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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 months ago
First thing first, you're on a very slow deck.
Being slow is fine as long as you know how to be slow.
First rule of being slow: Interact.
Stop your opponents from doing what they're trying to do. It seems you've got a decent grasp around this, though many of your choices seem mediocre.
Second rule of being slow: Don't play cards that do nothing but progress your win-condition unless it will win the game on its own.
Lava Spike , for example, is completely wasted unless it actually kills your opponent.
Third rule: Gain card advantage (and by extention, avoid card disadvantage.)
Desperate Ritual , for example, is card disadvantage because it doesn't solve, nor progress, the board state or amount of value. It's only good when you're trying to get ahead or combo off.
This problem seems to be happening mostly because your deck is having an identity crisis.
You want to be a control deck and a combo-engine at the same time. Two playstyles that usually don't mix very well.
Other than that, you have some pretty sketchy choices when it comes to card quality. ( Chandra Ablaze and Venser's Journal are terrible magic cards.) And you should probably keep your deck at 60 cards.
5 months ago
Serra, Mother of the Plane
Legendary Planeswalker - Serra
+1: You gain 2 life for each card in your graveyard, then you may shuffle any number of cards in your graveyard into your library.
-2: You get an emblem with, "At the beginning of each end step, if you gained life this turn, create a 4/4 white Angel creature token with flying and vigilance."
-9: You get an emblem with "Permanents you control have indestructible." and "You and permanents you control have hexproof"
This would be similar to Chandra Ablaze , as the -2 would be good, but still not amazing. The first ability is narrow, and can often do nothing.
-2: Angelic Accord
Although Chandra Ablaze easily reaches her solid ultimate, this Serra would be a hard task to reach it, but a better reward, also it fits its own strategy better. Burn doesn't want a 6 CMC walker. Control-lifegain doesn't mind a 6 CMC planeswalker, also until Chandra, this one likely protects herself well.
More bulk mythics!
5 months ago
6 months ago
One thing I spaced on was draw power and tutors. Mono-Red burn decks always have an issue here. The best I could suggest are:
Gamble ; the card name could not be more direct to the point, but given what we have to work with, it's one of the best tutors in this color.
Cathartic Reunion ; more Crucible shenanigans to be had here. Still good even without it in play.
Wheel of Fortune ; The OG. Only recommended if you have the cash to blow on this thing.
Illuminated Folio ; I'm iffy here, but I'll throw it out, anyway. The only concern with this card is its initial investment and the odds of having mostly land and not enough Red cards in your hand.
Molten Psyche ; more of a hand refresher, but useful nonetheless, as that kind of effect is a burn deck's best friend.
Teferi's Puzzle Box ; not necesserily draw power, but definitely a hand refresher every turn. It keeps opponents frequently mixed up while giving you greater odds of finding anything that isn't a Mountain.
Browbeat ; almost a guaranteed draw because nobody wants to take 5 damage in this format (unless they have lifegain)
Dragon Mage ; a pricer card in terms of CMC, but getting a wheel effect every time you swing successfully is great.
Knollspine Dragon ; another mana-demanding creature initially, but it has a wheel ETB trigger and high p/t to boot.
Skullclamp ; make a Mountain a creature, equip Skullclamp, sac it, draw, repeat.
Scrying Sheets ; only do this if you're up to replacing all of your normal Mountains with Snow-Covered versions.
Mind's Eye ; a higher initial investment, but it has a solid effect.
Seer's Sundial ; great for a deck dependent on always playing land.
Journeyer's Kite ; Repeatable land search. Perfect for the deck.
Mikokoro, Center of the Sea ; gives everyone draw power, but still produces mana when you need it.
Extraplanar Lens ; if you change your Mountains to the snow-covered versions, you will want this. You're going to be sacrificing your lands a lot, so the further those can go in mana production, the better.
Kher Keep ; mostly for defense.
I don't recommend necessarily all of these, rather, browse through them and see which ones you like.
Try not to add too many utility lands. I only suggested the two I did because chances are, you could get away with 2-3 non-Mountain lands, but I wouldn't push your luck.
Your duplication spells can also be used to either counter Counterspell effects and/or duplicate opponent's draw/tutor spells. Try to keep that in mind in your games.
6 months 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.
7 months 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 .
8 months 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)
11 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.
Chandra Ablaze occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.0%