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Chandra, Torch of Defiance
Legendary Planeswalker — Chandra
+1: Exile the top card of your library. You may cast that card. If you don't, Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 2 damage to each opponent.
+1: Gain .
-3: Chandra, Torch of Defiance deals 4 damage to target creature.
-7: You get an emblem with "Whenever you cast a spell, this emblem deals 5 damage to target creature, player or planeswalker."
RinceRaven on krenko
3 weeks ago
Alright alright so I got asked to give a bunch of suggestions so here we go. Hoo boy. Gonna try to keep most suggestions low on budget but will include the best slightly expensive cards. Should also mention I got a lot of things I know from this primer, cheers. https://deckstats.net/decks/82803/752805-competitive-krenko/en
First the draw pieces you missed: Rundvelt Hordemaster, Dark-Dweller Oracle, Skullclamp, Subira, Tulzidi Caravanner, Reforge the Soul, Conspicuous Snoop, You Find Some Prisoners. The only actual good ones you got in this draft are Idol of Oblivion and Wheel of Misfortune imo, though most are servicable.
Next up ramp: Mana doublers are too slow for a deck as fast as Krenko, and you don't have the card draw to support such cards in mono-red. Not really. Also with the 4 mana commander having 2 mana ramp becomes much, much more valued. Cheering Fanatic, Liquimetal Torque, Generator Servant, Wily Goblin, Infernal Plunge, Fire Diamond (Yes I know, I think it's fine here).
Haste: Giving Krenko (and his tokens) haste literally puts you a turn ahead over not having it. Crashing Drawbridge, Ashling's Prerogative (Even gives tokens haste too), Generator Servant (multipurpose? Whoa), Goblin Chieftain, Goblin Motivator, Lightning Greaves, Mass Hysteria, Thousand-Year Elixir (tad pricey but repeatable Krenko seems good) Bloodlust Inciter.
Wincons: gotta end the game somehow. Combo's are good: Breath of Fury, Staff of Domination, Thornbite Staff, Umbral Mantle are the best combo lines for Krenko afaik. If not/next to combo, we have good old damage: Coat of Arms, Eldrazi Monument, Impact Tremors, Obelisk of Urd, Skirk Fire Marshal, Purphoros, God of the Forge, Shared Animosity, Devilish Valet, Quest for the Goblin Lord, Throne of the God-Pharaoh.
If we let our opponents do whatever they want we'll have trouble winning, even with our speed. Luckily red has quite some options. Don't forget Liquimetal Torque can turn things into artifacts so we can shoot them easier. Abrade, Chaos Warp, Gempalm Incinerator (great removal spell, terrible creature), Goblin Assassin (wipes the floor with creature decks), Goblin Bombardment, Goblin Cratermaker, Goblin Sharpshooter, Goblin Trashmaster, Goblin Welder (hits opponents too), Mogg Salvage, Pashalik Mons, Skirk Fire Marshal (your board survives this with Coat of Arms or Eldrazi Monument), Furystoke Giant, Shattering Spree, better than Vandalblast, Wild Magic Surge.
I'm tired and my brain is dying so here's a dump of things I forgot or for didn't have a place to mentioned yet :)
Heirloom Blade, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Blood Moon, Brash Taunter, Impulsive Pilferer, Jeska's Will, Goblin Chirurgeon, Goblin Sledder, Mogg Raider, Pyroblast, Red Elemental Blast, Tibalt's Trickery, Mogg War Marshal, Legion Loyalist, Legion Warboss, Brash Taunter, Fable of the Mirror-Breaker Flip, Hobgoblin Bandit Lord, Muxus, Goblin Grandee (idk at what math this is good I'm sure someone did it already somewhere on the internet), Siege-Gang Commander, Zo-Zu the Punisher, Goblin Ringleader, Goblin Piledriver, Arms Dealer, Grotag Night-Runner, Goblin King (get 5th or 6th edition art btw).
Good luck on figuring things out. I'm off to bed
2 months ago
Apex of Power, Soulfire Eruption, Mind's Dilation, Cast Through Time, Mind's Desire, Urabrask, Heretic Praetor, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Atsushi, the Blazing Sky, Urza, Lord High Artificer, Chandra, Dressed to Kill, Flameskull, Prophetic Flamespeaker, Epic Experiment
4 months ago
elliotmward97: So I actually used to run Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast, Tibalt's Trickery and Withering Boon but didn't feel I was getting enough mileage out of them. Imp's Mischief and Deflecting Swat are both great in any black and/or red deck, I just don't have a copy of either unfortunately lol.
Hidetsugu, Devouring Chaos is a card I really liked thematically, but in practice just never felt good to draw. Even going infinite with Dockside and Technomancer requires your opponents to have at least seven Enchantments and Artifacts - which totally is gonna happen sometimes, but definitely not all the time.
Chandra, Torch of Defiance is another card I used to run (and quite liked) but got cut for Daretti, Ingenious Iconoclast as Daretti just synergized with the deck better. Chandra may yet make it back into the deck, though!
As for cuts, I'm not totally sure but probably Hellkite Tyrant in favour of Ancient Copper Dragon. Tyrant is great but also extremely telegraphed. I'd probably look at Professional Face-Breaker or either Mayhem Devil or Nadier's Nightblade (depending on your playstyle) as a cut for Imperial Recruiter. And although Goblin Welder is a favourite of mine, it's likely on the chopping block if I do pick up a Ragavan.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Hey again! I just wanted to say I did know about the Blasphemous Act + Repercussion combo, and was able to fit it in comfortably! While I couldn’t find room for Seething Song, I did however find a way to combo Blasphemous Act + Repercussion with Dictate of the Twin Gods, so that way it doubles the damage twice (13 -> 26 to the creatures, then 26 -> 52 to the creature’s controller). And while I couldn’t afford Demonic Tutor, I did find a better replacement for Diabolic Tutor, being Profane Tutor. Basically a Demonic Tutor but you have to wait two turns. Oh and I also managed to add Chandra, Torch of Defiance in there as well, for more burn synergy and free .
If you’d like, you can also check out the mono- control deck I made based on a build my college friend had!
4 months ago
Good article, but one small thing: there is another planeswalker that can up loyalty on other planeswalkers. I've always thought Chandra, Acolyte of Flame has been an insanely underrated card, and her faux "+1" ability is one of those reasons. She makes cards like Chandra, Torch of Defiance and Nahiri, the Harbinger waaaaay more dangerous.
4 months ago
Out: Burning Earth
In my playgroup, I don't think Burning Earth will work well enough. Also, unless I swap in more basic lands, it will likely do more damage to me than anyone else! Chandra, Torch of Defiance has so much versatility for 4 CMC - mana ramp, card draw, and group slug effects. I will play test it and see how it goes.
5 months ago
Not gonna lie, I forgot that Homeward Path existed. lol Definitely worth considering.
I wasn't too keen on cutting Humble Defector. I didn't want to cut ramp or removal since I'm kind of light on both, but I agree that both cards you listed are a bit weak. I think Heraldic Banner might be the cut to make there.
Wheel of Misfortune has too much text and gives me a headache. That's why it's not included. lol I'm also not looking to mass fill my graveyard making it a prime Bojuka Bog (or similar) target. Just going for targeted discard at the moment.
Chandra, Torch of Defiance is a card that I think I have two or three of and they all see use in other decks at the moment. I agree that it's not needed but definitely useful. I'll have to take a second look some time.
Dualcaster Mage is a super sneaky one. I'm more prone to the big, splashy play but I totally agree that the utility is there. Great suggestion!
Thanks for all the advice! Gonna have to take a another look at tweaking this deck soon.