Chancellor of the Annex

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
New Phyrexia (NPH) Rare

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Chancellor of the Annex

Creature — Angel

You may reveal this card from your opening hand. If you do, when each opponent casts his or her first spell of the game, counter that spell unless that player pays 1. Flying Whenever an opponent casts a spell, counter it unless that player pays 1.

Chancellor of the Annex Discussion

Patdypat on Serra's Playground

1 month ago

Hey Zerraphoon! Nice you want to play an Angel Tribal deck. The main problems with Angels is that they are really hard to cast and that they need indeed serious protection from being removed or worse stolen.

I think if you want to build a Selesnya Angel Deck you want either something that protects or ramps in the Command Zone. So for the first one i would recommend going for Shalai, Voice of Plenty or second category i would recommend Karametra, God of Harvests . Both are decent choices but in your place i would decide on Shalai, cause her protection is really good and on top of that she can be a mana sink with her ability and can buff up your whole squad.

To the other question:

Nissa, Voice of Zendikar is a decent choice if you want to go the route of casting your Angels and using their already high Power and Toughness to make the even bigger. Most of the time you just need to have 2-3 counter on a 5/5 flying with lifelink and people get seriously scared of you and will try to either politic with you or remove what you have. The benefit of Nissa is that she comes down turn 3 and can hold herself against early aggression with her plant token she can make. Another added benefit is that her ult is not a game winning ult, which means you do get to ult her more than other planeswalkers and it is a decent payoff if you can protect her with your Angels. (Still don't count her into the Draw-category)

Ajani, the Greathearted is also something you want to have in your deck and yes i would cut Heliod any day for it. He gives you not only vigilance for all your beaters but also can regenerate health at a decent pace and ofc does the same thing Nissa does with his minus. He even buffs up your Nissa or Serra and gets them more activations.

Serra the Benevolent is obviously a perfect fit for Angel Tribal decks, flavor and synergy wise. She comes down early enough compared to how she can protect herself. A 4/4 flying vigilance most of the time is enough to protect her at this stage of the game even if she is on 1 loyalty. She should be used to make Angels but her ult is a game changing and can save you a lot of times. Normally you want to make at least one Angel do protect her, considering an empty board on your side and then +2 her till she ults. Her +2 seems kinda meh in the beginning but is decent value and makes quite the difference in a lot of games.

Chancellor of the Annex is an ok card and can be included if you like it. I would not play it cause of the high cmc to cast it later on if it sits in your opening hand. At this cmc you want Angel that remove something or bring something back out of your graveyard: Bruna, the Fading Light , Angel of Serenity , Angel of the Dire Hour , Emeria Shepherd would be examples that are better includes at this cmc spot. The problem is you dont want to much 7 and 8 cmc Angels cause it is not really easy to get to them and a 4 cmc Angel has most of the time more impact on the game bc it protects you and can also beat ppl up or interrupt their strategy like Linvala, Keeper of Silence so try to keep the average CMC down to have more fun with your deck.

Excise seems not that great and should not be included. There are better removal spells or flicker effects in white.

Some more tips:

If you want to got the route of putting counters on your Angels, go for the cards that put one counter on everything and cards that proliferate:

Mikaeus, the Lunarch --> is another Nissa, Ajani Effect on a creature

Cathars' Crusade --> could be something to include in Selesnya

Orzhov Advokist --> can protect you and give you counters

Karn's Bastion --> is always a good include in counter decks like these

Well thats all for now. Make sure to include a lot of Ramp and your typical Instant protection spells, if you want to play a deck like this.

Zerraphon on Avacyn, Angel of "Nope"

1 month ago

interesting deck i'd say, seems a lot like a legacy deck than an EDH one! How has Blinding Angel and Chancellor of the Annex been working out? And If you were to add things like graveyards hate, and cards like Excise , Path to Exile what would be some recommendations? I'm currently making my Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis 4 color Angel themed EDH deck into a 2 color Selesnya Angel tribal! (im only using 7 cards that are not white or green LOL)! So I'm planning to make it into a Sigarda, Host of Herons deck!

Zerraphon on Serra's Playground

1 month ago

Hello! So I have a couple questions for you! Im running a Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis Angel tribal deck, but going to make it into a Sigarda Angel tribal. And I was wondering how well Nissa, Voice of Zendikar and Serra the Benevolent work in this deck! what would be some recommendations for card/draw and control in selesnya colors you could give? Im thinking about buying interesting underrated cards like Excise and maybe a Chancellor of the Annex also would you prefer to have the Ajani, the Greathearted over something like Heliod, God of the Sun ? Or do you have Ajani because of aatraxa?

Funkydiscogod on Community Set Building

5 months ago

The easiest way to allow a community to make a set, would be to make it as a combination of two sets together. This would allow people to draw on inspiration from both sets, and implicitly present design guidelines for the cards in the set: each card must feel like it would fit on one plane or the other, or a mix of the two, but nowhere else.

Let's roll with the Steampunk-Angel idea. Here's my solution:

If we look at the flavor text on Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite : "The Gitaxians whisper among themselves of other worlds. If they exist, we must bring Phyrexia's magnificence to them." And we see the Planar Bridge was invented on Kaladesh, I vote we design this set with the theme of "a Phyrexian invasion on Kaladesh". We know New Phyrexia had angels, with Shattered Angel , Chancellor of the Annex and others, all in Elesh Norn colors, so we can justify the corrupted angel theme on a steampunk world.

Doing it this way, would solve all questions about setting, mechanics and lore in a way that any player would understand without having to read an entire thread of backstory.

zendrix1 on Help me add some lands please!!!!

5 months ago

I tend to run 36 lands plus 10 ramp sources (granted I adhore mana screw so you might not need all that). So I'd add 5 more lands and 6 more mana rocks personally.

Some cards I'd consider cutting to make room would be Chancellor of the Annex , Amulet of Safekeeping , Trinisphere , Council's Judgment , Suppression Field , and AEther Barrier (would need to cut more though)

General feedback is that it feels like you don't have too many ways to benefit from all the stax effects. Cards like As Foretold (which you have) or just a lot of mana rocks plus something like Unwinding Clock or Brago, King Eternal to let you operate under the oppressive effects more effectively than your opponents.

Lastly I'm not too sure how you win really other than just getting in the red zone with little hatebears. So maybe adding in some combo finishers like Helm of Obedience to combo with Rest in Peace

Spirits on Kaalia of the Cruel

5 months ago

Hey LordKunai,

Here's some recommendations, budget conscious where I can be.

Lightning Greaves is a critical component of Kaalia of the Vast , I play multiple tutors for it, like Steelshaper's Gift and Stoneforge Mystic . Lightning Greaves is a must, if you can't connect a Haste Kaalia of the Vast swing your going to have a bad time.

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is a staple, the double ended effect is really the key. She is a bit pricey, so I'll offer some other options tool.

Angel of Despair , I believe is $0.25, another key removal for any permanent! like an Omniscience and drop her in off of an opponents Show and Tell . #Winning

Lands are important, but expensive, Blood Crypt because it's both a Swamp and Mountain is good, Godless Shrine same idea but Plains . Works with the check lands like Isolated Chapel .

Anguished Unmaking & Path to Exile good removal if you have, expensive to buy elsewise. Utter End & Mortify are cheaper alternatives but still exceptional removal spells.

Battlefield Forge is cheap and gives good color indexing. Diabolic Tutor is still okay at CMC4 and very inexpensive to all the reprinting of this tutor.

I would try and hone in on a desired goal and synergize around that. Mine is Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel , Land Destruction / Indestructible, Liliana's Contract / Shadowborn Apostle type decks, Worldgorger Dragon , Extra Combat Phases.

You have a little bit of Legendary sub-theme, some protecting yourself and Kaalia of the Vast sub-theme Magus of the Moat / Boros Charm , some recursion with Phyrexian Reclamation . You've got a very strong base of cards, once you pick a synergy, you definitely want to synergize around those core abilities.

You have lots of great cards, and I bet it's extremely fun to play! The Signet's are good, Talisman of Indulgence is cheap and better, I also feel like in most situations Fellwar Stone is better than the signet too. But because of the cost of the other mana sources, augmenting with Signets is a fantastic idea.

I don't like Subterranean Tremors , small ground walkers should matter too much to you, and all of your ramp comes from artifacts so destroying those is not a great idea. If your getting a Lizard, something is off the rails. Something like Vandalblast is better for Artifact control.

Never been a fan of Rogue's Passage , CMC5 for unblockable is too much, perhaps try something like Shizo, Death's Storehouse .

Crackling Doom another card that gets around indestructible, but so do things like Utter End or Anguished Unmaking . Crackling Doom is very unlikely to get what you really need it to solve.

Chancellor of the Annex doesn't seem strong enough for the CMC7, or Stax enough. Odric, Lunarch Marshal seems a little out of place, the A/D/D are pretty tough on their own, if you have enough where engaging Odric, Lunarch Marshal to multiply their abilities you should be winning anyway without him.

Archangel Avacyn  Flip is similar to Angelic Guardian but a little more versatile.

Sneak Attack another way to cheat things in, similar to Quicksilver Amulet .

I don't see anything out of place here, other than some of my comments.

Adarkar Valkyrie has many infinite combos (like infinite combat with Aurelia, the Warleader ) for example. I have a bunch under my Alternative Synergies Considered if your interested. She's powerful, can establish some combos, and fits the build in a budget format.

ToolmasterOfBrainerd on Most Busted Card for this ...

6 months ago

Chancellor of the Annex because it can slow the opponents way down. Otherwise Griselbrand .

SufferFromEDHD on Hatebear Test

7 months ago

Settle the Wreckage is great with Aven Mindcensor .

Emeria, The Sky Ruin free hatebear.

Dust Bowl is good with a lot of basics. Isolated Watchtower too.

Dawn Charm useful tech.

Solemnity might be a strong tax depending on meta.

Alms Collector white tax and card draw.

Sanctum Prelate evil.

Chancellor of the Annex personal favorite.

Palladium Myr seems out of place. Phyrexian Revoker

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