Defiant Strike

Defiant Strike

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Target creature gets +1/+0 until end of turn.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Defiant Strike Discussion

RambIe on ugg i need help

1 month ago

enpc please don't give up. i really do need the help
your advise is solid and do appreciate it. fetch's would work with almost any other deck. its just these colors options are limited with Tithe by itself i run out of targets and the one fetch i am running becomes a fetch basic with out slowfield stinkhole.
i've spent since February obsessively tuning this deck to consist run a 4 card combo with in 8 turns, while being resistant enough to play through what ever is thrown at it to stop it, and at the same time still being able to stop others. now im trying to do it in 6 turns. if it is possible, the answer is not going to be easy

firja, is a tempo for me to. if i ramp up and blow out my hand i shut down my biggest card vantage. so it is limited to two cards per turn. in an ideal situation ill play two sorcery speeds on my turn and then two instant speeds on opponents turns. the deck is playable with 2 mana, accelerates with 4 mana, and peaks at 6 mana.
cantrips really are the key to success, i have to cast 2 to draw 1. this math fails and already leaves you with no cards in hand. thats why weird cards like Defiant Strike , Purify the Grave , Cremate perform amazing in this deck even though the abilities them self's are week

ChrisHansonBiomancin on Boros Magecraft

4 months ago

I've been playing around with an idea like this a bit. Fight as One has been very good in my playtesting and could maybe replace one of your color protection effects here, as you have 11 of them so it might be nice to diversify your protection effects with some indestructible.

Also I feel like magecraft decks probably need those cantrip cards to have enough gas to make it over the finish line, so Defiant Strike and Crash Through are probably the best options in these colors. I've also found Conspiracy Theorist to be a nice sidekick for the magecraft dudes as you can just tack on one mana to any spell to draw an extra card per turn and keep those magecraft triggers coming, and between all the pump and protection effects it should be pretty easy to keep him alive. Keep in mind that his ability will still allow you to cast either half of Adventure cards if you discard them.

TriusMalarky on Aikido of the Inward Eye and Mirror Flame

6 months ago

Feather, the Redeemed decks are largely midrange decks. They're not built to always win super fast, but they're not slow either. But their biggest strength is having all of the resources.

With feather, you want to cast some things, cast Feather t3(or 4 with protection), and then just sit there casting the same few cards every turn.

You have Defiant Strike to draw cards and increase your damage output, Reckless Rage to make sure your opponent has no creatures in play, Gods Willing to keep Feather safe, and more. And more.

Feather quickly outvalues almost any deck. You only have a turn or two to interact, but if you can kill Feather, you sort of win. If you can't kill Feather, you've lost.

You might include a couple copies of Zada as he also generates ton of value if you already have a couple creatures in play.

You'll also include a handful of creatures that benefit from being targeted, like cards with the Heroic mechanic.

9-lives on Aikido of the Inward Eye and Mirror Flame

6 months ago

Hello, itsbuzzi!

How about for drawing power an extra 4x Defiant Strike or 4x Warlord's Fury ? I already have 4x Renegade Tactics , which is incredibly useful. Transmogrify would be best to get my creatures onto the battlefield, yes, but I would have to run like 4x of them just to get the right creature, and not only that, it costs 4 mana. And my combos only cost at most 5 mana, not counting the creature cost, as generally if I draw a creature I'll play it as soon as possible and then use the combo, especially if the creature ETB with summoning sickness, then attacks next turn with damage dealt to it which triggers the combo, or if I'm lucky, it is dealt non-combat damage.

One spell I have for ramp is Sword of the Animist . I know it's not much, but regardless.

9-lives on -Deleting-

7 months ago

Hello, Heretical_Tarp!

I think Defiant Strike is just as good as Opt but instead of scrying it gives +1 P. Very useful when I want to buff up my white weaklings as well as draw a card. Silence is the ultimate fog card, and only costs 1 mana. Remember that I have a manabase problem with needing cards that have only one of non-generic mana, and the rest has to be generic mana. When I reach 4 cards that tap for 3 mana if I only draw filter lands, then I will be in good tempo. Imprisoned in the Moon is incredibly useful for answering creature and planeswalker threats, as well as making their lands useless for them. If I want to keep them from doing anything, Imprisoned in the Moon is a good card, and it only costs 3 CMC. Ahh I had thought that Solemnity would affect Planeswalkers. I guess I'll put it in the sideboard?

All of those cards you mentioned are difficult for me to use because I have to have either a Mana Confluence , Survivors' Encampment or Aether Hub , and Survivors' Encampment depends on my creatures on the battlefield. Painted Bluffs and Shimmering Grotto require me to use that land and another land to generate rainbow mana, so that means that I would always be one turn behind with these cards. Aether Hub is only useful once in the game, unless I run some energy counter accumulating cards. And Cascading Cataracts is only useful on turn 6 if I don't have ramp like 4x Arboreal Grazer , 2x Dryad of the Ilysian Grove . And, if I do get Chromatic Lantern , I will be able to cast all colored things, but that depends on if the opponent has artifact removal.

Do you know of any good Stax effect cards I can use? Teferi, Hero of Dominaria is pretty useful, especially his draw ability. I personally put 1x Teyo, the Shieldmage , 3x The Wanderer for their Stax effects and their cheap mana cost. The Wanderer is incredibly useful for going against high CMC cards, and Teyo, the Shieldmage is good for not only his making the player hexproof, but generating cards that I can tap for mana with Survivors' Encampment .

I think I'll remove Demolish .

Heretical_Tarp on -Deleting-

7 months ago

There's a lot of feedback to give here, so I'll try to be concise.

You have too many pieces which don't do anything most of the time. Even still deliberately neutering your deck's power level, you can make major improvements here.

Specific notes:

  • Defiant Strike : This effect is not worth 1 mana if you aren't getting something more out of it.

  • Silence : Your deck is... not fast. Delaying your opponent by one turn, at the cost of a card, hurts you more than it hurts them. Remember, you don't get more points for losing slowly.

  • Demolish : This card is straight up not good most of the time? It's also pretty strange to play this and Imprisoned in the Moon in the same deck.

  • Solemnity : This does not affect planeswalkers in any way. Thought I should point that out.

  • Smothering Tithe : What do you plan to do with all that treasure? You aren't drawing any cards.

Every card in your deck needs to either gain you speed (damage or fast mana), gain you value (cards), or disrupt your opponent (by costing them speed or value). But costing your opponent speed is only useful if you're using that time to kill them, and this deck of 1/2's just isn't.

Recommendation: If you're set on this kind of stax deck, find lock pieces that gain you additional value or can singlehandedly win the game. In particular, planeswalkers with more impact.

Cards that leap to mind:

It doesn't need to be any of these specific cards, but I think you should push for a higher average power level for your cards.

9-lives on None

7 months ago

I think that white should have some abilities of the archcetype of aikido, like Deflecting Palm and Karmic Justice and Manabarbs Comeuppance and have it work with stax, angels, lifelink, cats, token decks, etc. We could add aikido of Karmic Justice to a small 1/1 cat token. If we could use lifelink, and cards that deal damage according to lifegain (usually black), with these aikdio instants and sorceries and enchantments, we would have a great advantage and synergy across all white archetypes. . There are some pretty good white card draw stuff like Angelic Gift , Chosen by Heliod , even 1 white mana cost Defiant Strike . And these are just a few of white cards that have drawing power in pioneer.

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