Magus of the Tabernacle


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Planar Chaos (PLC) Rare

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Magus of the Tabernacle

Creature — Human Wizard

All creatures have "At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice this creature unless you pay (1)."

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Magus of the Tabernacle Discussion

Suns_Champion on Arbiter of Keeping Things Fun

1 month 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!

GeeksterPlays on Help With Protection Card Rules

2 months ago

Depending on the colours you run and how much you're wanting to build a deck just to combat that specific token threat, there are lots of answers to pesky token-making decks.

BLACK: Illness in the Ranks, Bile Blight, Engineered Plague, Massacre Wurm could just kill him on the spot, Echoing Decay,

BLUE: Leyline of Singularity, Stifle his Krenko, AEtherspouts attackers, Cyclonic Rift overloaded, Wash Out choosing red, Stormtide Leviathan, Echoing Truth

WHITE: Path to Exile Krenko, Wrath of God, Day of Judgment, Fumigate, Planar Outburst, Lightmine Field, Magus of the Tabernacle, an Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite will stop him playing anything ever again, Magus of the Moat, Ghostly Prison, Leyline of Sanctity stops all burn spells

MULTICOLOUR: Supreme Verdict, Merciless Eviction, Pernicious Deed,

ARTIFACT: Ratchet Bomb, Scourglass, Maelstrom Pulse,

Or play dirty and play RED back against him; Blasphemous Act, Volcanic Fallout, Pyroclasm, Anger of the Gods, Scouring Sands, Circle of Flame, Mob Rule and take all the goblins and kill him with them!

DarthTucker on Yo-sei Goodbye, and I Say Hell-O

2 months ago

This might be the most degenerate deck I've ever seen.

But I absolutely built it (with literally 8 differences), and it's probably the most fun deck I've played in a long long time. This is brilliant, good work.

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mmcgeach on Sisay Stax

2 months ago

@meowndabout Nice questions! Glad to help with this. I changed the write up slightly, to include a sample blue print for playing the deck. That answers some of your questions, other ones are below.

Fauna Shaman - usually you discard extra mana elves (which aren't that great in the mid-game) to get actual stax pieces or utility creatures. But, also, you can just discard anything. It turns each creature into a Worldly Tutor + free card draw.

Loyal Retainers - this is actually best with Iona, Shield of Emeria, which is decent to run if your meta has some mono-colored decks. However, it's worth leaving in the deck even without Iona, just to get back anything that happens to get killed. It's pretty good reanimation, just by itself.

The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale - Actually, Magus of the Tabernacle is a pretty good replacement. Tabernacle is here mostly to combat other decks that rely on creatures and mana elves (like us), but have a harder time tutoring for Gaea's Cradle. To perform this function, another answer is Defense of the Heart. Magus might be better since it's a creature and slides under your Thorn of Amethyst effects.

Nullstone Gargoyle - this is a new card I'm testing. It's easily hard-castable with Gaea's Cradle and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. And it's a pretty strong lock with Eidolon of Rhetoric. Yes, if I could get this lock together, I'd just cast creature after that.

Recruiter of the Guard - you just get whatever you need for the situation you're in. Get whatever stops your opponents the hardest. You have to know how your opponent's strategies work.

Sanctum Prelate - pretty much always names 2 or 3. These stop boardwipes that sneak under Gaddock Teeg; on three you stop: Toxic Deluge and Fire Covenant; on two you stop Cyclonic Rift and Pyroclasm. I usually pick either 2 or 3 based on which board wipe I'm more afraid of at the moment; but in either case you end up shutting off large parts of your opponents' decks.

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard - this is becoming less important in this list; however I think it's still probably good enough to run. Yeah, you just get whatever is most helpful. You can either get Quirion Ranger on 1 to activate Yisan or Sisay twice per turn, or you get Sylvan Safekeeper to guard Sisay against spot removal. After that, you know, get whatever you need.

Crop Rotation - there's a lot of strong lands in the list. Strip Mine and Horizon Canopy are very good with Ramunap Excavator. You can also get Tabernacle. You can get one of the ramp-lands like Gaea's Cradle, nykthos, or Ancient Tomb. If possible, you should always sacrifice a Flagstones of Trokair.

Creature tutors - You get whatever you really need top stop what your opponents are doing. These tutors let you get non-legendary creatures tho, so sometimes you can get Sanctum Prelate or Eidolon of Rhetoric or Spirit of the Labyrinth if one of those seems really appropriate, or you're in a winning position already, you can go for the kill with Shaman of the Forgotten Way or a lock with Nullstone Gargoyle.

Enlightened Tutor - yes, frequently the most powerful thing to get with this is Living Plane, although there's a lot of great artifact/enchantment stax pieces you may want, particularly Rest in Peace, Null Rod or Sphere of Resistance. It can get ramp in Mana Crypt or Carpet of Flowers. It can also get Lightning Greaves which can be great for Sisay. This card is awesome in this list.

Ancient Tomb is good ramp; Temple of the False God is unplayable crap. There's lots of games where you never get to 5 lands.

Gemstone Caverns, Chrome Mox - these are ramp, which is totally critical. You just exile whatever you don't need. Try to prioritize playing a turn 1 or 2 stax piece with these ramp cards. Also think about when you will play Sisay. If you have these ramp cards, try to set up a sequence where you play a stax card turn 1, a mana creature turn 2, and SIsay turn 3.

Null Rod, Stony Silence - these only shut off our artifact ramp, not our creature ramp. Only play them if they're going to hurt your opponents more than they hurt you. But the deck is pretty much designed so that it's usually pretty asymmetric, although certain hands and board states can make it more nuanced.

Carpet of Flowers - just any other stax piece, maybe Reclamation Sage or Scavenging Ooze, depending on what your meta needs.

Arid Mesa, Marsh Flats - originally I wanted to hedge against running all the fetches with Root Maze, which makes fetches freaking terrible. However, this could be revisited.

You can totally run snow lands if you want to.

Grand Abolisher - I haven't wanted this; usually I'd rather have more Thorn of Amethyst effects - Glowrider and Vryn Wingmare, which make counter spells really hard to use.

Containment Priest - this or Scavenging Ooze is a fine card if your metagame has a lot of reanimator decks. It does hurt our own reanimation (and Yisan), so I wouldn't play it by default.

Solemnity - this doesn't do anything...

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip - I don't think this is worth a 3-cmc non-creature spell. :(

Ashes of the Abhorrent - This can work if your meta has a lot of reanimation or storm...

Disenchant - I'd rather run Reclamation Sage, then maybe Manglehorn.

meowndabout on Sisay Stax

2 months ago

mmcgeach Back with more questions :)



ISBPathfinder on Gisela, Embracing the Broken

4 months ago

Hey, I play Gisela myself. I dont know if you ever build / played / still play this list but given I have been playing Gisela for like a year now and you are probably the closest list I have seen to my own I thought I would give some feedback.

Magus of the Tabernacle - It has pros and cons when comparing vs Moat effects but one big advantage is that they have to pay usually before they can do other things. The advantage is it often ties up a lot of their mana making it hard to make big plays to follow it up. Sometimes Moat effects disappear before combat and leave them in better positions.

Crested Sunmare - Given our commander has lifegain built in its a nice swarm of solid creatures.

Angelic Accord - more token creation. Our commander hits the magic number on their own giving us angels every turn we keep it.

Cradle of Vitality - every turn you can double in size.

I primarily post to MTGSalvation but I liked some of the things you were doing as I went in a similar direction.

Kylesafgt on Karador's Graveyard Harvest

5 months ago

Hey mate,

Firstly, thanks so much!

Secondly, with Grisly Salvage, yeh I'm definitely always taking a land however it plays alot better in this deck than Mulch would (I originally had Mulch in here aswell). Firstly, Grisly Salvage is going to be dumping more cards into my graveyard (with Mulch, we could potentially luck out and reveal all lands, including lands we want in our graveyard such as Riftstone Portal). And another big benefit of Grisly Salvage is that we can play it on our opponents end step etc as it is instant speed. I originally ran Drown in Filth in this deck which was another big reason why I would run Grisly Salvage over Mulch as I was actively wanting lands in my graveyard.

I really want to add The Gitrog Monster, I just can't find it in me to take anything out... Maybe Magus of the Tabernacle?

Dude, I love your suggestion of Strands of Night, that's a freaking amazing card. I think that now has priority over The Gitrog Monster as an inclusion. In fact, I just ordered one!

EternalBrewmaster on Dune

6 months ago

Magus of the Tabernacle is literally wearing a stillsuit and is great flavor as Stilgar or some other Fremen. And you don't have tons of creatures either. He's emblematic of the harsh environment of Arrakis and the attrition wrought on its inhabitants. Speaking of which, Attrition.

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