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Introducing Noble: the Format





Welcome, everyone, to the world's first deck built in the Noble Format. Read on for an explanation of this great and affordable format!

What is the Noble format?
At its core, it is a hybrid of the Peasant and the EDH/Commander formats. Contrary to its name, Noble is designed for less-than-affluent players who have great ideas but don't have the money to buy a deck loaded with top-tier cards. Rather, it is designed for people who have a few good 1-ofs, but don't have enough money to fund ridiculous $500 decks. The general idea is to build around a favorite card, a bright spot in your collection, or just a card that you have a great idea for. But the idea is also to let budget builders have a chance to shine.

Sounds interesting. How does it work?
Thank you for asking, disembodied voice. First of all, let's talk about...

Deck Construction
Noble decks may include:

  1. One rare or mythic rare card. This is your Noble card. The Noble card must be rare or mythic rare.
  2. Up to four uncommon cards. These may be any combination of uncommons. For example you may run four 1-ofs, or you may run 4x Lightning Greaves if that's your thing.
  3. The remaining cards must be common cards only.

Regarding rarity, each card's effective rarity is based on the lowest-rarity printing of that card. For example, Oblivion Ring is considered common even though it was printed as uncommon in the Magic 2012 Core Set. Furthermore, a card like Serra Angel that was printed as a rare at one time cannot be used as your Noble card because its lowest rarity printing was uncommon.

Noble is an eternal format, but it can exist in any of the non-eternal formats like Standard or Modern.

Beyond these rules, deck construction is the same as traditional deck construction. Specifically, there is a 60-card minimum, and this includes your 1 rare/mythic, up to 4 uncommons, and 55+ commons.

Sideboarding is optional. You may choose to build a sideboard of up to 15 cards. Any cards contained in your sideboard count towards your overall rarity quotas. For example, if you choose to run 1x Path to Exile in your sideboard, you may only have up to 3 other uncommons anywhere in your deck. No rares or mythic rares are allowed in the sideboard, since only your Noble card is allowed to be rare or mythic rare.

Okay, now how do I play?
Separate your Noble card from the rest of your cards and set it aside. Much like the EDH format, your Noble card begins face down in the Command Zone, where it cannot be interacted with. You may look at your Noble card at any time, and you may cast your Noble card at any time allowed by the standard game rules.

Your Noble card may be cast from the Command Zone as though it were in your hand, and any abilities of your Noble card may be activated from the Command Zone as if the card were in your hand (for example: Suspend, Forecast, Ninjutsu).

Once your Noble card has been cast, it is treated as a normal card, and it cannot be returned to the Command Zone.

Beyond these rules, the game proceeds as any normal game of Magic would. You draw seven cards, mulligan, yadda yadda yadda.

I want a printable version of this information.
Good guy Crivaro made this wonderful PDF for your printing pleasure: Noble Rules v1.00

No no no, I want a printable version of the rules.
Wonderful dude mafteechr translated the rules of the format into a calculating and precise set of comprehensive rules designed as a supplement to the Official Comprehensive rules. Download the supplement here: Comprehensive Noble Rules

Noble Variant Comprehensive Rules:

100. Noble

100.1. In the Noble variant, each deck features a rare or mythic rare card as that deck's Noble card. The Noble variant uses all the normal rules for a Magic game, with the following additions.

100.2. Each deck has a card with the rare or mythic rare rarity designated as its Noble card. This designation is not a characteristic of the object represented by the card; rather, it is an attribute of the card itself.

100.3. Each Noble deck is subject to the following deck construction rules.

100.3a Each deck must contain a minimum of sixty cards, including its Noble card. There is no maximum deck size; however, you must be able to shuffle your deck with no assistance.

100.3b If a player wishes to use a sideboard, it must contain exactly fifteen cards.

100.3c With the exception of basic land cards, a player's combined deck and sideboard may not contain more than four of any individual card, counted by its English card title equivalent. All cards named Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest are basic.

100.3d A player's combined deck and sideboard must contain exactly one card with either a rare or mythic rare rarity. This card is designated as the deck's Noble card.

100.3e A player's combined deck and sideboard may contain up to four cards with the uncommon rarity.

100.3f The remainder of a player's combined deck and sideboard must only contain cards with the common rarity and basic land cards.

100.4. At the start of the game, each player puts his or her Noble card from his or her deck face down into the command zone. Then each player shuffles the remaining cards of his or her deck so that the cards are in a random order. Those cards become the player's library.

100.5. A player may look at his or her Noble card at any time.

100.6. A player may cast his or her Noble card from the command zone whenever he or she would be able to normally cast their Noble card.

Example: A player's Noble card is Snapcaster Mage. That player may cast Snapcaster Mage from the command zone during his or her opponent's end step, since Snapcaster Mage has flash.

100.6a If a Noble card has the keyword Suspend, then that player may suspend the card from the command zone.

There has to be a Banned List, right?
That's right. Any healthy format requires a banned list, and being an Eternal format with insane combo potential, the list is a bit long. The following cards are Banned in this format:

This list will be updated as new sets release and as cards are "broken". Top decks in this format are expected to win around turn 4. Broken decks that win consistently before turn 4 may demand a ban. If you have reason to disagree with a ban decision, please leave a post below with your reasoning and we will consider updating the list.

What about these questions that I have that may or may not be Frequent?
Q: Do I have to build my deck based on the color identity of my Noble card?
A: No, you may build your deck using any colors.

Q: Why use the Command Zone? Why not just shuffle the Noble card into your library and draw it normally?
A: It wouldn't be much fun to lose if your opponent got their super-powered Noble card in their opening hand while yours waited on the bottom of your library. To take some of the luck out of the equation, the card is available for use from the beginning of the game.

Q: Why doesn't the Noble card go back to the Command Zone if it is destroyed/exiled?
A: Rares and Mythic rares typically have a much higher power level than commons, which make up the bulk of a Noble Deck. Instead of leading to attrition wars based on who has their Noble on the field the most, we felt that it was appropriate to let the Noble card act normally if destroyed or exiled. This allows for graveyard strategies to exist, and doesn't neuter your Disentombs. It also incentivises you to think about this interaction and include graveyard hate like Relic of Progenitus as necessary.

Q: Why is it called the "Noble" format?
A: Well, there's Pauper, which is the lowest of the socioeconomic classes. Then there is Peasant, which is the next step up. A Peasant was a person who worked the land, usually as a farmer. The peasant rented the land from the owner, the Noble, which is sort of the next socioeconomic class up. Now, a Noble is not technically the next socioeconomic class above Peasant, "Yeoman" is. A Yeoman is basically a free Peasant, one who owns their own land. Clearly, "Yeoman" is a terrible name for a format, so "Noble" is the choice!

Q:Does Command Tower produce mana of the color(s) of my Noble Card?
A: While Command Tower is legal in this format, since there is no "Commander", the land does not produce any mana when tapped.

Q:Is there a Noble website yet?
A: It is in the works. Keep an eye on http://www.noblemtg.com over the coming weeks.

Q: How can I find other Noble decks?
A: Use TappedOut's advanced search feature. Noble decks sorted by date updated. Or, Noble decks sorted by score.

Q: Anything else I need to know?
A: Yeah. Make a deck, and leave it in the comments below!

Big thanks to these guys who helped get the format started: Minousmancer, Crivaro, KorApprentice

Revision History
- 1.11 04/23/2012: Added Crivaro's summary PDF, added mafteechr's comprehensive rules PDF. Updated FAQ.
- 1.10 04/14/2012: Changed format from "5-turn-win" to "4-turn-win".
- 1.04 04/11/2012: Removed Mana Drain and Worldgorger Dragon from the banned list. Added Fluctuator and Glimpse of Nature to the banned list. Edited rules to allow abilities on the Noble Card (eg Suspend, Ninjutsu, Forecast) to be played as if it were in your hand.
- 1.03 04/09/2012: Added Phyrexian Dreadnought and Pyromancer Ascension to the banned list.
- 1.02 04/08/2012: Removed Bloodchief Ascension from banned list. Added Mindcrank to banned list.
- 1.01 04/07/2012: Added Bloodchief Ascension, Ad Nauseam, Splinter Twin, Elemental Mastery, and Strip Mine to the banned list. Updated rules to allow cards with "Suspend" to be cast from the Command Zone. Updated rules to remove references to "Noble Zone", using the Command Zone instead.
- 1.00 04/04/2012: Original rules written, original banned list in place.

The world's first Noble Deck: Noble Avenger

Gideon's Avenger

A cheap dude who we can build around, and who can finish off opponents who aren't careful.


Alluring Siren
Your opponent has an annoying dude? Force feed him to the Avenger.

Loxodon Warhammer
A good way to gain a million life when you attack with the Avenger.

Infiltration Lens
Once the Avenger gets big, let's face it, they want to block him. Get the advantage!

Swiftfoot Boots
Obvious protection for the Avenger.

Commons: Lots of tapping power to make the avenger huge. First strikers for defense or offensive evasion. Haunted Fengraf to return the Avenger if he dies. Blue in the side to bring control to the second and third matches.

$6.70 + $2.59 shipping = $9.29 Total Cost (@ TCGPlayer after cart optimization)

Okay, so I admit this decklist might be pretty bad, but I hope it shows a bit of the flavor possible in this new format! Most of all, thank you for taking the time to read this and for making TappedOut the best MtG community!



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graft says... #3

Okay, I purged all of the old comments so that our browsers don't give up on rendering the page anymore. Sorry for the lack of context to these replies. Please read the rules and FAQ above before posting!

@KorApprentice: We'll keep the 7-card starting hand size then. In addition to my previous reason for this (mana should be the limiting factor, not cards), starting with a 6-card hand makes for difficult mulligans because almost no one would be willing to use a land as their Noble.

@squire1 : You're right, Mana DrainMTG Card: Mana Drain doesn't need to be banned. I've removed it from the banned list. Like Kor said previously Sol RingMTG Card: Sol Ring provides too ridiculous acceleration and opens up turn 1 winds. Strip MineMTG Card: Strip Mine was banned because it would be nearly impossible to deal with if Crucible of WorldsMTG Card: Crucible of Worlds was the Noble, but I would reconsider if there is a counter-strategy that I've overlooked. What does everyone think of unbanning Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk? Is it too easy to abuse with cards like Mystic RetrievalMTG Card: Mystic Retrieval, Izzet ChronarchMTG Card: Izzet Chronarch, Izzet GuildmageMTG Card: Izzet Guildmage, Mnemonic WallMTG Card: Mnemonic Wall, etc? Or should it be un-banned too?

@DamenPulse: I'm definitely creating a website. Crivaro has already created some awesome graphics for the site. Either me or squire1 should be able to code it up fairly quickly. Just looking for a good web host right now. I'll keep you in mind if I have anything that we need help with. Thanks for taking this to your local store, let us know how it goes!

@Lectrys: Since Chrome MoxMTG Card: Chrome Mox is a rare it's a bit less useful than it is in other formats, but if you think of a deck that can completely abuse it to win before turn 5, please let me know. For GriselbrandMTG Card: Griselbrand I'm taking a wait-and-see approach. Since he costs 7 it would take a ton of Dark RitualMTG Card: Dark Rituals and Cabal RitualMTG Card: Cabal Rituals to dump him early, but I can see him being broken.

As good as Past in FlamesMTG Card: Past in Flames is, I'm starting to wonder if I should ban cards like Lotus PetalMTG Card: Lotus Petal and Rite of FlameMTG Card: Rite of Flame instead. That way, Past in FlamesMTG Card: Past in Flames can stick around and I might be able to unban some other cards like Pyromancer AscensionMTG Card: Pyromancer Ascension and Pyromancer's SwathMTG Card: Pyromancer's Swath. Thoughts?

As for red burn cards being too fast, they aren't operating in a vacuum and there are plenty of ways to stabilize against RDW-types, even with commons. Until this format is stabilized a bit I think I have to leave RDW alone, though I recognize its strength.


April 11, 2012 3:34 p.m.

graft says... #4

@mandroid: I don't like the idea of treating the Noble card as if it were in your hand. Mainly, my reasoning is that targeted discard, especially 1 CMC discard (ThoughtseizeMTG Card: Thoughtseize, DespiseMTG Card: Despise, Inquisition of KozilekMTG Card: Inquisition of Kozilek, DuressMTG Card: Duress, etc) would become far too overpowered. With ThoughtseizeMTG Card: Thoughtseize in particular, paying 2 life to rip your opponent's plans to shreds is unfair.

Blazing ShoalMTG Card: Blazing Shoal is good but is it really over-the-top? Just about every color has counter-strategies to it. Seal of FireMTG Card: Seal of Fire is particularly brutal against this deck. On the other hand, the deck just sucks to play against and I don't think it would be missed. Thoughts?

@Crivaro: Thanks to squire1 and yeaGO! for their support and for making Noble a selectable format! These guys rock! yeaGO! gave me permissions to edit the format, so I'll get the banned list in place ASAP.

I like the ability to be able to play your Noble card from the Command Zone as if it were in your hand. I already had a suspend-specific ruling, but I think a broader rule makes sense. I am going to re-write that rule to allow your Noble to be played as if it were in your hand (but discard can't target it). I don't like the ability for the player to choose where their Noble starts -- it opens up too many insane graveyard strategies (Retrace, Dredge), and I'd have to write rules about which zone it is allowed to start in (not in play, for example). Overall it is a good idea, but I think it's one that should be left out of the official ruling. If casual players agree to do this, I have no problem with that.

@blink: Good call on Glimpse of NatureMTG Card: Glimpse of Nature. It is now banned.

@TristanTaylorsVoice: "This is a really cool idea, especially for new players to get started. They can take their rare and their new pile of cards and make something meaningful out of it. I appreciate someone making a cool format for casual play when people can't afford commander decks or just started." -- This was exactly what I intended from the format. Thanks for the recognition!


April 11, 2012 3:35 p.m.

graft says... #5

@rrmaclac: Regarding the restriction of 1 rare/4 uncommons, it's to restrict power level and foster creativity, as well as to sharply limit the cost of any given deck. Upping the number of allowed rares/uncommons can certainly be fun for some players, but if you've been following the conversation in this thread you can see that many cards have already been "broken" allowing wins in turns 1-3. Allowing any number more of rares/uncommons would likely cause many more cards to need to be banned for power level reasons.

The choice to allow any kind of card to be the noble card is to avoid unnecessary restrictions and foster more creative strategies.

@l0ki: I personally wanted to avoid having both a restricted list and a banned list to avoid unnecessary confusion, particularly amongst new players. However if the community agrees with creating a separate restricted list I would certainly change the rule. Thoughts?

I banned the moxes because of the free acceleration they provide, worried that storm decks and many combo decks would abuse them too easily. Is this the wrong call?

I agree to remove Worldgorger DragonMTG Card: Worldgorger Dragon from the banned list. It's legal now.

@theonyc: Unfortunately Haakon, Stromgald ScourgeMTG Card: Haakon, Stromgald Scourge is currently unplayable in this format. Sorry!

@Conphas: Great idea to make a rules PDF! We'll start working on one after the rules and bannings have settled down a bit.

@Minousmancer: I don't think anyone who just got here is going to read all 300+ comments , so I don't think they'll be missed too terribly much. I've tried to address issues in the rules, and I'm updating the FAQ a bit.... man, after all of those comments I need a beer! Thanks again everyone, you are great!

April 11, 2012 3:35 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #6

Missed my deck on the list: deck:noble-confusion

April 11, 2012 3:43 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #7

You are welcome, i was thinking by the way about the Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala and Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds Combo, all you do is give pilla palla something like Hermetic StudyMTG Card: Hermetic Study and, um, win lol. Pretty over powered, I'll build a deck to show.

April 11, 2012 3:55 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #8

April 11, 2012 3:56 p.m.

tojacamo says... #9

just dropping in to add a degenerate combo


April 11, 2012 3:57 p.m.

mandroid says... #10


That won't work, training grounds doesn't make anything free. Currently trying to work out a combo with TG and Izzet Guildmage, here's the beta build:

Training Grounds Noble

This seems pretty not broken. It requires like 4 pieces to kill and one of them is a creature. Because it aims to use ramp to fuel infinite mana it's hard to combo off over an opponent's answer - essentially you have enough mana to combo over or you don't, but the fact that rituals are used means that there's a critical window where responses are possible.

Note that it's not tuned or anything yet, it needs ritual ramping.

About Lotus Petal:

Most of the decks I've built so far to try to break open a kill under turn 5 have abused Lotus Petal:

Training Grounds Noble

Countertop Noble (this one soft-locks, not kills)

Blazing fast Infect Noble

I would say that if you can ban Lotus Petal and unban other cards as a result that would be a better ban choice according to my personal philosophy: ban as few cards as possible while trying to attain maximum affect from the ban.

Also if you want help on the coding site I know a bit about mysql and php and html and whatnot if you need someone to build database queries or whatever else.

April 11, 2012 4:54 p.m.

vishnarg says... #11

Hey I helped this format too! Anyway I definitely think Mana DrainMTG Card: Mana Drain should be banned, it's just completely against the spirit of the format!

April 11, 2012 4:59 p.m.

mandroid says... #12

How so? The only thing I see potentially problematic with it is the fact that it's an amazing hard counter and ramp in the same card, so it's probably overpowered. Honestly, this is so much stronger than the next best uncommon counter RemandMTG Card: Remand, and Remand is amazing.

April 11, 2012 5:01 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #13

Actually mandroid what it does is it makes his untap ability (which adds a mana) cost one mana. Adding the "tap to deal damage" makes this happen: Tap deal a damage, pay one to untap (float that mana), then tap it to deal another damage use the floating mana to untap adding another mana. This combo is truly infinite.

April 11, 2012 5:04 p.m.

RickyRoper says... #14

@vishnarg and mandroid, the thing about mana drain, is that it is not completely overpowered (at least in this format) where the amount of ramp it gives in a blue deck will not be as usefull, as say having an isochron scepter with which you may imprint counterspell or something. if anything the scepter is broken.

April 11, 2012 5:07 p.m.

mandroid says... #15

Ah, I see now, thanks for clarifying that. How fast does that come out consistently? Seems quick but difficult to find and stick the pieces.

Ultimately, I think that both of these combo decks aren't consistent enough to warrent a banning - they rely on one specific creature that has to stick, and with the plethora of quality removal and counterspells I really don't see this becoming something that's an out of control rollercoaster.

April 11, 2012 5:09 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #16

I'm actually seeing mill as viable in this format and I'm loving it. Counterspell for their noble and uncommoner and go to milling.

April 11, 2012 6:02 p.m.

RickyRoper says... #17

Hey guys, just brewed up a (very) new concept of green elf aggro. currently debating between running ant queen, primordial hydra, or ezuri for my noble. What do you guys think?http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/primordial-hydra-and-friends/

April 11, 2012 6:14 p.m.

Chamale says... #18

We might need to reconsider whether it's reasonable to make this a "turn-5 format". Unless we want to ban every Lightning BoltMTG Card: Lightning Bolt variant, we need to accept the fact that burn decks clock out around turn 4. Similar, pauper Storm decks can make it happen around turns 3 or 4 most of the time. Unless we see combo decks killing consistently on turn 3, I think we should start playing our best Noble decks against each other.

April 11, 2012 6:34 p.m.

Lectrys says... #19

I suspect that in a developed Noble meta, Mental MisstepMTG Card: Mental Misstep would be nuts. It taunts Burn and Storm, which I predict will be pretty close to Tier 1 unless they get hit by a variety of bans.

At least Mental Misstep is an uncommon, which means it's competing with RemandMTG Card: Remand, Force of WillMTG Card: Force of Will, and Spell SnareMTG Card: Spell Snare for the counterspell slot.

I don't think Misstep should be banned, though. It'll merely become a very good card.

April 11, 2012 6:38 p.m.

rjg110 says... #20

I'm going to try making a noble deck

April 11, 2012 7:56 p.m.

rjg110 says... #21

I'm going to try making a noble deck

April 11, 2012 7:56 p.m.

Zarum says... #22

MBI: Noble Style

just made =)

April 11, 2012 8:14 p.m.

rjg110 says... #23

Ok I Tried And I Failed So Dam

April 12, 2012 3:08 a.m.

Crivaro says... #24

Is Phyrexian DreadnoughtMTG Card: Phyrexian Dreadnought really worth banning? I mean: If you use him, you can't use StifleMTG Card: Stifle, Illusionary MaskMTG Card: Illusionary Mask, TrickbindMTG Card: Trickbind, and even stuff like Torpor OrbMTG Card: Torpor Orb which would render him rather unplayable. I think the banning is unnecessary, or do I miss anything?

April 12, 2012 3:35 a.m.

Crivaro says... #25

After updating the rules, I'm going to make a tiny little PDF Version 1.00. I can update this any time, don't feel bound by that =)

April 12, 2012 3:38 a.m.

Crivaro says... #26

Ah, something btw: I love how Noble evolves it's own archetypes even at this point! I can see how Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds and Blazing ShoalMTG Card: Blazing Shoal could become decks to beat. And even nicer is the fact that decks to beat are creature-heavy. To me it sounds like a format where everything is playable without focusing to much on control-elements and things. Maybe they are combo-heavier than other formats (is it, really?) but there are easy solutions for every problem. Just an opinion based on a thought.

April 12, 2012 3:43 a.m.

KorApprentice says... #27

April 12, 2012 3:50 a.m.

Crivaro says... #28

Totally forgot about phasing and you posting the deck. Thanks KorApprentice, you are right!

April 12, 2012 3:57 a.m.

worldwander1 says... #29

Could you use a Planeswalker card for this format?

April 12, 2012 4:33 a.m.

Crivaro says... #30

@worldwander1: I think yes.

Aaaaaand here we go! The Rules for NOBLE as *.PDF v1.00.If there are any Problems, let me know!


April 12, 2012 4:49 a.m.

Jarrod_0067 says... #31

April 12, 2012 8:18 a.m.

Conphas says... #32

@Crivaro: Awesome! thanks for doing it. looks good and will hopefully get some attention at the shop.

April 12, 2012 8:22 a.m.

graft says... #33

Okay everyone, let's sit down (metaphorically of course) and put our minds together. When we started Noble, we decided to aim to make it a "5-turn format", where the best decks win on turn 5. This was to create a game where both players feel like they were active participants and had a chance to interact with the game. Over the past week, we've seen many cards become broken allowing for turn 1-4 wins, and this has led to a large banned list.

We're starting to feel that the banned list is too large. After all, no one wants to think of a great idea for a deck just to have it blocked by a banned list.

We could partially counteract this by making the format a "4-turn format". This would allow us to unban certain cards such as Splinter TwinMTG Card: Splinter Twin and Jace, the Mind SculptorMTG Card: Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Moreover it would allow us to not ban several other cards. Personally, I feel that making Noble a 4-turn format is the right decision at this point. It still allows each player time to enact strategies and interact with their opponent, and it will make for a more manageable banned list.

It may even be necessary to go a step further and make it a "3-turn format", which I am not a fan of but it may simply be the correct choice given the number of strategies that can win on turn 3.

Please let us know what you think! Thanks to KorApprentice and Chamale for their insight on this matter. Thanks to the rest of you for your support!

April 12, 2012 9:11 a.m.

graft says... #34

Crivaro, that PDF is awesome. You are an awesome dude!

April 12, 2012 9:13 a.m.

mandroid says... #35

graft - turn 4 is reasonable. IMO we should bend to what the format determines is the correct kill turn. If monored burn dictates through lightning bolt variants that turn 4 is dead, then we shouldn't be banning all of the LB variants just to enforce this predetermined notion that turn 5 is the kill threshold. In reality, MRB will probably not kill on turn 4 consistently, as most people will gladly trade removal for Goblin Guide, and there are counterspells, disruption, etc. This doesn't mean that Splinter Twin necessarily needs unbanning however - if the deck is so strong that other decks have a hard time interacting with it and stopping the combo it may still need the banhammer unless you're okay with a little bit of format warping (it probably wouldn't be much, just MRB being honest and including Flame SlashMTG Card: Flame Slash and forcing black decks to main 2-3 more copies of Doom BladeMTG Card: Doom Blade)

Also, have another look at my BS deck, I made a couple of comments regarding the power level and history of BS decks in multiple formats.

April 12, 2012 9:35 a.m.

mandroid says... #36

Derp, Flame Slash won't help MRB against the twin - its a sorcery and standard splinter twin play is to EOT the flash critter

April 12, 2012 9:37 a.m.

Jarrod_0067 says... #37

Maybe you could allow the reduction of cards/deck to 40 minimum allowing for a higher chance of drawing your bomb cards for combos?

April 12, 2012 9:52 a.m.

mandroid says... #38

40 cards would seriously increase the consistency of many combo decks, including my BS infect. Without the need for the cycling cards main that deck isn't nearly as weak against burn strategies. Also that idea helps aggro & control strategies much less than combo, as they get no real benefit from having less cards in their decks.

What this format doesn't need is more support for combo, combo decks already have made an incredible showing in decks built by people hoping to break open the format.

April 12, 2012 10:27 a.m.

Crivaro says... #39

And here we go for a new Noble based on Earwig SquadMTG Card: Earwig Squad. Yes, you heard right! Look out for it here: deck:squad-15-noble

April 12, 2012 10:35 a.m.

Conphas says... #40

I'd say keep the ban list light for now. The format is young, so burying it in cards that can't be played seems counterproductive. If that means turn-4 finish then so be it.

April 12, 2012 10:40 a.m.

mandroid says... #41

Again about mana drain: Sure, not that great. I didn't want an Ulamog's Crusher on turn 4 or a Mulldrifter for U anyways.

About the Scepter: It's almost certainly broken. Free LB every turn? Sure. Even something innocuous like Gitaxian Probe turns into a monster on the Scepter, drawing tons of cards. This thing is probably format-warping at the very least. I dunno about banning though, seems about on the same power level as decks which insist on storming out on turns 3-5. This will probably just help what I see as a future standard in this format: maining 2-3 Disenchant effects. So many Nobles so far have been enchantments/artifacts that it's nuts. Since they're usually hard to remove since decks don't main Disenchant effects usually I can see that fact pushing most decks towards maining a couple, and those effects will definitely be standard sideboard material - many decks will probably funciton at less than optimal playing capacity if their Noble is dead to Naturalize

April 12, 2012 10:41 a.m.

Minousmancer says... #42

Example/reason why forty cards would be a bust:

Take this deck: deck:pauper-chastic-flow, now let's make it forty cards...

4xBrimstone VolleyMTG Card: Brimstone Volley, 4xShockMTG Card: Shock, 4xIncinerateMTG Card: Incinerate, 4xLightning BoltMTG Card: Lightning Bolt, 3xPyretic RitualMTG Card: Pyretic Ritual, 2xArc TrailMTG Card: Arc Trail, 13xMountainMTG Card: Mountain, 2xGlacial ChasmMTG Card: Glacial Chasm, 3xExpedition MapMTG Card: Expedition Map, 1xEon HubMTG Card: Eon Hub. -

Unless your neck was solid Blue with 4xCounterspellMTG Card: Counterspell, 4xForce of WillMTG Card: Force of Wills, 4xFoilMTG Card: Foil, 4xDispelMTG Card: Dispel then some sort of 'Mill'ing option you're more than likely going to lose, all the decks would most likely focus on burn and the field/meta would become stagnant.

April 12, 2012 11:21 a.m.

Nazsmith says... #43


Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds and Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala do work... See, Training grounds makes Pila Pala's effect to untap one colorless, and when you DO untap it with its untap effect, it MAKES one color, which is reused to UNTAP pila-pala infintely, and as i said, it's broken....

April 12, 2012 11:34 a.m.

mandroid says... #44

WOW, what a beating. That combo is nuts, and exactly why I stated that stuff like Bramblecrush will become staples of the format.

Also, this is done: Training Grounds Noble

Not meant to be broken, just a reasonable combo deck. If anyone has suggestions which put this one over teh top plz tell me or just post a decklist which would warrent the banning of TG, or Izzet Guildmage potentially (only if there's another degenerate combo using him, which I haven't found yet)

April 12, 2012 11:49 a.m.

Nazsmith says... #45

Here it is, Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala being broken with Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds and either Hermetic StudyMTG Card: Hermetic Study or Lavamancer's SkillMTG Card: Lavamancer's Skill one turn three for the WIN: deck:noble-pili-pala

April 12, 2012 11:53 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #46

And its decks like those where I like my mill deck lol. Milling for 12 turn 2 is very possibe.

April 12, 2012 11:56 a.m.

mandroid says... #47

Is mill even strong enough here? What turn do you usually mill someone out assuming you're just solo testing? Ultimately Tome Scour is 5/60 cards, or 1/12 their deck. LB for the same CMC takes out 1/7 of their life, so I'm skeptical about the ability of mill to kill someone who isn't playing Loam.

April 12, 2012 12:03 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #48

Hedton crab with fetch lands

April 12, 2012 12:04 p.m.

mandroid says... #49

Make that TS = 5/53 cards, which is a little under 10% of their library, compared to LB, which is about 14% of their life total.

Ultimately, you'll probably lose in a straight race against Mono-red burn most of the time.

April 12, 2012 12:04 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #50

Hedron crab sorry.. autocorrect is kicking my ass

April 12, 2012 12:06 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #51

mandroid, that is why mill is backed up by countermagic and bounce. Have you ever played a dedicated mill deck? Mill is indeed a viable strategy with the right deck, in any format.

April 12, 2012 12:06 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #52

deck:noble-confusion is mine.

April 12, 2012 12:10 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #53

Darn, my latest deck:noble-pili-pala deck is consideered being banned

April 12, 2012 12:29 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #54

LOL, i did preform my job for the day: Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds = Ban Hammer... lol, there is nothing better to feel then to kill every one elses dream of using traing grounds to win :P

April 12, 2012 12:37 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #55

I did it with. Bloodcrank

April 12, 2012 12:42 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #56

The only other option would be to ban both Izzet GuildmageMTG Card: Izzet Guildmage and Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala. Would that be more agreeable? I really wouldn't want to make the ban list much larger than it is, especially considering that we are trying to shorten it.

April 12, 2012 12:43 p.m.

Crivaro says... #57

I think the real problem is Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds. Izzet and Pili are just 2 things you can abuse with it, but I'm sure there is more out there (which would also be banned, and so on). Too bad, I really like Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds. But: The dream isn't dead. Everyone loves this things can win turn 4 with HeartstoneMTG Card: Heartstone.

April 12, 2012 12:50 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #58

Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds has like eleven combos for infinite Mana...

April 12, 2012 12:56 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #59

Ew, HeartstoneMTG Card: Heartstone works for opponents too. Though yes, that will most likely be the go-to for Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds fans. And it makes the Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala combo much more fair, so you can always use that Nazsmith.

April 12, 2012 12:58 p.m.

mandroid says... #60

Honestly, if there are literally 11 combos for infinite mana then TG defenitely has to go. I was suggeusting the Guildmage because I know for a fact that there are other ways to go infinite with it besides TG (dunno how fast tho).

April 12, 2012 1:10 p.m.

Crivaro says... #61

But an x/2-creature is very easy to handle for every deck. The guildmage shouldn't be a problem. He really isn't broken IMO.

April 12, 2012 1:16 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #62

Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds is usually turn 4 to 5 though you can tweek that the best one(if I remember correctly) is turn 6 but it not only gives you infinite Mana it gives you cumulative infinite Mana...

April 12, 2012 1:23 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #63

Minousmancer, Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds is a turn 3 win. Turn 1, Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds, turn 2 Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala, turn 3 Power of FireMTG Card: Power of Fire and win. The other way; turn 1, Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds, turn 2 Izzet GuildmageMTG Card: Izzet Guildmage, turn 3 ManamorphoseMTG Card: Manamorphose and win. That is far too broken.

April 12, 2012 1:31 p.m.

worldwander1 says... #64

Hey folk, check out my deck, deck:noble-nature-1.

April 12, 2012 1:50 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #65

I said 'usually' out of the dozen or so combos with it, most any combo can be boosted to work turn 2-3.

KorApprentice I wasn't saying it shouldn't be banned I was saying, "Yes this is a powerful card it can do so many crazy things".

April 12, 2012 1:57 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #66

Yeah, I apologize for misunderstanding that, I can see your point now.

April 12, 2012 2:01 p.m.

worldwander1 says... #67

Okay, the other deck was off-format, so I deleted it and made this one instead: deck:noble-call.

April 12, 2012 2:27 p.m.

worldwander1 says... #68

Sorry to double post, but that is not my best deck.This is just an odd format. Gonna research, then rebuild.

April 12, 2012 2:32 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #69

Take a look at some of my Noble decks if you want to look at competitive decks in the format. Though, about 5 of those decks are banned, so familiarize yourself with the Ban List above before you start building. You can find a list of Noble decks in comment #1 and 2 above!

April 12, 2012 2:36 p.m.

Crivaro says... #70

Did some additional work on this: deck:mean-squad-15-noble

April 12, 2012 2:40 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #71

hey, i heard that pili pala and training grounds is now BANNED from legacy, lol, am i being B.S.'ed?

April 12, 2012 2:57 p.m.

worldwander1 says... #72

Noble Arcanity

Now THIS is one I can be proud of.I am just thinking that I need more big spells.

April 12, 2012 3:27 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #73

I need some help on my Main Noble deck: LAND NOBLE.. I found a card that replaced Explosive VegetationMTG Card: Explosive Vegetation (Skyshroud ClaimMTG Card: Skyshroud Claim) and now I'm trying to find a replacement Uncommon lol

April 12, 2012 3:58 p.m.

mandroid says... #74

@ Nazsmith:

Unless this isn't current TG isn't banned in legacy:


About the turn 3 TG wins: They all rely on an X/2 creature so far (and those creatures don't have functional reprints to go to 8 copies of the combo enabler). Is that really too much for decks in the format to handle? Red black and blue all have efficient answers for it at 1 or 2, and white has arrest/O-ring at 3. I dunno, I think it's worth considering that since each deck only has 4 copies of the creature that it might be acceptable to keep in the format.

April 12, 2012 4:23 p.m.

KorApprentice says... #75

I will admit that I am jumping the gun a little bit here. You are definitely right that it should be playtested against other decks to really decide. I think it will not be necessary to ban Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds given that it is quite vulnerable to removal. Thanks mandroid, your insight here has been very helpful!

April 12, 2012 4:32 p.m.

mandroid says... #76

If you want to test it against a RDW we can dig one out of the decklist and give it a whirl in Magic Workstation.

April 12, 2012 5:01 p.m.

theonyc says... #77

this might have already been done but a "forum" for noble, specifically for good commons: http://tappedout.net/mtg-forum/general/good-noble-commons/ (sorry i don't know how to do the link for forums)

April 12, 2012 6:21 p.m.

mandroid says... #78

This is in beta: Noble Titan

Basically ramp to the titan then get whatever suits your game plan. Haunted Fengraf + Cloudpost is my personal ETB trigger choice, but 2 Cloudpost is good too. If he gets to attack, 2 Teetering Peeks can really take a chunck out of their life total, and if he gets Exiled, then you can just continue wrecking havok with Fanning the Flames. Note that this deck is somewhat weak against counter-heavy decks as it kind of goes all-in on the titan.

April 12, 2012 7:08 p.m.

Agbu says... #79

Here's mine: deck:the-noble-gutter-thallid.

April 12, 2012 7:14 p.m.

Agbu says... #80

Correction: Here's the correct link... The Noble Thallid

April 12, 2012 7:29 p.m.

mandroid says... #81

Nother beta: Noble Fruition

April 12, 2012 7:33 p.m.

Zarum says... #82

Radiant Noble


April 12, 2012 8:39 p.m.

mandroid says... #83

Also attempted a build on Earwig Squad:

Noble Earwig Squad

April 12, 2012 9:15 p.m.

Teifling says... #84

Here's my contribution. I've had little time to test, but its fun. Noble Izzet (prototype)

April 12, 2012 9:34 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #85

This game 'type' keeps changing so fast according to the certain combos that take place in here that it really is quite amazing that everyone is keeping up, lol, this is what i call a really community...

April 12, 2012 10:31 p.m.

STG says... #86

Surprised no-one has done this yet. Heres my possibly broken deck:

Noble Melira

April 12, 2012 10:37 p.m.

montazum10 says... #87


Heres an honest, non-broken spider deck that can get the beats in one way or another.

April 12, 2012 10:42 p.m.

Nazsmith says... #88

HAHA! I'll keep trying to make the Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala combo work on turn three dam it, here's my latest take: Noble Heart

April 12, 2012 10:56 p.m.

mandroid says... #89

I mean, it works on turn three fine, just not consistently. It's actually arguably more consistent than plenty of other ones because one combo piece is colorless. The problem here is you have to play 3 pieces, so it's super hard to get it out on turn 3 if you don't have all the pieces initially.

April 12, 2012 11:12 p.m.

mandroid says... #90

Update! Noble Titan

Turn 3 Titan is now a go. 10 1CMC ramp with 10 2CMC ramp - who knew Noble could be so broken?!

He fetches fun stuff like:

2 Teetering Peeks for a 10-point swing (may move this to 4 if it's strong enough, pretty consistent turn 5 kill)!4 Haunted Fengraf to recur him should he die4 Cloudpost-family lands to ensure that your Fanning the FlamesMTG Card: Fanning the Flames is big enough to outright kill opponents1 Bojuka Bog to hate on the yard as early as turn 3!

I think this is probably a Tier 2 deck due to lack of disruption. Combo decks just ignore you while control decks laugh at your ramp, and aggro probably doesn't even notice what you're doing, they're drooling over the topdeck possibilities when you haven't interacted with them by turn 3. At least the Titan can fetch a little lifegain, can't say the same for disruption...

April 13, 2012 12:52 a.m.

mandroid says... #91

One more idea: Why not make Command Tower work with the Noble to help out multicolor decks? There are no good multicolor lands which don't CIPT at common - this would give the format an interesting shot in the arm, but may be too good as it favors stuff like this beta I'm working on:

Edric, Spymaster of Trest Noble

April 13, 2012 2:42 a.m.

Minousmancer says... #92

mandroid where does it say you can't use Command TowerMTG Card: Command Tower?

April 13, 2012 4:16 a.m.

mandroid says... #93

There is no Commander in this format.

Here is the relevant ruling taken from above:

"Deck ConstructionNoble decks may include:

One rare or mythic rare card. This is your Noble card.

The Noble card must be rare or mythic rare."

And then the FAQ above:

"Q:Does Command Tower produce mana of the color(s) of my Noble Card?

A: While Command Tower is legal in this format, since there is no "Commander", the land does not produce any mana when tapped."

My argument for making that a workable land is that it would diversify the format and make more good decks that were being held down by the horrible nonbasics that are at common viable and competitive.

The best counterargument I can think of is that card costs between 1 & 4 dollars, and since this is designed top-down to be a casual format where people don't have to spend tons of dough, making that card legal would stratify the player base into those who could play every deck since they can buy Command Tower and those who are stuck playing decks that are viable without playing command tower for whatever reason (monocolored, splashed Noble, etc...)

Kind of ironically, the cards which are good here also do well in competitive decks in multiple formats, and can sometimes pump the price up a little (You want FOW? you'll be paying a lot), but it's defenitely contained by the fact that there's only 4 uncommons allowed, so it's only the really old commons which are worth lots.

April 13, 2012 4:39 a.m.

Minousmancer says... #94

I know it wouldn't do anything but you could still play it. The way it is set up now is simple, it works and if you need more than basic land to produce mana? There are tons of artifacts, creatures, and there is still always the Shimmering GrottoMTG Card: Shimmering Grotto option.

April 13, 2012 4:56 a.m.

vishnarg says... #95

I don't think you should be allowed to use Edric or Animar or any of the commander set guys. They were made for commander, so if you want to use them, go play EDH. Here we take some legendary creatures, but mostly other rares, like enchantments or artifacts or creatures.

April 13, 2012 6:24 a.m.

Conphas says... #96

Another beat down deck that will be fun but probably lose a lot.

Noble of the Wild

April 13, 2012 7:25 a.m.

mandroid says... #97

"I don't think you should be allowed to use Edric or Animar or any of the commander set guys. They were made for commander, so if you want to use them, go play EDH. Here we take some legendary creatures, but mostly other rares, like enchantments or artifacts or creatures."

Hey good for you, but they're legal in eternal formats where you have access to the plethora of sets available. That means it's legal here too. It's not broken, so it's not banned, and you don't have to play against my Edric deck if you don't want to. I'm going to play what I want when I want, and I'm going to build whatever I want to appease the designer inside of me.

Here's the list of formats Edric is legal in to give you a little reference to his power level:

LegacyVintageFreeformPrismaticTribal Wars LegacyClassicSingleton 100Commander

April 13, 2012 11:53 a.m.

mandroid says... #98

"I know it wouldn't do anything but you could still play it. The way it is set up now is simple, it works and if you need more than basic land to produce mana? There are tons of artifacts, .creatures, and there is still always the Shimmering Grotto option."

As has been talked about often in the theory of Cube design - the decks which are hurt the most by the lack of good non-basic lands are actually aggro decks. It forces them into one color with maybe a splash in order to play their spells on time. Control isn't impacted as much because their spells are generally powerful enough that it doesn't hurt too much to take a turn off to ramp/fix with a signet. You're getting that turn back when you launch a 4CMC spell on turn 3. Making Command Tower work would help aggro more than other archetypes. As is, sure you can play it, but it makes no mana, so it literally does nothing. Relevant ruling taken from the Command Tower Gatherer page.

In formats other than Commander, Command Tower's ability produces no mana.

April 13, 2012 11:57 a.m.

KorApprentice says... #99

Yes, all of the commander set rares are legal as your Noble. No, Command TowerMTG Card: Command Tower will not produce mana.

April 13, 2012 12:21 p.m.

mandroid says... #100

Holy crap, I just looked at that PDF Crivaro, that is awesome!!! Great job man, I can't wait to see the art for the site!

About the talk about the ban list getting too long: If this format takes off I wouldn't be surprised if it's ban list is the longest in any format. Most of the reason is the combination of the consistency of the Noble: You always have access to your Noble, so your crucial combo piece, your amazing enabler, even if it's just the best card in your deck, it's always there GTG. In the case of some it's nearly impossible to stop the Noble under certain conditions (See my Loam and Gargadon decks).

Also the difference between this and EDH in regards to the consistency of Noble/Commander is that these decks are allowed 4 ofs in a 60 card deck and EDH is singletons to prevent too bad of shenanigans.

April 13, 2012 1:43 p.m.

mandroid says... #101

Also if you have a 1 drop Noble you're getting an impressive benefit which didn't occur to me at first of being able to not play any 1 drops if they don't stand up to the 2 drops available to you. Since 2 drops are generally stronger, you're getting a stronger draw all game.

April 13, 2012 1:45 p.m.

mandroid says... #102

I wish we could edit old posts, sorry to drag out this thread guys, it's why we need to get the forum up and going.

Training Grounds Noble.dec 2.0

Muddle the mixture now tutors for every piece of my combo.

4 Rolling Thunder to hurt aggro while buying time to find the pieces

1 Pyromantics to slide by control after I build infinite mana

4 lotus petal + 4 simian spirit guide for fast mana

4 probe + 3 Street Wraith for burning through the deck.

Turn 3 kill on a good draw, probably more often turn 4-6 combo kill, but if all your pieces aren't there in time you can wrath with Rolling Thunder to buy a little time to get the last pieces for a 6-8 kill (probably won't happen too often).

April 13, 2012 2:36 p.m.

Jarrod_0067 says... #103

April 13, 2012 2:39 p.m.

QuentinD says... #104

Sorry if this has been asked before, but why don't you add a rule that says:

If your Noble is killed it is sent back to the command zone, although next time you play it, 1 colorless mana is added to its cost. If your Noble is exiled it is removed from the game permanently unless a card says otherwise.

Also, Naya Noble

April 14, 2012 1:40 a.m.

mandroid says... #105

Basically that's not a rule to stop the Noble from dominating the game. The idea is that the Noble will still make a huge splash in the game because it's usually the best card in the deck, but it can be removed as any other. It highlights the power of the commons really, while not constraining decks to be relegated to just support for the Noble.

April 14, 2012 2:13 a.m.

QuentinD says... #106

Ok, i was just wondering, although, maybe if this becomes a real MTG format, Wizards will make a Noble set and have a card that allows you to bring back your killed Noble. I mean, just a thought.

April 14, 2012 2:26 a.m.

BrokenZygoma says... #107

Rakdos Noble Just finished it. Came together way better than I expected.

April 14, 2012 2:28 a.m.

Crivaro says... #108

It started as fun... deck:walk-for-two-15-noble!? A Tibalt-FB-Deck.

April 14, 2012 7:33 a.m.

Crivaro says... #109

And a second version: Walk for Two (1.5 Noble). A Tibalt-Madness-Deck, Rakdos-Colored.

April 14, 2012 8:22 a.m.

Crivaro says... #110

Currently I'm working on a new version of the .PDF. I'll just wait until all recent changes are at my mailbox and I have the ok of the others. Until then I'll leave the .PDF mentioned above online. Sorry for all the errors until then :D In the new version I fixed everything that came to my attention. If you have something to say, too: Don'd hesitate to write on my wall!

April 14, 2012 12:26 p.m.

Euphonatron says... #111

Love the format, it's a great idea. here's my version of a noble life-gain, so lemme know what you think. Noble Chalice

April 14, 2012 2:07 p.m.

Zarum says... #112

April 14, 2012 3:54 p.m.

mandroid says... #113

"Ok, i was just wondering, although, maybe if this becomes a real MTG format, Wizards will make a Noble set and have a card that allows you to bring back your killed Noble. I mean, just a thought."

Well, there's always stuff like Treasure HunterMTG Card: Treasure Hunter, Unburial RitesMTG Card: Unburial Rites and whatnot ;)

Oh and graft, what's the ruling for cards that were reprinted in Master's Edition I-IV? ExileMTG Card: Exile is a common there, so is it a common? ME I-IV were only released online, but a lot of the rarities were fixed to make ME very well balanced, so I don't think that they really broke anything

April 14, 2012 5:25 p.m.

Euphonatron says... #114

The ExileMTG Card: Exile question comes partly from my own lack of attention to detail, but when I used the rarity filter in workstation mode ExileMTG Card: Exile came up as a common card.

April 14, 2012 6:06 p.m.

Euphonatron says... #115

And another invention based on my first ever deck. Noble Format: Kor

April 14, 2012 6:13 p.m.

mandroid says... #116

Also a Gatherer search cross-index of Name: "Exile" & Rarity: "Common" returned Exile as a common, so it's a common.


Seems like a good card for the format, big boost for white-based control (compare it to Timely ReinforcementsMTG Card: Timely Reinforcements against creature decks, each card gains life and evens the creature ratio), costs less than a bunch of other similar white removal that is usually uncommon, and actually Exiles stuff, which can be important.

Good find.

April 14, 2012 7:19 p.m.

Conphas says... #117

mandroid: wait, is it official we can use Master Editions Commons as commons? If so that is awesome.

April 14, 2012 8:43 p.m.

mandroid says... #118

New Noble:

Puresteel PaladinMTG Card: Puresteel Paladin

You know the drill on this one: play critters, equip them, hold onto your paladin until you can refill your hand if you're worried about him dying.

The creature suite here features 7 creatures that create tokens upon death and a smattering of other abilities. Between the lifelink and Exile the race should be close.

My favorite card here is Mortarpod. It helps in an area white is usually lacking in, and if you have the Paladin out it speeds you up by a turn because you can just launch your whole team at your opponent's face.

April 14, 2012 8:45 p.m.

mandroid says... #119

You're gonna have to ask Graft about that one, but I was under the impression that was the case. But I did just find this page, which implies that in MTGO pauper cards are the ones which have been printed at common in some set released on MTGO. Now unless the rules for the paper Pauper format are different than the ones for the online Pauper format then I would venture to say that Exile is legal.


April 14, 2012 8:49 p.m.

Since Noble is a paper format, only printed sets are used to determine card legality. The problem with allowing cards that have been printed at common on MTGO is that there are also many cards that are not common on MTGO that are intended to balance that out. If we allow people to use cards from the Masters Editions as commons, then we would have to also follow the uncommon restrictions of MTGO. For instance, you will not find High TideMTG Card: High Tide as a common on MTGO. However, we allow the use of such cards as commons in Noble, so we cannot allow MTGO commons that are not printed on paper as commons.

TL;DR - Online only sets are not counted when determining a cards lowest printed rarity. So no, you may not use cards that are common on MTGO but are not common on paper.

April 14, 2012 8:53 p.m.

mandroid says... #121

bad link above:

Noble Puresteel

April 14, 2012 8:53 p.m.

mandroid, Pauper is an online only format. There is no such thing as "Paper Pauper". No matter where you play Pauper, OrnithopterMTG Card: Ornithopter is always illegal, because it is not a common on MTGO. However, Noble is not the same thing as Pauper, we allow the use of any common that has been printed in a real MTG set that is not on the ban list, not just MTGO commons. So, in that mindset, MTGO commons do not count as far as determining a cards lowest printed rarity.

April 14, 2012 8:56 p.m.

graft says... #123

Sorry I've been slow to respond, life has been keeping me busy! Everyone in this thread is wonderful!

Just bought a web host and domain name for the Noble site, I hope to get a basic version up and running in 1-2 weeks.

I've changed our "Mission Statement" to make this a "4-turn win" format in an effort to keep the ban list to a minimum.

I've asked KorApprentice to be the primary arbiter (I love that word) of the ban list for the format. He is extremely apt at these matters, and I trust him to make the correct decisions.

Noble is now a selectable format on TappedOut! Thanks yeaGO!! I've put the ban list in place but I'm not sure it's working correctly at this point. Please let me know if you experience any problems. Thanks!

@Jarrod_0067: I think reducing the number of cards per deck to 40 would warp the format in favor of combo decks, so I don't think we have it as an option.

@Nazsmith: I personally don't think (and I hope) Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds doesn't need the banhammer, I love that card. I think if we have to ban something, I would rather ban Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala since it would never see play outside of the Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds or HeartstoneMTG Card: Heartstone combo. Izzet GuildmageMTG Card: Izzet Guildmage is nuts with Training GroundsMTG Card: Training Grounds and something like Lightning BoltMTG Card: Lightning Bolt, but I don't think it's totally broken. Even the Pili-PalaMTG Card: Pili-Pala combo dies to removal.

@Crivaro: thanks again for the awesome .pdf!

@mandroid: Isochron ScepterMTG Card: Isochron Scepter is great, but it is potential card disadvantage if the other player has a counter ready or any kind of artifact removal. It doesn't dominate legacy so I think we can give it a chance.

For Command TowerMTG Card: Command Tower, I love the land, but the Noble is not a Commander, and I don't want errata to change that. Making a manabase out of commons is one of the reasons that I like this format, and honestly Command TowerMTG Card: Command Tower functions like a rare more than a common. I like having to use borderposts and signets for mana fixing, since they slow the format down a little bit.

Regarding Master's Edition I-IV I think I have to say that they are not included in rarity consideration, simply for ease of player understanding (current ruling is based on printed rarity, ME is online only). Though I agree these cards would not be broken being considered commons. I chose printed rarity because the people that this format was designed for should be building their deck based on their paper cards, not MTGO cards. KorApprentice also makes a great point in his post.


April 14, 2012 9:19 p.m.

graft says... #124

... continued

@vishnarg: I don't mind if people want to use cards from the Commander sets in this format. The fewer restrictions there are on deckbuilding, the happier I am.

@squirrelking98: If the Noble returned to the command zone, it would be far too difficult to beat combo decks. If you're going to run a combo deck without some kind of protection, you're a sitting duck waiting to lose. If you include some kind of graveyard recursion in your deck, you can get your Noble back. For instance, that's why UnearthMTG Card: Unearth is so great in my Noblesong deck.

If I missed anything, please let me know. Thanks for all of the support!

April 14, 2012 9:20 p.m.

mandroid says... #125

Here's one I've been meaning to make for a while:

Noble Green Aggro

Basically all Green's best 1/2 drops with a HurricaneMTG Card: Hurricane as the big boss to finish the opponent off.

April 14, 2012 10:20 p.m.

QuentinD says... #126

Thanks for clearing it up!

April 15, 2012 3:34 a.m.

Crivaro says... #127

The third and final version of my Tibalt, the Fiend-BloodedMTG Card: Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded-Deck. It's going to be Mono-R, look: Walk for Two (1.5 Noble) :D Comments and suggestions are highly appreciated, as always!

April 15, 2012 9:54 a.m.

RebeccaRed says... #128

Hi, I made an Enduring Renewel/Grinding Station Deck.

It tends to win on turn 4/5, though it can win as early as turn 2 thanks to Lotus Petal.

Therefore, I believe this deck to be overpowered, and in need of a good banning. :3


April 15, 2012 2:20 p.m.

Thaifortune says... #129

I'm curious why Splinter TwinMTG Card: Splinter Twin is banned but Kiki-Jiki, Mirror BreakerMTG Card: Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker isn't? I guess I missed the comment before it was purged. I will be building a Noble deck though! Love this idea, and its more challenging than I'd thought it'd be. Even though my knowledge of magic cards only reaches as far back as Zendikar haha.

April 15, 2012 3:42 p.m.

mandroid says... #130

the Twin was banned back when we were trying to build decklists to establish turn 5 kills, but since then basically the format has determined that turn 4 kills aren't out of the question. It's probably going to come off the ban list, you should talk to KorApprentice about it if you really want to make a ST deck. The main knock against it compared to Kiki is that it's a pretty damn consistent turn 4 kill between the 4+ BrainstormMTG Card: Brainstorm variants and the full 8-set of the two creature combo pieces which enable the kill since you don't need acceleration to pull it off (not sure if that actually matters that much because of all the fixing).

Also if someone had make a Kiki deck at that time it probably would have been banned, as all it take is one ramp spell to put it on Twin's level.

April 15, 2012 4:21 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #131

By the way mandroid i was looking through my cards today and i noticed a third creature that would work with twin aside from Deceiver ExarchMTG Card: Deceiver Exarch and Midnight GuardMTG Card: Midnight Guard: Village Bell-RingerMTG Card: Village Bell-Ringer

April 15, 2012 4:35 p.m.

mandroid says... #132

Don't forget PestermiteMTG Card: Pestermite (that's what I was referring to, forgot about the white ones). Gives you the option of going U/R, W/R or R/w/u (probably don't want to do this unless you're going for heavy control with a combo finisher since the mana-fixing in this format aint that great). And they're all 3 drops o_O

I guess WOTC was like "Well, that combo is already super-enabled, so let's just print whatever we want and not worry about it."

April 15, 2012 4:43 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #133

well don't forget that Terramorphic ExpanseMTG Card: Terramorphic Expanse and Evolving WildsMTG Card: Evolving Wilds are both commons there are also common mana rocks like the alara borderposts (Veinfire BorderpostMTG Card: Veinfire Borderpost and the like)

April 15, 2012 4:48 p.m.

mandroid says... #134

Yeah, I'm not denying that those are good mana-fixing cards, but my point is just that those eat your turn 1 play, so it's harder to go pure aggro without good non-basic lands that don't CIPT.

If you're going midrange/control they're better but super-aggro is hurt by the lack of nonbasics.

April 15, 2012 5:50 p.m.

zunemi says... #135

I've made a noble deck: NobleFog (UW)

Basically, turn 2 Luminarch Ascension and pile on the tokens with fog effects to stop damage from creatures, into the roil and oblivion ring to stop damage from anything else.

Isochron Scepter is there to make the deck even more annoying.

April 15, 2012 6:20 p.m.

theonyc says... #136

a quick burn that uses vexing devil, but you hope that they counter him (dealing 4 damage), then kill them with spells, can win really quickly. will be updated with avacyin restored

April 15, 2012 10:13 p.m.

Zarum says... #137

That noble is GIANT

giant tribal in noble =)

April 16, 2012 6:17 p.m.

Hey, would we be able to set up a Noble deck hub so we could see all the Noble decks in one place?

April 16, 2012 7:04 p.m.

Zarum says... #139

Flanking noble!

he he he

April 16, 2012 9:07 p.m.

Jewrummer says... #140

Alright I've been putting this off for a while but here's my take at this: A Noble Hero

April 17, 2012 1:41 a.m.

BrokenZygoma says... #141

Rakdos Noble: Sideboard done!

April 17, 2012 1:49 a.m.

Efficacy says... #142

April 17, 2012 3:11 a.m.

mandroid says... #143

@ Platinum Demon:

We're working on building the site right now, we've got 4 people currently working on building. It should be up within a week. Currently my IRL friend has been given the graphics for the site and he's going to build a page header which will work for different screen resolutions and page sizes, and I'm gonna try to get the forum working over the next few days. There'll be an update here once it's online, so stay tuned and keep your Nobles on high alert.

April 17, 2012 1:41 p.m.

Jewrummer says... #144

Put me down as part of the "ban lotus petal" camp.

April 17, 2012 2:42 p.m.

mandroid says... #145

That's what I've been thinking for a bit, but there's still Simian Spirit GuideMTG Card: Simian Spirit Guide, which is almost as good since most combos move towards red for the kill. Ultimately, I dunno. I've seen it in like every combo deck, but unless the format slows down again to turn 5 then I don't really see it getting the hammer since it's kind of the same thing as stuff like Rite of FlameMTG Card: Rite of Flame except that it makes all colors.

We shall see. I'm all for moving the format back to turn 5 kills as that would include more variety in the types of decks which are playable and competitive. If RDW is the benchmark, then we can probably move the kill clock to turn 5 by simply banning FireblastMTG Card: Fireblast.

What's the community think? Also if anyone wants to do any testing, I'm all for it, we can work over Magic Workstation or just chatting. I used to play Super Mental Magic with my friend, so I can handle drawing hands on the site here and playing by plaintext chat.

April 17, 2012 3:36 p.m.

Graft is probably going to need to clear the comments again...


April 17, 2012 3:48 p.m.

senwepel says... #147

Sounds awesome. Working on a deck, but why not Loxodon WarhammerMTG Card: Loxodon Warhammer instead of Butcher's CleaverMTG Card: Butcher's Cleaver? Lotus Petal seems too imbalanced for this...

April 17, 2012 3:51 p.m.

Hello, this is the arbiter of the ban list here. I am currently reworking the ban list to allow turn 4 kills because the ban list was getting far too long. graft and myself are both of the mind that we should try to restrict this format as little as possible to allow for more diversity. I will be playtesting Noble decks that win on turn 3 against other competitive decks in the format to determine what cards really need to be banned. So far, it is possible that both Splinter TwinMTG Card: Splinter Twin and Goblin RecruiterMTG Card: Goblin Recruiter will be coming off the ban list, but that is just an example of how the playtesting is going. Ultimately, it is going to take quite a few weeks to come up with the new ban list, since I am so busy during the week and will most likely do playtesting only on the weekends. Also, I will say right now that Lotus PetalMTG Card: Lotus Petal will not be banned under any circumstances, it is entirely necessary for there to be diversity in the format. Banning it would drastically reduce the amount of competitive strategies by moving their turn clock back to turn 5. The point of reworking the ban list is too allow more turn 4 kills is to balance out the turn 4 kill decks that were already out there. I will be giving weekly updates on the progress of the ban list, so stay tuned!

April 17, 2012 5:35 p.m.

mandroid says... #149

Sounds great, but I've just got one point:

It's possible that instating a turn 5 kill ruling for the ban list would actually add diversity to the format instead of removing diversity. My reasoning behind this is that if turn 5 is when a kill is expected, that could possibly create an environment where more Nobles are actually viable to choose which weren't in a turn 4 environment. That doesn't mean that games will never get to turn 5+ in this environment, as a heavy black disruption deck like Noble Modern Mono Black Discard Control then you can easily survive long enough to drop the Noble.

Now that I've made that point, I'm not sure turn 5 is actually viable as there are just SOOOO many ramp spells that increase the kill clock.

April 17, 2012 7:02 p.m.

mtgpwner says... #150

deck:gw-noble-derp. just made it. Check it out.

April 17, 2012 7:19 p.m.

mandroid says... #151

I just thought of the worst thing ever. Remember when the topic of treating the Noble zone as if it were another zone came up? I'm just gonna leave this here...

Leyline of AnticipationMTG Card: Leyline of Anticipation

April 17, 2012 7:34 p.m.

Jewrummer says... #152

lol Clever mandroid clever

"Your Noble card may be cast from the Command Zone as though it were in your hand, and any abilities of your Noble card may be activated from the Command Zone as if the card were in your hand"

It starts in the Command zone and then is cast AS THOUGH from the hand. Pretty sure that this means the leyline is not in your opening 7.

April 17, 2012 7:46 p.m.

Demonwalker says... #153

The Undying Noble Made it a few days ago. Finally decided to upload it.

April 17, 2012 7:48 p.m.

mandroid says... #154

Yeah, it doesn't work with the current rules setup, but there was talk about what the Noble zone should be and how it should work before Graft cleared the old comments out. Just pointing out how broken that rules setup could have gotten.

April 17, 2012 8:33 p.m.

miracleHat says... #155

Why did you ban Jace, the Mind SculptorMTG Card: Jace, the Mind Sculptor? the chances of him popping is so low anyways.

April 17, 2012 9:18 p.m.

miracleHat says... #156

Why did you ban Jace, the Mind SculptorMTG Card: Jace, the Mind Sculptor? the chances of him popping is so low anyways.

April 17, 2012 9:19 p.m.

Jace, the Mind SculptorMTG Card: Jace, the Mind Sculptor is banned for his cruel control capabilities. A brutal blue control deck with JTMS as the Noble would be nearly unbeatable with the access to countermagic and other control. It's actually his other three abilities, not his ultimate, that make him banworthy in this format and nearly any other. His ultimate is powerful, but you are correct that it will almost never go off. However, JTMS gives you access to a free fateseal, a free BrainstormMTG Card: Brainstorm, or a free UnsummonMTG Card: Unsummon every turn, and that is just plain hard to compete with.

April 17, 2012 9:24 p.m.

miracleHat says... #158

I'm going to sidetrack a little bit. Hasn't the magic creators created cards to completely destroy certain cards and deck before? The creator of this format hasn't banned Baneslayer AngelMTG Card: Baneslayer Angel. try to kill that.

April 17, 2012 9:31 p.m.

mandroid says... #159

KorApprentice is the keeper of the ban list, appointed by Graft]. Walletslayer can be answered easily by black, blue and white in this format. Green also has ways of dealing with it, though fewer than other colors, and they're often not main. WSA is a real beating for red decks though.

Also the anti-Jace cards are often at higher rarities, which makes him hard to answer in this format.

April 17, 2012 9:39 p.m.

miracleHat says... #160

Whatever, this format still seems good.

April 17, 2012 10:18 p.m.

DarkReject says... #161

Noble Birds I heard about this from a buddy and it seemed so interesting. I literally went through a dozen deck ideas before I thought of this. I would love some feed back on it.

April 18, 2012 1:07 a.m.

BuLLZ3Y3 says... #162

Heh. I get to play Niv-Mizzet, the FiremindMTG Card: Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind as my noble? Alright, then I'll make this:

Noble: The Firemind

Seems pretty silly. Plus CounterTop combo as well? Yeah, I'll get behind that.

I'm making another deck, I'll post it up soon. Cause I can use Stroke of GeniusMTG Card: Stroke of Genius as my noble. =D


April 18, 2012 3:45 a.m.

mandroid says... #163

You should check out the existing High Tide build by KorApprentice

April 18, 2012 11:18 a.m.

mandroid says... #164

April 18, 2012 1:42 p.m.

Crivaro says... #165

Guys, I need your help: deck:solitary-confinement-15-noble

April 19, 2012 6:52 a.m.

Brimstone says... #166

I have only just started to look over this format and it looks exciting for me because I have a large collections of cards, and many friend who do not. With a format like this, I can afford to loan friends the few rares they need and let them have many of the commons I like, however I was frustrated to see that you were debating unbanning Time Walk.

In your original description of this format you were explaining that decks could be built without it costing as much. Time Walk itself costs over $500. I understand that cards like these will only be used as proxy cards or for free online play, but I would personally enjoy this format more if it tried to maintain a ban list that allowed for players to actually be able to afford to own the decks that compete well with high end noble decks.

April 19, 2012 11:11 a.m.

bas1996 says... #167

awesome idea, here's my noble deck (Stoic noble). will be making some more

April 19, 2012 12:49 p.m.

mandroid says... #168

Personally, I agree with your idea, but it is the desire of the graft to keep the ban list as small as possible in order to facilitate a low entry barrier for the format. Since it's designed top-down to be a casual format, I think that's a good choice. The intention is for it to be played informally and for it to be accessible to players of all skill levels, so hopefully the rules can facilitate that. I realize that being a new player doesn't mean that they're not going to be good at the game, but it's still a fact that MTG has one of the most complicated rules setup in any tabletop game ever. Perhaps you're right and the needs of most players are served best by making sure they can go to FNM and actually compete without buying rediculious rares, but time will tell, this format is still in its infancy. Also I think having a hundred-card ban list just to eliminate the possibility of playing expensive cards is unnecessary as long as they don't dominate the format and people can still win with cheap decks.

Also I think it's not a good idea to unban Time Walk. It's quite vulnerable itself to yard hate, but in reality much less so since you're going to have counterspell mana open most of the time. Then getting it back is just insane. I'll test it out with KorApprentice some time if you want graft, but my gut is saying it's extremely abusable.

April 19, 2012 1:03 p.m.

Crivaro says... #169

Probably the weirdest Noble so far: deck:falling-feathers-noble

April 19, 2012 1:46 p.m.

Inces_Velus says... #170

running either ob nixilis or sphinx sovereign :)

April 19, 2012 7:16 p.m.

Epitaphase says... #171

Why only 4 uncommons? Have you done any playtesting to see what the optimal number is?

April 19, 2012 8:59 p.m.

Chamale says... #172

I think the Power 9 deserve to be banned in everything except Vintage, so banning Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk and TimetwisterMTG Card: Timetwister is fine by me.

April 19, 2012 10:03 p.m.

squire1 says... #173

Is there a rationale for the Chamale?

i tend to disagree. I don't see why a one time use of Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk is that bad.

April 20, 2012 8:40 a.m.

acronix says... #174

Since there are non-creature rares with no common or uncommon printings on the banned list, does that mean that you can use things other than creatures as your Noble card?

April 20, 2012 1:28 p.m.

squire1 says... #175


April 20, 2012 1:29 p.m.

Conphas says... #176

acronix I havent built a deck yet with a creature noble :-)

April 20, 2012 1:33 p.m.

Deco_y says... #177

Threw together a quick infect deck:

All Hail Skithiryx

April 20, 2012 1:46 p.m.

monkty says... #178

i made one with some of the cards i had lying around what do you think?

Humans & Angelic overseer

April 20, 2012 3:43 p.m.

Demonwalker says... #179

@squire1 I think the reason Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk is banned because it would be fairly easy to get it back to your hand and imprint it with Isochron ScepterMTG Card: Isochron Scepter for infinite turns.

April 20, 2012 8:27 p.m.

squire1 says... #180

So is isochron the problem or time walk

April 20, 2012 8:38 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #181

My opinion, Scepter.

April 20, 2012 8:45 p.m.

Demonwalker says... #182

There's probably other ways to abuse Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk that I don't know. There's a ton of spells that bring cards back to your hand. Scepter is easily abusable too.

April 20, 2012 8:48 p.m.

graft says... #183

Actually, Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk doesn't work with Isochron ScepterMTG Card: Isochron Scepter since it is a sorcery. I made the same mistake earlier... it combos with Panoptic MirrorMTG Card: Panoptic Mirror, but both are rare so it doesn't break the format. I think it would be possible to build a really good deck around Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk using things like Izzet ChronarchMTG Card: Izzet Chronarch, Izzet GuildmageMTG Card: Izzet Guildmage, Mnemonic WallMTG Card: Mnemonic Wall, Noxious Revival MTG Card: Noxious Revival etc but it probably wouldn't be terribly overpowered. Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk could probably safely come off the ban list. But at $500 I can't imagine anyone would actually use it.

I'll read the rest of the thread later. Had a beer, feeling good, got caught up in commenting.

April 20, 2012 8:50 p.m.

squire1 says... #184

There are Los tons of ways to stop Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk.

See here

April 20, 2012 8:54 p.m.

tojacamo says... #185

after all this talk about counters, i felt the need to throw together deck:noble-valakut

April 21, 2012 7:24 a.m.

Bingbing says... #186

Wow. All these decks are intense, competitive and pretty serious stuff!

Here's my light-hearted take on the issue. Unsurprisingly, it is more expensive than many standard decks out there: deck:noble-the-witless

April 21, 2012 10:38 a.m.

Zarum says... #187

April 21, 2012 1:15 p.m.

aloehart199 says... #188

gonna build a deck later and post it. Re-animator deck using exhume as the reanimation spell and Pathrazer of UlamogMTG Card: Pathrazer of Ulamog as the uncommon target

April 22, 2012 1:19 p.m.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, but EntombMTG Card: Entomb will most likely be banned as a noble, a turn 1 anything in your deck with Dark RitualMTG Card: Dark Ritual and ExhumeMTG Card: Exhume is just too powerful. I'm sure you can still build reanimator without EntombMTG Card: Entomb, I'm just trying to eliminate the turn 1 possibilities.

April 22, 2012 2:44 p.m.

aloehart199 says... #190

Entomb would be something I would use for the noble until its banned, but the deck is (for the most part) already built as a pauper on my page. Just some changes from that to fit noble.

Once entomb is banned I'll make Recurring NightmareMTG Card: Recurring Nightmare my noble for a quick reanimation.

April 22, 2012 4:33 p.m.

aloehart199 says... #191

While my comment regarding the sale of this in paper, i still stand that they won't make paper sets just because they wouldn't be able to make enough money selling mass commons without some kind of special backing (alt art, all foil, etc, etc, etc).

But! I bet this would explode on mtgo in a heartbeat. Everyone loves commander, everyone loves pauper. This format is like a perfect marriage of the 2.

April 22, 2012 4:38 p.m.

There is an easy instant win combo with Recurring NightmareMTG Card: Recurring Nightmare, Priest of GixMTG Card: Priest of Gix, and Hissing IguanarMTG Card: Hissing Iguanar, and infinite life if you replace the iguanar with DeathgreeterMTG Card: Deathgreeter, so Recurring NightmareMTG Card: Recurring Nightmare is currently up for ban consideration. Sorry to be ruining your combo's, just trying to even the playing field. If such a combo is too vulnerable to removal and proves much slower in play testing than theory, then Recurring NightmareMTG Card: Recurring Nightmare might not get banned, but I get the feeling that it is a little too powerful. We shall see when I get around to playtesting it.

April 22, 2012 5:54 p.m.

graft says... #193

@platinum_demon: "Hey, would we be able to set up a Noble deck hub so we could see all the Noble decks in one place?"

We are looking into adding this as a feature on the Noble website once it is up and running. For now, you can use the deck:search/?format=Noble&q=&price_0=&price_1=&rating_score_0=&rating_score_1=&order=-date_updated&submit=Filter+results">advanced search feature to find them.

@-There are a few reasons. Pauper uses 5 uncommons, so in this format, since you have 1 rare it makes sense to subtract 1 uncommon. Also, you can only have up to four of any given card, which means you can have a full playset of one uncommon if you like. If there were more than 4 uncommons, it changes the feel of the format, and definitely makes combos more powerful.

@squire1 : Agreed, I don't think Time WalkMTG Card: Time Walk needs to be banned. You sarcastic sonofawonderfulperson :) Actually, counterspells are why I stopped adding things to the banned list. Without a functioning metagame, there are very little control aspects people are considering. Once there is a functional meta, I think we will see that not all combos are unbeatable.

@aloehart199: The funny thing about the possibility of WotC printing these decks is that if you look at any of their preconstructed decks, the common/uncommon/rare ratio isn't terribly far off from this format. And if we get them to reprint valuable commons/uncommons (Force of WillMTG Card: Force of Will, anyone?) they can easily make it worthwhile for we players.

One new one I threw together: Noble Trampledancer

Thanks everyone for the support!

April 22, 2012 6:10 p.m.

zandl says... #194

Here's my deck: deck:i-done-broke-noble

Perhaps this will open the eyes of the creators and make them realize that certain cards shouldn't be allowed to be Nobles, like Mox OpalMTG Card: Mox Opal. lol Turn-1 Metalcraft into FrogmiteMTG Card: Frogmite/Auriok SunchaserMTG Card: Auriok Sunchaser, into turn-2 Myr EnforcerMTG Card: Myr Enforcer.

April 22, 2012 11:08 p.m.

aloehart199 says... #195

@zandl, maybe I've been playing too much pauper but that just doesn't seem that broken to me. I played against someone on pauper that was playing affinity and dropped 1 FrogmiteMTG Card: Frogmite turn 2 then 2 more and a Myr EnforcerMTG Card: Myr Enforcer on me turn 3

And I won that game with a R/U storm deck i had been working on.

Eternal formats are all full of crazy plays like that. Certain cards need banned but for the most part until a particular deck starts owning the format (cawblade when it was standard, preban of mystic) the cards for it shouldn't be banned.

Certain cards in the game are flat out overpowered and ridiculous. We don't have to see a deck break Black LotusMTG Card: Black Lotus, the cards brokenness is written right on it lol. But cards like opal (which i agree may need bannning somewhere down the line) should be given a chance before limiting a format too much.

on a side note, Noble Death

April 23, 2012 midnight

graft says... #196

-I updated the original post with the PDFs that Crivaro and mafteechr made, added mafteechr's comprehensive rules, and updated the FAQ to include links to the Advanced Search for all Noble decks. I'll probably have to clear the comments again sometime this week.

April 23, 2012 9:13 a.m.

aloehart199 says... #197

just out of curiosity why is MindcrankMTG Card: Mindcrank banned? Considering it requires the opponent to lose life before it works, it seems like it wouldn't be overpowered.

On the other hand I am far from knowing all the cards so there's probably some combo that breaks the card heavily

April 23, 2012 10:31 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #198

Bloodchief AscensionMTG Card: Bloodchief Ascension is why mindcrank is banned. turn 4 win EVERY time.

April 23, 2012 10:40 a.m.

Crivaro says... #199

It's auto-win with Noble Bloodchief AscensionMTG Card: Bloodchief Ascension. It alone is playable, but together...

April 23, 2012 10:42 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #200

turn 1 ascension turn 2 burn spell turn 3 burn their turn 3 burn your turn 4 mindcrank + burn spell if the counter the burn spell they still die.

April 23, 2012 10:45 a.m.

Patrique says... #201

made a noble for fun check it out and tell me what you think, deck:noble-equipment

April 24, 2012 2:50 a.m.

worldwander1 says... #202

Noble dragonmaster

It is a ramping nightmare.

April 26, 2012 4:05 p.m.

whallybu49 says... #203

Okay i have a question for the rules junkies... If i were to use say, Wurmcoil EngineMTG Card: Wurmcoil Engine and I wanted to bring it back to my hand, is that legal? Because of its effect, it has to hit the graveyard, and because of the rules, it doesnt go back to the Command Zone once its been played. So does that allow me to return it to my hand from the graveyard using Nature's SpiralMTG Card: Nature's Spiral, Remember the FallenMTG Card: Remember the Fallen, or Salvage ScoutMTG Card: Salvage Scout?

April 27, 2012 2:49 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #204

whallybu49, as far as I understand yes.

April 27, 2012 2:59 p.m.

Euphonatron says... #205

Once your noble card has been cast, it is treated as a normal card, so yes. It's in the rules.

April 27, 2012 3:06 p.m.

bas1996 says... #206

my new noble deck, played it and kicks ass. noble of the reliquary

April 27, 2012 5:54 p.m.

whallybu49 says... #207

alright Minousmancer thanks for clearing that up. Here's the deck i was referring to: deck:ooh-shiny-wurm

April 27, 2012 6:16 p.m.

Crivaro says... #208

If Yawgmoth's WillMTG Card: Yawgmoth's Will will be unbanned one day, I have a nice idea to abuse it big time :D

April 28, 2012 8:29 a.m.

Crivaro says... #209

Also: I made an unusual Storm-Deck with Uba MaskMTG Card: Uba Mask: deck:uba-storm-noble. Worth a look! :D

April 28, 2012 9:23 a.m.

Violinist says... #210

Not sure if anyone's done this yet. Made a Noble with Predator, FlagshipMTG Card: Predator, Flagship. Comments appreciated. Noble Predator

April 28, 2012 10:33 a.m.

miracleHat says... #211

You can have your noble rare and another rare. Loxodon WarhammerMTG Card: Loxodon Warhammer and Gideon's AvengerMTG Card: Gideon's Avenger are both rares.

April 28, 2012 11:13 a.m.

Crivaro says... #212

And again, another NOBLE, this time an Adapter-Deck: deck:noble-adapter

And no, he hasn't. Loxodon Warhammer is UNCOMMON in the original Edition.

April 28, 2012 11:14 a.m.

Zarum says... #213

warhammer was printed as an uncommon

April 28, 2012 11:14 a.m.

Crivaro says... #214

Tha last one for today: deck:geist-contraggro. I will build and run this for real, it is amazing!

April 28, 2012 11:32 a.m.

Minousmancer says... #215

What Zarum said.

April 28, 2012 11:53 a.m.

miracleHat says... #216

For your information, when of my noble decks is rounded to 80 dollars, is that normal?

April 28, 2012 1:42 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #217

Prices may very, different cards are priced very differently. I mean your Noble could be a $100.00 Planeswalker making your Noble deck cost $140.00 or your Noble could be something like Essence of the WildMTG Card: Essence of the Wild and your deck could be $15.00 it just depends on the cards you use.

April 28, 2012 2:03 p.m.

Crivaro says... #218

I updated it and hope for some help: THE 1st Geist PRESSURE

April 29, 2012 3:47 p.m.

Euphonatron says... #219

Always a fun one: Noble Zombie Infestation

April 30, 2012 3:46 a.m.

Violinist says... #220

Finally got it working. A noble mill merfolk deck built around Sigil Tracer. Big thanks to my bro MLBurt for his input that perfected this thing. Noble Sigil Tracer

April 30, 2012 9:12 p.m.

Violinist says... #221

Could use some input on this one. I've never played with level up before. Noble Shatterskull.

April 30, 2012 11:45 p.m.

Rahienn says... #222

Here's my go at the Noble format: Unleash the (Noble) Kraken!

Fun little combo deck with Dark DepthsMTG Card: Dark Depths as it's noble :D

May 6, 2012 7:01 p.m.

MLBurt says... #223

@Rahienn: Dark DepthsMTG Card: Dark Depths is banned, dude.

May 6, 2012 7:29 p.m.

Rahienn says... #224


My god your right I hadn't seen that... Well that blows.

May 6, 2012 7:36 p.m.

zandl says... #225

Pretty consistent turn-4 win: Defiant Noble

Enjoy. =D

May 7, 2012 3:57 a.m.

Bingbing says... #226

I renamed my old, lil' classic: Noble: The Big Deck, if I could get some feedback on my lovechild, that'd be amazing.

May 7, 2012 5:38 p.m.

Bingbing says... #227

I renamed my old, lil' classic: Noble: The Big Deck, if I could get some feedback on my lovechild, that'd be amazing.

May 7, 2012 5:38 p.m.

Rahienn says... #228

Like fire? Russian roulette? Sean Paul music?? My 2nd try at Noble format! We Be Burning (Nobles)

May 7, 2012 9:05 p.m.

Patrique says... #229

Im working on a Noble Glissa Control! help definitely neededdeck:glissa-noble


May 8, 2012 12:39 a.m.

MLBurt says... #230

Might as well post my newest one here.

Noble Surge. I opened Primal Surge when a friend and I split a booster box, so I figured why not. Can cast Primal Surge anywhere from turn 4 to 7, depending on if I draw Priest of Titania/Elvish Guidance.

May 8, 2012 3:25 a.m.

Crivaro says... #231

And an update here: deck:noble-confinement

May 10, 2012 8:34 a.m.

vishnarg says... #232

@mandroid (from a month ago) Yeah so Edric is legal in legacy, and okay fine so you can play him here, but please don't be rude or abnoxious. I know you can't resist to act like a 12 year old but please lets keep this a positive community. Thank you.

May 10, 2012 3:48 p.m.

vishnarg says... #233

Also it's been a while since I contributed here, but me and my friends play this at my local card store (people all over there are starting to make this deck), but we all play with 40 cards because it's even easier to build and actually a little more fun. I know this would be drastic, but perhaps for the sake of the format we should go to 40 cards?

May 10, 2012 3:51 p.m.

Conphas says... #234

Another noble deck, centered around life gain. The Noble Chalice

May 11, 2012 12:02 p.m.

Lectrys says... #235

I believe I may have found a top-tier aggro strategy in Noble: Survival of the Noblest

It's got tons of fast creatures, a toolkit, disruption, and more. A lot of aggro decks can't deal with 4 Basking RootwallaMTG Card: Basking Rootwallas into 3 Arrogant WurmMTG Card: Arrogant Wurms, all with flying thanks to WonderMTG Card: Wonder. Counterspells should deal with Storm decks. Wild MongrelMTG Card: Wild Mongrel and company ensure the deck doesn't up and die to a CounterspellMTG Card: Counterspell on the Noble, Survival of the FittestMTG Card: Survival of the Fittest.

I don't think Survival needs to be banned, but this shows the power of a card banned in Legacy. It feels like a rush.

May 14, 2012 7:49 p.m.

vishnarg, it is fine to play it as a 40-card format with your friends, but being allowed to have 40-card decks would completely warp the tournament setting that we are trying to establish. Any turn 3 or 4 win, be it aggro or combo, would become far more consistent, until only a few decks could compete in the format. We want to create a format with as much diversity as possible, and having 60-card decks means that people must come up with strategies to survive until they can pull off a win, especially for combo decks since they will have to wait longer for their combo to show up, giving their opponent time to deal with it. In a 40-card setting, people would be winning before anyone could set up any kind of board position and certain combo's would most likely rise to the top of every tournament just because of their unbeatable consistency. Imagine a 40-card High TideMTG Card: High Tide deck with a playset of PonderMTG Card: Ponders and PreordainMTG Card: Preordains, it would go off by turn 3 every game.

May 14, 2012 8:42 p.m.

PrinceCode says... #237

Hey, check out my Noble deck: Noble Faeries

May 17, 2012 12:01 p.m.

Liquid155 says... #238

Am I late to the party with my Noble of Vaasgoth deck?

May 20, 2012 1:26 a.m.

Zarum says... #239

Noble Tide

wanted to do high tide in Noble =)

May 21, 2012 1:26 p.m.

MLBurt says... #240

Cascading Slivers

This deck is hilariously fun to play.

May 21, 2012 7:17 p.m.

Violinist says... #241

My best noble yet, and wonderfully fun to play. deck:noble-glint-eye-nephilim

May 22, 2012 7:29 p.m.

Rahienn says... #242

I made a new Noble deck Thunder Buddies for Life!

It's all about ramming into your enemy. Hard.

May 23, 2012 5:23 p.m.

Minousmancer says... #243

Yeah comment numbered 236 I cannot agree with more. 40 cards would be insane, and warp the format into something very un-fun.

May 24, 2012 12:06 a.m.

MLBurt says... #244

She's Climbing in Yo' Windows

Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni ninja tribal.

May 26, 2012 9:42 a.m.

vishnarg says... #245

No 40 card decks are cool to play with. They don't warp anything they just make it more likely to draw ponders or preordains, and would make the goal a little more about speed. It was fine when I played it at my store...

May 26, 2012 9:48 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #246

Except when you have a combo deck and you are running a 2 card instant kill combo if one is your noble card and the other is in your deck you statistically Have a better chance to draw your combo piece. Take for example, bloodcrank, yes I know it's banned. However, if I have ascension as my noble and 4x mindcrank in my deck I now have a 1/4 chance as opposed to a 1/15 chance to draw my combo piece. This was what graft and kor apprentice were trying to avoid.

May 26, 2012 12:11 p.m.

Phyrexia says... #247

Just made Noble: Empty The Warrens which started off as a dragonstorm deck and evolved into a warrens deck. I know that combo is sort of frowned upon for this format, but it seems like such a powerhouse it's hard to avoid when constructing.

May 27, 2012 9:42 p.m.

buffalo says... #248

Made a Standard Noble playing single creatures, take a look. Single Attack Noble

May 30, 2012 12:12 p.m.

buffalo says... #249

Please comment my deck and see this new variant featuring only one creature! The Lone Noble

June 2, 2012 9:03 a.m.

Wanderer7 says... #250

uhhh, according to the rules, couldn't your noble card also be an instant, sorcery, enchantment, artifact, or even land? That makes no sense. If this was just a mistake, please make an update or something saying so. Otherwise, I is very confused?

June 11, 2012 1:15 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #251

It's not a mistake, your noble card can be anything. The reason is because this is supposed to be a very friendly format where you always have access to your one rare. Also, it is a format that can be easily played/built into by a couple of booster packs.

June 11, 2012 2:36 a.m.

Wanderer7 says... #252

@Ohthenoises oh, thanks. I was pretty confused about that. Thanks for clarifying

June 11, 2012 8:43 p.m.

Violinist says... #253

Well. I've been making a SHITLOAD of noble decks, and they could all use a little love, but my current experiment is this: Fumiko's Arsenal (Suggestions Welcome!)

I wanted to see if I could make a deck where the only creature is the noble. Could really use all the help I can get.

June 15, 2012 7:22 p.m.

Virlym says... #254

I just have a question about the Time Spiral "Timeshifted" cards. They all have a rarity of "Special". I was wondering what that would be considered as. Or if those are just not considered when looking at rarity. But if they aren't considered (due to 99% of them being printed elsewhere), that leaves out Arena . Arena was only printed in Time Spiral "Timeshifted" and as a book promo. So the only rarity it has is special. Would this card just be omitted from deck building as it doesn't have a normal rarity (common, uncommon, rare, or mythic rare)? I think there should be a specific ruling for Arena so that it could have a place in the format somewhere (even if it's on the banned list), instead of just being ignored.

June 19, 2012 11:44 a.m.

miracleHat says... #255

As much as I will hate myself for this (i love artifacts), have you thought about Panoptic Mirror and any gain an extra turn cards?

June 21, 2012 1:35 p.m.

vishnarg says... #256

Are there any gain an extra turn cards that are common or uncommon?

June 21, 2012 1:41 p.m.

bas1996 says... #257

you could use Exhaustion , Mana Vapors or Misstep

June 21, 2012 1:45 p.m.

vishnarg says... #258

It just doesn't seem bannable. Those are annoying but we're talking turn 5 and beyond... remember in Noble turn 3 is a ban.

June 21, 2012 3:27 p.m.

graft says... #259

@ Virlym: Thank you very much for pointing this out, I agree that we should make a special ruling for Arena or any similar cards that may be released in the future. My gut instinct is to make a general ruling to equate Special-only rarity to be equivalent to Rares. I feel this way because any card can be printed as a Special rarity, and I don't want Special to supercede the other rarities. In other words, I don't want there to be confusion about how many copies of Ajani Vengeant can be included because he was printed once at Special rarity.


June 22, 2012 8:39 a.m.

Crivaro says... #260

Well, 'Special' is a special thing. Usually a card istn't only printed only as special. I'd use the normal rarity for Ajani, since he is printed in other editions (and always would use the Noble-Slot). For Arena I'd use a Noble-Slot, too. Means: Treat it like Rare/Mythic. Or set the Rule:

"If a card has no printed rarity (means: Common/Uncommon/Rare/Mythic) it may not be used. Cards that have a special rarity may be used as a Proxy as long it is in the place the other card would fill. (means, a Special-Rarity Ajani would use the slot of a rare/mythic. An Arena however is not printed in other editions and so has no rarity except special. It may not be used.)".


June 22, 2012 2:02 p.m.

vishnarg says... #261

I think grafts idea made more sense Crivaro. We could just stick the the basic all are rare/mythic, because otherwise it may not be fair. It makes sense but its overly complicated.

June 22, 2012 2:06 p.m.

Crivaro says... #262

Ok, keep it simple, I can understand this. I just wanted to make some more suggestions =)

June 22, 2012 2:18 p.m.

vishnarg says... #263

Well no problem, always could use more ideas for noble

June 22, 2012 2:41 p.m.

miracleHat says... #264

a broken card that i find might be problem card:Sensei's Divining Top

June 24, 2012 5:04 p.m.

Crivaro says... #265

Actually, the Top was never a problem yet. I don't think it is THAT broken. Can you give an example why you think it is that good in this format that it needs a banning or something? =)

June 24, 2012 5:31 p.m.

Crivaro says... #266

Btw, I created a deck a while ago with CounterTop. Look here: deck:over-the-top-noble-15-1. It was good, but not as broken as one might think :D

June 24, 2012 5:33 p.m.

Virlym says... #267

I made 2 decent noble decks : The Exalted Noble, and Izzet Noble Enough?

June 24, 2012 6:14 p.m.

miracleHat says... #268

i made a noble deck just to make one. here it is deck:copy-noble. the name has nothing to do with the deck. what do you think

June 24, 2012 7:03 p.m.

mandroid says... #269

Hey all, sorry I haven't replied in quite a while. Also extremely upset with myself for letting the site go on for so long in such a basic form. Anyways, the reason is that I had finals, then I had to move out of college and into a house, which we had to clean top to bottom because the previous tenants left it a mess. Then I had a job fall into my lap in Texas of all places for three weeks, which I'm just finishing up now. I have been working 10+ hour days almost every day, it's been exhausting. It's finally been slowing down a bit and I've gotten a chance to set up dropbox and fill it full of my files, so that's great, and I plan on working on the site tonight. I'm going to take all of these links that graft posted for decklists and post them on the site, as well as starting on the new site styling. Hopefully it will be a little more filled out soon. Dev team, if you're still looking at this thread, please reply with a dossier about yourself so I can add that too. I will also reply to our email thread.

Good luck everyone and have fun with Noble.

June 28, 2012 4:37 p.m.

MTG_Player says... #270

What if the "Noble" is a miracle card? Will you have to hardcast it or can you pay its miracle cost?

June 30, 2012 11:18 a.m.

Crivaro says... #271

Well... take this example: Reforge the Soul - "You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn." Since you normally would not draw your noble-card, you can't trigger it's miracle-cost (but you can cast it for its normal costs, of cause). If you lay it on the top of your library somehow (maybe from your graveyard), you can draw in it and therefore use its miracle-costs.

June 30, 2012 11:46 a.m.

aksell_ean says... #272

here's my noble deck noble tyranny

June 30, 2012 1:40 p.m.

Quicky says... #273

ah.. i'm completely new to tapped out, which i found amazing as a referance for to what decks some cards lead (duh) and just wondered, what all these formats are all about (so what i need to check when posting a deck), so this is how i stumbled upon this 'thread'.

I wouldn't quite make comprehensive rules for something like the nobel format, but just make it budget. Considering you got this link (nice feature btw) to CoolStuffs price list, this would be extremely lucid. Something like between 20 up to 25$. No matter what the emphasize of the deck is.

July 2, 2012 1:36 a.m.

benzzer853 says... #274

If a card is printed at mythic for a FTV is it mythic (see:Berserk )

July 9, 2012 5:10 p.m.

Virlym says... #275

It is it's lowest rarity in all of it's printings. Berserk was also printed in Alpha, Beta, Unlimited, and Masters. In Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited it was printed as an uncommon. So it is considered an uncommon for deck building purposes.

July 9, 2012 6:08 p.m.

miracleHat says... #276

moment please! is a turn 2 too fast of a win? infectious noble is a sickly deck that has a bad habit of winning on turn two. :) check the deck out and it is very fun to play!

July 14, 2012 11:59 p.m.

aloehart199 says... #277

I'd like to re-state, Entomb needs serious ban hammer attention if the format is to be a supported format. otherwise you open competitive play to using the following deck

Noble Death

If you can find a way to stop this deck from a guaranteed win then consider how much trouble and how many decks have the capability of preventing it. Entomb is an awesome card I wish we still had in standard, but the card is just ridiculously powerful and Forcing players to play graveyard hate to have any chance of winning is just bad for the health of the format

July 20, 2012 5:02 p.m.

Virlym says... #278

Being a rare, Entomb doesn't pose that much of a threat. You can get around it in other ways besides graveyard hate. If they play it early you can still kill or exile the creature they bring back. If they play it later, you can use a Counterspell -like card. With it taking up the rare spot, there aren't too many broken creatures that you can fetch anyways. It seems to be just fine for most cases. If someone isn't playing removal, counterspells, or graveyard hate, then that's their problem. You can fit at least one of those in any deck without hindering the deck all that much (sometimes it's actually beneficial to have some creature removal in a deck).

It is a good card, I'll give you that, but it isn't broken in the format. There are plenty of ways around it. And if that's the sole point of the deck, then it seems like you basically lose if someone has a way around it.

July 21, 2012 1:27 a.m.

graft says... #279

Hey all, sorry for being incognito for so long. Life has been keeping me busy.

Adam Styborski over at Daily MTG is calling for examples of lesser-known formats so that he can publicize them. You can read the article here. If you have a favorite Noble deck (either yours or someone else's), send it to him in an email using the "Respond Via Email" link at the bottom of the article, and explain why you like Noble. I've already sent him one email, but I'm sure if you guys send a few he'll be more likely to include it in his upcoming article. One catch, he needs your submissions by midnight on August 15th. That's right around the corner! Get to it!

Thanks squire1 for pointing this out to me!

August 13, 2012 8:43 a.m.

graft says... #280

Noble was featured on Adam Styborski's column on Daily MTG today: http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/sf/210

My thanks to MLBurt, who gave an excellent description of Noble and his Noble Knight of the Reliquary deck was featured. Also thanks to Virlym, whose Noble Boros Armor deck was also featured. Congrats guys! Thanks to everyone else who sent in a submission, even if I'm not sure who you are :D

If you would like Adam to take a deeper look at Noble in the future, send him an email through the link at the bottom of the article.

August 28, 2012 10:25 a.m.

Crivaro says... #281

Kickass! :D Note, that he wrote: "In fact, I received several different responses all sharing that playing Noble is a noble idea indeed! Of all the pitches I read, converting Commander and Pauper into a slick way to have your go-to card is something that lit up my radar. If you agree, let me know and I'll make a plan to revisit it someday."

The last sentence should be the thing we should try. Revisiting this format is the 2nd step to get this supported! Great work guys, thanks!

August 28, 2012 11:27 a.m.

Ohthenoises says... #282

Any format where mill is viable I consider to be healthy. Good job graft!

August 28, 2012 11:52 a.m.

Virlym says... #283

Thanks graft. The Noble Boros Armor deck I submitted was just a funny Boros deck I made for my friend because he didn't have a noble deck, but he wanted one. He liked Boros and equipment, so I just threw that together for him. I thought it was amusing enough to merit using as an example. Apparently that was a good idea. :)

August 28, 2012 6 p.m.

Just made my first Noble deck. Tezzeret's a Jerk (Noble) Looking for some feedback since I'm sure that there's something I overlooked, besides a sideboard.

Thanks in advance.

August 31, 2012 3:38 a.m.

Shavnir says... #285

This format looks interesting but the urge to break a beautiful thing in front of me was just too great.

Fine gentlemen and ladies of the comments section, I present to you a case for Goblin Charbelcher to be banned, Noble Belch

September 1, 2012 1:55 p.m.

courtsjester says... #286

As a dedicated combo player, it pains me to agree about Goblin Charbelcher being banned. Another deck showing the power of a Noble 1 land Belcher Port:

Not-So-Noble Belcher

September 1, 2012 11:48 p.m.

Shavnir says... #287

Please look at courtsjester's list instead of mine, I forgot that Street Wraith was uncommon and have too many uncommons in my list. How embarrassing! :(

September 2, 2012 12:10 p.m.

mandroid says... #288

Great to see people still here commenting. Everyone should go have a peek at the website: noblemtg.com. I've been working on updating it and it looks pretty good at this point. Look for more updates in the future.

September 3, 2012 3:38 a.m.

mandroid says... #289

Also it is my opinion that Lotus Petal should be banned. It has appeared as a four-of in almost every decklist which has resulted in another card being banned. It's showing up as a four-of even in non-combo decks to speed their clock up. In general, any time a card is that prolific it tends to stifle format development (think Skullclamp - when it was released you either played it or played a deck designed to beat it: there were no other options). Any other takes?

September 4, 2012 11:54 a.m.

courtsjester says... #290

I have mixed feelings about Lotus Petal but I am currently working on a list to show the power of card:Lion's Eye Diamond which is another rare I feel should be banned. Also, the power of Palinchron I feel is overwhelming when combined with High Tide . This is a rough high tide list i drafted up a few days ago that is capable of going infinite on turn 3.

Noble High Tide

September 4, 2012 6:41 p.m.

mandroid says... #291

Hey all, I just enabled the forums on the site. If people are interested in contributing discussions to the ban list, I feel like that would be more conductive to actually having conversations about particular cards because here it's just one long thread. There are only a smattering of sections up right now but I'm working on getting everything finalised. Next update to the site will involve hopefully styling the forums, and updating the rules page to reflect the latest version.


September 7, 2012 1:17 a.m.

mandroid says... #292

Also, just because a deck is capable of going infinite on turn 3 doesn't necessarily mean that a ban is warranted. It's those which go off on turn 3 an exceptional amount of the time. Not sure what exactly the threshold is, but there was one established a while back. Think it was something like > 50% of the time. Can anyone confirm?

September 7, 2012 1:21 a.m.

My first attempt at a noble deck. It focuses on Burn and uses the ever powerful Kiln Fiend along with the annoying Delver of Secrets  Flip and perhaps the most powerful burn spell of all time Bonfire of the Damned . The deck is Kiln Noble

September 10, 2012 8:33 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #294

Most powerful? Pshhhh Comet Storm man... Comet Storm

September 10, 2012 8:35 p.m.

theonyc says... #295

rckclimber, you do know you don't draw bonfire right? your gonna have to hard cast it, meaning 5 mana is 2 damage

September 10, 2012 8:55 p.m.

Unmiracled Bonfire is RXX

Pay for 3 - deals 1 damage to target player and each creature they control

Pay for 5 - deals 2 damage to target player and each creature they control

Pay for 7 - deals 3 damage to target player and each creature they control

Comet storm is XRR (multikicker for 1)

Pay for 3 - deals 1 damage to target player or target creature

Pay for 4 - deals 1 damage to 2 target creatures/players or deals 2 damage to 1 creature/player

Pay for 5 - deals 3 damage to 1 creature/player or 2 damage to 2 target creature/player or 1 damage to 3 target creatures/players

Pay for 7 - deals 5 damage to one c/p, or 4 damage to 2x c/p, or 3 damage to 3x c/p, or 2 damage to 4x c/p, or 1 damage to 5x c/p

If you have mutiple targets then bonfire is pretty much always going to be better than comet storm. If you only have one target then technically Fireball is better than both of them. Yes the differences will get different longer down the road, but if you're still playing the game in a burn deck when you have more than 7 mana, then you're probably going to lose anyway. (granted a board wipe via bonfire is gonna be more advantageous in that situation too)

If it was me I'd want bonfire hands down over comet storm. Every time. The multikicker will add up quick with targets. Not to mention that comet storm still costs one more R than Bonfire. I did say "perhaps" the best as it would require more conversation, but I think a strong case could be made.

September 10, 2012 8:56 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #297

Mayhave been done but deck:noble-crawler lol

September 14, 2012 11:01 p.m.

theonyc says... #298

someone should make an article where people vote for the strongest deck (i would but have no clue how to make a article)

September 15, 2012 10:39 p.m.

theonyc says... #299

just to say, i think Sinkhole , it uses 2 mana to destroy a land, at common rarity. thats op in noble

October 4, 2012 8:57 p.m.

Frazzify says... #300

I've been brewing up some pretty cool Noble decks. Check 'em out:

All-In Noble

Crater-Smash Noble

October 25, 2012 10:54 p.m.

theonyc says... #301

isn't noble dead?

October 25, 2012 10:56 p.m.

graft says... #302

I've personally been lazy, but no, it isn't dead.

October 26, 2012 7:22 a.m.

theonyc says... #303

for the leylines does the noble zone count as the hand? trying to give advise to tree farmers, deck:i-dare-you-to-hit-me

October 29, 2012 4:36 p.m.

theonyc says... #304

also merlira should probably be banned, turn 3 infinite life with turn 4 victory is to easy

October 29, 2012 4:37 p.m.

courtsjester says... #305

Melira can be disrupted pretty easily, even on a budget. I would look at some of the legacy combo decks to find the really degenerate combos that should be banned. Like the belcher list I put together. It has about a 70% turn 1 win rate with no mulligan.

October 31, 2012 12:53 a.m.

miracleHat says... #306

hello hello hello! is anybody there, this used to alive with activity, now it is in one of the biggest coma like state ever! ANSWER ME PLEASE!

November 26, 2012 8:43 p.m.

graft says... #307

What can I do for you?

Also, sorry that I've been lazy about ban ideas and things. Folks who want to help build up the community -- check out http://noblemtg.com. mandroid and Crivaro have done a great job with it, and I've been planning out some inaugural articles for it if I can ever find the time.

November 27, 2012 8:36 a.m.

Fleetfiend says... #308

I have a question;

When you cast your Noble card from the Command Zone, does it cost more to cast it subsequent times, as with the Commander format?

December 17, 2012 5:08 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #310

The noble card never returns to the commander zone. Once played it is treated like any other card, going to the graveyard after being cast if instant or sorcery, or after being destroyed if a permanent.

So you would hae no reason to have a tax as it can never return.

December 17, 2012 5:13 p.m.

Fleetfiend says... #311

Alrighty, thanks.

Here's my first shot at a Noble deck: Burning Sickness

December 17, 2012 11:02 p.m.

I radically changed my UG deck into Overbeing in name only and added a new deck, Speedpost.

December 27, 2012 1:37 p.m.

courtsjester says... #313

It seems to me like the Noble format has died out. There is too much room for hyper aggressive combo decks in the format, and unless you are willing to drop $320 for 4 force of wills and have them take up all your uncommon slots, there is no reason to play this in any kind of competitive setting because you are going to die by turn 2.

February 2, 2013 1:46 p.m.

Rahienn says... #314

I disagree. In my community we have a lot of noble players and the number is growing. If you put creativity into decks and use cards that have fallen out of the public eye you can build decks that are cheap and still get the job done. One of the most competitive decks I use is only $30, and most are only around $20. I admit you can make (expensive) hyper aggressive decks that win in the first few turns but that is true in most formats. At its heart this format is about flavorful and inexpensive decks and it's still very much alive.

February 2, 2013 2:27 p.m.

Ohthenoises says... #315

I really have to disagree as well, I've found that even Mill can be viable. In fact Noble Archivist, my own mill project, has proven to be quite a good deck.

February 2, 2013 2:36 p.m.

Rahienn says... #316

For the War! and My Glyph Brings All the Beasts to the Yard are my most recent nobles decks!

Currently tweaking Xathrid Smashing. Not used to Golgari colors :P

February 5, 2013 9:33 p.m.

Crivaro says... #317

Hrm, time for me to make some new decks I guess :D

February 6, 2013 5:53 a.m.

blackbaki777 says... #318

wait is Dark Ritual legal?????? at 4???????????? thats to insane

February 6, 2013 9 p.m.

Rahienn says... #319

I believe it is. Hey, you still have to draw it to use it!

February 6, 2013 9:39 p.m.

miracleHat says... #320

FYI, i like the website (especially the way it shows decks), although why is there a picture of somebody with a cat (it is really cute though...)?

February 6, 2013 10:39 p.m.

Crivaro says... #321

@blackbaki: Make up a deck and show it ;) I made one in which I use it 4 times and it isn't that broken... it's good, but not too good. Look: Mean Squad

February 7, 2013 1:48 a.m.

graft says... #322

I herd u liek set reviews, so I wrote a Noble-centric set review for Gatecrash. Here it is! http://www.noblemtg.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=1467

Go read it instead of doing work or school or whatever. Be a slacker. Peer pressure! There's also a contest in there for those who read carefully. I'd like to make this a recurring column for each new set, so your feedback is important to me. Enjoy!

February 12, 2013 12:50 p.m.

Fight Club!

My first attempt at a noble deck

February 12, 2013 4:06 p.m.

Also should Goblin Charbelcher be banned? its pretty much game ending and if you have it as the noble it can be used in pretty much any low mana goblin deck then suddenly game

February 13, 2013 11:37 a.m.

theonyc says... #325

what are you talking about m12fox? man holding cat?

February 13, 2013 7:04 p.m.

Rahienn says... #326

2 more Nobles: Majestic Soul Stealing Swans and Shattering Dreams

And my entry to graft's magical and mysterious contest: Raise an Army, Win a War!

Awesome job on the review btw! Looks great, reads great! Perhaps you could include more combos that can be created with cards from previous sets (like the one on Hold the Gates) those are fun to read.

February 14, 2013 7:25 p.m.

miracleHat says... #327

made 2 noble decks (that i think are very noble) and they are noble Boros in standard and noble Boros in legacy

February 16, 2013 12:07 a.m.

I've updated my noble deck Tezzeret's a Jerk (Noble)

Seems a lot more playable now. I'm always open for opinions. Also if anyone has any ideas for Time Sieve or Master Transmuter

February 16, 2013 2:41 a.m.

Rahienn says... #329


For Time Sieve first things that come to mind are: Disciple of the Vault , Myr Servitor , Myr Sire , Myr Retriever , Genesis Chamber , and Skeleton Shard . I dabbled with an artifact reanimate deck awhile back! Also Thopter Assembly works beautifully but it is rare.

February 16, 2013 10:10 a.m.

Crivaro says... #330

My latest idea, based on grafts gift...The Noblemans Choice of Arms

February 16, 2013 10:42 a.m.

Yeah, I have a regular deck with Time Sieve and Thopter Assembly, was just wondering if it would be doable in Noble. Myr Servitor seems to be exactly what I as looking for. Thanks Rahienn

February 16, 2013 6:27 p.m.

EvenDryke says... #332

Right now I'm building a monoblue ninja deck, and a monowhite samurai deck in this format out of the old kamigawa cards I wasn't using. I'll be sure to upload the decklists here once I'm finished!

Once these decks are finished, I intend them to work like duel decks so I can introduce more people to this format.

Noblemen: Takeno, Samurai General and Higure, the Still Wind

A lot of the guys in my meta are of the "I would love to build a commander deck, but I just don't have the cash..." so I think this format is perfect for us. Thank you!

February 22, 2013 2:13 p.m.

Rewdog says... #333

Props to all of you guys and your amazing format! My decc is The Noble Hero

February 22, 2013 6:16 p.m.

EvenDryke says... #334

I finished the first iterations of my decks!

Ninja vs Samurai - Ninja and Ninja vs Samurai - Samurai

Please tell me what you think. =]

February 22, 2013 6:18 p.m.

graft says... #335

Well, my little Gatecrash contest is over. Check to see if you are a winner here (spoiler, if you entered the contest, you are a winner!)

February 26, 2013 9:01 a.m.

Virlym says... #336

Question. Can your noble be a viable choice for an imprint target? Such as for Isochron Scepter. (Or for another similar effect)

March 11, 2013 3:11 p.m.

graft says... #337

The rules currently do not allow you to imprint your Noble from the Command Zone, but it could instead be imprinted if you had a way to return it to your hand, such as a Regrowth-type effect. We did create a special rule for suspend cards but I feel like it is a bit sloppy to create new rules for specific keyword interactions. I will mull it over. If anyone has any suggestions of how such a rule would be implemented, I'm all ears.

Since Noble is a casual format you can always just ask your playgroup if they would allow the interaction.

March 11, 2013 4:27 p.m.

Virlym says... #338

Working on a new deck Noble Mishra. Let me know what you think?

April 19, 2013 5:50 p.m.

courtsjester says... #339

I still think that Goblin Charbelcher should be banned as a noble.

April 25, 2013 10:31 p.m.

graft says... #340

With a new set comes a new edition of Noble Notables - Dragon's Maze Edition. Take a peek at my evaluation of cards as reviewed from a Noble perspective, and take part in any or all of the three contests!

Side note: Regarding the ban list, I haven't had time to conduct much testing, but I feel as though we were overzealous with the original ban list. I want to look at trimming it down quite a bit, and eventually update it to see if we need to make additional bans. At some point I will initiate a conversation over in the Noble Forums where we can dissect these issues. Until then, thanks a million for your patience and support!

May 15, 2013 2:10 p.m.

MajorKiter says... #341

Hey graft, i can use Maze's End as my noble card?

May 16, 2013 12:16 a.m.

Crivaro says... #342

Of cause ;D

May 16, 2013 3:57 a.m.

Dorotheus says... #343

This is the first time reading or hearing of this format. Its interesting.

As for bans... due to the nature of the format.. I believe that if its banned in anything, that it should be banned in this format. This is meant truly for casual players.

If its on ANY major banlist (legacy, vintage, EDH, modern, block constructed, or standard), then it should be banned.Also, why Splinter Twin but not Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker ?

August 15, 2013 9:27 p.m.

oakdruid says... #344

do online master's editions count twoard the lowest possible rareity rule?

November 17, 2013 6:58 p.m.

graft says... #345

Yes, the MTGO Masters Edition printings count towards the lowest rarity. Feel free to go nuts and run 4x Righteous Avengers and 4x River Merfolk s in the same deck :). Same goes for the other Masters Edition prints as well. Thanks for the question!

November 19, 2013 9:12 a.m.

MaliciousMac says... #346

Oh my... this is awesome.

Sun Titan abuse?

I'm on it!

November 19, 2013 9:27 a.m.

MaliciousMac says... #347

November 19, 2013 9:29 a.m.

Rugbyfh10 says... #348

I found this format today and I absolutely love it, I made my deck and I can not wait to buy it and play with my friends.

deck chart Agent of Destruction


November 21, 2013 3:51 a.m.

zipl0c says... #349

So, do you start with 20 life, or 40? I haven't seen anywhere where it specifies that, though I could be blind.

December 6, 2013 10:02 a.m.

Crivaro says... #350

20 Life, as normal =)

December 6, 2013 10:03 a.m.

Rugbyfh10 says... #351

This is a question I have been wondering as well, when you playtest on here it starts you at 40 life. So this is probably something that should be addressed in the rules.

December 6, 2013 1:59 p.m.

graft says... #352

Thanks for bringing up this issue, I was not aware. I left a message for mr yeago! to see if he can fix it.

December 6, 2013 3:47 p.m.

FierceShaka says... #353

This is awesome! Totally trying it out (yeah, just found it today).

I just have a feeling that "Noble Zone" (or... Throne?) works instead of Command Zone...

December 31, 2013 9 p.m.

graft says... #354

Thanks! I hope you enjoy it. We chose to use the Command Zone because it is an existing zone within the comprehensive MtG rules, and it is used the same way. A "Noble Zone" would be different in name only :)

January 2, 2014 4:36 p.m.

FierceShaka says... #355

I see. Derevi, Empyrial Tactician and Oloro, Ageless Ascetic have effects then, I guess. Though I do not see a situation in which it would make much sense to cast Derevi with 4cc instead of 3cc, Oloro has a real impact. Is that correct? Or the face-down part removes that?

January 2, 2014 5:34 p.m.

graft says... #356

Technically the face-down part of the Noble rules prevents either Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Oloro, Ageless Ascetic from having any abilities in the Command Zone, so neither of their command zone abilities has any function. This doesn't sit particularly well with me, but there are plenty of other cards that also lose functionality as a Noble. What does the community think? Should we change the rule so that the Noble is face-up in the Command Zone (similar to EDH)? Personally I am a fan of the "surprise" of playing against a new deck and trying to figure out what the Noble is. But I can be flexible. Since it is a casual format I think people will play whichever way they like to play, but I can at least update the rules if wanted.

January 3, 2014 8:30 a.m.

FierceShaka says... #357

I'm with you for the surprise. Just pointed out to be sure =)

And this thing is really good, a poor-man's-game in which we can use a power card fits well for me here (MtG cards cost roughly twice as much in Brazil...). One deck done and it costs... nothing! (Noble of the Parish)

Thanks for the creation!

January 3, 2014 10:44 a.m.

Crivaro says... #358

Surprise +1. It's the point of having a secret card, not having it open over and over again. To me, it's a fundamental thing to choose when I use this Noble-Joker. Making it a repeatable trick is a bad thing IMO, because it leads to decks everyone is playing because of this effect of the cards outside the game. They may not be the best decks, but surely more cards with those effect will come since commander is a cool official format (now).

And less diversity in the Noble Cards is pretty much the opposite of what we tried to do with the format - giving unusual cards their ensured spotlight.

January 5, 2014 10:34 a.m.

Nixnax101 says... #359

I personally would have thought that Serf would be a better name, as it is still a low class, and doesn't have any implications of wealth or status. But names aside, I think this sounds like a very interesting format- I hate losing simply because I'm the one guy that can't afford playsets of shocklands. Also, just affirming something: Planeswalkers can be Nobles, right? And the way you phrased the deck construction made it sound like nonbasic lands are a no-go, so no cloudpost silliness?

January 5, 2014 6:52 p.m.

vishnarg says... #360

Just pointing this out but I think a few banned cards you missed: Mana Drain , Chaos Orb , and Shahrazad .

January 5, 2014 9:37 p.m.

Crivaro says... #361

Nixnax101: Of cause you can play Planeswalkers as Nobles. Also, you can play as much common nonbasics as you like according to normal deckbuilding rules.

January 6, 2014 10:19 a.m.

Nixnax101 says... #362

I built a Steel Overseer Noble deck; not terribly expensive, about 30$ at average price range. Link dump here- http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/steel-overseer-noble/

@Crivaro: Thank you for that help, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't breaking any rules before I spread it to friends.

January 6, 2014 8:43 p.m.

mandroid says... #363

wow great to see people still commenting on this. If the dev team is still listening in, I'm still interested in building some kind of a deckbuilding queue on the main site, but Yeago never ended up getting back to me about the TO API. If anyone can get a hold of him please send me an email (yall know what it is) as I would love to integrate that feature!!

January 8, 2014 4:56 p.m.

xunclekevinx says... #364

The moment you said $500 for a deck was ridiculous, you lost all credibility. If you're only spending 500 on a deck that wins, you got lucky.

February 27, 2014 5:09 p.m.

How come you have 2 rares, you have Gideon's Avenger and Loxodon Warhammer

April 30, 2014 9:35 p.m.


April 30, 2014 9:38 p.m.

DeathGamer says... #367

Will Waste Not be banned when M15 is released?

May 3, 2014 8:35 p.m.

graft says... #368

@ DeathGamer: definitely not. It's a cool card and I don't think it will be too broken.

May 4, 2014 12:22 p.m.

Check out my deck, Elves of the Elderscale, please? It says almost everything is illegal, but none of the cards I'm using are on the Banned List.

May 6, 2014 7:56 a.m.

Check out my wither noble Ashes to Ashes . It is very cheap to build and very aggressive. I hope you like it.

May 18, 2014 7:34 p.m.

Check out my wither noble Asche zu Asche. It is very cheap to build and very aggressive. I hope you like it.

May 18, 2014 7:36 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #372

i prefer this to pauper

June 28, 2014 11:58 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #373

Also Battle of Wits should be banned. It's a guaranteed turn 5 win and can be sooner with the addition of mana dorks and other ramping.

June 29, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Eevika says... #374

Here is my first noble deck Noble Life Gain. Please check it out and give me suggestions.

August 23, 2014 5:50 p.m.

mandroid says... #375

Wow, I'm amazed that people are still commenting on this thread - so happy that I could be a part of this!

To graft and the others who worked on the site together - I am currently working for a CMS company which is offering free websites. If you are interested we could migrate to the platform, you would no longer have to pay the $5 per month for noblemtg.com currently (though you would still have to pay for domain registration), and there are additional features in the software which make the creation of websites easy.

If you would like to try it out I can probably accomplish the migration in a couple of days, then we can basically just go nuts on it implementing features which we were interested in but never got around to due to time constraints, school etc...

If you are interested in that or any other aspect of the noblemtg site, including further improvements to it without moving the hosting, shoot me an email. You should still have my email, but that account is flooded with spam. Please contact me at fname.lname@gmail.com, where my fname and lname have not changed from the ncf account.

September 5, 2014 1:25 p.m.

Frytrix99 says... #376

Hey guys. I LOVE this format! I think it will become my new favorite format. This is the first deck that i built in Noble : Noble Reaper, deathtouching your soul.

Take a look if you have time, I will probably do many new decks with the next booster box I'll open.

September 21, 2014 8:55 p.m.
October 2, 2014 1:27 p.m.

ctrlaltelite says... #378

Are cards like Cloudpost banned? Posts are pretty dang poweful, tbh and you could see someone building around the without much difficulty, as Glimmerpost is common too.

December 10, 2014 6:57 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #379

ctrlaltelite apparently not, so feel free to try breaking the format with them

December 10, 2014 7:14 p.m.

ctrlaltelite says... #380

shinobigarth Will do! :D

December 10, 2014 8:44 p.m.

Blackblade says... #381

Awesome guys. Love this.

December 12, 2014 9:21 p.m.

Frytrix99 says... #382

ctrlaltelite, when i saw your comment and I take it like a challenge. It end on with this : 12-Noble-post.

December 14, 2014 11:20 a.m.

Anyone want to help me with a Lethal Vapors Noble?

December 14, 2014 12:47 p.m.

Serra's Sanctum and Gaea's Cradle should be banned too.

January 11, 2015 12:19 a.m.

It's hardly new at this point, but I figure I should post my most successful Noble deck here: Noble Urborg - What the FRACK?! [Drillin' for Oil]. I love this format, and I've even hosted a Noble tournament.

January 11, 2015 4:40 p.m.

rathamar1 says... #386

heay my first noble deck is probably too jank but still awsome in its consistency Noble Assault

March 7, 2015 3:44 p.m.

So if I've got a card like Shield Sphere that was printed as a common in a MTGO only set and is uncommon in paper, can I still play it as a common in my noble deck?

May 13, 2015 9:26 p.m.

shinobigarth says... #388

iClassicControl i honestly doubt MTGO editions count, so i would say no but the rules don't seem to say.

May 14, 2015 1:04 a.m.

Anybody in the Noble-using community have any thoughts on my latest Noble deck -- Natural Enhancement? I'd love to get some feedback!

May 15, 2015 1:19 a.m.

daengburapa says... #390

I love this! I came up with an idea similar to this because I liked pauper, but wanted some more flexibility. I called it the bourgeois format because it was like a pauper deck that thought it belonged in the nobility.

May 24, 2015 10:32 p.m.

Not sure if this would actually work, but I'd definitely do something with The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale as my noble card (how is that not banned yet???) playing a bunch of counterspells and burn spells, or I'd have Emrakul, the Aeons Torn as my noble with 4x each Urza's Mine, Urza's Power Plant, Urza's Tower and build around that. Just too lazy to do it tonight, but I'll probably work on it tomorrow. Suggestions are welcome :)

May 24, 2015 10:50 p.m.

Obviously, I did not read all 400 of those comments so if this has already been addressed well sorry.

Says that I may activate my noble's abilities from the command zone. Let's talk Bloodrush. I am technically incapable of discarding a card that isn't technically in my hand-thus, does my Bloodrush noble simply stay in the command zone?

May 25, 2015 1:19 a.m.

finallegend says... #393

This is awesome, I've been looking for a way to make Broodstar as a 'comander' but just didn't quite know how.

One question (and when I did a Ctrl+F I wasn't able to find this question already) but is AEther Vial at all OP for the one (or more) of the 4 uncommons due to it's Darksteel Print?

July 17, 2016 12:48 a.m.

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