Mardu Ascendancy


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

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Rare

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Mardu Ascendancy


Whenever a nontoken creature you control attacks, put a 1/1 red goblin creature token onto the battlefield tapped and attacking.

Sacrifice Mardu Ascendancy: Creatures you control get +0/+3 until end of turn.

Mardu Ascendancy Discussion

99LandOTK on Dashed Hopes

2 months ago

Since you're using Dash costs, which to be honest I had never heard of before now but good for you for using it, Brave the Sands does not seem like a good fit. You creatures will be returned to your hand at the end of the turn, they do not need vigilance or better blocking. The ones that aren't dashed in will likely be better off alive than blocking, and I doubt your opponent will tap out against you with such a threat of burst damage. Speaking of burst damage, Lightning Bolt , Lightning Strike , and other burn cards may give you the reach you need once an opponent begins to develope a board to contest yours. Instead of Brave the Sands , I would recommend cards such as Mardu Ascendancy , Flowstone Surge , Glorious Anthem , or Goblin War Drums .

Dash Hopes , while flavorful (which may be good enough to keep it in, your call), is not particularly good. Mardu counterspells include Lapse of Certainty , Pyroblast , Red Elemental Blast , Imp's Mischief , and Withering Boon depending on what you need for your play group. Though to be honest, I'm not sure whether you need them. The counterspells are what I would replace for extra burn or card draw.

Hope this helped and good luck with your deck!

DAWT_PLAWT on EDH - Mardu Control

2 months ago

For your commander, I'd recommend either Mathas, Fiend Seeker or (if you don't need to worry about budget) Queen Marchesa as both fit well into a mardu midrange/control shell

I'd also recommend Crackling Doom as it is a great way to control the battlefield in mardu colors

If you want to go more creature based, Butcher of the Horde , Fervent Charge , and Mardu Ascendancy

djflipswudge on Goblin Infestation

4 months ago

Great deck! A Mardu Ascendancy could work really well in this, if you added a splash of white.

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

10 months ago

Rather than 2x Mardu Ascendancy I am going to swap one out for 1x Raid Bombardment and test it that way instead. I tried this a long time ago with decent performance, but I had just added red to the deck and it wasn't running smoothly at all, and I didn't have the consistency in my creatures that I do now. I also ran it in place of Ascendancy, and as a 3-of, and I think all of those were bad ideas.

The thought is that, even with lots of chump blockers on the opponent's side, I'm still getting a good amount of damage through. It is non-combat damage so a lot of Fogs don't effect it at all, and Leyline of Sanctity doesn't matter because the effect isn't targetting. It's also much, much easier to hardcast than Ascendancy is. Hopefully the playtesting goes well!

I'm still relatively new to Modern, I've only been playing for about 5 months, so I have a lot to learn about maximizing my Game 1 setup, instead of having my G1 mainboard be a mix of answers to a bunch of different decks. Obelisk Spider for instance I run in the MB, but it could probably be in the SB instead for the Humans and Spirit matchups. That being said, is there a better MB creature for that spot? Maybe Lightning Greaves even? It may even get people to mistakenly sideboard in artifact hate on G2, where I can SB it out and only have Spellskite left for it to hit.

Let me know what you think!

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

10 months ago

-- Playtesting for October set release --



2x Kolaghan's Command

2x Lightning Greaves (Sideboard)

1x Maelstrom Pulse (Sideboard)


2x Fulminator Mage

1x Kataki, War's Wage


4x Assassin's Trophy

1x Mardu Ascendancy

Still unsure about how the Vexing Shusher and Sylvok Replica will play out. The Shusher may be turned into another set of Lightning Greaves for the SB, and the Sylvok might be redundant with the Trophys. Maybe a 4th Leyline to improve the mulligans?

Liquidbeaver on Doran's Demolition Derby

10 months ago

SynergyBuild: Tetsuko as a one-of has really been valuable in my meta, as there are a lot of aggro and token decks that have a lot cheaper chump blockers than I do. He can sit in the deck as long as I want, and if I ever need him I can Eldritch Evolution him off a Dryad Arbor, Birds of Paradise, Treefolk Harbinger, or even a Bloodbraid Elf if I need, and he immediately has an effect even if I'm not swinging with him. It can often make a 2-turn difference on my swings for lethal, with is huge if I am up against flying creatures or tons of tokens.

Now whether or not he needs to be Mainboarded is a different story. I honestly can't say for sure.

That being said, I agree that I need another Mardu Ascendancy, as having multiple out just makes gets better and better, and I drastically increase the chance to hit one during a draw or Cascade.

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