Creature — Bird
Sacrifice Judge's Familiar : Counter target instant or sorcery spell unless its controller pays
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Judge's Familiar Discussion
3 weeks ago
Unless you're playing with some funky homebrew rules, your commander does have to be a legendary creature. For bird tribal, Kangee, Aerie Keeper or Kangee, Sky Warden would be the most obvious choices. Also, Screaming Seahawk does not get around the singleton restriction in the same way something like Relentless Rats does. Even if it did, I still don't think it would be worth running over the much faster Squadron Hawk . More relevant inclusions might be Watcher of the Spheres , Warden of Evos Isle , Soulcatchers' Aerie , Migratory Route , Wingmate Roc , Aven Mimeomancer , Emeria Angel , Favorable Winds , Kangee's Lieutenant , Judge's Familiar , Steel-Plume Marshal , Battle Screech , Skycat Sovereign , Pride of the Clouds , Sephara, Sky's Blade , Jotun Owl Keeper , Windreader Sphinx , Aven Gagglemaster , Thunderclap Wyvern , Jubilant Skybonder , Rally of Wings , Eyes in the Skies , Alrund's Epiphany , Aerial Assault , Rise of Eagles , Door of Destinies , Herald's Horn , Dovescape , Gravitational Shift , Kindred Discovery , Call to the Kindred , Serra the Benevolent , or Seaside Haven .
Looks like my comment is now a little redundant here, but hope the seconded advice still helps. Good luck!
3 weeks ago
I'll go a little more into the actual answers, as Raging_Squiggle provided the relevant rules. You aren't able to sacrifice any Judge's Familiar s to counter Rings of Brighthearth due to the fact they can only target an instant or sorcery spell.
Assuming they were casting Fabricate instead (a sorcery of the same mana value), you'd be able to sacrifice a Judge's Familiar , see if they make the payment, then sacrifice another if they did. This follows 117.4 letting a spell resolve, then 117.3b (giving the active player priority) -> 117.3d (that player not doing anything) -> 117.1b (you being allowed to activate another bird)
Alternatively you can sacrifice multiple Judge's Familiar s because you retain priority after sacrificing each one (as 117.3c says you'll get priority immediately after activating the first one). While how you thought you had to do it is an option, it's a bit less optimal as your opponent can see their spell is getting countered and opt to not spend any additional mana, saving it for another spell.
3 weeks ago
D'oh! I initially had the Judge's Familiar countering Rings of Brighthearth , but tried to dumb down the question to streamline it, and forgot to change the other "Rings" in there, which should be referring to the (now) Suture Priest .
3 weeks ago
For ages, I've been under the impression that once the stack starts to resolve you can't add back to it, but recently I was told different, so I need more clarity.
Say I have four Judge's Familiar on the battlefield, and my opponent has five available mana and casts Suture Priest , which I intend to counter using my eyrie of Judge's Familiar . I've been under the impression that in order to guarantee I counter the Rings spell I would need to sac and put all four Familiars on the stack before anything resolves. But I learned that I can do each separately...? Wait for one to resolve, see what my opponent does, then use another if needed? Additionally, I was informed that I can't stack them anyway, without someone else adding to the stack first, because once I put one on the stack the permission has to go around the circle before I can do anything else, and once it gets back to me it resolves before I can do anything anyway... is this correct as well?
1 month ago
If you're looking for a 1-drop, Battlefield Raptor , Cloudfin Raptor , Judge's Familiar , Mausoleum Wanderer , Siren Stormtamer , and Wind Zendikon would be my shortlist of suggestions. The birds are on the weaker side but have potential in a tribal-focused build. Wanderer interacts with Dungeon Geists but is otherwise probably less useful than Stormtamer. The mutant and Zendikon have the greatest aggressive potential if you can work around their drawbacks of needing follow-up plays and being a land down, respectively.
3 months ago
I would remove Cancel for Dovin's Veto, Crux of Fate for Torment of Hailfire, Diabolic Tutor for Beseech the Queen, Diabolic Edict for Go for the Throat, Personal Tutor for Lim-Dul's Vault, Laboratory Maniac for Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Graceful Adept for Archon of Emeria, Blood Seeker for Judge's Familiar, Strionic Resonator for Isochron Scepter, Baleful Strix for Windfall, Nadier's Nightblade for Dramatic Reversal, and Revel in Riches for Basalt Monolith
6 months ago
a single Moorland Haunt also makes sense
7 months ago
Draw_Wurm's deck is a really cool idea. Unfortunately, it isn't modern legal. Faithless Looting has been replaced by Merchant of the Vale and sometimes Cathartic Reunion in modern. Also, Mausoleum Wanderer is just better than Judge's Familiar so I would make that change.
As for my deck, I brewed up a prison deck that runs on enchantments. Naya Enchantments Prison is something creative and am just interested in what people think, feedback or otherwise.