Key to the City

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Kaladesh (KLD) Rare

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Key to the City

Artifact

, 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.

Key to the City Discussion

TwinStags on Skullboi, Bag O’ Bones

6 days ago

Thoughts:

Hunger of the Howlpack still sorta sucks, but I’ll live until a better counters-instant comes out around that cmc

Beseech the Queen is just okay. Might go with Scheming Symmetry because of how friendly it is

Rite of Passage is interesting. In MP it can work for beefing up during blocks. I’m sorta torn between this, Evolutionary Escalation , Drana, Liberator of Malakir , and some other rhino dude. Rite works when there’s a lot of combat. Evol. can push things along, but sucks 1v1. Drana feels a bit shoehorned.

Winter Orb was a terrible idea. I feel bad for putting this in my deck.

I never put together the way Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Filth work together. Adding them and possibly Crop Rotation or Expedition Map . This leads me to...

Creatures are getting stuck in my hand and I need discard generators. Fauna Shaman is a must add. Key to the City is almost good. I sorta like Greenseeker , but idk if it warrants a slot.

Reyhan, Last of the Abzan still isn’t great. If it was similar to Death's Presence I would be more inclined. As is, most of the time my board just gets wiped

DerektheRed on Stalker

6 days ago

Seems like a fun idea. If opponents don't play creatures to prevent the win-con, swing for commander damage.

Ninjutsu isn't going to help you much since Etrata triggers on damaging a player, but the return to hand effects are smart. IMO, for this deck to work you need better evasion and better protection. Whispersilk Cloak is a 2-for-1 and should definitely be in your deck.

Evasion: I don't flying is sufficient, you need unblockable. Amphin Pathmage , Artful Dodge , Deepchannel Mentor , Distortion Strike , Glaring Spotlight , Key to the City , etc etc.

Protection: Since Etrata is a potentially fast win condition (from any one opponent's perspective), they'll gun hard for her. Swiftfoot boots is not enough. You have access to cheap 1-shot spells like Unlikely Aid and Without Weakness , or equipment ( Darksteel Plate , Hammer of Nazahn , Shield of Kaldra , etc.)

Vincentc1 on Bane : The Red Knight Returns

1 week ago

I might try it when I'll crack some M20 ! Giving Maraxus the ability to swing without being block is awesome, and maybe better than the Key to the City . Thank you !

smack80 on Neheb, the Worthy - Discard/Reanimation

1 week ago

Key to the City is secret minotaur tech, it can probably replace the dowsing dagger. Unearth can get back your commander for 1 mana instead of 5 or more.

You need more things that are worth reanimating. I'd start with Platinum Emperion .

I think this is the right deck for Runehorn Hellkite

TwinStags on Skullboi, Bag O’ Bones

1 week ago

Also

Golgari loves creatures over artifacts. I’m pushing away from them so Collector Ouphe is always perfect for the board. In saying so, there’s a few cards I outed:

Key to the City is super jank. Lightning Greaves & Whispersilk Cloak don’t help with shroud. Prowler's Helm and Trailblazer's Boots give awesome evasion, but for a heck of a price. I debate on Chariot of Victory .

I think a big step $$$-wise is to pick up Shizo, Death's Storehouse . If fear doesn’t come in handy against a certain opponent, it’s still a untapped land

Optimator on Dig Up Her Bones

2 weeks ago

Yeah, your list looks great. Seems a little light on interaction but that might be inevitable considering how many dinos you need to run and the ramp spells to support them. Rite of Passage is some sick Enrage tech!! Crush Contraband is a great new card. Glad you included Runic Armasaur --seems awesome. I count twelve ramp and discount cards and that's probably where you want to be! It's a lot but dinos.

I know your slots are tight but here are some cards worth putting in the memory banks/maybeboard.

Duelist's Heritage is half-price since the reprint. Might be worth considering. Double triggers and no equip cost, after all. Small upside of being usable in political ways.

I know it's not cheap but Smothering Tithe is great in this deck. Land Tax obviously too.

True Conviction would be castable for you if you're looking to upgrade later. The lifelink might be great since your strategy is a bit slow to start.

You might want to consider putting Swords to Plowshares and/or another instant-speed removal card for when Polyraptor and Marauding Raptor start to combo because without stopping the chain the game ends in a draw. Being 1 CMC is very attractive since you've likely cast a spell once the chain starts.

Nahiri's Machinations might be a good budget way to use your commander liberally. Also worth noting would be Prowler's Helm and Trailblazer's Boots . Key to the City and Manifold Key too.

Kinjalli's Sunwing seems worthy of consideration. I now you're going for Enrage-tribal but the effect shouldn't be underestimated. Worth putting in the maybeboard IMO.

Colossal Majesty is a good one for this deck (most likely). Don't forget Harmonize

Where it me I'd include one more silver-bullet board wipe, like Planar Cleansing , Cleansing Nova , Austere Command , or Hour of Revelation . If you're worried about your enchantments you could do Hallowed Burial or Descend upon the Sinful .

Since you're running so few artifacts it might be fun to include some hosers like Stony Silence , Creeping Corrosion and Shatterstorm (my favs), or Fracturing Gust . Pulverize is on-flavor! By Force and Vandalblast are good too. There are tons of other great interaction cards but with so few slots and with all your ramp you may as well go for the big ones. Purify is good but you may want to keep your enchantments around. Seeds of Innocence is a funny one. Collector Ouphe is good but it's not a dino and it'll probably get killed by your Enrage stuff. Rampage of the Clans is a fun new one. Slight flavor fail though.

Wear / Tear , Ancient Grudge , Destructive Revelry , Hull Breach , Nature's Claim , Unravel the Aether , Deglamer , Dust to Dust , Return to Dust , and Ray of Distortion are solid in case you need something

sonnet666 on I'm interested in building draw ...

2 weeks ago

Honestly? I don't really like any of these except for Clock + Key, and that's only in a deck that's heavily artifact based.

  1. This is largely dependent on how much functionality Clock of Omens and Key to the City already have in your deck. If there are a lot of splashy artifacts you want to untap and a lot of scary creatures you want to connect with, then I'd say play it, but that sounds like it's two different decks. If you have to hunt around for two different artifacts that don't do much on their own just to spend 2 or more mana per card (you have better things to do with your rocks usually), then this is kind of meh.

  2. The per card really kills this one. Paradox Engine + Rummaging Goblin will let you rummage forever pretty much for free. There are several other untap effects in red you could work with. Aura versions of creature effects are much less versatile than just running the creature version, and Pili-Pala has very limited usefulness in these colors.

  3. I'm always a critic of group hug effects. Giving your opponent cards in EDH is like handing the enemy ammunition in war. It's just a bad idea. If your opponent is running green and has a ton of mana, you won't be outpacing them in draws no matter how many treasures they give you. ( Smothering Tithe is, of course, still a great card.)

  4. This might be : draw a card if your opponent exists, but Mind's Eye is also : draw a card if your opponent exists, and Mind's Eye is a single card. What reason do most decks have to run Norin the Wary ? I've never played him in anything outside of Purphoros, God of the Forge .

I don't really see how any of these come close to Skullclamp + creatures, and Red/White is the best color identity to tutor an equipment.

StopShot on I'm interested in building draw ...

2 weeks ago

Red and White aren't typically the best colors for drawing cards or getting card advantage. I've been brainstorming up ways to generate cheap value off of two card pairings. How would you rate these?

Engine Result: Artifacts you control have , : Draw a card.

How It Works: Initially you can tap the Clock of Omens and Key to the City to untap the Key to the City . By doing this you skip needing to discard a card from tapping the key, and you can pay mana to draw a card since it untaps. This means you can also draw more cards off the key if you have spare artifacts lying around such as mana rocks and/or equipment.

(This engine is also pauper commander legal!)

Engine Result: Each card in your hand has cycling .

How It Works: Enchant Pili-Pala with Prophetic Ravings which gives it haste and the ability to rummage. While the Pili-Pala 's untap ability costs mana it always produces one mana from untapping which you can use again when you need to untap it effectively making it cost to untap it. (Also keep in mind that the first discard-draw is always free, so the cost to cycle cards does average out to here.)

Engine Result: Your opponents pay off your college tuition.

How It Works: While Well of Knowledge is a draw engine in of itself, it pairs wonderfully with Smothering Tithe which already will generate treasure tokens off the single card your opponents draw each draw step. This means that each opponent effectively pays off half your draw tax on Well of Knowledge and if each opponent pays into the Well of Knowledge each turn they'll effectively make the first couple of draws free resulting in much greater card draw for you in comparrison.

Engine Result: At the end of each player's turn, if that player exists you may pay to draw a card.

How It Works: Norin the Wary is a fickle card with an ability that's bound to trigger on every turn. Because of this if he's by himself he will effectively do nothing in a game, but with Mentor of the Meek , every time he reenters the battlefield will create a draw trigger from the mentor which means you've created a cheaper Mind's Eye that also draws you a card on your own turns as well.

What do you think of these draw engines? Honorable draw engine mention goes to Feather, the Redeemed + Defiant Strike , but I'm sure everyone is aware of that one.

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