Anvil of Bogardan

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Anvil of Bogardan


Players have no maximum hand size.

At the beginning of each player's draw step, that player draws an additional card, then discards a card.

hejtmane on Should I Put Cutthroat Negotiator …

11 months ago

I use Stormfist Crusader over the pirate cheap on mana yes they get a card but I always fine it better when it is on my turn as much as possible it is cheaper cmc wise don't have to attack and turns on Kederekt Parasite

Look at Faerie Mastermind to give yourself extra cards for low cmc and it dropped in price

I find Anvil of Bogardan works better since they still have to discard and I get them coming and going on damage

of course the Orcish Bowmasters is good

also if you want some fun Sigil of Sleep

I am debating on how evil I want to be I just acquired a Chains of Mephistopheles who need friends when you can set up chains + Teferi's Puzzle Box nightmare and laugh to no friends

Profet93 on The Stax Man Cometh

1 year ago

So the idea of the deck is the tax and stax them. Given you already run thorn and sphere, are Vryn Wingmare and Glowrider required for redundancy? I understand the plan, but these only shine in early game and are horrendous late game. Would love to know how it's played for you, given only 14% of your deck are creatures. Moreover, Anvil of Bogardan + chains = Awesome. But doesn't anvil feed into opposing GY synergies? I that you can dump enchantment for replenish (or heloid) but providing each opponent will card selection and potential synergy seems to be a pit much for my tastes. Also, given all of your anti creature hate, Authority of the Consuls could be cut as the redundancy is not needed IMO.

A bit unconventional, but have you considered resource denial rather than taxing? Works kind of the opposite of above by having weak early game but good late game. Adding Crucible of Worlds back in ..... Crucible + Death Cloud = Fun times. You have a decent amount of artifact ramp to make this viable. Not to mention if you added Karn, the Great Creator, you could shut down opposing artifacts as well. Karn also goes well with contamination. Should you wish for further resource denail, Infernal Darkness is contamination's cousin. It allows you to get all the mana from coffers, doesn't require a creature (no bitterblossom needed), and can buy you a turn or 2 as you search for your wincons. smothering tithe needs to find it's way from your maybeboard to your deck, especially with puzzle box

I do like the scroll rack + land tax synergy, thats strong.

zAzen7977 on Twenty Years of Playing Magic!

1 year ago

Congrats DemonDragonJ! I too am happy to have played MtG for over 20 years. An older friend introduced me to it as a kid during the Visions block, but I really got sucked in during the Urza block. I found the lore from the brothers’ war fascinating.

shadow63, some of the first cards I pulled from packs were Anvil of Bogardan, Necromancy, and Vampiric Tutor and I still use them in my commander decks. I also pulled a couple Grim Monoliths and traded for the rest of the playset. Never imagined they would go up to $200-$400 each lol.

Profet93 on Edgar Allen poe

1 year ago

Anvil of Bogardan - Good on it's own + synergy with chains

Oversold Cemetery - Recursion

There are other cards I recommend but I am unsure of your budget, wincon, meta, etc... if you could provide me with more info, I could help make better suggestions.

Combos okay?

zAzen7977 on zAzen7977

1 year ago

Hey Profet93! Good questions.

IMHO, I would not run either Anvil of Bogardan or Chains of Mephistopheles in a NDBMBD unless the deck has some reanimator combo lines and the self-discard is beneficial to the objective. Unless the discarding synergies with some other abilities, you are helping your opponents more than you are helping yourself, as you are allowing them to draw deeper into their deck to find their own combo pieces.

In my Tinybones deck, I discard cards so rapidly that opponents cannot play their hands fast enough, limiting their ability to plan for future turns, then I exile their graveyards to prevent utilization of their graveyard as a resource. In this way, my Tinybones, Trinket Thief deck breaks parity by handicapping opponents while I draw additional cards via Tinybones. My deck is designed to work around the exiling of my own graveyard, and as long as I can generate enough mana to activate Tinybones’ ability, I can win without cards in hand.

Other Monoblack decks are combo-based and break parity through life-loss and sacrifice effects. I run K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth and it breaks parity by having K’rrik on the board as fast as possible to require minimal mana and maximize combo speed. K’rrik is probably the most OP commanders around, period. Another popular commander is Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, who can also be utilized to assemble rapid sacrifice-based combos.

Monoblack decks have to either focus on combos and outrace other decks (especially multicolor blue/green decks with access to the best draw and ramp spells in the game), or hold faster decks back via stax while also benefiting from the stax effects somehow and gaining an advantage.

legendofa on Tourach, Dread Cantor

1 year ago

Welcome to the club, Thefrench!

How about some repeatable discard? Disrupting Scepter is kind of the low end, specter creatures like Abyssal Specter or Hypnotic Specter provide damage-based discard, and triggered discard like Bottomless Pit through Cunning Lethemancer and Necrogen Mists to Anvil of Bogardan provide reliable counters for your commander, depending on how much money you're willing to spend. Liliana's Caress gets a one-mana discount off Megrim for a very similar effect.

SufferFromEDHD on Hakim, Lore Weaver EDH

2 years ago

Always wanted to make something with this dude but I never knew what to do. This strange pile of cards is beyond interesting. It's a cohesive strategy with focus. Inexpensive but it gives off competitive vibes.

Seeing Anvil of Bogardan and Smokestack as the few assisting artifact engine pieces really lured me into this enchantment based deck. Cut an Island for Null Rod!

Your maybe board:

Treachery yes.

Windfall Yes.

Temporal Trespass YES.

River Kelpie fits the commander and strategy so well.

Everything else I was indifferent about but I have never piloted this list so you would know better than I.

I'm just going to spitball some cards that came to mind that might fit your unique deck design:

Forbid a reusable hard counter that feeds your discard/graveyard strategy.

Retraced Image big fan of basic lands with Back to Basics strategy. This bulk rare from Torment is mono blue ramp.

Academy Ruins and Expedition Map more mono blue ramp.

Long-Term Plans my favorite blue tutor.

Deserted Temple more versatile Minamo.

Awesome brew!

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