Mother of Runes

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Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CMT) Uncommon
Eternal Masters (EMA) Rare
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs Kiora (DDO) Uncommon
MTG: Commander (CMD) Uncommon
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Uncommon
Promo Set (000) Uncommon

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Mother of Runes

Creature — Human Cleric

: Target creature you control gains protection from the color of your choice until end of turn.

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Mother of Runes Discussion

PurpleGame0 on White Weenie Warriors (1 CMC EDH)

3 days ago

A very late thanks to everybody who contributed!

@ClockworkSwordfish: Thank you for the good suggestions. The level ups are slow, but if I need a late game, they're perfect. The Tithe would be great, especially in this lower-land deck, so it would be a good higher-budget addition.

@Mike94: This deck wants to be 1 cmc only, but Flickering Ward and especially Mother of Runes are great. I thought the Mother was a higher CMC, so I didn't include it.

@marcopollo: Limited Resources is a terrible, filthy card. It forces everyone to play my game, and having only 5 lands makes it hard for the enemy to get rid of it. Land Tax was in the original build for this deck, but I took it out because it was a little expensive. Zuran Orb would be nice, but... it's not 1 cmc. Faith's Shield looks like a really good card in a bad situation.

Benalish Hero looks like it could be good, but I don't know how banding works. You also said Defensive Formation works like Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip's flip, but I'm not seeing it. Launch the Fleet also seems like a great way to surprise someone in the later game.

Gypsyhatten on alesha testtest

4 days ago

Switching to English, thanks Tappedout.

None of the following recommendations/cuts are as important as they were with Karametra, since this deck is built on a solid ground and only needs a better defined game plan.

You have three archetypes to choose from, and you should focus on one or two of them. Trying to build all three will be too inconsistent.

  • Aggro - win by dealing 40 damage to everyone through combat damage and Purphoros/Blood Artist effects. Alesha is used to punch things and reanimate token producers/anthems/beaters.

  • Control - win by taking care of threats and staying relevant until late game where you outvalue whoever's left. Alesha is used less for combat damage and more for reanimating value/removal.

  • Combo - win by assembling an infinite combo. Alesha is mostly just there as a backup plan in case a combo piece is stuck in the graveyard.

I would recommend going for either aggro-control or combo-control.

Utter End - being able to target anything is very strong

Duplicant - one of the best creature-based removal cards

Wear / Tear - similar to Duergar Hedge-Mage but casts for 1/2 when you really need it, or a two-for-one for 3 mana at instant speed

Rakdos Charm - instant speed graveyard hate, or cheap removal, or a way to kill someone who's going wide and is about to win

Painful Truths - very good card draw in 3 colors

Toxic Deluge - the best creature board wipe in the game

Merciless Eviction - amazing against artifact decks, amazing against enchantment decks, amazing against reanimation decks, amazing against indestructible and very good against everything else

Chromatic Lantern, Commander's Sphere, Coalition Relic and Darksteel Ingot - good mana rocks for 3, prioritize from left to right

Fellwar Stone and Talisman of Indulgence - good mana rocks for 2

Animate Dead - reanimation for 2 mana is just too good to pass up on, fun with Sun Titan

Path of Ancestry - it's a strictly better Nomad Outpost

Ash Barrens - 1 mana for colorfix can help many bad hands, and lategame it's an untapped land

Mana Confluence and City of Brass - worth it when you're 3 colors, the lifeloss rarely matters but being able to play out your hand does matter

Clifftop Retreat - only checkland you're missing

Hanweir Battlements - colorless land is not great when you're 3 colors, but haste on Alesha is strong

Fervor - good source of haste, not as easy to remove as Lightning Greaves

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith and Iroas, God of Victory - good way to keep attacking with stuff

Siege-Gang Commander and Ponyback Brigade - many tokens for just one ETB, deals 8 damage with Purphoros, God of the Forge for each cast/reanimation

Beetleback Chief and Pia and Kiran Nalaar - less tokens but still playable

Ankle Shanker - good for getting damage past blockers

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff, makes board wipes hurt

Harsh Mentor - very strong hatebear, can stop some game plans entirely

Mirror Entity - strong anthem when most of your deck is power 2 or less

Mother of Runes - protection can either make one of your creatures unblockable or protect one of your creatures from spot removal

Drana, Liberator of Malakir - decent anthem for cheap

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - useful when going wide and repeatedly reanimating stuff

Noosegraf Mob - up to 5 2/2s per turn and can be reanimated with Alesha

Enlightened Tutor - good for getting Skullclamp when you need card draw or Purphoros, God of the Forge when you need damage

Swiftfoot Boots - an extra pair of Lightning Greaves

Cathars' Crusade - very strong anthem when going wide

Behind the Scenes - good way to get past blockers, pump is expensive but can be done after assigning blockers which is neat for getting damage through

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Fiend Hunter - can perma-exile stuff repeatedly with sacrifice or protect one of your own creatures from a board wipe while getting an extra ETB

Key to the City, Reconnaissance, Maze of Ith, Iroas, God of Victory and Whispersilk Cloak - good way to safely get Alesha triggers and get cards in the graveyard without losing card advantage

Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim - decent way to get stuff into the graveyard while still getting value out of them, also good chump blocker

Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip - a pretty good planeswalker that's a creature in the graveyard and can be reanimated

Hope of Ghirapur - can repeatedly stop or at least slow down a lot of decks

Sin Collector - one of few ways non-blue decks can deal with board wipes and huge swingy instants/sorceries

Feldon of the Third Path - slow without haste but a very strong effect once online

Leonin Relic-Warder - not as strong as Fiend Hunter but still useful in the same ways

Sunforger - lets you tutor up the most relevant removal and protection spells at instant speed, also get Mistveil Plains if you add this to get stuff back into your library

Strionic Resonator - works for double attack triggers with Alesha or double ETBs with anything else

Vampiric Rites - one of few sac outlets that provide solid value from its own effect

Flameshadow Conjuring - lots of extra value for only one mana per creature

Panharmonicon - doesn't work with some of your creatures, but solid value when it does

Assemble the Legion - decent wincon when your opponents are running out of gas

Elspeth, Sun's Champion - playable either for the board wipe or to get 3 tokens per turn depending on board state

Wayfarer's Bauble - not as fast as mana rocks but not as vulnerable against board wipes, good when aiming for slower wins

Fiend Hunter - combo with sac outlet + Karmic Guide or Sun Titan

Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Cathars' Crusade and Solemnity - combo with sac outlet + Murderous Redcap

Murderous Redcap - combo with sac outlet + Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit, Solemnity or Cathars' Crusade

Geralf's Messenger - combo with sac outlet + Solemnity

Viscera Seer, Carrion Feeder, Altar of Dementia and Goblin Bombardment - free sac outlets, the latter two can also weaponize most infinites

Zulaport Cutthroat and Blood Artist - weaponizes any sac-based infinite

Purphoros, God of the Forge and Impact Tremors - weaponizes all your infinites, lets you win with Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos without having to go into combat

Mother of Runes - for protecting your combo pieces or sometimes making Alesha unblockable

Living Death - when you have enough combo pieces in the graveyard, resolving this usually lets you win on the spot regardless of which creatures your opponents get to return

Enlightened Tutor - another tutor for finding wincons

Village Bell-Ringer - combo with Kiki-Jiki, if you don't care about creatures being power 2 or less there's also Combat Celebrant, Zealous Conscripts, Restoration Angel and more

Reanimate - cheap reanimation in any archetype

Sword of Feast and Famine - ramp that lets you dump your hand as aggro

Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor - tutors for combo

Sacred Foundry, Godless Shrine, Blood Crypt, Bloodstained Mire, Marsh Flats, Arid Mesa - standard manabase upgrades

Archetype of Finality - way too expensive

Palisade Giant - generally worse than a creature with "When ~ enters the battlefield, you gain 7 life", which you wouldn't want to run in the first place

War Priest of Thune - can't hit artifacts, would never want to reanimate it over other targets

Mortify and Return to Dust - good removal cards but you have better options in your colors

Diabolic Tutor and Gamble - 4 mana is a bit much for a tutor and the card disadvantage on Gamble combined with the fact that you might discard non-creature combo pieces makes it questionable

Meekstone - pretty stupid to disable your own commander, not really beneficial to your game plan since it lets slower decks build up board state while no one can/wants to attack

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Karmic Guide - you don't want to pay echo cost so it will rarely get to attack

Damnation, Day of Judgment and Wrath of God - you don't need that many board wipes in aggro

Felidar Guardian - doesn't do nearly enough outside of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker combos

Priest of the Blood Rite and Ravos, Soultender - doesn't do much for advancing combo wincons

Reconnaissance - your commander surviving is generally less relevant and your wincons don't care about combat tricks

Angel of Invention - anthems don't really do much outside of aggro

Big Game Hunter - you don't need that much spot removal

Dusk / Dawn - your creatures surviving doesn't really matter, you just want to wipe the board until you have a combo in place

Grenzo, Dungeon Warden - his ability is way too random, but it's fun and a decent manadump

Also, come up with a better title and description and try to keep your online list up to date with your deck IRL.

multimedia on Karlov of the Ghost Council EDH

6 days ago

Hey, nice budget deck.

Here's some budget suggestions:

Most of these suggestions are constant life gaining sources that don't require you play other cards to gain life. Talisman is very good because you're not only gaining life, but also making coloress mana. Attendant and Warden gain you life when any creature ETB meaning all players' creatures. They can add counters to Karlov during your opponents' turns.

Some budget Commander staples in Orzhov colors:

Karlov can exile any creature which is great, but Unmaking and End can exile any nonland permanent. They're very versatile and powerful. Mother can protect Karlov from a removal spell or make him unblockable by opponent your attacking colored creatures for a lethal Commander damage strike. Titan has a lot of cards to reanimate in the deck and if he gets to attack he can keep reanimating cards.

Good luck with your deck.


multimedia on Sram Commander, mono white, Enchantments

1 week ago

Hey, consider cutting lands? You don't need 45x lands that's overkill, 36-38x Plains is enough. You could cut the lands for more cheap mana cost equipment, all are budget:

These are all 0 mana cost artifacts, great with Sram and Puresteel Paladin as draw.

Here's more suggestions:

Armory and Pilgrim are great budget tutors. Warhammer and Mask is nice budget equipment. Armor and Mantle are powerful low mana cost auras. Conviction is good because you can bounce it back to your hand and play it again to draw again. Steelshaper and Shikari are good support creatures.

Some white budget Commander staples to consider adding are:

Good luck with your deck.


Coward_Token on Gahiji: Forever War

1 week ago

Alright, this will probably be my last batch until new (non-Un)cards get spoiled. Since the deck seems to be in a state of what I recently learned is called Pareto optimality (https://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/pareto-romantic), in the sense that most cards fill an important role that makes it difficult to exchange them for something too different without breaking the deck, and the alternatives within the same niches tend to either miss some important feature or are too (meta-)conditional... which brings me to the cards:

Spinerock Knoll/Windbrisk Heights/Mosswort Bridge: compromises your ramp a bit for some conditional card advantage. The conditions for casting the card should pop up fairly frequently in this deck. Also has some minor synergy with Oracle of Mul Daya by letting you pseudo-scry away an inappropriate topdeck card

Nature's Will: Like giving each of your creatures a Sword of Feast and Famine, kind of. Also hates on the local counterspell/Leyline of Anticipation user. I like it because it ties together the deck's land subtheme & beatdown

(Fangren Firstborn): Curse of Predation for only your creatures that's also opponent-agnostic

(Burning Wish/Living Wish/Glittering Wish): In case the other tutors just weren't good enough and you don't mind being beaten up by your friends afterwards

Misc/weird token generators

Stormfront Riders: Potentially repeatably recast ETB dorks, letting you get a bit more mileage out them, while getting some extra tokens. As a bonus, if you let the creature itself stay on the battlefield it'll complement Teferi's Protection by providing another source of resiliency vs Cyclonic Rift

Ezuri's Predation: Another mass removal option that also happens to synergize with token gifting, but a bit unreliable because it can't kill fatties without the Beasts being boosted by other cards

(Genesis Chamber): Low cmc and ties into the group slug theme, but the deck can't abuse it too hard in its current state

(Beacon of Creation): Green Sun's distant and less successful relative

(Snake Pit): Obviously heavily meta-dependent but could be very nice in the right group

Potential Queen Ant replacements

(Night Soil): Low cmc, low activation cost and graveyard hate to boot, but meta-dependent.

Twilight Drover: More (flying) tokens per mana than the Queen. Synergizes with the token gifting and also Skullclamp. It should get counters pretty reliably throughout people's turns, but otherwise Curse of Predation and, to a greater extent, Orzhov Advokist makes it a bit more reliable. (Also tutorable with the Recruiters.)

Ulasht, the Hate Seed: More immediate alternative to Twilight Drover. A decent chunk of the deck will give it initial counters via color (although only Dragon Broodmother generates multiple gruul tokens for double counters) and it can use the same two cards as the Drover to refill its ammo. The damage ability provides some backup point removal which is hard to have too much of, and as a very cute bonus it synergizes with Hornet Nest by letting you ping it at the end of each turn for an extra value token, assuming the Nest isn't already damaged. (Even cuter is the fact that toughness-boosting cards like Mirari's Wake & Mirror Entity will increase the maximum amount of value tokens you can get per turn.) (Also tutorable with the Recruiters.)

(Sigarda, Heron's Grace): Again, meta-dependent. Aside from yourself and its own tokens, it gives hexproof to eight cards in the current deck. Even with Knight of the Reliquary sacrificing lands, I dunno if you put enough cards in your graveyard that you don't want to recur later to make this worthwhile. (Although it should be noted that the graveyard cards don't have to be creatures.) Body-wise I'd say 1 less power for flying is a good deal

(Also, I know it's a pet card of mine, but Elemental Mastery from my last post also has the bonus of letting Mother of Runes give pseudo-wide resiliency by virtue of the clown car effect.)

Mike94 on White Weenie Warriors (1 CMC EDH)

2 weeks ago

Wow dude +1 for this original concept, really cool!

I don't know how strict you are with the 1CMC, but maybe it's an idea to add some ways to utilize the fact that you play weenie like Mentor of the Meek. I would also play Skullclamp for some extra draw-power. Mother of Runes and Flickering Ward fit your theme and they are great for protecting your forces.

I would definitely run some power equipments like Argentum Armor and Strata Scythe (awesome in mono-colored) because now you lack a bit of late game. You could use Sigarda's Aid to get around the higher equipment costs.

Mike94 on Ixalan Park (#1 Gishath Commander)

2 weeks ago

CardTyrant, that's always a problem if you play fun value decks, I had the same problem with my Odric, Lunarch Marshall EDH deck and decided to make protection a sub theme.

You could run Flickering Ward for recurring protection and Eldrazi Monument could also be a strong include if you can sacrifice a token in your upkeep. Your deck would also benefit from Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves. Mother of Runes is also great for early game protection.

If you have the mana then Eight-and-a-Half-Tails is a great addition and can protect several dino's at once (he is completely of flavor though). Glory is also a great option if you can get it into your graveyard.

Spectra Ward combined with Concerted Effort is a great shield for your creatures, when you combine these with Eldrazi Monument it's almost impossible to remove them.

Hope you can do some tinkering with these suggestions!

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