Righteous Aura

Righteous Aura


, Pay 2 life: The next time a source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage.

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Set Rarity
Mercadian Masques (MMQ) Uncommon
Visions (VIS) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Righteous Aura occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Righteous Aura Discussion

fireball0093 on What is your favorite card ...

1 week ago

Righteous Aura is a pet card of mine for any deck I run White in. Got an especially fun combo in my lifegain deck with that and Command the Dreadhorde

lambbikini on Kambal EDH

2 weeks ago

I've had my own Kambal deck for years and he's a great commander for sitting back. You've definitely done your research for finding cards like Painful Quandary so good job on that front. You're also nowhere near as greedy as I am in terms of how much good removal you're running which is a definite positive

As for a few recommendations:

  • You seem to be fairly creature focused so I would definitely be running Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence That card can be pretty brutal even with minimal creatures
  • Doom Whisperer is a great way to dig into your deck to look for an answer and it generally doesn't hurt too much since you will have built up so much extra life
  • If you want to take advantage of lots of small lifegain triggers I would suggest Alhammarret's Archive and/or Rhox Faithmender
  • Another effect similar to Painful Quandary is Polluted Bonds sometimes it can be a dud draw in the late game but if you're ever against a lands deck or happen to get it early it can be pretty fun

The most recent addition I've made myself is Righteous Aura. It's simple and it's cheap (both to cast and to buy) but I've been really happy with it so far. I'm never sad to see this. Kambal himself shuts down spell decks and you can often stock up on enough life to stop token decks but I've Kambal to be particularly vulnerable to voltron decks. This can completely mitigate that concern

My final suggestion is the only one that I would say you need to do and that is to bring your own life counter for everyone at the table. If you're playing a deck like this often everyone else will start tuning out the little triggers that you have and by keeping track of it yourself you can ensure that you don't miss any. Have fun and enjoy playing with my favourite commander :)

DemonDragonJ on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

TriusMalarky, that is why Righteous Aura is such an interesting card; it forces the player to think strategically. Since it costs 2 life to activate its ability, the player will use it only when preventing 3 or more damage from a single source; otherwise, it is not worth the cost, meaning that their opponent can attack them repeatedly with a swarm of smaller creatures, and the player with the aura would lose more life from paying for the ability than they would from the creatures.

DemonDragonJ on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

TriusMalarky, I disagree with that, because, as long as damage prevention effects require payment, as do both Story Circle and Righteous Aura, they will not be overpowered.

TriusMalarky on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

Righteous Aura costs life. The only time it is actually useful is when it's targeting something that deals a ton of damage. I mean, if it's 3 or 4 damage you're literally paying to prevent 1-2 damage. The amount of damage has to be 5 to even be considered Healing Salve, and even then repeatable conditional Healing Salve isn't that great. So really, it's garbage unless your opponent is playing Eldrazi Titans, Dark Depths, Ghalta, Primal Hunger, Titanoth Rex, etc.

DemonDragonJ on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

berryjon, what is wrong with Prodigal Pyromancer? I do not believe that it is too complicated; it is actually one of the most simple and straightforward cards in the game.

TriusMalarky, Righteous Aura does not require a player to choose a single color; it prevents damage from any source, as long as the player can pay is cost, so I do not understand why that card is not more popular.

DemonDragonJ on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

In the early days of this game, there were plenty of effects that could prevent damage, such as the circles of protection, Story Circle, or Righteous Aura, but such effects are now far less prominent in the game, recently. WotC still does print such effects, of course, but they are not nearly as prominent as they once were, and they are more often single-use effects, rather than repeatable effects, which I find to be unfortunate, so I am wondering why that is.

What does everyone else say about this? Why have there been fewer damage prevention effects, recently?

DemonDragonJ on Double Masters

1 month ago

Another card that I would like to see reprinted in this set is Righteous Aura, since that card has not been reprinted in a long time.

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