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I had a deck many years ago that was blue/white and used a blue enchantment that made players pay 2 colorless to attack. I can't remember the name of the card, but it was around Mirage, no later than Urza block. I also had Kjeldoran Outpost and Thawing Glaciers.

The main concept of the deck was to get out the mana generating diamonds from mirage, then blow away the lands with Armageddon and keep the opponent locked out of attacking for a while.

This card is stuck in my head and I can't seem to find the name of it anywhere. I remember seeing it reprinted as a white enchantment sometime ago as well.

If anyone knows what this card might be, please let me know the name. I have not found anything via searching so far.

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  • This question is too localized. This isn't a vote-to-close, though, because I think there's probably an easy fix.
    – Alex P
    Mar 13, 2012 at 19:22
  • Alex, what do you mean? This was driving me crazy and I couldn't figure it out on my own and figured the community would know, which they did.
    – Waddler
    Mar 13, 2012 at 23:17
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    "Too localized" is defined as "This question is unlikely to ever help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet." I think the current formulation is specific enough that it's unlikely to help other users, particularly because they're not likely to search for the thing that gets them here, but a light edit -- maybe just a name change? -- is all that it would take to remedy that.
    – Alex P
    Mar 13, 2012 at 23:32
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    Hey @AlexP, I received a "Notable Question" badge for this question.
    – Waddler
    Feb 19, 2014 at 21:58

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You're thinking of Propaganda from Tempest, which came out right after Mirage.

Ghostly Prison is the white version and Collective Restraint is a close cousin designed for multicolor-happy decks. (There's also the rather terrible Koskun Falls.)

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  • Yes!!! That was it. (A much delayed) Thanks.
    – Waddler
    Apr 29, 2013 at 21:56
  • There is also Dream Tides from Visions which has a similar effect: gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=3638
    – Nick
    May 28, 2013 at 10:06
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    Sphere of Safety is also worth mentioning. I've used that one to make attacks cost a few dozen mana per creature in standard (It was legal in original theros)
    – Andrew
    Mar 31, 2020 at 13:43
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You're right, a version was printed in white. Here's the cards you were thinking of:

  • Ghostly Prison
  • Propaganda

    More options:

  • Windborn Muse - If you want a body not an enchantment.

  • Norn's Annex - Could be a weaker or stronger version, depending on your opponent.

  • Collective Restraint- Domain Version. If you play 3+ basic land types, even better.

  • War Tax - In late game if you have lots of mana, can really lock your opponents down.

  • Peacekeeper - Drawback: Also locks down your creatures, has upkeep cost. Upside: Hard lockdown.

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  • Peacekeeper only has a normal (not cumulative) upkeep. Mar 4, 2014 at 6:12
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More recently, there is the enchantment Sphere of Safety from Return to Ravnica.

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Most of these pillow fort effects have similar wording, which includes the phrase "can't attack you". Here's a Scryfall search for cards printed in a core/expansion set (no Commander or promo sets) which returns 19 results as of this answer's posting.

Results seem to be divides into a few categories:

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In addition to the ones mentioned above, there's also Elephant Grass, which unlike the others has a cumulative upkeep (making it harder to keep around), but which trades that for costing just G, making it a perfect card for the Enchantress decks in Legacy.

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