Shape the Sands

Shape the Sands

Instant

Target creature gets +0/+5 and gains reach until end of turn. (It can block creatures with flying.)

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Set Rarity
Dragons of Tarkir (DTK) Common

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Legality

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

Shape the Sands Discussion

xram666 on Arcades the new leadsinger of the Rolling Stones

1 week ago

@ TheLordOfTime: Thanks for the Up-vote and the suggestion. I might try it out but in an older version I played Aegis of the Heavens and to pump only one creature for additional 7 (or in the case of Shape the Sands 5) points of damage isn't worth the card slot.

TheLordOfTime on Arcades the new leadsinger of the Rolling Stones

1 week ago

This is a great deck. I took a hiatus from MTG 4 years ago to start playing D&D. Now some of my D&D friends are wanting to play EDH. One of my favorite decks I ever made was one built around Assault Formation, and seeing Arcades/your deck has really inspired me to start playing again. I see that you're liking Tower Defense in this build, but have you seen Shape the Sands? It doesn't give reach, but it's a fantastic one-drop. It might be nice to have in addition to Tower Defense.

wallisface on Island Crash

4 months ago

I don’t think Hardened Scales is worth it when only Steelbane Hydra benefits by having one more counter... seems weak.

I feel like you need more ramp to get your plan into action quicker. I’d be dropping Shape the Sands (it feels like a win-more card), and the beforementioned Scales, for some mana dorks. Arbor Elf could work great with Utopia Sprawl

ZendikariWol on Huatli Infect (Oathbreaker)

5 months ago

That being said, solid includes in general include Abbey Matron , Brightling , Ensouled Scimitar (probably too slow but hey, +5/5 is wicked), if you're up against someone going wide, Give No Ground could be good, Honor Guard is really not bad, Might of Oaks is wicked, Ornamental Courage is Giant Growth with a free untap, Shape the Sands is super Giant Growth, Shield Mate is a solid bluff, Steady Aim is super Titanic Growth , Thornling , and Abzan Beastmaster ?

DC_Geno on Bant Wall Beat Down

6 months ago

Sylvan Caryatid is important to get mana setup and I believe should be a staple in a bant defender deck. It is a defenders deck's Birds of Paradise . The hexproof makes it hard to remove and it can be targeted by it's controller "unlike creatures with shroud." This means Assault Formation can target it. Other cards that may help your strategy are Shape the Sands , and these four creatures even though they don't have defender Abzan Beastmaster , Benthic Infiltrator , Elusive Krasis and Dragon's Eye Savants .

rdean14 on Mushroom Soup

1 year ago

Hi, this is a very cool deck, I quite like it!

Some suggestions: Tendershoot Dryad would fit amazingly.

You need more removal, I recommend Swords to Plowshares and completing the playset of Sundering Growth

To fight burn: Faith's Shield

To fight aggro: Ethereal Haze, and Niveous Wisps

To fight flying: Aerial Volley/Shape the Sands

To fight storm: Silence or Damping Sphere

BetayedGoblin on Trumps dream

1 year ago

I know what you're trying to do with the Wall of Reverence i do. But as you see, Assault Formation only makes your walls "assign" combat damage. So at the end you will only recive 1 or 0 life at most becuase its power goes back to normal att the end of combat.

Might I suggest some good cards to add:

I hope this helped in some way, Good luck with your deck!

Revedeka on Totonka's Mono Green Defenders

1 year ago

Hey, I saw you comment on my deck (Tetsuko & Doran's Assault Formation!), and I'd love to see if I can give you any tips for this deck.

As you already said in your description for this deck, Arcades, the Strategist might be a very good card for this deck, especially if you like control decks. White-Green-Blue is a very nice color combination for a control deck, and the defender creatures you are running just add onto that. Furthermore, this deck as it is now can only make your creatures with defender attack if you happen to draw Assault Formation, which means there are gonna be some games were you won't be able to get it. However, you can play around this with your big creatures.

Arcades, the Strategist also lets you draw more cards, which together with Lead the Stampede and your creatures that make mana allow you to build up a very strong board, However, you do already have Soul of the Harvest, which kinda does the same, but just costs 2 more. For that reason, even if you don't play Arcades, the Strategist, I really like your Lead the Stampedes, If you want to stay mono green you could even play something like Commune with Nature to fetch another creature.

If you're wondering what kind of creatures with defender you get access to when also going into blue and white, here are some nice options: Ludevic's Test Subject  Flip can work with your mana ramping, Wall of Frost, Wall of Denial, Stalwart Shield-Bearers, Wall of Omens I really love this card together with your Carven Caryatid and Soul of the Harvest (and Arcades, the Strategist if you want to run it) since it just make you fly through your deck, Dragon's Eye Sentry, Perimeter Captain, and you get access to Rolling Stone, however between Assualt Formation and Arcades, the Strategist, you wont need it. Also you get access to some metagame staples like Path to Exile.

Perhaps a Tower Defense or Shape the Sands (or Aegis of the Heavens (its a new m19 card so tappedout wont let me link it) when playing white) could also make this deck more explosive if you want to go that route, but since you are not reliant on making your creatures with defender attack, Carnage Tyrant is a nice beater, when going into white you also get access to angels which are great late game creatures, you might even think about running card with in their mana costs, like Entreat the Angels, Quarantine Field, Secure the Wastes, Animist's Awakening, Chord of Calling, Enshrined Memories, Genesis Wave, Nissa, Steward of Elements.

Finally, I don't really like Trolls of Tel-Jilad, Terastodon, and Naya Panorama since they don't really do much. I would also up your land count to at least 20, even with all the mana acceleration. Maybe even 22-24. As for your current maybeboard, I like the Axebane Guardian, and all the other card are also good beaters except for Silklash Spider, Prey Upon your defender creatures have no power, even with Assault Formation, not 100% sure on this interaction though, and Elixir of Immortality, If you want lifegain, perhaps a Jaddi Offshoot is better?

I hope this helps you a little! I like the deck and its versatility a lot!

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