Soulfire Grand Master

Soulfire Grand Master

Creature — Human Monk

Lifelink

Instant and sorcery spells you control have lifelink.

: The next time you cast an instant or sorcery spell form your hand this turn, put that card into your hand instead of into your graveyard as it resolves.

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Set Rarity
Fate Reforged (FRF) Mythic Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Soulfire Grand Master Discussion

lagotripha on Jeskai monks

1 month ago

Budget lists have a tool more optimised lists do not- your opponent will not know your decklist. Lean into this by starting with a sideboard planned, or multiple sideboards planned for different metas.

So lets start with what 'monks' does great at- seeker and SGM give lifelink, Swiftspear is the premier aggro card, and yun shu gives one-shot potential with a big prowessy-double striker when you have the mana. Burn spells and mantis rider are there to help finish the game.

There are a few ways to twist this to surprise your opponents- the 'go off all in one turn' by banking mana with things like Pentad Prism while setting up with cards like opt, before playing like a Kiln Fiend combo deck with a 10/10 double striker (or just a 6/6 with 8 points of burn). In this build protective spells will be essential, while minimising Yun Shu forecast (or playing it as a deadly threat one week, while using him as a removal magnet for a different combo the next)

There is the 'surprise, I'm now value/grind' Soulfire Grand Master/Lightning Helix control list, where you sit with a Negate until the end of their turn then bolt them, while in most configurations you are just trying to hit them with prowess and negate their spells.

There is the 'classic burn' run the damage numbers and just trade your attackers with their blockers before hitting face with bolts.

There is the U/R tempo Remand archetype, where you try to delay your opponent while efficient creatures eat their face. Mission Briefing isn't Snapcaster Mage for this style, but can still work.

There is the 'true' midrange tax list where you play narset & tferi in place of some of the remand elements in the above list. Narset makes a good source of card advantage without breaking the bank.

Finally there is the 'unfair combo' that does things like like cast Reforge the Soul or Knowledge Pool to lock your opponent out of the game in concert with a plainswalker, or jank out a win with Mystic Sanctuary/Time Warp/ soulfire grandmaster.

You probably have space in your seventy-five for three of these, but the less focussed any 60 cards is on one plan, the worse it will perform. Fortunately there is a lot of overlap between lists- any aggressive list will like bolt and swiftspear, any more interactive list opt, etc.

By carefully picking your cards your opponent will have no idea which plan you are on maindeck, and no idea if the sideboard will transform you into another archetype. With a few swapped cards, the next FNM is completely different. This is the advantage of rogue decks- your opponent should not know the correct line of play.

In specifics; Deflecting palm is fantastic, but most of the time I want it in the sideboard to fight other aggressive decks. Pariah while cool rarely performs well outside combo lists, and even there is competing with more powerful options. Pacifism is usually outperformed by true removal- a few of the variants have deck-specific purposes, but unless you desperately want creatures on the field for Stuffy Doll/Blasphemous Act, its worth cutting for Roast/Negate/Mana Leak/Remand/Path to Exile/Condemn etc. Play to your gameplan.

Barbarian_Sun_Pope on Mardu Control

3 months ago

I don't see the Soulfire Grand Master on this list, so I'm assuming it wasn't a good fit. Cavalcade of Calamity seems like it might be a good fit with the number of tokens being generated here.Dreadhorde Arcanist could also work nicely here since you have a good number of spells that he can cast out of your graveyard without pumping him first and it can trigger the Young Pyromancers a second time. Hope this helps.

Hynx on Killer instants

3 months ago

Soulfire Grand Master in the sideboard maybe?

DrukenReaps on Help improving my deck

6 months ago

Dcku Soulfire Grand Master is likely more simple than you think it is. It does exactly what it says it does. However the lifelink requires that the spell does damage for it to actually do something. So if you cast Opt with grandmaster in play opt will have lifelink but won't do anything with it. If you cast Lightning Bolt you'll do 3 damage and gain 3 life.

Dcku on Help improving my deck

6 months ago

Thats pretty epic! How about the other two? How do Expansion / Explosion and Soulfire Grand Master work?

Dcku on Help improving my deck

6 months ago

Also how does Soulfire Grand Master work. Spells having lifelink???

multimedia on Help improving my deck

6 months ago

The reason you play Kykar, Pyromancer and Ascendancy is to get more value out of casting instants/sorceries especially Kykar because Spirits can be ramp. The Spirits/Elementals and draw/discard are bonuses for every instant/sorcery you cast. Which is good because the more value you can get out of the cards you cast the better your deck will be and the more fun game play will be.

Sevinne is very lackluster because you can only copy one spell a turn and that spell has to be cast from your graveyard. These restrictions are terribly slow since most flashback costs are a lot of mana and there's not enough good flashback cards to matter. If you want to play a spell heavy theme which is called "Spellslinger" then you're better off playing instants that copy other spells you cast or your opponents cast: Expansion / Explosion , Narset's Reversal , Reverberate , Increasing Vengeance . These are better than relying on Sevinne and having spells in your graveyard as well as having a way to cast them from your graveyard.

Thousand-Year Storm gives you the effect you want with copying instants/sorceries you cast and it copies any one you cast from hand or graveyard not just the first one you cast from your graveyard. Thousand-Year also copies the spell you cast equal to the number of spells you cast before it during the turn. This effect is called "Storm" in Magic and it's one of the most powerful mechanics in Magic. Mind's Desire is an example of a powerful budget card with Storm.


In the Mystic Intellect precon Elsha of the Infinite is a better card and overall better Commander General than Sevinne. You can cast noncreature/nonland cards on the top of your library with Elsha this includes instants/sorceries. Can cast sorceries on the top of your library as instants which with Spellslinger is very good. Elsha has Prowess, she gets bigger until end of turn the more noncreature spells you cast each turn. She can be a threat to do Commander damage by playing the Spellslinger theme.

You could change the precon into a Spellslinger deck with Elsha as General. With Elsha you don't have the restriction of playing cards that have flashblack instead you can play the best instant/sorceries that Jeskai can offer which does include some cards with flashback. Being able to cast instant/sorceries from the top of your library is better and faster than what Sevinne does. Elsha doesn't want a lot of creatures because her ability can't be used with creature cards, but some creatures who give you value when you cast instants/sorceries are good. This is an example of a budget creature base with Elsha:

Elsha works with Planeswalkers because a Planeswalker is not a creature card. Ral, Storm Conduit and Narset, Parter of Veils are budget Planeswalkers who interact well with instants/sorceries. Ral's -2 loyalty ability can copy an instant/sorcery you cast and he combos with Expansion / Explosion and other instant/sorceries that copy. Elsha works with artifacts which is helpful because mana rocks can be used for ramp to play Elsha/Thousand-Year faster and then afterwards when cast they count toward Elsha's Prowess.

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