Slayers' Stronghold

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Rare

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Slayers' Stronghold

Land

: Add to your mana pool.

, : Target creature gets +2/+0 and gains vigilance and haste until end of turn.

Slayers' Stronghold Discussion

clayperce on Thoughts on UG Control?

2 weeks ago

APPLE01DOJ,
Thanks much; I'll give your Kefnet deck a hard look, for sure.

heckproof and APPLE01DOJ,
Yeah, those are all good examples.

PlatinumOne,

> weird mashup of ramp into semi-big threats with suboptimal control elements.

That's actually a great definition of what Ponza is all about! I usually describe the deck more like "aggressive ramp into bulk rares that you would never expect could be good in Modern, with an overlay of annoying mana-denial Control", but yours will certainly do. The thing is, it works surprisingly well in many metas.

> besides fetchlands, what activated or triggered abilities are you hoping to stop with Repudiate / Replicate

I actually laid that out in the deck description, but in case you missed it here it is again:

  • Opponent transforms a Thing in the Ice? Repudiate the triggered ability and our team stays on the field.
  • Opponent wants to make us sac' a creature with Lili, put a Terminus on top with Jace, or ultimate whatever random Planeswalker they have? Repudiate the activated ability and we've totally turned the game around.
  • Opponent tries to Modular a ton of +1/+1 counters onto their attacking Inkmoth Nexus, wipe our board with an Oblivion Stone, Equip a Batterskull, Crew a Smuggler's Copter, etc, etc, etc? Repudiate gives us answers (or at least options) we never had in 'normal' Ponza.

Here are more details though, looking at the top meta decks in turn ...

All that said, it's clear that in many cases a 2-mana counterspell (e.g., Negate or Mana Leak ) is better than a 2-mana stifle effect ... certainly UW Control has found that to be the case! What's not clear to me yet is if that's the case in UG Control as well ...

wishmaker11 on A Song of Angels and War

3 weeks ago

ChupaNahBrah

  • I was on the fence about Slayers' Stronghold because I didn't want to run too many colorless utility lands, but I'll throw it in for a few tests to see how it does!
  • The thing with sorcery speed board wipes is that with Iroas' ability, I could use spells like Starstorm at instant speed after I declare attackers and all of my creatures would be safe. I threw in Fumigate instead so at least I can gain some life from the destruction at least
  • Now this one I really like! I completely forgot Karmic Guide was an angel, and I was thinking I probably need some form of recursion too!
  • Thanks for your suggestions! I gotta try it out now and see how it goes with your recommendations :)

ChupaNahBrah on A Song of Angels and War

3 weeks ago

Slayers' Stronghold - good boros utility land

Tragic Arrogance - You seem to be lacking a board wipe or two and this one lets you keep your best stuff to keep attacking

Karmic Guide - some recursion and a chump blocker if you don't plan on paying the echo. Also on theme for angels

Gofralighto on Licia, Life Shenanigans

3 weeks ago

If you're looking for more cards that gain life before combat, Sunspring Expedition and Gonti's Machinations are cheap, useful enchantments to have too.

I see you already include Slayers' Stronghold . However, if you have the budget for it Hall of the Bandit Lord is a great haste enabler. Fervor , Anger , Hammer of Purphoros , and/or Urabrask the Hidden may be useful to include too.

tpmains on Giving narset, enlightened master haste

2 months ago

I would start here:

http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Search/Default.aspx?action=advanced&text=+[Creature]+[gains]+[haste]&color=+![G]+![B]

This is a search for "creature gains haste" in the text box excluding black and green spells.

Marchesa's Smuggler and Slayers' Stronghold are two fun ones that I saw when looking through them.

eliakimras on Red/White Angels

4 months ago

Have you considered Boros Signet, Worn Powerstone and Gilded Lotus? Heartless Hidetsugu is game over if Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is out. Furnace of Rath, Dictate of the Twin Gods and True Conviction are great for beatdown. Boros Charm is really versatile in this deck. You can swap Take Vengeance for Swords to Plowshares. Sunforger is the greatest card in Boros and can grab any instant at 4 CMC or less. // It's good to run Command Tower, Battlefield Forge, Temple of Triumph, Needle Spires, Ancient Amphitheater, Boros Guildgate are good for mana fixing. Slayers' Stronghold, Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion and Rogue's Passage are good for combat tricks; Mistveil Plains brings recursion; Spinerock Knoll is great at cheating costs; Secluded Steppe and Forgotten Cave for card selection. // Revitalize, Lightning Helix, Demystify, Fountain of Renewal are subpar in this deck.

enpc on Naya Help

4 months ago

The balance will come down to playtesting, however I would recommend that you attempt to make one theme work. If you're going for vehicles and are going to suppliment that with tokens, that's fine. Baut make sure you run primarily vehicles/vehicle support cards, rather than multiple themes.

As for good value cards, I would say that Kessig Wolf Run/Slayers' Stronghold are both good. Not only do they provide more punch, but they let you buff smaller creatures who can then crew vehicles by themselves.

Also, I would suggest using a heavier focus on mana dorks (if you're going vehicles) as they cna be used to ramp early but then can be used to pilot said vehicles.

Shyachi33 on Top o' the Food Chain

4 months ago

wall of text warning, sorry i got a little carried away, i love Zacama, and been playing a lot of it so i couldn't resist trying to help another player out.

My thoughts on your artifacts:

Doubling Cube it's not very good in a zacama deck as it's not really recur-able like the other mana doublers.

Lightning Greaves switch it out for Swiftfoot Boots the shroud hurts you more often than it helps, specially when you're trying to target Zacama or something to save them with temur not on your turn.

Sunforger it's essentially 8 mana to tutor for an instant, that's mana better spend just drawing cards, or better tutors.

Whispersilk Cloak same reason as lightning greaves. if you want redundancy, Champion's Helm

The Immortal Sun if you're trying to stop a lot of planeswalker in your meta, keep it, otherwise it's too expensive of a cast.

after you cut those artifacts add in Stony Silence and/or Null Rod which adds more stuff for your enlightned tutor to fetch. this will not really stop you other than your equipments, sol ring, and mana vault (which I MIGHT cut, up to you though on that one) which is waaay less important than everyone else's rocks that they're probably relying on more than you.

thoughts on Enchantments:

Aura Shards you're not running enough creatures to really benefit you, and Zacama IS aura shards.

Aggravated Assault + Bear Umbra is cute at best, but outside of that just a straight double strike is just better than wasting your time with this combo, other than Etali you don't really benefit from additional combat steps.

Dictate of Karametra, Heartbeat of Spring, Zhur-Taa Ancient don't help other players, unless your deck is fast enough to win on the turn these come out, you're helping 3 other players that's NOT you. that's a strict 3 to 1 disadvantage no matter how much more lands you have. if you really want another doubler, Zendikar Resurgent.

Sunbird's Invocation is another cute card, and in a zacama deck i feel like it's just more a "win-more" card than actually helping you advance your board state, specially for it's mana cost.

please let me know how successful you've been with Food Chain + Myth Unbound combo works out for you, i thought about it, but didn't pull the trigger for it yet. Also how is Shapers' Sanctuary working out for you? i like 1 drops, and ones that can draw you cards is even better. On average how many cards do you think you draw from that card per play?

Sorceries/instants:

Banefire is that to remove planeswalkers? if so that's actually pretty smart, i didn't think of using it that way, but it's good to have.

Plea for Guidance this is to get your aggravated assault/bear umbra or food chain/myth unbound combo i assume, any other combos i'm missing? it's pretty expensive to play, 6 mana to search, then another 6-14 mana to get those other combos going. If you decide to keep it, i recommend adding Abundance to combo with Sylvan Library pick up lands or non lands to your liking and not pay life.

Rolling Thunder switch it out for Aurelia's Fury it's just a straight upgrade, it's at instant speed, and so much more utility, this card can win you games.

other than that, i'd recommend more ramp spells and tutors:

Rampant Growth, Hunting Wilds (don't ever pay the kicker), and Traverse the Outlands gets crazy as soon as Zacama drops, Kodama's Reach and Cultivate wouldn't hurt. Hour of Promise ramps AND searches for ANY land.

Green Sun's Zenith and Chord of Calling are great to find your combo pieces.

Uncage the Menagerie can play well too, but you'll have to actually build your deck around it a bit more to actually be effective.

As far as creatures go, i recommend the mana dork squad, having a consistent turn 1 play every game will really affect your board state advantage, having 3 mana on turn 2 is a big difference, specially for all the ramp spells you want to be casting.

Chameleon Colossus is a great creature for mana sink, pump it up, then you can Soul's Majesty it, or similar effect with it.

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma and Spellbreaker Behemoth this is hit and miss. you only really have 7-10 creatures they actually affect, if you feel like you're running enough green, Emerald Medallion can be better value than goreclaw, and Vexing Shusher and Prowling Serpopard would affect more of your deck than spellbreaker.

Whitemane Lion combo's with Panharmonicon to infinitly bounce zacama for the same mana cost as Temur, if temur ever gets exiled. also having flash, can save a creature in case of a removal or something.

Garruk, Primal Hunter is pretty much another Soul's Majesty. it's worth the slot even for just a 1 time use draw card when your fatties are out.

Recursion, your deck is lacking pretty much every basic form of it. Eternal Witness and Regrowth are just green staples. and personally, i would cut Praetor's Counsel for Seasons Past it's cheaper to cast, and will get back most of what you need anyways.

also i would up your land count to 36-38 your deck's average CMC is too high to be greedy on lands.

adding Slayers' Stronghold combos with Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion (remember Hour of Promise?) to get Zacama up to 22 commander damage to get a sneaky kill on someone without a blocker.

Kessig Wolf Run is just another quality land.

Hanweir Battlements and Flamekin Village along with slayers' can give creatures haste for some other sneaky plays.

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Slayers' Stronghold occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.06%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

RW (Boros): 2.33%