Pyre Hound

Pyre Hound

Creature — Elemental Hound


Whenever you cast an instant or sorcery spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Pyre Hound.

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Set Rarity
Masters 25 (A25) None
Shadows over Innistrad (SOI) Common

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

Pyre Hound Discussion

lifemtg on Mono Red Burn Standard

6 months ago

Darth_Savage thank you so much. I keep feeling like standard or modern goes to turn 8 or something, although I meant this to be a casual deck. Concerning your statement, I really like Guttersnipe , so would two of them work? Also concerning Pyre Hound , I wanted this deck to be modern, then my friend asked me to go to a standard tournament with him, and I had to switch it up a bit. I'll make sure to fix that.

McToters on Feather, Jank Redeemed

6 months ago

TwinStags Hey! Thanks for making the effort for posting! I have been contemplating the Aetherflux Reservoir . It definitely fits in the deck. I currently have it in my Izzet spellslinger deck, but I think it makes more sense to put it in here. I'll debate on purchasing a second one if I think I need it in both decks. I love the Aria of Flame rec! I've seen the card before and now I'm adding it to my Maybeboard until I get my hands on it. Thanks!

To be honest, I have only played around 5 games with this deck so I'm still int he very early stages of figuring out what gets targeted, what works/what doesn't work, etc. So for now I'm keeping Guttersnipe and Electrostatic Field unless people just target them like crazy.

I agree with you on Assemble the Legion . It was mainly a filler card for some token generation when I first built this deck since I didn't already own Young Pyromancer or Vanguard of Brimaz yet. So it can definitely come out now for something more sleek.

And last but not least, Solar Blaze lol. I have it in as a filler board wipe atm. Obviously not great and doesn't synergize with the deck. That will be one of the first cards out. I actually plan on taking a bunch out: Assemble the Legion , Solar Blaze , Surreal Memoir , Pyre Hound , probably Chandra, Fire Artisan , and Mana Cylix for more mana rocks, Aria of Flame, Land Tax and another board wipe.

ChibiNature on The Pie Raker's Army

8 months ago

VaalVanir no worries lol, this format works just fine. I'd say a good 70% of my victories come from Aetherflux Reservoir and Paradox Engine since you will at that point be casting enough cards a turn to start gaining 12-15 life everytime you cast a spell. So in a single round around the table you've gained more than enough life to ping every other player to death. The other 25% of games comes from Guttersnipe or Firebrand Archer since Paradox Engine is such a huge threat on the table it falls to these two dudes to close out games when my main win conditions get nuked.

As for Pyre Hound , he is unfortunately one of the weakest "Heroic" cards for sure. The upside is that the spell doesn't need to target him to get benefit from it, but it is still at the end of the day, only a single +1/+1 counter. First of all, given the previous statement, winning via combat damage only would happen at most, 5% of your games. So that means Hound is only helping you out 1/20 matches (not very good)

And secondly is how his ability compares to others. Let's compare him to Phalanx Leader since it is probably the weakest inclusion of the creatures in my deck. When I'm spawning token creatures on the battlefield I'd say I'd have about an average of 8 creatures before I either win, or get hit by a board wipe, so we'll use that to compare. Hound costs twice as much as Phalanx Leader, and ONLY hits himself. So one +1/+1 counter for 4 mana. Phalanx will hit roughly 8 people with his for half the price, so that makes it 16 +1/+1 counters for 4 mana. While this number will fluctuate up and down depending on the board state, it is fair to say that Pyre Hound is about 16 times worse than our worst creature in the deck, and even when he can be used, he is only relevant 1/20th of the time, since he caters to the least likely win condition in our deck, combat damage.

The only reason Phalanx Leader still has a spot in this deck despite combat damage being an unlikely outcome is because he helps dodge the ever popular Pyroclasm , and to a greater extent Blasphemous Act . And he combos VERY nicely with Dreadhorde Arcanist

VaalVanir on The Pie Raker's Army

8 months ago

ChibiNature Okay you're blowing my mind right now. How about Pyre Hound ?

VaalVanir on Feather

8 months ago

I see where you are going with this deck. Swing big with your heroic and pew pew with Guttersnipe , Labyrinth Champion . Will you consider Firebrand Archer and Sentinel Tower ? One creature you can consider is Pyre Hound .

iano9 on Burn baby burn

1 year ago

I have played with a similar deck to this before, and I would recommend a couple late-game based cards such as Pyre Hound just in case you are playing against a very passive deck. Love the deck. Keep it up!

Italian2stalian on Niv-Mizzet Parum Staples?

1 year ago

Also i would add cards that gives you tokens when you cast instants and sorceries such as Young Pyromancer, Docent of Perfection  Flip, Talrand, Sky Summoner, Metallurgic Summonings, and Murmuring Mystic this way you can focus more on casting them and still have creatures Also Primal Amulet  Flip, Mizzix of the Izmagnus, Charmbreaker Devils, Electrostatic Field, Sphinx-Bone Wand are a must have. Curious Homunculus  Flip, Guttersnipe, Dynavolt Tower, and Pyre Hound would be a good add as well.

Feyamius on

1 year ago

Do you know Pyre Hound? ;)

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