Chancellor of the Annex


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Chancellor of the Annex

Creature — Angel

You may reveal this card from your opening hand. If you do, when each opponent casts his or her first spell of the game, counter that spell unless that player pays 1.FlyingWhenever an opponent casts a spell, counter it unless that player pays 1.

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Chancellor of the Annex Discussion

DidiTheOne on White and Blue Taxes

4 days ago


I think you have too many high CMC cards, I think I would replace 2 x Baneslayer Angel by 2 x Luminarch Ascension.

Maybe you need some removals like Oblivion Ring.

Thalia, Guardian of Thraben and Thorn of Amethyst target you too and you have 16 non-creature spells. I would probably remove 2 x Thorn of Amethyst and 2 x Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. I would replace them with 4 x Chancellor of the Annex.

I love Eidolon of Rhetoric and Spirit of the Labyrinth, more !

Selfless Spirit could protect your creatures, you need to protect them.

Thraben Inspector and/or Mind Stone to draw in opponent's turn.

I also really like cards like Norn's Annex, Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Leonin Arbiter or Cavern of Souls for this kind of decks.

TheVectornaut on First magic deck, Angel control, please help

1 week ago

Your practice hands showed the fundamental weakness of running a high concentration of high CMC bombs. Control generally offsets this by running many bounce spells, counterspells, and other tricks. Rather than fighting for board control, you simply deny the opponent of threats until the late game. I'd consider adding more cards in the vein of Mana Leak, Vapor Snag, and Remand. If you really want it to be more creature focused, GW midrange humans/angels is a possible archetype to look into. Otherwise, you'll have to rely on other means like the walls and taxes you already have. It might be helpful to find cheaper alternatives so that you can start controlling the game earlier than turn 3. For taxes, there's Mausoleum Wanderer, Judge's Familiar, and Thalia, Guardian of Thraben. For defense, there's Fog Bank, Order of the Stars, and Wall of Omens. Some angels that fit a control angle are Archangel of Tithes, Chancellor of the Annex, and Angelic Arbiter. To close out the game, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Iona, Shield of Emeria, and the Bruna/Gisela meld are common picks. Finally, having some way to restock on life and cards can be very useful and Sphinx's Revelation fills this role nicely.

TheRedGoat on you don't need mana to play magic!!!!

1 month ago

So why use Eidolon of Rhetoric when Rule of Law is a thing? If nothing else, would you tell me what you think of Chancellor of the Annex in this build? Too high a cost for their ability perhaps or would it be worth it?

Razulghul on Kaalia Heaven & Hell Rev 1

1 month ago

Hey, looks like you already got some great advice I'll add just a bit. If you are up against competitive combo decks I think MLD and hate cards are the way to go. Depending on the combos cards like Rule of Law, Aura of Silence, Chancellor of the Annex and Angelic Arbiter are all pretty good. You could also add in Leyline of the Void, Stony Silence, Null Rod, Cursed Totem, Thorn of Amethyst, Damping Matrix, etc etc to hate on specific decks. Anyways, hope that helps!

P.s. Sneak Attack as a back up to Kaalia might not hurt either.

LeaPlath on Tell me about legacy

2 months ago

So, right now the most dominant decks in Legacy are:

Grixis Delver/Grixis Control


Show and Tell

Eldrazi Stompy

Death and Taxes

UW Stoneblade

For reanimator there are like 3 varients of it that are any good.

You have UB Reanimator, which gets some nice stuff in counterspells, card selection to try and make a dude and protect it hard. It plays a tempo game I've seen described as similar to Giest decks. Out the side you also get Show and Tell.

BR Reanimator is the king at the moment. Forgoing the selection for better disruption (8 discard spells), better reanimator targets (sire of insanity) and faster mana Chrome Mox often gets a shout) it is a faster version of the deck, but it relies on Chancellor of the Annex to protect itself and its speed to win a lot more where UB can sculpt a hand then go off.

There is also TinFins, a Griselbrand reanimator deck that aims to make Griselbrand, attack once thanks you Goryo's Vengeance, then combo off with him and Children of Korlis to storm off and win on turn 1.

In that style of graveyard deck that is also Zombardment, a lower tier deck that uses recurring creatures and Goblin Bombardment in Mardu or Mardu-Blue colours. Show and Tell which does the "make a fatty" a little more efficiently than reanimator that can also be a mono-blue Omniscience version with a combo win.

Also the going past 5 turn thing isn't weird. Legacy is characterized as having lightning fast decks by people but often the combo decks will sit there sculpting a hand and protecting themselves by going for your hand before they go off, or having powerful grindy decks like Grixis or Czech Pile.

Mandalore6311 on Apostles of Emrakul

2 months ago

I recently stumbled upon footage of this deck and loved it! I'm finishing it up right now, just need a few more cards. I really appreciate how you've explained every card choice, but there's a change that I've been considering for my build. My lgs modern meta is very Grixis and Abzan-heavy, and I face a lot of hand disruption, which sets this deck back far. Since Leyline of Sanctity doesn't work here, I was thinking of fitting in Chancellor of the Annex, either in main or side. What are your thoughts?

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