Bloodbraid Elf


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

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Set Rarity
Planechase Anthology Uncommon
Commander (2016 Edition) Uncommon
Eternal Masters Uncommon
Planechase 2012 Edition Uncommon
Alara Reborn Uncommon
Promo Set Uncommon

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Bloodbraid Elf

Creature — Elf Berserker


Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom in a random order.)

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Bloodbraid Elf Discussion

Boza on Jace, the mind sculptor. Is ...

3 days ago

Jace is the most dangerous unban ever - If he is unbanned, he will shoot up to say 500 bucks (just looking at Ancestral Vision and extrapolating). If he is ever deemed to powerful after that and re-banned, how would you feel if bought 4 now nearly useless jaces for 2000? Betrayed.

Golgari Grave Troll was not that sour, since it is a 10 dollar card at max. But Jace can easily be 50 times more sour.

Bloodbraid Elf is fine - it does nothing in the current meta.

lithium142 on Jace, the mind sculptor. Is ...

3 days ago

Most would agree that Jace, the Mind Sculptor is the best planeswalker ever printed (although some might argue for Liliana of the Veil). It's been on the modern banlist as long as modern has been a sanctioned format, and at one time he would have snapped the format in half.

Modern is a very fast format today, but once upon a time, it was much more slow paced. for those not in the game at the time, I'd like you to take a look at the first 2 major modern events, and the decks that were played:

Magic-League Master 28/08/2011

Pro Tour Philadelphia 2011

well, good to see Splinter Twin was alive and well even in the beginning. but how about some of those other decks. could you even imagine a top8 modern deck running Journey to Nowhere in todays format? or how about 2nd and 3rd place being pyromancer's ascencion?


in following years, control had a decent amount of power. control was a solid deck against Birthing Pod. after they banned pod, what happened? Splinter Twin and affinity swarmed to the forefront of modern. both extremely fast, extremely consistent decks. This was by far the strongest longterm metashift i've ever seen in a format. After the more recent twin ban, it only made things faster. We no longer have a blue control deck to slow the format down.

Unbanning Ancestral Vision was intended to bring back blue control, but i think we can agree that has not happened.

So lets talk about our 4-mana walker now. he's one of the most individually powerful cards ever printed; that is to say, he's good on his own. However, modern is a hyperspeed environment now, and his high mana-cost means he takes a long time to get out there. Decks like dredge, burn, and infect would probably be delighted that you wanted to tap out and play jace on turn 4.

What Jace would do is provide a much more secure lategame for blue control, assuming they can get there.

In Seth Manfield's article on a similar topic, he mentioned something i had not considered as a way to make this unban even more balanced. That would be to simultaneously unban Bloodbraid Elf. This is a card that was banned in an attempt to slow down the format, and it worked. however, the pace is much faster than it was at the time of this card's banning, anyway. that said, Bloodbraid Elf just makes Jace, the Mind Sculptor worse. It would hurt to play jace turn 4 only to have it immediately killed by a Bloodbraid Elf.

This is tricky, though, because unlike jace, Bloodbraid Elf would fit straight into an already tier 1 modern deck; namely, jund. I think this would be offset by jace's unbanning, though, since blue control is inherently good against grindy decks like jund. Long story short, I think they would balance each other out in the format.

I think Jace would be exactly the boost blue needs to come back into modern. This would be far better for the format than unbanning twin, and I genuinely believe it would shake up modern in a fantastic way.

Thanks for reading! I hope to hear some other people's thoughts on this topic. =)

If you'd like to read Seth Manfield's article on potential unbans for modern, here it is:

Five Modern Cards to Unban in 2017.

HenryPerson on Say hello to my little friends!

6 days ago

I don't think Bloodbraid Elf is legal in modern

multimedia on LVL_666

6 days ago

LVL_666, quite the conundrum you have here, haha. I can help much more on the design then on the cards to put in the deck. I don't have experience with Yidris, cascade (other than Bloodbraid Elf) or storm. Your design is very strong which makes me want to suggest to complete the design first :), but if you want people to see the design of your page then the deck needs to also be good as well as unique. I would first work on completing the deck and then finish the design of the page. Good luck with your research.

What kind of budget are going for? Right now the total cost is only $75. One suggestion for the deck is Lord of Extinction as it could get very big since it looks at all graveyards for the number of cards in them. Tarmogoyf also. The experience of mill is not very player friendly for multiplayer Commander matches. If you're milling yourself it's completely different, maybe that would be a better direction to go with mill using cards that can get you back other cards from your graveyard like Eternal Witness. Planeswalkers are very good hits off cascade because they're such value cards. Using Planeswalkers with storm however I don't know if that's a good fit.

I played around briefly with your page design incorporating more red as well as breaking up the use of black. I did this by using a red flaming skull image as the background of the decklist area it kind of mimics the movement of the Yidris artwork. I also made the right side area where the graphs, deck stats and revisions are a dark grey color. The red skull wallpaper is a skull with scary teeth, but it's front facing instead of from side like the black and white skull image. The juxtaposition of the two skulls brings an interesting dynamic to the design.

I found the black and white skull image your using doing a google image search with "alien skull wallpaper". I too couldn't find any other images of the skull or the creature's body. It's unfortunate, but fine, really. If you really want to commission more drawings of the creature from the original artist go ahead, but I think you can make other images for your design work. Here's the CSS I added with comments of what each rule is doing.

Here's the red skull wallpaper.

/*reduce the transparency of the background to zero of the top jumbotron*/
well-jumbotron { background:rgba(30, 30, 30, 0); }

/*make right side area where graphs, deck stats and revisions a dark grey color*/
.col-md-4 .col-lg-3 { background-color:rgba(119,119,119,0.17); }

/*make red skull wallpaper the background of the decklist area*/
.col-sm-9 .well:first-child {

/*hide the white horizontal line after the decklist*/
.col-sm-9 .well:first-child hr { display:none; }

Colgate on Jund sideboard help

1 week ago

Verdant Catacombs is your best fetch, play 4 of those, less jank. Play 3. Hymn to Tourach over 4. Bloodbraid Elf. It gives better early game and Hymn to Tourach is essential to beat burn and one of the best cards in mirror. For the sideboard, Red Elemental Blast over Pyroblast, because Red Elemental Blast can't be misdirected as easily. Also 3. Surgical Extraction over Maelstrom Pulse. This improves your match-up against dredge, lands and combo decks.

RicketyEng on YIDRIS: The Oncoming Storm V2 (Primer)

2 weeks ago

Looking good! I'll give you your first upvote!

I thought I didn't really have any card suggestions for you, but then I noticed that you only have one of the cards which naturally has cascade. Maybe you have good reasons, but getting extra cascades is worth suggesting them: Bloodbraid Elf, Etherium-Horn Sorcerer, Bituminous Blast, and the mighty Maelstrom Wanderer.

I am curious about your thoughts on something. I also have a Yidris deck and I find that casting the lower cost cards first and gradually working my way up the curve works well toward getting the most out of cascade. I'm sure you've experienced how casting a large spell and cascading into something tiny can feel almost like a whiff sometimes. It makes sense that if you've already cast all the tiny spells then only spells closer to the cmc you're casting remain. Perhaps some discussion on these sorts more subtle strategies (if you use any) would be good to include in the primer description.

Pleeber on Prosshie Poo #koboldlivesdontmatter (tier 1)

2 weeks ago

Hipparchos I don't generally plan for when I cast him, it all depends on my hand, board, and my opponent's board(s). Bloodbraid Elf just cascades into removal, or other early game fun stuff. I have her there for pure vale, then she's sac fodder or a little beater. Stalking Vengeance is there to ensure that if I swing with prossh or another beater, I'm getting damage in even if they are destroyed. If i get prossh to the average 11/5, have that guy out, swing, and he's blocked and killed, I still get 11 damage through, just not commander damage. I'd be happy to explain other cards as well, everything has a purpose.

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