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Planeswalker — Chandra
+1: Discard a card. If a red card is discarded this way, Chandra Ablaze deals 4 damage to target creature or player.
-2: Each player discards his or her hand, then draws three cards.
-7: Cast any number of red instant and/or sorcery cards from your graveyard without paying their mana costs.
Chandra Ablaze Discussion
4 days ago
It occurs to me that a lot of people are going to try and keep good permanents in their hand, so you can't steal them. The way around that is to know what is in their hand, and steal it from there anyways.
Telepathy tells you what is there, and makes your counterspells much more useful.
Alhammarret, High Arbiter is funny because his ability continues to work even if you give him to someone else. Politics wise, he can help to rebalance the board, taking one player's big threat out of the game while giving the weaker player a 5/5 Flying blocker.
Chandra Ablaze gives you amazing hand control combined with Zedruu. She forces your opponents to discard all the cool stuff they've been holding, and then you draw a bunch of cards on your next upkeep with Zedruu to keep the resources imbalanced in your favor.
1 month ago
Now the deck is really complete! Keep up the good work Arkheid!
I'd also suggest to add some of the available Wheel effects for compensating lack of draw spells in Boros. These also synergize perfectly with Smothering Tithe , allowing for explosive turns. These cards are:
- Wheel of Fortune
- Magus of the Wheel
- Dragon Mage
- Runehorn Hellkite
- Wheel of Fate
- Reforge the Soul
- Chandra, Fire Artisan
- Chandra, Torch of Defiance
- Chandra, Pyromaster
A question. Why do you have Twinflame ? It doesn't seem to be a good card in this deck, as copying your commander, albeit rebuying you the spell, is then shut down by the Legend Rule, thus having you sacrifice one of the two between original or copy of Feather as a state-base action.
I would kindly advise Hall of the Bandit Lord , as it allows for very good plays you otherwise would miss: its only problem is that it can work only if you are casting for the second time or more your commander and use its mana for commander tax. On the other hand, I would also suggest Lightning Greaves , as you could cast all your instants on the commander and at last equip the Greaves: it can be more of a nonbo than anything else, as it also cuts off combat tricks you could cast and is not removable from the commander unless you control another creature. You have a low creature count, so IDK, maybe not worth including.
At last, one kindof good card for ramp in not green: Explorer's Scope .
1 month ago
Here's a pretty good list of what I'd tweak:
Add - Breya, Etherium Shaper , Revel in Riches , Vampiric Tutor / Demonic Tutor / Diabolic Tutor etc., Forced Fruition , Master of the Feast , Tezzeret, Agent of Bolas , Stroke of Genius , Anvil of Bogardan , Howling Mine , Howling Golem , Copy Enchantment , Blinkmoth Urn , Broodstar
Remove - Daretti, Scrap Savant , Laboratory Maniac , Coveted Jewel , Flux (nobody will choose to do it), Psychosis Crawler (YOU don't necessarily draw enough), Alhammarret's Archive (costs too much mana for a do-nothing), Sunbird's Invocation , Oath of Teferi (too niche), Chandra Ablaze (on the fence, just a lot of mana), Propaganda / Ghostly Prison / Sphere of Safety (unless you're in a super-aggro meta)
4 months ago
Reforge the Soul, would give you another Wheel of Fate effect.
This is just off the top of my head (to be fair I have a deck which plays in this space Grixis Owl-ing Mine) so there are probably more... Hope this inspires you, good luck brewing your deck.
5 months ago
Yes life is a premium, paying life to go fast. Will see how Toxic Deluge goes or if it can't be cast when needed.
Wheel of Fortune/Reforge the Soul/Dragon Mage/Wheel of Fate/Chandra Ablaze/Magus of the Wheel are all viable. I play more Orzhov () and splash the Mardu , so usually I won't be pulling too many read lands with fetches. Also, with a Liliana's Caress type build or a Surveil/Dredge and true Reanimator Living Death/Living End type builds it would be very powerful.
In my build, I always feel like once I get Kaalia of the Vast stabilized where I can start dropping the A/D/D from my hand, when I would Dragon Mage to recharge, it would just give my opponents a solution to whatever, Iona, Shield of Emeria or Avacyn, Angel of Hope or Etc., instead of trying to slow the board state down. I just feel this is better suited to a Nekusar, the Mindrazer or Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder or The Locust God, Etc. type Commander.
I'm unsure about Mausoleum Secrets (Situational/Late game), similar feelings towards Gamble (-1 card advantage and randomness) and Beseech the Queen (Situational/Late game). I think Mausoleum Secrets would be good with Selfless Spirit and Children of Korlis in the deck though. Hmm. I will play test it a bit, see how effective it is.
Angelic Arbiter isn't great against some decks like, Izzet () or Grixis (+) but against commanders like Xenagos, God of Revels or any Haste Commander builds actually, or Blightsteel Colossus. Since we get attacked quite a bit too, it also helps mitigate lots of that damage. Like do you want to cast Cultivate or attack with those 3/3's or whatever, do you want to swing your infect and cast nothing this turn? He's been good, won't replace him anytime soon.
6 months ago
I've been trying to hammer out a monored deck designed to benefit from discard effects, with the goal of making Tibalt, the Fiend-Blooded something greater than utter garbage. I put the little devil dude in a deck with Chandra Ablaze and Pyromancer Ascension years ago, and, though I liked the idea of the 'walkers working together, the rest of the deck was trying to do something Tibalt didn't help with. In other words, I enjoyed the potential interaction among those three cards, but the deck in which I had them wasn't the right shell to abuse them. I ended up removing both planeswalkers from that particular deck, but the idea of building around Tibalt has jumbled around in my brain since. Upon seeing Jaya Ballard spoiled, I started revisiting the concept, and the new Izzet mechanic, jump-start, was the final inspiration to try, once again, to make Tibalt usable. This is what I have so far:
SCORE: 1 | 26 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER
but there's still work to be done. I've got to find the right mix of recursion and actual spells, and there's still trimming to be done. This is my first time seeking advice from the tappedout community this early in the deck building process; thanks in advance for any advice and suggestions!
9 months ago
I would love to see a deck based on Mind Bend.
The best use I could think of was changing Chandra Ablaze to Blue, and dumping enough extra turn spells in the yard so she could ultimate again before the opponents' next turn (her ultimate doesn't exile the graveyard), and burn them out while discarding blue cards in an infinite turn loop.
11 months ago
encelade: I'm happy to hear that the deck is treating you well! I agree with what you said regarding stax/MLD being a reasonable strategy for RW. This is why I was really tempted to playtest Chandra Ablaze in my list, since our opponents will likely have bigger hands than us, and equalizing hand sizes could be considered a form of stax. However, it is hard to justify her since the only ability we would ever want to use is her -2 and she costs 6. Sadly, I have not yet been able to playtest the recent changes I made of Teferi's Protection and Blood Moon, but I had Onward // Victory and Temur Battle Rage in the list since I built it in October, and those cards were solid. Depending on playtest results, I might have to swap them back in if I find that we lack enough finishing power. However, I just bought Blood Moon, and I really do want to find a spot for it. Shielded by Faith is another card I was considering swapping out for the Blood Moon. I can understand completely wanting to play the deck more before tweaking the list. You are winning with it - if it isn't broken, don't fix it!
Also, your changes sound very reasonable. Before I acquired my copy of mana vault, I was running Mind Stone in its place.
Chandra Ablaze occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%