Bloodbraid Elf

Legality

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

Haste

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

rox5tar on NayaBrun

4 days ago

Alright, I just need to get this off my chest. I do not believe that you should be going into Naya colors. In my opinion, you should try to push for Jeskai colors. You get cards like Goblin Electromancer or Stormchaser Chimera, plus, all the wonders Blue has to offer.

However...

I am not here to tell you what colors to play. I am here to recommend to you what cards to play with the colors of your deck. Let's get started, shall we?

Now, you do not have any cards with a CMC higher than 3. Let's work with that. Because you have a lower CMC than most people, you have the ability to be aggressive land-wise. You have the ability to impose total Armageddon among your opponents. You could just keep it as a super-secret-sideboard-tactic, or you could mainboard it. Either way, it works.

Also, since you are playing Naya, lets go through some basic Naya cards. These are standard Naya cards that I believe should be heavily considered when playing these colors:

Naya Charm: Extra versatility, for whatever you want to do.

Jungle Shrine: Three colored land... What more do I need to say? Mana fixing on lock!

Woolly Thoctar: This is the true meaning of value. This will protect you from imminent land threats while you pour burn spells on your opponent.

I have one more suggestion, and that would be Bloodbraid Elf. I have played this card many times, and it has yet to fail me once. This card (Specifically the Cascade mechanic) targets everything that is not a land (Not just creatures as I once thought). This allows you to cast any card in your library for free while getting an aggressive creature out of it as well. Also, you don't need to cast the spell you get, so for example if you pull an Armageddon when you really don't need it, you are safe.

I hope my list helps, and I hope you have many great games with this deck!

Neotrup on Are spells cast as a ...

2 weeks ago

Yes. Casting a spell from a library means that it was in the library and then got moved to the stack to be cast, with no other zone in between. Spellshift causes cards to be revealed in the library until an appropriate one is found and then casts it, so it would trigger Melek, Izzet Paragon. The similiar situation of cascade spells (like Bloodbraid Elf) doesn't trigger Melek because cascade exiles cards until it finds an approrpiate one, then casts that one from exile instead of the library.

lagotripha on Swiftspear Stampede

3 weeks ago

Nice list- you considered Nihil Spellbomb to grow those goyfs? Volcanic Fallout or Jund Charm in place of Kozilek's Return, to dodge the 3 mana Anger of the Gods hitting your own creatures although you did mention minor mana issues? I don't really have much to add, the deck reads like a 'best 1 and 2 drops in modern, so its gonna be interesting to streamline. Sitting so low on the curve leaves me feeling like there might be some dumb options for cards, but my mind is pulling a blank. Devastating Summons is one of the few cards I could see working here as a 1-of to take advantage of the low curve if you're finding your hand regularly empty and lands useless, but the slot would usually be better as a Raging Ravine in that case. Only thing I'd change would be adding my filter lands, but I'd test Violent Outburst as a way to get a free card at instant speed- Bloodbraid Elf was broken as all hell, theres no reason its little brother couldn't find a place when curves are lower.

Daedalus19876 on Riku, the Clone Commander

3 weeks ago

Here are some cards that I might immediately cut:

Academy Elite, Aeon Chronicler, Bloodbraid Elf, Bogardan Hellkite, Breaker of Armies, Dragon Mage, Flameblast Dragon, Hamletback Goliath, Hermit of the Natterknolls  Flip, Horizon Chimera, Hypersonic Dragon, Inkwell Leviathan, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Keranos, God of Storms, Kruphix, God of Horizons, Lorescale Coatl, Magus of the Future, Melek, Izzet Paragon, Memnarch, Mindwrack Liege, Murkfiend Liege, Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind, Nylea, God of the Hunt, Psychosis Crawler, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Quicksilver Gargantuan, Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Scute Mob, Servant of the Conduit, Shipbreaker Kraken, Simic Sky Swallower, Somberwald Stag, Spellbreaker Behemoth, Spellheart Chimera, Surrak Dragonclaw, Talrand, Sky Summoner, Thassa, God of the Sea, Thromok the Insatiable, Tireless Tracker, Verdant Force, Vexing Shusher, Wall of Blossoms, Whisperwood Elemental, Wistful Selkie, Xenagos, God of Revels, Clan Defiance, Crater's Claws, Devastation Tide, Minds Aglow, Mizzix's Mastery, Reforge the Soul, Release the Gremlins, Seismic Stomp, Shamanic Revelation, Sylvan Scrying, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Unexpected Results, Urban Evolution, Volcanic Vision, Wheel of Fate, Arcane Denial, Clip Wings, Counterflux, Counterspell, Cyclonic Rift, Desertion, Disallow, Disdainful Stroke, Evacuation, Heroic Intervention, Insidious Will, Krosan Grip, Naturalize, Negate, Plasm Capture, Sulfurous Blast, Trap Essence, Turn Aside, Unsubstantiate, Visions of Beyond, Void Shatter, Voidslime, and TBH there are simply too many things to cut to list them all because my fingers are getting tired. I'd cut most of your planeswalkers, most of your non-ramp artifacts, and most of your enchantments.

My primary piece of advice here is that 1) You really should choose to prioritize abusing creatures OR spells, not both, because there are simply too few slots, and 2) you want your spells/creatures to do things in multiples. You don't need too much draw here because your mana is tied up doubling splashy spells, but you need a heck of a lot of mana ramp to keep up.

I don't mean to sound curt, sorry :( Hope this was at least a bit helpful! I agree with Lilbrudder that it's simply too many cards to reasonably cut down, and that you should take a little time and find a focus for the deck.

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

1 month 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 ...

1 month 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?

NO FLIPPIN WAY!

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!

1 month ago

I don't think Bloodbraid Elf is legal in modern

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