Anafenza, the Foremost


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare

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Anafenza, the Foremost

Legendary Creature — Human Soldier

Whenever Anafenza, the Foremost attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on another target tapped creature you control.

If a creature card would be put into an opponent's graveyard from anywhere, exile it instead.

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Anafenza, the Foremost Discussion

CivilizedSin on Sidisi, Brood Tyrant EDH Deck

1 week ago

Honestly, I find that to be a rampant misnomer in EDH, although the idea behind it is inherently a good one. The point of that saying is to ask yourself the question of "What can I do if my commander gets locked out?". A "good" commander deck simply has a suitable answer to that question, although unforutnately a lot of people take it to mean that a deck built around it's commander isn't as good as one that's simply abusing the colours.

This leads to an even larger discussion, however, surrounding HOW an opponent might lock your commander out. Interestingly, unlike most decks, our commander doesn't typically get locked out by destruction: With the amount of recursion our deck naturally incorporates, field wipes and other spot removal typically don't bother us too much- hell, I find myself pitching Sidisi to the graveyard more frequently than the command zone.

Our problem comes in the form of graveyard hate, and how to deal with it. Anafenza, the Foremost, Leyline of the Void, and Rest in Peace are some notable examples of cards that require our deck to "win by itself", so to speak. The trick is finding suitable answers in individual cards that also serve a greater purpose should we need. Creature-based grave-hate is fairly straightforward to answer: Make sure your deck runs a handful of spot removal options, and a sweeper or two. I see you're already running Ravenous Chupacabra, Putrefy, and Shriekmaw which are great starts. Non-creature grave-hate also has a fairly linear answer in the form of Reclamation Sage and Acidic Slime-like effects, and personally I'm a big fan of Krosan Grip thanks to the Split Second. Occasionally you'll be hit by things like Bojuka Bog or Tormod's Crypt, but these are merely one-time effects, and only slow you down; they never truly knock you out.

Ultimately, having answers to the effects that most-greatly impact your deck that are still usable even if you're NOT locked down is the end-goal. Hopefully this helps you out!

CivilizedSin on Superstition, Fear, & Jealousy | Sidisi EDH

2 weeks ago

Hey, thanks for the recommendations! It's definitely crossed my mind, but I'm unsure of what I'd want to take out for it. I see the potential for the zombie chains it could cause, but as a 4-mana non-creature that doesn't do anything on it's own, I haven't found something I've been willing to pull out for it yet- what would you pull out in my place?

Currently, I haven't! There's very little graveyard hate in my current meta (I'm hoping my deck forces them to change that). Riftsweeper lived in the deck for a time, but was more of an answer to things like Swords to Plowshares than graveyard hate. The cards that truly threaten my graveyard are the ones that go off immediately, such as Tormod's Crypt. The benefit here is that the majority of the time, these are one-off effects. As I'm not playing combo, no individual card is worth enough for me to worry about losing, even if I am losing 10-20 cards from the graveyard at a time. The cards that I typically have to worry about are those with a persistent PASSIVE effects, such as Anafenza, the Foremost, Rest in Peace, etc.. Since I have a modicum of control over WHEN I'm self-milling, I'd rather use the precious card slots in the deck to provide answers to the persistent effects (supplied in the form of Go for the Throat for creatures, and Krosan Grip for non-creatures, among others). The additional point to this is that the cards I'm currently using have alternative instances in which they're useful as well, which I believe outweigh the general benefit of cards like Repopulate, or even the speedy Noxious Revival.

TL;DR is that I'd rather be reactively dealing with the card that's causing the problem permanently, instead of temporarily mitigating it's effect, if that makes any sense at all.

I definitely appreciate the thought though, and welcome any counter-argument you might have for the above!

AidanMcNay on Abzan Good stuff EDH

2 weeks ago

Anafenza, the Foremost, Pernicious Deed, also planeswalkers in general, as they're always card advantage

Just some thoughts

seshiro_of_the_orochi on (Scaling) beater

2 weeks ago

Anafenza, the Foremost seems fitting. Or, if being a sink isn't too bad, why noch Rakshasa Deathdealer?

sylvannos on KotR nowadays

2 weeks ago

I liked having Knight of the Reliquary in 4-Color Gifts (no red) because you also had Haakon, Stromgald Scourge so you could grind them out.

Knight of the Reliquary unfortunately suffers from summoning sickness, so your opponent is never going to let you untap with it. I think Fatal Push just made the situation worse.

As far as Junk Midrange goes, the 3-drop slot is already really crowded. You have Kitchen Finks, Liliana of the Veil, Anafenza, the Foremost, Maelstrom Pulse, and Lingering Souls already taking up room. Trying to fit Knight of the Reliquary in there becomes hard to justify at that point.

IcariumLifestealer on Lifegain of the Abzan

3 weeks ago

I decided to go back to Anafenza, the Foremost for budget reasons. I also pulled a Twilight Prophet in a pack this week, so that is gonna go in.

Pieguy396 on 3 drops in Abzan

1 month ago

I agree with sylvannos; I would fill all but one of the slots with Kitchen Finks, and the last one with an Anafenza, the Foremost.

sylvannos on 3 drops in Abzan

1 month ago

I like Kitchen Finks with a singleton Anafenza, the Foremost. It gives you lifegain against aggro decks and some maindeck graveyard hate to go with Scavenging Ooze.

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