Make a Stand
Creatures you control get +1/+0 and become indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy them.)
Printings View all
|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Uncommon|
|Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW)||Uncommon|
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Make a Stand occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Make a Stand Discussion
3 weeks ago
That is a very good question, what to cut. I don't want to micromanage anything but here are cards I feel are "weak" with what you have going (also, keep Dash Hopes if your play group hates it, it must be good ;))
Out (?): Conclave Tribunal
Dictate of Erebos (I know, it's an amazing card, but without creature support it isn't actually doing anything for you. This is a soft cut, it's always going to put a little work in just like Butcher of Malakir)
I LOVE Subversion but is it really putting in enough UMPH for 5 CMC? I really like Righteous Cause but that's just me. Hissing Miasma is pretty cool too, no life gain but it's cheaper and deters attacks.
Consecrate / Consume (hope formatting works here) is a 4 cmc kind of squanky force sacrifice of the most dangerous (most powerful) creature of an opponent. I don't like it. You have a huge removal suite and this seems like a good cut. You have Orzhov, you are the removal king and you can Murder or Return to Dust
Consecrate / Consume is too situational to be useful in your go-to 100
Revival / Revenge is sexy, keep it. But look at what cards actually make it mean something. Serra Avatar Evra, Halcyon Witness Sunbond etc. Play around with it, but in my experience, it is rare for doubling your life total to more impactful than gaining 3 instances of life gain. (but look at Wall of Reverence
Cut Dismember for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Make a Stand for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Nightmare's Thirst It is too situational for you. We can find better removal. Find room for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Rootborn Defenses we're going to add some creatures who love life gain after this section
OK, stick with me on this one: Liliana, Dreadhorde General draws cards for dead creatures, right? But... you don't have creatures (really) in your deck... Not saying cut her, but she would and will be happier in a sacrifice black deck (Maybe a Sheoldred, Whispering One deck, I think you could do it). If you need to make cuts I'm saying she isn't doing much for you here but letting you draw sometimes.
We're not abusing Athreos, God of Passage but he's too awesome to cut. If he isn't pulling his weight in this deck you can ship me the card, I'll give you my address. ;)
Mentioned Butcher of Malakir before: awesome card as deterrence but it shines when you have a lot of token to sacrifice for value. not an immediate cut, but if you include Sheoldred, Whispering One and Dictate of Erebos you might want want to add some sacrifice/recursion to capitalize. Making your sacrifices give you advantage and hurt your enemies is the coolest thing black can do.
Cut Piper of the Swarm replace with Vampire Cutthroat or Vampire Nighthawk or Call to the Feast or really anything. Piper isn't helping your mechanics. Replace with Sunscorch Regent because that guy beefs up fast and hard.
Dusk is a great wipe and the dual nature of the card gives utility.
This is your call. I'd recommend Sunscorch Regent as a win-con.
Rebuff the Wicked is a fantastic counterspell, works with you control aspect. If it were me I'd add more card draw and Approach of the Second Sun and aim for that. Easier win con than Revel in Riches in my experience (have mardu deck based on treasure, removal and alternate win cons and Approach of the Second Sun is much easier and more reliable than Revel in Riches.
I don't know what else to say. You make your own Kambal deck. Just know you need some "UMPH" to take down your opponents beyond some life gain and drain. I love the build, but you need to 'seal the deal' as it were.
3 weeks ago
I know you're working with what you have, but a casual view of the deck doesn't seem to have much "umph". What is the life gain doing for you outside of keeping you alive? Commander damage makes pure life total a resource, so things like Vona, Butcher of Magan kick ass.
You have things like Dictate of Erebos and Conclave Tribunal which are awesome cards, but you have a very light creature presence (13 total) with no sac mechanic (for dictate) so it seems like an under-utilization of the cards. Who is going to help Conclave when you just have your commander out?
Same concept for Rootborn Defenses and Make a Stand Obviously great cards, but they provide a 1-turn protection for a mass of creatures you're not going to have. Long-lasting protection like Indestructibility or Swiftfoot Boots or Whispersilk Cloak will give you more staying power and force opponents to use their removal on your artifacts/enchantments rather than your combo pieces. Again, I know you're limited, but some instants are no match for something that requires another player to spend their hard earned mana and cards on your permanents.
I love, believe me, the mass life loss from opponents. I have two decks that do that same thing and they are damn near my favorites. But with commander people are going to be sniping your pieces way too often. Draining 4 damage per turn rules, but it needs to be backed up by some beef or a nasty combo. The Control helps, and again I get your constraints, but it seems like this deck will only sometimes work on late turns. Orzhov is my favorite combo and there is so much potential with Kambal, Consul of Allocation Are there cards that can get you benefit for his gain and drain? Sunbond isn't expensive and can do a little voltron or help protect a few creatures to make them big beaters with the constant little life gains.
You have Sheoldred, Whispering One, maybe do something jacked up basing things on tutoring her out and throwing things into your graveyard for benefit? She's a monster that cannot be ignored.
Well of Lost Dreams costs money, but with the theme of continuous life gain is an amazing addition for card draw. I guess I'm looking at the deck and not seeing what the win conditions are beyond "I gain life, they lose life" which is way cool but the rate seems too slow for the format. When commanders can cap you with 21 damage even if you have 200 life it means you need to Go for the Throat or make a real good wall for yourself (Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts?)
Essentially I see a ton of cool removal, a few pieces of life gain/drain and I find myself wondering "where's the teeth?" "How does Kambal say 'it is done'" Lots of life, for sure, but what do you do when a Zurgo Helmsmasher comes in with Rogue's Passage on turn 6? You know? I'm not talking cEDH ,just want to see the best Kambal there is because he rules. Your removal package is killer, great way to remove threats against you, but I feel like there comes a point where when you're just spending mana to take away what others spent mana on, you need an end-game. Overwhelming Splendor is a great way to capitalize on this "wait-them-out" removal strategy, but you can only cast it on one opponent, and what if it gets blasted? with more players, commander is full of win-con-killers so you need to make a deck able to adapt and twist with the removal, or be faster than removal can stop you. Approach of the Second Sun would be fantastic with the heal-and-stall aspect you have going
1 month ago
1 month ago
Presence of Gond may be good to tap your commander and have it make 2 tokens instead of the one.
Beastmaster Ascension will quickly build up counters with all the tokens you have so they will all quickly start to hit like trucks.
There is also Heroic Intervention but I’m mostly trying to recommend cards that aren’t so pricy.
1 month ago
Skyknight Vanguard is a pretty cheap knight with flying that also produces an additional body on attack although it is a soldier.
I’ve always like Fleetfeather Sandals since they give flying and hast to a creature.
Moonsilver Spear will make you some angel tokens that can be good flyers for the board.
A fun card I also always had in mind when I was working on a similar deck was Bludgeon Brawl since it will turn all of your mana rocks into equipment that will help your creatures hit hard.
2 months ago
You, sir. I admire your earnestness.
For getting more counters, I HIGHLY suggest Yawgmoth, Thran Physician. Golgari is an excellent color combination for getting a ton of cards in your hand and a ton of mana, so you could easily go from a couple of counters to 10 in a turn. Same logic for Planewide Celebration. 7 mana for 4 counters each isn't a bad deal. Lean into green ramp. You can definitely afford to fire off 1-for-1 2-mana green ramp spells, so long as you're drawing with Tymna.
You can amplify the effects of your infect and proliferate cards with Winding Constrictor and Corpsejack Menace. Hand of the Praetors and Phyrexian Swarmlord are infect lords, so they should probably see play. Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons means that all of your infect creatures explode into deathtouching snakes when they trade in combat.
Swamp Mosquito doesn't say infect, but it has non-keyworded Infect. Suq'Ata Assassin has non-keyworded Fear, but also gives poison counters with evasion. If you want to load up on the cheapest, most efficient bodies with infect, then it might be worth running Pit Scorpion, too.
The reason why I would go for a bigger spread of bodies is that it will ultimately be more efficient to load up on instant-speed mass pump spells, rather than having to draw and cast poorly-suited cards for Commander like Giant Growth. In priority order, I'd go Return of the Wildspeaker, Overrun, Pride of Conquerors, Make a Stand, Dark Triumph, Borrowed Grace, Zealous Persecution, Fortify, Sigil Blessing.
2 months ago
A card I include in just about all my Boros decks is Sunforger since it can give you a get out of jail free card for board wipes with cards like Boros Charm , Make a Stand , and Unbreakable Formation There is also Teferi's Protection but that card is a little pricy.
Smothering Tithe is definitely a piece of ramp you'll want to include into the deck since if it isn't paid for then you'll quickly build up a good amount of mana.
Myriad Landscape is pretty much a land that also works as a piece of ramp for you.
Some white dragons that are pretty good are Sunscorch Regent since it gets you life while becoming huge and Scalelord Reckoner who will make opens take a loss when they want to target one of your dragons.
A red dragon that wasn't mentioned above is Glorybringer who has haste when he comes in and can act as removal on some of the smaller creatures you'll go up against.
An old dragon that could be an interesting include is Kilnmouth Dragon since he can come in as a massive body if you have other dragons in your hand.
For some full board buffs for damage and sustainability I would include True Conviction since if your commander gets taken out a bunch of times then it is always good to have a backup source of double strike also life link will be amazing on all your dragons.
Dictate of the Twin Gods can be cast at instant speed so dropping this in right before damage will pretty much just kill players.
Crucible of Fire is an awesome card since it will make your dragons much bigger.
3 months ago
X-Factor11105 thanks for checking out my deck list. I'm glad it brought inspiration. In regards to your budget topic I would say all the lands you listed could be switched out for the other dual lands that come in tapped, but it would obviously just be a little slower. Hopefully all the extra card draw would off set that. I think if there was just one of those cards to leave in it should be aura shards you just get so much utility from it. Teferi's Protection and Heroic intervention could be swapped for cards like Unbreakable Formation or Make a Stand Cutting Enlightene tutor is no big deal bc there is so much card draw. Or switch it with Idyllic Tutor Replenish is a great card, but expensive. There is already other recursion in there so it not too critical if that one gets cut.