Glacial Fortress

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Glacial Fortress

Land

Glacial Fortress enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Plains or an Island.

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Glacial Fortress Discussion

multimedia on Thrasios, Triton Hero // Tymna the Weaver

1 month ago

Hey, nice version of Thrasios/Tymna :)

Lots of expensive price cards and interesting interactions here, but the manabase is not good. 17 of the 34 lands ETB (enter the battlefield) tapped which is too many for a $600+ deck. The manabase doesn't match the rest of the deck. The Temples, Vivid lands and ETB tapped Fetch lands are not competitive lands. If you're wanting to improve the casual competitiveness of your deck my advice is upgrade the manabase.

Some lands to consider adding:

These are the least expensive price playable land options in these four colors. In fact many of these land suggestions can be further upgraded with more expensive price lands. Adding a Nature's Lore can also help because it can search for one of Pool, Tomb, Garden or Vista.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Vivid Creek
  • Vivid Grove
  • Vivid Meadow
  • Bad River
  • Flood Plain
  • Grasslands
  • Gateway Plaza
  • Temple of Deceit
  • Temple of Enlightenment
  • Temple of Malady
  • Temple of Mystery
  • Temple of Plenty
  • Temple of Silence

TortillaConfetti on Bant-SuperHydra

1 month ago

Hey man! love the concept, for lands, I think this would be a smoother way to fix your colors:

4 Breeding Pool
3 Glacial Fortress
4 Hallowed Fountain
3 Hinterland Harbor
3 Sunpetal Grove
4 Sunpetal Grove

And 4 basics of your choice, I will go rather Forests or Islands, then...you could sneak a Hydroid Krasis to fit the Hydra theme and replace the Pollenbright Druid with a Evolution Sage also if you mainly run all creatures and no spells what so ever, Vivien, Champion of the Wilds could be a nice addition, keep it up :)

Sarkhan420X on U/W infect/control

1 month ago

you're not actually losing out by playing fetchlands. they're just the best option for color fixing available. if you're already running Hallowed Fountain and Glacial Fortress , then what other options do you have to ensure you get blue or white mana when you need it? just out of curiosity, what would you put in the fetchlands place? even commander uses fetchlands.

Sarkhan420X on U/W infect/control

1 month ago

you're trying to combine 2 archetypes that don't work well together, so the only advice i can really give is upgrade your manabase. you want fetchlands like Flooded Strand and shocklands like Hallowed Fountain . checklands like Glacial Fortress are also good.

ArchonBlue on Modern Esper Control

1 month ago

Hey man I dig the deck! Gave it an upvote. How do you like Unmoored Ego and Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet ? What matchups do you bring them in for?

My only possible qualm with the list is the 4 Veto in the 75, I'm still a fan of Negate in the main as it's easier to cast (say a turn 3 Karn and all you have is black and blue). If your meta is super control heavy and you really want all the Vetos, I'd say cut the Fields for basics and Glacial Fortress .

SideBae on 5 Color Dragons

1 month ago

Yeah, thanks Sarkhan420X! That’s exactly what I meant by dorks; I should’ve been more clear.

The problem with getting non-tapped lands, as I’m sure you’ve already noticed, is that they tend to be (very) expensive because every deck wants them. Shock lands are at a low right now because of the recent reprint, and if you can I advise picking up a copy of some of those soon. Check lands may be a good addition; I see you’re running Drowned Catacomb , but picking up a Glacial Fortress or Hinterland Harbor can be helpful. Lands like Exotic Orchard aren’t bad, but I just checked and apparently Forbidden Orchard has jumped in price again.

Five-color decks are tough to get a good land-base for; you can easily spend $500+ and hardly notice the improvement. I suggest thinking of your deck as vase green, and utilizing green ramp spells to find you other colors. For the first few turns, playing basic forests from your hand is OK if you also have mana rocks/dorks/ramp that can get you the other colors you need.

Last thing I have to say on this point is that I think Prismatic Vista , from Modern Horizons, will probably tank a good amount. I do tend to be wrong about these things, but I would be shocked if it stays anywhere NEAR $30. So keep an eye on the price, at least for a while; it is a strictly better Evolving Wilds .

You have more courage than me, building a five-color deck without proxies.

PhoenixNest on IZZKEKE

1 month ago

You don't have any plains in this deck, which makes it hard for Glacial Fortress and Clifftop Retreat to come in untapped. Some shocklands would be good replacements for some of the checklands since you have almost a 50/50 checklands than lands with subtypes. They'd also be good for the lifegain lands since having a land come in tapped is a bad tempo loss. Lightning Bolt is a better Lightning Strike , and you should replace shock with something like Lightning Helix or Rift Bolt since they are both more powerful than Shock. No Escape is not particularly good when there is Remand . Remand can counter anything for two mana, or one with the Electromancer and allow you to draw. It puts the card back in your opponent's hand but it can essentially Time Walk them.

TheAnnihilator on H: Mono-U Merfolk W: Standard ...

2 months ago

abby315 My apologies, I haven't updated my binder in a while. I actually don't own any Incubation Druids right now, but in looking a bit more at the trade, could we make a few changes? I found a few extra cards in my stuff that you might need, and that I actually already have 1 Mutavault. So how would you feel about the following?

My:
Hallowed Fountain (Ravnica Allegiance, $7.75)
Shalai, Voice of Plenty ($2.98)
Glacial Fortress (The old art, I'm not sure exactly which set but I'll say it's around $7)
Breeding Pool (Ravnica Allegiance, $12.30)
Time Wipe ($0.53)
2 Hinterland Harbor (ISD, $5.75ea = $11.50)
Sylvan Advocate (it's like .13 so you can just have it, I just saw it in your wants) Total: $42.06

Your:
3 Mutavault ($6ea = $18)
1 Aether Vial ($29)
Total: $47

I'm $5 short, so I'll update my binder and then maybe you can find close to that amount from my stuff? Check back later tonight and I'll have it updated by then.

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Glacial Fortress occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.1%

WU (Azorius): 2.9%

WUB (Esper): 1.1%

GWU (Bant): 1.68%

Modern:

All decks: 0.27%

WU (Azorius): 22.83%

Standard:

All decks: 0.9%