Flickering Ward

Flickering Ward

Enchantment — Aura

Enchant creature

As Flickering Ward enters the battlefield, choose a color.

Enchanted creature has protection from the chosen color. This effect doesn't remove Flickering Ward.

(White): Return Flickering Ward to its owner's hand.

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Set Rarity
Tempest (TMP) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Flickering Ward occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Flickering Ward Discussion

WanderingSpirit on Click here if I can have your name.

1 week ago

@bushido_man96: thanks for the feedback! Yeah, the upkeep doesn't usually get paid unless I haven't drawn into a gameplan or need answers. It's cheap, useful when it's there, then gone. Flickering Ward combos Alela's tokens if I can get a mana combo in here. I was thinking about going from taxes to prison for some of my disruptive enchantments. What are your thoughts? Anything you see that isn't pulling weight?

bushido_man96 on Click here if I can have your name.

1 week ago

I like Mystic Remora, but not the upkeep cost. I've found myself playing with Kumena's Awakening more and more, and getting the City's Blessing is pretty easy. You could also run Mesa Enchantress. Flickering Ward can bounce, and might prove useful, and if you combined it with Sigarda's Aid could really do some work.

I like it! Gives me some thoughts on building a version!

king-saproling on White Weeny

1 month ago

Flickerform is a fun aura. It can be used to protect the enchanted creature from both boardwipes and targetted removal. It can also be used in conjuction with dudes like Heliod's Pilgrim, Totem-Guide Hartebeest, Auratouched Mage, or Boonweaver Giant to find more auras (these dudes even find flickerform int he first place, making it easy to set up an aura-tutor engine). You could even use Flickerform to set as a draw engine by flickering a creature that is enchanted with Unquestioned Authority or Sage's Reverie.

You might like these too: Flickering Ward, Kor Spiritdancer, Pariah, Darksteel Mutation, Murder Investigation, Hope Against Hope, Eidolon of Countless Battles, All That Glitters, Retether, Crystal Chimes

Optimator on Come Out Biting!

3 months ago

Flickering Ward seems great

mufasamike on

3 months ago

I'd say its only worth playing boardwipes if you decide to pump Rafiq up with more aura/equipment support; but I'd recommend taking a look at the creatures with CMC higher than Rafiq's. Ideally you'd like to setup w/ little exalted bois turn 1-3 and then cast him on turn 4.

Past that you'll be buffing him and swinging for haymakers; but things do go wrong. The counterspells you've included are great to protect your stuff, but I've found anything that can give Rafiq hexproof is extremely important. Alpha Authority is one of my favorites.

Giving Rafiq protection from certain colors can double as protection and evasion, letting him swing thru a full board if an opponent only has 1 color of creature. Flickering Ward is one of my favorites for that.

Darsul on Alela's Artful Army

3 months ago

With that said, I would try to keep things low to the ground, like you have Rhystic Study in the maybe board but, you maybe better with Curiosity, Curious Obsession or even Military Intelligence. That said, Kindred Discovery and Coastal Piracy I think would work out as back up Bident of Thassa for more draw engines.

Your commander is critical for your deck, in these colors I would advice running some mix of Lazav, the Multifarious, Spark Double, Sakashima the Impostor, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind and/or Helm of the Host. One having more then one of your commander on the field at the time is never a bad thing. Two, your opponents will know to keep your commander down so make as many of it as you can 8p.

wheres the Flickering Ward or Shimmering Wings for the repeatable triggers? Sigarda's Aid for the insta speed Indestructibility.

Watch the nonbos like Hanna, Ship's Navigator or Auramancer with Rest in Peace in play makes for sad days. You have Tragic Slip but, only 2 triggers for morbid (Myriad Landscape and Seal of Cleansing)? I mean I like Tragic Slip and all but, it's better in sacrifice theme decks.Ephara, God of the Polis but, no flash to keep triggers each opponents turn.

More over the game plan is turn dude side ways but, now are looking to run Faerie, Enchantment or Flying mans?

last Omen of the Sea would just be a good card to run.

Kogarashi on Does Bond Beetle Trigger Phalanx ...

4 months ago

As others have mentioned, Phalanx Leader triggers off of a spell you cast targeting it. This means the object targeting it must be a spell on the stack. It can't be an ability.

Bond Beetle has an ability that triggers when it enters the battlefield, and it's this ability that targets a creature. Since it's an ability and not a spell, it won't trigger Phalanx Leader.

Something that would trigger Phalanx Leader would be an instant like Colossal Heroics, a sorcery like Desperate Stand, or an Aura like Flickering Ward (since Auras always target while they're on the stack).

One way to tell if something is a spell targeting a creature or not for the purposes of the Heroic ability is to look at the wording. Triggered abilities always start with (or contain, in the case of delayed triggered abilities) "When," "Whenever," or "At" (like the Heroic ability on Phalanx Leader and the ETB on Bond Beetle). Triggered abilities will not trigger Heroic. This is also why Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger's first ability doesn't work, because it is an ability that triggers on casting; it's not part of a spell resolution.

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