Brought Back

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Choose up to two target permanent cards in your graveyard that were put there from the battlefield this turn. Return them to the battlefield tapped.

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Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Historic Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Standard Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
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Brought Back Discussion

Suave321 on Marisi - Shadow Warfare

5 days ago

Time for my first update to my Marisi deck. Having a lot of fun with it but noticing I'm struggling with card/creature draw sometimes, and occasionally dead drawing excess lands. Check out the removals/adds. Goal was to pull some land but not lose mana sources, a few tutors and some protection.

Removed: 2x Plains, Krosan Verge, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Farseek, Dryad Sophisticate almost always landed combat damage but opted for tutors over additional combat damage due to consistent shadow creature draws, Charming Prince tended to be a wasted draw/drop and I was really using it for scry, Brought Back was not effective as it must be used same turn as the permanent loss, Lumbering Satyr is good at times but not enough people playing Forests consistently to make it worth while to me.

Added: Karakas for board control and/or protection from opponent legendaries, Prismatic Vista for a great land search, Birds of Paradise...duh..., Fauna Shaman for pinpoint creature finds, mainly to finish combos as needed or search directly for Captain Sisay, Winds of Abandon for a single board wipe opportunity in late middle/late game, Eladamri's Call, Kodama's Reach, & Defense of the Heart are pretty self explanatory, and finally Asceticism for some extra protection and regenerate chances.

I'll keep updating with changes as I make them...still a few ideas I have but getting difficult to decide what to pull now. Comments and suggestions always welcome!!

TCK_Green on mono white indestructeble plays

5 days ago

Avacyn out of the Helavault, backed by other angels and with a plan to destroy the world? Sounds like a fun deck! :D you've asked to keep it budget, so most of the suggestions below should cost <$1 each. I've split my advice into sections, hopefully that'll help break it down into more bite-size chunks.

CHOOSE YOUR BATTLEFIELD

It felt like you had lots of fun cards in the deck, but it's not entirely clear how all of them fit in - at the moment it feels like you're trying to do a bit of everything. It might be worth (A) choosing what direction you want to take the deck (e.g. lifegain / big angels / destroy the world), (B) what your win-con and win-con cards are going to be for A, and (C) what cards would feel awesome to draw when you're winning / terrible to draw on an empty board. Hopefully those three questions will help shape what cards you choose to add and remove :) I decided to go human-angel tribal for one of my first decks that I built (Brisela, the confused angel), and whilst it wasn't my best deck (and is definitely in need of an update), you'll notice that there aren't (m)any creatures that aren't humans or angels. (I've also build a 'destroy the world'-style Oathbreaker deck, which does funky things with boardwipes, Dingus Staff/Dingus Egg and Second Sunrise!)

Well, with a slight plan of where you want the deck to go, let's think about some things you might want to consider. I've tried to keep the advice below quite general - if you're struggling to know what to remove, then do let me know and I'm happy to offer specific suggestions.

PROTECT THE GENERAL!

I really like how you've got 'fair' "destroy all" board wipes in there, which become one-sided when Avaycn is around. However, do be careful if someone exiles Avacyn in response to your Armageddon (or similar) - you really don't want to be on the receiving end of your own wipe! Avacyn is great, but she is vulnerable to pesky cards like Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile that keep appearing in EDH. You might want to add some cards that give Avacyn hexproof or protection - I like the Mirror Shield and Flicker of Fate in the deck, but that's very little Avacyn 'protection' for 99 cards. Some suggestions here are artifacts like Whispersilk Cloak and Swiftfoot Boots. (Lightning Greaves is the best of these, but is a little more expensive - definitely a commander staple, so do pick one up at some point!). Creatures that give protection are also great, and those have the added bonus of providing you some early-game safety, especially those with repeatable protection. I'd suggest adding Devoted Caretaker to the deck, and either Benevolent Bodyguard or Alseid of Life's Bounty (with plans to upgrade to everyone's favourite Mother of Runes - another commander staple! - and Giver of Runes if you're happy to spend a little more).

Now that Avacyn's bodyguards are sorted, let's have a think of how we can get her out as fast as (reasonably) possible.

RISE AND SHINE, ANGELS

Since you have got a lot of high CMC creatures, I'd be tempted to chuck some more mana rocks in there - Worn Powerstone and Hedron Archive are good places to start - as well as card that reduce the cost of your high-end cards - Oketra's Monument is especially great here since it also gives you extra creatures to block with, Pearl Medallion is also good if you can stretch the budget. (I'd personally definitely remove Lotus Petal - it doesn't do a huge amount for you, and it takes up a slot that could be used by a repeatable mana rock.) Rocks/reducers will allow you to get more angels out quicker, meaning that you're more likely to have a board presence in the midgame - and rescue Avacyn from the Helavault as early as possible!

The creatures you have could do with some tweaking - I think it might be worth trimming your choices, but how you want to do that will depend on what 'theme' you want to have.

MAYDAY MAYDAY, WE'RE OUT OF AMMO!

The most important resource in MtG are cards. You use cards to get mana and play creatures that ultimately win you the game - if you don't have any cards then it's very hard to win games. I don't currently see much in the way of card draw in your deck, so I imagine you'd be top-decking quite often with this, hoping to get the card you really need from the top. (There are also a couple more lands than usual - standard EDH decks run 40 lands - meaning that you're a little more likely to have a 'dead draw' than you would otherwise be.)

Unfortunately we're in white so what we have is card advantage instead of card draw, but do have a think about what cards you could add that might help - Mentor of the Meek is a favourite of mine, but you need to have enough low-power creatures to make it work (or cards that create small tokens - like Oketra's Monument!). If you have a bit of budget then an Endless Atlas is a safe staple for EDH mono-colour decks, and Well of Lost Dreams is really nifty in a lifegain deck :) also, cards that fetch to the battlefield effectively count as card draw, so I'll also allow cards like Myriad Landscape, Reya Dawnbringer, and Brought Back (which can even function as a ramp card if you manage to use it on lands like Myriad Landscape).

WATCH THE WORLD BURN

I heard you like board wipes? End Hostilities is cheap, but if you want to go OG then the purest wipe is Wrath of God, though it's younger brother Day of Judgment) is a lot cheaper. Fumigate, Rout, Martial Coup, Phyrexian Rebirth and Nevinyrral's Disk also fit in that slot. Finally, if you can make it fit then I'd perhaps look at adding Worldslayer. It's a lot of mana to equip, but once it's on Avacyn there's no way anyone else is coming back from that!

Do remember that all of the above are just suggestions, let me know if you have any questions, good luck, and remember - once all the dust settles and the other players die, "Only one may stand!"

Snowmen1 on Help finding interesting cards to ...

1 week ago

Here's some stuff that caught my attention over the past few sets. Dreadhorde Arcanist, Wishclaw Talisman (looks like you can activate, hold priority, and sac it. May be something for a new eggs combo deck idk) , Charming Prince (saw brief play, but Im thinking maybe use it in a taxes shell to get an Akroma, Angel of Fury out on turn 3 using vial), theres a cycle of cards like The Cauldron of Eternity (of which this one seems like a great card to get a Metalwork Colossus out with), Fae of Wishes (which saw brief play in places but may be cool in a control shell), theres Elvish Reclaimer (which could go in a variety of shells, especially a Spreading Algae deck that I really want to see made).

I would also suggest trying to take a look at the changes that have been seen by modern such as the mox ban. Maybe something you could look at is making an affinity deck with Arcbound Ravager among other classic cards that no longer have a home.

Some decks that Im working on right now that you may also like to work on are BG Undying (which has been a lot of fun and felt very good), and Stompy (which is not the most compelling, but is very underrated, and got some new toys.)

Other cards I know have interested people I know would be: Brought Back, Resplendent Angel, Goblin Engineer, Astral Drift, and Echo of Eons (pretty much just look at modern horizons).

Hope some of this is of interest for you.

nlaz123 on Heliod Stax

1 month ago

I would recommend replacing Field of Ruin with Ghost Quarter or Tectonic Edge. Field of Ruin ramps each player a land, not just you and the person whose land you destroyed. Also, since your deck is really creature heavy I might include Faith's Reward or Brought Back since the deck is vulnerable to sweepers.

jakeyuki12 on Aurelia's Wrath

1 month ago

Hiya! Long time Aurelia, the Warleader player, hopefully I can give some useful advice.

The first thing I've noticed about your deck is the very low amount of lands in your deck. Your deck has a very, very high mana curve, so you need to consistently be making your land drop every turn. With that in mind, I recommend upping your land count to 38 lands, no less.

In the same vein, I counted 7 ways to ramp in your deck with one way to tutor for your ramp cards. Once again, since it seems your deck wants to be casting big angels, you'll want to have 10-12 ways to ramp or tutor for them. One especial card I recommend investing in is Smothering Tithe. It is the best white EDH card and provides an unbelievable amount of ramp once you play it. Other than that, mana rocks that produce multiple mana seems to be what your deck wants so it can cast those big angels. So include stuff like Thran Dynamo, Gilded Lotus, Worn Powerstone, etc. The new Nyx Lotus could be helpful, or even something like Firemind Vessel.

The next thing is some more ways to generate card advantage. I counted 5-7 or so cards that produce card advantage. Getting up to 10 or so would be preferred that way your deck never runs out of steam. In this deck where you want to get big angels I think going for wheel effects and then reanimation could be the best way to do this. You already have Reforge the Soul, other good wheel effects are Magus of the Wheel, Wheel of Fate, and if you have lots of money, Wheel of Fortune. You already have some great reanimation pieces in your deck like Emeria Shepherd and Faith's Reward, adding in some more like Brought Back would be helpful.

Let me know if you need any more card suggestions!

ShreddedByCrows on Offenza is the Best Defenza

1 month ago

Lots of subthemes you got there, that's some interesting challenge. All in all, you're running way too many high-costed cards for a Commander that generally revolves around more of an aggressive strategy. I'll further provide you a personalized list of adjustments, trying my best to keep it at the lowest budget as possible.

Very first thing, 37 lands is too much for an Anafenza deck imo. You can easily go down to 35/34 in order to feel more proactive. That being said, the mana base of your decklist is pretty unstable, and you'll need better mana rocks, around 5/6 good rocks should do it helping you stabilizing.

The second thing to bring up is that you play loads and loads of creatures with actually specific abilities that don't always combine altogether well. Like, for example, in which way would Slimefoot, the Stowaway help Anafenza, the Foremost being consistent? My answer, without another kind of appreciation than logic: not any single one. If you need cheap legendary to keep it up with your theme, there are better options, but remind that this was only a little example.

Finally, you lack reactivity because of very few instant/flash spells. It's not as necessary as some think, but still have a way to protect dutifully your creatures is a key for aggro/midrange decks in EDH. Being able to answer what your opponents bring up to the tape is moreover essential, and I don't see enough removals/tricks in there.

So, let's take a closer look from now on. I'll make some different categories starting with the cuts to make it easier to read.

1.) Back to 100 cards:

2.) Cheap Improvements:

2.1.) Mana Rocks:

2.2.) More removals:

Those are the classical ones you surely know. They are easily affordable and would give your deck a small lift at controlling the board state.

2.3.) Better Legendaries:

  • Mikaeus, the Lunarch > not the cheapest already, but really effective, almost a staple for your deck style

  • Hope of Ghirapur > underrated card, does a lot, insane with recursion to lock down a combo player at low cost

  • Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit > certainly a staple / and somewhat a reason to get rid of the token subtheme which is maybe a bit too much

  • Syr Faren, the Hengehammer > also certainly a staple / aggressive, good interactions with Anafenza, better than lords already in your deck

  • Kethis, the Hidden Hand > Yawgmoth's Will for legendaries? I'll take that. It could also be a nice alternative commander when you face more control-ish decks you're stuck against, enabling you to have an efficient late game on its own once made your commander.

  • Mangara of Corondor > Legendary creature which works as a nonsituational removal. Really good. Even if you can't always activate it when it hits the table, your opponents have to get rid of it using their hand resources and you make 1 for 1.

  • Masako the Humorless > Underplayed card / can be a game-changer / and it's a legendary creature.

2.4.) Voltron Outlet:

2.5.) Other cool cards to look at:

3.) Medium Budget Improvements:

3.1.) Mana Rocks:

3.2.) Even more removals:

3.3.) Legendaries' Staples:

3.4.) Neverending Voltron Outlet:

  • Konda's Banner > Yeh, it's a little bit expensive money speaking, but it does everything you're searching for, like a bridge between your Cats, your legends and your Voltron strategy.

  • Skullclamp > staple

3.5.) Cool cards:

4.) Expensive Improvements:

5.) Some other cards you could try (which I mostly haven't, or for which I have a doubt about their efficiency):

ZendikariWol on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

BTW Mox Iridium is surprisingly not that relevant, because it's an artifact. Not that many spells care about artifacts. The only things I thought of that could be breakable with it are

Nature's Claim (which becomes a ritual plus 4 life),

Brought Back, Rescue, Steel Sabotage, and other such effects (which go infinite with a free sac outlet and a Archaeomancer effect),

I guess Ghostly Flicker plus any creature that generates mana on ETB,

And finally, this adds infinite mana to the Jeskai Ascendancy combo.

Enough about that. Time for more fragile cards ig.

Breakable Behemoth

Artifact Creature- Beast Construct

Fragile (whenever this creature is targeted or dealt damage, put a wear counter on it, then sacrifice it if it has three or more wear counters on it.)

6/5


You guys, this mechanic had issues.

1- it's a downside mechanic, and those are famously not liked by... anyone except sometimes Spike and the occasional oddball Johnny.

2- it's not a very steep downside. I can't think of a time that any opponent was ever casting two or more spells to target one of my creatures. Ever. It creates a downside for something that doesn't actually happen in the game. That leads new players to turn away from it (because new players are very turned off by downside cards- even good strong ones like Sign in Blood) and experienced players to ignore it. Not a good look for a mechanic.

How do you change that? Fragile implies easy to damage... why not make it respond negatively to damage?? Now, it's still a downside mechanic and downside mechanics are not sexy or usually much fun to play, but this version kind of makes sense and it's much more conceivable that a creature is targeted or damaged three times over the course of a game than targeted twice in one turn.


Anyway, that was a bit of a tangent. How about a card that's fine in terms of power level, but drips with flavor. It could be a character, a plane, a plane yet undiscovered, or a character whose story is yet unwritten. Go wild!

ZendikariWol on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

BTW Mox Iridium is surprisingly not that relevant, because it's an artifact. Not that many spells care about artifacts. The only things I thought of that could be breakable with it are

Nature's Claim (which becomes a ritual plus 4 life),

Brought Back, Rescue, Steel Sabotage, and other such effects (which go infinite with a free sac outlet and a Archaeomancer effect),

I guess Ghostly Flicker plus any creature that generates mana on ETB,

And finally, this adds infinite mana to the Jeskai Ascendancy combo.

Enough about that. Time for more fragile cards ig.

Breakable Behemoth

Artifact Creature- Beast Construct

Fragile (whenever this creature is targeted or dealt damage, put a wear counter on it, then sacrifice it if it has three or more wear counters on it.)

6/5


You guys, this mechanic had issues.

1- it's a downside mechanic, and those are famously not liked by... anyone except sometimes Spike and the occasional oddball Johnny.

2- it's not a very steep downside. I can't think of a time that any opponent was ever casting two or more spells to target one of my creatures. Ever. It creates a downside for something that doesn't actually happen in the game. That leads new players to turn away from it (because new players are very turned off by downside cards- even good strong ones like Sign in Blood) and experienced players to ignore it. Not a good look for a mechanic.

How do you change that? Fragile implies easy to damage... why not make it respond negatively to damage?? Now, it's still a downside mechanic and downside mechanics are not sexy or usually much fun to play, but this version kind of makes sense and it's much more conceivable that a creature is targeted or damaged three times over the course of a game than targeted twice in one turn.


Anyway, that was a bit of a tangent. How about a card that's fine in terms of power level, but drips with flavor. It could be a character, a plane, a plane yet undiscovered, or a character whose story is yet unwritten. Go wild!

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