Icon of Ancestry

Icon of Ancestry


As Icon of Ancestry enters the battlefield, choose a creature type.

Creatures you control of the chosen type get +1/+1.

, : Look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card of the chosen type from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Have (1) Taki117
Want (3) Morihara , IzDevil , Etinifni

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2020 (M20) Rare

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Icon of Ancestry Discussion

TogbusPrime on Morophon Elves

7 hours ago

Seems like quite the fun deck. Methinks it could use some hand refilling, though. To that end I'd go for actual draw with Distant Melody and Brass Herald, Icon of Ancestry, and Sylvan Messenger to get more elves in your hand. Also Etchings of the Chosen and Steely Resolve are great ways to keep your dudes around.

ZendikariWol on Lorge Cat Daddy (Ajani)

1 week ago

I love a player who goes for the flavor win, but I also feel like you could do more to really focus the mechanical identity of your deck.

Cats are associated strongly with equipment, which Ajani plays into with +1/+1 counters, which are also good for beefing up one's creatures. The issue with that is you essentially have 54 deck slots to split between creatures, equipment, ramp, removal, and card draw.

You could also just do tribal. Though cats do not have many lords (the only one you don't have is Regal Caracal), general tribal cards such as Herald's Horn, Adaptive Automaton, Shared Animosity, the Kindred cycle (Kindred Boon, Kindred Summons, and Kindred Charge), Metallic Mimic, Icon of Ancestry, Door of Destinies, Steely Resolve, Obelisk of Urd, or Vanquisher's Banner could serve you well.

You could go more towards Ajani's +1 counter theme, but most of the payoffs for that are non-cat. That said, there are some good noncreature options: Curse of Stalked Prey, Hardened Scales, Doubling Season, Curse of Predation, Hindervines, Inspiring Call, and Mayael's Aria and other power-related payoffs.

Pwnographic on Yuriko Turn and Burn - cEDH

3 weeks ago

ah okay thank you. i imagine you feel the same way with Icon of Ancestry? it doesnt draw so doesnt hurt your stax cards. you could add tsabo's web as another! could also try aven envoy as a 1 drop enabler if you getting pinged for 1 alot too

Silverdrake on Satyr Aggro

3 weeks ago

Looks fun! +1 from me.

A general tip on deckbuilding: you want your deck to be consistent! That means a lot of things, but the two biggest things I'd look at are deck size and card counts. By deck size, what I mean is this - you have 71 cards in your deck right now, compared to the 60 card minimum of the format. Gallia is probably the best card in the deck for your gameplan, so you definitely want to slam her on turn 2. Having 71 cards means you have a 30%-34% (depending whether you're on the play or the draw) of having her in hand to play on turn 2. If you cut down to 60 cards, then you have a 35%-40% chance. The same idea applies for every other card in the deck - it may be hard to decide what isn't good enough, but the fewer cards you include, the more likely you are to draw and be able to play your best cardds.
The other concept to consistency you should pay attention to is card counts - that is, the number of each card you're including. If we look at the Gallia example again - assuming you cut down to 60 cards, you'll have a 35%-40% chance of being able to play her on turn 2. That's with 3 copies of her in the deck. If you go up to 4 copies, you leap up to 45%-49%! Again, the same concept applies to every other card in the deck. The fewer copies of any card you run, the less you can count on it to show up in any given game. That may seem obvious, but it carries an important point - your best bet is to "trim the fat" (cut the worst cards) so you can run more copies of the better cards, that way you can rely on being able to play those better cards.

Keeping those thoughts in mind, you're free to make any changes you'd like! (Or ignore me altogether - it is your deck, after all!) To give you an idea, this is more or less what I would do:
OUT: 3x Blood Aspirant, 2x Irreverent Revelers, 2x Keeper of Fables, 3x Nessian Wanderer, 1x Nexus Wardens, 2x Pheres-Band Brawler, 1x Phoenix of Ash, 2x Anax, Hardened in the Forge, 1x Purphuros, Bronze Blooded, 2x Renata, Called to the Hunt, 1x Cindervines, 2x Impending Doom, 1x Mantle of the Wolf, 2x Purphuros's Intervention, 1x Storm's Wrath
IN: 4 Scorching Dragonfire, 1x Careless Celebrant, 1x Gallia of the Endless Dance, 1x Satyr's Cunning, 1x Rhythm of the Wild, 1x Beast Whisperer, 1x Heroes of the Revel, 1x Skola Grovedancer, 1x Icon of Ancestry, 3x Stampede Rider.

Those are just suggestions though, of course you should feel free to build the deck however you find it most fun! Whatever you decide to do, good luck with it!

Silverdrake on White (w/ a hint of blue) Cat Deck

3 weeks ago

Looks fun! Brimaz, King of Oreskos and Leonin Vanguard are powerful cats you could consider. If you cut down on the non-cat creatures you could consider Metallic Mimic, Icon of Ancestry, and Obelisk of Urd. I'd consider running more removal than just Take Vengeance too - Declaration in Stone, Conclave Tribunal, and Cast Out are some of the best pioneer options in white. Blessed Alliance and maybe even Outflank are other potential options.
Also, 26 lands is on the higher end of what a control deck might run. An aggressive deck like this that focuses on 1-3 drops definitely doesn't want that many - I'd cut down to 22 or 23 lands.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun with it!

Optimator on Boros Soldiers

3 weeks ago

I would recommend Iroas, God of Victory as the commander. I think he's the best for general Boros agro. The convenience of being able to swing freely is sooooo good--especially with mass-vigilance like Brave the Sands and its ilk.

Aurelia, the Warleader is a decent choice but is expensive, mana-wise. Even Jor Kadeen, the Prevailer is better than Agrus Kos though (with some more artifacts). Tajic, Blade of the Legion is an underrated choice too--can definitely make a great budget deck with him at the helm. Go wide and then suddenly Tajic is a commander-damage threat. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is decent, but also quite expensive. Some folks love having bombs, like the two angels, in the command zone when the deck more or less functions without the commander (like most tribal decks). Some prefer lower CMC generals that can get out more reliably. It's all about what you like.

Argus Kos is pretty bad though. Unless you're in love with having a janky commander I'd highly highly recommend Iroas or Tajic, with Aurelia as a distant third-place.

For a new deck builder your list looks really good! Good creatures, good utility, a proper amount of ramp. Only thing missing is card draw, which you may know is nearly impossible in Boros colors. Mentor of the Meek is a good addition, so good on ya for that. Some... tolerable... draw options are Staff of Nin, Endless Atlas (somewhat suspect in a two-color deck, but I've seen it work), Icon of Ancestry, Vanquisher's Banner, Arcane Encyclopedia, Arch of Orazca, Farsight Mask, Infiltration Lens, Herald's Horn, Key to the City, Mask of Memory, Tome of Legends, Rogue's Gloves, Avarice Amulet (doesn't get .given away if it's on a commander).

General_Fist on Knightly Chaos

3 weeks ago

Apollo_Paladin Thank you for the upvote! Since the new Theros block has rolled in I already had some changes in mind. Since my deck has gone down in mana cost I have swapped out Venerable Knight for Worthy Knight. I also think that Bone Splinters & Fling aren't really a good option simply because you have to sacrifice a creature to destroy only a another creature. With sorcery speed for bone & fling only dealing as much damage as the creatures power.

I have given The Circle of Loyalty some thought as well, but I would only end up putting in 2 mainly as a replacement for Icon of Ancestry which is now also out of the deck until I try testing it out with a few more changes. Another reason that I wouldn't really put it in the deck is because of it's mana cost. Already breing a little more heavier on white mana if you're up against someone with a lot of cheap removal you will end up using a lot of mana to cast it, in which itself can also be easily taken down with Embereth Shieldbreaker which a lot of decks with red have in sideboard including myself.

Unbreakable Formation is a good suggestion, so I have put in 2 in sideboard to see how it will go.

Skyler1776 on Gallia Rough Draft

4 weeks ago

Hello! 2 things. 1. If you watch streamers, Mtg Merchant just did a Gaalia Satyr deck. I suggest checking it out, as he did fairly well. 2. Maniacal Rage , Icon of Ancestry , Setessan Champion , and Rhythm of the Wild are very slow for a gruul aggro build. I suggest Klothys, God of Destiny , Embercleave , Gruul Spellbreaker and the Fervent Champion / Shadowspear combo.

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