Unbreakable Formation

Unbreakable Formation

Instant

Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

Addendum — If you cast this spell during your main phase, put a +1/+1 counter on each of those creatures and they gain vigilance until end of turn.

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Format Legality
Casual Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Custom Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Pioneer Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Unformat Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Gladiator Legal
Modern Legal
Limited Legal
Vintage Legal
Historic Legal

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Unbreakable Formation Discussion

danthecolombian on Jumanji Aggro || Selesnya Surprise

3 weeks ago

{{user:psionictemplar}}, thanks for taking the time to provide me with your comments—they're much appreciated. 

I slept on your well-thought-out advice and I've taken the points made into consideration. I've also taken a stab at explaining my intention behind the deck, below, just to clarify the style of gameplay I'm looking for.

But first! I'll address your comments in chronological order:

Regarding tap lands, they were my first choice for budget concerns. But, now that I understand the speed (or rather lack thereof) effect, I'll look into acquiring the ones you and Balaam__ recommended.

  1. I'm looking less at Kaheera as a companion, but you're spot on by noting the creature types are not in alignment. Although I really like the synergies between Frondland Felidar and Kaheera, the Orphanguard

  2. Added BoP in place of the Elves.

  3. After you mentioned it, I took a good look at the purpose behind the swap mentioned above. Initially, I thought the artifact (Behemoth Sledge) might be longer lasting with an added flexibility to achieve the same effect as Unflinching Courage. But I also see the rationale for both suggestions, and I like it. I would go with Daybreak Coronet if I changed the legality of this deck to Legacy so I could make better use of the stacking life gain abilities of it and Armadillo Cloak. If I keep it Modern, I'll add in All That Glitters instead of Unflinching Courage. Nice touch!

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  1. The intentions behind the fog effects might have been near-sighted (and flavorful at best), but they only work when up against other creature-centric decks. Playing responsively at Flash or Instant speed is something I enjoy and having the tools at my disposal to handle threats is in my wheelhouse as well. I also liked the notion that I would be able to buy my time with either a fog effect or an ambusher and return in kind by equipping the sledge and tapping any other creatures in my way with Frondland Felidar, essentially having enough fog and ambushers to discourage any physical assault until I had boosted my other creatures for a crippling attack or two.

  2. Cultivate is definitely not needed and was a leftover from an earlier / alternate build. Thanks for the pointers, here.

  3. In line with the fog effects, my purpose for including Ephemerate was to save my ambushers or any other creatures from targeted effects that made it through the fog. My response to losing enchantments was to use something like Retether or Replenish which is also flavorful and in line with the "come out of nowhere" theme.

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Regarding the other cards, I like Oversoul of Dusk and Unbreakable Formation but the others don't necessarily fit into the theme or style.

All in all, I really appreciate the time you spent on this. It's been eye-opening and educational to say the least and crafting my response has helped me better understand the direction I'd like to take my deck with a few much-needed tweaks. Any other suggestions are more than welcome!

psionictemplar on Jumanji Aggro || Selesnya Surprise

3 weeks ago

As far as the land matter goes, I would always suggest switching out tap lands when possible. The mana fixing of many of these lands are convenient, but as an aggro deck you need speed more. With that being said I'll offer these suggestions in line with your thoughts and other thoughts I have in general (keeping budget in mind).

  1. Switching frondland to loxodon heirarch is a change, I can totally get behind. Side note: kaheera doesn't work with some of your currently listed creatures (assuming you intended it as a companion).

  2. Given the choices you listed, birds of paradise would be your best choice. It not only gives you something to do on your first turn, helping you be faster, but the evasion can be real handy for flying over potential blockers when enchanted/equipped.

  3. I don't personally like the idea of working in another shield of the oversoul. If anything consider something like All That Glitters or Daybreak Coronet.

What's next are my personal ideas/suggestions:

  1. Remove the fog effects (fog and ethereal haze specifically): As a creature based deck, these do not progress your plan in any way. I would make an exception for the dawn charm on the reasoning that it can protect your creatures. But even then I would drop 1-2 copies on that as well.

  2. Remove cultivate: Ramp spells are most useful during the early game to allow more powerful spells to be played before their normally intended turn. Casting an early cultivate will use all your mana for a turn slowing you down. The mana upside really isn't something you can make use of since your curve essentially stops at 4.

  3. Ephemerate: I'm not totally sold on this because you could lose any enchantments you have attached to a creature. Not to mention, you really don't have any game changing enter the battlefield abilities to take advantage of this. If you were running something like Skyclave Apparition, it would be a different story (not budget, I know). I suppose keeping a creature alive is good, but it also doesn't progress your plan of attacking or developing your board. Maybe drop this to a couple copies or all together is my suggestion.

Things you could add in place of the above.

  1. Savannah Lions: Has good stats for 1 mana and has synergy with kaheena. Would recommend the full 4.

  2. Aegis of the Gods: Not as good stat wise for 2 mana, but could be a functional creature depending on your meta. (Probably better in the sideboard)

  3. Oversoul of Dusk: This can dodge many of the commonly played removal spells in the format and is a solid creature to boot. Maybe 2-3 copies total, just because it is 5 mana.

  4. Crown of Convergence: Power boost for your creatures and can help keep your deck drawing useful cards instead of things like land #8.

  5. Unbreakable Formation: I don't think this needs explaining.

These are my thoughts for now and I look forward to your decks evolution from here. But remember above all, its your deck and have fun with it however you choose.

multimedia on Dragon riders

1 month ago

Hey, you have several good cards, but also quite a few that can be upgraded even on a budget.

Utvara Hellkite and Lathliss, Dragon Queen are two Dragon upgrades because they can be card advantage since they create Dragon tokens when Dragons attack or when nontoken Dragons ETB. Drakuseth, Maw of Flames has a powerful attack trigger. Knight of the White Orchid is a Knight upgrade since it can tutor for any Plains including Sacred Foundry or Mistveil Plains and put it onto the battlefield.

Changelings are Knights and Dragons. Taurean Mauler gets bigger when any opponent casts a spell. Mirror Entity has an ability to change all creatures you control power/toughness and give them all creature types. Depending on how much mana you have you can make your army of creatures huge power with Entity.

Command Tower, Path of Ancestry, Spectator Seating are some land upgrades to consider.


Before you make other improvements however my advice is to first improve ramp because when the cards you want to try to win the game with are high CMC such as Dragons then lots of ramp should a high priority. The idea is to have more ramp and less high CMC cards because you can easily cast ramp, but without ramp you can't easily cast high CMC Dragons.


The next important thing to expand on is draw. The options for repeatable draw are slim in Boros therefore you want to instead count on cards that give you repeatable card advantage in other ways. Keeper of the Accord is an example of a new card from Commander Legends that's a card advantage engine for white in muliplayer Commander since he creates creatures if you're behind on creatures and/or is land ramp if you're behind on lands and he triggers on each opponent's turn.

  • Sunforger: when people talk about Boros usually Sunforger comes up in the conversation because it's powerful equipment for repeatable card advantage. When it's equipped to a creature you can at instant speed pay two mana to unequipped to tutor for any white or red instant spell in your library that's 4 CMC or less and cast that spell for free. Sunforger package is an art form for Boros players. +4 power is a big pump when the creature has double strike or flying.

  • Mask of Memory: repeatable draw, effects that trigger when you do combat damage to a player can trigger twice with double strike. If equipped creature isn't blocked then you hit the opponent your attacking twice to draw four cards and discard any two.

  • Open the Armory: tutor for any equipment.
  • Sarkhan's Triumph: tutor for any Dragon.

With Sunforger Mistveil Plains makes it better because you can put an instant in your graveyard back into your library to cast it again with Sunforger. Example of a Sunforger package of instants:

If interested I offer more advice in another comment, including suggestions of cards to cut. Good luck with your deck.

HalbrechtHalbrecht on Dogs

2 months ago

Totally on board with a non-Modern version! Personally I was going to build mine as a casual deck.

I saw your updated description, and unfortunately, Brave the Elements doesn't protect against Wrath of God, since Wrath neither targets nor damages.

A couple options that do work: Unbreakable Formation provides instant-speed protection when you need it, but at sorcery speed, it makes for a potent offensive card, with that permanent buff and vigilance. Unfortunately, between Formation and Wrath, that's 7 mana in one turn, which is pretty steep.

Frontline Medic is similar to Selfless Spirit in that, once it's out, it's a free activation to gain indestructible. There's obviously pros and cons to each — 3 mana vs 2, repeatable vs single use, waiting a turn to attack vs available the turn you play it, keeping the creature vs sac'ing it, restricted to combat vs instant-speed — so it cones down to your personal playstyle and preferences (or I guess, your partner's).

philosopher on basri's fun counters

2 months ago

Unbreakable Formation is a stronger version of Basri's Solidarity, as it provides your creatures with the +1/+1 counter at instant speed, plus it gives them indestructible and vigilance.

Unlife on stampeding Dinosaurs!!!! RUN!!!!!!!!!!

2 months ago

45 lands is fairly high, especially if you're running green. I'd recommend going down to 35-37 lands with 6-8 sources of mana ramp. I'd also vary up your lands, so you have things like shocks, checks and pain that tap for multiple colors of mana. Some support and draw effects can help protect your dinos, such as Heroic Intervention, Unbreakable Formation, Teferi's Protection, Return of the Wildspeaker, Vanquisher's Banner, Shared Animosity, Harmonize, Beast Whisperer, Garruk's Uprising and Coat of Arms could all fit. With all the enrage triggers, Pyrohemia could have a place as well. I'm not sure what your budget is, so these are just general ideas.

TriusMalarky on Felidae Cult

2 months ago

I'm gonna stop you right there. In Modern, you have toolboxable cats. There are at least two cats in modern that can be called 'tools' in your toolbox -- Qasali Pridemage and Leonin Arbiter.

You have NOTHING like that in Pioneer when talking cats, and especially nothing in this deck right now. What this is is a early rendition of cat tribal. Which isn't bad, but you've got the terms wrong.

If you want 'toolbox', play WG CoCo(Collected Company) with Aven Mindcensor, Drannith Magistrate, Knight of Autumn and such.

If you want cats, you need to go all-in on face-beating with your cats.

Another thing: Adorned Pouncer, Fleecemane Lion, and Bronzehide Lion ARE NOT USED for their abilities. Eternalize, Monstrosity and the indestructible clause are useful and nice bonuses that take these cards from fairly good to really powerful, but they're not the core.

The core on those cards is that they deal large amounts of damage for the mana cost. 2 mana to deal 3 damage every turn is a very good rate. Don't force yourself to use their abilities, or think of them in terms of abilities.

Also, Felidar Sovereign takes care of artifacts and enchantments maindeck. If you run 4, you have four cards that not only buff every creature in your deck but also let you destroy an artifact/enchantment every single turn. That's so much better than a single random weird Naturalize.

Unbreakable Formation is good. Feel free to run multiple copies, but not instead of Felidar.

Also, 'tutors' are almost entirely used to combo off. They have to be very efficient if you want to be going and getting specific cards from your deck in an aggressive creature deck. I recommend cutting all noncreature, nonland cards except maybe 1-2 Formations and then running 4 Collected Company. Or, if you want, run Eldritch Evolution. Evolution would be used on a 3 mana creature to go get one of 1-2 Regal Caracal, which is pretty good when you can pull it straight from your deck.

Or it can be used on a 2 or less to grab Lurrus for value.

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