Halana and Alena, Partners
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Pre-release Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Standard Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Halana and Alena, Partners

Legendary Creature — Human Ranger

First strike, reach

At the beginning of combat on your turn, put X +1/+1 counters on another target creature you control, where X is this creature's power. That other creature gains haste until end of turn.

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Master_J on Laser Beams

3 weeks ago

OUT: Evolutionary Escalation, Strionic Resonator, Taurean Mauler

IN: Halana and Alena, Partners, Arwen, Weaver of Hope, Lae'zel, Vlaakith's Champion

Mauler is a single, slow burn creature with no evasion (unlike the Managorger Hydra already in the list).

The Evolutionary Escalation was a big target and doesn't provide any protection (unlike the Agitator Ant or Orzhov Advokist already in the list).

And Strionic Resonator could be good, but has limited use in this version of the deck.

Each replacement should help keep my deck moving along better than what I took out.

Spirits on Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

6 months ago


Agreed finally a new all-star cat for the deck! Kutzil, Malamet Exemplar is protection / reduces disruption and draws cards if the creature with Eminence deals combat damage. This is an auto-include cat.

Sovereign Okinec Ahau probably won't make the cut, not really a +1 counters matter deck. It's not quite enough for infect, so Lost Leonin 2 + Eminence 3 + Sovereign Okinec Ahau 3 = 8 poison only. I feel it's similar to the reason that Ajani, Sleeper Agent hasn't playtested well (I tried him for testing, then took out, then put back in for flavor, but his +1 is just no good, and can't seem to get to his ultimate).

Sovereign Okinec Ahau it does distribute 3 counters (minimum), or more if you have some equipment attached to creatures. doesn't give haste like Halana and Alena, Partners or any evasion or protection. It needs Modified creatures have Ward , or Modified creatures have Trample, or Cats get +1/+1 (being a cat lord means every cat would get a +1 counter when it attacks), something to justify the MV4.

I would argue Kutzil, Malamet Exemplar is the 3rd best cat in the deck now! This deck just needs more cats that matter! They need Questing Beast to be oracle to a Cat Beast :).

Excellent suggestions.

Darb_the_Bard on Buttercup: Princess Bride

7 months ago

Cutting Wasteland Viper is less straightforward to me. I like that it can be used at instant speed to surprise someone with deathtouch, which could mean causing your unblocked creature to create two poison counters with Westley, or it could mean surprise-killing a creature that your opponent thought was blocking favorably. You could even give deathtouch to an opposing creature, taking out a threat when you're not even involved in the combat. And I like that, in a pinch, the Viper could be used to buff Buttercup's power by 1, which could sometimes be the difference between tutoring for the creature you want or not. Of course, all of those are somewhat niche situations and you have to be holding up the one green mana. And if I had one green mana available, I wonder if I would truly choose to hold it up or to simply put the Viper on the board...

As for Spark Double, it's a generically powerful card so it would never be bad. It would be useful to double up on Reki, the History of Kamigawa for more card draw or Jodah, the Unifier to double his buff, or get a second copy of Shalai, Voice of Plenty so they give each other hexproof. It doesn't do anything for the keyword soup strategy since we only need 1 of each keyword on board, but it could copy Westley to double the poison counter we create, or copy Jegantha for even more mana. There's a lot you could with it. Having two copies of Halana and Alena, Partners could also get crazy, as they could buff each other on each of your combats.

And I like that it even gives itself a +1/+1 counter to synergize with Max! That's probably my favorite part. If it dies while Max is on the battlefield, then it comes back at the next end step and can copy something else (or the same thing if it's still around), and it even enters with another +1/+1 counter so it creates a slow loop that can potentially happen over and over. This one might be too good to pass up, so I'll have to find room for it...

I think it has even come down in price as I swear it used to cost more money. Still not "budget" necessarily but it's a reasonable price for what it does. Thanks for the suggestion!

eliakimras on Naya Plus Counters

10 months ago

Great build! +1/+1 Counters is probably the most open-ended theme to build around, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Here are some suggestions:

To increase card draw in your build, consider Harmonize, Blessing of Frost, Garruk, Primal Hunter, Return of the Wildspeaker, Rishkar's Expertise, Shamanic Revelation, Hunter's Insight, Hunter's Prowess, Soul's Majesty.

If you want to bolster 's presence on your deck, consider Halana and Alena, Partners, All Will Be One, Grumgully, the Generous, Taurean Mauler, Boros Charm (another defensive spell), Naya Charm, Invigorating Hot Spring and Kessig Wolf Run.

suarkdivad on [Mid] Kynaios and Tiro: Brave Maeve

1 year ago

Sweet deck! I know the focus is Korra and Asami, I mean Nissa and Chandra, but I can see the other gruulfriends Halana and Alena, Partners being in here too!

carpecanum on Minsc and Boo

1 year ago

Changeling Titan and Changeling Berserker are big hamsters.

Anything with Bestow gives more damage to the sac and you get the Bestow creature back afterwards. They would help out Halana and Alena, Partners also.

Ulvenwald Tracker or fight cards would let you fight and then sac the wounded creature for full damage.

Impact Tremors is hilarious for the hamster-based damage but may not be useful enough. I would cut that one.

Nessian Boar and Grothama, All-Devouring are cheap 10 damage creatures.

legendofa on What is Gruul to you?

1 year ago

I think I'm not explaining myself well.

My central thought is that + does not equal . Red might not get deathtouch, but green has full access to it. Why should a red/green card not get deathtouch simply because red doesn't get deathtouch?

White doesn't get deathtouch either, but Arvad the Cursed, Spiteful Squad, Wintermoor Commander, and others have deathtouch. This can only be provided by the requirement.

doesn't get first strike. Sky Spirit, Leap of Flame, Deft Duelist, and others all have first strike provided by their other colors.

Ergo, a color can provide one of its abilities to a card, even if another color can't.

can provide first strike to a card, even a card, with Neheb, the Worthy, Stromkirk Captain, and Halana and Alena, Partners.

can provide deathtouch to a card, as shown by Needlethorn Drake, Winged Coatl, and Venomthrope.

So why is unable to provide deathtouch to (and ) cards? Is somehow better at removal than these colors?

I promise I'm not asking these questions rhetorically, or in anger. I genuinely don't fully understand. And as I was writing this response, I realize my position hearkens back to GDS3 and the infamous flying vigilance question. To which I respond that since that question was asked, Warrant / Warden was printed, and still no vigilant flyer.

And I think I've derailed this enough. If anyone wants to help me out, start another thread and I'll respond. With my apologies, let's get this back to the many faces of Gruul in Commander.

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