Stubborn Denial


Format Legality
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Khans of Tarkir (KTK) Uncommon

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Stubborn Denial


Counter target noncreature spell unless its controller pays {1}.

Ferocious — If you control a creature with power 4 or greater, counter that spell instead.

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Stubborn Denial Discussion

CalebMaSmith on Atraxa's Trifecta

2 days ago

Path to Exile, Serum Visions, Brainstorm(cantrips are very important), Counterspell, Stubborn Denial, Go for the Throat, Mana Drain(Odds are you won't be able to afford that one unless it's a proxy), Supreme Verdict(personally my favorite boardwipe ever made)Thing in the Ice  Flip(my second favorite boardwipe)Cyclonic Rift(top notch card, but kinda pricey

Loreshadow on Everyone Loves Ice Breakers, V2

1 week ago

Quicken can give you instant even with sorceries. It also draws a card on its own.

I personally like using it with Crush of Tentacles but that isn't an option here unless you side in tour Spreading Seas. Very effective card draw/mana denial followup on your next turn.

Engulf the Shore may also work. I use it with Living Lore but it could work here. The flip occurs at the casting so you can use it at even 4 islands as long as you have three previous counters.

The other option is to add a few 0 cost cards or just a bunch of 1 drop counterspells and just use them on yourself to trigger the flip. You only need an initial target. That includes counterspelling your own counterspells. Also, if you use Stubborn Denial at 3 counters it instantly becomes a Ferocious spell since the cast comes first and the resolving of the now Ferocious spell comes after.

Xica on So, You're a Hollow One Yea? (Budget)

2 weeks ago

Nihil Spellbomb > Relic of Progenitus - as it spares your grave. (And you dont need to hold up mana in case you may need an emergency activation).

If you wan to stick to BR, then Rakdos Charm is by far the best option, as it is good against multiple decks freeing up sideboard slots, it can take the playe of both artifact and grave hate & has can provide extreme reach against go wide decks, like Mardu midrange, or just a storm deck that played Empty the Warrens.

I menat that Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip is bad because you have no way to intentionally flip it, thus decks that would have hard time against it can simply blow it uo, or not take block that would flip it.

In general i would advocate for avoiding cards like Nihil Spellbomb that actively feed Tarmogoyfif you use them or discard them, if there are alternatives.

If you are looking for a boardwipe then in red you have Anger of the Gods (awesome against dredge, merfolk, elves, goblins... etc.), or you could use something like Bontu's Last Reckoning (its very bad in decks that have so few lan like this), or Damnation

Fatal Push is not good sideboard material, i would play Big Game Hunter (can't be hit by Negate, Stubborn Denial... etc.), Murderous Cut (as 1 of), or even lightning bolt over it.

In terms of mana base, you should cut back on Swamps, as you don't need black sources in turn 1 (and often even in turn 2), not to mention that all your "cantrips" are red, which means that if you got red mana you can find blck much more easilythan if the reverse is true. (However if blood moon is a large part of your meta, you may need to keep those swamps)

HelixSnapHelix on Shu yun yo face

2 weeks ago

I used to use Balance, thinking it would be a strictly better Cataclysm. In the long run though, I discovered just how terrible discarding was. Especially for someone like your commander, you typically want a good amount of cards in your hand t go off. Stubborn Denial turns into a one mana Negate with Shu Yun on the field, I'd give it a shot.

pummelhuff on Azor's Legion

2 weeks ago

Cards I suggest:

Situtational suggestions:


  • Arcane Denial good 2 mana counter in edh and you don't lose a card

  • Dream Fracture good counter in edh and you don't lose a card

  • Unwind depending on how good rewind is, maybe an option.

  • Silumgar Sorcerer creature counter with the possibility to attack.

  • Stubborn Denial I like stubborn denial with commanders which already give you ferocious.

meta dependant suggestions:

questionable suggestions:

Casey4321 on Mono-sphinx Tribal

3 weeks ago

Stubborn Denial any of the creatures in this deck turns it into a straight counter.

ghgiunco on INSTANT HELP for FNM (TODAY)

4 weeks ago

Hi all.

I have this list and must to cut 2 cards and I can not decide this 2. Other tips are welcome.

Early interaction: 3 Inquisition of Kozilek 3 Thoughtseize 3 Stubborn Denial 4 Fatal Push

Engine: 4 Heartless Summoning 4 Grand Architect

Body: 4 Myr Superion 4 Lodestone Golem 2 Hostage Taker 3 Phyrexian Metamorph 3 Wurmcoil Engine 3 Noxious Gearhulk

If you can leave opinion. Tks all

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