Chandra, Torch of Defiance

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."

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Chandra, Torch of Defiance Discussion

GregariousG on Gonna Need A Bigger Playmat | *Primer*

2 weeks ago

To BloodDragon,

Thanks for stopping by my hot mesh of cards I like to call Naya Tron. I really appreciate when other players ask me in-depth questions about my deck. It makes me evaluate what I’m trying to do. In the midst of answering your questions, I found some flaws that I feel like I was able to correct.

How many Tokens/Treasures do you find you are actually getting it to play? In games are you actually closing it out with a Tall-Commanders, or just going wide with Thopters and Golems? Some combination of Tall-Golems thanks to Ich-T? Or are you closing games out more combo-style with the mentioned R.Fireweaver, Terror of the Peaks, or Alibou?

I am finding that I can produce a moderate amount of token. However, this deck is called “Gonna Need a Bigger Playmat”, not “This Can All Fit Just Fine on the Playmat.” I've been debating with myself if I need three token doublers. I think that answer might be no. Because of that, I added Servo Schematic to the main deck. This creates precious artifact creature tokens on ETB, LTB, and is an artifact itself. I thought about adding Pia Nalaar or Pia and Kiran Nalaar for the Thopter tokens. However, I wanted something that was loopable with things like Daretti or Goblin Welder . Tangent aside, this deck, generally, closes out the game with a combination of burning out the table and applied pressure with tokens. There is a line where Ich-T and all the golems get infinite +1/+1 counters, but I haven’t put that to use yet. Also, Chandra, Torch of Defiance is another burn outlet and gets ultimated more often than you think.

I feel like I am not understanding all the Pop-rocks you have (Lotus Petal, Chromatic Sphere, Etc) are you managing to get Teshar/Osgir consistently? Does this deck go in for the kill extremely fast? Or am I missing the point all together here?

This deck isn't a fast kill deck. It has more infinite combos than intended, but this build is meant for the mid-game. Like in Modern Tron, I want my mid-game much faster than everyone else at the table. For example, I've gone Ancient Tomb into Mana Vault , played Lotus Petal , then played Hour of Promise . Now, this was the absolute nut draw, but that was capable due to fast mana like Lotus Petal . The pop-rocks are like artifact-based cantrips. I can't count the numerous times I've played Ancient Stirrings off of a Tron land due to Chromatic Star or Chromatic Sphere .

For me, Teshar and Osgir play different roles. Teshar is more for recurring my low CMC creatures during the grindy mid-late game. With Teshar, I want to loop cards like Goblin Engineer and Blade Splicer for value. The exception to this rule is if I have a way to sacrifice or put Dockside Extortionist in the graveyard. If I have that setup, I'm going for that line of play immediately. Osgir, on the other hand, is more for explosive lines of play. This could be ramping hard with multiple Mana Vault s for Sol Ring s. For me, the synergy between the artifact lands and Osgir is too good to pass up, even without a token doubler. Though I save the bombs of this deck for Feldon of the Third Path , there are times when exiling them with Osgir is an option. For example, I don't need Wurmcoil Engine or Verdurous Gearhulk if I'm Feldon looping Triplicate Titan . I've gladly sac those options to get two token copies of those beaters. If Alibou, Ancient Witness is on the field, I'm more inclined to go for this option.

And between all the Land/Urza synergies you seem to be aiming for did Tireless Tracker or Crucible of Worlds end up not performing well? Have you considered Wrenn and Six for land recursion?

At one point, I consider using both Tireless Tracker and Crucible of Worlds in the 99. However, they both didn't make the cut for one core reason. This deck, besides Hour of Promise and Sad Robot, makes one land drop per turn. Thus, making one clue token per turn is ok, but there are better things I can be doing at three mana. As for Crucible, Eternal Witness is my answer if I need lands back.

Argy on Transforming Chandra Torch of Defiance

3 weeks ago

Can I attack with Chandra, Torch of Defiance , dealing two damage, then cast Shock on my second Main Phase, untap her to have her to deal 1 damage, then transform her?

I know that she has to activate her ability in order to transform, but am unsure as to whether or not her combat damage is taken into consideration.

Hardhitta7 on H: Primal Amulet W: Torrential …

3 weeks ago

I have an Isochron Scepter from The List and a Primal Amulet  Flip from Ixalan and want to trade either for a Chandra, Torch of Defiance , Nissa, Vital Force or Torrential Gearhulk .

I have other stuff in my binder to add to the deal, I’m trying to complete my Kaladesh set so the cards must be from Kaladesh.

Edit: Got a Chandra and Nissa, still need a Torrential Gearhulk , Scepter is gone but I still have the Primal Amulet  Flip.

Hardhitta7 on H: Mystical Tutor + Binder …

1 month ago

I’m collecting one of every card in Kaladesh and want to trade for all the cards. I’ve updated my Binder though I still need to add some of my haves and haven’t marked conditions yet but I’ll check whatever card you’re interested in.

The biggest item I have is a Mystical Tutor , I only want to trade it for some of the higher ticket items, preferably including a Chandra, Torch of Defiance . I also have a Hallowed Fountain , Skullclamp , and Goblin Bombardment and some other random stuff in my Binder.

Profet93 on A GRUUL-ing X-perience (OVERKILL)

2 months ago

If you're looking for removal, aside from your X-board wipes, Song of the Dryads is cool because it can screw with mono red and black by targetting their commanders due to their lack of enchantment removal. Do note it says permanent so you can target opposing coffers, cradle, nykthos, field of the dead, etc... Bonus points if you strip mine it in response to their enchantment removal.

Other removal includes Lightning Bolt as it is cheap instant speed removal that hits many targets

Chain Reaction / Blasphemous Act also work, but I take it you wouldn't want a Non-X wipe.

Decimate - While requiring all targets, is a 4 for 1 that might be worth looking into

While probably not what you're looking for, Volcanic Offering is a fun often overlooked card. Instant speed (usually) 4 for 1 removal with a hint of politics. This works best in metas with powerful non basics.

Duplicant > Steel Helkite? Steel usually works best in mono red or black that can't target artifacts and enchantments. It only costs 1 more mana for an immediate effect rather than requiring combat damage and additional mana.

Chandra, Torch of Defiance > Domri Rade? Doesn't require a creature, acts as ramp, draw, and a wincon all in 1. Or does the extra mana bother you given your lower curve?

No Reap the Past ? Or does the random part bother you?

Lastly a power card such as Jeska's Will might be worth considering as well.

I'm looking forward to your response for each suggestion :)

Hardhitta7 on Energy Colors in Pioneer

2 months ago

I believe the deck played Chandra, Torch of Defiance in standard? Am I remembering that correctly?

Phyrexian11 on God of Thunder and Love

2 months ago

I'm not sure of previous versions of this deck, but I have some cards I think you should add, plus some cards I think you should either just consider replacing or simply just take out. We'll start with the ADD list.

ADD:

  • Earthquake and/or Rolling Earthquake (You already have an effect like this in Subterranean Tremors , but this also hits players, so you'll deal EXTRA damage on top of the extra damage from the commander.)

  • Arcane Signet (You have Fire Diamond , but not Arcane Signet?)

  • Starstorm (An effect like many others, but this one has cycling.)

  • Fire Servant (It's not the cheapest creature, but it has an ability that you might want more of. You can always use more damage doubling.)

  • Mana Geyser (Look, it's just a good card to get a lot of mana quickly. Not super necessary, but it's fast mana in R)

  • Heartless Hidetsugu (I'm just suggesting this one because cutting your opponents down to 20 is great and makes killing them easier.)

  • Seething Song (Fast Mana good.)

  • Seize the Spoils (I noticed a lack of card draw, and this is a pretty neat mono-red card draw spell.)

  • Endless Atlas (Again, card draw, and it's cheap and consistent.)

  • Genesis Chamber (Yeah, it requires your opponents to be playing creatures a bit, but it makes it just that much easier to kill them. Plus the Myr generated are all 1/1s, so they will easily let excess damage through from the rest of the deck.)

  • Sanctuary Blade (A little expensive on the equip side, but this is another consitent way to give your commander pro-red.)

  • Sword of Sinew and Steel / Sword of War and Peace (You have Sword of Fire and Ice , so why not have more of the red ones?)

  • Chandra, Awakened Inferno (Her + kills your opponents faster, her - does what you commander wants, her -X is neat. I think she's all around a great inclusion.)

  • Chandra, Torch of Defiance (Okay, so now is where I admit that you only had 1 planeswalker and I talk about how much I like Planeswalker cards. I think they're cool and fun. This specific one is great beacause she either gives you mana or draws you a card, essentially. Her two differ +1's are really the only reason, but her ult is something your opponents wont want to have go off, either.)

  • Caged Sun (More Mana in mono-red.)

Subtract:

  • Ignite the Future (It's too expensive for what it does. You can better spend the mana on a Chandra, Torch of Defiance or something. Yeah, it's kind of card draw, but you can do better.)

  • Pyroblast (Unless this is for a VERY SPECIFIC meta where you are going against mean U decks, this will be more frustrating in hand than useful, I think. Plus, color-specific hate like this just feels out of place in this format, unless, of course, your meta is particularly skewed a certain way.)

  • Red Elemental Blast (See Above.)

  • Tibalt's Trickery (Yeah, cool counterspell, but I think the deck should focus more on itself, personally.)

  • Wheel of Fate (There are better, and faster, ways to draw cards. I like the idea of this card, but in having played it over and over again, either it never actually resolves -like the game ends- or it just feels like a relative waste because people can see it coming and plan ahead.)

  • Fire Diamond (Replace this with Arcane Signet . It's just better.)

  • Lavabrink Floodgates (To be fair, I've never played with this card, but OH BOY does it seem bad. If you're not proliferating the counters, then this will NEVER go off if your opponents don't want it to, and they would never want it to with this deck, unless a board-wipe JUST happened and there are not creatures. So then it's just a 4-drop mana rock producing 2, and you can just replace it with something better like Caged Sun that will help you Earthquake for a win faster.

  • Arch of Orazca (I noticed in your mana base that you have 13 lands that tap for colorless. That seems like too many for me - it's almost the same number of Snow-Covered Mountain s you have. So I am recommending removing some. I get why this one is here, for the card draw, but this is SO EXPENSIVE. I don't even run it in my colorless Emrakul deck.)

  • Great Furnace (I like this card, I really do. I LOVE artifacts. But without any artifact synergies, this is more likely do get Shatter ed or Vandalblast ed than actually help you, and that'll feel bad. Just replace it with a Snow-Covered Mountain .)

  • Hanweir Battlements  Flip (Same reason for the colorless mana, and I don't really see many reasons other than, maybe 2 creatures for the need for haste, but it's not a necessity to be removed.)

  • Leyline of Punishment (I get that this is here to make it harder for your opponents to survive or heal up, but honestly, just play Heartless Hidetsugu or something else to keep life totals low. This one is often going to feel more like a do-nothing enchantment unless your meta is HEAVY life-gain.)

  • Treasonous Ogre (Fast mana, sure, but it seemed overall pretty meh to me in this deck. It's better at killing you than it is at providing mana in this specific deck, I think.)

  • Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor (The effect is important for making sure you opponents have creatures, but getting her to hit you opponents before they have blockers is going to be a challenge, and if you draw her late-game, then she's just a 3/3 blocker.)

  • Bonfire of the Damned (The miracle cost is cool, but most of the time I think you'd rather something like Earthquake that will most likely hit almost all of their creatures AND more than 1 opponent/opponent's board. Plus, if this isn't Miracle'd, then this is pretty trash in your hand.)

I'm sure I said add more cards than take out, and I know I said take out a couple lands, but not really add any, but I hope this is helpful.

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