What are the best defensive creature cards in EDH that don't have the defender keyword?
Posted on July 24, 2021, 6:05 p.m. by StopShot
Recently I've been interested in putting creatures in my EDH decks that are solely dedicated to playing defense, blocking big creatures in combat. On gatherer its easy to type up "Defender" to find a large selection of creatures that do just that, but not every highly defensive creature has that keyword and I wanted to make a post sharing creature cards with great defensive capabilities in any color. (Preferably with cheap CMC's.)
Some great defensive creatures I've found are:
Beloved Chaplain , Commander Eesha , Crypt Sliver , Darksteel Myr , Dawn Elemental , Deepwood Ghoul , Degavolver , Dragon's Eye Savants , Dream Fighter , Everdawn Champion , Giant Ox , Mischievous Poltergeist , Mistmeadow Skulk , Mother of Runes , Phantom Nantuko , Predator Ooze , Seraph of the Sword , Serendib Sorcerer , Serene Master , Sorceress Queen .
Does anyone know some others I could add to this list?
July 24, 2021 6:13 p.m.
Omg forgive me those both have defender. Regardless, the yojimbo is cool for how he can “take a bullet” so to speak
July 24, 2021 6:15 p.m.
July 24, 2021 6:48 p.m.
Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker dissuades people from attacking you very well, usually. Also, Baird, Steward of Argive , Archangel of Tithes and Archon of Absolution work like Ghostly Prison , and Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist does her thing.
July 24, 2021 7:45 p.m.
Archetype of Courage , Archetype of Finality , and the others but those 2 in particular. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight , Grand Abolisher , Kazuul, Tyrant of the Cliffs , and Palisade Giant . Anything that goads or has indestructible is worth a look too.
July 24, 2021 8:15 p.m.
For your daily dose of incredibly obscure and niche cards, I present Defensive Formation .
What does it do? It is one of, if not the only card in the game that stops your opponents creatures from trampling over your smaller creatures. Take THAT, Ghalta!
July 24, 2021 9:27 p.m.
If you're just trying to play defensively I think the upside of Silent Arbiter stopping wide swings will come up more often than it does nothing against voltron decks. Especially if you have something indestructible or pro-creatures to block with.
Just don't cast it if your opponent's on a voltron deck.
July 24, 2021 9:33 p.m.
Fatespinner is a double-edged sword. The combat step is usually the easiest to skip, but I've been attacked out of the game, everyone skipping their main phase just to smack me, just to end its effect. Use wisely.
July 24, 2021 9:38 p.m.
July 24, 2021 10:18 p.m.
Everdawn Champion and Seraph of the Sword seem like perfect blockers. Other cards like Hundred-Handed One and Watcher in the Web . Also theres cards like High Ground and Brave the Sands help out big time as well. Someone mentioned Stuffy Doll I think that's a great one. Someone mentioned Guardian of the Gateless that card and all the cards that allow you to block multiple creatures go great with Godsend . Theres so many great blockers. Someone mentioned Ophiomancer , that's a fantastic suggestion.
July 24, 2021 11:54 p.m.
July 25, 2021 1:04 a.m.
I present to you Serene Master.
If you want better a defensive card, I don't know what to tell you...
July 25, 2021 1:57 a.m.
Honorable mention to the OG best blocker Will-o'-the-Wisp
July 25, 2021 8:09 a.m.
July 25, 2021 1:55 p.m.
July 25, 2021 4:06 p.m.
Similar to your chaplain, you’ve got Uncle Istvan as well....
July 25, 2021 8:36 p.m.
July 25, 2021 10:15 p.m.
Surprised nobody mentioned Phyrexian Obliterator . While it’s not the strongest Blocker it really makes opponents think about atacking you
July 26, 2021 1:20 a.m.
not a blocker but stops fatty from swinging
Every creature is an amazing blocker when you have Vigor on the battle field
Also Tuktuk the Explorer , and Reef Worm makes them think twice
my favorite is AEther Membrane I know you said no defender but it's still worth mentioning
July 28, 2021 3:44 p.m.
July 30, 2021 2:25 a.m.
Archangel of Tithes and Windborn Muse both have similar effects that make easier to attack someone else, while Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker and Phyrexian Obliterator drive that point home even further.
But if you want the carrot rather than the stick, there's Edric, Spymaster of Trest and Karazikar, the Eye Tyrant to offer up cards for attacking your opponents instead. And related to Karazikar's goading ability Grenzo, Havoc Raiser can help you keep your opponent open if you're going wide, and Marisi, Breaker of the Coil is that same ability but even stronger as you only need to connect with one creatre.
July 30, 2021 11:37 a.m.
I like Thornweald Archer on defense. I also like Inviolability (an aura, I know, but hear me out). I love putting it on creatures like Wall of Glare , Palace Guard , Guardian of the Gateless , Hundred-Handed One etc. Or putting it on Palisade Giant .
July 30, 2021 1:56 p.m.
If you are specifically trying to stop large creatures with trample, there's always Banding! A 1/1 with Banding completely stops a 1,000,000/1,000,000 with trample.