Defy Death


Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Modern Legal

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Avacyn Restored Uncommon

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Defy Death


Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If it's an Angel, put two +1/+1 counters on it.

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Defy Death Discussion

RUST-O on Avacyn, Angel of Boardwipes

1 week ago

Its not on the list but if you're thinking of Loyal Retainers for recursion I think thats a good idea. Especially if you loose a valuable piece for whatever reason.

I suggest these cards in addition to that.

Defy Death is really good with angels. Yeah its 5 mana but well worth it.

Profound Journey is like a double defy death without the +1/+1 counters. But rebound is really nice.

War Priest of Thune seems really good here. Always good to have ways to get rid of a pesky o-ring on your stuff.

As far what to take out... you got me there. Everything in the deck has a purpose.

DarkEclipse18 on Angels incoming

2 weeks ago

Maybe Defy Death as a recurion engine, of if something makes you mill/discard an angel you can recur it cheaper.

DarkEclipse18 on Angelic Devotion

1 month ago

Ugh can't edit my last post, anyway I didn't count personally but i see Defy Death under two categories, and while it makes sense since it fills both roles just wanted to make sure that the deck doesn't have 2 copies by accident

InflateTheToad on F*ck Yo Creatures

2 months ago

@celsha While yes Martial Law doesn't do much in the deck, Grafdigger's Cage will result in a disruption to 5 other cards in the deck (Emeria, The Sky Ruin, Field of Souls, Auramancer, Graceful Reprieve, and Defy Death) that is already seen in Rest in Peace, Samurai of the Pale Curtain, and Relic of Progenitus.

GoldenDiggle on Say Your Praers

2 months ago

I love Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite! I have been wanting to pick her up since her reprint, but I haven't gotten around to it yet...

I think your deck could use a Crackdown. It hurts everyone who isn't white, and nothing you have is affected by this.

If you are looking to spit out tokens, Nomads' Assembly can crank them out pretty good, as can Deploy to the Front. (which isn't as useful because Elesh Norn kills a lot of stuff.)

Authority of the Consuls and Blind Obedience slow down what survives, and the latter acts as a mana sink that drains.

Since you have got some angels (mono white always does) it may be worthwhile adding Defy Death, cause it beefs things up a bit.

Deck looks fun! +1!

Firebones675 on Legendary Engels

2 months ago

With so many one ofs, have you considered turning it into an edh deck?

Here are a few other cards you might want to consider either way

Defy Death: self explanatory

Heroes' Podium: good with lots of legends

Thalia's Lancers: ditto. If you include a single copy of Eiganjo Castle they even have the ability to grab a land if needed

Herald of War: makes things cheaper

Voltron3030 on Teysa Is Kinda Sexy, Right?

2 months ago

Reliquary tower isn't always necessary but I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it. And since it's a land it doesn't take the slot of a spell so I don't see it doing any harm. And it's fun to show off with Weathered Wayfarer.

For Descend upon the Sinful, I've only had it in here a few months and only played it twice. Once, I had delirium and the other time I didn't. It's basically just a board wipe until I purchase Wrath of God. I need board wipes because my playgroup likes to steal Teysa away from me and give her hexproof.

I had Emeria Shepherd in here for a very long time and it did really well for me. I cut it for Mind Stone actually because ramp has been more and more necessary within my playgroup than recursion. If I ramp well enough, early enough, all my opponents are dead long before Emeria Shepherd starts paying off. But it is definitely worth consideration if you're building anything with white.

And finally, Defy Death isn't always perfect, but 5 to put something on the field is about as good as it gets next to Dread Return, which I don't usually have enough sac fodder for. Occasionally I get a bigger Avacyn. I used to run a lot more angels and demons because I liked the subtheme but I've been cutting them over time for better, more strategic cards. I've also been slashing my mana curve because angels and demons tend to be pricey.

So I hope this helps. As I've pointed out, there are arguably better alternatives for each of the cards you are questioning. Just find what works best for you. I hope your deck turns out nice and your opponents groan as soon as you pull it out of the box.

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