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


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.)

Austin_Smith_of_Cards on Naya's Hero

1 month 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 month 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

6 months 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

6 months 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.

TypicalTimmy on Daedric Crescent (TES)

6 months ago

Actually!! :O

Sheogorath and Jyggalag could be MDFC!! That'd actually make a ton of sense!

I was planning on Sheogorath being Izzet and Jyggalag being colorless, anyway.

Honestly what could be done is also the following: What if the Daedric Prince was their own card, and the Shrine was an MDFC with the Artifact on the reverse?

Come to think of it, ooo...

Okay okay hear me out

Each of the 17 Daedric Princes are MDFC

Front is their Demon God side

Reverse is a legendary land for their plane in Oblivion. So for example, Molag Bal's reverse is the legendary land of Cold Harbor, and Mehrunes Dagon's is Deadlands.

Then, you have the Shrine. The front is the Shrine itself. For example, Shrine to Hircine and Shrine to Azura.

The reverse is their respective legendary artifacts. For example, Cuirass of Savior's Hide or Star of Azura. Respectively, of course.


Soul Gem

Token Artifact

Soil Gem enters the battlefield tapped unless a nontoken creature died this turn.

When Soul Gem enters the battlefield, sacrifice it unless you exile a creature card from target players graveyard.

, , sacrifice Soul Gem: Add mana in any combination of colors equal to the type and number of colored mana pips of the creature card exiled with this artifact.

So you exiled a Bloodbraid Elf? You get to add your choice of , or !! :D


What if, hear me out, Sheogorath was the Demon God on his front, but the REVERSE WAS NOT ONE BUT TWO LANDS???

Okay okay okay follow me on this

Just like the old school flip cards

Top half is

  • The Shivering Isles: Mania

And the bottom half is

  • The Shivering Isles: Dementia

And whenever you use one side, at the beginning of your end step, it flips to the other side. Or you flip a coin at the beginning of your upkeep when you untap it to see what side it becomes

Ooooo that's nasty

Urza_tron on Naya midrange

7 months ago

Ok Icbrgr I will try running an 3/1 split with Bloodbraid Elf and Questing Beast

Icbrgr on Naya midrange

7 months ago

I dont really know for sure... you can try splitting Questing Beast with Bloodbraid Elf and see which feels better in the slot?

Chasmolinker on So, You Wanna Play Jund Yea? (Budget)

7 months ago

Absolutely Kaweiwu!

I did have BBE in some of the early versions of the deck. The main reason is that there are better 4-drops and even a 5-drop that are strong finishers. Olivia Voldaren being the best of those. Also, with Riveteers Charm in the deck, it could be a bad hit off BBE as the most common mode choice is the second one.

You could definitely tweak the list by running 3-4 copies of Bloodbraid Elf, a playset of Nissa, Voice of Zendikar as the only planeswalker in the deck (Maybe keeping a single Liliana, the Last Hope, Domri, Anarch of Bolas or even Grist, the Hunger Tide), and really focus on the +1/+1 Counters plan with Bloodhall Ooze.

As the deck is now, there are several lines to victory:
Combat damage (Most common)
Ultimate Sorin the Mirthless
Posion Counters with Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Endless Zombies with Liliana, the Last Hope

By cutting the 4+ MV cards for Bloodbraid Elf, the deck loses 2 win conditions. You could still run the higher MV cards, but risk cascading through them in the process.

Hope that helps a little bit. Thanks for the question!

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