Rootborn Defenses


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Common
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Common

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Rootborn Defenses


Populate. Creatures you control are indestructible this turn.

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Rootborn Defenses Discussion

Last_Laugh on Edgar Markov

6 days ago

Just a few things I'm noticing that need a little TLC. Card draw, board protection, and a few of your mana rocks.

Card Draw: Consider Greed, Necropotence, Phyrexian Arena, Twilight Prophet, Skullclamp, Dark Prophecy, and/or Herald's Horn. I run all of these except Phyrexian Arena personally as the deck can put you in topdeck mode fast

Board Protection: Find room for Boros Charm and if it's in your price range Teferi's Protection. There's a few other options like Rootborn Defenses but it does nothing if you don't have a token to populate and only protects creatures. This deck folds to boardwipes pretty hard, protect that boardstate.

Rocks: I'd get rid of your 3 cost mana rocks (excluding Chromatic Lantern) for Talisman of Indulgence and use the other 2 slots for new cards.

I also 100% recommend running Reconnaissance. This card is amazing in any deck with attack triggers like Edgar but is even better with a go wide aggro plan like vampires.

It allows you to attack with everyone (yes, even that 0/2... why not?) then untap any of your attacking creatures to avoid bad blocks, untap after first strike damage but before normal combat damage (great with Drana and busted with Stromkirk Captain), and/or untap after normal combat damage is dealt due to the creature still being an attacking creature until the end of combat step ends.

In short... attack with everyone, deal damage in most circumstances (besides avoiding bad blocks), and have every one of those creatures untapped and ready to block or abuse things like Captivating Vampire.

hideandseeknl on Atraxa counters

1 week ago

SynergyBuild Thanks alot for the recommendations ill be looking into Rootborn Defenses and Golgari Charm since those arent as pricy aswell as Shalai, Voice of Plenty

SynergyBuild on Atraxa counters

2 weeks ago

+1! If you are worried about sweepers try running anti-sweeper tech like Selfless Spirit, Rootborn Defenses, Golgari Charm, Eerie Interlude, Temur Sabertooth and Heroic Intervention!

superbioman100 on Victory In Numbers

2 weeks ago

Thank you so much SynergyBuild for the suggestions! I was scared using Blasphemous Act but with Rootborn Defenses I could see that as a very fun combo! I actually initially had Steelshaper's Gift as a tutor but felt that I didn't have enough targets. Any other instants and sorcieries for Sunforger or other targets for the steelshaper's/ Open the Armory would be greatly appreciated!

Cloudius on squirrel stuff

2 weeks ago

+1 for cute squirrels!

Earthcraft goes infinite with Squirrel Nest if you're into infinite combos.

I made a Selesnya tokens deck too, linking it here so we can bounce ideas off each other.

Unleash the Horde!

Commander / EDH Cloudius


I'm running 7 cards that grants protection from board wipes since token decks usually go wide and we don't want all the efforts to go to waste with a timely Wrath of God. You may wish to consider them too.

Dauntless Escort

Heroic Intervention

Inspiring Call

Make a Stand

Rootborn Defenses

Selfless Spirit

Teferi's Protection

Hope you find the suggestions useful. Cheers!

SynergyBuild on Victory In Numbers

2 weeks ago

+1! Love the deck, do you think Blasphemous Act could be better than Wrath of God? Also, you can run Rootborn Defenses if you are concerned that your opponents would board wipe, it is even fetchable with Sunforger.

If you want, Sunforger can be an especially powerful card, and if you want some cards to find it, Open the Armory and Steelshaper's Gift are good at that.

Gody322 on Breya - Token Army

2 weeks ago

This is a really cool idea for a deck.

May I suggest Mechanized Production and Faerie Artisans for extra creation of artifact tokens. Personally, I find Faerie Artisans fun because you get your opponent's stuff and if you can duplicate the tokens you get to keep them. I bet you have already considered this, but Saheeli Rai could be good even for just her -2. Rootborn Defenses could be good since it can protect your big artifact creatures from board wipes and removal. You could also play Curse of Opulence, Confirm Suspicions, Brass's Bounty, Revel in Riches and/or Spell Swindle as cards that make tokens that are already artifacts.

I hope my suggestions are helpful and sorry if I suggest any cards that are already in the deck I tried to double check them. :)

BigBoyBeau on Dance of Pales [EDH]

2 weeks ago

xStormyx those are great removal suggestions. A cool fact about Nameless Inversion and other shapeshifter changeling type instant cards is that they triggers Edgar Markov's eminence and create a 1/1 Vampire token! Another good card with a similarly useful effect is Rootborn Defenses.

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