Icefeather Aven

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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

Icefeather Aven

Creature — Bird Shaman


Morph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it up at any time for its morph cost.)

When Icefeather Aven is turned face up, you may return another target creature to its owner's hand.

Spirits on

1 year ago

Hey Zorke,

Ok based on your comment about the combo, I'm basing these recommendations on a:

Tuned tier - Power level 5 (6 usually has a combo) - Win before Turn 14 - "Upgraded Precon". Visual Guide to Power Levels in EDH.

-- Land Base -- Prioritize untapped, Mana colors, Target 33: +Shivan Reef -Island +Yavimaya Coast -Forest +City of Brass -Aether Hub +Mana Confluence -Mountain Valley +Riverglide Pathway  Flip -Simic Growth Chamber +Rootbound Crag -Mountain +Hinterland Harbor -Forest +Sulfur Falls -Mountain +Rejuvenating Springs -Path of Ancestry +Training Center -Rogue's Passage +Spire Garden -Ancient Ziggurat +Boseiju, Who Endures -Island

--Ramp-- Creature preferred +Birds of Paradise -Thought Vessel +Three Visits -Heraldic Banner +The Great Henge -Gilded Lotus (Also important for draw) +Farseek -Harvest Season

--Morph-- +Kadena's Silencer -Stuffy Doll +Icefeather Aven -Keep Safe (Morph flavor) +Echo Tracer -Omnath, Locus of Mana (Morph flavor) +Mistfire Weaver -Forsaken Monument (Morph flavor) +Jeering Instigator -Shaleskin Plower (Morph flavor less salt)

--Draw-- +Fathom Seer -Zendikar Resurgent +Temur Ascendancy -Tomb of the Spirit Dragon +Tishana, Voice of Thunder -Ashcloud Phoenix +Guardian Project -Tidespout Tyrant +Toski, Bearer of Secrets -Fabricate +Garruk's Uprising -Creeping Renaissance

--Offense other than Animar-- +Garruk's Horde -Forest +Artisan of Kozilek -Island +Bane of Bala Ged -Trophy Mage (Pulls 1 unneeded artifact!) +Shrieking Drake -Temur Sabertooth (Non-Infinite Ancestral Statue) +Decimator of the Provinces -Temur War Shaman

--Control-- +Beast Within -Fog

I've left out some salty card for this power level: Cyclonic Rift Ancestral Statue Craterhoof Behemoth Rhystic Study Mystic Remora Dockside Extortionist

Special mention (would need to playtest): Secret Plans (Draw) Solemn Simulacrum (Ramp & Draw) Mulldrifter (Draw) Trail of Mystery (Ramp) Rhythm of the Wild (Don't think you'll see heavy counterspell in power 5)

Could go more less if needed Theres other stuff I didn't suggest because of the morph theme, like Cloud of Faeries, Hullbreaker Horror, Fierce Empath etc.

Hopefully you find some useful ideas here.

Spirits on

1 year ago

Hey Zorke,

I have a Budget Animar deck built around morph.

Couple questions, first is what is the goal of the deck? Briefly looking, seems to be a Tuned (Mid) 5 or 6 deck, is your goal to stay around that or looking to build towards an Optimed (High) 7 or 8? It really will change what the recommendations are in terms of Land Base / Ramp Efficiency / Combo / Mana-Curve.

The obvious missing card here is Ancestral Statue. With Animar, Soul of Elements at 4 counters, he can make an infinitely large general just by repeatedly bouncing Ancestral Statue with itself. It also contributes to the infinite ETB triggers for things like Beast Whisperer and Purphoros, God of the Forge as examples. You have some non-morph in there, so I'm not sure its a flavor exclude, but maybe a no-combo exclude?

Keep in mind too that although Animar, Soul of Elements discounts the casting cost to play the morph face down, however, he doesn't discount the morph cost to flip them back up, so you have to selective on the morphs you choose, otherwise you lose the ability to activate their morph abilities.

There are some noteable ramp creatures missings, Birds of Paradise for sure, flying/ramp/animar counter, checks lots of boxes. Solemn Simulacrum can be decent ramp, he sticks with a 5/6 theme a bit tougher to find space in a 7/8 if that is the goal. Peregrine Drake is another notable ramp createure.

Heraldic Banner is a bit strange, name by volume, or for a majority of the flyers? I'm not sure. Something like Ornithopter of Paradise feels better even without haste/riot.

Dunno why Stuffy Doll would be in here, he needs either a Blazing Sunsteel or Ill-Tempered Loner  Flip to elminate a single opponent, so no highly efficient. You dont really have a way to retarget him either, even with a Blazing Sunsteel would need more creatures like Icefeather Aven or Echo Tracer. Not recommending, just saying without more bounce he just wasting a spot.

Aether Hub just seems like a bad City of Brass or Mana Confluence. There a lots of lands that would improve your deck, commander lands like Rejuvenating Springs/Training Center or fetch lands like Misty Rainforest/Wooded Foothills.

Unless Tidespout Tyrant is a favorite or something, his CMC is ridiculous and shouldn't be in there, Animar, Soul of Elements can't pay the .

Keep Safe isn't a modular counterspell. Just a plain Counterspell would be better. Depending on power level, there are 0 mana counterspells, 1 mana counterspells, and good 2 mana counterspells. Also, don't forget you have your morphs with counterspells.

Shaleskin Plower is a good example of a heavy morph cost, for an ability you dont really need.

Gilded Lotus isn't reduced by the general counters, not sure why we would want it.

Have lots more ideas, just need a deck goal point of reference to give some better recommendations.

Neotrup on If i play the top …

1 year ago

Slight nitpick, you can only look at the next card once you actually pay the cost for Icefeather Aven. You can't just move it to the stack to try and cast it, look at the next card down, then decide you're not actually going to follow through with the casting and put it back.

Rhadamanthus on If i play the top …

1 year ago

A side note for extra info: Once you move Icefeather Aven from the library to the stack as part of the casting process, the card that used to be below it is now the top card of your library, so that would be the first opportunity you get to look at that next card with The Reality Chip's ability. You don't have to wait for Icefeather Aven to resolve.

doodkyle on If i play the top …

1 year ago

Board state: I have The Reality Chip attached to a creature, and I have The Great Henge and Trail of Mystery on the battlefield.

Question: If I cast Icefeather Aven from the top of my library face down and it resolves, can I look at the top card of my library before I decide which order my triggers will resolve?

MtgHarmacist on Ain’t Scared of No Morph… ahhhhh

4 years ago

So my next cuts I'm thinking our as follows: Alchemist's Refuge for Myriad Landscape

Tomb of the Spirit Dragon for Ash Barrens

Mistfire Weaver for Beast Whisperer as protection for Seedborne TEferi and Kadena

Primordial Mist for Icefeather Aven

Red_X on Morph componetry

5 years ago

So let's break down a couple of things.

*First, I'd cut down on the cards with high megamorph cost, and cut the ramp cards with it. The reason is two fold: one, morph is strongest when your opponent doesn't know what you have facedown, and has to be worried that you could flip that card at any time. If you have to pay 6 mana to flip a creature, you are not able to play the creatures in your hand on your turn, and if you cast your creatures you don't get to flip them. Two, every ramp card you draw is a card that isn't action, meaning you're getting all worked up with nothing to spend the mana on. Most decks that are trying to ramp are trying to do something where they essentially win the game by casting a single threat early (Ugin in Tron and Primeval Titan in Amulet Titan in modern, for instance), and your deck isn't doing that. That being said, you might want to consider cards like Llanowar Elves, since morph decks tend to have their curves start on 3 mana and you really want to be able to play creatures on your second turn.

*Second, I'd cut either black or red and add blue, so you can play Secret Plans (along with other good morph cards like Icefeather Aven). The card is very useful in making sure that you have enough gas to close out the game.

*Third, play some cards that synergize with your deck, not just with morph. Ghostfire Blade is great because you can equip it to your creature when it's face down and colorless for cheap, and that creature will keep the equipment when flipped face up. Cards like Hardened Scales can also synergize with the additional +1/+1 counters.

*Fourth, and finally, this is a good article for finding out how many lands you should play based off the converted mana cost of your deck.

Good luck

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