Mayael's Aria


Format Legality
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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Alara Reborn (ARB) Rare

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Mayael's Aria


At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control if you control a creature with power 5 or greater. Then you gain 10 life if you control a creature with power 10 or greater. Then you win the game if you control a creature with power 20 or greater.

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Mayael's Aria Discussion

Vlasiax on Big Daddy

2 weeks ago
  • Mayael's Aria - I don't see how you can get 20 power creature (maybe go with Aggravated Assault, which with Savage Ventmaw gives infinite combat steps?)

  • Rampant Growth - you have Cultivate, Kodama's Reach and Sakura-Tribe Elder and for me that's too much for only 6 basic lands

  • Sakura-Tribe Elder - speaking of it I'd go for Selvala, Heart of the Wilds

  • Akroma's Memorial - here is just an overkill, because most important mechanics in Dragons are haste, double strike and protection - 2 of them you have from Dragons already and they are a little cheaper. If you need more protection, then I'd suggest Steely Resolve and you have Dragonlord Dromoka and Conqueror's Flail

That's what I'd change for now and see how it works out :)

Catalog9000 on Card creation challenge

2 weeks ago

Considering we're dealing with Abzan regeneration, counters, Lifelink, removal, and land destruction I'm going to assume this is some sort of cult-like entity. Seems extremely violent in that regards. With them being "Disciples" of whoever this Sadage is, I think a nice tutor card would be in order. So, here goes.

First Order of Sadage

Legendary Sorcery

If you control a creature named Erevan, First Disciple of Sadage, you may return a creature card from your graveyard to your hand. Then, if you a creature named control Kyraithi, Second Disciple of Sadage, you gain 10 life. Then if you control a creature named Polk, the Third Disciple of Sadage, you may put up to two additional lands onto the battlefield from your hand or graveyard. Then if you control a creature named Gabria, Fourth Disciple of Sadage, creatures with +1/+1 counters gain Indestructible until end of turn. Then if you control all four of these named creatures, you may reveal a card name ~~~ from anywhere in the game and cast it without paying it's mana cost. If you revealed this card from your library, shuffle your library.

So, the idea is similar to Mayael's Aria in which it makes checks in a successive order, resolving each trigger if possible before moving onto the next. If all checks are met, the card's final trigger is kicked off.

In this case, we are searching for whatever or whomever these Disciples are following. This Sadage character. Since that character does not have a full card name at the moment, I left it blank with ~~~. By wording it as "reveal from anywhere in the game", you can fetch it from your library, hand, graveyard, or exile. Doesn't matter, so long as it's in the deck. Theoretically this also includes your sideboard, too.

And that's the next challenge. Make the card that mine is searching for.

Aj899 on Red Green Hydra Deck

3 weeks ago

Some card draw could really do wonders for this deck my dude. Harmonize and Crimson Wisps are both cards I run in my hydra deck and they serve their collective purposes rather well. Unless you have Utopia Sprawls I'd recommend swapping out Nissa, Worldwaker for Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip. Kalonian Hydra might be good to work towards your Mayael's Aria strategy. I'm also quite fond of Dragonmaster Outcast, while he's not all that hard to deal with on his own, it's a pretty good turnout for a 1 mana investment. Managorger Hydra is my favorite hydra, since it's a creature that interacts with the board on your opponent's turn. If nothing else, it acts as a threat that demands a kill spell or a counter spell. I was never all that fond of using Burning-Tree Emissary myseslf, I much prefer to use Sylvan Advocate since it is still viable later on in the mid-game. Hope I was of at least some help!

Rhadamanthus on Can I respond to a ...

1 month ago

Because of the way Mayael's Aria is written, yes you are allowed to do this. When the Aria's ability triggers and is put onto the stack you can respond by activating Heroes' Bane. As the Aria trigger resolves it will use Bane's current power to evaluate the effect.

If the Aria's ability was written to use an "intervening 'if' clause" then this wouldn't work. This would specifically look like "At the beginning of your upkeep, if [condition is true], [do effect]". Triggers with intervening 'if' clauses don't trigger at all if the given condition is false at the time they would trigger, and thus don't allow for responses to make the condition true. I think the reason Mayael's Aria doesn't use intervening 'if' clauses is because that would probably require three separate triggered abilities, and there's just not enough room in the text box without shrinking the font size significantly.

Catalog9000 on Adding "Alternate Win Conditions" (Alt-Win) ...

1 month ago

I noticed under the deck hubs there's no real way to distinguish alt-win decks from other traditional "damage" decks.

Obviously there's some, like Mill.

But for things like Approach, Felidar Sovereign, Biovisionary and Mayael's Aria there really isn't an option. You could even arguably make a consistent deck using Mortal Combat where you self-mill / dredge in a means to win by dumping your library into your graveyard... that might be my next deck, come to think about it...

A quick Gatherer search for "win the game" shows 32 cards from all sets (To include EDH) with that text. Some, such as Abyssal Persecutor are in there because it happens to fit the criteria even though you don't "win" the game with him (Though you can and is an Alt-Win for my Demon deck; Lure your opponent into a false sense of security and when you nail them down to 0, Instant-kill AP and win).

So could we get a tab and maybe list it like Alt-Win so players can find decks meant to / have the possibility to win in non-damage / non-mill / non-infect related means?

Thanks :)

Catalog9000 on Can I respond to a ...

1 month ago

I have a Heroes' Bane that I played last turn, and a Mayael's Aria on the battlefield.

First, I untap my lands giving me the required to boost him up.

My upkeep kicks in Aria's trigger. It checks to see if I control any creatures with Power 5 or greater.

I currently do not.

Am I allowed to respond to it's check and turn Bane into an 8/8 (As I am the active player) so that when the stacks shifts down to Aria's check, it sees I control an 8/8, so all my creatures now get the +1/+1 counter?

I'm like 95% sure that's how this works. I just wanted to be sure before I design a deck that doesn't function properly.

Catalog9000 on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Deathdragon, ever hear of Mayael's Aria? ;)

So my #1 favorite character in all of Magic is Sarkhan Vol, but he already has a ton of cards dedicated to him. So, I'm going with a favorite lady of mine; Lovisa Coldeyes.

Lovisa, Shieldmaiden

Legendary Creature - Human Warrior

Whenever Lovisa, Shieldmaiden attacks each other Barbarian, Berserker, & Warrior you control get +1/+1 for each other attacking Barbarian, Berserker, and Warrior.

If five or more creatures are attacking when Lovisa, Shieldmaiden attacks, all creatures you control gain Trample until end of turn.


Make another card for one of your favorite characters in MTG lore.

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