Artifact Creature — Bird
When Baleful Strix enters the battlefield, draw a card.
|Have (2)||, metalmagic|
|Want (2)||Sir_Boomer , keeninja|
Printings View all
|Double Masters (2XM)||Rare|
|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Uncommon|
|Secret Lair (SLD)||Rare|
|Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01)||Uncommon|
|Planechase Anthology (PCA)||Uncommon|
|Commander 2016 (C16)||Uncommon|
|Eternal Masters (EMA)||Rare|
|Vintage Masters (VMA)||Uncommon|
|Commander 2013 (C13)||Uncommon|
|Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Baleful Strix occurrence in decks from the last year
Baleful Strix Discussion
6 days ago
Don't know if its already been said but if you are running snow swamps then Gangrenous Zombies could be solid here. Same with Ashes to Ashes with the gray merchant lifegain unless everyone is running Baleful Strix
1 week ago
Big changes by the standards of this old deck! Incorporating some fun new cards and moving in a more enchantmentcheavy direction now that Golos el Goloso scratches my ETB creature itch so effectively.
I'm splitting the cut cards between Hazezon Muad'Dib: DUNE-Inspired EDH and my aforementioned Golos deck. Of the new additions, Alela seems the most questionable, but I had one laying around and I like that the deck now has THREE alternate commanders hiding in the 99.
3 weeks ago
I think you could replace spell pierce with a solid counterspell. Like Counterspell. Same thing with Negate. Its too narrow for commander I think given it's mana cost. I agree about cutting Blood Tribute but not because you don't have many vampires. It doesnt seem strong enough to change a game and it really doesnt do much for you. It's much weaker than your other sorceries and you have other, better cards that do what it does. I also think Serra Avatar is overrated. It doesnt have evasion and doesnt do anything other than keep coming back. I would just cut it. Even when it's a crazy high power, it's too vanilla without other cards. If you like that it keeps coming back, at least swap it for something like Purity or similar which does something for you besides being a body.
3 weeks ago
I'd cut Alela, as I'm pretty sure she has exactly nothing to do with your strategy, as well as the aforementioned Indulging Patrician. Baleful Strix as without bounce effects it just cantrips for little additional value, Pristine Talisman--three mana rocks aren't worth the tiny bit of life it'll give you. And maybe Blood Tribute as you don't have a staggeringly high amount of vampires. That last one is up for debate, though.
1 month ago
Hey, interesting start on a budget version of Kess.
Some cards to consider adding:
- Baleful Strix
- Gonti, Lord of Luxury
- Arcane Signet: at TCGPlayer can get it for less than $3.
- Izzet Signet
- Dimir Signet: can get it for less than $1.
- Rakdos Signet
- Crumbling Necropolis: Grixis Tri land.
- Shivan Reef: can get it for less than $1.
- Smoldering Marsh
- Grixis Panorama
- Opal Palace
- Dimir Aqueduct
- Izzet Boilerworks
- Rakdos Carnarium
Cards to consider cutting for these:
- Temple of the False God: it will not tap for mana until your fifth turn which is really bad.
- Vivid Marsh: when it runs out of two counters it can only tap for black.
- Dimir Guildgate
- Swiftwater Cliffs
- 4x Mountain
- Guard Gomazoa or Fog Bank
- Sage's Row Denizen
- Izzet Chronarch
- Mnemonic Wall
- Salvager of Secrets
- Possessed Skaab
Baleful Strix is a two drop who draws a card when it ETB, that way you can blink it with Deadeye to draw many cards. When you assemble Deadeye + Drake for infinite mana then being able to infinite blink a creature who draws can draw your win condition or draw and cast all cards in your deck. It's possible you could have a win condition already on the battlefield or in hand or graveyard with Kess, but if not then infinite blinking Strix lets you draw it.
Gonti, Lord of Luxury can be a win condition with Deadeye + Drake. It's not opponent mill, it's better, it's opponent exile their libraries and with infinite mana you get to cast all your opponent's cards. Arcane Signet , Izzet Signet, Dimir Signet, Rakdos Signet are some two drop mana rocks so you're not only relying on lands to have enough mana to cast cards.
I don't think you need to play so many creatures who recur an instant or sorcery because isn't that what Kess is for? That's the advantage of Kess, you get to cast an instant or sorcery from your graveyard on your turns, but once you resolve that spell is exiled. An exiled spell is no longer in your graveyard to recur to your hand. Archaeomancer is the only creature you want for this effect because you also have blink spells as well as Deadeye and creature recursion/reanimation spells for Archaeomancer.
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
xtechnetia, I totally agree. Baleful Strix has got to have my favorite mtg art ever. I was going to try to list my favorite card arts in this forum's body, but there are too many options! Commander's Authority and Makeshift Battalion come readily to mind. Also foil Explore.
1 month ago
I have many, but here's a small sample.
1 month ago
Sublime Epiphany is too expensive to me, 6 mana is alot to hold up for just a single spell, albeit with multiple effects. Whereas my 3 six-mana+ spells are more highly impactful