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Burst of Strength

Burst of Strength


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ChiefBell on Angel life

2 days ago

I'm going to preclude this by saying that lifegain in magic is very, very weak and won't help you win games. All lifegain does usually is drag a game on for a few more turns but if you have no creatures and your opponent is going to win: they'll do it anyway, it might just take a while longer. Do you understand? There are times in magic where you just will lose and all the lifegain in the world will only make it take longer but you still won't actually win. However, that said, Archangel of Thune makes this deck actually quite playable because her ability is very powerful.

First - mana. You only have 20 land with a 7 drop (Angel of Serenity ) which is risky - even with Nykthos. I would suggest a bit more land or going more heavy on devotion. You don't have a lot of white devotion anyway. Generally people play 24 land if they have a lot of 5-drops. In this deck you have 5 5-drops, 1 6-drop and 1 7-drop. So you need more land.

Second - consistency. You need more 4-ofs, and less 1-, and 2-ofs. Consistency is absolutely key. You need to make sure you have the cards in hand that you need. You do that by having more copies in your deck.

Third - the deck itself. May I recommend a strategy to you? I would suggest that, given that lifegain is generally weak, you try and make the lifegain actually do something. Look at Archangel of Thune . That ability is insane in the right deck. So let me suggest this - you load up your deck on lifegain and creatures that gain life when they enter the battlefield and you should be fine.

Can I put forward and example deck?

I would try -

4x Hopeful Eidolon

4x Nyx-Fleece Ram or Scavenging Ooze or Setessan Battle Priest

4x Centaur Courser

3x Trostani, Selesnya's Voice (she's so great in this deck).

1x Dawnbringer Charioteers or Zarichi Tiger

and most importantly

4x Archangel of Thune

What the deck wants to do is to stall the board and have some presence in the early game, then you play your archangel on T5. If you have trostani on the board you gain life straight away - and buff all of your creatures (which is amazing). You then use all of your other lifegain to make your creatures massive and win.

Otherwise you could try and be more aggressive with something like:

4x Dryad Militant

4x Scavenging Ooze

4x Phalanx Leader

4x Loxodon Smiter

and lots of buffing up spells like

3x Ajani's Presence

4x Giant Growth

4x Burst of Strength

Izanagi_Deus on Rotation help

1 week ago

When the fall set (Khans of Tarkir) comes out in late September, all cards from M14, Return to Ravnica, Gatecrash, and Dragon's Maze will rotate out.

In the case of your deck, you will need to replace:

Deadly Recluse

Desecration Demon

Dreg Mangler


Vraska the Unseen

Abrupt Decay

Burst of Strength

Doom Blade

Giant Growth

Rogue's Passage


This is of course assuming none of the above receive reprints in either M15 or in the fall set. More of your deck appears to be rotating than not, and we can not yet know what new cards will appear in Khans, so it would be difficult to make suggestions on proper replacements at this point.

GreatSword on About the big D-Demon

1 week ago

I'm going to assume you mean Desecration Demon .

Yes, you may. After his ability resolves there is still a round of priority before the game moves onto the next step (the declare attackers step). You may cast Burst of Strength at this time to untap the Demon so he may be a legal attacker in the next step.

erabel on About the big D-Demon

1 week ago

Please link your cards. Use double brackets. [ [ Forest ] ], without spaces, becomes Forest . Also, try to refrain from referring to cards by nicknames without also giving the actual card name, for clarity's sake..

Desecration Demon , Triton Tactics , Burst of Strength .

Desecration Demon 's ability triggers during the beginning of combat step. If an opponent decides to sacrifice a creature, then he becomes tapped. Since there is a round of priority before moving on to the declare attackers step, you can choose to cast either of those cards to untap Desecration Demon . Assuming nothing else happens to it, the game will move to the declare attackers step, and you can choose to declare it as an attacker.

durzostarfire on How to budget green (Easy win under $25!)

1 week ago

What about Burst of Strength . Allows you to attack and then untap for a surprise blocker

Oldneckbeard on Jarad, Hydra Lord

3 weeks ago

Thanks for all of the suggestions and feedback so far. Most appreciated.

This upcoming FNM I plan on testing out Burst of Strength in place of Mortal's Resolve and I will also sideboard Solidarity of Heroes

poopiepoopiepants1 on Revel of Xenagos

1 month ago

+1 for creativity but also I think you should put in 4 Sylvan Caryatid . Maybe take out a Titan's Strength or Burst of Strength

Zacoly on

1 month ago

I just built a G/U EDH deck myself!

I can see that you are using lots of standard cards that could be replaced with more powerful EDH style cards. Examples: Burst of Strength Hydroform Warriors' Lesson Voyaging Satyr Horizon Chimera

I would suggest that you consider adding some of the following:

Defense of the Heart Asceticism Strength of the Tajuru Master Biomancer Vigor Treachery Equilibrium

In EDH boardwipes are pretty common You need to think of ways to combat a serious loss of boardstate. A simple solution is a counterspell (but I never use those) so my own G/U solutions might be:

Gutter Grime Yavimaya Hollow Asceticism Eldrazi Monument (if you use tokens) Lurking Predators (may give you new creatures FOR FREE by the time your turn comes around again)

Check out my deck for my G/U options for a powerful (although a bit more spendy EDH experience) Accounting class with Vorel! :D Price

Low Avg High Foil
$0.02 $0.12 $0.6 $0.25
Color(s) G
Cost G
Converted cost 1
Avg. draft pick 9.53
Avg. cube pick 6.82


Format Legality
Standard Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Modern Legal

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Set Rarity
Gatecrash Common