Mardu Banner

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Common

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Mardu Banner

Artifact

{T}: Add {R}, {W}, or {B} to your mana pool.

{R}{W}{B}, {T}, Sacrifice Mardu Banner: Draw a card.

Mardu Banner Discussion

Spirits on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

4 weeks ago

Hey weezel,

Very cool. Did you win any of the games? Wasn't sure if you mean you won on turn 5 in the 1v1's or if the game was won. If you were going for it on T5, and winning, that's pretty good.

Depending on the Commanders in the pod, Breya, Etherium Shaper for example, Hellkite Tyrant can be quite useful (remember he has Trample to get around the Thopter army). Reya Dawnbringer is too slow, if you want the recursion, go with Adarkar Valkyrie can be responsive (protecting whats getting controlled), and has combos:

Adarkar Valkyrie + Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Adarkar Valkyrie + Karmic Guide + Lightning Greaves or Dragon Tempest + Goblin Bombardment | Infinite Damage

Reya Dawnbringer doesn't trigger properly and just puts your threat assessment higher when trying to combo. Maybe with a Rune-Scarred Demon and a Goblin Bombardment she would be ok, but I would probably still go with the Adarkar Valkyrie to protect Kaalia of the Vast .

Will take a while to learn how to play too, Master of Cruelties can be a powerful ally, with Instant tutor Tainted Pact . Remember, Master of Cruelties puts their life to 1 in the "declare blockers" step, and Kaalia of the Vast hits them for 2 damage eliminating the player, usually remove the highest threat or faster commander first.

Gamble is great, CMC1 tutor. I just worry on T5 it's not going to be helpful because Mardu doesn't draw well enough, so the probability of discarding the card you Tutor is very high. On T1 or T2 it's great, plus its , which if you play Badlands T1 is fine, but usually I try and build first. Still a great substitute card! Very playable in any version.

Multi-Player commander, the best commanders only win 50% of the time. Usually how it goes, is 1 person goes for it, gets Force of Will or Pact of Negation , then the next goes, same, then finally someone goes. Usually, if I have it, I go for it, figure I'll win more often that way than lose.

If your going to play Mardu , play to it's strengths, avoid putting in high CMC tools to make it into .

Orzhov Signet = + = CMC - = Total Cost , can be played off a Mana Crypt or Sol Ring as well.

Orzhov Cluestone = - or = Total Cost . Can't easily be played off other rocks, and doesn't convert colorless into colored mana either which Kaalia of the Vast needs. CMC to draw 1 card, and sacrifice your mana source is bad business, too situational, and slows you down in the 80% rule, ignore the 20%, like T5 when it can draw you a card for CMC!!! Yikes.

Mardu Banner is even worse!!! See Orzhov Cluestone and make it draw you a card for CMC, very bad business.

Commander's Sphere is borderline playable, because:

CMC - = Total Cost then Sacrifice to draw (No additional cost or required). If you think a slower rock is needed, Commander's Sphere is the only playable one of those listed, don't do that please!

Just have to accept that your never going to have good draw, choose a commander with is the best, if that's what you want, then you are just going to Show and Tell a lot. Commander usually ends where everyone is about the same T3-T5. Often if your the first to try, you get countered, Sometimes you get lucky and a Kess, Dissident Mage tries to Show and Tell an Omniscience and you successfully get it with a free cast Angel of Despair and they can't Enter the Infinite to get the Force of Will to hand, and hopefully they were tutoring their win-con and can't stop you when you go!

I usually attack the control player Serra Ascendant is always awesome T1, it puts them on a timer, like 4 turns or so, and sometimes it disrupts their tutoring, pulling Slaughter Pact / Toxic Deluge or like trying to overload a Cyclonic Rift instead of going for it themselves in some cases, thats a win for me, even if I don't win. Unless there are unbalanced decks in the pod, by T5-T6 everyone should be ready to go, or 1-2 turns from going anyway, just who successfully do it. Sometimes I strategically wait till someone tries to win and gets countered, but I play aggressive, I usually just go for it asap lol. If I can combo T2, usually people have been playing mana sources and don't have the mana to commit to a Counterspell of any kind. I did get Pact of Negation on turn 2 and the player had no way to pay the cost and was eliminated lol, luckily that game I had a Yawgmoth's Will and went the next turn, oh, remember with Yawgmoth's Will , it's CMC - play a fetch land from your graveyard = CMC. Always remember to play that land from the graveyard!

Never did you have the mana or need the Reveillark I bet in any of the games? Also, the Whip of Erebos is a little slow for recursion, but it can be impactul in longer control games.

Grim Tutor is pricy, just because of the set printed in which sucks, needs a Judge Foil reprint.

I usually try and hit the control player with a Rakdos the Defiler as well, it really slows them down, or they have to control Rakdos the Defiler and then usually can't control when you go for the win. Give it time, will take you a bit to figure out your tutor progression. A Lightning Greaves scares people, and a Razaketh, the Foulblooded is almost always a win (unless you cast the Kaalia of the Vast that turn with Haste, then I usually drop in Ob Nixilis, Unshackled first, stops tutoring for lands, tutoring for win-con's etc, or if they do, puts them close enough to kill with damage!). Be aggressive with Doom Whisperer try to Surveil win with it, sometimes it doesn't work, sometimes it hits! All you need is the Buried Alive or Reanimate depending on the situation. One time I didn't have enough life to win with Razaketh, the Foulblooded so I tutored Whip of Erebos then attacked with Razaketh, the Foulblooded and then won after.

Oh also, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel obviously can attack and win, but sometimes, Post-Combat Main Phase, I just tutor Goblin Bombardment and sacrifice all the angels to win (instead of from attacking damage).

Anything you found ineffective? I wouldn't worry about T5-T6 land drops, hopefully you have a mana rock, so casting Kaalia of the Vast with Lightning Greaves for CMC should still be possible. If she CMC, then the game going very long, and others just killing instead of tutoring/going for the win.

If you win, 40%-50% of 4-player pod games you have a strong deck. Theres a link to some statistical spreadsheets in this article Pursuit of Knowledge - Intro, The word data is the hyperlink, other than Adun Oakenshield (for some unknown reason to me), the best commanders only win like 50% even if they are $7,000 vs $350 opponents.

weezel on Kaalia, Mirror Breaker EDH

4 weeks ago

What up spirit

Any new gameplays/ ideas you can report on? I seen you replaced Terminate with Faithless Looting I got around to playing the deck (Keeping in mind, I put Gamble inplace of Grim Tutor , Reya Dawnbringer inplace of Hellkite Tyrant and Faithless Looting inplace of Mausoleum Secrets )

I played a total of five games, two of which were 1 on 1's. The two that were 1 on 1's, both were won on turn Five, One on first main phase and the other on second main phase. The other three group games won on turn 8, 9 and 10 (Although I technically lost, we kept the game going to see when i'd win. The turn 8 and 9 loss was due to the player going infinite 1 turn before me. turn 10 win was a legit win, it was just one long controlling game)

The group games were a bit difficult, especially when you're against counter heavy/controlling decks. Found myself needing more card draw/tutoring. And that doesn't at all justify anything yet. I still need more gameplay.

I did miss some land drops in two out of those three group games. A turn 5 land drop in one game and a turn 5 and 6 in another game. I think I'm going to keep Gamble and if I can find Grim Tutor for a decent price, add that in as well. Was going to add in cruel tutor over Grim Tutor but tutoring straight to the hand is more beneficial than to the top of the deck. I'm also going to put back in Mausoleum Secrets as I always found myself needing either Reanimate or Animate Dead .

I'm also contemplating on replacing Orzhov Signet with Orzhov Cluestone , Mardu Banner or a simple yet affective Commander's Sphere just to take advantage of that card draw if needed. All in the air, I definitely do not have enough game time with the deck yet but I will say one thing, its very fun to play!

BelugaWhale217 on zurgo needs your help

4 months ago

cards to remove (They either have no synergy or are kinda bad): Fleshbag Marauder, Resolute Archangel, Impale (replace with Hero's Downfall), Mind Rot, Repeating Barrage, Diabolic Edict (Replace with Doom Blade), Smelt (replace with Vandalblast), Pillar of Origins, and Arcane Encyclopedia.

Cards to Add: Mardu Banner, Rakdos Signet, Orzhov Signet, Boros Signet, Darksteel Plate, Whispersilk Cloak, Sigarda's Aid, Open the Armory, Chandra's Ignition, Darksteel Ingot, Fellwar Stone, Commander's Sphere, Command Tower, Tenza, Godo's Maul, Sunforger, Swords to Plowshares, Boros Charm, Crackling Doom, Mortify, Archetype of Aggression. I would also replace some basic lands with duals (http://www.mtglands.com/). Check EDHREC (https://edhrec.com/commanders/zurgo-helmsmasher) for more ideas.

PhyrexianWombat on Edgar Markov

6 months ago

Oh yeah, I second DRmagic2017's suggestions and have a few more of my own.

Falkenrath Aristocrat (Hard to remove) and Mirror Entity (Makes your army huge out of nowhere) could work pretty well.

As a non-vampire suggestion, I'd like to mention that Commander's Sphere is much better than Manalith and Mardu Banner.

eliakimras on Kaalia Work in Progress

7 months ago

It's great you have picked Kaalia! Here are my suggestions: - Kaalia has a narrow casting cost (1WBR) and her best shot is when she's cast early, so you need every fast mana acceleration (Orzhov Signet, Boros Signet, Rakdos Signet, Fellwar Stone) available to cast one of them on turn 2 and then Kaalia on turn 3 to smash faces. Unfortunately, Commander's Sphere, Manalith, Mardu Banner and Orzhov Cluestone doesn't help with this strategy, so it might be better replace these for those.

Bloodytrailz on Edgar Tribal Go-Wide

9 months ago

You know what's exclusively better than Mardu Banner and not in your deck? An EDH staple... Commander's Sphere. Pay 3 mana to draw a card, or draw a card for free on a sacrifice trigger instead of a tapped trigger, so you can tap it for mana and then sacrifice it for a draw. It's a huge upgrade for a card that costs like a quarter.

Grisbane on Edgar Tribal Go-Wide

11 months ago

You make some valid points about the creatures. I haven't really used Kheru Mind-Eater often and usually it pops up towards the end when I already have a swarm going. Yahenni, Undying Partisan was in one of this deck's early builds and I found him wanting. I will look at other 3 drops for another viable solution. As far as Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief, it's in there because it's removal on a flying body. Your suggestion is interesting and I will test it in proxy. Necropolis Regent has been an all-star in my deck and has outright won games by herself. With her out, everything is a threat. She is definitely a target for hate but if they don't have and answer they usually die.

I cut Painful Truths out of the deck because while I can get all three colors, getting Red can be difficult as it's honestly splash only. I wanted to limit red in order to make the deck faster and be able to get demanding cards like Necropotence out. I am thinking of using Ad Nauseam in the place of Damnable Pact.

As far as Eerie Interlude, it's sweeper insurance, same as Living Death. It doesn't save tokens but at least it gives me back something if a Wrath of God hits.

Call the Bloodline has been useful in the past. There are better uses for it and I will consider your suggestion. I admit I am reluctant to add more red solely due to how irregular getting red mana is with this deck.

As far as Manalith was always a placeholder until I found something better. Mardu Banner will probably replace it. I knew of Fellwar Stone, I particularly don't like that card due to the fact it almost always only produces colorless against the groups I play in. If it doesn't produce colorless it's white or red and I always need more black. Any card that depends on the opponent to me is far worse than a 3 mana reliable rock.

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