Bonfire of the Damned


Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Mythic Rare
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Mythic Rare

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Bonfire of the Damned


Bonfire of the Damned deals X damage to target player and each creature he or she controls.

Miracle (You may cast this card for its miracle cost when you draw it if it's the first card you drew this turn.)

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Bonfire of the Damned Discussion

clayperce on Using Arbor Elf while spells/Planeswalker ...

2 days ago

While playing on MTGO I've noticed Arbor Elf does always not work like I'd expect it to when spells are on the stack. I suspect it's a bug in MTGO, but I wanted to get a second opinion ... maybe I just need to learn some more rules :-)

Example 1: Arbor Elf is in play, and I top-deck a Bonfire of the Damned, which I want to cast for its Miracle cost. Immediately after I reveal the Bonfire, I can use Arbor Elf's activated ability to Untap a Forest (in order to get maximum mana for the Bonfire). But if I click the card (to cast it), I've found I can no longer use Arbor Elf's activated ability. Is that correct, or a MTGO bug?

Example 2: Arbor Elf and Chandra, Torch of Defiance are in play and I activate her first ability (+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. ...) and want to cast the spell. But I've found I cannot use Arbor Elf's activated ability to Untap a Forest at any point in the process (if I want to use Arbor Elf's ability I have to do it before the +1 and just leave the mana floating). Is that correct, or a MTGO bug?

Thanks much!

Xica on Bant Miracles

2 days ago

Reclaim/Noxious Revival are both borderline useless if you don't have reliable ways to discard (i would say 6 discard outlets at least), even stuff like Taigam's Scheming or Contingency Plan would make them a lot better. (They would still remain a dodgy 3 card combo of course :/)
(aaand the latter of the 2 is a LOT better imho, so why do you play Reclaim?)

While its true that you can always scry bad cards to the bottom, i would not do so - and not play cards that are only situationally useful. When you scry them to bottom, you simply destroy your late game, as you decrease the chances of drawing live cards later.
(Please ditch Temporal Mastery its no use to the deck - at best it time walks you from T2 to T3, but the deck is certainly unable to race with aggro, and a single extra turn doesn't produce inevitability. Unlike having all the extra turns from then on.)

And you have to decide, what you want to get out from the miracle effects, do you want strong removal & control, or tempo-ish win conditions...
If the former then use Terminus, Entreat the Angels (& maybe Banishing Stroke as Path to Exile 5 & 6)
If the latter then use Bonfire of the Damned & Thunderous Wrath
(Again, if a deck is quasi nonexistent it doesn't mean its bad (or that its good), it only means that no one plays it. Red green miracles could easily be a deck in a shell with a lot of Faithless Looting type effects, and Reclaim, maybe with Hollow Ones - for )

If you want to go the control route then Counterbalance is the way to go, while you abuse instant speed manipulation of the top of your library.
In this case the deck will have a LOT of similarities with the Ninjabeardelver lists, because both decks need to focus on having specific mana curves for their best counterspells to be online (Counterbalance & Disrupting Shoal respectively).
Having some some way to Peek at the opponent's hand is very beneficial, when it comes to catching their best spells with our counters, and the mana cost and cantrip nature of the card makes it a very nice inclusion.
Any card that draws, or can scry at instant speed, doubles as a potential counter, and instant speed card draw enables casting Entreat the Angels on the opponent's end step.

Adding a few tempo creatures here and there does no good. When they are good its unlikely that you draw them, and are able to protect them, while in most cases they are just 4 dead cards.
Azorius Charm is tempo card, in this deck it does nothing - maybe it can be a 2 mana cantrip :/

I hope my comment instead of inducing rage, help improve the deck, have fun!

Citrusjeans on DRACARYS!

1 week ago

thanks for the suggestions! I definitely considered running a bigger tutor package but I haven't been able to decide what to take out to make available slots. You're right about needing another board wipe, but through extensive testing, I've found wipes like Wrath of God are only really useful in the early turns before I have big threats out. I've been toying with a few more controllable wipes like Bonfire of the Damned or Earthquake that won't hurt my creatures

Naksu on Locus of Rage, I like bord wipes

2 weeks ago

Polukranos, World Eater and Bonfire of the Damned comes to mind for clearing the board efficiently. +1 for the Gruul love :)

Xica on Madcap Experimental Lockdown

2 weeks ago

Glorious End exiles itself upon resolution (since ending the turn results in the exile of everything on the stack, among others).
Thus its a pretty non-bo with Snapcaster Mage

Besides that and some tweaks and the deck should be fine imho.
So i hope i can offer some useful advice, since i am also using the same shell to build a deck.

Blood Angel's Pact

Modern Xica


In my experience winning or losing with the deck depends on a single factor. The ability to keep the Platinum Angel on the field in spite of removal.
Because the pretty lean creature base, and the focus on the "protect the queen" strategy, tempo cards tend to be "win-more" cards like Young Pyromancer, or even be a hindrance like Simian Spirit Guide. In most situations the card is dead, since turn 3 wins are close to nonexistent, and to excerbate the problem, you would want to cast the Platinum Angel as late as possible, allowing the opponent to waste as much resources on your life total as possible. (Oh and why Vapor Snag? the card is probably the most questionable in the list, why not something else more final like Reality Shift?)
Playing the angel into a t3 Path to Exile because you hurry is a terrible feeling (without mana up to counter it).

I would replace Anger of the Gods with Earthquake, or at least move it to the sideboard, and have the latter card in the main. Since Earthquake can be a worse sweeper (that can be redirected to planeswalker like Liliana of the Veil), and late game it can function as Bonfire of the Damned ignoring the angel, and killing the opponent on the spot if x is big enough.
(Its also nice against Death's Shadow decks to say the least)

I would replace at least some of the Mana Leaks with Logic Knot which doesn't stop being useful in the late game.
Upgrade to a full playset of Pact of Negation, and consider Dispel which catches most removal that can target the angel except Maelstrom Pulse & Dreadbore both of which are seen as not competitive enough, and thus are a rare sight.
What is your reason for counterflux? (i was considering it but in general Glorious End does just as good or better)

Please ditch Spell Snare asap, its useless. Except counter battles (?). But the deck can't fight counter battles effectively, its much better to just bait out a few counters and removal in the draw-go control matchup & go ham with Extirpate.

If its not too much hassle, please give a critique of my decklist, thx!

Oloro_Magic on Howlpack

3 weeks ago

Bonfire of the Damned is not really a great option, you want the board wipe as more of a reset switch if things aren't going well and because of that Anger of the Gods or Sweltering Suns are good options. Bonfire is great as a miracle draw to create advantage but not so much as a board wipe.

Rev_Lycan60 on Howlpack

3 weeks ago

Also for board wipe I run at least two Bonfire of the Damned in the sideboard to minimize the chance of drawing it in my opening hand.

Rev_Lycan60 on Howlpack

3 weeks ago

Also for board wipe I run at least two Bonfire of the Damned in the sideboard to minimize the chance of drawing it in my opening hand.

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