Sphere of Safety

Sphere of Safety


Creatures can't attack you or a planeswalker you control unless their controller pays for each of those creatures, where X is the number of enchantments you control.

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Sphere of Safety Discussion

Ear_Wyrm on Fairy Deck

1 week ago

Some ideas I had, especially if your focus shifts towards enchantments but would just be good: Imprisoned in the Moon, Generous Gift, Damn, Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Nettlecyst, Idyllic Tutor

Last_Laugh on Narset Voltron

4 weeks ago

This is an interesting take on Narset.

My only critique is the sheer amount of creatures you run here. To optimize your odds with Narset, don't run more than a very select few (if any). To counteract this, run pillowfort cards like Smoke, Ghostly Prison, Propaganda, and Sphere of Safety.

There are benefits to running a creatureless Narset list like Proteus Staff which will let you quite literally stack your entire deck in the order you choose.

Strionic Resonator also 100% deserves a spot. For only you get to exile 8 cards with Narset.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's Narset turns but the core of the deck outside turn/combat spells should still help. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Narset, American Beauty

elk88 on Who Let the Dogs Out?

1 month ago

Hey rafe028! There's nothing wrong with the card and considering this type of deck and it's intended power level, you could absolutely try it out if you'd like. I will say that it's creature quality isn't quite as high as several cards in the list. It's ability is conditional on a good board state (see my comments on board wipes in the update) and it only targets players (the deck doesn't usually have much issue creating a lot of damage or finishing off opponents). The one hiccup with the card is the activated cost. This deck; quite consistently, uses all or pretty much all it's mana every turn (on your turn or others assuming flash). For example Hound Tamer  Flip has an ability that I've yet to use. The trample that Tamer provides is great (and it's meant for redundancy since this deck wants/needs trample to get damage through consistently but more importantly to draw more cards) and it's ability is at least an available outlet if it's ever needed. Still though I haven't had to/needed to use it yet (threat of activation with blocks; especially with politicking and pointing that out, has often been enough). Keeping the 'activated ability' thought train going, I've used Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip a handful of times but again; referring to the board wipe comment, it's often been a come from behind/ dig for answers situation usually (or as I said in the update, when you're drawing lots of support but no gas). It's flip side for the cost reduction has often been it's better use. Being able to cast several creatures after drawing so many cards (similar effect with Cemetery Prowler) has been great (I'm not saying overextend but when you have 13 cards in hand it's better to use some than just discard). The last 'activation thought' is that the ones I've mentioned already in the deck are mana sinks and don't tap (or something like Howlpack Piper  Flip which uptaps) whereas Runebound Wolf is once a turn cycle due to the . You might sneak in fairly late game finisher on one player's end step, upkeep get the 2nd player with your ping and then attack the 3rd to pull out a win but that's probably magic xmas land in a lot of cases (life totals have to be perfect in relation to board state etc). More than likely though this will take a few turns to do (activate for 6, activate again for 6 etc) and your opponents will see this coming (whereas you play several buffing threats and attack for 30 on one turn in the same scenario).

Basically I'm saying when Runebound Wolf is good, you're already ahead and likely don't need it to close out the game/ finish off a player (like you've spiraled out of control with Hollowhenge Overlord and have 20 wolves in play. Then Runebound Wolf feels win more). When you're behind, it's ability isn't doing anything because you don't have the boadstate or you need all the mana to rebuild. And with the deck playing multiple spells a turn (from all the draw), you don't have left over mana to activate with any consistency to make it useful/a threat. It feels like it's ideal place/play is a very late game situation where it's cast and you methodically burn everyone out due to low life totals. Or you're in a game that has some sort of board stall (like someone is a pillow fort with stuff like Sphere of Safety or maybe a player has flooded the board with tokens and you can't get through or something similar). In those edge cases I'm more inclined to say 'you got me' and shuffle up.

As an aside, I will refer to the update and mention that Ill-Tempered Loner  Flip (more importantly and specifically Howlpack Avenger  Flip) and one of the board wipes I'm using (Blasphemous Act or Chain Reaction) with a decent board state will have the same desired effect of burning out the table. 9 wolves including Howlpack Avenger  Flip and Blasphemous Act will kill a table (okay fine it'll do 117dmg so maybe someone is at 3 because everyone was still at 40 lol.)

Now by all means, I don't want to be discouraging and suggest you give it a go. I'd love to hear some game play feedback on how it works for you. If you're knocking people out on the regular with it, let me know and I'll give it another look.

I appreciate your time, comment and feedback! Thanks!


ClockworkSwordfish on Ferocious Four Pack (Budget)

2 months ago

This looks like a really good, solid kitchen table-type deck! It's always nice to see more of those types of casual superstars.

One choice that stands out to me, however, is Warden of the Chained... he seems like a reasonable "underpriced creature with a drawback," but it's actually quite easy to do better in . The best example is perhaps Gruul Spellbreaker, who can be the same size and mana cost but has some other abilities, too, without the drawback. In my experience, the card is dirt cheap, so budget is no worry!

One other option you might want to consider is having a way to deal with noncreature permanents. It would be shut down by something like Sphere of Safety or Call to the Grave. I think one of the most efficient budget options is Hull Breach, though you might also like the incidental damage from something like Cindervines or Destructive Revelry. Ancient Grudge is also super efficient if you're more worried about artifacts in particular. If you'd rather handle it on the creature side of things, Sunder Shaman and Gemrazer are both solid options!

Necramus on Hand of Sythis

2 months ago

xram666 thanks for the suggestions!

So, hear me out here; I don't run O-ring because I don't run any flicker effects. I have some identical removal enchants in the sideboard, but haven't found myself needing more removal, atm. I don't have a particularly good reason why I've selected the other two over Oblivion Ring, except the Banishing Light is foil. Lol. Sheltered Aerie - this effect I have in spades in my Arena Historic Brawl version of this deck. It's a pretty cool effect to have, but I'd cut them all day long for a 2 cost rock that produces both/either colors. The luxury of ramping on t2 is just too nice! Sphere of Safety I actually just cut. So, there's a high density of low-cost enchants specifically so that you can churn through the deck with any one of the enchantresses in the deck. Because of this, I'd rather be able to play 3-4 enchants a turn than a couple of fat ones. When I originally built the deck I had a lot of higher cost enchants in the build like Sphere of Safety, Elspeth Conquers Death, Phyrexian Unlife / Solemnity - cards and combos that took way more investment and it just didn't feel as smooth. I had originally run Ghostly Prison, as well, but found the effect to only be handy when I was already behind. On an average board, I didn't find myself missing that Prison style effect.

I'm glad you enjoyed the deck, though! I really appreciate the input!!

xram666 on Hand of Sythis

2 months ago

No Oblivion Ring?

And maybe Sheltered Aerie could replace the Signet or the Talisman. Cost one more but is an enchantment.

And last but not least Sphere of Safety maybe can find a place in the deck.

Great Deck. Plus 1 from me.

NV_1980 on GG Scrub

2 months ago

Hi there,

I like your deck but there's a few flaws in there that will really bite you in the ass unless you have ways to deal with them. This deck can be halted way too easily by someone playing enchantments. In its current configuration, the deck will not be able to cope with anything like Ghostly Prison, Sphere of Safety, Propaganda, Pyrohemia, Rest in Peace or Leyline of the Void. The same goes for some inhibiting artifacts. You need some counter- or removal options in order to deal with these.

Aside from adding say 4-5 Counterspell-like cards, maybe consider Cyclonic Rift, Feed the Swarm, Mire in Misery and Nevinyrral's Disk.

Also, the deck could do with some more draw. Options that come to mind are Cryptbreaker, Graveborn Muse, Fact or Fiction, Ponder/Preordain, Phyrexian Arena/Underworld Connections.

Have fun brewing.


Simerix on ContrOloro

2 months ago

The deck is more of a life gain deck than it is a control deck. You have a lot of removal, but that's all that makes it controlling.

Highest recommended card: Vile Consumption. This card is brutal in this deck if you don't have too many creatures.

Hallowed Burial is a highly underrated board wipe.

Card suggestions: Sphere of Safety, Approach of the Second Sun, Aura of Silence, Austere Command, Cleansing Nova, Damn, Darksteel Mutation, Doomskar, Epicure of Blood, Erebos's Intervention, Ghostly Prison, Infernal Grasp, Liesa, Shroud of Dusk, Narset, Parter of Veils, Propaganda, Rest in Peace, Righteous Cause, Rule of Law, Telepathy, Time Wipe, Trespasser's Curse, Utter End, Venser's Journal, Witch of the Moors

Mean/weird cards that I would probably play: AEther Barrier, Archmage Ascension, Death Match, Lightmine Field, Meishin, the Mind Cage, Overburden, Porphyry Nodes, Spreading Plague, Tainted AEther, Portcullis, Magus of the Moat, Magus of the Tabernacle, Silent Arbiter, Serene Master

*Obviously play what you want

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