Solitary Confinement

Legality

Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Judgment (JUD) Rare

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Solitary Confinement

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Solitary Confinement unless you discard a card.

Skip your draw step.

You have shroud. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities.)

Prevent all damage that would be dealt to you.

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Solitary Confinement Discussion

mmcgeach on Control Zur

21 hours ago

crstisalie, re: Chains. I mostly think I don't want a chains/spirit/draw hoser in the deck anymore. The play of turn 1 Chains of Mephistopheles, turn 2 Windfall, turn 3 Zur, turn 4 Necropotence doesn't happen very often. But, more importantly, discarding is something this deck doesn't want to do. There's only 2 win cons in the whole deck so if you happen to discard one it's strategically really limiting. There's also just Timetwister to get it back, so you're not really replaying stuff out of the yard. Which, of course, is by design, since you're frequently putting Rest in Peace in play, and the ability to play around that is one of the deck's great strengths. So, in some ways, Spirit of the Labyrinth is just better than chains, since it doesn't make us discard stuff. (And also, it's far superior vs. Gitrog.) But, mostly the only early card draw I see is Sylvan Library and Tymna the Weaver. So I question if it's worth running a spirit at all; especially since a wrath tends to be better against tymna decks and green-based decks in general. It feels real bad to land a spirit of the labyrinth and then draw Rhystic Study or Mystic Remora, which are (obviously) powerhouse cards. I mean, it's still good to land the spirit if you're opponents are on a draw where they have turn-2 sylvan library or are tymna/thrasios decks.

Anyway, all that said, Anvil of Bogardan was never in consideration.

To go back to an earlier point, re: Solemnity. This card just doesn't do anything. Unless you're playing against Animar, Soul of Elements every game. Solemnity does combo with Phyrexian Unlife, but, also, that's mostly just a worse way to build your own Solitary Confinement. I think just run the one solitary confinement and don't bother with solemnity + unlife. Phyrexian Unlife is very good in Zur combo decks that revolve around Ad Nauseam, but I don't think it does enough here.

Remember a big benefit of this deck is there's only 2 dead win-con cards in the whole list. Everything else is mana, gas, or permission. :)

budlaorf on The Government Can!

3 days ago

LuxCannonator- I haven't thought about using Solitary Confinement and it might just be a better fit than Second Chance. Thanks for the great suggestion, I'll have to test it out next.

LuxCannonator on The Government Can!

6 days ago

budlaorf Not gonna lie, I totally forgot(read; Derped) about the Opal Evening combo. So yeah, no Opal is perfect.

Yeah, you're right, Karmic Justice definitely fits better with Sun Titan.

One more card to give some thought to with Sun Titan is Solitary Confinement. Rez or play it on your turn, let it die on your upkeep, bring it back with Titan. Rinse and Repeat. Gives you shroud and a damage shield, but only on your opponents turn. It's definitely a little on the janky side, but could be good.

DarkStarStorm on The Rose Has Thorns!

1 week ago

Emensmansera I probably won't be adding Necropotence since I'm relying on reanimating my finishers. I also feel like the deck sports more than enough draw (I cut Phyrexian Arena for that reason). That being said, I windmill-slammed Solitary Confinement in the place of Marchesa's Decree. Thanks for the suggestion!

Have you found Delaying Shield to be worth including? It protects the Monarchy, but does literally nothing else.

SirSh4ggy on Ultimate Cycling Zur!

1 week ago

Instead of using Runes of protection and taking up five slots for a one-card effect, check out Solitary Confinement. With either Rhystic Study or Necropotence, or even Phyrexian Arena then you'll just never be able to get targeted or take damage from any colors. Also, it lets you discard and have your triggers occur.

If you don't like that particular effect, or if you're especially worried about keeping your graveyard intact, then check out my Lich Lord Zur, which is a reanimation build. I've got a listing of combinations in the description you might find useful.

The_Mike on PillowChesa

1 month ago

Cards I would recommend adding if you want to support your pillowfort theme.

  • Koskun Falls Does exactly what you want to do with not exactly a back breaking downside.

  • Delaying Shield Nobody can take away your monarch token and lets you mitigate damage. (Also handy for negating massive fireballs for a turn.)

  • Smoke Can be good against green rampers and go-wide strategies. Also will make people to think twice before running over your Marchesa with quantity since they'll be open for a longer time and have much more difficulty to come get the monarch token next time.

  • Tainted AEther Keeps the creatures low, keeps the threats low, keeps everyone wanting to kill you high. Great way to lock boardstate in your favour after a boardwipe.

  • Marchesa's Decree and Hissing Miasma You want to nibble your opponents as much as you can while making them hesitate harming you if you plan to win while pillowforting. This does both and so either deters would-be attackers or makes finishing the game with Debt to the Deathless or the like easier.

  • Aurification It's good. Doesn't spare you from lethal but at least saves you from random chunks of damage.

  • Windborn Muse Redundancy, another Ghostly Prison

  • Gideon's Intervention and [Nevermore] Naming opposing commanders is just so backbreaking against some decks and buys you a lot time (and a lot hate from the player). Other than that you can name common threats to your board like Cyclonic Rift and Merciless Eviction. Another card with similar effect on board is Prison Term, which lets you to put opposition into sort of a Nevermore state as they hit the field.

  • Island Sanctuary Basically a budget friendly mash-up of Moat and Solitary Confinement

  • Vow Cycle of Vow of Duty, Vow of Lightning, Vow of Malice Works double duty. Why bother removing opposing creatures if you make them work for you and even be happy about it? Deals with offensive threats while nibbling opposing life totals. Orzhov Advokist also could work the same way in practice, but is less reliable though stronger when it works.

  • Soul Snare "If you attack me, I will kill your creature" is not an empty threat anymore, also counts towards your enchantment mass making cards like --Sphere of Safety and Open the Vaults more valuable. If this doesn't make big threats look at another direction then nothing will.

Well then. Since the commander herself fixes your needs of juice, the next question is: what do you stall for? (Was that a Hamilton reference?) After the long and satisfying grind of EDH, you want to finally claim the prize and call it a game. There's a few ways to go about it, but I'd recommend picking at least 6 - 10 cards which enables you to win the game when played right. In addition to what you have now I'd recommend one or two more.

  • X Equals Win the Game: In addition to Debt to the Deathless, other good X spells to add would be Exsanguinate or Torment of Hailfire, of which the latter is usually better but the first always consistent.

  • Not this turn, but maybe the next: Felidar Sovereign should net you a win when opposing resources to stop you are running thin. Or at least burn a removal spell.

More mass removal. They can't hit you if they have no creatures, and you really don't care about your own all too much. Two more of any "destroy all creatures" spells would work wonders.

As you are running on a budget here, we can't afford expensive allstars that win games basically no matter what deck you are playing. THUS we have to compensate by making our deck consistent, efficient and precise in what it does - in it's theme (Pillows, taxes and enchantments) - so the cards have more power than the total of their sum. Cards I'd cut:

  • Ancient Craving Good if we need explosiveness... which we don't. In EDH value this is basically 4 mana 3 life draw 1.

  • Read the Bones Draw 2 isn't anything to write home about in EDH either, basically draw 2/3th of a card for 3 mana. Marchesa nets you the cards over time, and you aren't in any rush.

  • Starfield of Nyx Would be good if you could protect your enchantments from the "creature" status as they get easier to spot and wipe remove. The recursion is amazing, but it wont matter when everything bows up, along with the starfield.

  • Price of Knowledge It's strong if it gets to hit the field, but not strong enough to compensate for the cost. It doesn't help us in 2 of the 3 themes of the deck but on the contrary draws hate with slow pay-off.

  • Bloodgift Demon Rather than having multiple ways to draw 1, focusing on pillowforting and keeping the monarch token to yourself would add consistency. A body is nice, but also a liability and lack of synergy with the rest of the deck.

  • Kambal, Consul of Allocation It's good at what it does, but we do not necessarily want to do that. It always universaly and equally hates on everyone, drawing hate towards you when our idea is to keep us away from the harm. Draining is nice, as long as it doesn't also drain our goals.

  • Sidisi, Undead Vizier Again, really good at what it does, but we need more space for cards that we need to do exactly what we want to do.

  • Void Winnower Strong, but really expensive for non-ramp deck and draws hate to us. Not the strong we must have.

  • Elixir of Immortality When a deck functions as planned and has multiple ways to win even if some get discarded to graveyard, you should be able to win before decking out.

  • Skullclamp Strong... but not the strong we must have.

  • Staff of Nin We have our economy covered as long as we are able to sustain monarchy.

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