Spectra Ward


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Magic 2015 (M15) Rare

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Spectra Ward

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from all colors. This effect doesn't remove Auras. (It can't be blocked, targeted, or dealt damage by anything that's white, blue, black, red, or green.)

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Spectra Ward Discussion

Bezter on Kaalia's Kitchen Table

2 days ago

Looking nice so far!! Here are some suggestions from my experience, fellow Kaalia player :)

As far as creatures go, pretty much just play the ones you like!

Some less-budget suggestions: Master of Cruelties, pretty much instant kill if they have no blockers. Rune-Scarred Demon, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, Aurelia, the Warleader, Lord of the Void, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Gisela, the Broken Blade. Those are some of my favorites. A little heavier on the budget but super fun!

Mid-budget options: Ob Nixilis, Unshackled, Platinum Angel, Anya, Merciless Angel, Mana-Charged Dragon, Rakdos, Lord of Riots, Angel of Despair, Mother of Runes, Deathless Angel, Hellkite Tyrant, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, Blinding Angel, Overseer of the Damned, Akroma, Angel of Fury.

More budget-friendly options: Angel of Serenity, Angelic Arbiter, Indulgent Tormentor, Reya Dawnbringer, Harvester of Souls, Bloodgift Demon, Exquisite Archangel, Herald of the Host (For multiplayer), Angelic Skirmisher, Bruna, the Fading Light (to pair with Gisela), Seraph of the Sword, Guardian of the Gateless.

There are obviously numerous options as far as creatures go. Those are a couple of mine. But don't go off just what other people say- if you don't like the feel of killing someone outright with Master of Cruelties, don't get him! If you want to play a little more defensive you can run Seraph of the Sword and Guardian of the Gateless or something! Just play what you want to! :)

You may want to stay away from enchantment Auras, as they can get 2-for-1ed pretty easily. Gift of Immortality is great though, as it can come back to the field. Maybe opt for equipments instead, such as Fireshrieker in place of Battle Mastery and Prowler's Helm (which I see you have) or Whispersilk Cloak, which has the added benefit of shroud. Spectra Ward is a pretty good Aura, as it gives protection from all colors, making whichever creature (supposedly Kaalia) free to attack and block, without taking any damage. But again if someone plays Day of Judgment, it'll get 2-for-1ed.

Not really sure about the curses. I personally probably wouldn't run them, but they seem fun!

Dragon Tempest is a good include. Give all your fliers haste!

That being said you might want to not have too many at all. Mainly equipment to protect Kaalia, like Lightning Greaves, Swiftfoot Boots, and Mask of Avacyn or equipment of the like.

You definitely want ramp, and I see you have some. The appropriate signets, Commander's Sphere, Darksteel Ingot, probably the cluestones (They can draw you cards, which is usually more useful than getting a small creature until end of turn, as with the keyrunes).

You have quite a bit of removal which can be good! Sometimes you can have too much though, and that is occasionally my problem. You have some good target removal and a couple good board wipes. I have Earthquake in my deck, although I haven't found it super useful yet. Merciless Eviction, Hallowed Burial, Planar Cleansing, akroma's wrath, Fumigate, and maybe even Torment of Hailfire are good. But as with creatures, there are tons of options for board wipes.
Land bases can be pretty rough to figure out, not to mention expensive. Going super budget, obviously the guildgates, lifegain lands (Scoured Barrens, etc.), bounce lands (Boros Garrison, etc.), other dual lands (Forsaken Sanctuary, etc.). All the basics. Other useful, cheap lands include Exotic Orchard, Rupture Spire, and the pain lands like Caves of Koilos and Battlefield Forge.

If you're going to spend a little more, the check lands like Clifftop Retreat and Dragonskull Summit are great. Scry lands such as Temple of Malice and be very useful. Obviously fetchlands and shocklands are good, but not friendly to the budget at all. I don't think they're worth it sometimes. But everything is up to you! :)

Hopefully these suggestions help! I've said it a lot, but play whatever you think will be the most fun for you! Good luck in the building process- I'll be following along to see how it goes! :)

discipleofgary73 on Justice, At Any Cost | Sigarda Enchantress Voltron

6 days ago

Another tutor option if you randomly need it could be Academy Rector, but without a reliable way to get him off like Animal Boneyard, probably not worth the time. There's also Time of Need and Chord of Calling.
Land Tax is great for ramp, though I'm sure it's already been recommended. Primal Growth is also an option, as is Traverse the Ulvenwald
Spectra Ward is nice, though the cost is probably prohibitive for this deck. Speaking of costs, Herald of the Pantheon could help, though the build wouldn't leverage it that well. If against high defense that Sigarda can't break, Bonds of Mortality could be another option besides the exile you already run.
If against high destruction, there's always Karmic Justice, but that probably will never be necessary in duel. Another possible bit of extra insurance, is Greater Auramancy. I know you mentioned countering as a concern. Prowling Serpopard might be a good response.
Only other thing that comes to mind is Nature's Will
Really nice deck!

hecklefeckle on Commander 2018 Precon - Enchanting Asendancy

1 week ago


I was considering most of those, and had some of them in as well. I'm a bit wary of adding the tutors, especially Three Dreams - could be too powerful. Same deal with the likes of Spectra Ward, as Bruna is already hella good and has evasion. I'll put in the land and probably Cyclonic Rift as well, at least.

Thanks for the feedback!

Shirkhan92 on Commander 2018 Precon - Enchanting Asendancy

1 week ago

Would love to match up against this deck with one of mine :D

Some suggestions that would fit if you want to go deeper into the aura theme:

and Glacial Fortress (Since you can have up to 2 Rare Lands)

a must-have for blue decks:- Cyclonic Rift

I have a Azorius Deck too, but I focused more on the blink-theme

RazortoothMtg on Old, Hidden Gems in EDH

3 weeks ago

Pledge of Loyalty > Spectra Ward? Woah dude.

I've always wanted to play Hibernation's End, but usually the only creatures I play are Mana Dorks or Big Timmy Bombs.

Asmodeus_82 on Brago, king flicker

1 month ago

Ok well your best bets for closing out the game are going wide with tokens and maybe a few anthem effects or going combo for combo or you can always Voltron with Brago. I did forget to mention Voltron.

For a while I used to run Sovereigns of Lost Alara to get Eldrazi Conscription which does work but usually if I pulled it off I would kill one player and then someone would stop me so I cut from mine, but sticking some aura's on Brago and swinging a few times while no-one can do anything does the trick. If you decide to try out Voltron style check out Heliod's Pilgrim as well. You can actually develop a pretty legit little package for it as there are quite a few good Aura's in U/W and some with good ETB's as well.There are a few aura's you can run that will both help to protect Brago and buff him to make him a decent clock like Spectra Ward.

LeoSushi on Ramos the Voltron Spellslinger

1 month ago

Debt to the Deathless is yet another huge bomb, the biggest problem with your deck that I see, is a high curve, and not vary much ramp.

Ramp cards I like to color fix (that you aren't running) are: Shard Convergence, Kodama's Reach, Cultivate, Coalition Relic, Prismatic Geoscope, Bloom Tender, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Yavimaya Elder

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is a good way to get more counters, Sovereigns of Lost Alara can be quite useful if you add a couple more auras, for example: Spirit Mantle, Indestructibility, Spectra Ward, Unquestioned Authority, and Holy Mantle are all great aura's that you should add, maybe even add the new Bloodforged Battle-Axe

GeminiSpartanX on Bruna. Win.

2 months ago

QKNARWHAL- I used to run Alexi's Cloak as a pseudo-counter to targeted removal the turn I play Bruna. However, I didn't like how I couldn't equip Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots on the same turn if I used it and was then weak to sorcery-speed boardwipes. If I get to my attack phase, I've found Spectra Ward to be enough protection from targeted removal that also gives a nice p/t boost. I'm not sure that Diplomatic Immunity gives me anything more than the cloak would since most players target the bigger enchantments with their removal anyway in my experience, or they have mass bounce or permanent-wipes to hit all enchantments anyway.

Boseiju, Cavern, Fow, and Pact would all make the cut if I had any extras to spare (or any period for some of them!). Pact especially would be great in this deck since the turn I cast Bruna is usually the turn I have the least mana available to protect her. I have a set of Caverns that I swap between Modern elves and slivers, so I could swap a copy in here for certain if I come across another control deck.

I'm unsure if the card disadvantage from Chrome Mox would be worth the ramp in a multiplayer game. I know it's great 1v1, but it always seems like someone is good at destroying artifacts/enchants in the pods I play in. If you have experience otherwise, let me know and I'll consider it since I have a copy.

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