Sigil of the Empty Throne


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Planechase Anthology (PCA) Rare
Commander 2015 (C15) Rare
Magic Origins (ORI) Rare
Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2) Rare
Conflux (CON) Rare

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Sigil of the Empty Throne


Whenever you cast an enchantment spell, put a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying onto the battlefield.

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Sigil of the Empty Throne Discussion

SynergyBuild on Cleric Deck [~$40]

5 days ago

Battletide Alchemist is a five mana creature, your deck can't ramp, and modern is a format of turn 4 or earlier wins. Control decks do exist, and so do pillow fort decks. If your control elements, or pillow fort cards do not come online before the turn your opponent intends to win, you lose.

A control deck board wipes, and stops the opponent with counterspells and removal. You run semi-removal in the form of Oust, and a semi-board wipe in the form of Dusk / Dawn, but those are only semi. They don't remove many of the aggro threats as they are large in number and small in size, nor does the removal stop voltron stype Slippery Bogle decks. The lack of a serious control element stops you from playing in such a manner.

If you were to consider this a pillow fort deck, one that stops the opponent from doing things, but doesn't actually remove the threats, you would be out of luck. Battletide Alchemist might be closer to Sphere of Safety in a real w/x pillow fort deck, but that is a "finisher" or a card that stops the opponent after Runed Halo, Ghostly Prison and Nevermore slowed them down. The issue is you don't have a real way of slowing them down until then, and you will be dead before you drop Battletide Alchemist if you don't. Casual aggro decks for 15 dollars have more of a chance in the current meta in a late game scenario than this deck, because if Battletide Alchemist is your deck, you don't have one.

Pillowfort is an underused strategy, one that lock the opponent in many ways, preventing damage does so little on its own, that the real pillowfort decks only do it if it is 3 mana and prevents all damage dealt to you (Solitary Confinement saw some play). Loss of life will kill you, removing the Battletide Alchemist will kill you, etc.

The types of things a pillowfort deck should do are 6-fold:

  1. Lock down combat (Sphere of Safety, Ghostly Prison)

  2. Lock down targetting of yourself (Aegis of the Gods, Leyline of Sanctity)

  3. Lock down spells that get around this (Runed Halo, Nevermore)

  4. Lock down alternative strategies after sideboard (Rest in Peace, Stony Silence)

  5. Protect the Locks (Greater Auramancy, Privileged Position)

  6. Win the game (Luminarch Ascension, Sigil of the Empty Throne)

Your deck covers part of #1 with Battletide Alchemist, and part of #5 with Eight-and-a-Half-Tails I say a part of each because plenty of combat isn't damage, it is infect, or "when this creature attacks" (think eldrazi tron and all of the eldrazi's with the annihilate keyword), and because a destroy all (Supreme Verdict) gets around protection effects. Creatures a way flimsier than enchantments, and this deck doesn't even cover that.

Tmonster on "Curses..."

1 week ago

General Recommendations - Serra's Sanctum Wild Research Copy Enchantment Sigil of the Empty Throne Maelstrom Archangel Maelstrom Nexus

Don't know how much enchantment removal is going to be present, but maybe sideboard Open the Vaults Karmic Justice Crystal Chimes

Any of the "cast enchantment, draw card" effects - Eidolon of Blossoms Argothian Enchantress Enchantress's Presence Mesa Enchantress Verduran Enchantress

Protection - Eight-and-a-Half-Tails Faith's Shield Heroic Intervention Privileged Position

Control - Journey to Nowhere Oblivion Ring Detention Sphere etc.

Mana fixing - Crystal Quarry Chromatic Lantern Prismatic Omen Cascading Cataracts Joiner Adept

I understand the enchantment flavor for Chromanticore and that it's decent by itself, but would rather see Ramos, Dragon Engine or something else that functions better (although Ramos can be aggro).

Tel-Jilad Stylus for tucking Nefarious Lich and Illusions of Grandeur and my personal love for it.

You totally have a theme going and I dig it, just tossing some thoughts out there.

cdkime on Pillow Fort Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

2 weeks ago

Copy Enchantment works wonders in pillowforts, as it is essentially an extra copy of whatever you need--it is particularly effective when it copies sphere of saftey.

I run Sigil of the Empty Throne in a pillowfort/Voltron deck and it has proved particularly deadly.

For removal, Darksteel Mutation and Imprisoned in the Moon will both neuter an enemy commander, without sending it back to the command zone for easy recursion. Detention Sphere and its ilk are also quite good, and work well with some of your other enchantment synergies.

The7thBobba on Angels on your ASS

3 weeks ago

looks like a fun bag o' flavour :) I have a few suggestions :) Sigil of the Empty Throne is an amazing card, but since you only have 11 other enchantments in the deck - it is rarely going to trigger... I'd put in some more ramp :) I personally find Semblance Anvil to have a huge impact when dealing with high cmc critters :)

If you don't mind a little shamelessself-plugging, I have a Boros angel/human deck that I actually think is quite decent: God says: "YOU DONE GOOFED!". you might just find a few cool additions.

Stay frosty!

CrazyDanPsycho on Uril Enchantress Oops! All Permanents

1 month ago

Have you considered a Champion of Lambholt, possibly in place of Iroas, God of Victory? The Champion would trigger off of all those angels from your Sigil of the Empty Throne, making your creatures nigh unstoppable! (laughs maniacally, then coughs in embarrassment) Just a thought...Amazing deck, btw!! +1 for sure.

SaSSolino8 on

1 month ago

Starfield of Nyx doesn't do much in your deck as most enchantments you control are already creatures, how about Sigil of the Empty Throne?

Also Runed Halo? It's quite expensive though.

taylorg95 on Modern white prison

1 month ago

Have you thought about adding Sigil of the Empty Throne?

Also i run a Prison Deck myself check it out, it might give you some ideas for your deck. Forever in the Prison

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