Nahiri, the Harbinger

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Heirloom Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Mythic Rare

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Nahiri, the Harbinger

Planeswalker — Nahiri

+2: You may discard a card. If you do, draw a card.

-2: Exile target enchantment, tapped artifact, or tapped creature.

-8: Search your library for an artifact or creature card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. It gains haste. Return it to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.

Nahiri, the Harbinger Discussion

Boza on Nahiri vs Sorin

2 weeks ago

We have a side dish to the main event - Nahiri vs Sorin round 3. A history:

Round 1: Nahiri wakes up after a slumber and notices that the Eldrazi were rampaging Zendikar. She tries to call Ugin and Sorin, but nobody picks up. Nahiri goes on Innistrad, finds a very dismissive Sorin and repeatedly asks for assitance. Sorin refuses and even locks up Nahiri in the Helvault . Once Liliana of the Veil breaks that to kill Griselbrand , she frees Nahiri as well.

Round 1 goes to Sorin.

Round 2: Nahiri, the Harbinger instigates all the events of Shadows over Innistrad block, out of revenge for round 1 and after seeing Zendikar ravaged by the Eldrazi. She lures Emrakul to Innistrad, then proceeds to wreck havoc on the plane, up to and including the culling of Markov clan.

Sorin is pissed and fights her. The fights ends at a stalemate, but in the final moment Nahiri seals Sorin in a stone block and planeswalks away to do... something currently unknonwn.

Round 2 goes to Nahiri.

Round 3: The two are lured to Ravnica by Bolas and start fighting as depicted on Single Combat .

Who wins round 3?

Bloodtoll on Aurelia RW Angel Reanimator

2 weeks ago

How do you feel about Nahiri, the Harbinger as a possible inclusion for the deck?

heckproof on Thoughts on UG Control?

2 weeks ago

@PlatinumOne That’s a fair point. I was speaking more from personal experience; my meta runs a surprisingly high amount of Nahiri, the Harbinger , and in many cases a stifle effect is literally the only thing that will save you from hasty Emrakul, and in many cases the Nahiri opponent goes directly for the ult, meaning that stifling it will just straight kill the Nahiri without ult.

I sorta assumed from the build that OP’s meta has enough grindy planeswalker decks to warrant repudiate

NapoleonBonaparte on H: Foil Scalding Tarn W: ...

3 weeks ago

Hello All! I have a foil MM17 Scalding Tarn . The card is NM and pictures are available upon request.

I'm looking to trade it for a non foil Zendikar Scalding tarn. This must be included into the trade.

Other cards I would be interested in as filler would be

3x Nahiri, the Harbinger

1x Emrakul, the Aeons Torn ROE

2x Electrolyze GPT

4x Spell Queller

4x Serum Visions 5DN

1x Sphinx's Revelation RTR

Also I have other cards I am looking to swap editions for.

I have

2x Hallowed Fountain RNA and am looking for 2x DIS editions.

2x Steam Vents RTR and am lookin for 2x GPT versions.

1x Sacred Foundry RNA and am looking for 1x RAV edition.

4x Cryptic Command MM15 and am looking for 4x lorwyn editions.

4x Flooded Strand KTK and am looking for the ONS counterparts

Thank you!

oberien on Metalworks V2

3 weeks ago

I liked the v1 list and played it at two FNMs. However I didn't find it complex enough being used to Hardened Scales, KCI and Amulet Titan (and Amulet Bloom back in the day). I love the solve the puzzle aspect of decks. The old version felt more like a "cheat 10/10 into play and beat the enemy down" with the infinite loop feeling more like a backup. The new list above seems to focus more on infinite loops, which satisfies my inner MTG player :)

I took the above list to the FNM with slight modifications and went 1-1-1 (could have been 2-0-1 if I knew the deck better). I didn't have any Conjurer's Bauble so I replaced them with Akroma's Memorial , Ghirapur AEther Grid and Karn, Scion of Urza . I really enjoyed playing the deck and slowly discovering more and more ways to win the game :) For those interested, I went for this sideboard: 3 Nature's Claim , 2 Dismember , 2 Abrade , 2 Firespout , 1 Engineered Explosives , 2 Nihil Spellbomb , 1 Grafdigger's Cage , 1 Sun Droplet , 1 Sorcerous Spyglass .

Infinite Combos

General loop: Metalwork Colossus (MC) and Scrap Trawler (ST) on the battlefield, at least {3} mana reduction on the battlefield (e.g. 1 Semblance Anvil and 1 Cloud Key ) and enough CMC for MC, a Metalwork Colossus in the graveyard (GY). Sacrifice MC and ST to the MC in the GY. ST-trigger of MC gets back ST, ST-Trigger of ST gets back any {0}, {1} or {2} mana artifact. Play MC and ST for free. We're back to the beginning but have an additional artifact in hand and increased the storm count.

Another possible loop if artifact reduction is only at {2} is to not sacrifice ST, but only MC and the {2}-mana artifact, ST-trigger of MC get back that artifact, play both. If artifact reduction is only at {1}, it's possible to draw some cards with Conjurer's Bauble (until there are no more artifacts in the GY) or to include Chromatic Star and draw infinite cards. There must always be enough non-creature artifact CMC on the battlefield to cast MC for free.

Infinite Card Draw: Get back Elsewhere Flask and play it (-> draw), then sacrifice it to get it back again in the next iteration. If there's a sac-outlet on the battlefield, it's possible to get back any egg and sacrifice it to the sac-outlet before sacrificing MC and ST to MC in the GY.
Infinite Damage: With Ghirapur AEther Grid in play, just do the most simple version of the loop and tap both to-be-sacrificed artifacts to grid before sacrificing them, dealing one damage. Without grid sac the Mortarpod token for 1 damage, sac Mortarpod and MC to the MC in the GY, ST-trigger of MC gets back Mortarpod . Rinse and repeat.
Infinite Mana: Tap Mind Stone for {1}. Sac MC and Mind Stone to the MC in the GY. ST-Trigger of MC gets back Mind Stone . Rinse and repeat.

Card analysis

I'd like to go through some cards:

  • Arcbound Ravager : I really like this addition. I was missing a sacrifice outlet to get the second Metalwork Colossus into graveyard before. Arcbound Ravager being fetchable with Sanctum of Ugin is just amazing and allowed me to go off in two games in the FNM which I otherwise couldn't have.
  • Grinding Station : I'm not sure about this card in general. I've previously played some variations of Krark-Less Ironworks lists ( Semblance Anvil and Grinding Station ). I see this card in this deck mainly for 3 reasons. (1) Milling the opponent with the infinite combo, (2) using it as a sac-outlet, (3) milling yourself to get a Metalwork Colossus into your graveyard when you already have one on the field to start the combo.
    I don't see the reason for (1), as we already have infinite card draw (eggs) and infinite damage ( Ghirapur AEther Grid or Mortarpod ).
    For (2) I find Arcbound Ravager better, as it can be fetched for with Sanctum of Ugin and doesn't need to be tapped (even though you can respond to the untap-trigger of Grinding Station by tapping it whenever an artifact ETB).
    For (3) I can't really judge that yet, as I didn't really try it out yet. I usually don't have problems finding the second Metalwork Colossus among Ancient Stirrings and Sanctum of Ugin . In longer matchups Inventors' Fair can also be used, even though I didn't need to crack any fairs so far. It might help against Blood Moon .
  • Mortarpod : This is the easiest and cheapest go-to infinite damage card. Even if drawn without a loop, it's still one damage that can take out a Snapcaster Mage to slow down the clock of an opponent ifneedbe.
  • Akroma's Memorial : I personally love this card in this deck. I've added it to the old version, and I also have it in my current deck. First, given {2} to {3} mana reduction, it's pretty easy to cast. It triggers Sanctum of Ugin letting you fetch Metalwork Colossus . If you have it deployed, and have any mana reduction on the field, MC is already free. Nobody expects this card. It adds another sort-of wincon. You can win with this card out of the blue. While I think it may be somewhat a win-more card, it has already won me several games single-handedly. I was able to fly over my opponent's elves. Giving Vigilance, it allowed me to attack with two MC against Spirits, which needed to block one, which left them without lethal and put me into a better spot. I just love this card.
  • Ghirapur AEther Grid : I think this card deserves to be a one-of in the deck. Against creature-based decks, it enables easy removal of the creatures. Control decks can barely do anything once it's deployed. And otherwise it still allows an infinite damage combo if Mortarpod has been exiled.

These are some cards, which may be good, but I don't see their effectiveness quite yet:

  • Greater Gargadon : As an earlier post suggested, this is a possible sac-outlet and threat. The problem is that we usually want artifacts on the battlefield to make Metalwork Colossus cheaper. Additionally, if we're able to get to 10 artifacts, we most likely already have a win condition.
  • Karn, Scion of Urza : I'm very unsure about this card. It gives us card-draw, but I don't think that's important in the current decklist. The only real reason for it I can think of is for the super-large token when we have lots of artifacts in play. But for that it might be too slow. It might help in grindy matchups, but in those MUs we'd just like to combo off anyway. And against control MUs it's not needed as this deck already has an amazing control matchup.
  • Salvage Titan : This card might be worth investigating, but I'm unsure if it goes well with the other ideas of the deck. We don't necessarily want to sacrifice 3 artifacts for a 6/4.
  • Silent Arbiter : This might be good against creature-heavy matchups and go-wide strategies.
  • Torpor Orb : Unsure if there are enough MUs which this card is good in.
  • Sun Droplet / Golem's Heart / Dragon's Claw : These might help against burn / fast strategies. May also help agaist phoenix decks.
  • Ratchet Bomb : Cheap (probably free) boardwipe. Helps against chomp blockers and tokens. Probably shouldn't be cracked for {2} :)
  • Engineered Explosives : Also possibly cheap boardwipe and a one-answers-all type card. Especially useful with Prophetic Prism .

Mana Base

I'm not sure about the landbase. I prefer utility lands over the Aether Hub s. I think that the old mana base fits better. This is probably mainly because I still like having Prophetic Prism over Elsewhere Flask . I haven't tested a lot with the landbase yet, so I'm not sure what the correct way of handling this is.
I often times lose against the deck itself just due to only drawing lands / having no lands. I'm not sure if this is just plain misfortune or if the number of lands is hard to balance between having enough lands on the starting hand and not flooding.

Weaknesses

Matchups

  • Through the Breach / Nahiri, the Harbinger : Alchemist's Vial completely shuts them off. Therefore, this MU is amazing.
  • Control: The Control MU is probably one of the best out there. Always remember having a sacrifice outlet for any Metalwork Colossus on the battlefield, be it Phyrexia's Core or a Metalwork Colossus in the graveyard. Whenever they try to exile one from the battlefield, get back one from the graveyard and get the otherwise exiled one in the graveyard.
    I even won two out of two games against Legacy Miracles (low sample rate, but we both felt like the MU is highly favoured for Metalworks Combo)
  • Very fast creature decks: This deck seems to always just be one turn too slow for very fast creature based MUs. In fact I lost 4/4 games against Sliver.

I don't have a lot of matchup data so far, and the above are mainly just estimates and gut feeling playing the matchup.

Please leave feedback on my observations so far, I really love this deck and it feels like it still has potential.

Entity97 on A Cuberino

3 weeks ago

Cube Stats!
This past weekend saw my cube’s first seven player draft (eight had homework to finish). Now, some of them are filthy casuals but here are the deck lists drafted with (W-L) stats! No basic lands included, however.

Me – Mardu Angels (3-0)
Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Assemble the Legion
Baneslayer Angel
Boros Signet
Bruna, the Fading Light
Cavern of Souls
Conqueror's Galleon  Flip
Crystalline Crawler
Emeria Angel
Exhume
Faithless Looting
Gisela, the Broken Blade
Godless Shrine
Golgari Thug
Grim Monolith
Loyal Retainers
Lyra Dawnbringer
Nahiri, the Harbinger
Reanimate
Resplendent Angel
Restoration Gearsmith
Smuggler Captain (finds Reanimate )
Sphere of the Suns
Tidehollow Sculler
Windswept Heath

Pritch – Golgari Midrange (2-1)
Bayou
Chainer's Edict
Cryptbreaker
Damnation
Doom Blade
Doomed Dissenter
Go for the Throat
Golgari Grave-Troll
Golgari Signet
Grave Titan
Herald of Torment
Heir of the Wilds
Hissing Quagmire
Innocent Blood
Liliana of the Veil
Liliana, the Last Hope
Night Incarnate
Ravenous Chupacabra
Rite of Belzenlok
Scavenging Ooze
Sidisi, Undead Vizier
Thoughtseize
Thrun, the Last Troll
Tragic Slip
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Verdant Catacombs
Westvale Abbey  Flip
Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Paul – Grixis Control (1-1)
Academy Ruins
Baleful Strix
Bitterblossom
Bituminous Blast
Brain Maggot
Creeping Tar Pit
Cruel Ultimatum
Cyclonic Rift
Eldrazi Monument
Force of Will
Havengul Lich
Inferno Titan
Kitesail Freebooter
Lich Lord of Unx
Mesmeric Fiend
Murderous Redcap
Nicol Bolas, the Ravager  Flip
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Rakdos's Return
Tezzeret, Artifice Master
Thassa, God of the Sea
Thing in the Ice  Flip
Twilight Prophet
Unscythe, Killer of Kings
Whirler Rogue

Abby – Bant Midrange (0-1)
Austere Command
Bow of Nylea
Celestial Colonnade
Counterspell
Courser of Kruphix
Crush of Tentacles
Dauntless Bodyguard
Elixir of Immortality
Felidar Sovereign
Glacial Fortress
Imposing Sovereign
Kiora, the Crashing Wave
Loxodon Hierarch
Mikaeus, the Lunarch
Noble Hierarch
Plaxcaster Frogling
Qasali Pridemage
Reclamation Sage
Sagu Mauler
Sakashima's Student
Selfless Spirit
Sigarda, Host of Herons
Simic Signet
Solemn Simulacrum
Sphinx's Revelation
Spirit of the Labyrinth
Sun Titan
Supreme Verdict
Suture Priest
Sword of War and Peace
Temple Garden
Terminus
Traveler's Amulet

Matt – Four Color Good Stuff (1-1)
Ancestral Vision
Arch of Orazca
Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim
Badlands
Birds of Paradise
Bomat Courier
Brimaz, King of Oreskos
Clifftop Retreat
Crop Rotation
Desolate Lighthouse
Domri Rade
Dualcaster Mage
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Experiment One
Ghost Quarter
Hallowed Fountain
Isolated Chapel
Lotus Cobra
Maze of Ith
Murderous Cut
Odric, Master Tactician
Path to Exile
Phyrexian Metamorph
Plateau
Price of Fame
Sacred Foundry
Savannah
Silverblade Paladin
Sunpetal Grove
Sword of Light and Shadow
Teferi, Hero of Dominaria
Tetzimoc, Primal Death
Through the Breach
Tropical Island
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon
Ultimate Price
Voice of Resurgence
Warden of the First Tree
Wasteland
Zacama, Primal Calamity

Ben – Temur Cascade– (0-1)
Akroma, Angel of Fury
Arboretum Elemental
Blasphemous Act
Bloodbraid Elf
Braid of Fire
Chief Engineer
Chrome Mox
City of Brass
Combustible Gearhulk
Deep Analysis
Dream Eater
Etched Champion
Eternal Witness
Fauna Shaman
Ghalta, Primal Hunger
Genesis Wave
Gruul Signet
Heart of Ramos
Hedron Archive
Hellkite Charger
Hinterland Harbor
Inkwell Leviathan
Izzet Signet
Kira, Great Glass-Spinner
Lumbering Falls
Maelstrom Wanderer
Master Transmuter
Metalwork Colossus
Mishra's Factory
Mox Opal
Myr Enforcer
Mystic Snake
Pact of Negation
Sai, Master Thopterist
Sarkhan Unbroken
Search for Azcanta  Flip
Shardless Agent
Sword of Fire and Ice
Taiga
Temporal Mastery
Urabrask the Hidden
Verdurous Gearhulk
Voidslime
Volatile Chimera (I forget what was on it, never came up)
Wurmcoil Engine

Courrtney – Green Black Delirium (0-1)
Avenger of Zendikar
Blood Artist
Dark Petition
Empty the Pits
Emrakul, the Promised End
Expedition Map
Explosive Vegetation
Garruk Relentless  Flip
Ghoulcaller Gisa
Great Sable Stag
Greenwarden of Murasa
Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Isareth the Awakener
Ishkanah, Grafwidow
Living Death
Master of the Wild Hunt
Mox Amber
Mox Diamond
Oracle of Mul Daya
Phyrexian Delver
Primeval Titan
Putrid Leech
Rampaging Baloths
See the Unwritten
Sylvan Ranger
Thran Dynamo
Volrath's Stronghold
Merciless Eternal
Whip of Erebos
Worn Powerstone

nUKe13 on nUKe13 Mardu Pyromancer

1 month ago

Metropolis39 thanks for the comment! I’ll give examples and reasoning for excluding manlands and Nahiri, the Harbinger (I assume, rather than Nahiri, the Lithomancer , since you didn’t specify).

First, manlands come in tapped. In modern, speed is the name of the game and we want our lands active by turn one. We can’t fetch for them and if we open up a hand with only a manland, it’s an auto mulligan. Manlands also usually require a lot of mana investment and don’t contribute to the Young Pyromancer / Bedlam Reveler gameplan.

Lavaclaw Reaches - 3 mana for a 2/2 that can get bolted, pushed, or removed before we can actually use it, does not work. Also, Mardu Pyromancer does well with 3-4 lands. So we would only activate and not pump it with the current gameplan.

Shambling Vent - the only one I would somewhat consider. Lifelink is nice with fetches and shocks, and 2/3 is not bad, but still bolt/push fodder while also entering tapped. Still doesn’t add to original gameplan.

Needle Spires - 4 mana for a 2/1? No, thanks. This can be hit by Lightning Bolt , Fatal Push , and even Gut Shot . For 4 mana we could get Hazoret the Fervent , or a combination of spells to fuel Young Pyromancer and Bedlam Reveler .

Nahiri, the Harbinger - as for planeswalkers, I personally don’t like them since their typing doesn’t add to the instant/sorcery gameplan. I mentioned why I don’t use planeswalkers in the primer, but, specifically for Nahiri, the Harbinger , I like the current list for flexibility and adding to current gameplan. Planeswalkers dont seem to add a quick enough clock for us. Nahiri, the Harbinger is nice for card draw and removal, but Mardu runs the best removal in Magic, so we don’t really need that. Plus, Surgical Extraction helps with exiling problems and adds to instant/sorcery count and it’s at instant speed, whereas Planeswalkers are sorcery speed.

I hope this answers your question/recommendation!

Daedalus19876 on Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [REDUX]

2 months ago

IAmTheWraith: I dunno, I'm not convinced Teferi's Protection is the best thing here. When my hatebears leave, my opponents are suddenly able to do all of their crazy things again: my deck's prison plan is reliant on them remaining on battlefield. If I were going to choose a ETB-tapped piece, I agree that I'd choose Blind Obedience , but it's one of my lower-priority stax pieces for the moment.

Comparing to Nahiri, the Harbinger ; Dawn of Hope is less good since I have no other sources of life gain (so it's 8 mana before my first card drawn); Chandra, Torch of Defiance requires me to cast the spell immediately and reveals what it is (which can be very bad if I hit, say, Aven Mindcensor ); Chandra, Flamecaller is arguably better for draw but can't threaten with the ult (and is 2 more mana). Moreover, Nahiri's -2 is also decent removal, especially on the turn she comes in. Overall, I've been VERY happy with Nahiri in testing! The real question is if I should fit Mind's Eye in as WELL.

RecklessN7: As in most hatebears decks, your list has to shift to fit your meta. For the MOMENT, I'm gonna skip on the Pithing Needle , but I may revisit this in the future!

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