Test of Endurance

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Test of Endurance


At the beginning of your upkeep, if you have 50 or more life, you win the game.

Local_Hethen on Healing Therapy with Mr. Oloro

4 months ago

Azoth2099, I like the Necropotence and Ad Nauseam suggestions. I am not into easy wins with cards like Test of Endurance, and Felidar Sovereign, or similar mechanics.

Azoth2099 on Healing Therapy with Mr. Oloro

4 months ago

Necropotence & Ad Nauseam love high life totals! Stuff like Approach of the Second Sun & Test of Endurance are interesting too. Cheers!

Gidgetimer on Upkeep triggers.

5 months ago

While the information that legendofa gave is true, it is also incomplete and leads to the wrong answer.

The triggers on both Test of Endurance and Epic Struggle contain intervening "if" clauses. Since you did not have 50 life or 20 creatures respectively at the beginning of the upkeep, the triggers will not trigger. If you did meet the trigger conditions at the beginning of the upkeep your opponents can even deal damage to you or remove a creature to prevent you winning the game, because the clauses are checked again upon resolution and the triggers will be removed and do nothing.

603.4. A triggered ability may read “When/Whenever/At [trigger event], if [condition], [effect].” When the trigger event occurs, the ability checks whether the stated condition is true. The ability triggers only if it is; otherwise it does nothing. If the ability triggers, it checks the stated condition again as it resolves. If the condition isn’t true at that time, the ability is removed from the stack and does nothing. Note that this mirrors the check for legal targets. This rule is referred to as the “intervening ‘if’ clause” rule. (The word “if” has only its normal English meaning anywhere else in the text of a card; this rule only applies to an “if” that immediately follows a trigger condition.)

proterran98 on Upkeep triggers.

5 months ago

I have 19 creatures in play. I have Court of Grace and Epic Struggle in play. It now becomes my turn, can I order the triggers so that I win with epic struggle?

If you have Oloro, Ageless Ascetic in the command zone and have Test of Endurance in play and 48 life can you win with test of endurance?

Gidgetimer on Tymna / Ikra

10 months ago

First, I keep forgetting to mention that you are at 101 cards, so you will need to cut a card. On to the cards I wanted you to keep in mind...

Necropotence and Sensei's Divining Top interact favorably with Bolas's Citadel

Spike Feeder interacts favorably with Archangel of Thune

If you like Felidar Sovereign you may want to consider Test of Endurance

fluffyeel on Leeching Cotton: Oloro's Couch

1 year ago

Some thoughts:

nothingstar on

1 year ago

This is a good start, you have some really nice lifegain synergies going. It doesn't really seem like a card draw deck to me, though. It leans more towards the lifegain world of Aetherflux Reservoir than to the U/B world of card draw. There are a lot of black cards that exchange life for cards; if you want card draw, you should get a Graveborn Muse leave the Reservoir behind.

If you go the true lifegain route, you might add transmute effects for tutors, like Clutch of the Undercity or Dimir House Guard. And another good wincon could be Celestial Convergence + Solemnity. And Test of Endurance. Though those will require more counters/protection than you have right now.

I have learned from experience that strategies that ping your opponents for one or two life every turn get you killed very quickly, because they make you stand out even when you're doing very little. So things like Drana's Emissary are kinda dangerous.

In that same vein, Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose will draw hate. It's Sanguine Bond on a stick, and when people see half of the Sanguine Bond/Exquisite Blood combo, they shoot it immediately.

One final bit of overarching advice -- since this is a 3-color deck, I suggest staying away from cards that require a lot of one kind of mana. Particularly lots of black mana, like Underworld Dreams or Peer into the Abyss, since this deck is heavily U/W right now.

Okay, now some slightly more nitpicky things about card choices:

  • Since the Mages only seem to fetch mana rocks at this point, might you switch them out with myrs? Like Alloy Myr.

  • I'd replace Folio of Fancies with Temple Bell, personally, because I like having to spend less mana per draw.

  • Serra Avatar might be better than Celestial Force. But also I just really like Serra Avatar.

Again, this is quite good, just needs a bit of focusing towards the endgame. All the nitty-gritty of the mana curve and stuff you'll work out in playtesting, and what you have so far is workable.

mtgplayer903 on Unicorns are magical

1 year ago

Oh, also a Halo Fountain, Approach of the Second Sun, Happily Ever After, and Test of Endurance need to be considered as alternative life-gain-based wincons…

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