Deflecting Palm

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

Deflecting Palm


The next time a source of your choice would deal damage to you this turn, prevent that damage. If damage is prevented this way, Deflecting Palm deals that much damage to that source's controller.

ThisIsMyAccount on Boros Leige

3 weeks ago

It is an interesting little budget deck your making. I just want to drop some other affordable cards for your consideration: Truefire Paladin, Rem Karolus, Stalwart Slayer, Ajani Vengeant, General Ferrous Rokiric, Deflecting Palm, Rip Apart, Eiganjo, Seat of the Empire.

wallisface on Wizard - Aikido

3 weeks ago

But they’re not synergistic at all. Your wizards have stuff like Prowess, that want you to be casting a lot of spells, but also spells on your turn - neither of which you can do reliably.

Your countermagic wants to be mana-efficient, and backup up by card draw and board-control - none of which is happening.

Boros Reckoner has no real payoff here (i.e Blasphemous Act) - you’re relying on your opponent doing something stupid. Deflecting Palm synergises with nothing, being unhelpful for both wizards & control.

You may have a few cards that interact with each other, but generally you’re trying to do waaay too many things at once, with many of those plans directly stifling your other cards/interactions.

As said before, my suggestion would be to pick a lane for your deck to be in, instead of trying to do 3 things at once. But you seem to be against making this list cohesive, so i’m not sure how else i can help here.

9-lives on Wizard - Aikido

3 weeks ago

I'll define aikido as follows:

  1. Receiving damage, then dealing damage; exempli gratia: Deflecting Palm, Boros Reckoner.

  2. Causing damage through combat by using a defense against them; exempli gratia: Spellweaver Eternal, Eternal of Harsh Truths.

  3. Preventing spells and dealing damage through this prevention; exempli gratia: Ionize, Essence Backlash.

Do you see the common thread in this? It's that there is a transformation of receiving damage into dealing damage, or preventing damage into doing damage, or if the opponent prevents damage then causing that damage. This is essentially the aikido martial art's goal. Aikido doesn't deal direct damage like a burn deck. It seeks to simply transform damage.

I know that in order to be useful as an archetype it has to be literally a useful gameplay. Although, the cards Boros Reckoner, especially when paired with Gideon's Sacrifice, and Deflecting Palm have won me a few games alone, and I've only played a few games with a burn deck and my testudo deck. The two former are excellent when someone becomes too cocky and swings with all (s)he's got. However, a archetype will not always be the best, just ilke a defense-to-damage deck is very difficult to play.

9-lives on Wizard - Aikido

3 weeks ago

Well, even though my deck would be much better if I weren't following a specific theme, I think I'm going to keep this aikido theme. What should my source of damage be? I would permit monks doing damage, considering it is kinda lore-wise with aikido. Also, I'm not going Izzet with my deck since I have Boros Reckoner, and Deflecting Palm. Perhaps I should add more cards with afflict ability like Eternal of Harsh Truths? Perhaps increase my number of Basri Ket to 4?

um_fido on Yes, Honey

1 month ago

alexjustdoit Ah, i see what you're talking about, but even though Reflect Damage counts only one source, if something hits multiple objects/players at the same time, the source still the same, like Blasphemous Act, and all the damage will be redirect.

So, if we have 4 creatures in the board, it will be 13*4 = 52 damage reflected and not just 13, cause it's not procing multiple times, just once.

I think the difference between Reflect Damage and Deflecting Palm is that "Redirect all damage" part and that Reflect doesn't prevent the damage, bypassing "damage cannot be prevented" cards, since it's a replace effect.

alexjustdoit on Yes, Honey

1 month ago

Either I'm misunderstanding you, or you may have a misconception about Reflect Damage - it only counts one source. It is a 5 cmc Deflecting Palm - is it not? If thats what you want, then fair, just wanted to make sure you weren't thinking it would stop multiple instances of damage.

In my decks like this (I have 3) I rarely need more than 1 or 2 Deflecting Palm type effects so I find that between Palm, Boros Fury Shield, and Mirror Strike, its kinda all covered.

Also FYI - boros fury shield doesnt redirect the dmg when sunforged.

Abaques on Could someone kindly explain to …

1 month ago

My Queen Marchesa deck is mix of akkido effects like Deflecting Palm, monarch tribal which gives you card advantage and a bunch of other effects and then cards like Dread to make people not want to attack me. I also have cards like Breena, the Demagogue that mess with combat choices.

The last time I played the Queen I kept the Monarch for like 6 turn cycles because of No Mercy. I ended up winning by casting a Thrilling Encore after the last other player standing (playing a Xenagos, God of Revels deck) had killed my Archon of Coronation and Protector of the Crown before going in for an alpha strike (I got a couple of his things he'd sacrificed to do that too). I survived and he lost on the crack-back. It was a great game.

griffstick on Could someone kindly explain to …

1 month ago

Yea she is the commander for Comeuppance effects, Deflecting Palm effects, Delirium effects. This is how I see it built the same most often. That's not how I built her. She doesn't give you a obvious direction to build. I have built her 3 times.

I've built her as mardu good stuff with everything having deathtouch. With the idea of losing the monarch being advantageous, to use the deathtouch tokens, as fodder for Attrition effects or Vampiric Rites Type cards.

Then I built her as monarch tribal. Basically all the benefits of being the monarch with fancy recursion and protection effects.

And the last way I built her was superfirends with a huge removal package. And a combo that uses Blasphemous Act + Vicious Shadows to kill the table if I never get to my plaswalkers ults

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