Tap target untapped creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to its controller.

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Set Rarity
Invasion (INV) Uncommon

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

Backlash occurrence in decks from the last year

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Backlash Discussion

Muglacious_NiceFaceToad on Deflecting Palm Tribal, Starring Kenrith!

2 months ago

I love it! Have you thought of Arcbond, Delirium, Backlash, Traitor's Roar, Souls of the Faultless, or Boros Fury-Shield?

My favorite are the three that skip damage prevention and redirect instead. Thereby allowing your opponents to take lethal commander damage from their own commander. Although that is a rare occurrence unless you pump their creatures first. Reflect Damage, Mirror Strike & Glarecaster.

Some other interesting cards with similar effects Selfless Squire, Agonizing Demise, Shriveling Rot, Eye for an Eye & Harsh Justice.

I love these effects so much that the first deck I built ended up being split into 3. Each emphasizing different mechanics The bigger they are, the better they fall damage and spell doubling with Deflecting Palm, The Game of Houses (Daes Dae'mar) a more political redirection where I work on building up my opponents creatures and trying to take them out with commander damage from their own commanders, and a Stuffy creature based one with Feather at the helm which I just realized I never added to tapped out. Check them out if you'd like!

Older20 on Marchesa: Queen of Pain (100% Altered)

5 months ago

I'm loving the Ant. It puts a lot of pressure on the other players in the same way the "Tempt" spells do. It often has the effect of everyone feels like they need to utilise the counters if anyone else does. If players are slamming down strong creatures then this just makes them stronger and more comfortable with attacking.

Its in my deck's game plan to deal with massive creatures (Backlash, Deflecting Palm, Word of Seizing, as well as the number of fogs I run) but that is less likely to be the case with my opponents' decks. I think even if the creature wasn't goaded it still would discourage attacks as who wants to trade their beefy monster for a Vampire of the Dire Moon or Gifted Aetherborn?

Leonantti on Queen of Disaster

6 months ago

kalfred16 No probs, happy to help out other players who enjoy the same commanders! It is always interesting to compare deck lists and see what ideas others have come up with! I am myself gonna test out how well Backlash and Delirium work ^^

Seabody on Long May She Reign - Marchesa Aikido

6 months ago

Backlash requires the creature to be untapped to target. Also worth noting that if the creature becomes tapped before Backlash resolves then the spell fizzles.

Good shout on Delirium - it can be played on any opponent's turn - it doesn't have to be the turn of the creature's controller.

griffstick on Long May She Reign - Marchesa Aikido

6 months ago

Backlash needs the creature to be tapped to target it. Otherwise the spell can't be used. Delirium only restriction is you can't play it on your own turn. So yea slightly better.

griffstick on Long May She Reign - Marchesa Aikido

6 months ago

Isn't Delirium better Backlash well it is a corner case anyway

JRaynor on [Primer] Political Subterfuge - Marchesa Aikido

8 months ago

I lost to Backlash in a Queen Marchesa deck once when I excitedly activated the monstrous ability on Colossus of Akros. Great underrated card.

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