Ivory Tower


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
MTGO 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
Vintage Masters (VMA) Mythic Rare
From the Vault: Relics (V10) Mythic Rare
Masters Edition (MED) Rare
Fourth Edition (4ED) Rare
4th Edition Foreign Black Border (4EDFBB) Rare
Revised Edition (3ED) Rare
Revised Foreign Black Border (3EDFBB) Rare
Antiquities (ATQ) Uncommon

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Ivory Tower


At the beginning of your upkeep, you gain X life, where X is the number of cards in your hand minus four.

Ivory Tower Discussion

Derek_TheWreck on Sacrier's Blood (Vilis)

4 days ago

CountBlek Hey, thank you for your advices! :)

Skirge Familiar and Doom Whisperer were both in the decklist previously. The Familiar was only temporarily removed due to my LGS not having it in stock and the Whisperer was replaced for cheaper creatures (since I play mostly multiplayer having no defense early is pretty dangerous) but I'll try adding him back.

I'll probably add in Reliquary Tower and Ivory Tower (also Library of Leng ) but I'm kind of scared of removing Swamps since most of my ManaRamp is based on the number of Swamps I have.

I'll probably not put Repay in Kind (unless actual games give different results than playtesting) nor Essence Harvest . With the amount of Lifelink stuff, Lifedrain spells and other lifegain I have in the deck, late game I tend to have way more life than my playtest opponent so Repay in Kind would be counterproductive and would only mill myself. And my playgroup tends to hate finishing a player off with spell damage, so Essence Harvest is out.

CountBlek on Sacrier's Blood (Vilis)

4 days ago

I really like the deck but there are a lot of combos that could be in this deck such as Repay in Kind + Essence Harvest / Psychosis Crawler there are a decent amount of cards in your maybeboard that are really really good such as Skirge Familiar Doom Whisperer Command the Dreadhorde and skirge familar specifically is a bomb in this deck since you can draw 2 by paying one you can go through a decent portion of your deck to find things your looking for I also recommend putting in Reliquary Tower Ivory Tower and Library of Leng ivory can gain you a lor of life later in the game and reliquary and library make sure you dont have to discard also how do you add a changelog? If you wanna see my deck here it is http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/vilis-broker-of-value/

nerva90 on Licia Suicide Combos

2 months ago

Hey! Fantastic Licia deck :)

I have one as well and mine is a bit more heavy on the control and has a significantly stronger mana base. Love some of your choices though and they have inspired me. I've been thinking about Arcbond and Hatred for a long time and have them in my "sideboard" and will be purchasing them sooner rather than later.

My experiences have been the same with the deck as yours. It can switch gears between combo and beatdown very quickly and that can be tough on your opponents to react to! Makes it a ton of fun to play.

I also don't run the full Sanguine/Exquisite combo and just run Exquisite Blood (well I have Vizkopa Guildmage but I don't look to assemble the "combo"). I prefer Exquisite atm since it combos with Aetherflux Reservoir but after going over your deck I think Bond might actually have more utility and do more damage overall.

A few suggestions I have that have helped my deck. Icatian Moneychanger is hilarious and can get you a turn 3 Licia if played on turn 1! I'd rather have it in the deck than for example Nyx-Fleece Ram . My biggest card draw spells are Ad Nauseam , Necropotence and Necrologia and they're all insane in the deck. Pair them up with Children of Korlis/Tainted Sigil or a Reliquary Tower / Thought Vessel and you'll be drawing 30+ cards easily.

I also love Ivory Tower since it costs so little and functions so well in gaining 2-4 life most of the time. With the above draw spells it can get disgusting though!

I could go on forever, but I'll just mention one more card draw engine in my deck that I almost forgot that I think is even better in your build and that is Disciple of Bolas . He'll draw you 10+ cards and gain you 10+ life so easily in this deck.

If you're curious about my deck it's here The Price of Blood

MontaukMonster on An Idea for a Format

3 months ago

I'm calling this one "All Stars"

Here's the short version: (almost) any deck that was Standard or Type 2 legal at some point in time.

Here's the long version: The format consists of card pools, and players can choose any of the available card pools from which to build a deck. Events would include decks that come from many different pools.

For example: you could easily see matchups like Fires vs Necro, Tinker vs Naya Lightsaber, Tog vs Gazi-Glare, Reanimator vs Turbo-Stasis, and so on.

The advantages are many: first off, there will never be one dominant deck where half the meta plays it. I've played something similar to this; I used to have all the gold-border Worlds decks from every year and we used to play them against one another all the time. I can honestly say that as abusive as some of these were, they would all be evenly matched against one another. One in particular I remember: Ravager could beat Nether-Go consistently but it lost to Stars and Stripes or Prosbloom every time, both of which struggled against Nether-Go. It truly is the ultimate rock-paper-scissors format.

Second, it would mean you could keep you Standard deck when it rotates out and still have a format to play it in.

All the card pools are explicitly defined, though as a general guide think of a deck that was legal in Standard at the time it would have rotated out for the incoming block set. This is to keep things even. To say a 'Worlds' Standard used to work until they changed Worlds to happen at the end of the year. So that way decks in those card pools would have access to two full blocks.

The next question is the 96 pool (Chronicles, Fallen Empires, Ice Age, homelands, Alliances, 4th Edition). First, to have a 95 pool would be redundant because it's the same pool minus the newer sets. So then 96 is the first pool. A lot of cards were restricted in that format: Balance , Black Vise , Ivory Tower , Land Tax , among others. We could take a serious look at those restrictions because some of those cards are really not that abusive for one and for two aside from a few stars the rest of the pool is pretty weak; realize that Elvish Archers was a tier-1 competitive chase rare worth a lot of money.

Anyway so yes, each pool would have its own banned/restricted list.

This may seem complicated. So many pools, so many cards to pick from. But if you just remember your old Standard deck, the one you locked away in the closet years ago because you didn't have the heart to dismantle it when it rotated out, it now has a format.

Let's get this going hmm?

MontaukMonster on Mind Trick

3 months ago

Draw 1 for 1 mana... like Opt is not super broken.

The card token is just that: a token that acts like a card in your hand. It doesn't do anything. It has no abilities. There's no type or mana cost or anything.

What it 'does' I make you appear to have four 'cards' in your hand instead of three. You can discard it to Ravenous Rats , Merfolk Looter or whatever. It boosts toys like Ivory Tower or Library of Alexandria or something to that effect. If it's the only thing if your library you can draw it and not die. A card token has no intrinsic use, but it can be used by effects that use 'cards' in your hand. That's all.

MontaukMonster on Goblin Software Engineer

3 months ago

Most players run sleeves. Put the ad in a sleeve in front of another card.

If not using sleeves find a junk common and write "buy my crap" on it.

I card token is exactly that: a token card. It has no type, no mana cost, nothing. It's just a card. You can ditch it to a Merfolk Looter , gain life from Ivory Tower and that's about it. There is no way of putting it into play.

This card is incredibly obnoxious. Used on an opponent, late in the game you're hoping to topdeck something useful and instead you draw a coupon for a free A/C check (freon not included). Use it on yourself after you been hit by Brain Freeze and you can't lose.

As for it being red, it 'felt' like a goblin to me. The chaotic nature of the ability fits in red, no other reason.

MichaelAYoung91 on Lifegain in Tasigur Control

5 months ago

My favorites are Lifegift and Druidic Satchel . Looking at your deck I'm unsure what would be the best option but the odds are in your favor to ramp or gain life with Druidic Satchel

nerva90 on The Price of Blood

5 months ago

Hey Bishop6644,

Indeed having non creature life gain is very important. I run Ivory Tower , Blind Obedience and Tainted Sigil on that front. I could stand to maybe add in a couple of more non creature cards that gain life but my experience has been quite positive with this deck in my playgroup.

This deck normally wins by playing a huge red X-spell like Molten Disaster or by draining the table with Exquisite Blood and Vizkopa Guildmage (they go infinite together killing the table but are also legit win cons in a multitude of other scenarios). Chandra's Ignition can also easily win the game with our commander or Evra, Halcyon Witness .

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