Chancellor of the Annex


Format Legality
Noble Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase 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

LeaPlath on Tell me about legacy

2 weeks 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

4 weeks 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?

Sir_Jinx on Budget UB Reanimator

2 months ago

You have way too many lands and not enough fast mana and discard for a Reanimator deck also your creature base is super weird and to be honest I really don't think your counters are really worth it when you can just reanimate and Chancellor of the Annex and have ever spell countered unless they pay 1 which is back breaking for a lot of decks in the format making this version super slow and inconsistent and weaker than just straight up UB Reanimator

PlattBonnay on Help me update my Reanimator ...

3 months ago

Haven't gotten to play legacy since the top banning, had some questions before I update my RBx Reanimator list (current decklist at the bottom)

1. Is there a consensus on the best splash? Currently I'm on white primarily for Wear/Tear as I think it's the safest splash for an unknown metagame, but I know that people have had success with the green and blue splashes as well.

2. Is Sire of Insanity still good enough? I know it used to be a staple, but I've seen a lot of recent lists that don't have it anywhere in the 75.

3. Chancellor is always a mainboard card right? I believe it is, but I have seen a couple lists that either don't play it at all or just have it in the board. Both seem wrong, but I'd be willing to try it if it if you guys have some positive feedback about it.

4. Any glaring omissions in my list? Like I said, I haven't played it in a while, but I don't think my list is that far off, it's mostly just the sideboard that I'm actually concerned about.

4 Chancellor of the Annex
4 Griselbrand
1 Tidespout Tyrant
1 Sire Of Insanity

4 Dark Ritual
4 Entomb

2 Collective Brutality
4 Exhume
4 Faithless Looting
4 Reanimate
4 Thoughtseize
3 Unmask

1 Chrome Mox
4 Lotus Petal

3 Animate Dead

2 Badlands
4 Bloodstained Mire
4 Polluted Delta
1 Scrubland
2 Swamp

2 Collective Brutality
1 Blazing Archon
1 Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
1 Iona, Shield of Emeria
2 Massacre
4 Stronghold Gambit
4 Wear / Tear

abby315 on Favorite reanimate targets

4 months ago

For sideboard:

Blazing Archon stops Eldrazi & other creature decks (Shardless, Elves, etc).

Archetype of Endurance comes in against Swords to Plowshares decks like Death and Taxes and W/X control (new Miracles, etc).

Grave Titan is also great against Path decks, can dodge GY hate because it's castable with fast mana, and is good against Karakas.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is great against Deathrite Shaman decks and small creature decks like Elves.

4x Chancellor of the Annex main is standard now for any fast Reanimator deck. Good tax effect, non-legendary so Karakas is less of a problem, and the reveal ability protects a t1 reanimate.

R/B Reanimator is much faster than U/B Reanimator and has better topdeck potential (less dead cards like FoW). Has a better Game 1 percentage and hoses a lot of otherwise difficult matchups (D&T) with fast hands that come down before GY hate can. It can splash Green for Reverent Silence or Abrupt Decay in the side.

U/B Reanimator plays more controlly and has a better chance against other fast combo decks because FoW. It's not really played anymore.

HOWEVER, a "Grixis" variant showed up at the recent GP that plays U over R but is built with the speed of R/B. In this build, the Useas splash for a sideboard Show and Tell plan against GY hate.

Between the R/B/g and the U/B/r splashes really just depends on your budget and your playstyle, whether you like to get in there before GY hate, get around it, or destroy it.

Here's my list, it's a pretty typical R/B/g build that I've been tinkering. NEED 4 T1 GRISELBRAND

R/B builds have strict ratios: 10 reanimate targets (4 CHancellor 4 Grisel 2 other), 18 discard/Entomb effects, and 12 Reanimate effects (4 Reanimate 4 Animate Dead 4 other). They run 12-13 lands with 9-13 fast mana sources (4 Ritual 4 Petal 1-2 Mox or 4 Simian Spirit Guide).

These ratios make the deck very streamlined and easy to mulligan (important since it doesn't run cantrips). The "Grixis" version has similar ratios, but I think drops Animate Dead? I don't have as much info on that one.

abby315 on Sparky41

5 months ago

Cool! Okay, how about this:

Your 1x EMA Entomb ($10.30)
2x Chancellor of the Annex ($5.50 ea, $11 total)
1x MM3 Griselbrand ($6)
2x EMA Animate Dead ($3)
4x Faithless Looting ($1 total)

= $31.30

for my Liliana, the Last Hope ($30)?

I used market price for everything and rounded slightly up on Lili because many of the going prices for her are for HP.

This is for an English Lili. I do have a Japanese one that I'm slightly less willing to part with, but if you really wanted that version I'd value it slightly higher and could work something out.

And of course, if there's any $1 ish card in my binder you'd like to throw in, go for it.

Let me know! I've enabled chat.

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