Iona, Shield of Emeria
Legendary Creature — Angel
As Iona, Shield of Emeria enters the battlefield, choose a color.
Your opponents can't cast spells of the chosen color.
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|From the Vault: Angels (V15)||Mythic Rare|
|Modern Masters 2015 Edition (MM2)||Mythic Rare|
|Zendikar (ZEN)||Mythic Rare|
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Iona, Shield of Emeria Discussion
1 week ago
fatalzintomyum Oh wow. I totally forgot about Iona, Shield of Emeria. That's a great suggestion because we effective way to lock out our opponent on turn 4. It wouldn't deal with the board at the moment, but preventing almost any further action could often win the game on the spot. If I were aiming to make the deck as competitive as possible, I'd probably cut Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, and 1 Angel of Invention. For a 3 and 3 split. Honestly, 4 Iona isn't out of the question. However, since I am trying to play this among fellow budget friends. I'd rather not hard lock them out of the game if possible. Unless, they anger me of course. Then I'll need a playset. >:D
I agree Modern is likely outside the power level for God-Pharaoh's Gift or at least in this shell. Unfortunately, I typically play Modern with my group so I wanted to essentially upgrade a Pioneer deck. I'm making that attempt, but that might be the final conclusion.
Balaam__ Ya... I agree the main weakness of this deck is just how easy it is to side board in both artifact and graveyard hate against it. To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's a perfect solution. For Leyline of the Void the best answer I currently have access to is Deputy of Detention or Brazen Borrower, but like you said that's only a temporary solution. I agree counterspells are the best potential solution for artifact hate. Essentially, becoming a jank UW Control with a GPG. I could see playing Dovin's Veto, Aether Gust, and Spell Pierce. Or maybe even some lesser used ones like Hindering Light/Keep Safe or Hypnotic Sprite. If I had the budget Force of Negation. What would you suggest?
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
In general, sideboards tend to be used more for hating on other decks rather than changing the gameplan of your own. For that reason, I'd consider filling your sideboard with maybe 2 more copies of Iona, Shield of Emeria, classic hate staples like Chalice of the Void, Sorcerous Spyglass, and Tormod's Crypt. Sense artifacts are real popular, Null Rod is also a pretty popular sideboard card. Additionally, this is vintage, so I'd obviously suggest a Black Lotus. My only other comment is that even for a vintage deck, 9 creatures is pretty few to work with, so it'd be worth it to think about tossing some more in there, maybe shoot for 12-14?
3 weeks ago
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4 months ago
TypicalTimmy While I agree with your analysis of Iona, Shield of Emeria, I absolutely disagree with your analysis of Vilis, Broker of Blood vs Griselbrand.
Vilis requires either mana or another card to provide life loss in order to get the draw engine going. Griselbrand is the entire engine all in one card. That makes Griselboi waaaay more busted than vilis because it completely eliminates the need for any other middle-man resource. Also life means nothing in commander, so Griselbrand more accurately reads "Spend 8, draw your deck" while vilis reads "Spend 8 and then find a way to lose a bunch of life, draw your deck". That extra step makes all the difference.
6 months ago
I'm particularly interested in what you guys think about Angelic Arbiter taking the place of (at least) one copy of one of the other angels. Maybe replacing 1 copy of Iona, Shield of Emeria. My thinking is that the more weapons you have to limit what your opponent can do, the less likely they'll gain the upper hand. I just want to ensure that the deck has, at least, 1 back-up of every angel, in case one of them gets exiled. What do you think? Too much, or is the deck fine the way it is?