Bloodbraid Elf

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage 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.)

zapyourtumor on Strong guys in Jund

4 days ago

I'd run more removal and cut some of the mid creature threats like Rakdos Roustabout. PRimeval Titan is a good card but not super good in this deck, if you're on a budget I think there are better options for the same price point. Stuff like Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Bloodbraid Elf.

25 lands is a bit heavy, esp since you have mana dorks, 23 seems like a good number to me.

I'd also cut Gaea's Blessing and Manamorphose, they don't really fit the deck.

Definitely go up to 4 bolts, maybe run some Inquisition of Kozilek, 1-2 Angrath's Rampage (better than sheoldred's edict for RB decks since you can kill one rings, and its cheaper too), 1-2 Molten Collapse, 0-1 Maelstrom Pulse etc.

wallisface on Why Do Some Players Keep …

1 month ago

jethstriker i‘m not convinced that legendaries were ever deliberately made to be more powerful because of their inherent drawback - this feels like something that players would intuitively expect to be the case (because it would make sense), but looking through magics history of the strongest cards in formats, we don’t see that to be true - moderns past is littered with staples like Snapcaster Mage, Tarmogoyf, Death's Shadow, Siege Rhino, Arcbound Ravager, Goblin Guide, Bloodbraid Elf, Stinkweed Imp, Fury, Solitude, and Orcish Bowmasters. Yes there’s stuff like Ragavan, Nimble Pilferer and Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath, but I don’t think there’s enough density/evidence to conclude legendaries are inherently built stronger.

I would also be sceptical of this being the case because it would be weird for Rosewater to be wanting to remove the Legend rule if it served a mechanical purpose

This might be a question for Blogatog?

foxinsox on Naya Zookeepers (1st place RCQ)

8 months ago

Would Bloodbraid Elf have a place here as a top curve? Another hasty threat that, if it rolls into Samut, would give an instant 5 damage/draw 2. Lovely deck!

plakjekaas on does paying an activated ability …

10 months ago

Boneyard Scourge has a triggered ability that puts it on the battlefield, that's not casting a spell.

Casting a spell means moving it to the stack, paying the casting cost in the process. Casting spells typically happens from your hand, but there's cards that allow you to cast spells from elsewhere. Cards with Flashback like Angelfire Ignition allow you to cast the spell again from graveyard for an alternative cost. Rivaz of the Claw allows you to do that with any dragon spell, but only once per turn. Spells with Cascade (Bloodbraid Elf ) allow you to cast a spell from exile from the top of your library for free. What these cards all have in common, is their reminder text (italic, in brackets) literally mentions "You may cast". If it says "Return to battlefield" or "Put onto the battlefield" then it's an ability or an effect from another source, but you didn't cast the creature.

Casting Reanimate on a dragon in your graveyard is not casting the dragon. Ebondeath, Dracolich can be cast from your graveyard whenever any other creature died this turn. If you do that with Rivaz in play, thàt one will get exiled if it would die again.

Hope that helps '^^

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Naya's Hero

1 year ago

Probably more worth it to play Atarka's Command over Dromoka's Command. Same cost, but Atarka’s is far more aggressive (3 to face plus +1/+1 to board), and can confirm I’ve died to it from my buddy’s Gruul aggro deck a lot.

Also 23 lands seems a little high for a list that tops out at 3cmc, probably fit a couple Lightning Bolts or Bloodbraid Elfs and go down to 21.

pedroedmarcos on If I copy Yidris, Maelstrom …

1 year ago

Hey there,

Pretty much whats on the tittle. Let's say that I attack with Yidris and copy the trigger with Lithoform Engine. Does that mean that my spells will cascade twicer?

Also, another situation, can I copy the cascade trigger from Bloodbraid Elf ? So I'll have to exile cards from the top of your library until you exile a nonland card that costs less than the Elf and than Again right?

nbarry223 on Land Shredder

1 year ago

Urza's Saga and maybe some cascade cards could help you find your combo pieces easier. For example, Bloodbraid Elf seems like a decent "finisher" choice over your dragon, since it can find pretty much any card in the deck (furthering your strategy), while also adding a clock.

StoryArcher on Gruul's Closet - A Primer

1 year ago

I'll be honest, I don't love this deck, not as built. I get that a version of it may have done well in Standard, but I think that it would prove much too slow in the current Modern meta. I think the concept is solid enough, but I think you'd have to swap out the majority of the cards to accomplish it. Maybe consider going with a Cascade-based approach (see Bloodbraid Elf) and/or using Collected Company, depending on how you build the deck. There are tons of 3 cmc creatures out there in red and green that are plenty effective and can hit the board for you by turn 2 with ramp, catch a CoCo or cascade with a Bloodbraid.

Having said that all that, within your current framework, I'd consider Ignoble Hierarch over Birds of Paradise. Not saying that it's automatically better, but I'd definitely consider it.

For card advantage I can't tell you how much I love Augur of Autumn and Werewolf Pack Leader. Bonecrusher Giant is just a great card that could work well for you.

There's a lot of other possibilities with a Gruul deck like this, but it would take some discussion to make sure they're within the framework of what you want to do.

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