Selfless Spirit

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl 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

Selfless Spirit

Creature — Spirit Cleric


Sacrifice this: Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn. (Damage and effects that say "destroy" don't destroy it.)

Aexislord on Emmara, Soul of the Tapped (EDH - Optimized)

2 months ago

Hackbrett I am SO sorry that it took me this long to respond! Thank you so much for your kind words words, and I am very happy to learn that someone else built the deck and is seeing success with it.

I am definitely noticing that multiple people are seeing success with Boromir, Warden of the Tower. I think I need to playtest this card more to see if the effect comes into play enough to offset the higher mana cost compared to Selfless Spirit.

Thousand Moons Smithy  Flip is a card that got my attention a while back, although my initial impression was that it felt a bit too "win-more"-ish. Regardless, I am in the process of playtesting it, along with Delney, Streetwise Lookout, Wylie Duke, Atiin Hero and a couple of other cards. I think that Delney, Streetwise Lookout will almost certainly make the list because it is both a tapping outlet AND a token doubler for this deck (although it is a shame that it cannot double Welcoming Vampire and similar cards). However, I still don't know what it will replace. One thing I will say is that long-time "staples" of the deck, such as Paradise Mantle and Springleaf Drum have started to feel less and less essential now that we have so many toys to play with.

I will keep everyone updated in the coming months. Hopefully MH3 gives us some more goodies!

PuritanPuree on Amalia the Explorer

7 months ago

BioProfDude Thanks for checking out the deck!

I was actually just checking out the results of a big pioneer tournament that happened this past weekend to check how Amalia combo decks did and to compare lists. It actually did really well, taking 3rd and 4th, and it had a winning record against the winning deck, Izzet Phoenix. It was interesting to see that the most successful versions didn't even use Fiend Artisan at all (though a couple that made top 32 did), which was a bit surprising to me. Their sideboards also had a much more varied sideboard toolbox of 1-off creatures, which didn't surprise me too much, but I'm bad at sideboards, so I let other people figures those out, haha.

As for the suggestions, Selfless Savior actually did show up in basically all of the lists, usually as a 1-off. I was using Tamiyo's Safekeeping as a similar effect, but I'll happily trade them out for a good boy if that's the move. Selfless Spirit is a bit too tricky to play with in this deck since accidentally giving Wildgrowth Walker indestructible while trying to protect the combo while it's going off will draw the game, which is obviously not ideal. All of the top decks were also running Return to the Ranks, which I also found mildly surprising since I just assumed it'd find more use in a self-mill variant of the deck, which I'm not using, but they for sure know better than me. I'm assuming that Rally the Ancestors doesn't see any play both because of the sac clause, and because Return only costs 3 if I only need to get back 1 thing.

Thanks again for checking the deck out! I'll likely be editing the deck to reflect some of the changes from the tournament results shortly.

BioProfDude on Amalia the Explorer

7 months ago

I think you want a couple of Selfless Saviors or Selfless Spirits to give your creatures indestructible for when Amalia reaches the 20 power, or to help against board wipes so you don't have to rebuild as much.

I also think the Return to the Ranks are pretty good, but I'd also offer Rally the Ancestors because you could get back cards on your opponent's end step (or your end step when someone uses their mana at the end of your end step) to assemble the combo if the cards are in your graveyard, particularly if you can get Dina + Amalia + Wildgrowth as that can kill at instant speed.

Cool deck! +1 from me!

NonetheWeisser on Exorcise This

8 months ago


Honestly, if you aren't going to run 4 of them, I wouldn't bother. However, if you are willing to try 4, I would drop 2 lands and maybe 1-2 Selfless Spirit

Khytaria on Cube 400 Cards

10 months ago

Radiant Purge Flamescroll Celebrant  Flip Selfless Spirit anstelle von Selfless SAvior

darkmus on Serra's Descendants, competitive Angel Tribal

1 year ago

Khoaemon Hi! as soon as a card that may fit is printed I give it a try, Minas Tirith is next as soon as my copy arrives, xD.

As a creature deck in a removal heavy format we can have a hard time, so I try to have our stuff protected as much as possible.Giver of Runes, Sigarda, Font of Blessings and Shalai, Voice of Plenty are amazing at protecting our stuff from targeted removal, and any 2 of them combo amongst themselves very neatly to have everything protected from everything but boardwipes.Heroic Intervention helps with that. Selfless Spirit is also a great card to consider in that spot, is not as good saving our stuff, but it gives us a fairly aggressive body with evasion that still synergizes with Righteous Valkyrie and is easier to cast. Pros and cons.

About Sigarda, Font of Blessings and Shalai, Voice of Plenty with vial they can even be used as short of "counter spells". I Love them. Don't worry, we all have learned brewing and deck building by "stealing decks". Just play it, see what you like and what you don't, and tweak those things to make it your own.

I want angels to be a thing, so I'll happily answer any question or doubt you have about the deck interactions, budget friendlier versions of cards or whatever if you have any!

Icbrgr on

1 year ago

I dont know if you come up against spirits often... but because they run Selfless Spirit the needed Wrath of God effect can get hosed... I have found that Settle the Wreckage seems to be a good way to get around this because somtimes I just cant wait for Farewell.... speaking of spirits Skyclave Apparition and Phyrexian Missionary seel like they might have good synergy with Elesh Norn, Mother of Machines.

wallisface on Hardened elves

1 year ago

Flavuss no worries, glad to help! Feel free to tag me in any future brew you’re wanting feedback for.

One note on Joraga Warcaller, is he’s a very glass-cannon card. If your opponent is holding up any mana as you attack, they can just kill/bounce him before blocks and suddenly you’re army is caught with their pants down. Not to say he isn’t incredably powerful, just that he requires some very careful piloting. He works well alongside any creature that can redirect targets (Spellskite), or any creature that can grant him protection (Giver of Runes, Selfless Savior, Selfless Spirit).

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