Ancient Runes

Ancient Runes


At the beginning of each player's upkeep, Ancient Runes deals damage to that player equal to the number of artifacts he or she controls.

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Set Rarity
Tempest (TMP) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Ancient Runes Discussion

multimedia on Torbran, Thane of Red Hell

4 months ago

Hey, nice budget version of Torbran.

Tectonic Reformation is an often overlooked budget source of repeatable draw for red. Combine damage from Torbran and Glint-Horn Buccaneer with Reformation's repeatable cycling, Molten Vortex and Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion's combat damage to player to do a lot of damage to your opponents when you discard cards. When you can use Mountains as sources of draw or damage then this can give you a lot of wanted value with mono red because the one thing mono red has is a lot of Mountains.

Consider other budget cards that can be repeatable sources of damage, disrupt or stop many opponent strategies: Zo-Zu the Punisher, Harsh Mentor, Immolation Shaman? Ancient Runes can put the hurt on opponents who play lots of mana rocks or other artifacts. Pyrostatic Pillar can shut down combos that require casting cards. With Circle of Flame opponents will think twice about attacking you with ground creatures.

Smoke is a very good budget disruptive card for nonaggro mono red. Reverberate and Dualcaster Mage are helpful cards to play since mono red lacks tutors and they can copy an opponents tutor.

Good luck with your deck.

Carthaginian on Alec's kitties

1 year ago

Needs more Ancient Runes

Carthaginian on Carthaginian

1 year ago

needs more Ancient Runes

sanddeviljack on Five Colour - Maths!

3 years ago

Not too worried about Ancient Runes myself-- I laughed my ass off listening to the show! Too fun.

NewHorizons on Kaervek the Merciless, BITCH!

3 years ago

I made this a little while ago around the same principle. It's a little bit more aggressive about lifeloss than you might be comfortable with.

If I had to make a cutlist for your deck I'd say that these ones come to mind immediately.

There's a lot of disparate elements here that I don't think combine very well. So for instance there's a whole equipment suite/subtheme but a low creature count with mostly high cmcs. Also there are a token cards like Vicious Shadows that don't exactly go with the creature cards you have because they are again, mostly high costed beaters in their own right.

If I had to advise you on a direction for this deck. I'd go lighter in creatures, drop the equipment, and go heavier on instants/sorceries/enchantments.

with the aforementioned damage doublers it should be fairly easy to knock huge chunks off of your opponents.

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