Astral Slide

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Astral Slide


Whenever a player cycles a card, you may exile target creature. If you do, return that card to the battlefield under its owner's control at the beginning of the next end step.

legendofa on Astral Slide and „new“ Damage …

3 months ago

Your creature would survive, and you would not take damage. An annotated sequence of events for the combat step is basically

  • Enter combat step. Activate abilities, cast instants, trigger "at the beginning of combat" abilities, etc.
  • Active player declares which creatures are attacking, and which opponent or Planeswalker they're attacking. (Opponent attacks with 2/2.) Activate abilities, cast instants, trigger "Whenever ~ attacks" abilities, etc.
  • Defending player(s) declare which creatures are blocking and how. (You block the 2/2 with a 1/1.) Activate abilities, cast instants, trigger "Whenever ~ blocks" abilities, etc. (You cycle a card, triggering Astral Slide. You choose to exile the blocking creature. Slide resolves, and the creature is exiled.)
  • Attacking player assigns damage. Blocked creatures deal damage to blocking creatures, and unblocked creatures deal damage to whatever they were attacking. (The attacking 2/2 is still considered blocked, but has nothing to deal its damage to.)

Fast forward to the end step, when your creature returns.

There are a couple of exceptions, but this will get you through most interactions. The most common exception is probably trample. When damage is assigned, it is legal for the attacker to assign all damage to you, since it will overcome all present blockers by assigning them zero damage. Also, if you block an attacker with two creatures and exile one of them, the attacker can still choose to assign all damage to the blocker that's still in play.

RobinTheBird2 on Astral Slide and „new“ Damage …

3 months ago

Hello all, I haven't played Magic since 2004 and started again this year. I've learned that some rules have changed, including the "Damage on Stack" rule. Specifically, I am now wondering about the former Astral Slide combo: For example, is it still possible to block a 2/2 attacker with a 1/1 creature and save the creature with Astral Slide, by cycling a card, while preventing life loss? Or would my creature be destroyed? Or would the damage go through but the creature would be save? Thanks a lot for your help!

Squee_Spirit_Guide on Token Wipe

4 months ago

For repeatable use on a single token there's bouncers like Time Elemental, Temporal Adept, Waterfront Bouncer, and my favourite Tradewind Rider. If it has to be in white there's Witch Hunter and Eldrazi Displacer (if you can meet the colourless requirement). There's also cards that will do it if you meet a condition, like Skybind and Astral Slide.

Vessiliana on Zur de France

6 months ago

Have you thought about adding Astral Drift? It is nice redundancy for Astral Slide and is also Zur-able.

FoldedCorner on A Vicious Cycle

1 year ago

You might want to try Sundial of the Infinite . This lets you use Astral Drift and Astral Slide offensively. During your end step, with the re-enter triggers on the stack activate Sundial, leaving the permanents in exile forever.

zapyourtumor on

1 year ago

I think you should consider changing up the deck a bit and building around Astral Drift , just because Astral Slide is such a classic cycling deck. With Solitary Confinement being printed in MH2, you can do the cancerous Eternal Witness + Astral Drift + Solitary Confinement lock, plus Containment Priest was also reprinted which means you can exile your opponents creatures permanently with Containment Priest + Astral Drift .

Also, Sheltered Thicket and Scattered Groves would be great lands for this deck.

StarstormKK on Flaming shark tornado

1 year ago

I was looking around for a deck to build that uses Shark Typhoon because I keep finding them in the packs I buy. I came across yours and I like the idea of using Unpredictable Cyclone in conjunction with it. It allows you to cheat out more expensive spells pretty effectively, while still creating a shark army. On that note, I would completely revamp the spells you have chosen, aside from Neutralize and Boon of the Wish-Giver , because they need to have cycling to trigger this awesome effect. I do really like Narset of the Ancient Way for this deck. I would remove Teferi, Time Raveler unless you decide to use more sorceries, like Essence Fracture .

In any case, I love the basic concept and enjoyed trying to think about some synergy for it.

libraryjoy on Black and White - please help!

1 year ago

I would heartily NOT recommend Armageddon . You can check out the thread in the Forum on MLD (mass land destruction) from this week. It is NOT generally considered polite in casual circles, and generally frowned upon overall. Social Contract and LD Discussion

As to the Planeswalker question, looking at the options, I would front the extra money and buy Sorin Markov , as he fits well here. The others don't seem like they would add a lot of value. Overall, though, I usually don't run Planeswalkers. I have a few here and there that I like in certain decks, but overall, I find they aren't really worth it to me. They just put a target on my head, and unless they significantly advance my strategy, they're not worth the slot. Now I have a deck that does some Druid tribal, and Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury is awesome. I love Nissa Revane in an elf tribal deck. I like Teyo, the Shieldmage because he's a cheap option for personal hexproof, which can be very annoying. But overall, a Planeswalker is optional unless it really helps you.

Sunblast Angel and Blinding Light is a fun combo, but you need to be running multiple copies of each, and possibly some blink, to actually make it work. I had a deck that abused that, running Astral Slide , Rune of Protection: White et al, Auramancer , Momentary Blink , Cloudshift , Sunblast Angel , Subjugator Angel , Blinding Light , and Resolute Archangel . Yes, I am awful. It eventually became Hoofprints through the Galaxy, but that didn't last long, as all my friends hated playing against it. Basically, I just stopped them from attacking me by preventing damage from their sources until I could start dropping my big angels and swing for the kill. Still trying to come up with a deck for Hoofprints of the Stag that doesn't piss everyone off. Also, Sunblast Angel won't work if you're running Hushwing Gryff , FYI.

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