Past in Flames

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

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition Mythic Rare
Commander (2016 Edition) Mythic Rare
Innistrad Mythic Rare

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Past in Flames

Sorcery

Each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard gains flashback until end of turn. The Flashback cost is equal to its mana cost.

Flashback (You may cast this car from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then exile it.)

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Past in Flames Discussion

EmblemMan on Is combo viable in competitive ...

2 days ago

OK I am going to give a more in depth analysis of combo in modern because there's quite a few differing opinions and I just want to clear some stuff up and you can decide for yourself. (I didn't do this before because I was on mobile and now I am at work and bored.)

So as mentioned before there are quite a few spell oriented OTK decks.

Ad nauseum is a deck that kills you only with the combo and does it in one turn. It uses Angel's Grace or Phyrexian Unlife and ad nauseum to draw their whole deck and cast Lightning Storm pitching bunch of lands or Laboratory Maniac and a draw spell to just win. This deck was very popular for a time because it can win at instant speed and it just "do these resolve?" Ok I win then. The reason it has fallen out of favor is because any deck running black these days is running 6-8 discard spells and even though it has a lot of card selection it also needs to find very specific cards to combo off. Also if you discard and Surgical Extraction their ad nauseum they literally cannot win. The deck was pretty favored against creature decks but its just pretty darn bad against discard spells.

UR gifts storm this deck is a more recent addition to combo in modern just because it was more of a niche deck but with addition to Baral, Chief of Compliance it has become a lot more consistent. This is another OTK style combo deck that pretty much only wins with a stormed Grapeshot or attacks with a stormed Empty the Warrens. The deck just uses Goblin Electromancer and/or Baral, Chief of Compliance to generate a lot of mana and cast Gifts Ungiven and Past in Flames to recast their graveyard and Grapeshot the opponent. The best part of the deck is that it is pretty skill intensive. It requires a lot of knowledge about the deck but once you have certain situations covered you can do very well with it. The deck is good against discard decks because it can be a bit more consistent with the Gifts Ungiven s but it is kind of slow to go off so fast creature decks especially with interaction for their creatures can stop them.

Cheerios combo deck which is pretty similar to UR gifts because it uses Grapeshot to win. It uses Puresteel Paladin and/or Sram, Senior Artificer, a bunch of 0 mana equipment, Retract and Grapeshot to get a big storm count draw their deck and kill. The deck is very susceptible to creature removal and bad draws but is very explosive. Because its pretty inconsistent though people tend to not play it in tournaments right now because early creature interaction is so common and it can kind of flounder and fail.

Titan shift so there are a couple variations of this deck but I went with one that played both Primeval Titan and Scapeshift. This deck is pretty straight forward you get 7ish lands and cast Scapeshift getting Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle and mountains for an OTK. Or you can try to grind them out with Primeval Titan although once that card resolves or attacks its basically game over. The reason I said this is not a common or good deck right now is because "bolting things" is not good enough right now and its bad to discard spells a little bit. The boogeyman in modern right now is deaths shadow aggro in mulitple variations and this deck will just kill you before you can combo off and you cant bolt their creatures. Also in the blue version they play Stubborn Denial and Scapeshift looks pretty bad then. So the deck is mostly good against small linear creature decks which just isnt most of modern right now.

Goryos vengeance combo-y decks the deck here is the one with Goryo's Vengeance Griselbrand and Nourishing Shoal and it uses those cards to draw their deck and attack and Through the Breach in Worldspine Wurm and bolt you with Borborgymos Enraged. So it has a few avenues to win with but they are all pretty OTK style. The deck loses to itself a lot with bad draws and can be susceptible to graveyard hate but is VERY explosive it mostly just loses to fast aggro decks and counterspell heavy decks. Right now people just dont like playing decks that lose to themselves.

So now we will move into the creature heavy combo decks.

Kiki chord this deck is very much a value deck that when it happens to combo it just kind of does. The deck just plays good creatures and sort of a "toolbox" approach with Chord of Calling to try to kill your opponent and out value them. If it can it has the option of comboing them with Restoration Angel and Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker as mentioned above in Smackjacks UWR kiki control. These decks are fine right now because Path to Exile is pretty good but playing the value game is kind of hard so the combo is pretty useful. I am not sure exactly how they are favored right now but they are not very popular to my knowledge.

Abzan collected company combo this deck goes up and down with popularity as time goes on. It uses Melira, Sylvok Outcast and/or Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit with Kitchen Finks and/or Murderous Redcap and Viscera Seer to gain infinite life or deal infinite damage (or make their creatures infinitely large). It can also play a small value game with their creatures but not nearly as well as kiki combo can because this deck is more set up to combo more often then not. This deck is actually probably pretty good right now but its just not super popular and I am sure there is a reason for that but I dont quite know what that is.

Knightfall this deck is sort of a combo deck so I included it. It uses Knight of the Reliquary and Retreat to Coralhelm to make the knight really big in combat and OTK someone. It also plays a value game similar to kiki chord and abzan coco combo but this one is more of a value deck than a combo one because it plays so few pieces of the combo since you cant hit both off Collected Company or Chord of Calling. This has seen a bit of resurgence but mostly in just a couple niche tournaments where it did pretty well I do not personally think is that great because the value game is so much like abzan coco and kiki chord with much less of a combo game to it.

So these are what I personally consider combo decks in modern. "Combo" is extremely subjective and everyones definition is different so take this as you will. Other combo-y decks that people mentioned above are elves, dredge, tron? I have no idea why people think this is a combo deck, affinity also why is this considered a combo deck?

So check them all out see what hits your preferences there are resources to help understand and better play every single one and they all have their advantages and disadvantages. My personal opinion and through MTGO and tournament reports the combo decks I listed and explained are not well positioned because there is so much deaths shadow aggro and discard decks and they just cannot assemble all they need and die too fast because of it. Or they flounder too much and die.

Chewbaklava on Wort, the combo mother

3 days ago

Hey dood. I'm a little late to the party, but I've been brewing my own Wort deck. Its more along the lines of a goblin combo tribal, but some fun interactions for me have been:

red draw that has "as an additional cost" is prime. I notice you run all but the best:Cathartic Reunion

Also, some fun graveyard interaction is Nostalgic Dreams. Only works when conspired, but when it works, you get to double your hand size with your choice of cards from your grave.

Cheeky Creature tutoring:Eldritch Evolution (I run a Goblin Recruiter package, so saccing a token to set the deck in motion is VALUE)Traverse the Ulvenwald

Harrow I really like. Mainly because the lands come into play untapped so when I conspire it, it pays for itself and lets me cast more spells in the same turn.

For finishers -- Mizzix's Mastery and Past in Flames really bring me over the top. I prefer these to things like insurrection in this deck.

Chewbaklava on Conspirefication

3 days ago

Hey dood. I'm a little late to the party, but I've been brewing my own Wort deck. Its more along the lines of a goblin combo tribal, but some fun interactions for me have been:

red draw that has "as an additional cost" Cathartic Reunion Wild Guess Tormenting Voice

Helps get to the ramp/land drops early and conspired late is amazing card draw.

Cheeky Creature tutoring: Eldritch Evolution (I run a Goblin Recruiter package, so saccing a token to set the deck in motion is VALUE) Traverse the Ulvenwald

Crop Rotation I really like. With conspire its ramp, you can also use it to ramp if you sac a basic to get Blighted Woodland

For finishers -- Mizzix's Mastery and Past in Flames really bring me over the top. I prefer these to things like insurrection in this deck.

GeminiSpartanX on H: Amonkhet W: Binder

3 days ago

I was only able to attend 1 prerelease this time around, but after winning it I pulled a few goodies that some people (EDH players?) may want more than me.

Combat Celebrantfoil icon

Glorybringer

Champion of Rhonasfoil icon <-date-stamped promo

Pull from Tomorrow

Shadow of the Grave

2x Insult / Injury

Dread Wanderer

and a few others. If you're looking for cheaper cards just ask and I'll check. I'm mostly looking for the less-expensive cards listed in the wants section of my binder, with a focus on the cards needed for me to finish off UR Gifts storm (Baral, Chief of Compliance, Past in Flames, Sleight of Hand), but any matches would be great honestly. Let me know!

tpmains on Rakdos Storm

1 week ago

I think it would be good in a deck where you discard your own cards. In this deck, the only card that makes you discard your own cards is Burning Inquiry so I don't think it would fit. Also, this deck has Past in Flames to play the same role. Past in Flames does cost more than Shadow of the Grave, but it doesn't have the stipulation of only getting back stuff from this turn.

I do think it would be good against this deck, since it would allow you to get back everything that you had to discard.

GS10 on Akiri/Kydele, The Chosen Kruphix Line-Slinger

1 week ago

Keep in mind that Fireball can be countered, so it's good to have at least Past in Flames as a backup if you get it countered once or if you have to pitch it to a wheel effect and need to play it from the graveyard ;)

GS10 on Akiri/Kydele, The Chosen Kruphix Line-Slinger

1 week ago

Probably needs to be more streamlined, in my experience Partner Commanders tend to not be very fast unless they are enabling some sort of fast combo, and you don't seem to have a lot of pieces needed to combo off fast.

Paradox Engine is insane with Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix, and it combos perfectly with Isochron Scepter (and a respectable package of instants), easy inclusions that also strenghten Akiri, Line-Slinger incidentally.

I'd run a lot more wheel effects, and there are some not too expensive in the likes of Windfall, Winds of Change, Molten Psyche, Reforge the Soul, also ways to make use of the cards you pitch, like Past in Flames or even Snapcaster Mage, Torrential Gearhulk, Jace, Telepath Unbound and such.

Even if you go infinite on mana, which you can with the cards you already run, I don't see exactly how you'd turn that into a win right away, so you might actually go infinite without being able to win the game on the spot. Also, you can make infinite colorless mana, but not convert it to any color, so even if you draw into your whole deck with Staff of Domination, you wouldn't be able to cast more than a few cards, Gemstone Array is a good addition that helps with that as well, and if you want to win by drawing your whole deck, maybe Laboratory Maniac as well, even though I'd prefer some kind of Fireball which is my weapon of choice.

Check out my deck for any additional insight if you want to. Kydele and Akiri are not the most competitive pair, but they are very underrated nontheless. Really fun duo to play, I just think you need to fine tune your list a bit more to be able to make the most of it consistently ;)


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Spirits on Mizzix, the Storm EDH

2 weeks ago

Awesome, thanks! Manbeast75

Whispers of the Muse is a great suggestion for Visions of Beyond, I've never really had a consistent connected Visions of Beyond. I may keep Plea for Power in temporarily, and remove Visions of Beyond for the Firemind's Foresight, see how my draw works. Plea for Power with Mizzix of the Izmagus is usually for a turn or 3 cards, pretty respectable conversions. Keeping Whispers of the Muse on the backburner, also allows me to draw my entire library in an Infinite scenario, very interesting. I think I need Whispers of the Muse because of the Isochron Scepter to have enough targets.

Mind's Desire has been reasonably good to me thus far, not sure it's necessary, I may have won without it, but it allowed me to play a Guttersnipe or a Sphinx-Bone Wand. It's definitely low on my priority scale, I just put it in over Ignite Memories to test it out.

I see how Sakashima the Impostor would be good, especially for a Blue Sun's Zenith or Stroke of Genius, not sure I can get the room, plus I find that Mizzix of the Izmagus is usually free casting Kicked Rite of Replication anyway, but I'll keep it in mind.

Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir is amazing, I have to get one of him when I'm at the store next.

Intuition is an interesting one, I have it in my maybeboard, Mystical Tutor, Merchant Scroll, Past in Flames or Mystic Retrieval means I get to play them all, regardless of which card an opponent puts in my hand. Mystical Tutor or Merchant Scroll can pull my Firemind's Foresight or Turnabout, or I can pull Personal Tutor for a Mizzix's Mastery.

I've been looking through your deck and clicking the guys, still going through it all.

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