Mortal's Ardor

Mortal's Ardor


Target creature gets +1/+1 and gains lifelink until end of turn. (Damage dealt by the creature also causes its controller to gain that much life.)

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Set Rarity
Mystery Booster (MYS1) Common
Duel Decks: Elspeth vs. Kiora (DDO) Common
Born of the Gods (BNG) Common

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Format Legality
Penny Dreadful Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
MTGO Legal
Pioneer Legal
Noble Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Pauper Legal
Unformat Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Hero Legal
Leviathan Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
2019-10-04 Legal

Mortal's Ardor Discussion

multimedia on Feather's Token Tantrum (~$200)

1 month ago

Hey, nice version of Feather.

If tokens is what you're going for than consider more cards that can pump all of them at once for bigger attacks: Anax and Cymede and Phalanx Tactics. Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin is a good attacker with pump spells and can be a repeatable source of lots of Goblin tokens.

You don't need 40 lands with Feather because one of the advantages is lots of low mana cost spells which means you can play less overall lands. Try 36 lands and the manabase could use a few more dual lands: Battlefield Forge, Rugged Prairie, Clifftop Retreat, Inspiring Vantage, Boros Garrison, Ash Barrens.

If playing Sunforger then also consider Mistveil Plains because it combos with it to be able to keep tutoring for and casting instants. One of the drawbacks of Sunforger is it's high equip cost which you have to pay each time you want to use it's activated ability to tutor. Magnetic Theft becomes very helpful as a repeatable way to equip Sunforger to a creature you control.

Aria of Flame is very good with Feather. It can build up verse counters quick and then every instant/sorcery you cast has lots of added damage to an opponent's face. I suggest adding more instants that draw as these cards are the engine for Feather: Defiant Strike, Psychotic Fury, Guided Strike.

Cards to consider cutting:

Lhurgyof on Budget Crusaders

1 year ago

If you want to work with your commander, there are a lot of ways to damage yourself.

Notably on the land side of things: Grand Coliseum and Nomad Stadium are good budget options.

Benalish Marshal from Dominaria would probably be a good addition here as well. You might want to grab a Crusade and Celestial Crusader while you're at it. Kindred Boon is a pretty sweet mono-white card for tribal decks.

If you need help cutting cards, I feel like Sunlance, Soul Parry, Pacifism, Mortal's Ardor, Mighty Leap, and Dauntless Onslaught are the weakest cards here at the moment.

+1 from me. :)

Liquidbeaver on Healer's Revenge (Esper Lifepain?)

1 year ago

kamarupa: I like your deck! And honestly I think a mix of both of ours is exactly what I am looking for. I especially like the Rest for the Weary, and I think the Mortal's Ardor is something I can work with in the meta I would be playing it in.

Thanks for commenting!

lagotripha on Tainted Love

2 years ago

That kinda makes sense I guess, but surely something instant speed like Cruel Feeding, Mortal's Ardor or Swift Justice would be better in those slots? It becoming a really round-about Pacifism doesn't seem super useful. Something like Oust could be in those slots.

kamarupa on Listerine

2 years ago

Thanks, MagicMarc! That's exactly what I was thinking when I included it, though I did question how many would actually be worth including. Opponents might not have creatures, or might run a flood-style attack, etc, which makes Mortal's Ardor less effective than straight life-burn, but I'll definitely consider adding more if I can find the room!

MagicMarc on Listerine

2 years ago

I think Mortal's Ardor is a great instant speed way to hurt or finish someone if they have a high power creature attacking and Tainted Remedy is on the field. As soon as they declare attackers and tap that creature they are stuck! The only way to stop them from killing themselves by attacking you is getting rid of their own creature before damage resolution.

I have not seen that on a list before and think it quite a canny add. In the right shell it would make a good 4x. Nice build.

PembrokeWelshCorgi on Reflection deck

2 years ago

I prefer just using Mortal's Ardor on the Boros Reckoner, then playing the Volcano Hellion. Who needs infinite life, when you only need enough to win?

I like the deck.

meumeunome on Boros Reckoner + Lifelink interaction ...

2 years ago

Let's say that i have a Boros Reckoner on the battlefield and my opponent have a 3/3 creature attacking, so i give Reckoner Lifelink and +1/+1 with Mortal's Ardor and block the 3/3 creature. I heal 4 at the damage step and then Boros Reckoner ability triggers and i choose 3 damage to go to my opponent. Do i heal for 3 because Reckoner had lifelink until end of turn??

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