Shivan Reef


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic Origins Rare
Magic 2015 Rare
Tenth Edition Rare
Ninth Edition Rare
Apocalypse Rare

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Shivan Reef


: Add to your mana pool.

: Add or to your mana pool. Shivan Reef deals 1 damage to you.

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Shivan Reef Discussion

lagotripha on MDN - Damned Child

4 days ago

Ok, I have a multicolour blades list here (Colour matters aggro) running on different principals- I'd reccomend Naya Hushblade over hackblade as shroud will be more useful for dodging removal rather than rushing down an opponent. When running multicolor matters mana rocks, while useful, are usually better as manadorks, multicolour creatures to stall, or ramp enchantments. The tron artifact core does enable the dope Shivan Reef type pain lands, particularly if they all produce green for mana fixing and search, as they are significantly less painful when you can pay colourless often outperforming City of Brass in control, so that may be a benificial route- especially if you already have the cards.

You should consider search spells and efficient multicolour control spells to enable your big creatures without having to spend so many slots on them, some Stoic Angel, Judge's Familiar or Esper Charm could go a long way, particularly if opting for a Glittering Wish sideboard or somthing. Coldsteel Heart and Fellwar Stone could provide more efficient mana rocks here in the two mana slots. I'd consider dropping to three genju, as it doesn't benifit from multiples like child.All told, good luck and hope the multicolour control setup all works out.

TheNamelessG8T0R on Grixis 6-Soul

6 days ago

I included the BFZ lands for the purpose of being able to fetch any color from either the mire or the delta. You make a good point; since the early game curve is so important here, the taplands can slow the deck down if drawn early. I think cutting the BFZ lands for Aether Hub or Shivan Reef might be a good move. I'll definitely test both setups and see which one works better.

VraskaTheCursed on Blue Red Kiln Thing In Ice

1 week ago

Land depends on budget imo - I like running the pain lands for budget, and shocks with fetches are ideal if you can afford. But for now-

4x Shivan Reef,4x Steam Vents,4x Spirebluff Canal,1x Sulfur Falls,2x Island,2x Mountain

is prob your best bet

Tethys on murder to the face

1 week ago

I wouldn't run 2x Sulfur Falls alongside 3x Shivan Reef and 3x Spirebluff Canal. That's 8 lands that do not fulfill the check requirement and having land come into play tapped in early game in a deck like this can destroy your tempo.

Otherwise, nice build +1

tonfer20 on trrr, trrr

1 week ago

Dude, that combo is lit. But wouldn't having Shivan Reefs be better than City of Brass's? Looks pretty cool though :)

Sargeras on Izzet Midrange on a Budget

2 weeks ago

If you are shooting for the long run, one of the best expensive cards you could play would be Blood Moon, as blue moon can have outstanding success, but on to what you asked for.

  1. In my opinion, Spell Pierce would be more of a sideboard card, since leak hits everything and is more adaptable every match, however, Izzet charm or maybe Remand (more money I know) might also work for you, depending on what you need it for.

  2. Personally, I wouldn't play either, as by the time you overload mortars you are likely dead anyway, and Roast is just mortars plus 1 (not really relevant in the modern format, only lets you kill a Siege Rhino as opposed to mortars) What you really want is Flame Slash, it's dirt cheap sorcery speed removal for a mana less then what you are currently looking at. Bolt is a multipurpose card that lets you hit the player, planeswalkers, or creatures.

  3. When you build your sideboard, make sure to put in land destruction cards like Crumble to Dust, Stone Rain/Molten Rain as tons of decks in modern can get destroyed by land destruction.

  4. Personally I'd play Shivan Reef over the tap lands, as you really want to avoid being off curve in a midrange build.

derposaurus on Izzet Midrange on a Budget

2 weeks ago

Thank you both for the input!


  1. I feel like Think Twice and Jori En, Ruin Diver don't really fit that well, as TT is 5 mana for 2 cards in total and the flashback gets rid of any bonus for Spellheart Chimera, and Jori doesn't really fit if I'm trying to keep tight to the curve.

  2. As far as lands, I'm planning to go for Shivan Reef for now and then upgrade to Sulfur Falls and better lands as time goes on.

  3. How does Roast compare to other cards like Mizzium Mortars or even Lightning Bolt?

@TeamSDBags To answer your clarifying question, I mean there's not even a shop open near me currently and there won't be for another month, so being highly competitive isn't currently the top priority, but once the basic foundation of the deck is situated then I plan on upgrading to better cards (like expensive lands/mythics).

  1. I've been looking for a replacement for Dissolve but I'm torn between Mana Leak and Spell Pierce, what would you suggest?

  2. Didn't make the connection between discarding my hand and fueling the Spellheart Chimera, that's a perfect card for that.

  3. Out of all of the suggested I feel like Faithless Looting is perfect for this deck, since at best case (discarding 2 instant/sorceries) it puts 3 spells into my graveyard for the Spellheart Chimera and Bedlam Reveler.

  4. I'll aim for around 24-26 lands once I get the main deck situated and do some playtesting.

  5. Melek, Izzet Paragon has always been a mediocre card at best and I've planned to get rid of him once I can afford Keranos, God of Storms.

  6. Lightning Bolt > Magma Jet but I'm also going to ask you the same thing I asked the guy above you about how Roast compares to Mizzium Mortars and Lightning Bolt

  7. He's got no real purpose, he's pretty much a placeholder for now until I find something better.

  8. Sideboards have never been my strong suit, so thank you for the large amount of suggestions to get me started. Once I test out the final build then I can start building a competent sideboard.

Thanks again for the help!

lagotripha on Izzet Midrange on a Budget

2 weeks ago

Izset midrange is a neat idea. I'd reccomend Think Twice and Jori En, Ruin Diver alongide a bunch of counterspells, dependant on meta. If you're mostly playing casually, that should be enough.

If you are spending money on modern cards start with low to mid-priced lands like Shivan Reef or Sulfur Falls, as they remain useful as the format moves on, and arent as heavily impacted in price by metagame shifts and releases.

Protection for your larger creatures is a must- Path to Exile is king in the format. Most of that is going to be blue hexproof granting effects or counterspells. Prognostic sphinx is a nice choice, if drawing more cards than your opponent.

Roast is useful for dealing with those high-toughness second turn creatures, before your Mana Leak is online.

Good luck with the brewing! If you do choose to join us playing competitively, you don't have to spend a fortune. Just understand that some matchups are lost then sideboard aggressively.

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