Defile

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Horizons (MH1) Common

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Defile

Instant

Target creature gets -1/-1 until end of turn for each Swamp you control.

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Defile Discussion

kamarupa on Call the Exterminator! Mono-Black Budget Rats

6 days ago

Defile seems decent. 1x Cabal Stronghold might be useful, as would 1x Bojuka Bog / Scavenger Grounds and 1x Buried Ruin .

Spells with Madness like Call to the Netherworld combo really well with Pack Rat.

Wolfman1546 on Zombie Horde

2 weeks ago

So I Picked up Defile and thats added in. The others are still to pricey for me at the moment. What about adding in Bontu's Monument for the time being to lower over all mana costs?

Jpinkman on Zombie Horde

1 month ago

well, butcher ghoul is not that good unless you put a sac engine into this deck like Carrion Feeder , in general cmc is too high. i think cemetery reaper is a bad zombie lord because he doesn't do much, it makes u spend mana and tap him. death baron is ok. diregraf colossus ok too (death baron and diregraf colossus are only lords i would play). diregraf ghoul can be replaced with Gravecrawler (can't miss him in a zombie deck) or Dread Wanderer (a bit slow but still fine). u should play at least 8x 1mana zombies. graveyard marshal is not so bad but of course he can be replaced too, maybe with Relentless Dead .

liliana's triumph is ok. murder should be replaced with Fatal Push or at least Defile . vile rebirth can be nice only for sideboard because you can't cast it if you don't exile a creature from enemy graveyard (you dont want to exile yours!).

Call to the grave is just too slow for modern. Endless rank of the deads could be playable but not more than 2x of it.

Liliana death majesty again has a very high cmc, so i would not consider buying her. Of course there are better lilianas: Liliana of the Veil (too expensive), Liliana, the Last Hope (again very expensive), Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip affordable and still nice, Liliana, Untouched By Death is still better than death majesty but honestly i won't play her.

You should play a good mix of creature destroying cards and some discard for at least trying being a bit more competitive.

ValasCladdana on I'm the Next Modern Hokage!!!

1 month ago

Chart a Course might work...and you have a point on relying on a slower card to make Defile work. It just seems to be an underrated card. Gets around indestructible effects and can make my opponent wary of commiting attackers or blockers. Will playtest and see how it goes. Good suggestions though

wallisface on I'm the Next Modern Hokage!!!

1 month ago

ValasCladdana

I’m still not convinced on the land count, but if it’s working for you, that’s all that matters

If you have to run slow-lands for Defile then surely this is a reason to run better killspells? Fatal Push just seems all-round better imo, and saves your landbase from coming in tapped (which seems like a big concession for a tempo/aggro-ish deck?)

My concern with Azra Smokeshaper comes from it only ever interacting on the attack, after blockers are declared. That’s a really narrow window, making this usefulness really niche. Also, presumably this will be only ever in response to another ninja coming out and your opponent panic-spelling them, which means you need enough mana up to be ninjutsuing this guy and someone else (seems iffy on 18, even if they get drawn fast? You’d need 4 for infiltrator, 6 for shinobi?)

Night's Whisper would be ok if you weren’t playing blue. Blue has access to Serum Visions , and if you’re really wanting to spend 2 mana, Chart a Course .

I’m writing this all with best intentions of helping your deck in mind, so hopefully this doesn’t come across as non-constructive. All the best ninjuring your way to victory!

ValasCladdana on I'm the Next Modern Hokage!!!

1 month ago

I've had a lot of experience running ninjas. More than 20 lands runs a huge risk of mana flooding. Back when ninjas were first around I ran a mono blue build with Higure, the Still Wind and even with him nabbing me ninjas I still ran into chunks of land.

Fetid Pools was a way to improve the hits for Defile as they count as swamps.

Azra Smokeshaper was put in for it's defensive capabilities along with the fact that it only takes 2 mana to jutsu it in. Swinging at an opponent can easily go sideways, this allows me to circumvent combat tricks with one of my own

Night's Whisper seemed a decent choice as it's 2 cards for one and only requires 1B.

Negate I'll admit was a weak choice, in all honesty I was burnt out and couldn't decide on anything, so I threw it in as a kind of place holder

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