Secure the Wastes


Put X 1/1 white Warrior creature tokens onto the battlefield.

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Secure the Wastes Discussion

solarbeam on Esper Control

1 day ago

That's not a bad plan! Secure the Wastes is another win condition that Esper control decks run too!

The life cost of Anguished Unmaking is quite prohibitive, but its flexibility outweighs it, as it can take on anything (except land) that your opponent throws out. Also, never run more than 2.

Consider Nyx-Fleece Ram, Collective Brutality, and Blessed Alliance for your sideboard against more aggressive opponents

ConnerDee on No Creatures For You

4 days ago

Mcoronato, yeah, despite dark ritual being a god awful card to look at, I find that it is a really good black ramp that deserves a set of 4 in most black decks that are looking to get control early. It's practically a black lotus for black. Of course, it costs one so its three mana turn one, not 4 like the lotus. As far as how to fit it in, you could look to add some more token generation, then you wouldn't need as many creatures. Spells like Sengir Autocrat, Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder, Skirsdag High Priest, Sorin, Solemn Visitor, Lingering Souls, Secure the Wastes, and Sram's Expertise are some good ways of creating tokens to sacrafice.

Can't remember if Path to Exile and Fatal Push are legal in legacy but they are very good counterspells that I try to fit in with most black and/or white modern decks.

Also, here are some other cards I can think of that you might be interested in: Hell's Caretaker, Genju of the Fens, Vampiric Rites, Bitterblossom, Leyline of the Void, Vault of the Archangel.

Finally, what's going on with your sideboard? Seems a little out of place lol :)

Eilel on Temmet, Tiny Leader Token Deck

1 week ago

I'd suggest taking out some of the embalm cards, simply because they aren't great and you need to embalm them before they synergize with your deck. So take out Trueheart Duelist, Unwavering Initiate, Binding Mummy and Tah-Crop Skirmisher. You can replace those cards with Chasm Skulker, Gather the Townsfolk, Martial Coup, Secure the Wastes, Homarid Spawning Bed, Druidic Satchel, Sacred Mesa, Oath of Gideon, Timely Reinforcements and Entreat the Angels. for better token generation.

Also why not play Counterspell? it's better then cards like Essence Scatter and Negate.

This card needs to be in every token based deck! Intangible Virtue!!

mrbuech on BW Tokens

1 week ago

How about Allied Reinforcements and Secure the Wastes? Anointed Procession might be an option as well.

KABO5e on Soul Sisters Tokens

1 week ago

If you manage to maintain some token presence, Harsh Sustenance could be good.

I also had a deck built on dumping everything into Secure the Wastes on their end step (w/ x=5+), dropping a Brutal Hordechief and swinging with everything.

Anointed Procession is gonna be good with white tokens, though your curve may not like it. :P

Anguished Unmaking's life cost shouldn't be an issue with all the life gain, but it may mess up you're curve as well.

Karzalar on Oketra's Choir

1 week ago

With that many plains, Emeria, The Sky Ruin? Its synergy with, let's say, Sun Titan is overwhelming.

Some other options for removal : Oblivion Ring, Banishing Light, Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares, Condemn, Oblation, Austere Command, End Hostilities, Hour of Reckoning, Martial Coup...

Card draw : Not a lot in here since monowhite, but.. Mind's Eye, Dreamstone Hedron, Hedron Archive

Bombs : Iona, Shield of Emeria, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Secure the Wastes...

Enchantments : Sphere of Safety, Ghostly Prison, True Conviction.

Hope some of those might be useful to you!


AtomicEmpire7 on The Dark Side of the Moon (Developing Competitive)

1 week ago


Esper Control is the most durdliest and open-ended Control deck in the format. We don't want to return their cards to their hand, and Remand is so bad in this deck because we already have so much card draw.


Yes, Thoughtseize and IoK are problematic for this deck. However, if they take my WSZ (which has literally never happened to me), then we win through Colonnades and Snappys. It's harder to do, but not impossible. The idea is, once they've run themselves out of cards, you use Esper Charm and then Snap Esper Charm to just lock them out while you dig for WSZ or beat their face with Colonnade. Esper Control can't pressure or turn the corner until the opponent has lost. One of the great things about WSZ is that we can recast it. I have had moments when I've planned me super-late games so that I have only a White Sun's Zenith in my library, literally casting cats until my opponent scooped. If you feel especially vulnerable to discard, play Secure the Wastes. One of that card's strengths lies in Snapcaster Mage.

I understand the position about having a threat-I had the same feeling when I started playing the deck. What I can honestly say at this point is to trust me. Play the deck a little bit, and maybe you'll see what I mean, it's really hard to explain.

If you really want a threat and you think I'm crazy, run Elspeth, Sun's Champion as a one-of MB (yes, cplvela0811, I said it). But this is not what Esper looks to do.

Hope this helps!

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