Altered Ego

Altered Ego

Creature — Shapeshifter

Altered Ego can't be countered.

You may have Altered Ego enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it enters with X additional +1/+1 counters on it.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Altered Ego Discussion

itsbuzzi on Favorite Standard Homebrew (any Standard)

6 months ago

Had a stupid ramp deck in origins. Casting a Gaea's Revenge was always fun because the only card that could touch it was Dromoka's Command and still you had to fight it with a big enough creature to then trade. And if it lived a turn (usually) I made another with Altered Ego but bigger. Top end was the 2 eldrazi titans. Good stuff

Simerix on Big Butt Big Mana

6 months ago

Cards to remove: Altered Ego, Horizon Chimera, Vastwood Hydra, Elixir of Immortality, Otherworld Atlas, Fog, Haze of Pollen, Respite, Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, Prosperity, Wildest Dreams, Thryx, the Sudden Storm

Meh cards: Folio of Fancies, Beanstalk Giant, Hydra Broodmaster

Be carful with cards like Prosperity because you give your opponents a lot of cards. You pay a lot of mana for them to draw a lot of cards.

Your lands suck. I can help you find better lands to use if you would like. You will be fine if you don't change them, but better lands go a long way.

Thryx, the Sudden Storm is a decent card, but look at your mana curve. You don't have many cards over 5 cmc. In other words, he doesn't reduce the cost of many spells.

Cards like Fog don't work well in commander. When life totals are so high, you don't care about one individual combat, but gaining large long term value. This is a single use card. It will also likely sit in your hand as a dead card most of the game. Compare Fog to a card like Propaganda

CrazyDanPsycho on Zaxara, the (Hopefully) Awesome

10 months ago

Massacar: Thanks for those suggestions! I agree, they would go fantastic in this deck. And I plan on getting the ones that I can afford from them next chance I get, along with The Ozolith and Altered Ego. Sadly, some of the cards I -need- for this deck are a bit out of my price range currently. I would definitely love to get my hands on the pricier cards, some day. Again, thanks for the suggestions!

Forkbeard on Zaxara, the Exemplary: Hydra Infestation

10 months ago

Hey CrazyDanPsycho. Altered Ego is a fun clone card and I like that it's an honorary hydra (re. shapeshifter), but ultimately it didn't make the cut here.

I hear you on the reusable ramp cards, but Expedition Map is part of a suite to specifically assist with getting Cabal Coffers + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth online - it's why I'm running other land tutor cards like Nylea's Intervention, Pir's Whim & Sylvan Scrying as well.

CrazyDanPsycho on Zaxara, the Exemplary: Hydra Infestation

11 months ago

I apologize if this has already been suggested, but I didn't see it anywhere: what do you think of Altered Ego? I'm attempting a Zaxara build, and am contemplating the Ego. I think it'd be kind of a funny kick in the opponent's teeth to not only copy one of their really awesome creatures, but a lot bigger than their puny version...(lol) Just a thought...

SynergyBuild on Is sword of feast and …

11 months ago

Actually DragonSliver9001 is really right here, because effects on an object don't discriminate by the object's name but it's timestamp. Also Spark Double SUUUPER doesn't work like that DeinoStinkus xD

Basically it's an effect layered on the creature, and so if another effect layered on the creature changes it's name later, nothing would change about the additional effect, unless the original effect cannot apply (we'll get to that). A good example would be like equipping a Sword of Feast and Famine to a Shapesharer, it can copy another creature, and the equipment still applies. Auras, equipment, and abilities work that way. If it be came a non-dragon however, and you had an effect that only affected dragons, like Crucible of Fire out, it would no longer apply.

However, as the effect of Moltensteel Dragon is just an effect that references itself, rather than all cards named Moltensteel Dragon, changing it's name to Skittles doesn't affect his ability, layering each instance of activating the dragon onto the power and toughness of Skittles.

Side note, the reason that Spark Double doesn't die as it enters is that it does. Assuming you decide not to copy a creature, the part of it that could change power and toughness as well as the part that gives a +1/+1 counter doesn't come into play (it has to copy a creature/Walker and be a creature to get the +1/+1 counter), and it will go to the yard as a state-based action.

All clones excluding a few (think Altered Ego with an X payed) have worked that way, they die without a target. The reason they don't die with a target is because they don't enter until you can choose one, as they enter AS a copy of a creature, and there is no ETB effect, so there is no point for state-based actions to apply.

carpecanum on Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy

1 year ago

Cryptolith Rite

Kruphix, God of Horizons would let you bank mana from turn to turn.

Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury makes mana dorks.

Things to pump up. Altered Ego, Killer Bees, Gigantoplasm

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