Defy Death

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Avacyn Restored Uncommon

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Defy Death

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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

Chopwood on Lifegain

1 month ago

Looks like a fun deck! Do you mainly play casual with your friends? This deck I quite slow for modern, but if it's kitchen magic then it's probably no problem. Still I would replace most (or all) of your high mana spells, since there are many more efficient wincons and life gain options. I understand if you don't want to remove Felidar Sovereign, since it's the basis of the deck, but I have some suggestions for the others. But you should remember that it can be killed very easily by an opponent with some basic removal in the deck. Aside from the guardian, life gain in itself is not a wincon, therefore you should add creatures that pose a big threat on their own!

In general, if you have a card with CMC (converted mana cost) 5 or more it really need to be powerful to be worth it. Also, with this curve you REALLY need more lands, at the very least 26 or 27. If you cut some of the more costly spells you can reduce this to 24 lands. But I would strongly recommend you to cut most of the spells with CMC more than 4 and add a lot of CMC 1 and 2 spells. Also, Eternal Dragon and Karmic Guide are not modern legal, if you only play with your friends then it's not that important, but it's good to know.

Some card you might find useful:

----Lands----

Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx - Can really ramp this deck, making it easier to cast the high mana spells. No more than 2x.

Kabira Crossroads - Comes in tapped but gives you 2 life. 2-4x.

Seraph Sanctuary - Gain life when an angel enters the battlefield. 2-4x depending of how much colored mana you need and on how many angels you have.

Emeria, The Sky Ruin - If you're going to have a lot of plains in play this can be an interesting card, it's not too good though. Perhaps it's better to have 2x Windbrisk Heights.

More lands in general!

----Expensive ($) Creatures----

Gisela, the Broken Blade - Nice card, even without the meld mechanic. Only down side is that is dies to bolt. Have max 3x. It's a bit expensive.

Baneslayer Angel - One of the best angels, just as Gisela it's a bit expensive, but this one can really dominate the battlefield! 3-4x.

Archangel of Thune - The best one can have angel in a life gain deck. However, it's REALLY expensive.

Kitchen Finks - Again, expensive, but solid life gain and a wonderful creature at that!

Serra Ascendant - One more an expensive card, but this is really what you need in a deck like this.

Rhox Faithmender - Not sure it's interesting, but can boost you at the end. No more than 2x.

----Budget Creatures----

Martyr of Sands - Can give you a lot of life, only remember that lands are colorless cards (that includes Plains!).

Soldier of the Pantheon - A nice little critter, if you play against a multicolored deck this guy can give you a lot of life.

Knight of Meadowgrain - A nice 2 drop.

Knight of the White Orchid - No life gain here, but it can save you when you're mana screwed!

Ajani's Pridemate - Doesn't give you life, but it grows when you get life. It's good. 2-4x.

Ranger of Eos - Let's you find 2 Martyr of Sands, 2-4x.

Soul Warden - Good whn you have a lot of cheap creatures.

Soul's Attendant - Same as above.

Divinity of Pride - It's really big turn 5 if you've played your cards right, 2-3x.

----Non-creature spells----

Sunspring Expedition - Very nice life gain, a solid 1-drop that gives you 8 life at instant speed three turns later. 4x.

Rest for the Weary - Nice life gain spell, 4x.

Path to Exile - When it comes to removal this spell is one of the very best in magic. It's a bit expensive to buy, but really "Worth it". 3-4x, no more 4 CMC removal!. Budget alternatives are Condemn and Journey to Nowhere. Oblivion Ring is nice since it can target artifacts, enchantments and planeswalkers as well as creatures!

Congregate - Good if you add more low CMC creatures in the deck. Also good against decks with a lots of creatures.

Celestial Mantle - Boosts a creature (Makes a 1 drop a wincon) and doubles you life! 1-2x.

Elixir of Immortality- Can be something for the deck. 0-4x, depending on what you have to cut in it's stead. It's nice recurring life gain.

Chalice of Life - Interesting card, can really hit you opponent hard if you manage to flip it early.

Invincible Hymn - Use in combination with Elixir of Immortality, and gain 50+ life! Max 1x!

Ajani Goldmane - Planeswalker who's a cat as well as gives you life, can it get any better?

Day of Judgment - Replace all your sweepers with this, it's the best sweeper you can get without paying a lot of money. However, if you really manage to lower your mana curve Dusk / Dawn, which you already have might actually be better. No more than 2-4x in the deck of the one you choose, depending on how many creatures of what CMC you have.

Defy Death - If you want to return a creature from your graveyard you might want to use this spell.


Obviously it's impossible for you to include all the cards I've suggested, but I hope it gives you some alternatives you can think about. Look at the cards, think it over and make a budget, never spend more than necessary or more than you can afford (the last part I still need to learn!). I would really recommend you to lower the mana curve, aim for average CMC 3 for max 3.5, but the lower you manage to lower it the better! Modern is a fast format.

Yes, I am procrastinating. If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

LeaPlath on Angel Reanimator [W/B]

1 month ago

Fair enough, consider Defy Death in place of one of the 4 manas, or Unburial Rites.

Also, you can cut about 3 swamps for 3 plains, makes Emeria easier to turn on and mana better.

MrJH on Angels Embrace

2 months ago

When I first made this deck I had Sigil of the Empty Throne, Defy Death, and Emancipation Angel in it but I found that Sigil of the Empty Throne comes in to late to be useful, Defy Death is only useful for a select few creatures. Emancipation Angel is good but having to bounce a card to your hand delays getting out the rest of the cards you want.

solarbeam on Angels Embrace

2 months ago

Sigil of the Empty Throne, Defy Death, Angelic Purge, and Emancipation Angel are all flavorful cards to consider

RUST-O on Avacyn, Angel of Boardwipes

3 months 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

3 months ago

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

greyninja on Iconic Masters Announced

3 months ago

Maybe stuff like Dragonspeaker Shaman and Defy Death

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