Retraction Helix


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Heirloom Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Born of the Gods (BNG) Common

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Retraction Helix


Until end of turn, target creature gains "(T): Return target nonland permanent to its owner's hand."

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Retraction Helix Discussion

Gracco on Plays a Lot like "Hit Me" in Black Jack!!!

1 week ago

Retraction Helix, Banishing Knack you need a way to go infinite with your artifacts and the altar. Use one of those with one of the creatures that untaps when you play an artifact. Maybe even look into Jeskai Ascendancy combo. It does what you are trying to do but more efficiently. You want 5 lands for your Ad Naus so your current land count is absolutely atrocious. Even the Ad Naus storm deck plays things that say I do not die like Angel's Grace or Phyrexian Unlife. All in all the deck looks like a fun gimmick that consistently does not go the distance.

Cryyx34 on 4-Color Jeskai Ascendancy Combo

1 week ago

colton815 I'm not calling it "Jeskai" due to the color scheme, I'm calling it that because of the namesake card Jeskai Ascendancy. It's not a "4-color Jeskai" Ascendancy Combo deck, it's a 4-color "Jeskai Ascendancy" Combo deck.

chadsansing I have Intruder Alarm on the back burner for now, as it requires more pieces to net mana. I'm usually combo-ing off with my Retraction Helix//Banishing Knack loops, so for Intruder Alarm I would need: my helix-ed/knack-ed creature, the creature I'm bouncing for the loop, and enough creatures to recast and net mana from that bounced creature. It's the same reason I took out Aggravated Assault: too many creatures needed made me over-extend into a wrath. Thanks for the suggestion, though!

HoboTSH on Pauper Infinite Storm ($10 Budget OTK)

1 month ago

Awesomesocks20: Nettle Drone can replace either Zephyr Scribe or Reckless Fireweaver in the combo. What this means is that it can take the place of one of the 2 cards in the combo.

It can replace Zephyr Scribe as the Banishing Knack/Retraction Helix target because it will untap every time you play one of your 0 CMC Artifacts such as Tormod's Crypt.

For this same reason it can replace Firebrand Archer if you have a Zephyr Scribe or another Nettle Drone in play and just tap it for it's ping whenever you play the 0 CMC artifacts in the infinite combo.

Minihorror227 on Can you even call this storm

2 months ago

with the Prophetic Prism, you have many more ways to go with it then just with a mana producer. for example, the Worn Powerstone can do quite well at giving you more mana to work with, but it enters tapped making it so the mana cant be used as soon as it enters. next, theres the problem with needing and as soon as possible. if you get a hand with only islands, the Prism is good at filtering into red. lastly, when using the Retraction Helix combo, you will be drawing cards every time you play it. this gives you a large advantage when you can draw your entire deck and play everything since you will be able to filter the mana into certain colors. you could possibly add in 1 of Blaze as a second win con.

you may even go as far as to use the Prophetic Prism as a way to play cards out of your main colors. possibly a 1 of Approach of the Second Sun. this is a win con, and with the prism drawing you cards, you can continue to draw until you draw into it again, then all this infinite mana can be used for something. or possibly you may add in a large creature no one would suspect thats in a different color. maybe even Apocalypse Hydra. i bet your play group would be surprised seeing this come out with over 30 counters on it, just to see it ping them for 1 damage over and over.

anyways, this is just my opinion on this. sorry for any rambling or parts where its confusing to read. i love the Aetherflux Reservoir so i'm gonna try what i cna to help haha

Minihorror227 on Can you even call this storm

2 months ago

hmm, i would personally take out the Monastery Swiftspear for the Retraction Helix and then take out the Worn Powerstone for Prophetic Prism. The Elusive Spellfist does just as well as the Swiftspear, just with the added evasion and since you would be trying for the storm win, you wont need as many creatures in the deck that do this ability.

The weakest link would have to be the Worn Powerstone though because it enters the battlefield tapped.

right now i'm looking up other cards that would be jsut as a effective as these. i'll let you know when i find anything

Pinewoodboy0324 on Can you even call this storm

2 months ago

would you change out Worn Powerstone for Retraction Helix or Prophetic Prism? I really like the ideas though, i would have never thought of those. What do you think is the weakest link here?

Minihorror227 on Can you even call this storm

2 months ago

i think you need something that the infinite colorless mana can be used for. One way of using this mana is to use Retraction Helix. you have a few creatures in the deck this can be used on.(note that you will have to have Isochron Scepter out exiling Dramatic Reversal to untap your creature

For example, you can use it on Monastery Swiftspear. you tap your 2 or more Sol Ring then tap the Swiftspear to return 1 to hand. Then you can keep playing and untapping with the Scepter. This will give you infinite casts while also giving infinite colorless mana. This will be great with Aetherflux Reservoir on field. also, the Swiftspears Prowess will activate, making it even larger each time you recast a mana rock.

as another way of getting the storm going off quickly, you may use Paradoxical Outcome. this allows you to return all mana rocks to your hand then play them again. just another suggestion. With this you can use Prophetic Prism to draw more cards or to use it to get colored mana off the infinite colorless.

in standard i used to try and run a storm deck a little like this. the good thing about building it in casual is that theres no limit. you dont have to care what cards are banned or what cards are in the meta. you just build a deck and see how it goes. i hope i helped you out in any way.

Feyamius on Ertai, the Controlly

4 months ago

"So even if I missed countering something I don't like, I return it to hand, so I can counter it later. Capsize is your best friend in this deck, even if it is a bit boring. Just as Cyclonic Rift. I still have to find something cool and synergistic here."

I found Dispersing Orb, Blizzard Specter, Banishing Knack & Retraction Helix (so Ertai can do it himself), Galecaster Colossus, and Tidespout Tyrant so far.

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