Ankle Shanker

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Ankle Shanker

Creature — Goblin Berserker


Whenever Ankle Shanker attacks, creatures you control gain first strike and deathtouch until end of turn.

Gidgetimer on Can a Player Stack Ankle …

2 months ago

Since both Ankle Shanker and Caesar, Legion's Emperor trigger on attacking their controller can put them on the stack in whatever order they choose.

Haste can be useful even if the tokens come in tapped and attacking. The most obvious interaction in these colors is with extra combat spells. Breath of Fury with Caesar and a way to prevent your tokens from being blocked is infinite combats.

DemonDragonJ on Can a Player Stack Ankle …

2 months ago

If a player attacks with both Ankle Shanker and Caesar, Legion's Emperor, can that player stack the abilities of those creatures in such a way that the shanker grants first strike and deathtoucch to the tokens that Caesar produces?

As a bonus question, why do the tokens that Caesar generates has haste if they enter the battlefield attacking? Is that not redundant?

Crow_Umbra on

4 months ago

No prob! Isshin is one of my favorite commanders, he's a lot of fun to play.

Although it is also a combat damage trigger like the Ancient Dragons, I do recommend Professional Face-Breaker. At 3 cmc, she's much more accessible, & she rewards you for going wide, which most Isshin decks tend to want to do. She compliments the Treasure production you already have in your deck.

No worries, totally understandable. My meta tends to lean more aggro & Go-Wide, so Goad stuff feels like it gets more mileage in that context. Mass Goad feels like it buy a turn by deflecting aggro away, & leaves everyone else more open to subsequent attacks since attackers are tapped out. The times I've played Breena, she tends to get huge, & the rest of the table tries to benefit from her as much as possible. Breena can also load up +1/+1 counters on Krenko and Anim Pakal.

I meant to add in my last comment, but I think Sun Titan or Carmen, Cruel Skymarcher could be potential replacements for Kroxa and Kunoros. K&K need a deeper investment into your graveyard to benefit from them.

Ankle Shanker and Vault of the Archangel could also be worth a look as death touch anthems. Ankle Shanker was replaced by Taunt from the Ramparts in my deck, but first strike & deathtouch are hard to pass up. Shanker is good on its own without needing Isshin.

DarkKiridon on Alesha, Who Smiles at Death

5 months ago

Ankle Shanker is my only recommendation. It's a card I've always wished was legendary.

griffstick on If you could run any …

5 months ago

1: Crypt Ghast is my #1 choice, because I love mono black.

2: Ankle Shanker is a must for me. I want that deathtouch vigilance firststrike deck soo bad.

3: Bloodlord of Vaasgoth, I love Vampires.

4: Bloodline Keeper  Flip... same

5: Arena Rector, monowhite super friends.

6: Consecrated Sphinx draw cards

7: Demon of Death's Gate would be super fun to cheat out without cmdr tax over and over again.

8: Lord of the Void would be fun plus demons are a favorite tribe of mine

9: High Priest of Penance, indestructible combos, control the board and pillow fort up

10: Sunblast Angel. A board wipe in the command zone that makes your opponents think twice about attacking.

Alejandross626 on Isshin, Two Combats as One

6 months ago

Thanks for all the help and suggestions! I took a look at your Isshin deck build and it's looking fantastic!

I added a few minor swaps, most notably Chromatic Orrery to help the mana flow a bit. But I LOVE the Ankle Shanker swap, I don't know how that card slipped my radar!

I think in general I'm heading for the go-wide tokens theming, and I hope The Master, Multiplied and eventually Ojer Taq, Deepest Foundation  Flip will help with that tremendously.

Crow_Umbra on Ave, True to Caesar (Primer Prototype)

6 months ago

Generally speaking, I think Caesar and token Isshin lists will end up having a lot of similarities. In looking at your list, I have a few suggestions:

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Caesar is likely going to find a home in my Isshin deck, come next March. I'm hoping we get a decent NCR Ranger in the precon.

Darb_the_Bard on Buttercup: Princess Bride

7 months ago

I decided I like Elas il-Kor, Sadistic Pilgrim in the deck. However, I only like it for being a two-mana legendary creature whose colors are not red and green (i.e. able to be cast early and play alongside Jegantha to pump Buttercup's power to at least 6). I still don't find Elas il-Kor's abiltity to be that useful in this specific deck. For these reasons, I took it out and replaced it with Jirina, Dauntless General, which can be sacrificed to protect Buttercup and many of our other key cards since they happen to be humans: Westley, Inigo, Miracle Max, Vizzini, Odric, Jodah, Dynaheir, Reki, Jhoira, Shanid, Leinore, Kenrith, and Halana and Alena.

I also removed Ankle Shanker. While it's not bad, I don't feel it's great either as I would rather have another legendary that can come into play sooner. Its benefit was giving deathtouch to everything, but Odric does it so much better while also being tutorable. So, I decided I would rather add ways to protect Odric once we tutor for him. Jirina, named above, does this. I also added Linvala, Shield of Sea Gate since she has a very similar ability. She costs one more than Jarina but can protect all creatures (not just humans) and also provides flying for our keyword soup. Finally, I added Arwen, Mortal Queen since she can hand out an indestructible counters, which we can potentially proliferate to then hand out even more. Plus she synergizes with +1/+1 counters and can add lifelink to our keyword soup.

Of your latest suggestions, I think Anafenza, the Foremost has the most synergy due to its ability to give out +1/+1 counters, which I like alongside Miracle Max. I added that one to the maybeboard. The other cards can all do powerful things, but I would prefer them in lists that have more specific synergies with them.

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