Mayael's Aria

Mayael's Aria

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on each creature you control if you control a creature with power 5 or greater. Then you gain 10 life if you control a creature with power 10 or greater. Then you win the game if you control a creature with power 20 or greater.

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Format Legality
Highlander Legal
Unformat Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Custom Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Block Constructed Legal

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Mayael's Aria Discussion

TrustyServantPatsy on Cult of Force | Paper

2 months ago

Thanks for the suggestions, carpecanum!

I'll definitely consider Illusionist's Bracers and Selvala's Stampede. Both look super cool!

I mention Mayael's Aria only because of nostalgia, I'm not particularly interested in trying to use it as a win-con. I know of cards like Mossbridge Troll that could work to win that way, but the first two modes (+1/+1 counters and gaining life) don't seem that impactful.

Shield of the Oversoul could be interesting, but I'd prefer effects like that on creatures with power 5 or greater. For example, I'm considering Spearbreaker Behemoth.

The creatures you mention are big, but I want my creatures to do more than just that. Especially without trample or evasion already tacked on, Primeval Protector and Gigantosaurus are not that exciting. I could see myself using Nessian Boar, though, since it can clear the way for other attackers.

Thanks for your thoughts :)

Optimator on Giant's Deck

3 months ago

As for potential alternate commanders, here are what I would recommend. My goal here isn't to necessarily power up your deck, but that would likely happen if you choose someone other than Brion. The addition of other colors can add versatility as well as variety--potentially leading to more fun. I feel like being able to play any giant (or at least more giants) would make for a truer giant-tribal experience and allow the deck to grow better as new sets and new giants come out. Also, when you're on a budget the addition to other colors will allow you to play better creatures and better utility without having to scrape the bottom of the barrel in Boros colors.

Five-Color Commanders:

Going for all five colors would allow you to play any giant across Magic's rich history and allow any utility card you could possibly want. This would be the best choice as you continue to play, as any upgrades or new giants could fit in the deck. Don't be intimidated by the mana base; five-color is easy on a budget.

Morophon, the Boundless - It's a giant! Technically. The anthem is cute and the mana discount is enormous. One of the best options for Giant Tribal. I have one for trade!! Highly highly highly recommended

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim - Truly obscene power. He ramps when you cast him (making his commander tax kind of one mana instead of two!) and his ability to play three cards off the top of the deck is nothing short of perfect for a mana-expensive deck like Giant Tribal. Cannot recommend enough.

Kenrith, the Returned King - Another incredibly strong choice. He can give you trample and haste--both things big slow giants want. He can grow your team, he can draw cards, and he can bring back the expensive giants from the graveyard. The lifegain can be good too! A top-tier choice.

Jodah, Archmage Eternal and Jegantha, the Wellspring are passable but are completely outclassed by the three mentioned. Jegantha is a giant elk for what it's worth.

Naya Commanders

The addition of alone would both power up the deck and make it run smoother without having to invest in expensive cards. There are a bunch of great Giants in green on a budget and it seems that WotC is making more and more Green giants in modern times, compared to the old days, making it a safe choice when it comes to future additions.

Mayael the Anima - A fantastic and strong choice. Naya colors and a strong mana-sink for when your hand is empty. Having expensive giants is perfect for her ability! A top-notch choice. Highly recommended. Mayael's Aria is a fun card!

Atla Palani, Nest Tender - Hatch giants out of eggs! A really great way to cheat on mana costs. A pretty good choice and a funny one. I have one for trade.

Samut, Voice of Dissent - Granting haste to your team and being able to surprise-untap a giant to block an attack is pretty good utility. A good--but not excellent--choice.

Marisi, Breaker of the Coil - A decent choice. Goading opponents' creatures would allow your own giants to swing in with impunity. I have one for trade.

Gahiji, Honored One - An all-right choice. The ability powers up our team and incentivizes your opponents to attack each other. It's a giant beast, for what it's worth.

Four-Color Commanders:

I'm not sure why one would want to run four colors when one could easily run all five, but there are two very interesting choices for generals in the Blue-less combination. Personally I find the Blue giants better than the Black giants though. None of the options for Black-less are any good for Giant Tribal.

Saskia the Unyielding - Her ability is no joke when it comes to smashing face. A good choice, but we can probably do better.

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper - Now THIS is an interesting commander combo. Make a sort of loose lifegain theme around Giant Tribal. If you want to have a truly unique take on Giant Tribal that nobody has ever seen, this may be the way. I have Ikra Shidiqi for trade, but not Bruse.


Oloro, Ageless Ascetic and Ruhan of the Fomori can be commanders, but I think they won't be very good for Giant Tribal


I would highly recommend running Morophon, the Boundless or Mayael the Anima as your general, with Golos, Tireless Pilgrim and Kenrith, the Returned King being equally as good--if not better (mechanically). You'll get to play more giants, better giants, and ramp into them easier--all while still staying on a budget. Also, these commanders actually facilitate giant tribal and a concept.

I'm really intrigued with the Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder and Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper too.

Optimator on Giant's Deck

3 months ago

Potential Non-Boros Commanders: Show

MindAblaze on Favorite Mtg Art?

4 months ago

Icbrgr I’m Batman.

I have to throw Chandra Ablaze and Mayael's Aria out there, as some examples of Steve Argyle’s work that I love. I have a foil Chandra Ablaze and it’s still one of my top five favourite cards in my collection.

Also, Seb McKinnon and Rebecca Guay have created some amazing work for this game.

DemonDragonJ on Kill them With Kindness

5 months ago

I have replaced Mayael's Aria with Horn of Greed, since the aria was not working with this deck, whereas the horn certainly will.

CJH123 on Uril, get your hands off me!

8 months ago

34 lands seems low, and I'm always wary of running the bounce lands alongside that many tap lands. With a budget manabase I'd probably ease off the costs like Mayael's Aria and Naya Charm also.

Rather than Midnight Guard + Elemental Mastery/Presence of Gond I'd run Siona, Captain of the Pyleas for the Shielded by Faith combo (+ Emblem of the Warmind, probably) as the pieces are independently more useful.

I'd also work on reducing your CMCs across the board (particularly if you want to stick to 34 lands). Spellbreaker Behemoth could be Destiny Spinner and Runes of the Deus could be Temur Battle Rage and Winds of Rath could be Gravitic Punch, for example.

Are things like Silence, Gaddock Teeg and Shalai, Voice of Plenty a meta choice? In my experience, Uril benefits most from being able to kill 1 or 2 players as quickly as possible (rather than trying to control the board).

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