Magus of the Moat

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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
Future Sight (FUT) Rare

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Magus of the Moat

Creature — Human Wizard

Creatures without flying can't attack.

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Magus of the Moat Discussion

dbpunk on ???

2 weeks ago

So I notice you're making stax in WU. Maybe Hokori, Dust Drinker , Magus of the Moat and Magus of the Tabernacle ? Also, since you're running Azorius, why not piss them off even more by adding in about 8 or so counter spells, like Render Silent , Cryptic Command (although this deck might be a bit mana starved for it) and other classics?

triproberts12 on Look out Knight Tribal, a new jank tribal is here

1 month ago

This is a challenging tribe to build around. I would recommend checking out Saffron Olive's video on finding the competitive advantage of your tribe. Also, Tomer built a phoenix tribal deck for Commander Clash not too long ago. Watch the end to see how he wins, because it's pretty great.

In terms of specific cards, I think Mana Echoes would go well, since you need a lot of mana to enable phoenixes. Thundermaw Hellkite could be good. Lose Temple of the False God and Dormant Volcano , though, because those are awful cards. The former because it's useless as a 3rd, 4th, or 5th land, and the latter because it's just asking to be strip-mined and is both slow and makes colorless mana.

Finally, you might want to consider adding a second color. For example, in blue, you gain access to Favorable Winds , Gravitational Shift (It's freaking Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite in your deck), Sprite Noble , Stormtide Leviathan , Windstorm Drake , Warden of Evos Isle , Windreader Sphinx , Kindred Discovery , Call to the Kindred , Distant Melody , Mistform Warchief , Faces of the Past , Riptide Shapeshifter , Saheeli's Artistry , Sakashima's Student , Sakashima the Impostor , Metamorphic Alteration , Phantasmal Image , Clone , Quicksilver Gargantuan , Protean Raider , Mirror Image , Gigantoplasm , Stunt Double , Clever Impersonator , Dack's Duplicate , Phyrexian Metamorph , Coastal Piracy , and Bident of Thassa .

In white, you get Archon of Redemption , Energy Storm , Magus of the Moat (and Moat if you have unlimited money), Radiant, Archangel , Serra Aviary , Soulcatcher , Spirit of the Spires , Harsh Mercy , Shared Triumph , Kindred Boon , Mirror Entity , Radiant Destiny , . Going into Jeskai also gives you Teferi's Moat and Thunderclap Wyvern .

Tibor and Lumia would be my choice for an Izzet commander, Aurelia, the Warleader would be my choice for Boros, and Kraum, Ludevic's Opus + Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker would be my choice for Jeskai.

Dete on [WU Flying] Aces High

1 month ago

if the thing you want is to have a deck focused on flying creatures or spells without good or bad additions, why not make a commander deck? if you already got the colors figured out you could use Raff Capashen, Ship's Mage, Azor, the Lawbringer or even Medomai the Ageless. with that combination you got a lot of ways to control the board and protection for your creatures, and add 40 more cards to the deck. Aboshan's Desire, Flood, Tidal Flats, Spirit Bonds, Invocation of Saint Traft, Angelic Favor, Entreat the Angels, Tidal Surge, Decree of Justice, Battle Screech, March of Souls, Descend upon the Sinful, Storm Herd are cards that you could use in commander but not in this deck... if you want to have a reliable way to trigger Sigil of the Empty Throne you can use Flickering Ward, Shimmering Wings, Conviction, Brilliant Halo, Gossamer Chains, Viscerid Armor, Ephara's Enlightenment and others. Aven Mindcensor, Mana Short, Boomerang, Standstill, Magus of the Moat, Bident of Thassa, Sigil of the New Dawn, Hindering Light, Supreme Verdict.

                                                                                                             ooor make a pauper deck edh or a normal one... :P

WolverHam on GAAIV Shinanigans

3 months ago

Potential adds:

Armageddon like effects: Ravages of War, Fall of the Thran, Catastrophe, and Cleansing

Enchantments that help Prison/Defense: Lightmine Field, Karmic Justice, Monastery Siege, Web of Inertia, and Starfield of Nyx

Creatures that help manage resources: Magus of the Tabernacle, Magus of the Moat, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, and Iona, Shield of Emeria

Potential Finisher Creatures: Akroma, Angel of Wrath and Stormtide Leviathan

Instants: Dawn Charm, Rapid Hybridization, Pongify, Condemn, and Render Silent

Sorceries: Hallowed Burial and Terminus

Artifacts: Vedalken Orrery and Portcullis

DemonDragonJ on Guess the Green Magus!

5 months ago

In the Time Spiral block, three cycles of magi were printed: one cycle inspired by iconic lands (i.e., Magus of the Tabernacle), one cycle inspired by famous enchantments (i.e., Magus of the Moat), and one cycle inspired by famous artifacts (i.e., Magus of the Disk).

In the past several Commander sets, there have been magi inspired by iconic instants and sorceries: Magus of the Will, Magus of the Wheel, Magus of the Mind, and, most recently, Magus of the Balance.

That leaves only a green magus left, so I now wish to speculate on what that magus shall be, and, more specifically, after what green instant or sorcery it shall be modeled.

As with the first four, such a magus will likely be modeled after a card that is on the reserved list or otherwise has not been reprinted in a long time, and also one that is both iconic and powerful; therefore, both Desert Twister and Tooth and Nail, for example, are not likely candidates.

What does everyone else say about this? What green instant or sorcery shall be used as the model for the final magus of this cycle? I eagerly await your responses.

BMHKain on

5 months ago

I have something to apologize about as well; Gatherer showed nothing of such a sort for Planeswalker Protection. This is going to REALLY sound damn sketchy, but maybe I should be using Pillowfort after All? I can think of a stupid 3 Point combo w/ some kind of use: Eldrazi Monument + Sandwurm Convergence + Moat/Magus of the Moat = Only you can Attack.

I know you objected to this before DrkNinja, but I believe I might be on to something...

BMHKain on BMH's Biggest Hot Take: Magus' ...

5 months ago

NOTE: these are just my thoughts, backed up by points regarding both the Magus, & the Original. Be warned.

cEDH is, IMO, a subformat willing to drain you of all of your wallet; with one card. So I'm going to show why sometimes, even a Magus could be an (OK) alt.

Before we start this fish fry, keep in mind, I know some staples aren't even expensive; but some are just out of even the range of some of the the most lavish of Mercadia.

Before we begin, I just want to show the comparison to the Magus version to the original version of said cards. So? What the heck are we waiting for?

  1. Magus of the Abyss

  2. Magus of the Arena

  3. Magus of the Balance

  4. Magus of the Bazaar

  5. Magus of the Candelabra

  6. Magus of the Coffers

  7. Magus of the Disk

  8. Magus of the Future

  9. Magus of the Jar

  10. Magus of the Library

  11. Magus of the Mind

  12. Magus of the Mirror

  13. Magus of the Moat

  14. Magus of the Moon

  15. Magus of the Tabernacle

  16. Magus of the Vineyard

  17. Magus of the Wheel

  18. Magus of the Will

Yep. Fraggin 18 Magus' (possibly) worth playing in cEDH. Now for their original base cards...

  1. The Abyss

  2. Arena

  3. Balance (BANNED AS ANYTHING.)

  4. Bazaar of Baghdad

  5. Candelabra of Tawnos

  6. Cabal Coffers

  7. Nevinyrral's Disk

  8. Future Sight

  9. Memory Jar

  10. Library of Alexandria

  11. Mind's Desire (Anyone got something closer?)

  12. Mirror Universe

  13. Moat (Obviously...)

  14. Blood Moon

  15. The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale

  16. Eladamri's Vineyard

  17. Wheel of Fortune

  18. Yawgmoth's Will

Yep, these 17.5 (I'm not sure about Mind's Desire, though; just comment about whatever Magus of the Mind is an homage to, & I'll edit this...). Let's start with...

POINT 一

Yep, I'm doing Kanji for the points. Anyways...

  1. Most of the latter cards are too expensive for some.

While I won't count Blood Moon, Nevinyrral's Disk, & even Future Sight (Thank Bolas those are Consistently being Reprinted.), We have stuff that can reach as far as 4 figures at worst. Ironically, stuffle like Eladamri's Vineyard is surprisingly cheap as well as its respective Magus. Sadly, that's where the point comes in. Most of the original cards in our economy are either:

A: In the 3 Figures >

B: Banned (See Balance; which, ironically, is cheaper than its Magus counterpart.)

C: Something your average decklist is worth in cash (Unless it requires 2 or 3 of them.)

Don't get me wrong, It's not that the card is "bad", it's just I can't just pay for something that I can make the rest of my deck with instead. Just my honest opinion...

POINT 二

  1. They have the same Manacost/Effect

You may, & must have paid attention to the similarities of the Bases & the Magus'; those without a Land Base have an identical CMC, & even the same manacost regardless of either the Base/Magus. Don't believe me? Look above. The only Magus' to have costs to effects that are differing are Magus of the Balance, Magus of the Wheel, Magus of the Mind, & Magus of the Will even. Outside of this, Effects are entirely identical to the original. While manacosts are relatively high for Manacosts for Magus' with a Land version Base, nothing wrong with rocks/dorks, I guess...

POINT 三

  1. Creatures can be supported by other cards for protection.

Sad to say, Creatures are among the most fragile of Permanents in all things Magic (The Most Fragile though, are Planeswalkers, they have yet to have a cEDH Deck of their own... Odd. :/) However, there are ways in which even in cEDH, Magus', & Creatures in general, do have some kind of protection:

Lightning Greaves is entirely versatile & can work in all decks in a pinch (Unless your Comander is a Walker, then you'll have to work on what creatures In The 99 (Or if you want to use both Will Kenrith, & Rowan Kenrith as Partner Commanders for The 98; But who in god's name would do that?!) Swiftfoot Boots has an equip cost, but generously gives creatures Hexproof. A solid Alt. for the "Other Boots of Haste". Trailblazer's Boots is the last to recommend for footwear as it has Nonbasic Landwalk. Effects from players with even a Fetchland will do zilch, & if the creature in question has a Power amount, it can bypass Blocks entirely. Problem? You'd need a Non-Basic yourself if your opponent attacks; but this is an impossibility for essentially, all the best cEDH decks! Cards like Flicker/Bounce/ and even Brago, King Eternal can bounce your own creatures, evading actual target. One of the Best examples of this is Venser, Shaper Savant who comes into play as a Triggered Ability; bypassing even stuff like Krosan Grip & even other stuff that threatens your cards. *For Auras, There are so many that work so well, I can't even make a list of them all. Aqueous Form makes enchanted creature Unblockable; & when it attacks, it allows you to Scry 1. Canopy Cover Allows your creature to be attacked by Fliers & those w/ Reach; that & it gets Hexproof. Even Gift of Immortality is capable of bringing back even Commanders if need be.

Not all Auras can be used appropriately in all 5 individual colors, but some Auras can screw with your opponents' cards in an attempt to disrupt their stratagem. in particular has stuff that affects the opponents' cards, & the opponent themselves. has Darksteel Mutation & has Imprisoned in the Moon, which essentially turns a creature, land, or even a Planeswalker into a Wastes.

This is still a WIP. Anyone having better ideas to protect Creatures in cEDH, let me know.

With that said, there are some things I actually would like to see WotC reprint as Magus'. I mean; Timetwister is expensive as garbage. But if the Magic Group can make a Magus for that, with a cost I guess, I'd be sold; that; & I wouldn't have to worry about exiling other Timetwister Variants. Nether Void is in the 4 figures, so why can't the R&D group do something about it with a Magus? Stuff from Legends, The Dark, & some others have Magus variants already, why not have some more?

Hello, I'm BMHKain. I apologize if I caused any offense, I'm a cheapskate since I started during Scars of Mirrodin. BTW, how can you guys even afford all this, & more? Just wondering...

Thanks for reading... ^_^ I had to edit this to be more... Conservative. That & I had to redo a Part entirely. Still in the works though. :/

ghostfire86 on Kaalia, Beyond Heaven and Hell

6 months ago

lords2001,

I use to run Rune-Scarred Demon, Aurelia, the Warleader, Sorin, Grim Nemesis, and Iroas, God of Victory. Each have their benefits, but all of them I've found underwhelming for what the deck needs as I pilot it.

The best of points, as I've stated previously in the comments, is that Aurelia, the Warleader does not give benefit the turn it drops. She must survive another turn, if dropped by Kaalia, before she is even viable. A rule that I've learned to follow is creatures that are dropped by Kaalia Must have ETB or static effects to be useful. Every arch type has a set of rules that are to be followed to gain maximum benefits. Take for Legacy Red Burn for example. I wrote an article on the deck a few years back on the topic with rules in which was intended to guide beginners through the process of card selection:

The Art of Legacy Burn [http://www.essentialmagic.com/em2/Doc.aspx?hDocID=318]

Rune-Scarred Demon is a great beater with the tutor add on, but if you look at my list you'll see that it's Swamped with tutors. What I run into now days is the need for immediate removal options of permanents or increased damage to drop a threat quickly from the pod. Demanding Dragon is not the best of cards ever printed, but it serves both of the purposes that I've set forward. Opponent takes 10 damage from it the turn it drops, or they sac a creature and take 5 damage. Either way its a win for me.

Iroas, God of Victory, where to begin....This card for Kaalia I've found to be a tragic disaster for my build. He is nothing more than an overly priced menace enchantment with built in a Dolmen Gate that I'll virtually never acquire devotion for due to my high use of black permanents. Furthermore, I get more use out of his replacement, Moat and it's back up Magus of the Moat, in this evasive flyers deck.

Sorin poses a problem for me. Grim Nemesis is to slow and without the use of deck manipulation the primary increase is not worth it. You basically pay 5 for card draw and it won't pay for itself in the long run due to resources devoted to protecting him and set up to effectively make use of the first ability. The other two abilities.....I'd rather run Nahiri, the Harbinger. Sorin Markov, to drop one opponent to 10 life, I've considered, but the triple black with no way to sneak in makes the idea difficult to swallow.

Dark Confidant and Dark Tutelage have yet to kill me in any game that I've played. The card draw is fast and penalty is minimal due to the large array of cards in the deck that have 3 or less cmc. The probability of getting hit for a large amount is very small. Yes I have had games where I've hit two in a row for 7+ life lose, but the amount of damage output for the card advantage makes up for it and the decks ability to shut most opponents down.

Ob Nixilis Reignited was under consideration, but the idea was dropped after a previous revision.

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Magus of the Moat occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

White: 0.03%

Azorius: 0.05%

Mardu: 0.03%