Dolmen Gate

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Block Constructed 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
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Dolmen Gate


Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt to attacking creatures you control.

NV_1980 on Marisi's Goad Club

1 hour ago

Dolmen Gate could be a nice addition here, to support Iroas in keeping your critters safe when they attack.

NV_1980 on Raine Death upon Your Enemies

1 month ago


This looks nice. I would point out though, that your 2nd method of winning (attacking with Raine) is made more difficult because of the following:

  • You've only included two spells (three if you count the wipe) that can deal with taxes/restrictions on your attacks (Ghostly Prison, No Mercy, Propaganda, Sphere of Safety, Ensnaring Bridge etc.). Considering such taxation is rather popular amongst players AND the lack of tutors in the deck to find your destructive spells, this will probably be an issue. I'd therefore recommend to add more stuff that can deal with these cards like Heliod's Intervention, Banishing Light, Grasp of Fate, etc. In case you don't run into any taxes, these spells are all great to use against other stuff too, so they won't be wasted slots in any way.
  • There's no protection for Raine in the deck. So every attack he does against players that have blockers, you can pretty much guarantee that he will be a primary target and will get killed. Adding some cards that ensure his survival during attacks therefore wouldn't hurt. Specifically, I'm thinking Bastion Protector, Reconnaissance, Dolmen Gate or maybe just something like Darksteel Plate.

Hope this helped, good luck with the brew.

Regards, NV_1980

joni1707x on Isshin Double Attack Trigger

1 month ago

Crow_Umbra Thank you so much for you suggestions! This REALLY helps me out a lot!

Aurelia, the Warleader is already included in the deck, maybe you missed this? Do you think, cutting Raiyuu, Storm's Edge and adding Karlach, Fury of Avernus is still good? Or should i consider to add something else in this place?

Dolmen Gate is definately a Card i am going to add in the future! I didn't know this was existing^^ Awesome!

All your other Suggestions speak for themselves. Thank you so much!

Crow_Umbra on Isshin Double Attack Trigger

1 month ago

Welcome to tappedout and to Isshin brewing! Great choice for a first deck, he's definitely one of my favorites of the past year. I have a few suggestions to consider as you continue to tune the deck:

  • I think you can replace like 3 of your equipment with a few more mana rocks like Talisman of Indulgence and the others in Mardu colors. I mostly suggest this because your deck isn't as Equipment focused, and some of the equipment are mana intensive to cast and equip,

  • Reconnaissance is one of the best cards out there for any Isshin build variant. This EDHREC article better explains how Reconnaissance is basically a pseudo-Vigilance anthem, and can prevent combat damage that would be dealt to your creatures. A bit pricey though, but worth it.

  • Dolmen Gate - Another excellent card for pretty much any Isshin build. Also a bit pricey, but has had a recent reprinting.

  • Breena, the Demagogue - She can be a fun draw engine in Isshin, and has helped me win a few games with how much she can grow threats. Because opponents can benefit from her, they may be less likely to remove her until it's too late.

  • Aurelia, the Warleader or Karlach, Fury of Avernus can potentially replace Raiyuu. Raiyuu doesn't have haste like Aurelia, or triggers off you attacking outright like Karlach.

  • I think you can maybe replace Chaos Warp with some other removal options that are a bit more versatile, like Generous Gift, Anguished Unmaking, or Wear / Tear.

I hope these suggestions are helpful starting places for potential changes. Let me know if you would like some additional feedback, as Isshin is one of my favorite commanders. Best of luck with your games and brewing!

Crow_Umbra on Samur-I

1 month ago

It looks like you're one card short of 99, but maybe one of these recs could fill that last slot:

  • Reconnaissance - One of the best cards out there for any Isshin build variant. This EDHREC article better explains how Reconnaissance is basically a pseudo-Vigilance anthem, and can prevent combat damage that would be dealt to your creatures. A bit pricey though, but worth it.

  • Dolmen Gate - Another excellent card for pretty much any Isshin build. Also a bit pricey, but has had a recent reprinting.

  • Pact of the Serpent - Since you are a bit more typal focused on Samurai, this could be a helpful means of drawing cards in bulk.

  • Taurean Mauler - Technically a Samurai, mostly because you're a bit light on creatures at 22 (including Isshin).

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Would be happy to offer other feedback if needed.

Crow_Umbra on

1 month ago

Yo, I saw your post on Reddit & thought I'd leave my feedback here. Overall pretty solid start, but there are a few spots that are worth re-evaluating. I have a few suggestions for additions & swaps:

  • I think you could stand to use a bit more instant speed removal like Anguished Unmaking, and you can probably swap Vandalblast for Wear / Tear. Dismantling Wave and Grasp of Fate are also options that can hit multiple targets without necessarily being a wipe. I think Vandalblast can be more of a meta-dependent call.

  • As the person stated on Reddit, I second that Reconnaissance, Dolmen Gate, and Rising of the Day are all additions that should be made to the deck.

  • I'd suggest swapping out Cathars' Crusade with Flowering of the White Tree. Cathar's Crusade can be annoying to track, especially with the amount of tokens Isshin can pump out. Flowering is lower to the ground and offers some additional blanket protection to all your legends. I've played Flowering of the White Tree in my Burakos and Isshin decks, and have really enjoyed how well it performed in both.

  • I'd suggest swapping Phyrexian Arena for Plumb the Forbidden, especially as a response to board wipes, and because you're already running Necropotence.

  • Minas Tirith could be a decent addition to your mana base, and the Temple of ___ cycle can likely get swapped out with more of the Battlebond cycle like Spectator Seating. As the person on Reddit stated, I second replacing the Snarl Cycle, and as many of your lands that ETB tapped. Canyon Slough and Sunbaked Canyon can be potential additions, especially since they offer some additional utility if you don't really need them.

  • I think it could be worth while to add in Talisman of Hierarchy and Talisman of Indulgence to round out your ramp a bit more.

I hope these suggestions are helpful. Down to bounce ideas for any other swaps if you're interested. Best of luck with brewing and playing Isshin, he's a lot of fun!

tkjanacek on Ghosts of Mirrodin Reforged

1 month ago

I run Cliffhaven Kitesail and Eldrazi Monument. Obviously it isn't always better than Skinwing, but I like keeping the mana curve as low as possible. Maul of the Skyclaves is fairly comparable to Skinwing. There's also Dolmen Gate, Iroas, God of Victory and Reconnaissance, which don't give evasion, but do protect your attacking creatures.

Crow_Umbra on isshin Double Attack Triggers

2 months ago

It looks like you're still short 3 cards. I'd recommend making those last 3 slots some lands. 31 seems a bit low

Since you're running Goldspan Dragon, I'd also recommend adding Professional Face-Breaker & Captain Lannery Storm. They're a great package for maintaining some mana acceleration, & impulse draw if needed. All 3 have been all-stars in my most recent games, as I've managed to get 2/3 working in conjunction.

Face-Breaker is a combat damage based trigger, but you're going to be swinging wide & aggro anyways. Gotta get the most of your combats!

A few non-budget recs:

Best of luck, I hope you have fun with the deck.

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