Stern Judge

Stern Judge

Creature — Human Cleric

Tap: Each player loses 1 life for each Swamp he or she controls.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Stern Judge Discussion

TheLordStormCrow on Karma

1 year ago

Mother of Runes and Stern Judge are not modern legal.

Giver of Runes is a close second to Mother of Runes which is modern legal, so that's a fairly easy swap if you like her in the deck.

Devout Lightcaster doesn't seem very good. I'm assuming you think that it can exile the opponent's lands when it enters, but lands are colorless, so Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth doesn't make them black.

If you're going hard on the plan of Karma + Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , you may want to consider Expedition Map as a way to more consistently find your Urborg .

Your mana base is pretty bad for modern, if you're not on a budget, then Temple Garden will be a good include, as green mana for Spreading Algae that also helps cast the rest of your deck, if you want more than 8 green sources, then something like Canopy Vista is fetchable, or Razorverge Thicket is a better one, but isn't fetchable.

Your gameplan needs some streamlining too, are you killing your opponent with Karma ? If so, destroying their lands with Spreading Algae seems pretty bad. This deck seems to play similarly to a hatebears/death and taxes deck, so you may want to take a look at some of those to see if you want any pieces from there (mana denial etc.)

Venturub on Holier than thou

2 years ago

I am sorry but I remembered to give you ine last suggestion: since you have Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth, why not also use Stern Judge? The lands of your opponent will also be swamps, and with Starlit Sanctum or Cabal Archon the game will quickly be over.

Gadianten on Ravos and Tymna Cleric Tribal HELP!

3 years ago

As a fellow cleric tribal enthusiast I appreciate where you are trying to go with the deck but you seem to be suffering some of the same issues I ran into myself, namely not having focused synergies that build into a win condition.

A strong sub theme of your deck seems to revolve around life gain, so with that in mind lets add to and weaponize this sub theme into win conditions. I agree with kamelyan that you should add Conspiracy as its quite nasty with Rotlung Reanimator and Cabal Archon, the only reason I don't run these two in my cleric deck is the hardcore clash with Angel of Glory's Rise. Beacon of Immortality and Test of Endurance make for an interesting and intractable win condition that plays along with your life gain theme for surprise victories. Stern Judge with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth can be nasty repeatable drain where you use your life gain to stay ahead of other peoples dwindling life totals. Also, consider Greed and Erebos, God of the Dead for further card draw that works with your life gain. Also Boon Reflection might be useful as well.

If you need more cleric beaters try Custodi Soulbinders, Vile Deacon and Transcendent Master.

Some general replacements that might serve you better would be Scholar of Athreos over Pious Evangel  Flip, the drain effect is a nice mana dump, Frontline Medic over Banisher Priest allows you to play more aggressively and the counter ability can catch people by surprise and Grand Abolisher over Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip, the Captain generates tokens far to slowly and often requires you to over extend to make it any good.

For additional tribal removal options consider Kor Sanctifiers, War Priest of Thune, Leonin Relic-Warder and Reliquary Monk. Although I find Reliquary Monk and Relic-Warder to be more tricky to use without a sacrifice outlet.

Also don't forget that cleric tribal have A LOT of tax and hate effects within the tribe to play with like Sanctum Prelate, Leonin Arbiter, Glowrider, Ethersworn Canonist and Containment Priest

I hope this helps you, I look forward to seeing where you take the deck.

Daedalus19876 on Judgment Day: Avacyn the Purifier EDH [PRIMER]

4 years ago

CrazyGood-MTG9797: Thanks for the +1! Stern Judge seems...bad (unless I'm missing something?), but Lieutenant Kirtar is an interesting case. He definitely fits in the self-sacrifice theme, but I think that the 3 CMC and 2 activation cost is a bit too high. And on the topic of Deflecting Palm, it used to be in here but was just too situational. Thanks for your comment though! :)

buraddo79 on Cleric

4 years ago

Yeah, I'm not trying to be as oppressive as Iona, Shield of Emeria, and I'm not dealing with a lot of counter spells in my meta to need Cavern of Souls. Metallic Mimic, however is one I missed. That could be good. The ramp/discount suit you described is good, and maybe I should add some. I took out Gift of Estates, and Pearl Medallion because I wasn't too worried about needing ramp due to low CMC. I do have Endless Horizons, Oath of Lieges, Solemn Simulacrum, Caged Sun. Maybe Pearl Medallion would be good. I guess I'm trying to keep as many clerics in as possible to benefit from their various abilities. But like you said this is a passive deck, so an explosive finisher is something I'm looking for. Charge Across the Araba, Aetherflux Reservoir,Reverse the Sands, and the Karma Stern Judge combo are some example of what I mean, since I'm not likely to win by beat down until I get Coat of Arms on board.

K34 on I need help on my …

4 years ago

Bhaal666, et al: Judge. Sorry, it slipped my mind.

Khazrax: I've been abusing Whitemane Lion, Stonecloaker and Lab Rats, so I get more triggers off of ETB vs dies. Do you think it would be better to use 2 strategies or focus on 1?

PookandPie: I tried running Righteous Cause, but the only one that actually attacks with creatures in my group is myself; everyone else just combos off or uses mana denial to lock other players out of the game.

I used to run Death Grasp, that's kind of like Essence harvest, but I never really felt impressed with it. You may be right about avatar of woe, destroying has a lot less weight than exiling. I'm pretty attached to Kuro, Pitlord, he has saved me before when the commander tax on Karlov was too high to pay. His -1/-1 boost gets past indestructible, which is nice. Plus I can Reanimate him for much less sometimes.

I think you're right about Stern Judge, he's never done anything for me. I've actually won the majority of games where Unspeakable Symbol came out, I try to be fairly aggressive with my own life when playing Karlov.

I really would like to try out Test of Endurance, it's a very good card.

PookandPie on I need help on my …

4 years ago

I don't understand why you need to squeeze in Sunbond over literally any other continuous lifegain card. Your list on your profile isn't running Archangel of Thune or Righteous Cause or Patron of the Kitsune, whom are absolutely ridiculous (for every one creature attacking, gain two counters on Karlov? That's pretty incredible if your meta isn't all combo all the time). Sanguine Bond and Exquisite Blood are better than the creatures you're running that are kinda Sanguine Bond too.

You're not even running the good one shot spells like Essence Harvest. You can drop slow bunk like Avatar of Woe (why when your Commander exiles or you could just run a kill spell. With no tutors, I do not see Thornbite Staff occurring often which means one is a slow card, and the other can be dead oftentimes), Kuro, Pitlord (Too much mana for an upkeep cost, and at his mana cost you could cast a tutor, get Aetherflux Reservoir, cast Reservoir, and just kill the player with the creatures you're so scared of), Stern Judge (no tutors and Urborg Tomb, huh? Okay. This card is trash without Urborg as it is wholly dependent on it), Unspeakable Symbol (this isn't Marchesa, I get that you gain life, but this would be better as a tutor for Aetherflux Reservoir or something). You could easily drop any one of these for Sunbond and Falkenreath Noble if the list on your profile is anything like the one that you're currently playing.

Test of Endurance would be solid in your list too. Soldier of the Pantheon gives a solid number of triggers for more counters on Karlov, as well (I personally think it could do more than Ajani's Mantra/Ram and other once-per-turn effects).

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