Anafenza, the Foremost

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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Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Mythic Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal

Anafenza, the Foremost Discussion

Optimator on The Village

1 week ago

Great list! Have you considered running Anafenza, the Foremost? Excellent graveyard hoser, does stuff with counters, and is a good rate on-body. Likely an upgrade over some of the other less-impactful creatures (not that any of your creatures are stinkers!)

SynergyBuild on Need Help Developing an "Ertai, …

2 months ago

Look, sacrificing an enchantment or artifact is only a cost if you make it, find a use for that value.

Look at Demonic Pact, get some insane value, and whenever you need to crack it get a free counterspell too. Hatching Plans is a little shy of Ancestral Recall+Counterspell, which is busted.

Chime of Night. In my version I love it, it's busted good.

Trying to make tokens to sacrifice to to minimize the cost isn't a bad idea, however I believe the better approach is to see it as a sacrifice outlet for a card type rarely sacrificed. Just look for the value in it as an effect and you can find amazing engines to abuse! The Omen cycle (Omen of the Dead, Omen of the Sea, Omen of the Sun) from Theros, Beyond Death all give value and a free sacrifice as well as draw, tokens to sacrifice, or recusion for sacrificed fodder. While expensive to buy, Replenish is insane in this style of deck. Creatures with good death abilities can work similarly, however there is much better anti-graveyard-creature hate in existence, like Anafenza, the Foremost or Containment Priest, while enchantments are much safer in the yard. As previously mentioned, Hall of Heliod's Generosity is great for this strategy, however I'd be remiss not to mention Volrath's Stronghold, despitr it's insane pricetag.

Just build a deck utilizing all parts of Ertai, rather than just making him a counter spell on a stick!

Reznorboy on World In Chaos Decks

2 months ago

Hi. The name of the post may be misleading. I just wanted to say that I was starting a project where I was going to build 8 different EDH decks. Each deck is going to be one of the different color combinations that include both White and Black. (Hence the title).

(I'm making these decks in real life). I just thought it would be cool to share my journey, as I've never really ever focused on having more than one deck at any given time.

Anyway, I will be updating this post here as I finish. (The rules say no deck lists here, but I'm sure you can find them on my profile. I'll put a note next to the ones that I have finished below). I really want to make these decks at least somewhat competitive with my limited knowledge, so any help is appreciated.

The current plan for the commanders is this:

BW- Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts

UBW - Ertai, the Corrupted

GBW - Anafenza, the Foremost Finished RBW - Kaalia, Zenith Seeker

URBW - Tymna the Weaver and Kraum, Ludevic's Opus

RGBW - Tana, the Bloodsower and Ravos, Soultender

UGBW - Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa and Silas Renn, Seeker Adept

WUBRG - Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

(Subject to Change)

Player3.14 on Sword of Body and Mind …

2 months ago

So, now that this thread is off the main page, I guess the consensus is:

On the "mill 10" clause:

  • The "mill 10" clause can be a bit of a drawback because graveyard recursion is prevalent, though this drawback can be somewhat mitigated by attacking the player with the fewest graveyard recursion effects or at least a player who's commander is not graveyard-based.
  • It is prudent to run graveyard hate along with Sword of Body and Mind, perhaps in higher quantities than usual.

On Sword of Body and Mind in general:

  • In general, it is the weakest of the Mirran Swords printed to date.
  • It may be worth running if it's the next best equipment in a voltron deck that needs more equipment, but likely not for it's strength alone.
  • It is best for specific strategies or certain commanders that can take advantage of its ability (like Lazav, Dimir Mastermind or Wrexial, the Risen Deep) or at least consistently mitigate the drawback, like Anafenza, the Foremost.

SteelSentry on Sword of Body and Mind …

2 months ago

The only time I have seen this sword work is in Anafenza, the Foremost token decks, since her static can nullify the issue with milling 10, because for the most part that is an upside to whoever you are targeting due to how accessible graveyard interaction is in every color now.

Noire_Samhain on I want an enchantress commander …

3 months ago

Could go the control-ish/Stax-ish enchantment approach of using Anafenza, the Foremost. Not sure if that's your cup of tea, but there's a lot of potentially mean enchantments in Abzan colors.

dbpunk on What was your favorite play …

3 months ago

I have two

My friend and I were playing one on one, and he had a Kiku, Night's Flower and I had my Anafenza, the Foremost deck. He had just used ad nauseum to get most of his deck into his hand, then discarded his grave into his graveyard before casting Rise of the Dark Realms and getting about 70 power on the board. And the most I have is some spirit creature tokens and High Sentinels of Arashin at about 10 power.

I look at the board and see the only creature with flying is Rune-Scarred Demon. So I cast Path to Exile on it and swing in to win.

The other favorite is that the entire game I was managing to decently deal damage to my friend with my Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire deck and my friend has their Lord Windgrace, but am hellbent at that point with a Greater Good. So Im about to swing in for lethal next turn with an army of goblins and other creatures and Vaevictus on the board. He casts a Damnation and thinking I can get cards back to rebuild, Im about to sacrifice Vaevictus and all my other big creatures, and he casts a Krosan Grip. I now have no cards and no field, and he wins by Scapeshift with Lotus Cobra and Amulet of Vigor on board and burns me out.

SynergyBuild on enpc

3 months ago

Sadly, you need to get to 6 power for Sisay, since Sisay, Weatherlight Captain says 'costs less than' rather than 'equal to or less than.'

No worries, the use of Jegantha as a companion is it lets you get Sisay to 4 power on it's own, which allows the whole combo to occur with no extra pieces. Yes 11 mana is a ton, but 3-3-5 isn't too bad, when it's a 5 color, 0 card combo, you can work with anything in deck. Radha while not bad for the deck, will often be worse than other ramp pieces like Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, or just normal ramp.

The actual legends in more competitive Sisay lists (according to lists I've seen) are Lavinia, Azorius Renegade, Anafenza, the Foremost, Gaddock Teeg, Tymna the Weaver, Thrasios, Triton Hero, Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, Teferi, Time Raveler, Oko, Thief of Crowns, Kethis, the Hidden Hand, Dack Fayden, Aminatou, the Fateshifter, The Chain Veil, Umezawa's Jitte, Derevi, Empyrial Tactician/Najeela, the Blade-Blossom (and Samut, Voice of Dissent optionally for this combo).

Optionally (on EDHREC) Helm of the Host, Hammer of Nazahn, Reki, the History of Kamigawa, Alesha, Who Smiles at Death, Domri, Anarch of Bolas, Teferi, Hero of Dominaria, Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Kambal, Consul of Allocation, Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain, Saffi Eriksdotter, Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard, Captain Sisay, Brago, King Eternal, Kunoros, Hound of Athreos, Ashiok, Dream Render/Narset, Parter of Veils/Teferi, Master of Time/Linvala, Keeper of Silence (non-Jegantha variations)

Sadly, while Radha seems okay? Tutoring it is really bad, since you could fetch value pieces like Wrenn and Six, or better ramp like Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, and I doubt you need an extra green if you can cast Sisay and activate her, and she also already needs to have a 1 color legend out. If you are looking to use Radha for pumping Sisay, run more of the optional legends. Idk, I could be wrong but I don't see it being popular, I hope you have the best of luck with it, it seems pretty fun for the deck on terms of a flavor include!

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