Semblance Anvil


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Scars of Mirrodin (SOM) Rare

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Semblance Anvil


Imprint When Semblance Anvil enters the battlefield, you may exile a nonland card from your hand.

Spells you cast that share a card type with the exiled card cost 2 less to cast.

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Semblance Anvil Discussion

Rhadamanthus on Collected company and cost reduction

6 days ago

There's no interaction between Semblance Anvil and Collected Company because you're not casting the creatures you reveal. Semblance Anvil doesn't do anything to a card's mana cost or converted mana cost, just the total cost to cast it. The only way to change a card's mana cost (or its CMC) is to turn it into a copy of a different card.

Let's be clear about a few things:

  • A card's "mana cost" is specifically the symbols printed in the upper-right corner of the normal card frame. For example: Reflector Mage's mana cost is and Primordial Hydra's mana cost is
  • A card's "converted mana cost" is the sum of the values of all the symbols in its mana cost. always counts for 0 unless the card is currently a spell on the stack, in which case it counts for the number chosen for X while it was being cast. For example: Reflector Mage's converted mana cost is 3 and Primordial Hydra's converted mana cost is 2 everywhere but the stack
  • To determine the total cost to cast a spell (short version), you start with its mana cost, apply any alternative costs that replace the mana cost, apply any optional or mandatory additional costs, then apply any cost reductions. This is where Semblance Anvil actually matters

Tyrant-Thanatos on Collected company and cost reduction

6 days ago

In short, Converted Mana Cost and Mana Cost are two completely different things.

Semblance Anvil only affects Mana Cost, not Converted Mana Cost, so it won't affect the value that Collected Company looks at.

Neotrup on Collected company and cost reduction

1 week ago

On most cards the CMC is a fixed number that can never be changed. The exception is cards with in their mana costs. They still have a CMC that is a fixed number in all zones other than the stack though. On the stack the CMC is determined by the chosen value of X, in all other zones X is treated as 0.

In short, even though Semblance Anvil changes the amount of mana you pay for a spell, it cannot change the CMC of a card not on the stack, which is what you're trying to do, nor does it change the CMC of most spells (it can help you choose different value when casting Primordial Hydra though, so changing CMC of spells is not completely off the table).

wereotter on Collected company and cost reduction

1 week ago

Semblance Anvil isn't changing the cards' converted mana costs, it's just applying a cost reduction to cast it. On the stack when casting a card like the one in your example, you'd have paid 2 mana for a spell with 4 CMC. This is important as the spell wouldn't be able to be countered with something like Spell Snare as the spell doesn't have a CMC of 2.

As such, Collected Company only looks at the mana on the top of the card and not any other cost reductions in play.

Blo on Collected company and cost reduction

1 week ago

Please link all relevant cards in your question with double brackets > [...]

Semblance Anvil reduces type costs (creature, instant, sorcery, etc), Collected Company doesn't have the [creature] type so it's cost will not be reduced.
In your question you seem to think that the Anvil reduces the cost of anything. It does not. It will reduce casting costs and alternative/additional casting costs.
It does not have anything to do with the Collected Company though, as the cmc requirement isn't part of the casting cost. It's part of the effect.

Even if you would imprint a [instant] type card under the Anvil, your Collected Company would get the cost reduction, and thus cost instead of , but the requirement of converted mana cost 3 or less stays the same.

You would be unable to grab it.

Grimmjob88 on In exile

1 week ago

Thanks. I appreciate that. I also like the suggestions of Heartless Summoning, Semblance Anvil and Brilliant Ultimatum but I'm not too sure about it. I think Brilliant Ultimatum is probably the only one I might try out. Gate to the Afterlife isn't really viable either as far as I am concerned. I really only have a total of five creatures that will probably sit in my graveyard and Gate needs six to tutor God-Pharaoh's Gift and anyway that's what Treasure Mage is meant for.

E_Slumb on In exile

1 week ago

i see you removed the Jar. Good decision.

How about adding in either Heartless Summoning or Semblance Anvil so you can cast them quicker and more frequently? (On that note, there are some cool imprint stuff you could try).

And maybe Brilliant Ultimatum?

Also, have you tried Gate to the Afterlife or is it not a viable option?

Daedalus19876 on u/g morph + infinite mana and Turns!

1 week ago

A few quick things :)

First, I hate to tell you this, but Composite Golem isn't legal in a UG deck. It has a color identity of 5-color, because it has all mana symbols in its text :( You can get the same effect with Ashnod's Altar + Symbiotic Elf, though!

Cost reduction works extremely well with morph, by the way. Dream Chisel and Semblance Anvil can make it cheaper to spit out a bunch of creatures. Muraganda Petroglyphs also pumps your face-down creatures.

I hope that helps a bit ;)

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