Key to the City

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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
Dandan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Judge's Tower 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

Key to the City


, Discard a card: Up to one target creature can't be blocked this turn.

Whenever Key to the city becomes untapped, you may pay . If you do, draw a card.

luizfpa on Alesha, Who Blinks at Death EDH

3 months ago

@king-saproling thanks for the suggestions! I think I’ll try some of them, like Goldhound and Gravelighter, but it seems that most of them do not bring in the kind of sinnergy I’m looking for here.

I won’t part with Key to the City because it helps to keep the commander alive and feed the graveyard mostly every game.

Pitiless Plunderer would be great, but it’s quite pricey here where I live.

capwner on "Master of Cruelties" - Budget but Strong?

4 months ago

As an x/4 in a no fury meta I think this card could potentially be good. The deck really wants Ragavan but yeah that's not very budget. Bowmasters too.

About 'understanding what to replace,' the way I think of it is, you know there are always more potential good cards than you can actually run in any deck, usually there are multiple good ways to build a deck. Every card should play into your synergy, except for sideboard cards which can attack something very specifically. And every card should be the best possible option for its slot (most versatility, most synergies with your other cards, most favorable in specific interactions vs. specific cards). Example, this is why I love Apostle's Blessing in here, it's versatile because it protects and evades, and these are both things your deck REALLY needs. And it's a cheap instant. Great card.

But now look at Goblin Tunneler, I see a card that is part of the gameplan, but it's also an x/1 non hasty creature and a 2 drop. This is going to fall short a lot of the time. Maybe a card like Wedding Invitation or Key to the City could be better in this slot. Generator Servant is great for the haste but it has the same weakness. Splitting that with artifact ramp like you did is good, maybe consider options like Pentad Prism but go with what you think plays the best. Molten Collapse is a strictly better Dreadbore and not expensive. Sunken Citadel might be a good land to combo with Rogue's Passage, maybe then Field of Ruin instead of Ghost Quarter? And Graven Cairns? On the lands topic I really like the idea posted above of adding Leechridden Swamp but you do need the fetches to really make it work.

Alesha, Who Smiles at Death has a nice effect but doesn't really synergize with anything besides bringing your Master back, which it can't even do vs. LB and Solitude. Maybe adding cards that combo with her like Fulminator Mage or Augur of Skulls could make her better. Lightning Greaves also makes her and a lot of your other creatures better too, this is a card I'd consider for a 1 or 2 of. But without adding more support, you might consider cutting Alesha and adding something along another angle.

I like Brainspoil, the tutor is nice because finding the Master is definitely a bottlneck in the deck. Grim Tutor is an option but a bit more expensive, Profane Tutor is affordable but has some problems. Having at least one other tutorable 5 drop would make your BS a lot better. 1 of Glarewielder would be kind of cute.

Hand disruption is another angle you might consider, it's really good for a slightly slower combo deck like this to nullify your opponent's big early plays and buy you a couple extra turns to combo them out. Collective Brutality is a pretty decent flexible card that also finishes your opponent.

In the end I think tuning your list and making cuts is about trying to make as many of these meaningful synergy connections between different cards as possible, getting the right amount of each type of effect you want (3 vs 4 of a specific effect like Dreadbore matters a lot vs some decks!), and then you cut either your lowest synergy cards, or effects you think you could safely go down a count on. Usually you want 6-8 ways of getting your key card in action, or 6+ of each combo piece/synergy if it involves multiple cards, and in a perfect world you want 4+ post board copies of HATE for particular meta decks, like 4 Leyline of the Void vs. Living End, or 8 killspells that can kill a Primeval Titan or Sheoldred. Your board cards should address aspects of other decks that really threaten you, no need to run those Leylines if you already beat that deck most of the time. It often comes down to having the right reactive cards, so you want good numbers of the ones you'll need the most.

Sorry for the whole ass book! It seemed like you wanted the help and I liked the concept/got into it a bit once I started looking. I think there's a lot of work and playtesting you could do to really optimize this, and maybe it could end up being pretty good+still affordable!

KingKilvas on High or Low the choice is yours

7 months ago

A few nice cards to add unblockability: Rogue's Passage, Key to the City, Sonic Screwdriver, and Whispersilk Cloak.

Brefin on Rex Nebula go Boom

9 months ago

Got a real nice game in with the deck last night. Circumstances setup an early God-Pharaoh's Gift and Key to the City. There was a Shu Yun, so I wasn't swinging out. But keeping that Gift out, even retrieving it from my grave and casting it again off a Sanctum Gargoyle kept the pressure on and value flowing.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Building around Hazoret's Favor

1 year ago

Mr. Orfeo, the Boulder might be a fitting commander both colour-wise and ability-wise. Another possibilityis Greven, Predator Captain.

You should definitely consider Key to the City. It just does a lot.

Rhadamanthus on Interaction between Agrus Kos, Eternal …

1 year ago

For future reference, it's okay to put multiple questions about the same card into the original post. But it looks like you had these follow-up thoughts far enough from each other that you might not have been able to edit the OP, so don't worry about it for this one.

You draw a card for each copy of Basilica Skullbomb's ability. Copying an ability copies the entire effect (everything after the ":").

Whichever copy of The Ozolith's ability resolves first will move counters and the others (including the original ability, since it will always resolve last) will do nothing. This is primarily because the triggered ability has an "intervening 'if' clause" that requires The Ozolith to actually have counters on it ("... if The Ozolith has counters on it..."). Even if that wasn't the case, the definition of "moving" a counter requires that there be something to move from the original location, and once the first copy resolves The Ozolith won't have any counters left to move.

All of the creatures will be unblockable from Key to the City. The "up to one target" is just there in case you want to use it to discard a card for some other reason without targeting anything. The fact is that it did target only Agrus in your example and can therefore be copied with Agrus' ability.

The copy effects for Mirage Mirror will overwrite each other as they resolve. This is just how the interaction of multiple copy effects works. You can make responses in-between to activate abilities it temporarily gains in the process (e.g. firebreathing, regeneration shields, activated flying etc.) which through the layer system will be applied on top of whatever base characteristics it ultimately ends up with from the last copy effect. Since the original ability will be the last one to resolve, that means the final base characteristics of the Mirror will be Agrus and you will have to deal with the Legend Rule.

The Delina, Wild Mage example works the way you think it does but you still have to pay the mana required by Agrus' ability each time, so it will be difficult to go "infinite".

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