Orbs of Warding

Orbs of Warding

Artifact

You have hexproof. (You can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)

If a creature would deal damage to you, prevent 1 of that damage.

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Orbs of Warding Discussion

Grix1236 on TAILS NEVER FAILS (YUSRI CHAOS DECK) (WIP: DRAFT 4

2 months ago

The killing of myself via the commander is pretty fast as after 3 games, I happen to get Strionic Resonator 2 times and of course that pumped up the damage a lot. Makes options like Basilisk Collar , Shadowspear , and Orbs of Warding very valuable but I would also argue that Basilisk Collar and Shadowspear only have good value when you have Orbs of Warding out. With both equipment's he will be dealing/healing for 3, while this is good with Orbs of Warding out making that healing equal the majority of coin flips worth of damage (3/5), without Orbs of Warding it's not even 2 coins worth of damage (3/10).

Mana_Mythic_Legendary on Pursuing Perfection, Part 3: Mono-Black …

5 months ago

This was hard, extremely so: this was very nearly sixteen commanders. Black is well-suited to stand alone, and there are so, so many good choices that I’ve developed a newfound respect for anyone who tries to top ten black. This is almost my favorite color, and while it may be limited in dealing with anything not a creature, graveyard, or a card in hand, good GOD can it deal. All the tutors, all the kill spells, creatures of the night, what music… Sorry, it’s easy to go full Dracula in this area of the pie. In summary, I’ve a lot more to say on this subject than the colors we’ve already covered. However, as always in this project, the point is to celebrate three thematic elements, not drool over all the ludicrous power in this necrotic slice of the pie. Today we’re limiting ourselves to three pervading archetypes: life, death, and graveyard manipulation.

Life

White is a respectable powerhouse in this arena, but black takes center stage with undeniably better style. Whereas white just gains it, playing black means treating your life total as just one more resource to use, abuse, and exploit. Vampirism, folks, and not the glittery sort either. Cruel, properly thirsty vampirism, all about chugging opponents like cheap beer. And if you enjoy masochistic chicaneries that trade life for cards, removal, mana, and eventually victory, look no further.

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This guy. This glorious, ludicrous guy. General damage? Check. Lifelink? Check. Game-warping mechanic? Great big ol’ hissing, honking, ball-biting check. A peak, high performance example of boom/bust gameplay. Just be sure to draw as many cards as you can and pray that you find quality lifegain to patch the holes you’ll be blowing in yourself.

Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose

Here’s the thing: in mono-black, whenever you gain life it’s at someone else’s expense. An effect that doubles said expense? Please and thank you. board wide Lifelink? Also yes. Throw down some grunts, swipe right, and watch your peanut gallery of jerks like the Blood Artist heckle opponents to death.

Erebos, God of the Dead

You know what’s a great defense, command damage notwithstanding? A huge life total. This is partly why red struggles in EDH: hard to beat down someone with piles of life and a few choice defensive options. In some ways it’s just as hard to vampire them to death. You know who doesn’t care? Erebos. Old Erebos is singularly unimpressed by new Heliod’s jank, and happy to sweeten the deal with reliable draw for a modest fee of mana and life.

Death

The past few years have seen respectable creature removal cropping up even in blue and green. White has oodles of fantastic board wipes, and red can hose everything down with direct damage. But compared to black, they’re all posers. Shrinking creatures, sacrifice and discard are all primarily black stables. Toxic Deluge laughs at your indestructible legions. Grave Pact is amused by your shroud, and will bury you in it. This is the color of Go for the Throat, Diabolic Edict, and Tragic Slip. When black comes for your minions, you better have a mountain of solutions, otherwise the only way to save said minions is to take them off the field yourself.

Kuon, Ogre Ascendant

Spoiler alert: three of the Kamigawa ascendants are going to feature in these articles, and Kuon is the meanest (since the blue one got banned, anyway). I speak from gleefully shameless experience here. For the low, low price of three creatures and a modest downpayment of another every turn, black sacrifice stax can be yours. Add fun things like Magus of the Abyss, Dread Return, and Fleshbag Marauder and all his rude, rude cousins. Trust me on this: Kuon is, if you’ll pardon the pun, enchantingly nasty.

Yahenni, Undying Partisan

Very few things like boardwipes. However, provided they’ve had a snack first, Yahenni likes them just fine. An affordable commander with a sac outlet (indestructibility on a stick :D) who actively rewards slaughtering anything that could block? Sold! Throw in Fallen Ideal. You won’t be sorry.

Tergrid, God of Fright

In my last article I referred to blue as the heavyweight champion of yoink, but that’s not to say there aren’t other colors in the ring. Forcing opponents to sacrifice creatures and discard cards are both black staples, and boy howdy does Tergrid reward such misbehavior (though the adorable Tinybones, Trinket Thief may be more a discard fiend's speed). If tokens aren’t in the local meta, this will change that.

Graveyard Manipulation

Green shares a bit of this glory: there’s a pervasive theme in green of both exiling and returning cards to the hand from there. BUT… Black is still the unequivocal graveyard color, leaving the charge in both filling and emptying it, especially of creatures and onto the field. Bojuka Bog. Animate Dead. Living Death. Green may have some good tricks here, but few so dirty as an Entomb followed by Reanimate. So, so dirty. I saw it only once, but it was a turn two Terastodon. Once was enough.

Chainer, Dementia Master

Reanimator decks got you down? Here’s a bone, friends. Stealing your opponent’s guys is one thing. Exiling said guys when their owners wipe your stolen board is another. Chainer doesn’t like choices. Chainer likes it all. And Chainer, above all else, loves to break your opponent’s heads with their own toys.

Shirei, Shizo’s Caretaker

Convinced I like Kamigawa yet? I used to play this janky beast in a standard spirit deck. These days, my thoughts run first to a big pile of Shadowborn Apostle and assorted demons, but that’s just the easy first on the list of tricksy things up Shirei’s sleeve. Again, Blood Artist and friends. Again, deeply unhappy opponents.

Syr Konrad the Grim

Here’s horror for you. Anyone who doesn’t admit to a healthy bout of nervousness when this guy hits the field is a liar (or playing Orbs of Warding). Coming or going, yours or theirs, killed or milled or discarded, if the graveyard is involved then the good syr gets his ping. Have yourself a time with any number of silly combos and tactics: your opponents are guaranteed a Tortured Existence.

And, for my personal favorite...

Ayara, first of Locthwain

I ran Marrow-Gnawer for a time, but offloaded it when I realized that I was bored by the deck. A few years later I built Kuon, who quickly became infamous in my playgroup. However, aspects of the deck that I particularly enjoyed were better served when I switched to this villainous wench. With a decent draw effect (especially with Thornbite Staff) and an imminently breakable ping engine, Ayara is BRUTAL with proper support. Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder. Army of the Damned. And the game-winning monstrosity itself, Plague of Vermin. Revel in countless bodies to exploit as only black can and watch your opponents die of Ayara’s approval.

That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back next week for Red!

Prior Articles:

Mono-White

Mono-Blue

carpecanum on Yusri: Will I Draw Cards or Kill Myself?

6 months ago

Anything that lets you attack twice will let you hit 5 winning flips almost every time.

Kry Shield , Mourner's Shield , Orbs of Warding can prevent the inevitable damage.

lagotripha on $15 G Tron

6 months ago

I really like this as a budget list.

A few options for taking it to fnm with a sideboard;

Cool X cost spells that are sideboardable - Corrosive Gale is colourless vs fliers, while Hurricane deals symetrical damage to players, which can jank out someone who fetched and put fear into people running shadow.

Mascot Exhibition doesn't need to be in the sideboard it puts a lot of bodies on the board. Vivien's Arkbow didn't find its neiche, and thus is cheap.

Chaos Wand and Mimic Vat can solo win grindy matchups.

Avarice Totem is a hilarious answer to a lot of cards that are otherwise unanswerable, if reliant on your opponent not having mana. Swapping stuff back and forth to remove it from combat becomes an entire instant speed back and forth game.

Orbs of Warding turns off a lot of decks.

Falrek on Karador, BoonWeaver Cedh

8 months ago

elijahhagler Hi nice to see that my old deck still brings viewers :D. But in this build I did not run any graveyard prot. But I have few in mind if you lose your needed combo pieces like Pull from Eternity and Riftsweeper . Another way to "Protect" your graveyard is to give yourself Hexproof. Then they cannot target you and usually your GY. Here some cards Ivory Mask , Orbs of Warding Witchbane Orb , Leyline of Sanctity , Sigarda, Heron's Grace , Solitary Confinement , Shalai, Voice of Plenty , True Believer , Aegis of the Gods

Omniscience_is_life on I'm An Artificer Finally

8 months ago

Arcum Dagsson is a little pricey at $4 (USD), but from being able to fetch a Nevinyrral's Disk on endstep and untapping immediately with it, to putting Orbs of Warding into play in response to a Jaya's Immolating Inferno : this card's a superstar.

Grand Architect functions either as just an anthem to pump your team or a way to power out your artifacts--all at the low low price of 80 cents!

Thought Vessel , Mind Stone , Wayfarer's Bauble , Fellwar Stone , Sky Diamond , Burnished Hart , Dreamscape Artist , Myriad Landscape ... you could consider running any or all of those to improve/increase your ramp package.

I really like the concept! Keep tinkering!

libraryjoy on Zo-Zu Castle, the Punisher

10 months ago

A couple of questions - Am I missing something? Doesn't Zo-zu affect you as well? Do you have a plan for avoiding the damage, or are you just going to take it and pay the pot (it is a good cause after all)? (Orbs of Warding or Urza's Armor might help?) Ruination would take out all of your snow-covered lands (they count as basic lands), although I see you can play them from the graveyard (taking repeat damage from Zo-zu). Watch out for Heartless Hidetsugu and Dictate of the Twin Gods together. Once I accidentally took out the whole table, myself included, with that one (forgot I didn't have Gisela, Blade of Goldnight out). It only works if you are at an odd life total, and no one else is, or you have a way to do 1 damage to them (which you surely will). Mycosynth Lattice is a non-bo with Blood Moon (although great with Vandalblast.) So I don't have a lot of specific advice, but just a few things to keep in mind. Good luck, and thanks for supporting such a great cause!

MahBoi100 on The Ladybug: An Apex Predator

1 year ago

Vlasiax

You and I think quite alike, it seems. Seeing how our peers have designed their decks has helped me a lot as well. :)

I've been sharing your sentiments regarding sacrifice and discard outlets. That is actually the prime reason I've added Fauna Shaman, Tortured Existence, Bontu the Glorified and Greater Good, although their effects are good on their own as well.

Targeted graveyard hate is definitely the most glaring weakness of this type of deck. I have also ruminated a lot on how to solve the Bojuka Bog problem. Like you suggest, among the most prominent inclusions are Aegis of the Gods and Leyline of Sanctity. In addition, I've also considered running Orbs of Warding, Shalai, Voice of Plenty and Sigarda, Heron's Grace. Out of these, Aegis of the Gods is the one I'm the most likely to add. I find them all a bit difficult to add to my list, however. The angels don't give you hexproof in the graveyard. They, and Leyline all cost 4 mana which is a little too pricy. Aegis has the upside of being only two mana, but I really want to try and limit the amount of creatures without keywords. I may refrain from adding it until after that time I get completely blown out by a Bojuka Bog lol.

My official Plan B is Oketra the True, either Kunoros, Hound of Athreos or Akroma, Angel of Wrath and either Sporeweb Weaver or Carnage Tyrant which add up to 7 or 8 counters.

Oh, and my favourite secret weapon is equipping Lord of Extinction with Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots and place all the keyword counters on it with Kathril. Not so subtle, but very effective. People tend to hyperfocus on the fact that Kathril is in the command zone. :)

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