Defy Death


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

DarkEclipse18 on Atraxa, Angelic Voice

2 weeks 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

4 weeks 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

1 month 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

1 month 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?

1 month 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.

vampyrialis on Teysa Is Kinda Sexy, Right?

1 month ago

Hi there Voltron3030. First off, I love the deck. I've been using it as a basis for converting my old Teysa deck into a voltron but I had few questions. Thanks for any feedback and have a good one!

  1. How often have you been able to take advantage of Reliquary Tower with this deck?

  2. Descend upon the Sinful, has delirium been very useful?

  3. Emeria Shepherd, thoughts for inclusion? I'm very torn on it as it seems it would be a great fit.

  4. Defy Death, do you get to take full advantage of this card with only 3 Angels?

C1DC0N on Be You Angels?

2 months ago

Hey! Thanks for taking the time to respond ;-D

While I have no problem with this deck never being tier 1, I don't want it to be 'casual'in the sense that casual can sometimes mean 'not really very good'. This is further complicated by my personal desire to keep the deck mostly angels.

I appreciate the suggestion of reanimating them to get around the high mana costs, and it could also have some flavor capabilities with angels already being sort of immortal or undying. I may explore that. I had already somewhat considered that angle which is why Defy Death is here, but to your point that card still has 5 CMC and also only works if the creature has died (was already cast the hard way anyway) or was discarded.

My preference is for the deck to be more straightforward, but I see what you mean... Are angels not viable outside of a gimmick?

Aondail on Angel Tribal

4 months ago

Going with your angel theme i really feel like you want to add Karmic Guide and Linvala, the Preserver. Your decks major weakness is going to be to aggressive strategies -Linvala can help shore that up by being 2 bodies for 1 cost and gain you life very easily. Karmic guide buying you back something that's died (because your stuff will be killed since its large and threatening) might be a good way to go.

I would also consider Defy Death as nice little on theme spell.

You currently only have 3 humans in the deck so Angelic Overseer might not be very good for you.

I would also consider adding Bruna, the Fading Light and Gisela, the Broken Blade simply because one reanimates something for you, the other is good early game and their Meld side is still an angel ;) Brisela, Voice of Nightmares

Quicksilver Amulet might be another worthwhile inclusion just to help make your stuff uncounterable and in alot of cases much cheaper

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