Bloodbraid Elf

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Bloodbraid Elf

Creature — Elf Berserker

Haste

Cascade (When you cast this spell, exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less. You may cast it without paying its mana cost. Put the exiled cards on the bottom in a random order.)

DotaFerShota on [Primer] - Jund Midrange

2 months ago

Im surprised to see Bloodbraid Elf in here as a 4-of! Not many people have been high on it lately (me included). I've really enjoyed Seasoned Pyromancer in that 4-of slot. Anything in your testing that made you feel differently?

RDWDTR on Attrition Jund (Baby Jund) 4-0 at FNM

3 months ago

I'm not sure what your budget is or what exact suggestions you're looking for but here's my feedback. I'm going to write these suggestions assuming you already have an idea of what the "optimal" Jund list looks like. There won't be any of those cards on this list because I assume you already know about them but are unable/unwilling to afford them. Overall I like your budget take on Jund but there's a lot of room to upgrade this, even on a budget.

Cards to look into:

Criticism:

  • Olivia Voldaren and Reaper of the Wilds aren't all that impressive to me, same with Dreg Mangler. These cards feel like filler for this deck. I don't really like Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip either but it's better than the other three cards.

  • Kitchen Finks seems more like a SB card to me against burn or aggro matchups, though it's not the worst thing ever MB

  • Bile Blight is ok but I think Maelstrom Pulse might be better. I would only run 2.

  • Birds of Paradise doesn't really belong in a deck like this. It's not the worst choice but I'd rather be using a discard spell or holding up mana for a Bolt or something T1 than play a Bird.

  • I'm sure you know this, but that mana base is really sub-optimal. You might see the biggest difference in upgrading that first.

Sideboard:

  • 4x Dismember? What for? You already have tons of spot removal in the MB.

  • Drown in Sorrow is meh to me; I'm not so sure you need board wipe in your SB with all the spot removal and creatures you're running. I personally think you have better options for board wipe anyway: Bontu's Last Reckoning, Anger of the Gods and Kozilek's Return seem stronger to me. Damnation would be the best boardwipe but it is pricey. I would only run 1-2 of any of these.

  • Putrefy doesn't seem as good to me as something like Naturalize, even if it means getting got by Welding Jar.

  • Duress isn't the best SB slot. You could probably put this in the MB or just go for Inquisition as noted earlier.

  • Rakdos Charm is ok, you run 4 Scoozes in the MB so you're already decent against graveyard decks.

wallisface on Black sac deck

3 months ago

LoTS I think going into 2 colors would help you for sure. Adding red would give you a LOT more power in those 2 red cards I mentioned earlier.

As to why the cards I mentioned are "bad":

  • Demonlord of Ashmouth is a lot of mana and doesn't really do anything other than kill a bunch of your own creatures. 4 mana is a LOT in modern, so anything costing this much needs to provide a huge amount of value (common 4 mana cards in modern include Bloodbraid Elf, Omnath, Locus of Creation, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician and Urza, Lord High Artificer, which can each single-handedly turn the tides of a game).

  • Mortician Beetle is just another creature that becomes bigger over time. But "becoming big" isn't particularly useful on its own, especially if it takes a long time to do so. On its own, it's just a vanilla 1/1 that your opponent mostly doesn't have to care about.

  • Typhoid Rats just doesn't do enough. Because it's a 1/1 deathtouch, it's basically resigned to sitting back to block for the entirety of the game (or swing for insignificant damage). It's not terrible, but its not doing anything particularly useful towards enacting your gameplan, so I don't see any reason why you'd want to run it.

  • Yahenni, Undying Partisan is effectively just a really expensive sacrifice outlet. It just can't compete against all the much more mana-effective sacrifice outlets out there (Carrion Feeder, Viscera Seer, Goblin Bombardment), so it's just a case of it being too slow at what it does and there being better cards for the job

  • Dreadhorde Invasion is just a very weak Bitterblossom. Bitterblossom is great because it lets you go-wide, creating multiple creatures (and those creatures importantly have evasion). Meanwhile, Dreadhorde Invasion puts all your eggs in one basket, that takes a lot of time to become big enough to matter. The amount of damage you can deal with this card is often very close to the amount of life you lose from having it in play.

  • Whip of Erebos 4 mana card that does almost nothing, which then costs another 4 mana to temporarily resurrect a thing... it's all just too mana-costly - paying 8 mana to get a single creature back for one turn is faaar too slow and clumsy.

  • Profane Command, like the Whip above, just costs too much mana to be of any practical use.


As for your decklist, I would think something like the following could be a strong direction to take it:

Defied-27 on LD Impending disaster (indestructible lands)

3 months ago

If you want to include Averna I would recommend running Bloodbraid Elf as well fore more cascading :)

zapyourtumor on Gruul Aggro

4 months ago

This seems a bit like a combination of RG midrange and RG aggro.

Specifically, Bloodbraid Elf, Bonecrusher Giant, and Ignoble Hierarch are some pretty solidly midrange cards.

Some other cards are a bit higher cmc like Gruul Spellbreaker, Steel Leaf Champion, and Domri, Anarch of Bolas.

Bonecrusher is OK, but Ignoble is really not what you want if you want to be swinging with creatures every turn. Currently you have way more 3 drops than 1-2 drops which isn't great. I'd cut basically all of these cards, the best one out of them might be Domri.

More 1 drop threats: Narnam Renegade, Kird Ape, Monastery Swiftspear (If you add more spells)

2 drop: Hidden Herbalists, Eidolon of the Great Revel, Reckless Bushwhacker You definitely need 4 Bushwhackers. Burning-Tree into optional 2nd Burning-Tree into Reckless Bushwhacker is probably the strongest turn 2 play you can make. Add in Hidden Herbalists, and you can do stuff like Hidden Herbalists into Burning-Tree into Bushwhacker. Eidolon is a weirder choice but I've tried 4 before and it can be pretty good.

3 drop: Generally you want something from your 3 drops thats more than just a big stompy body like Steel-Leaf. Seasoned Pyromancer is a great 2 of, since you're casting 3 drops mid game and it lets you draw into more gas.

Spells: 4x Atarka's Command hands down. Card is cracked. Light up the stage is pretty decent but you could maybe try cutting down a few if you need space. 1-2 Savage Swipe is pretty funny, since you have a lot of 2 power creatures and it can put in extra damage while removing an opposing creature. If you decide to run 4 bolt 4 atarka 4 light 2 swipe then Swiftspear is a consideration.

hungry000 on Temur Rhinos ($30)

6 months ago

JabberJ3T I think you misread; I did not say that Violent Outburst could cast three drops. I said that playing Violent Outburst over Bloodbraid Elf would allow you to play more three-cost cards as there would be no risk of cascading into them (we want to cascade into Footfalls as consistently as possible).

This is the reason we don't play 3-mana interaction such as Mystical Dispute in the sideboard; we can't afford to risk cascading into a counterspell off of Bloodbraid Elf. That's why the Violent Outburst upgrade is so important, as it lets you play better interaction/non-Rhino creatures like Brazen Borrower as a backup plan without costing consistency.

Thanks for bringing that to my attention, though. I'll update the description to make that point clear.

Named_Tawyny on Can I cascade into Chalice …

7 months ago

For those coming to this question in the future...

Bloodbraid Elf . Chalice of the Void

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