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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
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal



Counter target spell. Its controller loses 3 life.

SufferFromEDHD on Hootsnag Dimir Control

5 months ago

I do too. There is a beauty to how both of these flow. They both efficiently establish control they just go about it in slightly different ways. I will be using one of them in a future prize tournament.

Absorb/Dovin's Veto to Undermine/Countersquall

Celestial Colonnade to Creeping Tar Pit

Helm of Obedience works as a win condition in both lists off of different enchantments.

This has been a stellar month for deck design. I'm still goldfishing the Numot list. Winning with animated mana rocks after nuking all lands is awesome.

DemonDragonJ on Eislinda and Vernalia

6 months ago

I have designed my own character inspired by the Snow Queen from Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale of the same name, a rival for her, as well as several cards associated with each of them. I assure the users here that my posting of an ice queen shortly after WotC revealed theirs is pure coincidence, as I had this idea in my head for some time, but simply never had sufficient free time to post it, before now, so here is what I have produced.

Eislinda, the Ice Queen Show

Eislinda represents calm logic and deliberate, methodical action, as evidenced by how her ability is an activated ability, and her name contains the word "eis," which is German for "ice."

Eislinda's Disdain Show

This card is a smaller version of Punish Ignorance in the same way that Countersquall is a smaller version of Undermine.

Icy Rebuke Show

I modeled this card after non-blue counterspells, such as Dawn Charm and Rebuff the Wicked, because I found those spells to be too limited but I do not believe that this spell is too powerful or a color pie break, since it still is fairly limited in what it can do.

Eisheim, the Frozen Palace Show

Most utility lands do not produce colored mana, so I wished to make one that did, and I ensured that it also had an ability for each color of mana that it could produce. I hope that this land is not too powerful, but, if it is, I certainly would appreciate feedback on how to better balance it.

Now that I have displayed Eislinda and cards associated with her, I shall introduce her rival.

Vernalia, Herald of Spring Show

Vernalia is the opposite of Eislinda; she represents growth, rebirth, and passion, while Eislinda represent death, darkness, and apathy, but she also represents instinct, intuition, and unconscious action, as demonstrated by her abilities being triggered abilities, while Eislinda's abilities are activated abilities. Her name contains the word "vernal," which is Latin for "of, or relating to, Spring."

Vernalia's Grasp Show

I am very surprised that WotC has not yet printed a card that combines Artifact Mutation and Aura Mutation, so I have made such a card, and I feel that it is perfectly balanced at costing 3 mana, while the other two cards have a combined mana value of 4.

Grunwald, Cradle of Spring Show

I had contemplated having the green ability put a +1/+1 counter on a creature, but that would require that there be a creature on the battlefield, so I changed it to always be useful. "Grunwald" is German for "green forest," which, I suppose, is somewhat redundant, in the context of this game.

What does everyone else say about these cards? I spend a great amount of time and effort designing them, so I welcome any feedback that anyone has to offer!

nuperokaso on Ninjas and Rogues

10 months ago

Remember that you are an aggro deck. As such, you want to lower your mana curve. You don't want to give up on card advantage, but you are willing to ignore life gain and pay some life instead.

DemonDragonJ on How Can I Put Ertai …

1 year ago

I plan to put the new Ertai Resurrected into these three decks, since he is very versatile, and those decks support his colors, but I am not certain which cards to remove to make room for him.

I most likely shall have him replace an exisitng counterspell, such as Disallow or Undermine, since he renders such spells redundant.

What does everyone else say about this? How can I put Ertai resurected into my decks?

DemonDragonJ on Double Masters 2022 Predictions and …

2 years ago

Double Masters 2022 will not be released for several months, yet, but I am so excited about it that I wish to begin speculating about it, now. The first Double Masters set was wonderful and contained many great cards, so I have high expectations for the second set, as well, and I am certain that WotC realizes that the players are highly anticipating this set, as well.

Another reprint of Doubling Season would certainly be nice, as that is such an awesome card that it will always be expensive unless it is reprinted frequently, but I know that WotC is not likely to reprint it again, so soon after reprinting it in the first Double Masters set, so reprints of both Anointed Procession and Parallel Lives would also be greatly appreciated.

Rhystic Study, Smothering Tithe, Dockside Extortionist, Edgar Markov, Exquisite Blood, Reflecting Pool, and Vedalken Orrery are all very expensive, so definitely need to be reprinted, in my mind.

Ancient Spider, Book of Rass, Dromar, the Banisher, Fungal Shambler, and Mystic Remora are not especially expensive, but have never been reprinted in the modern card frame, so it would be nice to see them reprinted with it. Similarly, Oloro, Ageless Ascetic and Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis were originally printed in the modern frame, but not the Magic 2015 version of that frame, so I would like to see them reprinted with it.

Chromatic Lantern and Privileged Position are not too expensive, but definitely still should be reprinted, to keep them available and affordable.

I definitely would like to see Absorb, Recoil, and Undermine reprinted, preferably downgraded to uncommons, since I do not feel that they should be rares by today’s standards, and further reprints of Mind Stone, Thought Vessel, Thran Dynamo, and Gilded Lotus would also be nice, as well. Arcane Signet and Commander's Sphere are not expensive, but they are difficult to obtain in foil, so reprints in this set would help with that, but that is not likely to happen, since this is not a Commander set.

What does everyone else say about this? What are your hopes and prediction for Modern Masters 2022?

Nacht on Sidisi's Right Hand Man

2 years ago

Undermine is something to think about

DemonDragonJ on Top 5 Counterspells Of All …

2 years ago

I think that Mana Leak is severely underrated, and I am surprised that no one has yet mentioned it. It is a soft counter, rather than a hard one, but it still is very effective, as it can counter any spell unconditionally and most players will not be able to afford to pay 3 mana until later in the game, and the fact that it costs only 2 mana (and only one of which is colored) means that it can be cast early in the game.

Counterflux is another excellent card, in my mind, because it, itself, cannot be countered, and its overload ability is very nice, as well.

I also think that Countersquall , Undermine , and Thought Collapse deserve to be mentioned, as well; while they may not be the most powerful counterspells in the game, the fact that they add insult to injury with their additional effects should not be overlooked.

Arcane Denial is also an excellent counterspell, as well; while allowing an opponent to draw two cards may be less than ideal, the fact that it can unconditionally counter any spell for a very low and easy cost.

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