Blossoming Defense

Blossoming Defense

Instant

Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains hexproof until end of turn.

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Kaladesh (KLD) Uncommon

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Blossoming Defense occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.1%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Blossoming Defense Discussion

CheeseE on Curving My Way to Saturday

10 hours ago

chriscar0702: Wow Pelt Collector + Vexing Devil seems super sweet! Do you have a list for that deck?

I'll consider replacing the Blossoming Defense with Thrun, the Last Troll. Thx for the advice.

Courtney43 on Golgari Scales Aggro Copy

1 week ago

Whew was this a fun build I played with last night. I added some Blossoming Defense, Voracious Hydra, Renegade Krasis, and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx into the deck and they all performed excellently. One game I had out 2 hardened scales and a renegade Krasis and made a 16/17 Voracious Hydra turn 4!

Funkydiscogod on Budget-Mono-Black-Aggro-Infect

1 week ago

I think you need pump spells, and to just run somewhere between 10-16 good evasive or cheap infect critters.

I'd like to recommend Vector Asp, even though you have to pay for the infect, you still need something on the battlefield on turn 1.

Aphotic Wisps can make an attacker unblockable against many decks, kind of like how traditional infect decks use Distortion Strike.

Boon of Erebos or Unnatural Endurance can save creature from removal and give additional damage, essentially the role Vines of Vastwood and Blossoming Defense play in traditional infect decks.

Virulent Swipe and Vampire's Bite are probably the best one-mana pump spells black has. For 2-mana, there's Grotesque Mutation, but that's about all black has for spells that add 3 or more power.

You might also consider some equipment, like Bonesplitter or Adventuring Gear for additional turn-1 action.

Krilloc1996 on Gruul Aggro

1 week ago

Maybe also go down questing beast and throw in some spice like Atarka's Command, Blossoming Defense or Domri, Anarch of Bolas

multimedia on Double Trouble EDH

2 weeks ago

Hey, consider enchantment tutors? Enlightened Tutor, Sterling Grove, Idyllic Tutor, even Open the Armory and Heliod's Pilgrim for auras. Consider Siona, Captain of the Pyleas and Shielded by Faith? This combo would give you an alternative win condition that has synergy with the rest of your deck since Faith is fine with Rafiq. Sovereigns of Lost Alara + Eldrazi Conscription is good late game interaction with Rafiq.

I think lots of spells that only pump Rafiq once is wasting a lot of spots in your deck. Other than Berserk as well as Vines of Vastwood and Blossoming Defense which are also protection, the other spells could be cut especially the sorceries for cards that give repeatable pump/abilities, more draw, protection/opponent disruption.

Other cards to consider adding:

Farseek and Nature's Lore can get dual lands making them land ramp spell upgrades for Rampant Growth and Kodama's Reach.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Stealth Mission
  • Phytoburst
  • Larger Than Life
  • Artful Dodge
  • Arrester's Zeal
  • Giant Growth
  • Groundswell
  • Infiltrate
  • Might of Old Krosa
  • Mutagenic Growth
  • Crypsis
  • Veil of Secrecy
  • Might of Oaks
  • Emerald Medallion
  • Sapphire Medallion

Good luck with your deck.

AvdolsChicken on Big Deck Energy

1 month ago

Thanks for the feedback lil_cheez. I followed your advice and changed Apostle’s Blessing for Blossoming Defense.

Glad to know you liked the deck!

KingFedorHolz on Xenagos, God of Beatdown

1 month ago

TypicalTimmy, Playing xenagos quickly is integral to this deck working. A single Counterspell sets us back 2 turns and allows people to set up their Rhystic Study, Fact or Fiction, and other big draw spells, digging for more answers and keeping us from resolving our game plan. You’ll find Cavern of Souls in hypercompetitive The Gitrog Monster decks for this same reason.

Profet93 I think you’re going about solving your meta in a less efficient way. If removal is your issue, I would double down on protecting your 1 big threat, not trying to throw more 5-10 mana threats at 1-2 mana spot removal, this is a battle they are going to win. Try things like Blossoming Defense, Vines of Vastwood, etc. if counterspells are your issues, then Red Elemental Blast, Reverberate, Prowling Serpopard, Domri, Anarch of Bolas are your friends.

With respect to your creature suggestions: yes you can run Kozilek, and other Hydra Friends, but to win consistently, you want T3 Xenagos, and T4 Beater. Past T6, this deck gets a lot worse and if you are stuck with a Kozilek as your only threat in hand for T4-7, you lost your battle. Hydras are the similar, they are CRAZY good when you sink 12+ mana into them, but eh when you have 3 lands and a Sol Ring. We need things that swing the fences for 6 mana every time, like Godo, Malignus, and the Infect creatures. Also Godo+Embercleave takes and extra combat with Godo’s ability. It’s the best beater with Xenagos.

I ran a Tooth and Nail package in my Xenagos for a while but dropped it because of the 9 cmc to play it. If Xenagos was out, I went for Archetype of Endurance and Blightsteel Colossus for a auto kill. Without xenagos it was blightsteel and Urabrask. But that leaves us with 3 cards that are too expensive and one that is good but not great for the deck. Not saying you can’t do it, but I chose against it.

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