Timely Reinforcements


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

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Set Rarity
2012 Core Set (M12) Uncommon

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Timely Reinforcements


If you have less life than an opponent, you gain 6 life. If you control fewer creatures than an opponent, put 3 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens onto the battlefield.

Timely Reinforcements Discussion

heckproof on Whir Prison

4 days ago

Any deck that runs Time Sieve in a Thopter-Sword combo is alright in my book! This deck looks sweet!

If you get around to making a sideboard, I’d recommend Timely Reinforcements . It’s super good at helping you survive the early game

ersatz_olorin on Poly'Torn (RUG)

1 week ago

Play the long game because you need to have a backup plan, because although t3 Emrakul basically wins you the game, it does not actually win the game. There is a very high chance that you just win on the spot, but Emrakul can be interacted with and then the deck pretty much does nothing, whereas in a more controlling shell, you could grind them out with man lands and burn. If I were to splash a color, it'd be white because of cards like Timely Reinforcements giving you great game against aggressive decks, as well as Lightning Helix giving the burn plan more credence. It also gives you access to the best SB cards in Modern.

TL:DR I don't think an unhasted uncasted t3 Emrakul is powerful enough of a payoff to warrant an all in combo shell, however, I think the compact nature of the combo lends it to being a powerful tool in a slower deck.

lagotripha on Speed issue in new deck

3 weeks ago

Having had a look, I'd personally be looking at that green splash with Firespout and Beast Within , but Jeskai can work. Timely Reinforcements will cover for a multitude of sins.

If you are looking seriously at legion's landing, I'd look at a Promise of Bunrei / Intangible Virtue backup plan.

xtechnetia on Seasons' Approach: How the seasons go by...

4 weeks ago

This is the coolest shell I've seen yet for Approach of the Second Sun . Thank you for sharing this.

Some potential improvements:

  • If someone uses an extraction effect like Lost Legacy or Unmoored Ego on your Approach, you literally have no way to win the game. I would have one alternate win con in the sideboard. Conveniently, Mastermind's Acquisition permits you to directly tutor whatever's in your sideboard...
  • You have a lot of fog effects to blank aggro, but control and combo tend to care less about those. I'd suggest maybe replacing a couple with Duress (or sideboard them, all depends on what you usually play against).
  • If it's not out of budget range, I would suggest Timely Reinforcements . It's better than Renewed Faith as it usually gives you a bunch of chump blockers.
  • Instead of Repel the Abominable , Dawn Charm could possibly work against burn. The second mode isn't really relevant for your deck, but the third mode directly counters a Bolt or similar (it also counters targeted discard effects, lol), and it still provides a fog effect in the first mode if that's what's needed.

audr3y on Jaceless ESPER control

3 months ago

My main "problem" (i actually win most games) is that i often hang around on low life (hence the mainboard Timely Reinforcements ). Might fix that in two ways: new target for attacks AND the + life :>

Sorry about the souls, i must've misread. For me, they do so much that they alone justify the black. But, i do have the cards ^^

The_Fallen_Duke on Bant Tokens

3 months ago

If your main strategy is flooding the board with tokens, I think a more suitable planeswalker could be Elspeth, Sun's Champion, who can also act as a board-wipe for larger creatures while leaving your tokens unaffected. If she wasn't available, other versions of Elspeth or even Gideon, Ally of Zendikar could also be a big help here.

A good enchantment you can add could be Parallel Lives, which does pretty much the same as Anointed Procession. Of course a great addition would be Doubling Season, but it's a rather expensive card, so you might want to wait and see how much you'd like to invest in this deck first.

Cheaper token producing spells you may want to consider could be Raise the Alarm, Spectral Procession and Timely Reinforcements. A good card that can played at any point of the game is also Secure the Wastes.

Dorotheus on UW Thing Control Deck

4 months ago

Deck is honestly fine especially for starting out. You look like you did a reasonable amount of research into the direction you want to go.

So somethings, even on a budget- 4th Cryptic Command is a must. You need a sideboard, you seem like you're all ready to have a competitive deck, sideboards and options are what make a deck competitive. I think one of the fun things in modern is learning how to play the deck and exploring options, with that in mind Hieroglyphic Illumination, Dream Eater, Jace, Unraveler of Secrets, Detention Sphereand Timely Reinforcements will probably end up not staying around the mainboard (unless your meta has lot of fast aggro damaging decks for Timely), and while they were just reprinted Celestial Colonnade is probably the first major change you should try and make to add to the deck, then Flooded Strand. Lands increase consistency, and just help you figure out stuff later.

I hope that helps or gives your some validation to what you already knew or were looking for.

ArchonBlue on Modern Azcanta Control

4 months ago

Have you thought about swapping the mainboard Timely Reinforcements for a third copy of Jace, the Mind Sculptor?

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