Crackling Doom

Crackling Doom

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Crackling Doom deals 2 damage to each opponent. Each opponent sacrifices a creature with the greatest power among creatures he or she controls.

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Commander 2017 (C17) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal

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Crackling Doom Discussion

StopShot on Counteracting large hexproof creatures.

1 week ago

The subject of this thread revolves around dealing with and counteracting against the commanders: Uril, the Miststalker, Sigarda, Host of Herons, Dragonlord Ojutai, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Thrun, the Last Troll as well as commanders that consistently or typically give themselves hexproof through various equipments/auras.

While it may not be the most prevalent strategy these types of commanders can be annoying to deal with. I'd like to create a discussion on what are the best ways to deal with these commanders. Given how niche these commanders can be, running cards that exclusively dedicate themselves to their removal may be detrimental to draw into when playing a game where none of your opponents run them. Therefore cards that can both combat massive hexproof creatures as well as still being useful to have if none of your opponents are playing with big hexproof creatures should be taken into consideration when deciding what is the "best" or "most practical" solution to combating hexproof strategies.

The first cards that come to mind are Arcane Lighthouse, Detection Tower, Bonds of Mortality, Shadowspear and Glaring Spotlight. These cards entirely dedicate themselves to combating hexproof strategies, and while this may be a detriment when used against non-hexproof strategies, these cards do lend themselves some extra utility. Arcane Lighthouse and Detection Tower can be seeded into your manabase so at worst they're just a Wastes however they can be more inefficient in comparison. Given that both are lands, tapping them costs you an extra mana resource effectively making their abilities cost to activate. Not only that, but they have no effect at stripping indestructible which can be a common keyboard which may be used alongside most hexproof strategies. Cards like Bonds of Mortality and Shadowspear cost only one to activate and they can bypass indestructible, however given they're not lands you have to dedicate a nonland slot in your deck to accommodate either of them which means taking out a card that may better synergize with your deck's main strategy in their place. They also lend themselves targets for counter spells and given hexproof decks contain white and/or green, artifact/enchantment removal will pose a high potential risk. This is all not to mention you still need to provide a removal spell in tandem with these cards in order to remove the threat.

Another solution is board wipes. Cards such as Wrath of God, Damnation, Day of Judgment, Supreme Verdict, Blasphemous Act, etc. Mass creature removal is incredibly strong given that its always relevant in most metas making it a highly flexible solution that isn't too narrow to rely upon. It's biggest drawback however is if the massive hexproof creature that needs to be dealt with has indestructible, totem armor or Gift of Immortality. Even a card such as Toxic Deluge can be a risk as you may have to pay a huge amount of life if the creature is incredibly big. Cyclonic Rift is another effective card. One thing to note about boardwipes are they affect the whole table which makes them also more likelier to be countered than by effects that impact a single individual.

A more narrow solution would be through damage prevention effects such as Story Circle, Forcefield, Runed Halo, Rune of Protection: White, etc. Given each card never "targets" they can be used to infinitely "Fog" a problem creature that you can't put up with. These effects are more narrow than boardwipes but broader than hexproof removal. Cards like these still run into problems with artifact/enchantment removal and they don't run enticing side effects such as drawing a card upon entering the battlefield like Bonds of Mortality or giving a creature lifelink and trample like Shadowspear, however you won't need to exhaust your removal spells to keep the large creature(s) either. In more broader metas such as combo, stax and prison, these effects may not be as useful however. More broader variants of these protection cards exist as Ensnaring Bridge, Divine Presence, Peacekeeper and Meekstone though these cards may make multiple opponents unhappy enough to remove them than the more narrower options.

The last effect used to combat large hexproof creatures is sacrifice effects such as: Fleshbag Marauder, Innocent Blood, Vona's Hunger, Liliana's Triumph, Doomfall etc. These effects can bypass not only hexproof but also indestructible, regenerate and totem armor. Their drawback lies in if the player with the large hexproof creature has any other creatures to sacrifice in their place. Because of this caveat this effect isn't too strong unless ran in multiples which can be difficult to commit to in a 100-card format. Instead selective sacrifice effects may be the best way to devote to this solution with cards like: Crackling Doom, Soul Shatter, Slaughter the Strong, Council's Judgment, Renounce the Guilds and Wing Shards. While these cards won't always guarantee the large hexproof creature will be removed, they provide a stronger case than not compared to most traditional sacrifice removal.

Lastly there are counter spells to remove hexproof creatures. While they may be the best all purpose solution they can be rendered ineffective if a Cavern of Souls or some other can not be countered effect is in place. With exception to Withering Boon, the biggest downside to counter spells are they are entirely exclusive to blue meaning other color combinations without blue do not have this option available.

Which method do you rely on to stop massive hexproof creatures? Is there a card or solution set not listed here that you use? If you happen to play EDH decks with big massive hexproof creatures, which effects annoy/counter you the most?

DaWubber on Claws of the All-Hunter

2 weeks ago

DankMagicianD

I have two Blind Obedience type affects in Authority of the Consuls and Urabrask the Hidden. I like holding up Mana for instant speed interaction, which Obedience kind of encourages against.

I will likely add a copy of Teferi's Protection when I can find one.

I considered the Sword of Feast and Famine and Sword of Light and Shadow but found they interacted rather poorly with mutate during playtesting, as the protection can sometimes block the mutate targeting.

Took a look at the sliths. Kinda reminded me of War Elemental, a card I now want to try, which I feel is a touch on the more impactfully side. Though it is really, REALLY color intensive.

Crackling Doom isn't quite as targetted as I would like it to be. But I do agree, it is a sweet spell. Will probably try out Champion's Helm in place of Swiftfoot Boots, see how often Snapdax loses hexproof while mutating. He's usually on top of the mutate pile, but not always.

Thank you for the suggestions. Happy deck building!

DankMagicianD on Claws of the All-Hunter

3 weeks ago

I recommend Blind Obedience to nearly any deck that can play it. The slith creatures from Mirrodin seem great creatures to mutate onto, but they are color intensive. The sword of cycle and Teferi's Protectionare expensive, but very powerful. Darksteel Plate and Champion's Helm are good at protecting your creature. Finally, Crackling Doom is an excellent spell, searchable with sunforger of course.

Daveslab2022 on Cards that hold a special …

1 month ago

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite was my first ever pull from a booster- so that was exciting. My buddy flipped because he saw it was a mythic and explained it was the best rarity you could get. Obviously the ability was pretty sick too.

My favorite cards, however, due solely to flavor, and spice are

Dark Confidant dude absolutely oozes flavor, and he was created for Bob Maher, who I’ve heard is a really cool guy. So double points.

Bitterblossom is also perfectly flavorful for black and the set it was printed in. Also that original art is excellent good.

Thoughtseize holds a special place in my heart, winning me a “major” tournament (an SCG Open IQ only like 50 dudes but it was supposed to be bigger, won me a free entry and a bye in the first round of the SCG Open, where I absolutely tanked and went 2-4, including my bye win lol.).

And lastly Crackling Doom. Was an auto 4 of in all my mardu decks during KTK standard and it smashed Siege Rhino for days.

Daveslab2022 on Card creation challenge

1 month ago

Crackling Doom is my 3rd favorite card, (next to bitterblossom, and dark confidant)

Crackling Desecration

Instant

Exile a creature with the greatest power target player controls. Draw a card.

This is probably a bit better than Doom.

Anyways, similar challenge. Color shift your favorite creature card!

golgarigirl on Kelsien, the Plague

1 month ago

I like what you've got going so far, but it needs a little streamlining...a little focus. We're going to take a look at how many cards do these things you want to do in your description. Sorry if this gets a little long winded...

If you're going to be giving deathtouch, it would be great to have more creatures that would really benefit from it. To me, that's either more of Kelsien's type...'pingers' as my playgroup calls them...such as Blood Cultist, Goblin Sharpshooter, and Deathbringer Thoctar, OR it's some giant nasties such as Chandra's Incinerator, Inferno Titan or Sun Titan, (but only if they work with the deck). Of the creatures you currently have, only Kelsien and Kalmne really do anything neat with deathtouch, meaning multiples of deathtouch cards are kind of wasted.

By adding more ways to find our deathtouch, we add ways to find other useful things too, and trim the worse deathtouch cards. We can replace things like Gorgon's Head and Flail with Heliod's Pilgrim and Open the Armory, we gain access to way more options, both if we do or do not need deathtouch at the moment.

The Mardu colors are amazing at killing things. Your deck should be able to mow down normal creatures without much problem, so removal that just 'destroy target creature's something is not what we want. You've already got some great exile options, but those are also excellent at dealing with other things, so I'd like to suggest the tried and true Swords to Plowshares and Path to Exile, as well as Crackling Doom for really troublesome creatures. Despark and Generous Gift take care of everything else, and bonus points, Gift gives another creature for you to snipe. Shriveling Rot plays right into your strategy as well.

Like your deathtouch, I would really look at the quality of your reanimation. Is it better to have just a few really good pieces and consistently draw/tutor into it, or a lot and find that there isn't anything worthwhile to reanimate (I've been there)? A lot of these cards cost a bit of mana as well, so I would play some more mana rocks and card draw to help you get online faster. Signets like Rakdos Signet that come down before Kelsien are especially good (and I often run my rocks with Daretti, Scrap Savant, so I can turn them into important artifacts my opponents have destroyed later on). Black Market will also get us there in the long run. I like Torbran, Thane of Red Fell to really bulk up our 'ping' damage, and Sigarda's Aid just because it's awesome. Finally, Thrilling Encore does exactly what you want in this deck, and can even surprise your opponents after a board clear.

griffstick on Good cheap staples to pick …

2 months ago

This are the staple cards you need to get.

Creatures

Instants

Sorceries

Artifacts

Enchantments

Planswalkers

I hope this helps because it took forever to type out.

MrCuddlefish on Mardu control pioneer

3 months ago

Collective Brutality is one of the best and versatile early creature interactions in pioneer, but you could also use Seal Away as spot removal. The only cards I would consider replacing with those are Palace Siege and Crackling Doom.

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