Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has protection from all colors. This effect doesn't remove Auras. (It can't be blocked, targeted, or dealt damage by anything that's white, blue, black, red, or green.)
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|Magic 2015 (M15)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Spectra Ward occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%
Spectra Ward Discussion
1 month ago
White has a handful of unblockable effects - nothing so direct as the Unblockable ability itself, but it has at least three Protection from Creatures auras - Unquestioned Authority and Spirit Mantle are the ones I know off the top of my head, plus Spectra Ward.
2 months ago
Re: Winds of Rath, I have never found myself needing to wipe while Bruna is out. When Bruna is out and suited up, I can typically just go to combat, get a kill, and pass the turn. Bruna has natural Flying, and typically she'll pick up Trample from Eldrazi Conscription or Unblockable from Steel of the Godhead. Lack of evasion can be a problem with just Battle Mastery and Corrupted Conscience, but this is pretty rare in my experience since I typically have to tutor for at least one aura.
Totem Armor is a good way to get around card disadvantage from losing enchanted creatures, but they're also one-and-done affairs, and for the most part the extra numbers and keywords are just not relevant when they're attached to Bruna - none of them have the magical "lethal with one other damage aura" ability shared by the Big Three and Auramancer's Guise.
The one really interesting one is indeed Eel Umbra due to the protective nature of Flash, but in practice I don't think it's really different from a counterspell in that slot, so I ran that instead.
As far as making my other creatures bigger goes (this goes for both Faith Unbroken and the Umbras), bigger creatures just aren't scary when the entire table knows I'm aiming to suit up Bruna for the kill anyway. I'd rather keep my creatures as blockers and make them hard to remove in the sense of Fog Bank being able to block for days on end. The indestructibility auras (Indestructibility and Shielded By Faith) provide this, as well as Spectra Ward and cards with Protection from creatures like Unquestioned Authority.
Lastly, as far as creatures go, I just don't have enough of them to suit up. Right now I've noticed that the deck is both kinda slow and kinda vulnerable to creature combat at all stages of the game, so I'm probably going to board in Propaganda and some nice tutors, including my newly reprinted friend Idyllic Tutor. Maybe also add Drift of Phantasms.
2 months ago
While Sage's Reverie is a great card, I feel it doesn't work too well in this strategy. For one, I try to deal just enough damage to kill opponent (unless I'm backed against a wall and will lose next turn), so me pouring all of my aura's onto Harold is very rare, so the Reverie would be very ineffective there. Second, card advantage is actually a downside as I really just want to hit my two creatures and dump everything into the yard for Harold to recur.
And I did consider Spectra Ward when I was first building this deck, but it's basically a Holy Mantle on steroid, but also four times the price. The prot all colors is amazing, and I did like it in the prototype I made, but I really just need unblockable, and the power increase is the same so Holy Mantle does what I need it to.
Thank you for the suggestions, and seriously Battle Mastery is crazy, I really appreciate that one.
2 months ago
( Season of Growth is an enchantress for Auras that targets your own stuff, idk if there's enough room for it tho)
3 months ago
SowLow, Arcane Flight is a great idea. I'll pop it in instead of Aether Tunnel . I already thought of Curious Obsession , and kinda strayed away from it due to the fact that the deck wants to smash face and win by turn 5, but Spectra Ward or Eidolon of Countless Battles can leave to make room for it.
3 months ago
4 months ago
I think we may just have a difference in philosophy regarding Heroes' Reunion . It was drilled into me that a card that only gains you life is bad. Incidental lifegain is great, but only if attached to an effect that helps your gameplan. If Reunion fits your playstyle and deckbuilding instincts better, go for it! But if you'll indulge me, let me attempt to present a stronger argument one last time. If you disagree, then I won't bug you about it again. ;)
Alliance's second mode is mostly useful with Pride Sovereign's Exert ability. Since he doesn't untap the turn after exerting, sometimes you're put in the bad spot of having to decide whether to generate cats to develop your board or leave him available as an attacker / blocker. What if you didn't have to decide that? Or, what if you wanted to generate FOUR cats (or even EIGHT with Procession out) by using his exert ability twice, perhaps the turn before you land a Regal Caracal ? Blessed Alliance just happens to have incidental value with Oreskos Sun Guide as well, but Sun Guide was hardly my main focus. (In fact, I'm not even a fan of Sun Guide, since, like you said, you have to attack with him to get any value out of him. I'd recommend a different card.) Finally, say you take advantage of an opening and attack, but that leaves you without enough blockers? Simply untapping two of ANY of your cats in response to a counter-attack will leave your opponent in a worse situation, since it'll mess up his calculations.
And yes, if you REALLY need it, Alliance's first mode gives you some life. But honestly, in the several games I played, I was always able to stablize with around 5-10 life left, and then from there, I started gaining way more life than my opponent could keep up with. Like I said, Regal Caracal was the key!
So that's my argument. Basically, Heroes' Reunion is, based on everything I've learned about deckbuilding, a bad card, because it has no impact on the board nor on your opponent's life total. So even if you dislike Blessed Alliance in it's place, I'd still recommend choosing something else that has more impact (like something to actually remove the threats that are dealing that damage you're trying to use lifegain to recover from).
Or if you truly desire to have a pure lifegain card, then I suggest Life Goes On — 1 mana for 4 life is already a better rate than 2 mana for 7, but you have so many chump blockers that will die (in fact, some you want to die, in order to Embalm/Eternalize later), that most often you'll be getting 8 life for that 1 mana!
As to your concern about needing a finisher and ways to deal with deathtouch, you actually DO have double strike from Adorned Pouncer . And after Eternalizing, Pouncer can be a finisher all on his own. In one game, I played an Anointed Procession and Regal Caracal on curve, turns 4 and 5, then eternalized an Adorned Pouncer turn 6. My opponent couldn't deal with two 5/5 lifelink double strikers, and it was swiftly game over! But even a single 4/4 double striker can be hard to deal with. And of course, you have Pride Sovereign and Ajani's Pridemate which can both get big. So between the 3, you have lots of finishers.
The danger with Oketra is that it CAN be turned off if you lose your creatures. And while yes, like you said, you plan on making lots of 1/1s with the Monument and other means, you also already pointed out that you're susceptible to damage spread across your whole team. You could easily find yourself with no 1/1s and a deactivated Oketra.
What you actually need instead of Oketra are ways to get the damage through from the above large threats. Easiest would be trample, but any type of evasion might be good, depending on the meta. Protection can be strong.
4 months ago
Labrodor64 I think if Elspeth, Knight-Errant & Sun's Champion was in here they would have a fighting chance, Smothering Tithe , Overwhelming Splendor , Rule of Law maybe a crackdown.. more tax and then create XX-XX Angels and stomp? I say more taxes for sure, maybe protection and Equipment.. Blackblade, Gift of Immortality , Spectra Ward , just a lot of protection, tax & shroud and I am serious kingofvalour65 add the Elspeth's~