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Basandra, Battle Seraph
Legendary Creature — Angel
Players can't cast spells during combat.
R: Target creature attacks this turn if able.
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Basandra, Battle Seraph Discussion
2 days ago
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.
1 week 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.
1 week 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!
2 months ago
Basandra, Battle Seraph - Harvester of Souls - Rise of the Dark Realms - Decree of Pain - Reanimate - Debtors' Knell - Ob Nixilis Reignited - Crackling Doom - Gisela, Blade of Goldnight - Gisela, the Broken Blade - Bruna, the Fading Light - Brisela, Voice of Nightmares - Terminate - Avacyn, Angel of Hope - Archangel Avacyn Flip - Sepulchral Primordial - Rune-Scarred Demon - Molten Primordial - Void Winnower
2 months ago
2 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).
3 months ago
Now that WotC's Commander products are an annual product (I still refer to the format itself as Elder Dragon Highlander/EDH, because I was introduced to it by that name), I wish to make a list of all the legendary creatures, or commanders, who have appeared in those sets, by plane of origin.
I shall be including both new legendary creatures introduced in those sets, as well as previous cards that were reprinted in those sets (which includes Commander's Arsenal), but I will not include legendary creatures that have not been printed in a Commander set, even if other creatures from their plane have been in those sets. I shall first list the planes known to be home to at least one commander, alphabetically by name, and then list each commander from that plane, alphabetically by name. If a commander is from a specific region or belongs to a specific faction on that plane, I shall list that region or faction in parenthesis after their name.
Breya, Etherium Shaper (Esper)
Derevi, Empyrial Tactician (Bant)
Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer (Bant)
Jazal Goldmane (Naya)
Mayael the Anima (Naya)
Meren of Clan Nel Toth (Jund)
Roon of the Hidden Realm (Bant)
Sharuum the Hegemon (Esper)
Silas Renn, Seeker Adept (Esper)
Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder (Grixis or Jund)
Akroma, Angel of Fury (alternate timeline)
Feldon of the Third Path (Terisiare)
Intet, the Dreamer (alternate timeline)
Numot, the Devastator (alternate timeline)
Oros, the Avenger (alternate timeline)
Prossh, Skyraider of Kher (Terisiare)
Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa (Jamuraa)
Teneb, the Harvester (alternate timeline)
Chorus of the Conclave (Selesnya)
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord (Golgari)
Karlov of the Ghost Council (Orzhov)
Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest (Golgari)
Melek, Izzet Paragon (Izzet)
Mizzix of the Izmagnus (Izzet)
Prime Speaker Zegana (Simic)
Szadek, Lord of Secrets (Dimir)
Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts (Orzhov)
Vorel of the Hull Clade (Simic)
Alesha, Who Smiles at Death (Mardu)
Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper (Sultai)
Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker (Ojutai)
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan (Abzan)
Vial Smasher the Fierce (Kolaghan)
What does everyone else think of this list? It took a great amount of time to write this list, so I hope that you appreciate it. I would not at all be surprised to learn that I mistakenly listed a commander's home plane as unknown, when it is actually known, so please let me know if I made any mistakes, and I also shall add new legendary creatures to this list whenever WotC releases a new Commander set.
3 months ago
I think Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is like $4 or $5, good price : play value ratio working within a budget.
Swords to Plowshares is $1 or so I believe for the older (white border) prints.
Grave Upheaval is like $0.50 and reasonably useful.
Archfiend of Depravity is a control FREAK and under $1.
Can't beat Crackling Doom at probably $0.50.
Hope something here was useful. +1.