War Elemental


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

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Mirrodin Rare

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War Elemental

Creature — Elemental

When War Elemental enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless an opponent was dealt damage this turn.

Whenever damage is dealt to an opponent, put that many +1/+1 counters on War Elemental.

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War Elemental Discussion

greatdevourer on Tsabo Tavoc, Mother of Infection

1 week ago

Really good decks start out with a solid idea and evolve over time and play testing. Here's some ideas based on my experience.

Cards to consider (in no particular order):
Ugin's Nexus to keep people from taking extra turns.
Goblin Welder for artifact recursion. Even if they counter something like the Nexus or Contagion Engine.
Jester's Cap is great at ripping combo decks apart by removing key components. It also works well with the Goblin Welder.
Bonehoard is better than Nightmare Lash in multi-player games as it sees everyone's graveyard.
Grafted Exoskeleton really should be in this deck to help push the infect theme and make any creature a significant threat.
Infiltration Lens, for the card drawing. The defender chooses to either take the damage or allow you to draw two cards.
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon also should be in this list.
Kumano, Master Yamabushi as an alternate win conditions via direct damage. With the Grafted Exoskeleton it's a short game.
Fallen Ferromancer, Frostwielder, Spikeshot Goblin, or Prodigal Pyromancer to get around those pillow fort opponents.
Kaervek the Merciless to make it hurt for those combo players.
Virulent Swipe as a better creature pump spell. The rebound means you get twice the effect out of one card.
World at War is another extra combat phase card. Also rebounds.
War Elemental can get huge. When paired with a Surestrike Trident it becomes a quick way to kill a player each turn.
Loxodon Warhammer for tample and life gain. Any creature in the deck is better with a Warhammer. Spikeshot Goblin is really fun with the Warhammer.
Relic Putrescence could be fun on someone's mana artifact.
Cards to consider cutting from the list:
Anthem of Rakdos deals too much damage to you. Per Gatherer: "The first ability triggers once for each creature you attack with. If you attack with three creatures, for example, theyll each get +2/+0 and youll be dealt 3 damage." Horrible when you have multiple combat phases per turn.Talisman of Indulgence should be a Rakdos Signet so you don't take as much damage.
Lashwrithe is too conditional on your lands in play.
Nightmare Lash same problems Lashwrithe.
Thunderscape Familiar and Nightscape Familiar don't promote your theme and are not strong enough on their own to be worth having on the field. If you really need the mana reduction, you're better off with more land cards.
Scorchwalker is a mediocre creature and a crappy pump spell. There are too many better creatures.

These cards are all single creature pumps that don't help you at all if an opponent plays a Wrath of God or similar effect. One-shots are nice against a single opponent, but not in multiplayer.
Haze of Rage, Reckless Charge, Tormenting Voice, Balduvian Rage, Brute Force, Enrage, Reckless Spite.
The X mana pump spells are really bad because of the mana choices that playing them forces on you each turn. Leave mana open for the X pump spell or play another card? Not worth it.

May be worth cutting unless you don't have a better option:
Inquisitor's Flail is a maybe. This one is kinda a tough choice. I would cut it for a better card but leave it in if your budget or collection doesn't have another option.
Bonesplitter is another mediocre card that's only good if there isn't a better option.
Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves The haste is nice but they are really only good against spot removal. I would leave these in until you need to cut them to make room for better cards.

Obviously, temper these suggestions with your collection and budget. Feel free to check out my decks and let me know what you think of the ideas.

TheGeneralAdvisor on Do you even fling, bro? - first EDH deck

1 week ago

Sun Titan looks perfect for this deck. Recurring War Elemental or pretty much anything is amazing.

Also, why is Sol Ring not in the deck?

freakingShane on Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

1 month ago

TemnoTsar, Thornbite Staff is great with Krenko, but I've passed on it before for the sole fact that it does not do much on its own (without another combo piece). I try to have my combo pieces be strong cards on their own, but increasingly powerful in conjunction with other combo pieces.

Abres_Tenelles, thanks for the love, friend! I have stumbled across/been suggested both Chancellor of the Forge and Furnace of Rath before. The former is a great card, but by the time I get to play him I should be close to closing the game down already. The latter is fantastic. It works well for decks like mine; however, it isn't my personal taste. Nothing wrong with the card, just not my style!

I try to stray away from chaos cards, which makes Capricious Efreet a tough pick. And War Elemental was in my deck not too many revisions ago, but I decided to scrap him for more hoser cards (which was a tough cut...).

Thank you both for your comments and suggestions! I really appreciate it.

Abres_Tenelles on Purphoros, Forger of Goblins [[Primer]]

1 month ago

Loving this list.

It might be too slow but have you considered Chancellor of the Forge? Also Furnace of Rath played carefully is actually amazing for closing games and I use it in my non-themed Purphoros build.

Finally they are not on theme so are mentioned last, but Capricious Efreet and War Elemental. They are two passed over rares that live to party with Purphoros!

DukeofLizards on Purphoros Infestation

1 month ago

Grinning Ignus is another staple that belongs here. Another card draw effect that I like is Humble Defector, and if you can get Homeward Path as well it's so much better.

If you want some creatures that can deal a lot of combat damage thanks to Purphoros triggers, War Elemental and Chandra's Spitfire are great choices.

Angry_Graybeard on Heartless Hidetsugu Hates EDH (EDH)

5 months ago


Illusionist's Bracers is pretty cool but it really just puts everyone down to 10 if they are all at 40 life. If damage doublers are out it's kinda just "win more".

Although I guess it does help War Elemental get that much bigger and lets Knollspine Dragon draw even more. It also does put people within burn range without damage doublers.

I'll think about it.

Elujin on grenzo doublestrike

6 months ago

I would try to push down the cmc of your creaturs maybe not cut a few of the less efficient dubble strike creaturs and replace them with creaturs that grow and would benefit of getting dubble strike mostly red vampires.like Stromkirk NobleBloodcrazed NeonateFalkenrath ExterminatorRakish HeirErdwal RipperBloodmad VampireHavengul VampireHeirs of StromkirkFalkenrath MaraudersSlith FirewalkerTaurean MaulerWar Elemental

Giving dubble strike:

RageformBlood MistBerserkers' OnslaughtRage ReflectionGrappling HookFireshriekerSavage BeatingGetting tru :

Frenzied GoblinPyreheart WolfGoblin War DrumsRaging RiverInvasion PlansLegion LoyalistArchetype of Aggression

Always a hard one draw :Ghirapur OrreryKey to the CityMind Stone

These are just some cards they arn't all equal :DThe most important part of building red is evry card needs to do work becous chanses are your not going to see too mutch of your deck drawing death cards is the worst so think 5 times about evry card you put in :)In the end mono red is hard to pull off aside from a dretti stax build en in less degree krenko en kiki jiki combo its going to be an uphill battle.This can be a strengt though as long you don't draw to mutch attension people ignore you :D

Draw_Wurm on Shoot that Adamaro: Adamaro EDH Primer

6 months ago

Thanks gonki appreciate it. It started from trying to brew EDH decks with underplayed commanders, particularly mono coloured for the interesting constraints. I've got a mono Horobi brew which I've played for the last few months which I'm going to dismantle for parts and trades to build the Adamaro deck:

House of Cards

Commander / EDH Draw_Wurm


In terms of the Adamaro deck, the draw artifacts suite works well, and Winter Orb and Torpor Orb, War's Toll and Uphill Battle and Urabrask the Hidden slow down our opponents ability to benefit. I don't normally like infect in EDH, but Blightsteel Colossus + Chandra's Ignition is a nice wincon, and the colossus shuffles stuff back in if it hits the graveyard which works well with the wheel effects. Hellkite Tyrant is an additional wincon via acquiring artifacts, and Adamaro all Voltron-ed up is the 3rd.

I'm not wholly sold on the Reiterate\Reverberate\Wild Ricochet effects, but not really tested them.

Chandra Ablaze is a way to deal damage/remove and another way to get Anger into the graveyard on top of Anvil of Bogardan (or it dying in play)

Metalwork Colossus has synergy, but it's just a beater and it feels like we need ETB effects or rattlesnakes. Hence no Taurean Mauler or War Elemental. I thought about a Darksteel Colossus or one of the Ulamogs as another threat that also shuffles the graveyard back in.

Batterskull I thought about running for more lifelink.

Also wondered about running more low value chump blockers like Soldevi Sentry, Runed Servitor etc.

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