If you would draw a card during your draw step, instead you may skip that draw. If you do, until your next turn, you can't be attacked except by creatures with flying and/or islandwalk.
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Island Sanctuary Discussion
2 months ago
3 months ago
Birds is a surprisingly well supported tribe, and flying tribal has been getting a fair bit of support recently. So building birds in commander can be both fun and powerful because you can combine old and new cards.
A creature has to be a Legendary creature to be legal as your commander. The classic option for birds would be Kangee, Aerie Keeper . Some other options that are more "Flying tribal" than bird tribal could be Kangee, Sky Warden (a very budget-friendly option), Isperia the Inscrutable , Akim, the Soaring Wind , Derevi, Empyrial Tactician or Alela, Artful Provocateur .
Now you should decide whether you want cards that support having Birds specifically: Aven Brigadier , Celestial Gatekeeper , Crookclaw Elder , Seaside Haven , Soulcatchers' Aerie , Airborne Aid , Migratory Route , Animal Sanctuary etc. Or if you just want cheap flyers that may or may not be birds and just play flying tribal: Battle Screech , Favorable Winds , Gravitational Shift , Gust of Wind , Island Sanctuary , Kangee's Lieutenant , Lofty Denial , Pride of the Clouds , Rally of Wings , Sephara, Sky's Blade , Siani, Eye of the Storm , Skycat Sovereign , Soulcatcher , The Raven's Warning , Thunderclap Wyvern , Tide Skimmer , Warden of Evos Isle , Watcher of the Spheres , Waterkin Shaman , Windstorm Drake , Winged Words , Battle Screech .
Your list has a lot of pretty bad cards that don't support your strategy. I would cut Healing Salve , Resupply , Take Up Arms , Call to Mind , Survival Cache , Refurbish (has 4 targets in your deck and no matter what you get you pay more mana than you should), Siegecraft etc. Pure lifegain spells are bad unless you build around them, and this is supposed to be a bird/flying deck right? Cards that make tokens without flying are not great because your lords and synergy don't make them better. So even though Raise the Alarm is a solid magic card, you would prolly rather have like a Mistral Charger because you can build synergy around it.
Removal is always good. You can almost never have too much of it. However, if you are really cool, you can try to play removal and card draw that is flavorful and synergistic as well: Ravenform , Wing Shards , Aerial Assault , Swan Song , Winged Words , Gust of Wind , Lofty Denial . Also, sol ring is great but more ramp is usually a good idea in commander, and Azorius Keyrune is also a bird!
Good luck with the screechy dudes!
7 months ago
Though just Flying Chubby Unicorns works too...
8 months ago
Gonna have to say 'nope' to all three of those, and I'll explain why! :)
Defense Grid works equally for everyone, and this deck plays a LOT of instants and instant speed effects. I even had Leyline of Anticipation and Tidal Barracuda in it at one point, but they ended up getting cut cuz they weren't that necessary. This deck tends to play like a spectator for the most part, occasionally playing some more card draw or defensive pieces, but mostly its reactionary to anyone getting up to trouble in a way that we don't like, and Defense Grid actually makes it harder for US to do that. We don't have much of a gameplan for other people to try to stop, so this card would actually be way better for everyone else at the table, and way worse for us.
Same goes for Bottled Cloister. We have a LOOOOOOT of card draw, including in our command zone, so we don't really need 1 more. We also play primarily at instant speed, so exiling our hand when its not our turn takes away our ability to cast spells in response to whatever our opponents are doing, which is VERY counterproductive.
Our hand is going to be bursting with cards most of the time, so Ensnaring Bridge is also going to be REALLY really bad unless we also had the Cloister out, which is still not good for us. The big upside to Cloister+Bridge is that you get to have a hand on your turn so that YOU can attack with your creatures, but then on opponents' turns, your hand is gone, so they can't attack back. But, we don't really have a lot of creatures or ever plan on attacking, so its not very helpful.
Lastly, we have plenty of pillowfort cards already, and 3 more cards that can copy them. Specifically I try to focus on cards that make it inconvenient to attack us, rather than strictly stopping attacks altogether. Cards like Solitary Confinement or Island Sanctuary were considerations I had, but they're a bit too aggressive for me. People read them and think "Oh no, I CAN'T attack him." rather than, "Oh, I have to pay 2 mana to attack him? That's kinda annoying, I guess I'll attack someone else."
The exceptions I made to this are for Crawlspace and Silent Arbiter. Both still allow opponents to attack me, but only 1 or 2 creatures at a time, which keeps it manageable and makes it not worth the effort. Silent Arbiter in particular I enjoy because he works for everyone and can be a great political play if one player has built up a huge board and is about to start going to war and taking people out. Arbiter can slow combat down significantly, and most people are generally pretty happy for the sense of security it offers.
9 months ago
For the forced combat theme you could go with Siren's Call
If you have enough draw power, maybe Solitary Confinement or Island Sanctuary? Super well-protected but you have to skip your draw step and discard cards. Might be able to buy you a couple turns. Could combine it with Pitchstone Wall to keep that up longer.
Have you considered Darksteel Reactor for another "you win" option?
10 months ago
You should consider Archetype of Imagination to combo with Magus of the Moat. And Island Sanctuary. I also like Kumena's Awakening for card draw, and you will hit City's Blessing pretty quickly. Gush is good card draw.
10 months ago
I also forgot Maze of Ith, but just be aware that this land is not supposed to fill a spot for a land that produces mana.
11 months ago
You can't cast spells.
You have hexproof and cannot be attacked.
I'd like to see another enchantment with a huge upside and a steep cost! Maybe like in a cycle, but more like the Boon Reflection, Thought Reflection, Wound Reflection, Rage Reflection, and Mana Reflection cycle, where the mana costs vary more.