Archfiend of Ifnir
Creature — Demon
Whenever you cycle or discard another card, put a -1/-1 counter on each creature your opponents control.
Cycling (, Dicard this card: Draw a card.)
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|Promo Set (000)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Archfiend of Ifnir occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
Archfiend of Ifnir Discussion
1 week ago
In making my Sygg, Tollfolk and Governor-Goddess Ephara Decks, I became very interested in turn-related effects, and that inspire this card, as well as Klothys, God of Destiny, who switches the way usually work, whereas most Gruul cards use green's might to accomplish red's free spirit, She uses Red's fury to express nature's law which green cares about.
Based on (Gerðr)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger%C3%B0r] in Kaldheim.
Khyrteh, Goddess of Polar Winter
Legendary Snow Creature - God
Protection from instants
You may cast Khyrteh, Goddess of Polar Winter
Whenever a player casts a spell at a time they couldn't cast a sorcery, that player loses 5 life.
At the beginning of your endstep, if you cast no spells this turn, search your library for a card, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it and you gain 5 life.
This deck would use Eidolon of Rhetoric, Rule of Law, Curse of Exhaustion, Ethersworn Canonist, Oppression, Uba Mask, Tainted AEther, Desolation, Angelic Arbiter, Nullstone Gargoyle, and Painful Quandary effects to force my opponents to make difficult decisions. Bloodchief Ascension, Strionic Resonator, etc. would also give you more advantage from this ability.
Tax effects, like Thorn of Amethyst, Sphere of Resistance, Trinisphere, Lodestone Golem, Trinisphere, Nether Void, Glowrider, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben, Aura of Silence, Spelltithe Enforcer, Chancellor of the Annex and Feroz's Ban
Decree of Pain, Decree of Justice, Astral Drift, Death Pulse, Dirge of Dread, Eternal Dragon, Gempalm Avenger, Gempalm Polluter, Renewed Faith, Stir the Sands, Sunfire Balm and Abandoned Sarcophagus & Archfiend of Ifnir, also Oketra's Attendant, Undead Gladiator, Bloodsoaked Champion, Dread Wanderer, Nether Spirit, Nether Traitor, Reassembling Skeleton, Bloodghast, Angel of Sanctions,Anointer Priest, Sacred Cat, Dark Depths, Thespian's Stage, Shambling Vent, etc. to avoid 'casting' spells.
grand arbiter synergizes well... yeah...
I'm a stax player who got into the deck because of Death and Taxes, especially Mother of Runes, Thalia, Guardian of Thraben (Her printing got me into standard/formal play), Gaddock Teeg, and Iona, Shield of Emeria.
I really just made a card I wish existed...
I'd like to see another Kaldheim God!
2 weeks ago
WUBRG97: Hmmm. If I were trying to tone down the power level, I'd add a few of my older favorite cards back in: Parallel Lives, Garruk Relentless Flip, Archfiend of Ifnir, Survival of the Fittest... But I'm probably not going to make an explicit separate list with these changes. I will say that I've never been a fan of Blowfly Infestation here; it causes Problems and is often a dead card. I have easier-to-tutor-for combos :)
1 month ago
Always nice to see more Nekusar players. +1 for that!
I’m liking quite a few cards you have here, especially Bone Miser. It’s been on my radar for awhile now, but I haven’t taken that leap to pick one up yet. Need to decide what to take out first! Also, Consecrated Sphinx is such a good card. Every time I see it I remember and wonder why I don’t run them anywhere...
You’ve got a good amount of ramp for getting Nekusar out turn three consistently. From my experience, that’s the biggest thing. Get him out early, and get him sticking around. That being said, it doesn’t always happen and once people see what you’re doing you start getting hit, or killing him off. Do you feel like you have enough removal/interaction? Do you have any trouble getting him to stick around?
The deck looks pretty solid to me, I have a lot of toys in mine that make it more casual, but as a result I have to run more stuff to not die while I’m waiting/looking for them. The one that I’m always happy to see is Archfiend of Ifnir. I could see how it would just slow you down, playing defence in stead of offence, but just wondering your thoughts?
1 month ago
In my opinion, every monocolor deck should have a Caged Sun and/or Gauntlet of Power, and every monoblack deck should run some of black's doublers like Crypt Ghast, Nirkana Revenant, or even Bubbling Muck. Nyx Lotus and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx can really help too.
God-Eternal Bontu is a fun, strong zombie. It's powerful, it lets you draw cards and you can get it back to your deck if it would be exiled. Sidisi, Undead Vizier is one of the strongest zombies in the game, since it can search any card in your deck. I always love boardwipes, and I think your deck is missing one of the best ones for it. Kindred Dominance will leave your field almost untouched, making it pretty useful.
I personally don't like Nim Devourer. It costs 5 for a 4/1, and it won't often get stronger than that with the number of artifacts you run. even if you add more, it's still not the most impressive for it's cost and there are zombies that can come back easier too. Lotleth Giant also doesn't feel worth it. It's much stronger in terms of raw stats for it's mana cost which is good, but a few points of damage when it enters the battlefield doesn't feel worth it when you could be running some of the other cards I've mentioned instead. Death Denied likely won't do as much as you think. It doesn't get any creatures into play, just back to your hand. lets say you want to get back Syr Konrad, the Grim. That would require you to pay 3 mana to get him back to your hand, plus 5 to cast him again. better to just run some sort of revival. I would also argue that instead of Ash Barrens, it's better to just run another swamp. Sure it thins your deck a tiny bit, but it costs you a mana to do that. Finally, Archfiend of Ifnir and Grave Scrabbler. They can both be powerful in the right deck. But I don't think this is it. Your deck doesn't discard enough for them.
1 month ago
king-saproling Thanks for the suggestions! Some of those cards flew under my radar, so I put them into my considerations. Opal Palace is one I have had on my lists before, its just the 1 mana effect has made me indecisive on it. Archfiend of Ifnir also seems potentially tasty, same with Bear Umbra and Seize the Day.
1 month ago
Very cool deck! You might like these: The Gitrog Monster, Blood Mist, Civic Saber, Hunter's Prowess, Seize the Day, Bear Umbra, Archfiend of Ifnir, Opal Palace, Skirge Familiar, Psychosis Crawler, Syr Konrad, the Grim, Glint-Horn Buccaneer, Bag of Holding, Burning Inquiry, Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix, Jace's Archivist
2 months ago
I particularly appreciate Archfiend of Ifnir with Varina. Easy way to keep the board clean, yet not an entirely symmetrical board wipe. However, definitely a nonbo with Solemnity if that's one of your consistent win cons.
3 months ago
After that Baron Von Count deck, I have seen that there is at least 1 card Archfiend of Ifnir that has all the numbers 1-5 in the right spots. It is too expensive for a 10 dollar deck, but just wanted to mention it.
Here is an article for less budget friendly Baron deck: