Siona, Captain of the Pyleas
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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

Siona, Captain of the Pyleas

Legendary Creature — Human Soldier

When Siona, Captain of the Pyleas enters the battlefield, look at the top seven cards of your library. You may reveal an Aura card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

Whenever an Aura you control becomes attached to a creature you control, create a 1/1 white Human Soldier creature token.

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Crow_Umbra on Fun Deck/Builds to try

3 months ago

Hey Tsukimi, always good to see you around! I saw your post a bit ago and have been thinking of a decent response. Theory crafting decks is so much fun; I took a peek at the decks I have brewed up, and I'm somewhere around 150-160. Mind you, some are duplicates of others, and this is spanning the last 3ish years I've been on Moxfield.

Brewing and play-testing solo can be a lot of fun to see what a deck can do in a vacuum. I'll play-test the shit out of decks before I decide to put it together irl, as I've had a few instances of putting something together, only to discover it wasn't as fun as I thought it was going to be.

I think for me, my parallel journey might be with Aura/Voltron strats. When I first started playing janky 60 card table top with college friends, about 10 years ago, one of my first decks was a mix of Bogles with Heroic and Auras. Fast forward to about 2019, when our playgroup started playing EDH, & I took my first deckbuilding stab at Tuvasa the Sunlit. The more I played her & tinkered, the more overwhelmed I became at the options available to Aura/Enchantress decks in Bant.

Eventually, Tuvasa got split into Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Eutropia the Twice-Favored. The more I played those two decks, the more I enjoyed the aggro element of turning threats sideways, but wasn't enjoying something which I couldn't figure out. Siona & Eutropia didn't last more than 6 months, & eventually got turned into Mazzy, Truesword Paladin. Mazzy lasted even less, and she got binned. Now, I'm finally re-enjoying Auras again with Gylwain, Casting Director (for now lol).

In this roundabout and convoluted history with Auras/Voltron/Enchantress, I really picked apart what I was and wasn't enjoying most: I loved turning dudes sideways, but didn't enjoy how the strategies faired in my playgroups against wider boards. I dug even deeper and discovered - I just didn't really like playing Green all that much either. The more I played EDH, the more I gravitated to the Mardu portions of the color pie.

I started focusing more on strategies that compromised the Mardu chunk of the pie, as it felt like a challenge to build without Blue and Green, as someone that mostly played Bant for the first few years. What initially felt like a color pie restriction helped me discover the colors I enjoy playing with most. I think at this point, it's fairly obvious which deck is my favorite, but I digress lol.

I think like with any hobby where you aren't feeling the same joy, sometimes it's necessary to take a step back and reflect on what generates the most enjoyment for you, and focus on how to maximize that. Maybe the reality is that you enjoy brewing more than you do playing. It might be helpful to also dig into what you found boring about the decks that you played recently, or what if anything, was fun about playing them. Maybe take a break from brewing and playing for a bit and try out another hobby; I find that sometimes revisiting my other hobbies can inspired how I approach and practice with the others. My dad used to tell me, "How you do anything, is how you do everything" when it came to practice and effort.

Crow_Umbra on Can't Thwart the Wild Court [Primer]

10 months ago

Solid deck and fun primer! I've been on the fence to build either Ellivere or Gylwain, Casting Director. G/W Auras was one of my first favorite decks when I first started playing 10 years ago, and Aura Voltron was subsequently the first commander deck I put together via Tuvasa the Sunlit.

I'm a little surprised Spirit Mantle is in your Maybe-Board, but I can see how Benevolent Blessing has a functional similarity, and has benefit of having Flash. If anything, I think Spirit Mantle could replace Unquestioned Authority, esp since you tend to draw from Ellivere quite a bit.

Similarly, I think Sigarda's Aid could be helpful in moving it over from your Maybe-Board. In one of my last Aura decks, it let me turn some of those Aggro Auras into combat tricks, or the removal stuff like Kenrith's Transformation into instant speed shenanigans.

My last rec is that you do have a potential combo option with Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith. Only hang up is that you need either a haste enabler like Concordant Crossroads or Crashing Drawbridge to give the tokens haste, or Altar of the Brood to negate the need for haste. It's a combo option, but your deck might not need it if the Aggro is already working well for you.

Either way, nice build and keep up the primer writing!

Tsukimi on Let the Wild Rumpus Start

10 months ago

Hello, have you had a chance to play this yet? Ellivere is a blast! I ended up writing a primer for them, if you want to check it out there might be some helpful cards if you wanna check it out!

Can't Thwart the Wild Court [Primer]

If you like Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Archon of Sun's Grace I would recommend Ajani's Chosen as well.

For ramp, if you exclusive stick with mana dorks and land auras you'll give Ellivere's auras a bigger boost and can enchant your dorks in a pinch. I'd definitely recommend adding Wolfwillow Haven instead of one of your ramp sorceries. Also, Arbor Elf is crazy strong with all of our land auras!

I'd also just recommend adding a few more enchantments in general.

thefiresoflurve on Combo Commander

10 months ago

Cryptolith Rite can enable your commander's created tokens to immediately tap for mana, allowing a few more infinite combos.

I've done a lot of infinite comboing in my Esper ETB deck, and one tip someone gave me that was really helpful is: make sure your infinite combo pieces do work on their own. Basically: "Would I use this card outside the combo?" If the answer is "no", you can probably find a stronger combo.

a negative synergy I saw is Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Maskwood Nexus. The Nexus will turn all your creatures into Humans, disabling Mikaeus' last ability. Really, all of the tribal synergies here feel kind of out of place. You have four cards (Champion of the Perished, Ayula, Conspiracy, and Maskwood Nexus) that wouldn't be in here without the others.

Siona, Captain of the Pyleas only has 5 targets in your entire deck, great candidate for replacement.

TheoryCrafter on Pioneer Bogles MOM UPDATE

1 year ago

Have you considered Siona, Captain of the Pyleas? If you replace it with Commune With Spirits you can look seven cards deep into your library and create chump blockers. If you choose to go this route, you may want to consider replacing Paradise Druid with any combination of Karametra's Favor and Nature's Embrace. If you go for the latter you'll definitely want to consider Stirring Wildwood.

Considering Light-Paws is a Legendary Creature who helps tutor auras you can get away with removing one.

As for your sideboard, you're probably going to want to go more auras that can stymie your opponent. These can range from taxing effects(such as Curse of Silence, Detention Vortex, Oppressive Rays and Soul Tithe) to activated ability prevention(such as Bound in Gold, Intercessor's Arrest and Overwhelming Splendor) to Protection(such as Guildscorn Ward and Holy Mantle.

Thank you for reading me out. I hope this helps. Happy Hunting!

Orange+ on Riders on the Storm ~60$

1 year ago

Hey smack80

Unfortunately, we don't allow infinite comobos in my playgroup. Otherwise, I guess Siona, Captain of the Pyleas is fine as a tutor, but I dont really see any major appeal. Cards like Heliod's Pilgrim are much stronger at tutoring, and I'm not sure I would get much use out of the tokens.

Anyways, I'm always happy to receive comments and suggestions, so thanks :)

smack80 on Riders on the Storm ~60$

1 year ago

I would add Siona, Captain of the Pyleas because she gets auras and Shielded by Faith because it's an aura that makes infinite tokens with said Siona. Neither are bad cards on their own, but together they can win a game. The win is slow though, so players have a full turn to react to your tokens before you can attack with them. Edit: I see you already have the shield in there. Get the captain! At $0.18 she fits the budget!

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