Defense of the Heart


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Urza's Legacy (ULG) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Defense of the Heart


At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent controls three or more creatures, sacrifice Defense of the Heart. If you do, search your library for up to two creature cards and put those creatures into play. Then shuffle your library.

Defense of the Heart Discussion

bushido_man96 on

4 days ago

I agree that you should cut Defense of the Heart and Tooth and Nail . I tend to run 37 lands, too, but that's just me.

Caerwyn on Hail to the King, Baby

4 days ago

Personally, I would add a few combos that add infinite Blue mana, as that will allow you to win the game on the spot by milling out your opponents. Some strong options include:

Then add a few tutors to find your combo pieces as swiftly as possible.

If you do not want to go down the combo route, my recommendation would be taking out a whole bunch of the higher costed cards. While those cards have powerful effects, an average CMC of 3.97 is really high, and means you're often going to run into situations where you just can't quite play what you have.

I would add some more ramp and mana fixing ( Birds of Paradise would be a good inclusion), as well as some more interaction in the form of efficient removal and counterspells.

If you still want to have a bunch of high-costed creatures, Defense of the Heart would be a good inclusion, since it allows you to cheat into play some creatures you might not otherwise be able to realistically cast.

BMHKain on

5 days ago

@MindAblaze: For tokens: Oh.

For everything else, I love the Heartless Hidetsugu + Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Combo also. But to determine as to whether idea should exist over the other, I'll have to ask around about what of the 3 Trinket Epics would be the best choice for Bloom Tender ; POST-PARADOX ENGINE BAN.

Actually, I decided to put in Heartless Hidetsugu , Defense of the Heart & Tooth and Nail after all. But I actually wanted something in exchange in regards to Bloom Tender + Staff of Domination / Sword of the Paruns / Umbral Mantle . How does each 2-Card Combo w/ Bloom Tender as a base work here?

My thought process is truly stressing; I mean, I got a lot of stuff to bring to the modern age. So, how do these 3 2-Card Infinite Mana Combos Work? I'm intriguing myself from this...

MindAblaze on

6 days ago

Commenting on what bushido man has to say, if you’re not planning to play a two card win con, Defense of the Heart and Tooth and Nail aren’t necessary. If you are, keep them in.

From my experience as a Mayael player (in a 75% meta,) I would limit the number of one-shot tutors I run. Mayael doesn’t, and Atla would be the same, care about what creatures you’re beating face with usually, mostly that you have fatties to beat face with. Silver bullets are nice, but from my experience if you’re needing to deal with problem permanents you’re not going fast enough. This is of course dependent on the environment you find yourself in.

I guess as far as other cuts go, look at cards that don’t do anything when they come in, or anything useful when other things happen. Su-Chi for example might be useful sac fodder in some decks, but in a three color fatty deck, how much does it contribute to your game plan? Is it going to die more by your hand or someone else’s? With 27 cards to cut you’re going to have to take a hard look at what’s helping you and what is not.

Vimozahr on Atraxa Infect

1 week ago

Hi firesparker, Infect is more difficult in Multiplayer Games. I played a Atraxa Build with Infect for 2 Mounths. Your biggest Problem are your Opponents and there know what you play.

I try to give your my suggestion.

Play more Creatures for Utility like Odric, Lunarch Marshal / Shalai, Voice of Plenty maybe its help when he enable flying/hexproof each other Creature and you.

Craterhoof Behemoth Value Finisher if you had this Budget.

Grafted Exoskeleton also good, but expensive (CMC)

Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon Must have.

Spike Weaver & Teferi's Protection good for your Protection.

Mostly important is your Manabase and Mana-Rocks.

You will play fast as possible. Cut Lands that enters tapped.

Use Rocks like Fellwar Stone , Arcane Signet also Creatures like Birds of Paradise , or Utopia Sprawl

Play Atraxa just you can protect her. Abuse her Lifelink every Combat and cut Cards like Fog ...

Your opponents do not want to attack you if Atraxa is online -> Deathtouch.

Cards like Spark Double or Altered Ego can be very good. Copy Atraxa for Poliferate or an Infect Creature.

You need Zendikar Resurgent ? I think no, also replace it with Mirari's Wake but its better to take more Ramp with Rocks.

Maybe you need more Carddraw, Topdeck-Control:

Brainstorm > Ponder

Consecrated Sphinx

Phyrexian Arena

Rhystic Study

Sensei's Divining Top

Sylvan Library


Mirri's Guile

If you build more around +1/+1 Counters with Master Biomancer -> Herald of Secret Streams

BUT, i think your Build is also good with more focus on poliferate.

Greez Vimozahr

Vimozahr on Golgari Graveyard

1 week ago

Hi sad_2980, my suggestion for this Deck are Defense of the Heart . Maybe a Phyrexian Arena would be nice. Against Creature-Decks you can easy tutor and drop 2 Bombs if you need.

bushido_man96 on Lord Windgrace Hired an Orcish Lumberjack

1 month ago

I've been up and down on tutors. Typically, I'd rather play more fun stuff than tutors to search out the same win-cons every game. It's pretty easy to churn through this deck out of the box, and the changes I've made will help out even more. I've seen lists that run Defense of the Heart along with other staple tutors, and I get why. But I wanted to see how consistent it can be before I cut some fun stuff to add in tutors.

bushido_man96 on

1 month ago

Your land count seems a little light. I'd suggest being at about 37 if at all possible, especially with such a high average CMC. Players are going to shoot down this commander, so be prepared to run the deck without her. You've got lot's of mana rocks, which I think is good. If you find mass artifact removal ruining your day quite often, then switch out a few rocks (signets) for land tutors.

You should main-deck Guardian Project . The draws are ETB triggers, which works well with what you're doing here. You could probably cut Defense of the Heart for it. It's good, but your commander does that better.

Genesis Wave , Selvala's Stampede , and Tooth and Nail ...all of these, I'm kind of iffy on. They seem like win-more to me. Your commander is going to dump out plenty of creatures once you get going, so I wonder how much you need these. Redundancy is good, for sure. But it may be too much, and they are very high CMC spells. Your call, though.

You may need a few more sac outlets. I'd probably try to run somewhere in the neighborhood of seven, if not more, because they are so important to your commander's ability. Martyr's Cause and Fanatical Devotion are good free sac outlets, and Altar of Dementia is another good one. AEther Flash has a similar effect in this deck, too.

That's all I've got for now.

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Defense of the Heart occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.02%

Green: 0.14%