Basandra, Battle Seraph

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

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Set Rarity
Vintage Masters Rare
Conspiracy Rare
MTG: Commander Rare

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Basandra, Battle Seraph

Legendary Creature — Angel

Flying

Players can't cast spells during combat.

R: Target creature attacks this turn if able.

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Basandra, Battle Seraph Discussion

Caeruleus on Not-so Divine Wind

2 weeks ago

I understand that you wanted to maintain the "Kamigawa" feel, but I think that Hold the Line and Ethereal Haze are probably not particularly strong in here; same with Terashi's Grasp. Perhaps those cards can be substituted for some removal spells: Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile and for enchantment and artifact removal, cards like Return to Dust, Aura of Silence, or Abolish so on come to mind. Potentially, you can run Door of Destinies to add to the tribal scaling effects. You should probably run Thalia's Lancers as a tutor for some of your fun legendary dudes, perhaps Recruiter of the Guard as a tutor as well. Also not sure why, Alesha is necessarily better in here Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder or Tajic, Blade of the Legion or Basandra, Battle Seraph. Though Alesha's reanimation might be helpful to keep pressure up.

LeaPlath on Heavenly Hell

1 month ago

OK. Well.

First up, you need acceleration more than lands. Cut down to 36 lands. Add Sol Ring, Boros Signet, Boros Cluestone, Land Tax, Mana Vault, Basalt Monolith, Chromatic Lantern, Mind Stone, Thought Vessel, Hedron Archive, Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus until you have about 41 cards that produce mana. I suggest Sol, Signet, Monolith, Chromatic, Hedron personally.

Next up, strip back everything. I go for the 10 removal, 5 draw, 35 creature, the rest value school of basic deck design. Try to pick the angels you really want and cut the chaff ones.

Also you could have a more thematic commander. Anya, Merciless Angel is a good stuff Angel for the red zone. Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is another good red zone commander but attracts more hate. Basandra, Battle Seraph is a more political commander, forcing attacks etc and turning off combat tricks and removal. Aurelia, the Warleader is just a generically good commander who helps attacks. Razia, Boros Archangel is pretty bad but is thematic.

Neotrup on Is it possible to flip ...

1 month ago

To add to that, if you had a Temur War Shaman on the battlefield you could use the split second trick to make a Deathmist Raptor fight a creature without being able to respond with a spell, the real problem is just doing it with combat damage. Additionally, if you just keep your opponent from being able to cast spells at instant speed, such as with Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir or Basandra, Battle Seraph you could even use combat damage.

Niyla on Sunhome, the Flaming Fist

1 month ago

Hey, cool deck! I was looking through some Basandra, Battle Seraph decks for ideas for my own when I came across this one.

Two things jumped out at me as I read through- first was that I don't think Angel of the Dire Hour works with Basandra, because Basandra keeps you from casting spells during combat. Second was the inclusion of Nahiri's Machinations and Rise of the Hobgoblins; I haven't seen those anywhere else, and they're really cool!

Best of luck with the deck!

dlamars on 5-color Doom Rattle

3 months ago

Goblin Spymaster, War's Toll, Gideon Jura and Basandra, Battle Seraph are pretty good ways to get them to attack.

Lhurgyof on Karona Archangels

3 months ago

+1, never seen a 5 color angel deck before.

I'd look at Cavern of Souls for making sure your important angels hit the board. As far as the land base goes, it's really good. Exotic Orchard and Mystic Confluence could probably find homes in here, though. Maybe even a Forbidden Orchard, since your creatures are predominantly flying.

I try to include Mirari's Wake in any deck that can run it, as the mana it provides is crazy good. Tempt with Discovery is another card I try to include in decks that run a lot of non-basic lands. It usually grabs me 4 lands in a game. But if you're in a more highly competitive meta, then Skyshroud Claim could work well. You might even want to add both, your creatures have very high CMC.

Atraxa, Praetors' Voice from Commander 2016 is great. Even if you can't make much use of the proliferate, the stats and body are highly efficient for her mana cost.

Your average CMC is pretty high already, but I think Maelstrom Wanderer would be a good include. He buffs all of your angels and free casts two spells (Which are likely to be two other creatures).

As for cuts, I would look at cutting some of the sub-par angels such as Herald of the Host, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls, Serra Avenger, Guardian of the Gateless, and maybe even Basandra, Battle Seraph.

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