Baleful Strix

Legality

Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Set Rarity
Planechase Anthology Uncommon
Commander (2016 Edition) Uncommon
Eternal Masters Rare
Vintage Masters Uncommon
Commander 2013 Uncommon
Planechase 2012 Edition Uncommon

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Baleful Strix

Artifact Creature — Bird

Flying, deathtouch

When Baleful Strix enters the battlefield, draw a card.

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Baleful Strix Discussion

metalevolence on Curse of the Swamp Witch

1 week ago

This is really cool!

I feel like Sudden Spoiling is usually overrated but I think it would be on point here. Other polymorph-removal spells seem flavorful too and are really good in EDH anyway, like Pongify/Rapid Hybridization

Is Corpse Augur too far from being a witch? He seems flavorful and potentially really good with the cauldrons, deathmantle etc. I'd look for other creatures that give good value on ETB and/or death that you think are on theme.

Any interest in treefolk like Woodfall Primus?

Or should it be kept strictly witches and slimy creatures?

There are potentially other creature options like birds/owls/crows: Murder of Crows, Baleful Strix, Fable of Wolf and Owl

Overall I just love this theme and the deck seems solid enough too.

thorsgaming82 on Damia

1 week ago

The deck is designed to ramp up quick and keep the opponent's board state in check until it can combo off. Damia, Sage of Stone is mostly a distraction, but isn't reliable as a wincon, when she draws the cards it is great but most likely she will die quickly.

Blue Sun's Zenith, Palinchron, Rune-Scarred Demon, and Deadeye Navigator are the go to wincons, Intuition as well can most often set you up for a win within one turn of playing it.

Tooth and Nail however is practically a one card combo in the deck. Most of the time you should be able to cast in entwined and win that same turn if you have the correct cards in hand which could be a good number of what is in the deck.

Peregrine Drake and Phantasmal Image can help the deck go off if needed as well as Ghostly Flicker.

Mindcrank and Duskmantle Guildmage are the off win combo in the deck, they help in certain hate situations.

Hinder, Spell Crumple, and Vendilion Clique work with Tunnel Vision as another win combo and Hinder, Spell Crumple and Vendilion work fine by themselves. Tunnel Vision can also in rare cases be used on yourself to win the game. I have won with a self-targeted tunnel vision each time I had to target myself.

Baleful Strix is mostly used to protect against heavy beaters while I am waiting to go off. The card draw is a huge plus as well.

Necropotence can also set you up for a win midgame, but should be played cautiously.

houruponthestage on Esper Fact or Fiction Control

1 week ago

Possible sideboard based on metagame

Green splash (miracles heavy meta) -1 Gideon -1 explosives +2 Abrupt Decay

Storm Heavy meta -1 Gideon -1 explosives -1 persecution +1 Surgical Extraction +2 Flusterstorm

Graveyard heavy meta (including dredge) -1 Gideon -1 explosives -1 persecution -1 duress -1 verdict +1 Rest in Peace +2 Surgical extraction +2 Ravenous trap

Eldrazi Heavy Meta -1 Invasive -1 Mage -1 Duress -1 Engineered explosives +1 Supreme Verdict +2 Dismember +2 Baleful Strix

TheRedGoat on [Community Discussion]: What makes a ...

1 week ago

Okay, so actually Baleful Strix is a perfect example card for what I'm talking about with "ideal cards" for certain roles. The role in question being a "chump blocker".

If you think about making up a card that is the perfect blocker then certain keywords and abilities come to mind, but you'll run into gaps in the design depending on the rest of your deck. For instance, not every card built to be a blocker replaces itself as much as be resilient and not need to be replaced. Not every blocker will survive combat, however, one might argue that not every blocker needs to survive combat just stop damage.

Baleful Strix fills the former role. If a player finds the need for creature card that is specifically meant to stop or discourage attacks, but still be a potential aggressor, then the bird is the word so to speak. The strix has some of the best combination of abilities for such a blocker. Having a low cost ensures this can indeed be a deterrent to early attacks but can confidently attack itself early on too. Having flying over reach may leave you open to the odd "hate flying" specific cards, but for a card meant to also attack flying is better. Lastly, the addition of drawing a card from entering the battlefield also fulfills the basic need of any deck to want a "cantrip" type card. Whatever the strix does,or has done to it, it cannot be entirely wasted because it gave you another card to replace itself.

Now maybe you're actually wanting the latter ideal for a blocker. You may be looking for a card that is not an artifact and therefore vulnerable to anti-artifact spells. This unknown perfect blocker may instead need to survive anything it blocks rather than ensure the death of the attacker, which most of the time this is a player preference, but perhaps a pillow-fort build specifically may want to avoid trample damage and needs a creature with massive toughness. This same type of creature should be able to block any type of assault, including spells thrown at it. And of course it should draw a card, but a consensus has to be made somewhere right? Which given the casting cost of Wall of Denial, I think not drawing you an extra card right when it is cast or enters if fairly alright, as it should be able to prolong the game enough that you don't need a card right then and there.

EnderJace80 on [Community Discussion]: What makes a ...

1 week ago

In my opinion its how much value you get from each card for instance Baleful Strix is very good because it replaces itself in your hand can hit from the air and trade with a big creature also it has a lot of keywords witch is very very good but it also depends on the deck if you are a boros aggro deck you are not running Negate or Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip but you are running cards like Boros Charm and Lightning Bolt becuse they fit in your colors and work with your deck

Arakismo on Where is your hand now? (U/B Discard)

2 weeks ago

mypethuman1 Thank you for your answer, I'm glad you like it! I really don't know why I removed Liliana's Caress I added it back and removed 2 Shrieking Affliction (I think it's better anyway, it will deal more damage faster).

Halt92 on Losing Your Mind

1 month ago

I would maybe swap Evolving Wilds for Academy Ruins, Terramorphic Expanse for Bojuka Bog (I'm a little biased against land tutors like them) and Ghirapur Orrery for Spiteful Visions.

Geth's Grimoire and Mindcrank are very much cards you would want to have in this kind of deck if you can find the space.

If you are looking for some cards to cull I would toss out some of the cards that don't exactly benefit the win conditions as much such as Baleful Strix and Prognostic Sphinx.

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