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.

carpecanum on Minsc and Boo

1 day 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?

3 weeks 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.

multimedia on All hail the Coalition

6 months ago

Hey, good start, still have 25 cards to cut though which is a lot.

Lets start with cutting noncreature spells and then move to cutting creatures? First cuts to consider:

You can afford to cut a couple of the subpar lands for five colors. Ash Barrens is fine if you want to spend one mana to fetch a basic land, but if you have to play it as a land then it could slow down being able to cast Jodah too much. Shamanic Revelation is not good draw here for five mana. You're much more likely to have a higher power creature than the same number of creatures equal or more than the amount of power.

There's 40 creatures here, but if I was building this deck I would play only 20 of them which includes both nonLegendary Elders. Some advice to consider is choose the 20-25 best Legendary creatures and cut the others? Since you're not playing hatebears, what you're looking for with Legends are getting value from other Legends or casting spells from exile. How they support Jodah because he's the best attacking creature when you control other Legends.

Using Legendary creatures you're currently playing here's how I would break down the priority areas from Legends to keep:

Those who draw, ramp or find other Legends.

Those who make Jodah a better attacker.

Those who help for recovery from removal.

Those who are support, but don't fit into the other areas.

In place of two of the lesser Legends consider Legend tutors, Time of Need and Search for Glory?

Some Legends within the budget to consider adding:

Good luck with your deck.

Rhadamanthus on Can I play a card …

8 months ago

You do choose the order that the triggers are put onto the stack, but you can't get what you want out of that specific example. If a triggered ability has targets, they have to be chosen at the time the trigger is put onto the stack. In your example, Balefire Dragon isn't on the battlefield yet at the time you need to choose a target for Halana and Alena, Partners' ability.

Quickspell on Can I play a card …

8 months ago

Thank you for the clarify, Rhadamanthus.

I got your point, but just to be sure: Since I can stack my own triggers as I want, the following works, correct?

  1. At the Beginning of combat on my turn, I use Fight Rigging to put a +1/+1 counter on Halana and Alena, Partners. Then, if I meet the conditions, I play the hidden card - e.g. I cast Balefire Dragon and put it onto the battlefield.
  2. I use Halana and Alena, Partners to put counters on Balefire Dragon and give it haste.
  3. I attack with Balefire Dragon.

Quickspell on What happens if I draw …

9 months ago

I can't find the information.

I have Halana and Alena, Partners as my commander and play Wilson, Refined Grizzly. How does that "Choose a background" ability work then?

LunchBox1211 on Card creation challenge

11 months ago

Knight of the Depths

Creature - Human Knight


: Add or . If this mana is spent on an instant, sorcery, or spell from your graveyard, surveil 1.

"I have bested Indrelon, and I have been pledged to Ayara. I will stop at nothing!"


Make a card that does to Regna, the Redeemer and Krav, the Unredeemed what WotC has done for Halana and Alena, Partners.

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