Mother of Runes

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Mother of Runes

Creature — Human Cleric

: Target creature you control gains protection from the colour of your choice until end of turn. ((Remember the acronym debt.) The targeted creature can't be damaged, enchanted, equipped, blocked or targeted by anything of the chosen colour. Anything of the chosen colour attached to that creature immediately falls off.)

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

2 weeks ago

Lankhmar - You have led me astray! Mother of Runes is sadly not legal in modern :( At least according to cardkingdom and cardhoarder.

Lankhmar on For Honor and Glory!!!

2 weeks ago


I'll do that soon! We run essentially the same things with only a few exceptions-most of which I have shared. I like the effects of History of Benalia and ran it for awhile but eventually pulled it out. The reason was it competes in that 3rd drop slot with Knight Exemplar then requires a couple more turns to be a win-con. Plus Acclaimed Contender doesn't "fetch" it. In my local meta a lot (most probably) modern decks look to win by turn 5-6. Most are net-decks (nobody home brews anymore sadly) and aggro. Some of the "storm" (combo) decks are even faster. A turn 3 History of Benalia drop just never felt satisfying or felt like a true win-con. Your mileage may vary. My deck is more "front loaded" due to how fast most modern decks are. Instead of History of Benalia I run Noble Hierarch. She's a human so she fits the paradigm, she is a one drop, she fixes a bad mana situation and she's a lightning rod too like Mother of Runes. No matter what happens I always feel good about getting her in my opening hand and putting her into play. She has that nasty little "exalted" keyword and she's gives us a little ramp. I run the Dauntless Bodyguard too but he's a terrible drop in that one slot. Much better to pull him with CoCo turn 4 (or just hold him and hard cast him and play another card as well) and cover your Exemplar.

Mother is a beast add. Trust me! Total lightning rod (and usually does get removed) but any given deck only has so much removal and I'm ok with her getting "burned" and, potentially, saving Exemplar. If she doesn't, even better. Either way she's a benefit.

LOL. This type of aggro deck you kinda WANT to "vomit" your creatures out. That's your win-con. Guardian of Faith and Dauntless Bodyguard would be the exceptions. Holding them in hand until you need them is the best move. It's super satisfying to pull one of them on a CoCo hit when things get desperate. Having him AND Dauntless Bodyguard increases your chances of salvation.

Nephalia Academy has helped a lot. I don't see it every game and I'm thinking about putting another copy or two in my SB because there is so much discard. I've gone back and forth with Leyline of Sanctity in my SB. I can run Nephalia safely partly because Noble Hierarch can fix my mana (assuming she doesn't get removed). I still think you can find room for it though. the mana curve isn't THAT high in this deck.

Aether Vial is amazing with decks that focus on ETB but Knights are more aggro. I'd really rather drop a Noble or Mother than a vial turn one. Call me crazy.

I think part of the reason you are struggling with SB is how you're playing. Playing a single game against a random opponent isn't going to teach you about the effectiveness of your sideboard or help you to tweak it or see what your opponents bring in against you. Full matches are the key. You'll probably sacrifice a bit of your win percentage initially bc your opponents will have some answers in their SB most likely but eventually you'll have an even better deck as you learn from your mistakes and figure out what belongs in the SB against various archetypes and decide what to pull out from your main and what to leave in. I've been playing off and on since Revised and I still struggle sometimes to put together a great SB and determine what goes in and what comes out.

Happy brewing amigo!

lhetrick13 on For Honor and Glory!!!

2 weeks ago

Lankhmar - You should post your deck, it would be interesting to compare!

  • I will take a look at Mother of Runes. I play MTGO exclusively and she is not bad at ~1.25 tix. Not a knight but like you said does still hit the human type. She would likely get removed right away considering her ability but like you menitoned, that is one less burn spell they would have in their hand to use on a bigger piece like Knight Exemplar.

  • Cavern of Souls would be sooooo nice to get my hands on but my monthly budget is 20 tix (roughly $20) a month and at ~16 tix per card, that is likely out of my buget for a while. You are right that it would solve much of my issues with counter decks as I rarely see a counter deck run Field of Ruin or something similar.

  • Guardian of Faith has been a difference maker for you huh? Good to known. I have a full playset of it but never actually play-tested it. Its ability to flash in and save an army from ANY mass removal spell is pretty epic. I will have to give him a try...and maybe learn to be a better player and not vomit all my creatures out ASAP!

  • Nephalia Academy is another new one for me and I like it. Discard runs pretty heavy in modern and that would shut it down hard. Since this is only a two color deck, I bet I can make room for it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • I feel you about Aether Vial. It jsut does not feel right with this deck as you kinda have to build for it and I built this around Collected Company. I do use it in a soldier deck (Boots on the Ground) and a re-animator knight deck (Beyond the Grave (Abzan)) but both those decks are still in their infancy and need more play-testing to really feel it out.

  • Thanks for all the sideboard suggestions. I really do need to sit down and actually decide what to put in that. Usually, I play just a single game against random opponents via MTGO so never use the sideboard but it does kinda feel like not doing it leaves the deck unfinished and naked. I will take a stab at filling that out this week!

  • I feel you about them feeling competitive. This is arguable my best deck I have built and it is my go to if I just feel like winning a game :) With the number of netdecks on MTGO, having any deck with a winning record is an accomplishment and this deck is like a 60-70% win rate for me against randoms and I do not play it against my buddies as it is a little too aggressive of a deck for a casual game.

Thanks for the suggestions! Check in again in the near future to see the edits!

Lankhmar on For Honor and Glory!!!

2 weeks ago

Knights need some love brother! LOL. I have a similar deck and spot removal and board wipes (not as common) are problematic but Mother of Runes has helped a LOT! She's less than 2 bucks and is a one drop and human-which fits. I know you're a budget builder-I am not LOL. Cavern of Souls would be a great investment, if you're willing to pony up, and will stop counter magic until they Ghost Quarter or Field of Ruin it. Still, would buy you some time. Any of the pro-red knights would be good in SB for burn. Guardian of Faith will stop board wipes or even spot removal since you get to choose your targets so you don't HAVE to phase out your whole field. That card was a game changer for me and it's a knight and cheap (also less than 2 bucks). Nice shenanigans too since he has "flash". For a 3 mana 3/2 that is white and cheap, a knight, AND flashes in to prevent removal he's pretty much the MVP of my deck (between him and Exemplar). I've read through your iterations and it feels like you landed on the right mix!! Your deck is essentially the same as mine except I do run Caverns, Mother and Guardian and a few more fetches to thin the deck. Nephalia Academy is SUPER CHEAP and, while it does not take the place of Leyline of Sanctity it does deal with discard strategies and used to sit in my SB but I run a couple copies main now. I have run this deck with Aether Vial but it just gets too "muddy" on early drops and invariably almost every competitive deck runs Stony Silence in SB so that makes vials pretty useless. Auriok Champion is a great (human) SB card and so is Sanctifier en-Vec especially with dredge decks. Paladin en-Vec is another good choice and kills Rakdos strategies. A lot of people will say that Knights isn't competitive in the current modern meta but I have a pretty competitive location where they get roughly 50 participants every Friday night for FNM and my knights never go worse than 2-2. I've had a few 4-0 nights and a lot of 3-1 finishes. I don't always play knights but when I do it's competitive enough to feel good.

Lankhmar on For Honor and Glory!!!

3 weeks ago

Have you played this deck enough to comment on what the biggest threats are from an opponent's deck? Board wipe seems pretty paralyzing without 2 Knight Exemplar in play. Dauntless Bodyguard was a solid addition to your deck to help avoid spot removal until your second Knight Exemplar lands. Mother of Runes seems like another solid early drop. Giver of Runes is a better card but is Kor, while Mother is human so it fits your theme and synergizes much better. Modern decks are pretty fast in most cases and aggro dominates the format above any control strategies. Having another reliable 1 drop feels like it would be a benefit. Mother of Runes is a "lightning rod" but that is one less kill spell they have in hand if she gets removed early.

Last_Laugh on Jetmir and the Hatebears in: The Devil's Revels

2 months ago

Kataki, War's Wage would be a good addition with the small amount of artifacts you run.

I'm also fond of layers on layers of protection for myself and my board when I'm playing hatebears. Teferi's Protection, Flawless Maneuver, Sylvan Safekeeper, Mother of Runes, Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Liesa, Forgotten Archangel, and Luminous Broodmoth for board protection. Windborn Muse, Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Solitary Confinement, etc. for personal protection.

Fell the Mighty and Retribution of the Meek are a pair of good boardwipes that'll keep most of your hatebears intact.

I have 2 different hatebear decks (neither contains red though) if you care to take a look for some ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Sisay's Hombres -Hatebears (deeper in hatebears theme) and Added Layers of Protection - Tymna & Sidar (more selective with hatebears w/ loads of protection)

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