War Elemental

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

MoGoose831 on Do you even fling, bro? - first EDH deck

6 days ago

Teal_Fox I love the idea of more untap abilities! Thousand-Year Elixir is definitely going in! I also love Scuttling Doom Engine! Most of what you recommended to cut I agree can go but War Elemental has been invaluable so far and as of right now still deserves a leading spot in the 99.

Poptartz95 thanks for the recommendation but Quicksilver Amulet is a bit too narrow. Also since I'm working on dropping my average cmc I see it's usefulness becoming even less. I have one tho and will play test it a bit and let you know.

bushido_man96 glad you chimed in! I've been thinking about trying Reya Dawnbringer in her just haven't given her a chance. Also Lifeline looks awesome! As far as steal cards go I'm only running a few because I don't really like them....

Thanks for the recommendations everyone once I get a few more cards I will update.

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

1 week ago

At the very least, I would try to find room for Thousand-Year Elixir as that pseudo-Haste can be very key to ensuring you get value from your commander ASAP. Not to mention untap triggers are pretty great, so Magewright's Stone can also be a pretty powerful inclusion. And the ability to untap your general cranks up the value of cards such as Molten Primordial exponentially.

And let's not forget that Scuttling Doom Engine is just downright hilarious in this kind of deck. I'm also not sure why you would run Expedite over Hammer of Purphoros, as the latter is static and can even give you more fling targets should you start to draw into excess land. And speaking of land, Command Tower>>>>>>>Rupture Spire

As for things to cut, War Elemental, Invincible Hymn, Living Inferno, Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Sunblast Angel, and Astral Cornucopia seem to be really slow cards for what they do, while cards like Stonehorn Dignitary, Agrus Kos, Wojek Veteran, Bull Cerodon, Dragon Hatchling, Reroute, Wing Shards, and Desperate Ritual just look too low impact/situational to keep.

Anyway, those are just my impressions on the deck. It looks really fun and I hope you find my suggestions helpful.

greatdevourer on Tsabo Tavoc, Mother of Infection

1 month 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 month 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]]

2 months 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]]

2 months 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

2 months 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)

6 months ago

@WithengarUnbound

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.

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