Test of Endurance


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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Test of Endurance


At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have 50 or more life, you win the game.

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Test of Endurance Discussion

Tappyy on It Takes Tuvasa to Tango

4 days ago

scottrox666: Thanks, I’m trying my best!

Approach of the Second Sun is rough in this deck for two main reasons. The first is that it’s really expensive. While we do run ramp cards, we are not very effective at ramping up in the grand scheme. It is easily castable off of Serra's Sanctum, but if we have a boardstate with 7 Enchantments in play, it’s probably a game winning boardstate anyway.

The same problem comes with using Omniscience. It certainly can win off of it, but if we manage to resolve Omniscience, we can probably win that turn anyway, regardless of having Approach.

But by all means, brew! I am not any authority, and have not played many Commander games! I just like to think about things in theory. There are several fun ways you could include “win the game” cards in a deck like this. A life gain package with cards like Essence Warden and Soul Warden can enable wins off of several cards in Bant, like Felidar Sovereign and Test of Endurance. Even Celestial Convergence can immediately win you the game if you have a Solemnity in play!

Approach is a really cool card though. I’m probably going to brew a Yennet, Cryptic Sovereign deck next, and that will no doubt run Approach!

canplayallday06 on Ally Aggro Deck

6 days ago

I love this deck, i am playing a slower white black version with a lot of life draining cards such as Drana's Emissary and Kalastria Healer I am also using Talus Paladin for more life gain in addition to Ondu Cleric I think you should add Test of Endurance

Neibdm on Oloro's circus of lifegain and related tricks

1 week ago

Have you considered Aetherflux Reservoir or other cards that really weaponize the lifegain from Oloro?

Some others that came to mind (that use life gain as a win condition) were Triskaidekaphobia, Felidar Sovereign, and Test of Endurance

What do you think?

BrettonTheKid on Two ETB's on the stack ...

3 weeks ago

Kogarashi is correct, you must have the life at the start of the Upkeep in order to win with Felidar Soverign or Test of Endurance. We had a judge settle this a few months back with an Oloro player.

Neotrup on Two ETB's on the stack ...

3 weeks ago

Both Felidar Soverign and Test of Endurance use an 'intervening if' clause. When the trigger condition is met (your upkeep starting), if the clause is met, it is put on the stack, if the clause is not met (having too little life), it is not put on the stack. When the ability resolves, it checks the clause again, if your life total is too low at this point, the ability will do nothing.

TL;DR - Test of Endurance requires you to have 50 life when your upkeep starts, you can't gain life in your upkeep to make it trigger.

Kogarashi on Two ETB's on the stack ...

3 weeks ago

While Test of Endurance's rulings aren't clear, Felidar Sovereign has a ruling that leads me to believe that the lifegain trigger during the upkeep wouldn't work.

8/25/2015: Felidar Sovereign's triggered ability checks to see if you have 40 or more life as your upkeep begins. If you don't, the ability won't trigger at all. If you do, the ability will check again as it tries to resolve. If you don't have 40 or more life at that time, the ability won't do anything.

So at the start of your opponent's upkeep, Test of Endurance wouldn't see 50 life yet, so the ability wouldn't trigger at all, even though the lifegain trigger would subsequently bump him up to 50.

kamelyan on Kinda budget Ayli

1 month ago

Test of Endurance is another alternate win condition, and it is harder to remove that Felidar Sovereign. Approach of the Second Sun works, too.

Crested Sunmare works well with Soul Warden and Sunscorch Regent.

But if you're going with sacrificing creatures, I'd say run Dictate of Erebos or Grave Pact.

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