High Alert

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard 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.

DarkKiridon on Arcades, Defender Commander

4 months ago

that_dude33 lol Charix stays. It's a damn good blocker and I've swung with it a few good times thanks to Assault Formation and/or High Alert. Arcades isn't my only option. I respect the gate options for others but I don't like guildgates personally so I don't use them.

Conair2013 on Arcades

7 months ago

Charix, the Raging Isle does not work in arcades as you would think, he has a big booty but no defender so Arcades, the Strategist does not do anything to change Charix. Assault Formation and High Alert do make him hit for 17 but they are 2 cards in your deck so not very viable.

GrimlockVIII on Bureaucracy!

1 year ago

Okay technically this doesn't fit thematically, but you should totally add High Alert to make the Council of 4 a surprise 8/8 that no one would expect for you to start beating their asses with. It'd be hilarious

You could technically argue that you're beating them down with the oppressive weight of red tape and obtuse laws.

IHATENAMES on Ruin Ghost + Retreat to Coralheim landfall combo

1 year ago

I would suggest more ways to find the combo. Think Opt maybe tweak a few cards to appear as uw control and suprise them game 1 with the combo.

Ideas for digging on a budget:

Supreme Will Censor Opt Omen of the Sea Remand Serum Visions

Ideas to protect the combo pieces

Blacksmith's Skill Slip Out the Back Spell Pierce

I see no sideboard so here are a few ideas:

Spreading Seas for tron

Deafening Silence combo

Mystical Dispute or in general, more counterspells

Rebuild bounce artifacts like urza saga tokens

A boardwipe like Wrath of God doesn't have to be that. Best is Supreme Verdict but there are plenty in white. Doomskar is one of the cheaper ones.


alot of what I am suggesting is instant and sorcery. It could allow a Thing in the Ice  Flip plan B

Or you have alot of walls in the list maybe make them swing with High Alert as a plan B

Or less combo but more general mill which gets a little more expensive like Fractured Sanity Tasha's Hideous Laughter Fraying Sanity Maddening Cacophony

Note Fraying Sanity Maddening Cacophony should mill your opp out when kicked.

CommanderNeyo on

1 year ago

Considering how important Assault Formation and High Alert are to your deck, I would add more of them. Personally I would run (4) High Alerts and maybe a third Assault Formation.

The deck does nothing without them, and you want to have backups in case they remove one.

legendofa on Coulfner's Urn

1 year ago

Welcome to the club, shellsh0ckn0w!

As wallisface and Caerwyn have mentioned, knowing how much money you're willing to spend and if you're aiming for a certain format are important. I'm also going to ask if there are any colors you want to use or avoid.

Looking at creatures with Evoke, there are seven with a toughness 4 or greater, and just two have an Evoke cost under 4 mana. If you include Evoke cards with a toughness of 3, there are many more useful options, but you're going to need an additional Glorious Anthem, +1/+1 counters, or similar effects to bring their toughness up to 4.

Cheap, high toughness creatures like Wall of Omens and Aegis Turtle can provide a strong defense as you build to a different win condition, or you can turn their toughness into offense with cards like Assault Formation and High Alert.

Another potential angle is to build around Righteous Valkyrie, Bishop of Wings, and Kor Celebrant, using high-toughness Angels and Clerics to build an army.

The card is definitely slow, probably too slow for any tournament-level Constructed format, but a solid control shell will mitigate that, and it can be sped up a little with sacrifice effects. Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim, Severed Strands, Korozda Guildmage (which is a pet card of mine), and other effects that give resources based on a creature toughness can help, as well as more general sacrifice effects like Village Rites.

Above all, have fun!

Darsul on Arcades, the Strategist Commander Deck (2023-02-14

1 year ago

Just my 2 pennies but, w/out High Alert or Assault Formation your in for a long game if someone locks out your commander.

keizerbuns on Prepare to get WALLoped

1 year 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

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