Bolt Bend

Bolt Bend

Instant

This spell casts less to cast if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

Change the target of target spell or ability with a single target.

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War of the Spark (WAR) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Bolt Bend Discussion

Gleeock on Philosophy Represented

3 days ago

This was kindof fun. I feel like it says more about personalities than bulky argument-fodder could.

Funkydiscogod on I am tired of losing ...

1 week ago

Hallow is basically a "gain 6 life" when targeting a Lightning Bolt.

Worship is difficult for mono-red players to deal with, but isn't a problem for variants of burn that use Bump in the Night or other life loss effects.

I imagine if you can Bolt Bend a burn spell to target their own creature, the loss of the burn spell and the creature makes it a 2-for-1 that burn would have a hard time coming back from.

pcguy89 on Chainer: Keeper of Graves

3 weeks ago

Suggestions for removal / maybeboard:

Suggestions for additions:

Worldgorger Dragon + Animate Dead / Dance of the Dead forms an infinite loop that you can cancel at any time. The loop blinks all of your lands into exile temporarily, allowing you to tap them before they blink out. This can be used to create infinite mana. Worldgorger Dragon isn't a good card on it's own, but it combos well with Buried Alive and your Gravebreaker Lamia. Animate Dead and Dance of the Dead are great any time because they can target creatures in anyone's GY.

Profet93 on The Boros Legion has arrested my wallet

3 weeks ago

TheDarkPlague

Completely agree with the above comments. I would also add a Hedron Archive as it serves as both ramp and draw, which boros desperately needs.

Bolt Bend - Counters counterspells, redirects removal, some card draw and some extra turns. Crazy good utility for .

Mind's Eye since you need card draw for boros

If you have the $, Wheel of Fortune is nice. If not, Commune with Lava, Reforge the Soul are pretty good.

If you're playing boros, you should run Sunforger. If you add a Mistveil Plains, then you can use and abuse lapse of certainty, very funny interaction I've had happen to me multiple times.

Ancient Tomb to get your commander out more quickly.

Profet93 on Who Needs A Hand?

4 weeks ago

Endless Atlas and Tome of Legends are good card draw

Bolt Bend - Counter counterspells, redirect removal, some draw, some extra turn spells. All for 1 red, add it

Your land count is way too high, go down to 38 and add an Expedition Map

Arch of Orazca?

Ancient Tomb

Sensei's Divining Top

I'll take another look when you reply, currently midnight at the moment.

Profet93 on Beat Down//Grind Out

4 weeks ago

Dolphin_Jesus - Love the name

I play Xenagos but not with an MLD package. You have a low land count and a relatively high AVG cmc. If you're going to be wiping landbases and opponents wiping your creatures, you will not be left in an advantageous position. Why not add more artifact ramp such as Mana Crypt, Sol Ring, Talisman of Impulse, and The Great Henge? These will ramp you and will help you break parity.

Alternatively, you can run Collector Ouphe instead to shut down opposing artifacts as blue mages (as well as white, red and black players) will almost always be using artifacts to ramp and the small anti-synergy is worth it IMO should you choose to go that route. City of Solitude might be worth considering over or in addition to Price of Glory.

If you're still worried about blue, Veil of Summer acts as a cheap cantrip and anti-blue/black card. You're already running Pyroblast so specific color hate doesn't seem to be an issue for you.

You are trying to make deals but in my meta, if you play MLD, people will target you. There's nothing wrong with MLD, but most people don't like losing their lands so I'm curious how/if you have actually been able to politic your way out of a situation, unless the combo player is gonna win. '

Survival of the Fittest/Fauna Shaman might be worth considering with all your creatures. Not to mention the synergy with Anger and Eternal Witness. A Genesis might be worth considering should you go that route.

My honest opinion is that this deck lacks enough card draw, lands and meaningful ramp to be able to compete in a semi-competitive meta (no idea what your meta is like, but this wouldn't hold up in mine). You only run 6 pieces of ramp that allow you to get Xenagos out earlier.

Return of the Wildspeaker > Soul's Majesty - You don't want them to use removal in response to majesty, but rather, use wildspeaker in response to removal.

Rishkar's Expertise - Similar to above but with added benefit of not losing tempo

Greater Good - The most powerful card in a Xenagos deck. If you listen to anything I say, this is it.

Lifeblood Hydra - Even if it dies, you gain value. Pair it with another card you should add, Berserk (which goes exceedingly well with Malignus)

Life's Legacy/Momentous Fall - Yes, additional cost to cast sucks, but its very helpful to draw and it helps get around spot removal.

Beast Within - Good old instant speed permanent removal

Decimate - 4 for 1, amazing value

Voracious Hydra - Beater and removal in one

Dosan the Falling Leaf - Anti blue, anti spot removal if blue is a thorn in your side

Bolt Bend - Redirect removal, counter counterspells, redirect some draw as well as some extra turns. Very useful for 1

If you would like ideas for cuts or want to discuss strategy

Kazierts on Sarkhan's Swarm

1 month ago

Probably four copies of Faithless Looting and two copies of Cathartic Reunion .

Even though cycling is important to ditch bricks in your hand, it's also good to have targets that incentivise you to discard, like Bladewing's Thrall .

I know it may look like without being able to cast it that's an uselees card. However, since you're adding discard spells to the deck, it becomes possible to effectively use it. Also, you'd never want to cast it anyway. Four mana por a "vanilla" 3/3 is never a good deal.

Another good discard target would be Anger . By having it in your graveyard all of your creatures automatically have haste, regardless of their types, while also not requiring any mana investiment. Just to provide an example:

Still on the discard topic, there is a card that can also help you cycle through your deck while cheapening the cost of your dragons, and that is Hazoret's Monument . It's more resilient than Dragonspeaker Shaman and reduces the cost of all of red creatures instead of just dragons.

I also suggest replacing Bolt Bend by Draconic Roar since the latter is way more useful and less situational.

A great card for any dragon deck is Thunderbreak Regent as it's cheap and gives amazing protection to your dragons.

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