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Protection From Black in Magic
Several creatures in Magic carry protection from certain colors. This prevents them from being targeted, damaged, enchanted, or blocked by any spell that has a color the creature repels, offering a slew of useful bonuses.
Protection relies a bit on luck, as you generally don't know what colors you'll face, but its heap of bonuses grant enormous advantages against corresponding themes. Many cards fortified against black belong to its enemies, the green and white factions, but which darkness-shielded warriors reign supreme? These are the 10 best creatures with protection from black in Magic: The Gathering!
10. Mirran Crusader
CMC (Converted Mana Cost): 2
For a three-cost unit, Mirran only carries 2/2 stats, but he's bolstered by his rare double strike trait, essentially letting him hit for four each battle. Additionally, he carries protection from both black and green, granting useful resistances to two of commander's most common colors.
9. Hand of Honor
For just a two-cost creature, 2/2 stats are a fair trade, especially since Honor wields bushido one, increasing them by +1/+1 for the turn when blocking or being blocked, discouraging enemy engagement. Of course, like today's other spells, he also enjoys protection from black, letting him clash against powerful demons and vampires without fear of repercussion
8. White Knight
White Knight closely resembles Honor, wielding 2/2 stats and protection from black. He swaps the samurai subtype for knight and trades bushido for first strike, letting him outspeed and kill most early-game challengers. Try applying deathtouch with cards like "Basilisk Collar" for a particularly deadly combo.
7. Spirit of the Night
Oddly enough, even some black creatures have protection from black. This demon's mana cost is absurd, but remember you can gimmick him into play with cards like "Kaalia of the Vast" and "Elvish Piper".
And once he arrives, Spirit ravages foes with 6/5 stats, flying, trample, haste, first strike when attacking, and of course, protection against black.
6. Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Like Spirit, you'll likely want to field legendary Akroma utilizing spells that play creatures for free, although her standard cost is slightly cheaper and she wields superior 6/6 stats. Additionally, she shares Spirit's flying, trample, haste, and protection from black while adding vigilance, protection from red, permanent first strike, and angel synergies.
5. Oversoul of Dusk
Black's enemies unite for this multi-colored spell. You can cast Oversoul using either green or white mana, adapting to your current production, and she arrives with an impressive 5/5 stats. Furthermore, not only does she harness protection from black, she also shields against blue and red, adeptly punishing the more-aggressive colors in the game.
4. Phantom Centaur
Centaur arrives with three +1/+1 counters, automatically becoming a fierce 5/4. Additionally, he carries protection from black and a unique guard that prevents all damage he would suffer, instead removing a +1/+1 counter from him.
As a bonus, even if all Centaur's counters are gone, he remains immune to damage (assuming another effect is boosting his toughness beyond zero), granting incredible endurance. He also only removes one counter even if he suffers simultaneous damage (like being blocked by multiple creatures).
3. Mystic Enforcer
A 3/3 with protection from black isn't a terrible trade for four mana, but Enforcer really shines once you meet his threshold condition, simply requiring you have at least seven cards in your graveyard. At that point, he gains +3/+3 and flying, serving as a daunting 6/6 aerial combatant with protection against evil's forces.
Since the black faction emphasizes milling and discards, it often inadvertently helps you attain Enforcer's threshold, making him a great check when facing swamp-infested decks.
2. Great Sable Stag
Stag carries a solid 3/3 stats for his price and can't be countered, evading blue's negation prowess. He also carries protection from both black and blue, shielding against perhaps the two most prominent colors in the format.
His elk subtype doesn't stack with many other cards, but Stag's numerous other traits render him a frequent member of my own green builds. Fortunately, despite his ranking, he's surprisingly cheap, costing well under two dollars!
1. Animar, Soul of Elements
A prominent commander for his fierce powers, Animar needs three different colors. However, his CMC is still pretty affordable and he's inoculated against both black and white, granting two awesome barricades. More than that, whenever you cast a creature spell, he gains a +1/+1 counter, and your creatures cost one less colorless mana for each one he possesses!
Combo with counter-increasing effects like "Doubling Season" and colorless artifact creatures (who can have their entire price negated) for a fierce onslaught few foes can defend against.
Auras and Equipments That Give Protection From Black
In addition to today's creatures, remember that you can grant protection from black using a variety of aura and equipment boosts. Favorites include the artifact equipments "Sword of Light and Shadow" and "Sword of Feast and Famine", both colorless weapons that can fit in any deck.
Black remains a prominent force in commander, making anything that shields against it a welcome boon. But for now, as we eagerly await Wizards of the Coast's next expansion of darkness-immune warriors, vote for your favorite card and I'll see you at our next MTG countdown!
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