Mother of Runes

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Printings View all

Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CM1) 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

Combos Browse all

Mother of Runes

Creature — Human Cleric

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

Browse Alters

Mother of Runes Discussion

multimedia on Told you I had A.D.D.

1 day ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help.

Cards to consider cutting to make 100:

  • Conspiracy
  • Impact Tremors
  • Angelic Guardian
  • Restoration Angel

These cards are all good, but they are low impact in this deck.


Consider some manabase improvements?

Budget options:

Semi-Budget options:

Most of these ETB untapped which is important when you want to get Kaalia onto the battlefield as quick as possible; don't want to be delayed because of your lands.

Lands to consider cutting:

  • Boros Garrison
  • Evolving Wilds
  • Orzhov Basilica
  • Piranha Marsh
  • Rakdos Carnarium
  • Terramorphic Expanse

I presume since you aren't playing Demonic Tutor that this card is out of your budget range? If not then it's the first and most important card to add. Other cards to consider adding:

  • Gamble : tutor for any card.
  • Open the Armory : tutor for one of Greaves, Boots, Tempest, Animate, Dance, or Helm if you have Aurelia. Can get you possible haste, protection, reanimation or a win condition combo piece.
  • Faithless Looting : draw and if Kaalia is stopped it's a way to get a big creature into your graveyard from your hand to then reanimate.
  • Buried Alive : backup plan along with reanimation if Kaalia is stopped.
  • Mother of Runes : protect Kaalia or the Demon/Angel/Dragon you cheat into play.
  • Talisman of Indulgence : two drop mana rock.
  • Fellwar Stone : two drop mana rock.
  • Mind Stone : two drop mana rock.
  • Master of Cruelties : win condition creature to cheat into play with Kaalia. If you cheat him his attack alone clause doesn't matter. He comes into play tapped and attacking; you already passed the declare attackers combat step and that's where the attack alone clause matters. Kaalia and him attacking together has the potential to kill an opponent from out of nowhere.
  • Steel Hellkite : can completely wreck your opponents one at a time.

Consider cutting the higher mana cost mana rocks for two or less CMC options? Kaalia is a four drop which makes her a prime creature for early game ramp. Being able to play her turn two or three is good. It's great to have an opening hand of Sol Ring and a two drop mana rock, adding more of them gives you more chances.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Darksteel Ingot
  • Commander's Sphere
  • Silence
  • Make a Stand
  • Glorious End
  • Goblin Bombardment
  • Disrupt Decorum
  • Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
  • Malfegor
  • Thunderbreak Regent

Kiki isn't worth the combo potential because there's too many legendary creatures here. Bombardent and Tremors are too low impact cards, only good with Kiki is not worth playing.

Good luck with your deck.


DerektheRed on Told you I had A.D.D.

1 day ago

Based on a scan of your deck, it looks like you're attempting a token sub-strategy? Please tell me if I'm mis-reading it. I'm looking at Lathliss, Utvara Hellkite, Kiki-Jiki, the Helm, and the Impact Tremors/Goblin Bombardment combo...

If that's the case, my $0.02 would be that it's a cool strategy but I'm not convinced this is the deck for it. In terms of cuts, I'd start with Impact Tremors + Goblin Bombardment, since bringing in a lot of creatures isn't what this deck does. Obviously I wouldn't cut the two dragons, and probably not the Helm; not sure I'd keep K-J tho. (I'm also not sold on Conspiracy tbh)

You also mentioned the inevitable 'archenemy' target on your forehead this commander inspires - but no Darksteel Plate ? No Ghostly Prison ? Mother of Runes ? No Mercy ? I'd prob add Reya Dawnbringer too, for a little more reanimation.

multimedia on Girl Power! ( Angels Tribal )

2 days ago

Hey, Herald of War is good mana cost reduction for Angels. Caged Sun is more ramp. Tithe , Weathered Wayfarer and Gift of Estates are more low mana cost help to make your land drops. Making your land drop every turn is pretty important. If you don't draw Land Tax this can be difficult. Enlightened Tutor can tutor for Tax, Smothering Tithe, Luminarch Ascension , etc. Luminarch Ascension is a powerful card in multiplayer Commander and on theme with Angels. Iona, Shield of Emeria , Angel of Serenity , Linvala, Keeper of Silence , Baneslayer Angel are good Angels to consider adding. Mother of Runes can protect an Angel and Aven Mindcensor is not an Angel, but a staple white card who can make your opponent's tutors less effective. Grasp of Fate is an upgrade for removal since it hits each opponent. Mana Vault is an upgrade for a mana rock.

If you like some of these suggestions then I offer help to make cuts. Good luck with your deck.


multimedia on Aurelia, the Warleader

2 days ago

Hey, good start here. My advice is refine a single strategy to go with it. When you're on a budget it's better to narrow down and only play one strategy. As you get more funds you can expand on this, but when you don't have funds stick with one. Keep it simple :)

Helm of the Host is the card you want with Aurelia and you already have it nice. Most of my suggestions will be to strengthen the voltron strategy with equipment. When you have both these cards you want to be able to use them the turn you play them this means you need to be able to equip Aurelia for free, play Host for free, play Aurelia for free or all of the above. Playing Aurelia for free is difficult in Boros colors so lets take that away. However playing Host and equipping it for free is possible and that's a direction to consider.

Budget cards ($4 or less each) to consider adding:


Sunforger is one of the most popular cards for Boros players because it gives you card advantage in colors that lack a lot of it. You will hear "Sunforger Package" this is referring to a number of instants spells that are good to cast for free with Sunforger's ability. A budget Sunforger package to consider:

  • Mistveil Plains: can put a card that's in your graveyard after you cast it for free with Sunforger back into your library and then cast it again. This land lets you loop spells with Sunforger.
  • Knight of the White Orchid : search for Mistveil or a Plains and put it onto the battlefield.
  • Gift of Estates : search for Mistveil and other Plains. Helpful to make land drops.
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Chaos Warp
  • Crush Contraband
  • Boros Charm
  • Argivian Find: recur an artifact or enchantment.
  • Dawn Charm
  • Oblation
  • Deflecting Palm
  • Wild Ricochet
  • Eerie Interlude : save your creatures from a board wipe get more value from creatures with ETB abilities.
  • Wear / Tear : can combine and use both Wear and Tear when casting it with Sunforger.

This is an example of a simple base Sunforger package; it can be expanded on and made much more complex.

If you like some of these suggestions then I offer help to make cuts and if you have any questions feel free to ask. Good luck with your deck.


multimedia on Yennett of the Odd Fate

1 week ago

Hey, saw your forum topic asking for help. Amazing causal deck. I'm finding it difficult to spot very many possible upgrades.

Consider cutting a few of the lower impact big creatures for some more two drop mana rocks, a board wipe, a draw spell, a tutor and a few lower CMC support creatures? I'm guessing since you don't have Mana Crypt, Mox Diamond and Chrome Mox already that those cards are out of your price range?

Cards to consider adding:

A Delta and a Strand would help the manabase a lot.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Mortuary Mire
  • Halimar Depths
  • Djinn of Wishes
  • Diluvian Primordial
  • Artisan of Kozilek
  • Sepulchral Primordial
  • Twilight Prophet
  • Enigma Sphinx
  • Magister Sphinx
  • Darksteel Ingot
  • Commander's Sphere
  • Time Reversal
  • Fabricate

Good luck with your deck.


Ripwater on Karlov the Undying (Life Gain Deck)

1 week ago

Hey HunterClaise!

Thanks for giving me some insight on your choices. Most important with commander is that you play what you love most. Voltron is definitely a style you need to like and I'm not even sure if Karlov is the best commander for the job, since he has no build in protection.

I totally agree with some of the explanations you do, even to the point where Elspeth, Sun's Champion is now gone from my decklist as well. Yeah she can win you games, but like you said often killing off Karlov in the proces. Wich for me is reason enough to remove her from the deck. You're completely right on that.

Card's like Tablet of the Guilds and Contemplation are really good if you need a lot of lifegain triggers, but less good if you want big lifegain triggers. I think your deck wants big ones, so maybe they aren't the right card for you.

If you are totally fine with Karlov dying here and there, then Mother of Runes is also less important, but Eight-and-a-Half-Tails might be a bit different. 78/100 cards in your deck are permanents (including land) and he protects all of them for only 3 mana (if the spell is white only 2 mana). Often he saved my planeswalkers or enchantments and even lands.

The other one I am not completely agreeing with you is Sunscorch Regent . Yes it seems like a budget card with a price not reaching 1 dollar, but he does so much work. The turn he hits often results in 4-5 lifegain triggers after, since your oppponents are gonna play spells. Wich also results in a 9/8 with evasion in the form of flying. It's really really good.

One other card I would really suggest giving a go is Archangel of Thune . She is an absolute beast and of all the cards we are talking about probably the one with most impact. She can literally win you games the moment she hits the battlefield. You play 24 creatures wich will all benefit from here fast. If she enters when there is a Soul's Attendant she will trigger. She is the ultimate pay off on a stick for any lifegain deck and she has build in evasion and lifegain.

All the other explanations I completely agree with, especially looking at your deck from a bit of a different angle. Now with you explanation I can see why you have a hard time cutting something hahaha. If this was my deck I would probably switch around something like this:

-1 Divinity of Pride +1 Archangel of Thune / Sunscorch Regent

I've played Divinity for quite some time and always liked the card. The thing is he is more cute than he makes a big impact. He is difficult to cast (if you have a utility land you are already screwed) and basically he is just an 8/8 flying lifelink. In my opinion both Archangel of Thune / Sunscorch Regent have the ability to make way more impact on the game for the same amount of mana. Wich will actually benefit your entire board state when one of these 2 is out. Where archangel will boost all of your creatures and Sunschorch Regent will start triggering cards like Karlov of the Ghost Council , Crested Sunmare as soon as he hits the battlefield (unless he gets countered) but that's the only way he won't give you life. With all the lifegain doubling triggers you play I see him generating more life than Divinity of Pride will ever do it's entire time on the board.

-1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite +1 Archangel of Thune / Sunscorch Regent

This is maybe a bit of a controversial one. But this week I actually cut Elesh Norn from my list. Yes she is amazing, but often she does not survive a round and I found the mana investment way too high to justify playing her. On top of that for me she really felt off place in a lifegain deck. You don't really need +2/+2, so in my opinion the only upside on here is the -2/-2 on the opponents side. That is a crazy good static ability. That being said, I think that Archangel of Thune will do more work for you and maybe already in one turn give more than the +2/+2 Elesh permanently provides. Don't get me wrong, people want to see her go as bad as they do Elesh, but the Archangel just does more for your deck. There is more synergy and eventually more threath wich can lead in the win for your deck. I've played games from being behind to winning the game thanks to her.

What to cut for Eight-and-a-Half-Tails I have no idea. I think the 2 slots above are the only 2 flex slots you have in my opinion and since Eight tails is not a bomb like elesh or divinity it's hard to justify a swap like that.

I really want to thank you for your big reply I love discussing cards especially when it's about a theme (lifegain) I'm so fond about! Looking forward for your reaction!

HunterClaise on Karlov the Undying (Life Gain Deck)

1 week ago

Hey Ripwater! Thanks for the kind words. I've been playing Karlov since he was released back in Commander 2015. I've spend the last four years tweaking this deck and editing it, and as you can see from my edit history I still make edits when need be. Let me kind of explain my thought process behind why this deck is the way it is. I've been meaning to put this in yhe description of the deck but I just haven't yet. Then let me give you my thoughts on the cards you suggested to me. Here it goes:

Ever since I got big into magic back in RTR I've loved Orzhov and Life Gain strategies. Up until 2015 I spent a majority of my time playing MTG and hearing about how life gain is a bad strategy. Then Karlov was spoiled and my Obzedat, Ghost Council deck was forever changed! I of course looked at Karlov and thought Voltron. Honestly, who doesn't? Here's one of my problems though, I hate Voltron. I just do. My other problem was that V oltron ISN'T life gain. Yes you're adding life gain to the deck to make Karlov beefy, but you aren't gaining life for the purpose of winning. Celestial Convergence , Felidar Sovereign , and Test of Endurance are all ways I win with life gain. Yes this deck runs Aetherflux Reservoir , and I'd be lying if I said I didn't win with Karlov. Plus I'd be stupid not to try and win with him. That's why I run Rogue's Passage , and Elspeth, Knight-Errant . One makes him unblockable and the other makes him a huge flying boy. I'd also be lying if I said that the orginal version of this deck was good. I first made this deck when I fourteen years old. I didn't know much about previous magic cards. I didn't research cards all that much. The first draft of this deck was AWFUL. It wasn't until about a year after I built the first draft and play tested it and made a ton of changes that this deck kicked ass. I started sitting down at tables in gamestores and have people laugh or scoff of me when I told them it was a life gain deck. Then I'd leave them stunned after I won. In conclusion, Voltron isn't my style and wasn't what I wanted to create when I started building this deck. I wanted to make a Business Casual life gain deck what could win consistently and effectively, and I think that's what I've done. Even if Karlov isn't on the field. I can win. If he is on the field and I can't attack with him I can exile creatures. Karlov is only a resource in this deck. Not the centerpiece.

As for Your suggestions. These cards aren't bad suggestions and may find a way into the deck: Contemplation , Tablet of the Guilds , Archangel of Thune , and Ajani, Caller of the Pride . My only problem is that I have a hard time cutting things from this deck haha. It took me three days to finally decide my last batch of cuts! Let me explain why I dislike the other suggestions.

Let me start with Elspeth, Sun's Champion . Elspeth is my favorite planeswalker, and this card specifically is my favorite planeswalker card ever printed. The original version of this deck actually ran Sun's Champion; however, I found that Elspeth, Knight-Errant 's two plus ones were so much more useful. Making one dude isn't nearly as good as making three, but it can still trigger Soul Warden , Soul's Attendant , Suture Priest , and Auriok Champion . Her other plus one works amazing with Karlov, but also works well with creatures like Serra Ascendant and Divinity of Pride . Nine times out of ten you won't get a Planeswalker's ultimate off, so honestly all the ultimate abilites of the planeswalkers I use are irrelavent. Another thing is that Sun's Champion minus ability had the potential to kill large bombs like Karlov and Serra Ascendant .

As I said earlier, Karlov isn't the centerpiece of this deck so I feel like Mother of Runes and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails would take up space that could be filled by other cards.

I feel like Sunscorch Regent costs to much for an ability that doesn't do much for the deck. There are better turn five plays. This card just isn't that good. I probably would've played this when I was on a budget four years ago.

The fact that Flickering Ward flickers back to your hand is cool, but mono colored EDH decks aren't the most common thing and the fact that this can't be casted at instant speed makes it not worth my time. Yes multicolored cards still cant target whatever creature has this enchantment attached to it, but there are plently of ways to get around this card. There are also other, better one drops I'd rather play in this deck

Lastly we have Whispersilk Cloak this card is decent, but as I said, Karlov isn't the main focus of this deck. I ran this card for a brief period about two years ago, but ultimately cut it for Mana Vault . Whispersilk just wasn't doing what I needed it to do, and the only creature I found it useful on was Karlov.

Once again I thank you for your suggestions, and if I do end up adding the cards I liked from your suggestions making cuts will be very hard! Also thank you for the engaging comment, and for the upvote. My opinion on your deck is this: I personally think it could use more tuning, but it's a grrat start. Here's the other thing I have to say, it's not my deck. It's yours. You built it. If you like it then good. What I think is irrelevant. There's no right or wrong way to build your deck. Voltorn is your deck's main style, and mine is using Life Gain to win. We all have our own ways to play, so as long as you enjoy your deck that's what matters!

Load more

Mother of Runes occurrence in decks from the last year

Legacy:

All decks: 0.37%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.05%

White: 0.83%

RBW (Mardu): 0.5%