Anafenza, the Foremost


Format Legality
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

Eagletalon69 on Jeeek's Deck

1 week ago

After looking it over and looking for some other cards that would work well this is what I've come up with for now. I'm probably going to make another comment soon on some other additions

Take Out:

Scion of Ugin: 6 mana 4/4 flyer is nowhere near good enough to run in commander, even with it being any color mana.

Gold-Forged Sentinel: see above

Anafenza, the Foremost: your deck has some graveyard synergy, and this will exile cards that you would much rather have go to the graveyard.(black has amazing graveyard hate such as Bojuka Bog

Ajani Goldmane: I have a version down below that would work a lot better for this kind of deck, but honestly you might still want to consider this card either way


Sunscorch Regent: much better flyer than the vanilla 6 mana 4/4 artifact creatures you had before. Also has synergies with the +1/+1 counter theme of your deck

Ainok Bond-Kin: Amazing in this deck, will almost always give all your important creatures first strike

Scavenging Ooze: Graveyard hate or those pesky other graveyard deck, and it also has synergies with the +1/+1 counter theme

Ajani Steadfast: Amazing in +1/+1 counter decks, and if you can get his emblem you will almost always have a board to take advantage of the counters

Bojuka Bog: as I said above, its blacks best graveyard hate card, even though it takes your graveyard with it you're able to prepare for it happening.

Boza on A most daring raid, The legendary Primer

1 week ago

Thanks for the solid advice Zakky234!

I really appreciate the advice and I will still try to help with your deck. I see that our metas are a bit different, given the manabases and creatures we run (I have never thought of Anafenza, the Foremost as something worthy of inclusion).

I forgot to mention earlier, but I also enjoyed the primer a lot - combined with your reasoning in the discussion, it gives such a clear picture of what you are doing and why!

To further the discussion, I run a lower land count, but more artifact ramp - with the new Grow from the Ashes this is looking to change slowly towards more lands and less artifacts. I try to budget my manabase, as cash for fetches are currently not an option.

Queen Marchesa and especially Marwyn, the Nurturer are not something that I have thought to include. Marwyn bringing only green and not having a ton of elves makes me hesitant to include her, can you elaborate why she overperforms, I notice you have cards like Heroes' Podium (didn't know that existed) to buff her significantly, but beyond that, I have no idea.

Instead of urabrask, since I do not like the praetors (or their price tag), I was thinking of the new Garna, the Bloodflame to replace kolaghan - worse body but better effect.

Adriana, Captain of the Guard and Gahiji, Honored One were part of the original inspiration to make this deck, so I am unlikely to ever remove them. They function well enough - give the team a nice bonus, are not expensive money-wise, and are not super scary. The deck is fairly explosive and keeping a low profile early on can be very important and these two do help with that. I like to include a lot of fun, political cards like Fortunate Few - I had Cruel Entertainment in there for a long time.

Have you tried out Selvala's Stampede? That card has over-performed for me every time I cast it early on.

Zakky234 on A most daring raid, The legendary Primer

1 week ago

hi Boza! cool deck you have there :D

helm of the host seems like a cool equipment to try out, a bit costly on the mana maybe. Traxos, on the other hand, i really dislike, since he is just a big beater and doesnt bring any good effects. always watching is something i had in, then switched out for Brave the Sands because it was cheaper cmc wise. then i switched that out for Reconnaissance because its busted as all hell, you can activate it after damage, so al your creatures have vigilance and it protects you from combat tricks or stupid attacks.

when looking at your deck, the first thing i notice is your low amount of lands. do you ever run into mana problems? (maybve its because you still use partial paris mulligans, which we dont). should you run more duals with basic land types like Canopy Vista or Sheltered Thicket you could consider Farseek over rampant growth. also if you run those, Skyshroud Claim will be waaaay better than explosive vegetation.

now if you look at my creatures, you'll notice i dont run any dumb beaters without some sort of valuable ability. in your deck Zurgo Helmsmasher, Adriana, Captain of the Guard, Gahiji, Honored One and Dragonlord Atarka come awfully close to that. personaly i would prefer something like Anafenza, the Foremost or Queen Marchesa over them since they bring valuable abilities to the table as well as respectable stats. your creatures being a bit smaller doesnt really matter once you drop saskia and a damage doubler, since they will do tons of damage anyway.

also Urabrask the Hidden is just a straight up upgrade to dragonlord kolaghan. same could be said for Sheoldred, Whispering One and mogis, since i find him really underwhelming. Horn of Greed tends to help my opponents more since this isnt a landfall deck. also if you can afford it, Chromatic Lantern is bonkers.

as for dominaria cards, Urza's Ruinous Blast is a 100% must have. one-sided boardwipes are ridiculous. Marwyn, the Nurturer also seems strong in your deck, since you have quite a few ways of pumping him.

thanks for the comment :D hope i could be of help!

enpc on Does This Have Potential

3 weeks ago

ersatz_olorin: That's understandable. One thing I have learned about MLD is that as a strategy you either fully commit to or don't do at all.

I think Anafenza, the Foremost could work well. You have tutor access to black as well as a suppliment of mana dorks so that you can also use Rest in Peace if you don't care about your lands. Academy Rector will let you dump Fall of the Thran into play just before your turn (albeit not with RIP) and as you mentioned, the Power Conduit helps buff your creatures.

ersatz_olorin on Does This Have Potential

3 weeks ago

Of course it would be pure jank in modern. The cost of each of these cards is way too high individually.

I think Anafenza, the Foremost would be the direction to go, seeing as provides a limited Leyline of the Void effect, as well as making a +1/+1 subtheme possible, although janky, for Power Conduit

Of course Nev's Disk and Darksteel are better, that is a fairly well established combo. I wanted to see if anything could be done with the jank that popped into my head, and I've gotten pretty good results back. It will never be a cEDH combo but it will be funny if it happens (for you at least).

enpc on Does This Have Potential

3 weeks ago

It's not a bad combo, but with the moving pieces involved, something like Darksteel Forge + Nevinyrral's Disk does more for less cards.

At the end of the day a deck that's runnign an MLD strategy will probably want green for all the land recursion it offers, meaning that you're at least running 3 colours. You could using something like Anafenza, the Foremost or Karador, Ghost Chieftain which wouldn't be bad, but generally golgari or selesnya are easier than abzan.

The other thing is, including cards like Power Conduit means you want to make sure that ouutside of that particular combo, they're not just dead draws.

in modern, MLD will generally be played as either gruul or jund, since you want to run stuff like Fulminator Mage over white which has limited land hate options in modern. That or Grixis, where your line is something like Fulminator Mage, Kolaghan's Command, Fulminator Mage, Snapcaster Mage, Kolaghan's Command, Fulminator Mage.

jordybear2002 on Does This Have Potential

3 weeks ago

If you want to you can just make a full on discard deck with Anafenza, the Foremost.

BrutalRamen on Deaths Door

3 weeks ago

KingOfGOblins Anafenza, the Foremost is simply one of the few cards I could locally find that is gravehate that doesn't effect what I'm trying to do. It's also a body that I can get back if I'm against another creature reanimate r deck. Hope that helps!

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