What's Your Favorite: Aura

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What is your favorite uncommon or common aura?

Mine has to be Glacial Plating. What can I say, I'm a sucker for snw.
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Pemmin's Aura, its the gift that keeps on giving.

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Rancor is both my favorite and least liked Aura. I hate seeing that thing come out because there's usually no way to get rid of it- completely breaks the two cards for one rule that makes people avoid aura cards. I need to put more of them in my black/green Golgari deck.
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it's just so unique and combo-licious
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A few of mine:

Ancestral Mask
Steel of the Godhead
Rime Transfusion
Rancor
Eldrazi Conscript

Seems like they are all situational though. Mask is awesome in tribal green decks. Steel can make all kinds of fun things unblockable, like Maelstrom Archangel and Augury Adept, Rime Transfusion pretty much reads +2/+1 and unblockable, cause who plays snow creatures anymore? I guess Rancor and Conscript can find a home in many decks though.

Rancor is to "good" auras what Wall of Blossoms is to walls: Try to make it work. For that, I salute it.


I also like Eldrazi Conscription, just because on a hexproof guy, it's possibly the best Eldrazi ever.

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I also like Righteous Authority.
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Going to agree with Pontiac... Pemmin's Aura is my hands down favorite. Next runner up for me would be... wait for it... Whip Silk.  Yes... Whip silk... It allowed me to do crazy things with Bramble Elemental and enchantment loving decks. (Think Enchantress's Presence type builds...)
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it's just so unique and combo-licious


This one for me too. I've got a casual deck consisting almost entirely of Chronozoa, the Reality Strobe cycle and enablers that hits everyone with volleys of spells every turn.
Going to agree with Pontiac... Pemmin's Aura is my hands down favorite. Next runner up for me would be... wait for it... Whip Silk.  Yes... Whip silk... It allowed me to do crazy things with Bramble Elemental and enchantment loving decks. (Think Enchantress's Presence type builds...)



Technically, that's a cycle, and I prefer Shimmering Wings or Crown of Flames, but hey.

Another good set of auras are totem armor, even if the keyword name makes me "you keep using that word..."
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Infiltrator's Magemark is a very obscure card, but if you can make it stick it's usually really good.  I mean, who plays defenders?

I liked the Magemark cycle, and how they worked cumulativley together.

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Control Magic and Treachery. Love the old school blue.

Armadillo Cloak and Soul Link are favorites as well. Squee's Embrace was fun. Have always meant to, but haven't yet, built a deck around Fool's Demise (Thragtusk?).

I love Sleeping Potion and Narcolepsy for their silliness. Shout out to my boy Aura Graft.
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Borrowing the East Wind (P3) - Haha, it's like Hurricane but for horsemanship? That makes hilariously little sense. "Oh man, the wind is so much worse up on this horse."
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Koth: I'm the first viable red planeswalker. Who are you? Tibalt: I'm a two-mana red planeswalker. Koth: I'm the last viable red planeswalker.
Arcanum Wings, since nothing says luvin' like a T3 swap for Eldrazi Conscription and riding your Slippery Bogle to victory! :D
Arcanum Wings, since nothing says luvin' like a T3 swap for Eldrazi Conscription and riding your Slippery Bogle to victory! :D


The best part is they see it coming. 1/1 Hexproof, okay, now it has flying, okay, hold up, what's this "auraswap"? Oh s***.
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Borrowing the East Wind (P3) - Haha, it's like Hurricane but for horsemanship? That makes hilariously little sense. "Oh man, the wind is so much worse up on this horse."
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Jon Finkel can win a Magic tournament with a ham sandwich. That doesn't mean ham sandwiches are now the metagame breaker.
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Koth: I'm the first viable red planeswalker. Who are you? Tibalt: I'm a two-mana red planeswalker. Koth: I'm the last viable red planeswalker.
I think I might prank my friends at our next EDH game and stack these into my opening hand.  Should be worth a laugh.

(I'll most likely admit it so we can shuffle up for another round).
Infiltrator's Magemark is a very obscure card, but if you can make it stick it's usually really good.  I mean, who plays defenders?



Wall of Omens and Overgrown Battlement might like to have a word with you.
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Infiltrator's Magemark is a very obscure card, but if you can make it stick it's usually really good.  I mean, who plays defenders?



Wall of Omens and Overgrown Battlement might like to have a word with you.

As would the cult of steel wall
Serra's Embrace is my favourite aura hands-down. Break's stalemates like there's no other. Especially funny if you're all-in on your Darksteel Myr with Entangler as defense, to load it up with the embrace and Unquestioned Authority and swing while your opponent can't do nothing against the unsurpassable might of kitchen table auras.
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Faith's Fetters is my favorite. It Time Walks any aggro deck that doesn't have self-sacrifice effects, and it answers both their Jitte and the extra copy in their hand. It even works on planeswalkers and lands with effects, like Nephalia Drownyard or manlands.
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Yup, just like you can have Birds of paradise in a mono green deck but not Noble Hierarch. YAY COLOR IDENTITY
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I guess rancor is my favorite but that seems like a boring answer. Ones that I use a lot which haven't been mentioned yet are

shield of the oversoul
temporal isolation

also the umbras were pretty cool I think my favorite was boar umbra but snake umbra was cool too. And a shout out to moldervine cloak which is the first aura that I really fell in love with.
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I think my favorite is Venom but it's mostly nostalgia for back when I forst started playing
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I think my favorite is Venom but it's mostly nostalgia for back when I forst started playing



That's actually a combo piece. It was Venom, Regeneration, Lure. You can get any one of those abilites on a creature, though. The most common variant was Thicket Basilisk instead of Venom, but these days you could use Prized Unicorn or Taunting Elf instead of Lure. And of course, regenerate's an evergreen keyword action, so there are too many options to name.

The result is a reverse Sunblast Angel, destroying all an opponent's untapped creatures, every turn.

The most recent incarnation is Engulfing Slagwurm, Lure, possibly with Rancor or Ring of Kalonia for trample (since anything that blocks dies immediately).
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I think my favorite is Venom but it's mostly nostalgia for back when I forst started playing



It's actually a combo piece with Regeneration and Lure. Thankfully, all three abilities also occur on creatures.

These days, it's Engulfing Slagwurm+Lure with the option of something granting trample so it still does damage to the player.
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That was a post worth reading twice.

OT: Probably Control Magic, or some variant.

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Either Temporal Isolation for my favorite instant-speed pacificm effect, or Faith's Fetters for it's vindicate-ness.

Wait.

NO.

Essence Flare, it's removal, it's pump, and its RKF art :D
Probably Control Magic, or some variant.



Ironically, the best Control Magic isn't an aura. :P
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Probably Control Magic, or some variant.

Ironically, the best Control Magic isn't an aura. :P

surely you meant Vedalken Shackles
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Probably Control Magic, or some variant.

Ironically, the best Control Magic isn't an aura. :P

surely you meant Vedalken Shackles


Surely you mean Bribery. I don't want my hard to kill enchantment to be turned into shock bait, that isn't value.
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Borrowing the East Wind (P3) - Haha, it's like Hurricane but for horsemanship? That makes hilariously little sense. "Oh man, the wind is so much worse up on this horse."
57044478 wrote:
Jon Finkel can win a Magic tournament with a ham sandwich. That doesn't mean ham sandwiches are now the metagame breaker.
97820278 wrote:
Koth: I'm the first viable red planeswalker. Who are you? Tibalt: I'm a two-mana red planeswalker. Koth: I'm the last viable red planeswalker.
Prison Term - Having someone lightniong bolt their own creature just to get rid of this? I'll always treasure that moment.
Splinter Twin - Crazy combo fun!
The magemark and demigod's auara cycles were pretty cool too.
Tough question. My first reaction would be Shield of the Oversoul. That turn 4 on a Wilt-leaf Cavaliers is just wrong on so many levels.

That said, I've started playing Kithkin Armor in every EDH deck I can, and have a really fun-totally-not-annoying-at-all deck based around Ethereal Armor, all the enchantresses I can get my hands on, and Sphere of Safety. Because having to pay ten mana for each creature that attacks me isn't fun.
Elder Mastery.

No real particular reasoning, I just like it. I've used it a few times, and got some pretty good work out of it in a casual control deck.

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How;s a 2 drop 1/2, Flying broken? What am I missing?
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Elder Mastery.

No real particular reasoning, I just like it. I've used it a few times, and got some pretty good work out of it in a casual control deck.



I would like it more if it were "that player discards a card and you draw a card", à la Fungal Shambler. Then it feels "I'm evil, I'm sadistic, u mad bro?"
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