get the cmc low enough this is an option. Just don't go below 8 life


Ashnod's Altar - Cheap sac that gets around cursed totem

Leonin Squire - Recurs LED when you're going off with razaketh


Lotus Petal - Fast mana

Weathered Wayfarer - fetches your urborg / coffers

Mox Diamond - powerful

Mox Opal - good with 15 + artifacts

Looks sweet dude and I hope it plays well

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


All decks: 0.03%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

White: 0.13%

Mardu: 0.12%