Unbreakable Formation

Unbreakable Formation


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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Unbreakable Formation Discussion

The_Fallen_Duke on Rin and Seri Cat/Dog Tribal

1 week ago

How not to love cats and dogs?

If so, it is worth investing in an Unbreakable Formation and Heroic Intervention (which is also on flavour with Ajani), since the last thing you want is for all your furry friends and tokens to die to removal or even worse boardwipe.

Speaking of boardwipes, I see why you included Hour of Reckoning, but be careful as it would also hit a lot of the other creature I expect you to have on the board. An Austere Command should allow you to save more of your own board.

As for mana-base, I would advise to get rid of bad taplands like the guildgates, 0Tranquil Expanse and Blossiming Sands. I am not the biggest fan of bounce-lands in deck that cannot make the best use of them with either landfall or untap effects, but that's up to you. As a budget replacement, painlands (Karplusan Forest, Brushland, Battlefield Forge) could be helpful, and you have lifelink effects available so the downside is minimal. A Naya Panorama can help you with generich mana straight away or to fetch the basics you need.

Guerric on Dealing with politics as an …

2 weeks ago

Hi Dazard! What a great question! I avoided aggro strategies for awhile for this reason, but as my sneaky combo strategies are hard for some groups I play with to decode, I decided to make some good old honest aggro decks, and I think I've figured out a good balance.

To begin with, don't play like in a 60 card, 1v1 format. In those games you have little incentive not to go for broke all the time, and to commit all of your resources right away. In EDH there are several key principles of good aggro play.

One of them is controlled growth. Even if you can commit all of your resources to powerful plays early you shouldn't do so. You need to make sure that you set up card draw engines and other things to keep your tank full in the long run. You should be attacking, but keep in mind you don't need to attack with everything. Chip away at peoples' life totals rather than hitting one person hard. Once you slam one person you will be the archenemy of all, so don't do that till you are a turn or two from winning or they will destroy you. Knocking out an opponent early doesn't necessarily help as that person is a target for someone else and can help keep someone else under control.

A second principle is try to win all at once via pump effects. Its almost better to keep your tokens as 1/1s as long as possible and then suddenly in a single turn make them gamewinning with Coat of Arms, Shared Animosity, Jazal Goldmane, or Mirror Entity. Don't play these cards early either! Your opponents will just kill them, so play them the turn that you can win. Surprise is one of the most powerful things in EDH. If they know you can kill them you are a threat, if they don't see it coming you will win.

Thirdly is politics via threat assessment, not deals. Sometimes people just think of politics as bribery, but its better to simply point out what other opponents are doing. "Hmm..he just played Ashnod's Altar. That's a combo piece. What's he up to?" is far more powerful than promising not to attack someone. This is self-interested, but it is also helping your opponents play better by noticing more than obvious threats. When I play against aggro I might have a board wipe, and yet hold off if I'm not afraid of imminently dying to let the aggro player do some of my dirty work for me and keep attention away from the combo I am putting together. My one friend who has been quite good at aggro has become adept at pointing out what I am doing and keeping things honest. It's also a good idea with early attacks to take turns attacking different opponents for only a small amount of damage, or even rolling the dice to see who you'll attack first. If your opponents wonder why you're holding back you can just say somewhat honestly that you're trying to spread the love around and keep blockers and critical pieces in play.

A fourth principle is board state protection. Others mentioned Unbreakable Formation and Teferi's Protection as helpful cards. Don't forget also about Make a Stand, Flawless Maneuver, and Cosmic Intervention. The latter won't save your tokens, but it will save other pieces. The same is true with Eerie Interlude and Semester's End which can also dodge even a Cyclonic Rift. Lapse of Certainty can also delay a board wipe for a turn and waste your opponents' investment, and is good tech as well. Eldrazi Monument is also a good card, because you'll have endless tokens to fuel it, and all of your stuff will be flying and indestructible, keeping your opponents from easily stopping you. One final way in your deck is just by making board wipes painful, which you can do with aristocrats. Blood Artist and Syr Konrad, the Grim will make your opponent think twice about wiping the board. Again, don't commit too many resources at once, and hold up mana for protection. This helps with controlled growth and helps you rest easy during your opponents' turns.

A fifth principle that is great is to always have a backup plane for when things go wrong. One way to do this is to have a single infinite combo to win out of nowhere when things are down. When you're playing aggro opponents are always looking at your board state, but they can be taken by surprise when you combo the win. For Markov the best one is probably Exquisite Blood and Sanguine Bond. If your opponents can win with this stuff then its only fair that you can in a pinch too! This also fulfills the old idea talked about on MtgGoldfish that you should always have a way to win out of nowhere. The other and more honest way to do this is just to have a way to recover your board state. Patriarch's Bidding and Haunting Voyage can help you recover all of your creatures in a single turn. Having these backup plans will make life easier.

Don't get discouraged, aggro is better than ever in EDH today due to new board protection and recovery tech Wizards has printed and reprinted in the past couple of years. All you need to do is master the playstyle and you'll have a lot more fun and success!

shadow63 on Dealing with politics as an …

2 weeks ago

Just an fyi edgar is banned in 1v1 comannder. I don't really mind people playing with banned cards but that's one that is very hard to overcome. But to help out your situation I'd say use stuff like Unbreakable Formation and Teferi's Protection to make you protected from sweepers and turn some bad combat steps to your favor

Guerric on No Pain No Lifegain

1 month ago

Hi christ4like2l0ve! Cool idea, and I applaud the courage of building mono-white! One of these days mono-white will be at a place where I want to build it again, and I have a few thoughts that might help.

To begin with, if you're playing mono-white, you might as well play Mass Calcify, which will probably be better than Urza's Ruinous Blast most of the time. I'd also heartily recommend Welcoming Vampire to help with white's card draw problem. It's really, really good.

Protecting your board is also important in white, so indestructible instants like Flawless Maneuver, Make a Stand, and Unbreakable Formation are great. Eldrazi Monument is also fun wherever you can make tokens each turn to feed to it. Mass Blink cards like Cosmic Intervention, Eerie Interlude, and Unbreakable Formation also help save your cast permanents, if not your tokens, and can even dodge Cyclonic Rift.

Also, a mono-white favorite for me is Angel of Jubilation, which is an inexpensive mono-white lord who also shuts down sacrifice and life paying shenanigans that black is famous for.

DrakeTheDuelist on Sythis

2 months ago

What's the intended wincon here? I see flying tokens to the dome, and that's about it. One of my favorite things to do in token spam is to stack cumulative anthems until each one can hit like a mack truck. Other options include the Heliod, Sun-Crowned + Walking Ballista combo, or going stealth Voltron with All That Glitters and / or Michiko's Reign of Truth  Flip, many of which play well in Enchantress strategies.

While I'm sure you could crank out a ton of advantage like this (I run a Siona, Captain of the Pyleas Aura Voltron that operates on a similar principle), the kind of advantage you're generating can really scare people into knocking you out of the pod before you can slap down a Craterhoof Behemoth when all you had were advantage pieces. Teferi's Protection is the go-to panic button in White, though even a simple Rootborn Defenses, Unbreakable Formation, or Tamiyo's Safekeeping could go a long way.

Last_Laugh on Edgar Markov's Eminence of the Blood

4 months ago

Nice deck overall but there's 2 types of cards that're underrepresented here... finishers and board protection.

Board Protection: Teferi's Protection, Boros Charm, Flawless Maneuver, Rootborn Defenses, Unbreakable Formation, and Scapegoat (doubles as a finisher with Purphoros out) are all excellent options here depending on your budget. This deck folds like a wet paper towel if you eat a boardwipe and end up in topdeck mode.

Finishers: Shared Animosity and Reconnaissance. Reconnaissance allows you to attack with EVERY creature safely, deal combat damage in most situations, and have every one of those creatures untapped and ready to block/deter attacks by the end of combat. Creatures are considered 'attacking' until the end of combat step ends (you untap during this step as priority passes around the table)

Feel free to check out my list for ideas and a better explanation for Reconnaissance. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Edgar's Dega Vampires

Last_Laugh on Edgar's Vamp Party

4 months ago

I have 2 main suggestions for you.

First, this deck folds like a wet paper towel to boardwipes. Consider a few cards like Boros Charm, Teferi's Protection, Flawless Maneuver, Rootborn Defenses, Scapegoat, and/or Unbreakable Formation. Protecting your board and avoiding going into topdeck mode make a HUGE difference in this deck.

Second is Reconnaissance. This card allows you to attack with EVERY creature safely, deal combat damage in most situations, and have every one of those creatures untapped and ready to block/deter attacks by the end of combat. Creatures are considered 'attacking' until the end of combat step ends. You untap during that step as priority passes around the table. This also works after first strike damage is dealt but before normal combat damage making combat entirely one-sided with things like Stromkirk Captain/Stensia Masquerade.

Feel free to check out my deck for more ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Edgar's Dega Vampires

MTGBurgeoning on Edgar & Eminence: A Love Story

6 months ago

Thank you for reviewing my build and thank you for your comment! I enjoyed perusing your list and admire the strengths and overt power of your deck. There are some cards in your build that I have wanted to include here (Mana Crypt, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Sensei's Divining Top). I am waiting for some copies to become available. Regarding your suggestions:

1) In a vacuum, I absolutely agree with your preference for building Edgar Markov with a vision of tempo and super-aggressiveness. If I were playing an Edgar Markov deck at an LGS, then this is the path I would select as well. However, the 99 of this deck has been shaped to fit the play-conditions of my meta-game. Too often, an early-game overly-aggressive combat directive ended, predictably, with a board wipe, Cyclonic Rift or mass-exiling effect. Even with a high number of protection spells in the deck (Teferi's Protection, Unbreakable Formation, Akroma's Will, Boros Charm), sometimes it's difficult to be resilient. This tendency of my meta helps to explain the deck's somewhat dichotomous structure: I usually had very few options for interacting with my opponents after board wipes. They were able to re-establish their board states with bigger threats than I could produce. I'm creating Vampire creature tokens while they're casting Dragons or Eldrazis. I needed to lean a little bit more into interaction in order to prevail in the mid-to-late game. Leading to...

2) My meta is not prone to use tax or Propaganda effects, so mass-enchantment removal has never been a concern. The majority of removal spells in this build are spot-removal spells, generally with the ability to target various permanent types. These spells have been very beneficial in subduing my opponents' potential threats or barriers to combat. This has allowed me to persevere through the mid-to-late game.

3) As for cantrips spells, I prefer to include spells that have a more controlled effect secondary to life-loss. Cards like Necropotence and Phyrexian Arena allow for less randomized returns and investments. For me, historically, with spells like Pact of the Serpent and Minions' Murmurs on the stack, an opponent will respond to them with instant-speed mass-removal. Unfortunately, this leaves me with a fizzled investment and dreams of what could have been. Also, the potential to lose a high amount of life can be too detrimental. I have died NUMEROUS times to an opponent's Living Death or other mass-recursion spell while Champion of Dusk and a slew of other Vampire creature cards are in my graveyard. It feels bad. It feels really bad. So I decided to cap the potential loss of life by specifically including spells like Read the Bones, Painful Truths and Plumb the Forbidden. Plumb the Forbidden also has been a great way to benefit from imminent board wipes, especially mass-exiling effects. Perhaps if the deck slanted a bit more toward a life-drain theme, then I definitely could reconsider your suggestions of Pact of the Serpent and Minions' Murmurs. However, I just don't think I can ever include Champion of Dusk. It hurts. It hurts a lot.

I really appreciate your feedback and suggestions! Edgar Marvok is uber-powerful and I look forward to continuing our discussions about him! Which brings me to this question:

Are there any cards from Crimson Vow that you are considering for inclusion in the 99?

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