Key to the City

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Kaladesh (KLD) Rare

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Key to the City

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, Discard a card: Up to one target creature can't be blocked this turn.

Whenever Key to the city becomes untapped, you may pay . If you do, draw a card.

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Key to the City Discussion

Gadianten on You CAN play Haakon!

4 hours ago

Your deck NEEDS Nameless Inversion. The changeling rule makes it a knight and two mana for repeatable +3/-3 at instant speed? Yes, yes please. I would drop 2-5 of the less impressive knights for greater draw power. Other possibilities for discard sources would be Anvil of Bogardan, Call the Bloodline, Grimoire of the Dead, Key to the City, Necromancer's Stockpile, Tortured Existence, Conqueror's Foothold or Geier Reach Sanitarium depending on how much having non knight creatures bother you, although I think Geier Reach Sanitarium is worth it. Necrologia acts as a one turn Necropotence without the exile draw back to sculpt your hand and fill your graveyard by paying 10-20 life.

SkulduggeryP on Mary'O Kill and the Killbots: A Jazz Band

16 hours ago

How to play:

It's fairly simple: Tutor for Conspiracy, naming killbot, and then you can use Mary O'Kill to "sub out" any of your creatures.

On the bench, ready to sub in!:

Phage the Untouchable: I feel like I should explain this one first. I know that it looks like you should be grabbing Phage every time, but I encourage you to think again. First off, by the time any of you who are inspired to make this deck actually do so, unstable will no longer be legal in commander (unless you're ultra-quick and super-cool). Therefore, the only way you'd be able to play this within your playgroup is by Rule 13, which essentially states that you can use banned cards in a casual setting only if all members of your playgroup agree to it. And if you slam down Phage every time, they're gonna start to not like you. Sorry if this section went on too long, but it had to be said.

Ashling, the Extinguisher: This is mostly for if your opponents have a troublesome indestructible creature. Or also if you think that the art looks great.

Avatar of Slaughter: This one is for if you need straight damage, as it deals the most of any creature at 16. Maybe you're low on life and it has Loxodon Warhammer. Maybe you want to deal a ton of damage without killing them. I'm not judging.

Blightsteel Colossus: This one follows the same rules as Phage the Untouchable, only this one also protects against milling. Using this product may put at risk of winning, overzealous gloating and being banned. Administer at own risk.

Dragon Mage: Maybe you're secretly a group hug player. Maybe you're just low on cards in hand. Either way, this is a great all-around option.

Greater Harvester: It's like eldrazi, only you don't have to actually attack with it to trigger annihilator, meaning you also get some damage through.

Hellcarver Demon: An opponent is comboing out and you need to make one last defiant stand without actually winning. That's when you break out this boy.

Lightning Reaver: Why on earth did you sub in this! It's just in here because I like the art!

Lord of the Void: This is my go to benchwarmer. It makes you highly likely to win the game without actually guaranteeing it. My kind of card.

Necropolis Regent: This one actually works because +1/+1 counters stay between switches.

Rakdos the Defiler: Be sure to sub him in after declare attackers and blockers so that his attacking trigger won't activate, but his damage trigger will.

Raving Dead: If you want to do something but you don't want the game to end yet, this is a good choice.

Scion of Darkness: Because Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni is more expensive.

Enemy forces and how to ignore them!

Now, subbing out is most effective if whatever you're replacing can get past the declare blockers step. Unfortunately, this is rakdos colors, so we don't have much in that respect. What little that's available is below.

Whispersilk Cloak: Definitely the best option we have. With evasion in both aspects, and the fact that equipment stays equipped makes this a favorable option.

Trailblazer's Boots: In commander, you can scribble out the existing text and say, unblockable. It saves time.

Prowler's Helm: If any of you frequenly go toe-to-toe with a wall tribal deck, please let me know, that sounds awesome. And if you want to make them happy, play this. They will be so proud of their soulless, empty defenders. They need the pick-me-up.

Panic Spellbomb: Yeah, it's not the greatest. Moving on.

Key to the City: Card filtering and unblockable? Please tell me the downside.

Hot Soup: Do not, I repeat, Not play this against a ping deck. It'll be like christmas came early for them.

Glaring Spotlight: I would tell you how great and good this option is, only I can't see the text from all this brightness.

Last random notes:

Gamble: Please don't use this to find Conspiracy. Just don't. It's not worth it.

Command Beacon: Activating this on turn 3 is actually not a bad idea if you put down a Despondent Killbot turn 2, you can switch it out for early pressure.

Sly Spy C: If you just want to mess around or really punish a player, sub this one out with Avatar of Slaughter.

Planar Portal: This is the one case where it's superior to Planar Bridge. You see, Mary switches things in your hand, not on the battlefield, so with the bridge, they get affected by summoning sickness.

Gypsyhatten on alesha testtest

4 days ago

Switching to English, thanks Tappedout.

None of the following recommendations/cuts are as important as they were with Karametra, since this deck is built on a solid ground and only needs a better defined game plan.

You have three archetypes to choose from, and you should focus on one or two of them. Trying to build all three will be too inconsistent.

  • Aggro - win by dealing 40 damage to everyone through combat damage and Purphoros/Blood Artist effects. Alesha is used to punch things and reanimate token producers/anthems/beaters.

  • Control - win by taking care of threats and staying relevant until late game where you outvalue whoever's left. Alesha is used less for combat damage and more for reanimating value/removal.

  • Combo - win by assembling an infinite combo. Alesha is mostly just there as a backup plan in case a combo piece is stuck in the graveyard.

I would recommend going for either aggro-control or combo-control.

Utter End - being able to target anything is very strong

Duplicant - one of the best creature-based removal cards

Wear / Tear - similar to Duergar Hedge-Mage but casts for 1/2 when you really need it, or a two-for-one for 3 mana at instant speed

Rakdos Charm - instant speed graveyard hate, or cheap removal, or a way to kill someone who's going wide and is about to win

Painful Truths - very good card draw in 3 colors

Toxic Deluge - the best creature board wipe in the game

Merciless Eviction - amazing against artifact decks, amazing against enchantment decks, amazing against reanimation decks, amazing against indestructible and very good against everything else

Chromatic Lantern, Commander's Sphere, Coalition Relic and Darksteel Ingot - good mana rocks for 3, prioritize from left to right

Fellwar Stone and Talisman of Indulgence - good mana rocks for 2

Animate Dead - reanimation for 2 mana is just too good to pass up on, fun with Sun Titan

Path of Ancestry - it's a strictly better Nomad Outpost

Ash Barrens - 1 mana for colorfix can help many bad hands, and lategame it's an untapped land

Mana Confluence and City of Brass - worth it when you're 3 colors, the lifeloss rarely matters but being able to play out your hand does matter

Clifftop Retreat - only checkland you're missing

Hanweir Battlements - colorless land is not great when you're 3 colors, but haste on Alesha is strong

Fervor - good source of haste, not as easy to remove as Lightning Greaves

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith and Iroas, God of Victory - good way to keep attacking with stuff

Siege-Gang Commander and Ponyback Brigade - many tokens for just one ETB, deals 8 damage with Purphoros, God of the Forge for each cast/reanimation

Beetleback Chief and Pia and Kiran Nalaar - less tokens but still playable

Ankle Shanker - good for getting damage past blockers

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff, makes board wipes hurt

Harsh Mentor - very strong hatebear, can stop some game plans entirely

Mirror Entity - strong anthem when most of your deck is power 2 or less

Mother of Runes - protection can either make one of your creatures unblockable or protect one of your creatures from spot removal

Drana, Liberator of Malakir - decent anthem for cheap

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff

Noosegraf Mob - up to 5 2/2s per turn and can be reanimated with Alesha

Enlightened Tutor - good for getting Skullclamp when you need card draw or Purphoros, God of the Forge when you need damage

Swiftfoot Boots - an extra pair of Lightning Greaves

Cathars' Crusade - very strong anthem when going wide

Behind the Scenes - good way to get past blockers, pump is expensive but can be done after assigning blockers which is neat for getting damage through

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Fiend Hunter - can perma-exile stuff repeatedly with sacrifice or protect one of your own creatures from a board wipe while getting an extra ETB

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith, Iroas, God of Victory and Whispersilk Cloak - good way to safely get Alesha triggers and get cards in the graveyard without losing card advantage

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim - decent way to get stuff into the graveyard while still getting value out of them, also good chump blocker

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip - a pretty good planeswalker that's a creature in the graveyard and can be reanimated

Hope of Ghirapur - can repeatedly stop or at least slow down a lot of decks

Sin Collector - one of few ways non-blue decks can deal with board wipes and huge swingy instants/sorceries

Feldon of the Third Path - slow without haste but a very strong effect once online

Leonin Relic-Warder - not as strong as Fiend Hunter but still useful in the same ways

Sunforger - lets you tutor up the most relevant removal and protection spells at instant speed, also get Mistveil Plains if you add this to get stuff back into your library

Strionic Resonator - works for double attack triggers with Alesha or double ETBs with anything else

Vampiric Rites - one of few sac outlets that provide solid value from its own effect

Flameshadow Conjuring - lots of extra value for only one mana per creature

Panharmonicon - doesn't work with some of your creatures, but solid value when it does

Assemble the Legion - decent wincon when your opponents are running out of gas

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Wayfarer's Bauble - not as fast as mana rocks but not as vulnerable against board wipes, good when aiming for slower wins

Fiend Hunter - combo with sac outlet + Karmic Guide or Sun Titan

Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Cathars' Crusade and Solemnity - combo with sac outlet + Murderous Redcap

Murderous Redcap - combo with sac outlet + Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Solemnity or Cathars' Crusade

Geralf's Messenger - combo with sac outlet + Solemnity

Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder, Altar of Dementia and Goblin Bombardment - free sac outlets, the latter two can also weaponize most infinites

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - weaponizes any sac-based infinite

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - weaponizes all your infinites, lets you win with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos without having to go into combat

Mother of Runes - for protecting your combo pieces or sometimes making Alesha unblockable

Living Death - when you have enough combo pieces in the graveyard, resolving this usually lets you win on the spot regardless of which creatures your opponents get to return

Enlightened Tutor - another tutor for finding wincons

Village Bell-Ringer - combo with Kiki-Jiki, if you don't care about creatures being power 2 or less there's also Combat Celebrant, Zealous Conscripts, Restoration Angel and more

Reanimate - cheap reanimation in any archetype

Sword of Feast and Famine - ramp that lets you dump your hand as aggro

Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor - tutors for combo

Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, Blood Crypt, Bloodstained Mire, Marsh Flats, Arid Mesa - standard manabase upgrades

Archetype of Finality - way too expensive

Palisade Giant - generally worse than a creature with "When ~ enters the battlefield, you gain 7 life", which you wouldn't want to run in the first place

War Priest of Thune - can't hit artifacts, would never want to reanimate it over other targets

Mortify and Return to Dust - good removal cards but you have better options in your colors

Diabolic Tutor and Gamble - 4 mana is a bit much for a tutor and the card disadvantage on Gamble combined with the fact that you might discard non-creature combo pieces makes it questionable

Meekstone - pretty stupid to disable your own commander, not really beneficial to your game plan since it lets slower decks build up board state while no one can/wants to attack

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Karmic Guide - you don't want to pay echo cost so it will rarely get to attack

Damnation, Day of Judgment and Wrath of God - you don't need that many board wipes in aggro

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Priest of the Blood Rite and Ravos, Soultender - doesn't do much for advancing combo wincons

Reconnaissance - your commander surviving is generally less relevant and your wincons don't care about combat tricks

Angel of Invention - anthems don't really do much outside of aggro

Big Game Hunter - you don't need that much spot removal

Dusk / Dawn - your creatures surviving doesn't really matter, you just want to wipe the board until you have a combo in place

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - his ability is way too random, but it's fun and a decent manadump

Also, come up with a better title and description and try to keep your online list up to date with your deck IRL.

jeepjeep8 on Hapatra Snakes and Insect Wither

1 week ago

I would actually advise against Winding Constrictor. It'll only give your own creatures more -1/-1 counters, and there's not a ton of benefit to that. I have a -1/-1 counter deck too, I love playing it. I really enjoy Grind / Dust: I put some dual land in my deck to allow for more white mana (in addition to Channeler Initiate's supply) so I can trigger the Aftermath as needed. Really helps with the current meta, since we have lots of Gods/Graveyard recursion. It's saved me against Scarab God decks many times

I might suggest taking a look at Key to the City, but it's only really viable if you pull in both Ammit Eternal and Archfiend of Ifnir. My deck is more in that vein, but I just really have a fun time with that card.

Anyway, cool deck! I love Standard -1/-1 because it's fun and dirt cheap.

KingMathoro on Omnath, Locus of Mana

1 week ago

Hey there, I was just browsing and saw this in the help thread and thought I would offer my two cents as I have much experience with Omnath. First of all lemme say that it does not seem like you have any sure fire way to end the game. Siege Behemoth seems to be the only way. So I would look at cards like Triumph of the Hordes, Overwhelming Stampede, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa, Craterhoof Behemoth, Pathbreaker Ibex, Blightsteel Colossus, and also maybe an Eldrazi Titan or three. Some other great ramp cards that are out there are Traverse the Outlands and Patron of the Orochi Along with that I would say you may want to consider some removal spells like Krosan Grip, Beast Within, Song of the Dryads. Another couple of cards you may want to think about is protection for Omnath and also maybe a way or two to make him unblockable. These would be cards like Swiftfoot Boots, Darksteel Plate, Whispersilk Cloak, Lightning Greaves, Key to the City, Rogue's Passage and the like. Also since you have an Extraplanar Lens you could run Snow-Covered Forests instead of regular to deny any other person playing green the doubling affect. Lastly there is a card that does well in every Omnath deck ever and that is Genesis Wave. My God I can't even begin to tell you how great this card is in this deck. Those are my thoughts as of now. Tell me what you think!

Argy on Worthy Minotaurs

1 week ago

I used to have Key to the City in this deck for draw, but I replaced it with Throne of the God-Pharaoh, to speed things up a bit.

tonyret121 on Grixis Pirates

2 weeks ago

Well I'm putting in cards to keep a theme of unblockable and stealing creatures so Sheoldred, Whispering One, Roil Elemental are good for keeping ur opponents field empty and urs continously growing. Then cards like Key to the City, Elusive Tormentor, and Invisible Stalker would really play well off the commanders ability

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