Spear of Heliod


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
MTGO 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
Theros (THS) Rare

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Spear of Heliod

Legendary Enchantment Artifact

Creatures you control get +1/+1

1WW, T: Destroy target creature that dealt damage to you this turn.

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Spear of Heliod Discussion

Firebird on For the love of Angels

2 hours ago

So, speaking as an Angel fanatic who refuses to give up on the idea of a Modern-competitive Angel-themed deck, there are a few things you have to consider. One is that your CMC is far too high. You'll be killed while having a hand full of cards you're still turns away from casting. You don't have near enough removal, or things you can do early in the game.

First thing you'll probably have to do is come to terms with having some non-Angels in there. I had to, but it doesn't have to break the theme. Thalia, Guardian of Thraben is a servant of the church of Avacyn, and in general a holy warrior, and fits the theme. She's great for slowing up decks, trades well early on, and helps buy you time to bring out the big guns. Knight of the White Orchid is great, as you've seen, and combos well with Emancipation Angel.

Here are a few general thoughts, and I hope they help.


This needs to be changed a ton. Some are redundant, most are too expensive and don't do enough to compete.

  • Herald of War: This card doesn't do much, although you'd think it'd be helpful. It's a 5-drop, though, so by the time it comes online, you can already cast all the stuff you'd want it to speed up for you. For the same price you could have out Baneslayer Angel or put out something cheaper but generally more effective, like Angel of Jubilation.

  • Most of your creatures are too expensive and don't do enough. Even Platinum Angel at most stalls out until it can be removed, which is pretty easy to do. I'd ditch that one, and almost all the others. Even my favorite creature in all of Magic: Avacyn, Angel of Hope.

  • Start by looking at mana costs. If you don't have a 1 CMC creature, then you need at least 2-drops. So start with probably at least 3 (I run 4) Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. Knight of the White Orchid is also good, and if not that, something that disrupts your opponent like Grand Abolisher. Good blockers like low-cost Knights and Soldiers help hold the line until you need to bring out the big guns.

  • Emancipation Angel has a bit of a drawback associated with coming out, but this can be a strength when teamed up with Knight of the White Orchid. She's a 3/3 flyer for 3 mana.

  • Archangel of Tithes does a lot of work. Tough creature, makes it difficult to attack into you, or block. Especially good if you can get her vigilance with something like Brave the Sands or the like.

  • Angel of Jubilation is pretty amazing. Prevents some strategies while buffing your creatures to win battles. Also, that art is unbelievable.

  • Linvala, Keeper of Silence is also pretty nice. Good body for the cost and she can also shut down some decks almost completely. My Elves hate her, for instance.

  • For your top end, don't bother with going past 5 CMC, generally. Baneslayer Angel is pretty strong, but so is Sigarda, Host of Herons. You could also use Sigarda, Heron's Grace if you're going with more Humans for your low-level guys.


These can all go. Most are too expensive to put out and equip, and Angels tend to be pretty strong. They don't need many buffs. Your low-level guys could use them, but you'd be better served by putting out more creatures, or having more removal or defensive spells. Spear of Heliod isn't bad, but it's expensive and requires the creature to have done its job of bringing you closer to loss before you can do anything about it.

If you're intent on equipment, the various Swords work, and I'm a fan of Sword of the Animist, which helps you get lands out. I don't know that I'd bother with most of this, though.


Armored Ascension isn't bad if you can get it off, but I'd probably rather just run more Ghostly Prisons or the like. I'm not a big fan of expensive Auras because you can easily get 2-for-1'd trying to put one on. Brave the Sands isn't bad if you have a lot of cheap creatures, especially if they have first strike. For the same cost, Dawn Charm also has a lot of real useful modes.


You need far more removal. Path to Exile is a must. You could also put in Leonin Arbiter to help stuff their ability to benefit from Path or fetches. I'd run 4 Path, for sure. Any number of defensive spells can be good, like Brave the Elements for blocking or swinging through blockers, or Authority of the Consuls to slow down aggro and get you a fair bit of life.

Board sweeps are nice, and if you go GW, Heroic Intervention can help protect your own creatures from them or turn a combat into a complete rout. Settle the Wreckage has a similar drawback to Path, but a lot of Modern decks run few basics, and even if they get a few lands out of it, an entire attacking force being exiled is absolutely crippling. It also combines well with Leonin Arbiter. They could attack all-in, get exiled, and then be wide open to your counterattack. Do that once or twice and soon your opponents will think twice if you have cards in hand and untapped lands. Wrath of God is also great.

At least in the sideboard, Leyline of Sanctity is also amazing. Great devotion if it starts on the field, and when it's good, there's nothing better. Shuts down a lot of discard, burn has a hell of a time with it (especially if their creatures can't get past yours), even mill and general black staples like Thoughtseize get hosed by it.

Final Comments

Take a look at various Modern lists of what the best white spells are. Consider opening up to white/green, which solves a lot of mono-white's issues. Run more removal. Definitely run more low-cost creatures, and stabilize the higher-level lineup. You want more on the low side to help you buy time to bring out a Baneslayer or Angel of Jubilation to help you land a decisive attack. Some sweeps can help you control the board state.

If all else fails, surprise 'em with Mana Tithe. No one expects Mana Tithe. :P

Good luck!

TwelveOpossum on tiny leader ayli

11 hours ago

Hi this is Derek.

Okay here's the obvious weak links:Deadeye Harpooner: Fine card, probably would be better as something like Fiend Hunter, though (there's a combo with Ayli).Disciple of the Vault: I think your artifact theme is a lil light.Encampment Keeper: If you want an anthem, you are probably better off with a legit lord or non-creature anthem effect. If you want to go the lord route, you'd probably need to go more tribal. Also there's definitely other 1 CMC monstros that would give you some boost.Master Trinketer: Probably a bit too slow. Fine card, though.Solemn Recruit: Little off the main goals of the deck. Good card, though - maybe also consider Mirran Crusader if you want this kind of lad?Battle at the Bridge: Definitely would need stronger artifact theme for this to be actively good. It's fine, it's just not actively good. One potential option is Profane Command?Chaplain's Blessing: This sort of lifegain tends to be bad. Maybe consider a triggered source? Depending on budget, Sword of War and Peace seems good. Sylvok Lifestaff too. Even Inspiring Cleric from Innistrad (which also gives you a body for Ayli).Shadows of the Past: Seems okay but maybe something a little cheaper for a powerful effect? Spirit Bonds might be sick here.Decomission: I think there's probably better alternatives for artifact/enchantment destruction.

Obvious omissions:Lingering Souls is INSANE.If you want to go the token route, you may want to consider anthems (Spear of Heliod, Glorious Anthem, Mirror Entity, Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit), as well as other powerful token makers (Secure the Wastes, Sword of Body and Mind, Brimaz, King of Oreskos, Monastery Mentor).For removal, consider sweepers (Slaughter the Strong, Forced March, Black Sun's Zenith, Retribution of the Meek) as well as the really strong point removal (Path to Exile, Swords to Plowshares) and the really cheap removal that's considerably worse (Vendetta, Smother, Ulcerate) and the more flexible removal that can hit everything (Vindicate, Anguished Unmaking).

Mother of Runes is sick.Sacrifice outlets have a few obvious combos in Fiend Hunter, Mesmeric Fiend and Tidehollow Sculler.Orzhov Signet is good.Card draw is good. There's not a lot of good card draw in BW. I would suggest Skeletal Scrying or maybe Damnable Pact.Finally, gots to have some way to interact with graveyards (people DEFINITELY use them in the format). Bojuka Bog is the standard. People often rock Tormod's Crypt and Relic of Progenitus too.For mana base, maybe Orzhov Guildgate, Scoured Barrens and Forsaken Sanctuary as well as Caves of Koilos and Orzhov Basilica (a sick combo with Bojuka Bog). More expensive options are Godless Shrine, Isolated Chapel and Shambling Vent.

Karns_Pyromancer on Arahbo EDH

6 days ago

Alright, so Arahbo isn't all that great with loads of artifacts. Arahbo is a tribal general,so play into that theme a bit more.You really should run more creatures and ramp, I think. Your land count is fine, maybe even high. You've got 4 ramp spells and 3 Rocks.

Artifacts: I'd trim a few to get just rocks (You're running 3) and good equipment. Things to keep would be Sword of the Animist, Boots/Greaves, Bloodforged Battle-Axe and Heirloom blade. You want things which provide advantage beyond combat and are useful on any creature. I'd suggest Selesnya Signet, Commander's Sphere, Selesnya Cluestone and Mind Stone as they provide ramp and late game draw. Pillar of Origins is also an option. As for the maybeboard, I'd add only Thaumatic Compass  Flip and Vanquisher's Banner.

Creatures: This is one of those weird tribes where they have options, but not enough. I think Felidar Sovereign and Regal Caracal are great for you. I also like Mirror Entity and Chameleon Colossus. If there're any clones or things like Polyraptor you can use, I'd suggest looking into it.

Enchantments: Authority and Sigarda's Aid aren't that great here. Aid wants to be in a Sram or Balan deck, Authority wants a different format. I'm not sold on Zendikar's Resurgence either. I've limited experience with it outside of discarding it. I'd suggest running Quest for Renewal as I think you're aggressive enough for it. Growing Rites and Overwhelming Splendor are fine here, I think. I'd also suggest Growing Ranks, Beastmaster Ascension and anthem effects like Gaea's Anthem, True Conviction, Spear of Heliod, Collective Blessing, so on and so forth.

Instants: I think you're fine here. Settle the Wreckage and Selesnya Charm could be nice.

Planeswalkers: Ajani, Caller of the Pride could be fun. Ajani, Mentor of Heroes and Ajani, Valiant Protector also have uses here.

Sorceries: I don't think the maybeboard options are any good for you. Overrun is a oneshot anthem, and Appeal to Authority is a meh combat trick. I also dislike Harvest Season, Hunter's Prowess, Soul's Majesty and Rout. You should consider Sylvan Scrying, Wrath of God, Rishkar's Expertise, and stuff like Primal Command, Dromoka's Command, Righteous Confluence, Verdant Confluence, Crib Swap, etc. You really want versatility and some removal.

Feel free to test and play around with these or other cards. Don't feel like you need to cut something that's working just because I say so.

Fr0sty11 on Mono white soldier deck! Make ...

1 week ago


What 3 drops do you think are least important and I should remove to add suggested cards.?

Spear of Heliod

Field Marshal

Thalia, Heretic Cathar

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Jimmy_Chinchila on Weeping Angels: Don’t Blink!

2 weeks ago

Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Myriad Landscape, Return to Dust, Oblation, Comeuppance, Pearl Medallion, Spear of Heliod are some more really good support cards in mono-white.

Looks like a fun build, +1

DrukenReaps on Heliod (MWC)

2 weeks ago

Some thoughts on lower CMC stuff to include: Spear of Heliod, Grand Abolisher, Archetype of Courage, Frontline Medic, Aegis of the Gods, Eight-and-a-Half-Tails, Godsend, Luminarch Ascension.

Mana: Land Tax, Knight of the White Orchid, Weathered Wayfarer, Oreskos Explorer, Pearl Medallion

Draw: Mesa Enchantress

Life: Blind Obedience, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, Suture Priest, Auriok Champion

Hope some of this is useful, I'm fairly sure I didn't recommend anything you already have... My bad if I did.

S1ayerMonkey on Marchesa-sama

1 month ago

Hey I noticed your comment that you got skipped.

You might want to consider removing the random stuff and focusing on your pillowfort more. Example: Skyline Despot. This is a great card, but if you don't want other players to focus on you then getting a free 5/5 flyer every turn may not be the best idea.

If you want to be a pest, I recommend playing cards like Banisher Priest, Pacifism, Spear of Heliod, Ghostly Prison, and No Mercy. These come at the expense of being sorcery speed.

Also, perhaps consider making deathtouch a theme. Whip of Erebos and Necrobite work well depending on your intent.

Another way to annoy is to have regenerative cards that just won't die. The only two off the top of my head are Gravecrawler and Scrapheap Scrounger, but there are hundreds of others.

Good luck and hope I helped.

raefgall on Selvala's Chargers

1 month ago

Overall breakdown:

The first thing that stands out is that the ratios for this deck lean very heavily towards single use, non-repeatable effects. There should probably be a bit more land (I'd aim for at least 36 or so), and a few of the cheap fetch lands would go a long way. While you have some token generators, some additional creatures would probably help as well. Think of it this way: late in the game with no cards in hand, how big of an impact will the card have? If you can include a card with more than one use, the chances go up.

TL;DR I would cut some of the limited focus instants and sorceries for some additional land and some creatures/artifacts that still move towards your theme.

Some Suggestions on what to add:

Land: Bant Panorama, Krosan Verge, Naya Panorama, Evolving Wilds, Myriad Landscape, Terramorphic Expanse (6)

Creatures: Acidic Slime, Reclamation Sage, Karametra, God of Harvests, Dauntless Escort, Loxodon Hierarch (5)

Instant: Beast Within, Blunt the Assault, Selesnya Charm, Sylvan Reclamation (4)

Enchantment: Beastmaster Ascension, Song of the Dryads (2)

Artifact: Selesnya Signet, Selesnya Cluestone, Spear of Heliod (3)

My suggestions on what to remove:

Sorcery: Deconstruct, Dosan's Oldest Chant, Journey of Discovery, Overwhelm, Rampant Growth, Revive, Stomp and Howl (7)

Instant: Nourish, Predator's Strike, Restrain, Ruthless Instincts, Soothing Balm, Titanic Growth, Wax/Wane (7)

Land: 1 Forest, 1 Plains (2)

Enchantment: Arrest, Cho-Manno's Blessing, Street Savvy (2)

Creatures: Vine Trellis, Viridian Emissary (2)

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