High Alert

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed 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
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

High Alert


Each creature you control assigns combat damage equal to its toughness rather than its power.

Creatures you control can attack as though they didn't have defender.

: Untap target creature.

keizerbuns on Prepare to get WALLoped

4 weeks ago

Walking Bulwark is pretty good, but so far the deck seems to be running pretty well with only two. I also prefer having the ‘defender can attack’ as a static ability that’s always on so I don’t have to put all of my mana into paying for it each turn so if anything I’d probably add one or two more High Alert instead. But I guess since Bulwark is actually fetchable with Incubation / Incongruity then it would actually increase the consistency of finding a card that lets my defenders attack, so maybe it would be better than High Alert.

I’ll try play testing with more Bulwarks anyways though and see if it’s necessary to go to four.

Thanks for the suggestion Metropolis39 :D

K4m4r0 on Nobody has the intention of building a Wall

1 month ago

turkinaa E. Honda, Sumo Champion is way too expensive for his value. The first ability seems nice, but wont work without High Alert, since Defenders can't attack by themself. The second ability is way too bad for 6 Mana. While he looks pretty good, he sadly is way too slow.

Apollo_Paladin on Charix Trix

5 months ago

Nice! Upvoted +1

I posted an Historic defender-based build a while back to see how competitive it could be made on Arena. I think you can add in a lot of power by splashing White. One other thing I notice is that you're not using Assault Formation which while I realize you don't need the Defender-attacking ability, is still the lowest mana cost way to weaponize your Charix, the Raging Isle there. Adding in White as a 3rd color opens up High Alert as well.

Take a peek at my build if you want some inspiration (Historic Walls (MTG Arena Build), but even as-is I think you're on the right track. Cool build, sir!

wolfhead on Modern Doran Company

6 months ago

Oh man well I gotta bring up Aegis Turtle again, I love that card and blue also gets you Sidisi's Faithful, Contraband Kingpin, and Deputy of Detention,

But Concealing Curtains  Flip is sweet, and what feels way back in the day I even ran Disowned Ancestor who was okay in board stalls,

God-Pharaoh's Faithful,

Lagonna-Band Trailblazer is cool with stuff like Shape the Sands,

And hear me out, a card that works great with both tower defense and ensnaring bridge is Ornithopter.

Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive does as well.

Gilded Goose gets sweet as your mana curve gets lower,

Permeating Mass cracks me up if you focus more on assault formation and High Alert, But ive never gotten around to trying it.

And I guess Brokers Initiate is just a strict upgrade to Yoked Ox with her mana sink?

Arboreal grazer is sweet I'd definitely keep him and some harbingers

And I know it's a non-bo with collected company but I gotta make the obligatory statement about how sweet Lingering Souls is with tower defense,

Though is it too slow nowadays even with bridge? Shit I feel old. At least it can chump a giant murktide for a while

Reynan on Just Some Turtles

6 months ago

PS: you can exchange Mana Geodes for Brave the Sands, Always Watching or High Alert

GrimlockVIII on Council of Hugs

7 months ago

It would be funny if you snuck in High Alert so that way you could start beating down your opponents with your commander when they least expect it.

9-lives on Azorius Testudo Spearhead

9 months ago


I've played with this deck many times. I often miss the chance to draw at least one of the twelve cards of Gauntlets of Light, High Alert, and Huatli, the Sun's Heart. and I used to have Moon-Blessed Cleric in it as well. The spearhead is to deal direct damage, and be unblockable, so if I have Twisted Image, while if I were blocked, the creature would certainly die, but regardless if I have somethings like Aqueous Form, Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive, and Access Tunnel, I will have a good chance of not having to worry about it. One direct hit from Charix is good enough.

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