Destroy all nonwhite creatures.
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|Magic 2015 (M15)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Mass Calcify occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Mass Calcify Discussion
3 weeks ago
Cleanse was not banned for simply stating "destroy all black creatures." It was banned because the verb, to cleanse, has been used throughout history to refer to racial cleansing.
But wait, you argue, Black creatures in Magic are traditionally foul spirits or demons, and "cleansing" has also been used historically when discussing purification of evil. In fact, the very artwork itself seems to show depictions of spirits and little demon things, kind of contradicting the whole racial point.
That is a good point, hypothetical me who I am speaking with. But context matters. As we all know, there exists a certain type of Magic player who likes to make racist comments--you know the type: those sad, lonely, pathetic individuals who give all the rest of us nerds a bad name (not to mention make nerddom depressingly intolerable to our minority brothers and sisters, be it a racial, sexual, or orientation minority).
Cleanse, has been cooped by that particular group as a symbol of hate. Let's look at TappedOut's decks containing Cleanse. There are 28 TappedOut Decks that run Cleanse that were created before this update. Five of these are databases of cards, not actual decks. Of the 23 remaining decks, 6 of them (26%) - use Cleanse specifically because they saw racist overtones in the card.
I think Wizards probably thought something along these lines:
The name Cleanse alone; probably fine. Destroying just black creatures; probably fine.
But, when you combine those two things together on the same card, AND it starts being used specifically for its being viewed as a hate-filled card? Maybe it's better to err on the side of the ban hammer.
That's also why the left cards like Mass Calcify unaffected--Mass Calcify only hit one of the problematic points; it was not a combination of both resulting in the unfortunate co-opting of the card by Magic's seedy underbelly. At that point, it was time for the card to go.
You are simply wrong that the crusades are not affecting the world today, and language regarding the crusades has been resurgent in recent years. Currently, they are used as a tool of propaganda on both sides. Terrorist cells use them as a recruitment tool, citing them as examples of how the West has been interfering with their lands for centuries. Some Western warhawks often call for a "crusade" against terrorists/governments they view as enemies specifically to invoke the racist imagery of the crusades themselves.
It's not just the historical event that is problematic; it's how the word itself is being used in modern, aggressive parlance.
Even today, centuries later, those wounds
3 weeks ago
Cleanse was an overreach. It was banned for, as you said, referring to the destruction of black creatures. I do not believe any magic player is confusing the color pie with ethnicity.
Overall I think WOTC made the right choice except for Jihad, Crusade, and Cleanse. I also think they should have put the art behind a click screen instead of straight removal. Just removing the art partly feels like they are hiding some of their choices in the past.
3 months ago
Martial Coup and Hour of Reckoning would be good board wipes. Seeing as all of your tokens except for thopters and saprolings are white, Mass Calcify could be good, too. You might wanna add some non-creature removal, like Return to Nature, too.
4 months ago
My comments are constructive criticism not trying to tear you down. There are way too many lands here (38 is the max typically) and no true ramp. Mana rocks and mono white ramp spells such as Land Tax, Tithe (two expensive cards) or Gift of Estates. Mana Rocks like Sol Ring, Marble Diamond and Gilded Lotus will help. You definitely need Board Wipes with Avacyn it is one-sided, Wrath of God, Mass Calcify, Cleansing Nova and Rout to name a few, side note Descend upon the Sinful is mostly horrible in your deck cause it wipes your board even with Avacyn out. For you Humans and Angels a great card you are missing is Herald of War reducing the cost of both after it attacks. King saproling mentioned a few reducers as well. Heraldic Banner is a good rock/ pump spell.
7 months ago
7 months ago
Thanks for the card ideas Prospekt, lots to consider here!
7 months ago
7 months ago
peter20percent your brother is right, some targeted removal isn't the worst idea. Some of my favorites in mono-white are Path to Exile , Swords to Plowshares , Generous Gift , and Revoke Existence . Brave the Elements is also a fun little combat trick you could utilize. As far as cutting cards, I'd take out Coat of Arms , Knight Exemplar , Patron of the Valiant , Strongarm Monk , and possibly Touch of the Eternal . You don't have a centralized creature type enough to make Coat effective, plus is can be detrimental against other tribal decks. Same concept with the Exemplar, you're just not using enough Knights to make her worthwhile. Patron and Strongarm are just not the most effective to the strategy you're building. And Touch is a really risky card. When it works it's awesome, but I see it backfire more often than not. I'd also consider swapping out Mass Calcify for Day of Judgment or Cleansing Nova . Mass calcify is great, but it's a really high drop and you might be going up against decks that contain white creatures, nullifying your advantage. DoJ is cheaper and is great for if you're getting overwhelmed and need to clear the board, and Nova is great utility. Lastly, I'd consider swapping Angel of Invention for Akroma, Angel of Wrath , since you seem to be going for cards with word jumbles. Hopefully this helps!