Burning Wish

Burning Wish


You may choose a sorcery card you own from outside the game, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Exile Burning Wish.

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Set Rarity
Conspiracy: Take the Crown (CN2) Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Judgment (JUD) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
MTGO Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Burning Wish Discussion

Kogarashi on Do I have to reveal ...

1 month ago

If you have some specific examples of wishes that just "add a card" without specifying to reveal it, it would help to include that.

You can also check on the Gatherer or Scryfall for the Oracle (updated) text of the card to see if something has been altered from an older printing that may have nonstandard wording.

In general, unless you're told to reveal the card, you don't have to reveal the card you choose. For example, Death Wish just says to choose a card you own from outside the game and put it into your hand. It doesn't tell you to reveal the card, so you do not have to reveal the card. Meanwhile, Burning Wish does say to reveal the chosen card (to show that it's a sorcery, specifically) before adding it to your hand.

In general, the distinction will be whether or not you have to choose a specific card type, just as with tutors. Effects that don't stipulate a specific card type, like with Death Wish, Mastermind's Acquisition (second mode), or Diabolic Tutor don't make you reveal the card, because any card will do. Effects that do stipulate a card type, like Burning Wish, Fae of Wishes (Granted adventure), and Enlightened Tutor do require you to reveal the card to prove you've selected a card that meets the criteria.

dbpunk on Companion in Commander

3 months ago

I mean it used to. I think the biggest issue is the fact that a lot of them become no opportunity cost cards. For example, Zirda, the Dawnwaker is an easy one to fulfill and is extremely powerful. As is Umori, the Collector. The issue isnt the existence of the wishboard alone (although that might become an issue since sideboards are rarely used in edh) but instead how easy these cards are able to get out.

Also, using stuff like Burning Wish requires a specific card to get stuff from your wishboard. This mechanic doesnt. It still takes up space in the deck. These cards don't.

StopShot on Companion in Commander

3 months ago

Doesn’t it just stay in your sideboard which can have no more than 10 cards in it? I adhere to that whenever I run Burning Wish. Personally I’m not going to run any of them, but I think it’s perfectly fair game to use them.

Also banning a lot of new legendary generals because of the companion mechanic just sounds dumb to me as the banlist makes no distinction for banned as general and banned in the 99 last I recall.

Mizzerat on Bloodline of an Ancient Coven

4 months ago

Just played my first game with it, 5 players including myself - Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir control, Saheeli, the Gifted artifacts, Arcades, the Strategist defenders, Meren of Clan Nel Toth infect, and then myself.

I was lucky and got to start the game (won high roll). On turn 4 I had 4 vamps on board and then played Captivating Vampire bringing my total to Vampires 6 and giving me a huge board control advantage, Fortunately blue was already tapped out as I was the last player before him. I took Arcades after he cast him to shut down his deck. Played Malakir Bloodwitch turn 5 bring my life total up to like the 90's. Damnation was played turn 6 but in response I used Captivating Vampire to take Pawn of Ulamog from the infect player and ended up with 8 eldrazi tokens. Turn 7 I played Necropotence and drew 50 cards, sculpting a perfect hand, throwing a crazy amount of cards into my graveyard. Cast Burning Wish into Rise of the Dark Realms on turn 8 dumping all graveyards creatures onto the board (including my super full graveyard) under my control and that was basically it, won turn 9 because no one had a board wipe.

Abzkaban on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

5 months ago


I’ve actually disassembled my wish board because I found the only card I ever grabbed was Insurrection, so I just put it in the mainboard in place of Burning Wish. But basically anything that is situational but you wouldn’t want all the time is what you should include.

Seabody on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

5 months ago

Thanks for the response Abzkaban, I'll definitely give it a shot. Good point on the creature combo. Not very much combo in my meta, but that's certainly something to keep in mind.

I'm still working my way through the pages and pages of comments so apologies if this has been previously discussed - but what does everyone's wishboard look like? I'm planning on starting out with both Burning Wish & Mastermind's Acquisition so prioritizing soceries in the board. First revision:

Besmirch, Exsanguinate, Merciless Eviction, Vandalblast, Vindicate, Wheel of Fortune

Thoughts? What do other people prefer?

Can't wait to try this out - hopefully next week.

supergen777 on Would like help for selecting ...

10 months ago

I'm in the process of brewing a new EDH deck around the recently released Anje Falkenrath precon deck. I would like to somewhat keep the Madness theme but I would like to try my hand at using cards like Karn, the Great Creator , Mastermind's Acquisition , and Burning Wish that can retrieve cards from the little known 10 card sideboard you have for commander. I have some ideas but I still wanted to see if this list I have could be improved upon. Anyway, here's the 10 sideboard cards I was leaning toward right now.

Ruination bomb against multi-colored decks

Leyline of the Void anti-recursion

The Immortal Sun anti-superfriends

Painful Quandary Control and infinite combo hate

Thought Distortion My favorite counter control card

Mob Rule A game winner with creature heavy decks

In Garruk's Wake A potential win con

Ob Nixilis, Unshackled anti-tutor card

Whip of Erebos Best black lifegain card

Mycosynth Lattice Known game ender with Karn, the Great Creator

Anyway, that's the 10 I'm leaning toward right now. I think you see that I'm looking for the best "bomb" cards in red, black, and colorless that will shutdown certain commander archetypes but in the mainboard, they would just sacrifice versatility and consistency. Those are the kind of suggestions I'm looking for if that makes sense.

timefabric on Oath of Bolas

10 months ago

Ferrahk you may be right, I will typically create a sideboard for casual play with friends for cards like Burning Wish . Feel free to tweak the build with or without :) I'm currently mostly playing the speedboard 1v1 version of this... It's pretty dominant. The key is really expensive lands, rocks and 1/2 CMC removal / counter magic :)

Thanks for stopping by!

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