Defy Death

Defy Death

Sorcery

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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Avacyn Restored (AVR) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Defy Death Discussion

ClockworkSwordfish on Brisela, Voice of Nightmares

4 days ago

Do you find you can often live long enough to actually cast Bruna? Seven mana seems like a tall order, especially with only 21 lands. I'm sure the Hedron Archives help, but I can't imagine you consistently cast her by turn seven.

You might have an easier time assembling Brisela by instead casting Gisela and expecting to reanimate Bruna with something like Resurrection, Breath of Life or Defy Death. That way, you could have both of your angels out by turn four or five! The mighty Brisela should be that much more difficult to deal with if she shows up early.

Smorgaz on Avacyn's Angels of the Apocalypse

3 months ago

Brutal_B Cascading Cataracts is basically a second Darksteel Citadel in case the Armageddon happens while Avacyn, Angel of Hope isn't on board. Defy Death does nothing if there is no angel in my graveyard and if I have an other angel in my deck instead I would rather draw that.Since There's no way to tutor for creatures in mono-white, I would rarely draw Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade together and on their own they don't really do that much. Light of the Legion doesn't really contribute to the deck either. She is more suited to a deck that goes wide which this clearly isn't. Seraph of the Suns has way to high cmc for basically being a 4/4 who does nothing most of the time. I just don't have a slot available for a good blocker, when I have various ways of giving any creature indestructible. I had Reya Dawnbringer in there for a while, but once I hit 8 Mana, the only thing the deck wants to do is getting Avacyn out safely. At that point I don't have time to cast Reya anymore. Brought Back might actually be good, but I don't quite see which card to cut for it.

Brutal_B on Avacyn's Angels of the Apocalypse

3 months ago

Not sure why you're running Cascading Cataracts...maybe swap it for Idyllic Grange or Isolated Watchtower. Thought about Defy Death? Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade would be cool additions and they'd fit in the apocalypse theme when joined into their Eldrazi form. Light of the Legion? Seraph of the Suns would be good if you attach Pariah or Pariah's Shield to it if your commander isn't out. Brought Back? Reya Dawnbringer?

KingOfWhales on Aurelia's Assault

4 months ago

I would specifically- take out: Herald of Faith (Not very good. Body is barely ok, 2 life is not that much) Puresteel Paladin (You don't have enough equipment for it to be good) Tajic, Blade of the Legion (It doesn't have any evasion, and a conditional 7/7 is not good) Defy Death (This effect is not good enough for 5 mana. There is a 4 mana version but it's still not very good) Sephara, Sky's Blade (While you do have a lot of fliers, you don't have enough to get the reduced cost frequently)

A lot of your Planeswalkers don't really contribute to your plan of attacking a ton, I would drop some of them.

Mentor is not a very good keyword for commander, a single +1/+1 counter on each attack is not very good, I would recommend taking out the creatures

You do have too many board wipes. You specifically don't want the board to be wiped because you rely on creatures a ton. There might be some synergy with all of your ways to give indestructible.

To help you build the deck, I would organize it with custom tags. Sort all of your cards into one of the following categories:

() Lands

() Removal

() Draw/Card advantage (Etali goes in this, for example)

() Ramp

() Goodstuff (general good cards, like Archangel Avacyn  Flip and Akroma, Angel of Fury. These cards are good, but do not contribute to the general deck theme or synergise with multiple attack steps)

() Synergy (cards that do things when you attack. I would only file cards that give you a permanent advantage when they attack, like Firemane Avenger Sun Titan or Hero of Bladehold, but not Odric, Lunarch Marshal)

ZombieCat on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

1 year ago

Hey Forkbeard

I was wondering what your thoughts were on Serra the Benevolent and Brought Back ? I was thinking of Serra for her tokens and either brought back or Defy Death for recursion.

budlaorf on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

1 year ago

Maybe Defy Death , Norn's Annex are 2 that I can think of. You could replace Boon Reflection with True Conviction , as pretty much all of your life gain comes from lifelink, you will get the "double life gain" from double strike and it will give you another life link source. You will also get more damage and it can also add more devotion for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx .

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