Casualties of War

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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
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

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Set Rarity
War of the Spark (WAR) Rare

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Casualties of War

Sorcery

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  • Destroy target artifact.
  • Destroy target creature.
  • Destroy target enchantment.
  • Destroy target land.
  • Destroy target planeswalker.
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Casualties of War Discussion

TheSimikBOat on Golgari rather Aggro

3 days ago

I'm surprised to see a deck with Cauldron Familiar , Witch's Oven and Gilded Goose without Trail of Crumbs for card advantage.

Also Casualties of War is an indispensable card for the actual metagame (best than Witch's Vengeance ), and you should add it at least in the sideboard: destroys Witch's Oven , Fires of Invention , creatures, Nissa, Who Shakes the World with her land 3/3...

Titus7007 on Grixis Fires

2 weeks ago

So I put the Fires of Invention in here, and I obviously underestimated that card, because it was extremely effective. For some reason I had a hang-up about it, but no longer, that is a bunch of fun!

I still feel like Chandra, Acolyte of Flame and Ral, Storm Conduit help me stay alive in the early game against aggressive decks. I mostly use them to recast/copy my cheap removal spells, but I am looking forward to copying Casualties of War . I would be open to replacing them with something stonger, but they both have kept me alive when I couldn't get to the big stuff right away. I also wanna see Liliana, Dreadhorde General come down and get the card draw from the Acolyte's dying elementals, but that probably is just win-more anyhow.

I was still having some trouble with Ajani's Pridemate and aggro decks that pump up there creatures, but for the most part this deck was hummin.

MrBoombastic on Grixis Fires

2 weeks ago

Tzefick on White's issues in Commander

2 weeks ago

enpc Your response makes me believe you didn't actually read the OP through. Further suggested by how you said earlier that I forgot to talk about White's ability to resource denial while I clearly had a shorter paragraph mentioning Armageddon , Ravages of War and Limited Resources and how I didn't believe that archetype was a very progressive way to forward white's multiplayer playability in Commander, even though it is one of white's more powerful archetypes but it has some nasty side effects on the political spectrum.

My main problem with white having to almost exclusively go to artifacts for fixing their problems on ramp and card draw is exactly because artifacts are plentiful in Commander and therefore many run artifact removal. It is quite tough as a white player that spent a lot of mana on dishing out mana ramp and/or card draw artifacts, just to have an opponent cast Bane of Progress or Vandalblast or be the target of an incidental Casualties of War or Aura Shards , and there's limited options for white to counter that, bar the expensive catch-all . Why green has better and more flexible counters that actually fits white more is a bit strange to me and I wish white had at least a comparable answer that didn't cost 40$.

In a way I wouldn't mind if white also got some artifact restoration as they did in the older days . Blue and red has some good artifact pulls but white did have that same affinity back in the day, so it is definitely part of their color pie . White just has a huge problem again with the symmetrical effects being a disadvantage in multiplayer unless they can fuel the graveyard - which they cannot by themselves.

One solution could be a Tempting Offer card that pulls back artifacts.

Tempting Offer Show

One of the mana ramp suggestions (in the OP) was indeed to return low CMC permanents, which could hit ramp artifacts as well - so pulling double duty and well within white's color pie. Getting extra lands this way is more resilient versus playing mana artifacts but requires extra steps compared to mana artifacts and will never be a true replacement but merely a supplement. And it's not the first time white restores lands .

I think it would be better if white players could included these types of permanent restoration cards into their decks and it was viable, rather than having to put Manalith into their deck.

Again these suggestions are unlikely to replace mana artifacts or become auto-includes, but they could provide good supplementary support. I advocate choice, but if improvements could be made to a color specific solution to a color that falls behind in the format, then I see no issue.

And none of the suggested cards are something I would imagine would swim rather than sink in eternal formats, but it's possible there's something I overlook.

It's also meant as a general take on a possible solution, and not necessarily the only thing needed to improve white's ability to compete in casual EDH. For instance if the land restoration cards I suggested was a way to go, then more cards that facilitate that line of play could be made. More functional reprints of Evolving Wilds , a variant on Flagstones of Trokair or basically anything that helps that line of play and doesn't need to be *the* fetchlands . Prismatic Vista was a very good alternative to the fetchlands, that sadly has taken a very similar price trend. Although I think that may have more to do with the price of the Modern Horizons set compared to what value was in there, than the actual card - a cash-back so to speak. Now I just hope for future functional reprints - even while owning 2 Prismatic Vista s.

White lands that end up in the graveyard Show

What I mean to say with the above, is that the suggestions in the OP and here is more about a direction of solutions to this perceived issue with white in casual Commander, more than it is "this card will single-handedly turn white into just as great a color as green for Commander". Therefore reflecting on these cards' viability in context to only existing cards would be against the point I try to make.

Think of red for a moment. For almost two decades, red didn't have actual card advantage. They had Browbeat as a punisher mechanic, they had Wheel of Fortune in the very early days but those are more exceptions than the rule. Then red got their temporary draw or draws with downside with an underlying theme "it's here in the now, use it or waste it". Card draw is so basic and essential to the game, that each color has come up with ways to achieve it. I think white needs to find a similar solution for multiplayer formats.


And finally, to quote you; "But if your argument is that they're not as good (the manarocks) and so you don't want to play them, then tough, welcome to how balancing works. And if that's not fair in your mind then you have some really bad double standards."

Does balancing need to include price tags? Joke aside.

But how come a large portion of the Commander community has expressed that white and to a lesser extend red are the least powerful colors in Commander, especially white when considering mono color? Red is getting support lately and is improving, but white falls behind.

Do you claim you know balance better than all those people?

MrBoombastic on Vraska's Pet Bakery

3 weeks ago

Hi there TheDigitalDevil. Another great input, thanks man!

Azeworai on Big Jodah (need help-read description)

3 weeks ago

Alright. As to what I would cut:

Utter End : It's a bit too little mana to be cheated out, yet too costly to be worth it.

Villainous Wealth : 'X' costs can't be abused with Jodah, so I'd remove it.

Genesis Wave : Same deal.

Enlightened Tutor : There are no artifacts outside of a couple of gearhulks and Magister Sphinx , and the only enchantments that seem worth finding are Rhystic Study and Omniscience . It doesn't seem too potent in here.

Casualties of War : I think In Garruk's Wake is just better. So much mana when you could just cast a huge threat.

Enter the Infinite : You can't actually win immediately when this resolves (unless I'm missing something). When this is the case, it's not quite worth it.

Nissa's Revelation : Given how many ways this deck can refill its hand, consider that this doesn't add to the board state, reveals a card in your hand, and is a turn off of doing something else.

Terastodon : I've never really liked this card. Just personal preference. It's a vanilla 9/9 that doesn't do much outside of removal.

Gamble : Not sure why this is here. With Demonic Tutor , Vampiric Tutor , Mystical Tutor , and other superior options, this seems lacking.

AEtherspouts : With Cyclonic Rift , Merciless Eviction , In Garruk's Wake , Plague Wind , and Flood of Tears , this wrath seems excessive.

Vindicate : I prefer Beast Within or Swords to Plowshares when given the option. You have Anguished Unmaking , Cruel Ultimatum , Despark , Assassin's Trophy , and tutors to find them, sorcery speed is without use. More interaction in a deck like this seems as if it's a juxtaposition to the gameplan.

That's all I have for what may be banished, however, I have one recommendation:

Treachery seems as if it would be awesome in here. Steal a creature then cast something huge. A lot of value here.

Paeldroth on The Best Pies in London

1 month ago

Made some changes according to what I could get my hands on. For the time being, removing everything in my "Maybe" list.

Added in Rekindling Phoenix , Squee, Goblin Nabob , Feldon of the Third Path , Lightning Greaves , Bloodhall Ooze , Reassembling Skeleton , Bloodcrazed Paladin , Mastermind's Acquisition , Liliana, Dreadhorde General , Second Harvest , Casualties of War , Spore Frog , Gluttonous Troll , Cinder Barrens , and another Swamp. My mana base still favors red a bit but with my mountains so low, I think it will work. I should be able to play the deck for the first time next week!

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