Luminarch Ascension

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Zendikar (ZEN) Rare

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Luminarch Ascension

Enchantment

At the beginning of each opponent's end step, if you didn't lose life this turn, you may put a quest counter on Luminarch Ascension. (Damage causes loss of life.)

1,W: Put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield. Activate this ability only if Luminarch Ascension has four or more quest counters on it.

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Luminarch Ascension Discussion

Craven183 on Avacyn's Legions

3 days ago

Replace Honor of the Pure with Luminarch Ascension ?

Also since this is mono colored you don't need as much colored mana rock ramp like Commander's Sphere or Darksteel Ingot. Perhaps replace those colored 3 CMC rocks with Mind Stone and Thran Dynamo ? Lots of high cost stuff in here mana wise so you need as much ramp as you can get (8-9 ramp cards is what I've read to be a good average amount). Gift of Estates, Weathered Wayfarer, and Temple of the False God might also be good additions.

Also since your commander makes all your permanents indestructible it'd be cool to take advantage of that with lots of "destroy all... " effects like Hour of Revelation. You've got a few board wipes here already which is awesome but I'd definitely fit in Hour of Revelation as an extra if I were you.

Really like the list and would love to see where it goes; hope my suggestions help! Good luck!

SynergyBuild on Cleric Deck [~$40]

4 days ago

Battletide Alchemist is a five mana creature, your deck can't ramp, and modern is a format of turn 4 or earlier wins. Control decks do exist, and so do pillow fort decks. If your control elements, or pillow fort cards do not come online before the turn your opponent intends to win, you lose.

A control deck board wipes, and stops the opponent with counterspells and removal. You run semi-removal in the form of Oust, and a semi-board wipe in the form of Dusk / Dawn, but those are only semi. They don't remove many of the aggro threats as they are large in number and small in size, nor does the removal stop voltron stype Slippery Bogle decks. The lack of a serious control element stops you from playing in such a manner.

If you were to consider this a pillow fort deck, one that stops the opponent from doing things, but doesn't actually remove the threats, you would be out of luck. Battletide Alchemist might be closer to Sphere of Safety in a real w/x pillow fort deck, but that is a "finisher" or a card that stops the opponent after Runed Halo, Ghostly Prison and Nevermore slowed them down. The issue is you don't have a real way of slowing them down until then, and you will be dead before you drop Battletide Alchemist if you don't. Casual aggro decks for 15 dollars have more of a chance in the current meta in a late game scenario than this deck, because if Battletide Alchemist is your deck, you don't have one.

Pillowfort is an underused strategy, one that lock the opponent in many ways, preventing damage does so little on its own, that the real pillowfort decks only do it if it is 3 mana and prevents all damage dealt to you (Solitary Confinement saw some play). Loss of life will kill you, removing the Battletide Alchemist will kill you, etc.

The types of things a pillowfort deck should do are 6-fold:

  1. Lock down combat (Sphere of Safety, Ghostly Prison)

  2. Lock down targetting of yourself (Aegis of the Gods, Leyline of Sanctity)

  3. Lock down spells that get around this (Runed Halo, Nevermore)

  4. Lock down alternative strategies after sideboard (Rest in Peace, Stony Silence)

  5. Protect the Locks (Greater Auramancy, Privileged Position)

  6. Win the game (Luminarch Ascension, Sigil of the Empty Throne)

Your deck covers part of #1 with Battletide Alchemist, and part of #5 with Eight-and-a-Half-Tails I say a part of each because plenty of combat isn't damage, it is infect, or "when this creature attacks" (think eldrazi tron and all of the eldrazi's with the annihilate keyword), and because a destroy all (Supreme Verdict) gets around protection effects. Creatures a way flimsier than enchantments, and this deck doesn't even cover that.

WalkingIllusion on Marchesa-sama

4 days ago

Thanks guys for the suggestions guys!

I think with all the comments I can't think if anything would be better than whats on the list besides replacing Skyline Despot with Luminarch Ascension....

Besides the thought of curses and Blazing Archon I think this deck is close to being built and play tested...

Suns_Champion on Arbiter of Keeping Things Fun

1 week ago

I think a big problem with control is the multiplayer aspect of EDH. impossible to counter everything from 3 players, and trying makes you the target. I'd go with stax, what GAAIV already does.

Stax: Chancellor of the Annex,Spelltithe Enforcer, Kataki, War's Wage, Overburden, Meekstone, Lodestone Golem, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Fatespinner, Windborn Muse, Magus of the Tabernacle, Magus of the Moat, Trinisphere, Suppression Field, Pendrell Mists

Lockdown: Martyr's Bond, Arcane Laboratory, Winter Orb, Ethersworn Canonist, Angelic Arbiter, World Queller, Static Orb, Icy Manipulator, Rule of Law

Escape Lockdown: Teferi, Temporal Archmage, Land Tax, Daze, Rewind, Rhystic Study, Luminarch Ascension

Misc: Leyline of Sanctity, Cloud Cover, Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Dovescape

Even if you don't go into the stax strategy hardcore, a lot of these might still be useful for you. Good luck!

rapicho on Huatli the cat lady

1 week ago

Parallel Lives, Intangible Virtue, Lingering Souls, Luminarch Ascension

I think that should get them to show, and yeah I'd be pretty excited if I could use any of these cards. Especially Luminarch Ascension, mostly because back when I first made a cat deck it was mono-white and I ran Gisela, the Broken Blade, Anointer Priest, Felidar Sovereign, and a couple Oketra's Monument.

Probably was my favorite deck I ever made, mostly because I named it CATholocism, because all the creatures that weren't tokens were either priests angels or cats. Sadly, I never put that decklist on this site.

ArchdruidoftheSquirrel on Celestial Army

3 weeks ago

Okay, I'm gonna throw out ideas for you and see what you think about them.

Pearl Medallion for mana reduction

Chalice of Life  Flip if you want to take advantage of life gain

Soul Warden, Goldenglow Moth (and to make Kyle mad), Prism Ring, Beacon of Immortality for life

Purity would throw people for a loop

For mana, Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, Caged Sun, Gauntlet of Power, Sol Ring, and maybe Sword of the Animist

Token production if you're interested would be Luminarch Ascension, Doomed Traveler, Thraben Doomsayer

Control cards would be Curse of Exhaustion, Oblivion Ring, Loxodon Gatekeeper, Blind Obedience, Odric, Lunarch Marshal, Odric, Master Tactician

Bonus cards War Priest of Thune, Serra Ascendant, Aegis of the Gods, these are low mana drops that would also benefit from the zombie killing angel

jktorborg on Advertise your deck!

3 weeks ago



This is my enduring ideal deck, and I'm trying a new, much more complicated but perhaps more consistent wincon upon Enduring Ideal's resolution. Please give this a look, I'm sure it could use some tweaking. The deck it's based off of, my other ideal deck, is referenced on the page too. Trying to figure out how to squeeze 1 Luminarch Ascension and 1 Archetype of Imagination in again, after taking it out of the old version. ANY advice is GREATLY appreciated, thanks guys!

Note: Purpose of new wincon was to both ultra-lock opponents that run things like Abrupt Decay or win matches against people that gain infinite life. Just trying to increase the number of different decks this can beat. Thanks again guys!

Also, I'm specifically wondering about my sideboard, too. Trying to make it a little more consistent, I know I have wasted or useless sideboard cards. I'd like to swap those out.

jktorborg on Advertise your MODERN deck!

3 weeks ago



This is my enduring ideal deck, and I'm trying a new, much more complicated, but I think more consistent wincon. Please give this a look, I'm sure it could use some tweaking. The deck it's based off of, my other ideal deck, is referenced on the page too. Trying to figure out how to squeeze 1 Luminarch Ascension and 1 Archetype of Imagination in again, after taking it out of the old version. ANY advice is GREATLY appreciated, thanks guys!

Note: Purpose of new wincon was to both ultra-lock opponents that run things like Abrupt Decay or win matches against people that gain infinite life. Just trying to increase the number of different decks this can beat. Thanks again guys!

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