Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Legendary Planeswalker — Chandra
+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Gain .
-3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
-7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker."
Printings View all
|Signature Spellbook: Chandra (SS3)||Mythic Rare|
|Kaladesh (KLD)||Mythic Rare|
|SDCC Promo 2017 (S17)||None|
|Promo Set (000)||Mythic Rare|
|SDCC Promo 2018 (S18)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Chandra, Torch of Defiance occurrence in decks from the last year
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Chandra, Torch of Defiance Discussion
1 week ago
No, it would be awful in a burn deck. victory at any price is more synonymous with black than red. In most cases I'd rather just smack someone with a Hellrider or Thundermaw Hellkite if I'm going to be spending 4 or 5 mana on something or just play an actual planeswalker. Chandra, Torch of Defiance is relatively cheap atm due to the spell books. Will say though the art is very nifty though.
2 weeks ago
I stopped playing Modern a while ago but I took a look at cards' prices recently and saw that Chandra, Torch of Defiance is now at a very affordable price. I always loved this card and I'm wondering what would the best deck be for her, if I were to build something again?
Should it be RG Ponza or Mono R prison? Something spicier similar to Burn or smthg that I'm not aware of?
Thanks for your input.
2 weeks ago
OK so this deck has some major issues. Also if you are posting a deck for help please stop putting cards on seperate lines. If we are helping which dont need to know which version of a card it is and it makes looking at the deck so much worse.
I would cut the white. You don't have any of the high impact whits cards and 2c would improve your mana base no end. For 3 colour in modern you need fetches and shocks as otherwise your mana base comes online too slow and doesnt allow for removal on curve versus say aggro.
Cut the walkers. Scions is very low impact. Ral is 5 mana and doesnt win the game. Modern is a turn 4 format in terms of when you want to be ahead and turn 5 Ral then they leave it alone for multiple turns isnt gonna happen.
You need to be playing 4 Lightning Bolt. Manamorphose. Thought Scour. Pheonix. Dreadhorde if you are playing dreadhorde, Opt, Serum Visions, Merchant. Personally I would then run 2 Lava Dart and some Izzet charms. Gut Shot and Lava Axe sometimes see play as 1-2 ofs. Surgical Extraction is one of the best cards you can play in the deck as a free spell, information, disruption and hate. So get some of those. Finale of Promise as a 1-2 of reads "return all pheonixes from your gy and cast a spell"
Ideally you wanna play 14 bodies max with 4 of them being Merchant, 4 Pheonix. From there I would consider Thing in the Ice Flip and Magmatic Channeler as a board wipe and a beatstick/CA card. Stormwing might be OK but its UU which taxes the mana base a little bit more.
For sideboard, Abrade is removal and artifact hate. Mystical Dispute is solid anti-Uro cards. Stopping that first Uro really helps prevent snowballs. If you had a stronger 2c mana base Blood Moon could really help. Dragon's Claw versus burn and aggro and scapeshift is a solid plan as you can get out of death range. Flusterstorm versus combo is quite nice and has added utility with your flurry of spells. Chandra, Torch of Defiance comes in and grinds the game out when your opponent goes to drop GY hate versus you, as can Jace, the Mind Sculptor. Surgical Extraction is once again great and if you run 2-3 copies main deck run the extra copies here. Card is great.
1 month ago
ellie-is: here is the update from today:
- Game1 Esper Control: Got good starts in both Matches
- Game2 AspiringSpikes Jeskai Wildfire:
-- Match 1: Mulligand to 5 with still 1 Land -> Conceded turn 3 to opponents Teferi, Time Raveler with only 1 Land myself
-- Match 2, the good case happened: Got 4 Birds out of Battle Screech Turn 4 and won Turn 6 with them :)
-- Match 3, the bad case happened: Got my board cleared with Supreme Verdict, played but was not able to flash back Battle Screech afterwards and then lost the game to Cryptic Command + Mystic Sanctuary + Jace, the Mind Sculptor :(
- Game3 Temur Taking Turns:
-- Match 1: Opponent was able to keep his head above the water with Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath's Lifegain and Cryptic Command-Tap my Team. Did not draw any "Virtues" and lost to the combo with 13 1/1 creature tokens onboard
-- Match 2: Opponent got down a turn 1 Wrenn and Six due to Gemstone Caverns and was able to ping down my early tokens, played an Anger of the Gods turn 4, slowed me down with Jace, the Mind Sculptor & Chandra, Torch of Defiance and won with his combo turn 7
Conclusion: the games where overshadowed by my lack of sideboard cards against control and not by Battle Screech alone and I need more playtests, do you have any suggestions ?
The MonoW manabase felt a lot better than the Orzhov manabase indeed
I don't think that cutting on the 2-Drops is a good idea due to the low landcount and Windbrisk Heights coming into play tapped (sometimes turn 3) , it would be possible to run a split between Battle Screech, Spectral Procession and Lingering Souls.
1 month ago
One easy swap:
We don't want to defend planeswalkers. Tectonic Giant fits the same role but is more durable and can attack.
1 month ago
Command Beacon - For when your commander is too expensive
Ancient Tomb > Temple of False
Arch of Orazca > Darksteel citadel - Darksteel is nice with cleansing fire, but arch provides draw, albeit expensive, is nice when you are inevitably out of gas
Strip Mine - Destroy coffers, cradle, urborg, field, etc...
Valakut Stoneforge - "Utility"
Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle - Not necessary but good to have
Hedron Archive - Ramp when you need it, draw when you don't
Humble Defector - Nice to have but not necessary, politics and card draw. Nice with homeward path should you wish
Ignite the Future - "Draw" and flashback is very powerful
Light Up the Stage - Similar to above, easy to cast with all your burn. Although truth be told, you should really cut down on burn and focus on strengthening your weaknesses rather than incorporating burn with no particular strategy
Mind's Eye - Expensive, not necessary but nice with wheels
Outpost Siege - A little slow similar to above, but often gives you many cards as people don't want to waste removal on it.
Skullclamp - Draw
Solemn Simulacrum - Draw and ramp
Chandra, Torch of Defiance - Best chandra - Ramp, draw, removal and wincon all in 1
Sensei's Divining Top - Digging 3 cards deeper is always nice
Wayfarer's Bauble - Ramp
Gauntlet of Power - Helps you achieve kicker
Caged Sun - Read above
Deflecting Swat - Redirect removal, counterspells, targetted draw, etc... way too much utility to ignore
Urza's Incubator - Ramp
Be sure to let me know what you think of each suggestion. There are more tribal cards to consider but since I don't play tribal, they are not on the top of my head. Once we go through these, we can consider other tribal cards as well. Your biggest issues are lack of ramp and card draw. For a dragon deck, it's not bad.
1 month ago
Thanks for taking the time to go through the list RNR_Gaming!
Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver seems pretty underwhelming and provides no real value when she’s killed before she can put something into play. Since Daveslab2022 confirms though: what am i missing? Or is it mostly just a fun card that can get something silly out 10% of the time?
PS: I just realized there’s a sick 4-way combo: Tezzeret the Seeker, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, The Chain Veil, Sol Ring (or other 2 mana artifact): this is infinite planeswalker activations for every other planeswalker on the board, and at the very least a chandra ultimate! Nice :D
2 months ago
gato91, I'll use the full playset of Crash Through. Good call for replacing Soul-Guide Lantern for Tormod's Crypt. I wanted the card draw, but I forgot artifacts can buff prowess. Makes me think about Bone Saw, but that's a more aggressive play. I'll think about Bedlam Reveler, but if I wanted to add it, I'd probably have to take out Chandra, Torch of Defiance. And doing that just augments the trample win condition rather than adding an alternate win condition emblem with some solid loyalty abilities. I'm aware it does slow down the deck for that to happen. I'll try my current list for my next Pioneer matches, and if it's too slow, I know your suggestion will help speed things up.
I never thought of Burning Prophet, but adding two of her in can't be that bad. Not just yet though. If I eventually do, I should take away 4x Abbot of Keral Keep or Heartfire Immolator, add three of her and add an extra Lightning Strike or Light Up the Stage. Does that sound about right? I'll have to play a bit to determine to go full draw or if Heartfire Immolator's sacrifice ability is too good to give up.
Also tempted to put in 3x Spikefield Hazard Flip as a replacement for Sunscorched Desert. Great for 'cycling' my lands for yet another prowess trigger after I have a decent mana base, and it solves my excess colorless mana problem.