Crab Umbra

Crab Umbra

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

{{2,U}}: Untap enchanted creature.

Totem armor (If enchanted creature would be destroyed, instead remove all damage from it and destroy this Aura.)

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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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Crab Umbra Discussion

kpres on Merieke Ri Berit

6 months ago

My very first EDH deck was based on Merieke. I didn't know the format very well, so I didn't build it very well. However I did use a few good auras that don't appear in your deck:

  • Freed from the Real - : Untap

  • Aura of Dominion - The creature you steal can be used to pay the cost of untapping with this one, if you steal an untapped creature.

  • Crab Umbra - Doubles as protection for Merieke, but untapping is expensive

  • Immobilizing Ink - Kinda bad, but better than nothing. Half the time you might put this on an opponent's creature.

Tzefick on Ellen, the Generous

8 months ago

It's definitely an interesting cards, but I must say that the most recent iteration's second ability still seems too powerful for just 2 mana, even if it grants the opponent a card draw.

It's a legendary creature at 3 CMC that is Esper colors. Most people dislike the additional costs that Grand Arbiter Augustin IV entails. Granted that is to all players and is passive and not active. However it being an active may actually be an upside because then it can be manipulated to basically lock out a player. What's the risk in giving them card draw, if they cannot cast anything?

Althought most single-target kill spells are instant speed, so you're still just making that player increase their chances to find one to kill the Advisor... There's a bit give-and-take / risk-vs-reward.

However consider cards like Aura of Dominion, ( Crab Umbra ), Freed from the Real, Pemmin's Aura, and Vigean Graftmage can relatively easily untap it.

For 5 mana and giving that opponent 2 card draws and gaining yourself a bunch of life, you make everything they cast cost more... That's pretty brutal in terms of taxing. And it can be your Commander. Factor in that the opponent wont play many cards - at least at sorcery speed - and you will be gaining increasingly more life for each activation, in Esper colors that could easily turn that life gain into kill pressure through Sanguine Bond, Vizkopa Guildmage, or Aetherflux Reservoir.

Thinking about it, it's not actually all that powerful (compared to many other things in Magic), but it REALLY would suck to be on the receiving end, especially in a color that either has very few instant speed cards or nothing effective to use it on. Being locked out of the game is an even worse gameplay experience than being killed - at least IMO.


May I suggest an alternative that is more flexible?

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shaftdiggity on Alela, Enchantress of the Fae

9 months ago

Idol of Oblivion would be an all-star I would think.

If you find people target Alela, maybe Kaya's Ghostform, Crab Umbra, Hyena Umbra, or Gift of Immortality

MajordomoTom on Tuvasa Pillow Fort

11 months ago

recommend you add some umbras to get totem armor:

Crab Umbra or Eland Umbra

and others

Love that Tuvasa, I have him driving a deck with enchantments and merfolk.

triproberts12 on no name yet

1 year ago

A bit of advice I gave on another deck just now applies here, as well: Think about your limiting factors. This deck can do obnoxiously powerful things, but with it being so built around Jalira, you need ways to max out her ability, and backup plans. You look pretty good on ways to bounce Jalira out from under a Lignify, but I'd get some backup and untapping power in there. Proteus Staff is a mandatory backup for Jalira decks. It's a little odd not to be running Mass Polymorph, as well. As for Jalira, Captain of the Mists, Dramatic Reversal (+Isochron Scepter!!), Fatestitcher, Hidden Strings, Turnabout, Vizier of Tumbling Sands, Freed from the Real, Pemmin's Aura, Crab Umbra, and Second Wind are all your friends, and most of them have adjacent combo pieces that I'm too lazy to investigate right now!

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