Good pillowfort cards for superfriends decks?

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Posted on March 2, 2017, 8:43 a.m. by Sloanan

So I've got an Atraxa, Praetors' Voice superfriends deck, because I am unique and value creative thought. It's super light on creatures, cuz most of the slots are either planeswalkers or controlly stuff.

Initially, I had some decent pillowfort stuff like Propaganda, Crawlspace, and Ghostly Prison. Y'know, the norms. But, as I've noticed after a few playthroughs, they often do my planeswalkers no good. Due to the wording, they just don't stop my opponents from attacking my PWs. I know that I can use Sphere of Safety if I have enough enchantments, but I'm wondering if there's anything else that can slow them down enough to not worry. I'm tempted to put some stax in there like Tangle Wire or Smokestack, but I know the salt will be quite high at that point. But if it does the trick, I suppose it's worth it.

So that's my basic need - Are there any other non-staxy pillowfort cards that can keep my PWs safe or do I just need to bite the bullet and go full-on stax?

MagicalHacker says... #2

You'll find stuff like Sphere of Safety and Peacekeeper in MagicalHacker - List of All Pillow Fort Cards, but when I played superfriends, my favorite pillow fort was Mystic Barrier.

March 2, 2017 8:55 a.m.

metalevolence says... #3

Well Humility is thing, but not a good choice if a meager smokestack or tangle wire would open the salt mines.

Honestly Reef Worm or even Darksteel Myr does a pretty good job holding off non-evasive random beats. Or you could play something like Bitterblossom or Lingering Souls for a stream of flying chump blocks.

You could also just wrath more.

March 2, 2017 9:19 a.m.

Argeaux says... #4

I like to use cards that can wreck my Opponent's attacking field, like AEtherize, AEtherspouts, Evacuation, Illusionist's Gambit, and even Aethersnatch to take away a last minute pump.

You can play a bit of a political game and warn them, "If you attack my Planeswalkers I will weaken your board state."

Don't bluff and make sure you follow through on your threat.

March 2, 2017 10:07 a.m.

chaosumbreon87 says... #5

I'd rather trinisphere and thorn of amythest effects to smokestax as you cant break parity as easily. Defense grid is good there too.

If you want a double edged sword for your sphere of safety, Enchanted Evening is fun there.

March 2, 2017 10:28 a.m.

Uskebasi says... #6

No one mentioned Collective Restraint?

March 2, 2017 12:09 p.m.

Uskebasi says... #7

March 2, 2017 12:10 p.m.

MagicalHacker says... #8

Neither Collective Restraint nor Teferi's Moat work for this deck style.

March 2, 2017 12:30 p.m.

frogkill45 says... #9

Dueling Grounds or its creature version Silent Arbiter

March 2, 2017 12:58 p.m.

Zaueski says... #10

Norn's Annex, Marchesa's Decree, Archangel of Tithes, and Blood Reckoning come to mind.. There's also several other cards that let you draw whenever they attack you like Isperia, Supreme Judge.

March 2, 2017 1:01 p.m.

enpc says... #11

Just play Godhead of Awe and Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite.

Ultimately, repeatable Fog effects might also be the way to go with protecting planeswalkers. Stick it on an Isochron Scepter and you're laughing.

March 2, 2017 5:34 p.m.

Spike Weaver is broken in Atraxa.

March 2, 2017 7:40 p.m.

RedUndead40 says... #13

Yeah I've been playing Atraxa Superfriends and can agree that Spike Weaver is your best bet. Also just having an Atraxa out with maybe a Shield of the Oversoul reeeally makes people hesitant to attack you. Maze of Ith can also do a lot of work.

March 10, 2017 5:27 p.m.

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