Defy Death

Defy Death


Return target creature card from your graveyard to the battlefield. If it's an Angel, put two +1/+1 counters on it.

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Set Rarity
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Defy Death occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Defy Death Discussion

ZombieCat on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

10 months ago

Hey Forkbeard

I was wondering what your thoughts were on Serra the Benevolent and Brought Back ? I was thinking of Serra for her tokens and either brought back or Defy Death for recursion.

budlaorf on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

1 year ago

Maybe Defy Death , Norn's Annex are 2 that I can think of. You could replace Boon Reflection with True Conviction , as pretty much all of your life gain comes from lifelink, you will get the "double life gain" from double strike and it will give you another life link source. You will also get more damage and it can also add more devotion for Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx .

lil_cheez on Aurelia's Angelic Army

1 year ago

Lovely deck mate, Aurelia angel tribal is so cool

Suggestions: I know you use Serra Angel for flavor, but what about THREE Serra Angels? Herald of the Host

Defy Death is cool, works on theme

Nobody expects Miraculous Recovery

Forkbeard on Lyra Dawnbringer: Seek & Destroy

1 year ago

Thanks SomaCruz, lots of great suggestions here. I really wrestled with the angel decisions for this deck - there's so many amazing ones. I debated as to whether or not I should include each of the ones you've mentioned so I'll try to explain the 'why' behind my omissions.

Angel of Jubilation is excellent, love the casting cost and lord effect but she didn't make the cut because I need to be able to pay life for one of my win conditions, Aetherflux Reservoir . Angel of Condemnation and Angel of Sanctions are good removal options, but ultimately I decided that I'm running enough removal. I may revisit that line of thinking if it becomes a recurring problem, perhaps replace Angel of Serenity with one of these cheaper, less win-more options. Now having said that, looking at Admonition Angel again, yeah. That needs to be in here. You're also right about Angelic Skirmisher so I think I'll take that out and swap in Angelic Field Marshal , good call. Sunblast Angel is awesome and is indeed in here already. I thought about Karmic Guide and Dawnbreak Reclaimer as recursion options but I am actually comfortable with the current recursion amount ( Bruna, the Fading Light , Emeria Shepherd , Reya Dawnbringer , Defy Death , Buried Ruin & Emeria, The Sky Ruin ).

Dawn of Hope and Smothering Tithe make a lot of sense and should probably be in here, I'm just not certain what to cut for them yet. I'm luke warm on Geier Reach Sanitarium and Inventors' Fair in here but I see what you're getting at, likewise with Weathered Wayfarer & Expedition Map .

Thank you for the good ideas and let me know when/if you post your Lyra deck, I'd be keen to check it out.

Xica on Mono-White Angels - Help My ...

1 year ago

Well this will be an unpopular opinion...

Don't try to build Angels & Taxes (aka. Death & Taxes - Now with angels! edition).
The Death and Taxes - as much as people don't like to admit it - is DEAD. Humans are basically an improved version, and there is very little reason to go back to the classic mono white build other than emotional attachment.

If you want to build an angel deck, then build a deck around angels.

Angels (at least ones worth playing) do cost LARGE amounts of mana. So you either must ramp (either with Llanowar Elves style, or Desperate Ritual style) or cheat them (i mean the real big ones like Iona, Shield of Emeria - cards like Through the Breach & Eldritch Evolution jump to mind as wayto do so) into play, if you want them early.
You can also try to build a control/tempo/midrange-ish deck, that keeps things in check with interaction, like Path to Exile early game, until it can play it 4-5 mana angels. If you want to go this rout, i would liketo point out Chained to the Rocks , as a particularly promising candidate for Path to Exile 4-8.
Naturally such deck will need to be able to interact with all kinds of decks, including spell based ones, and combo eck - which will certainly prove to be a challange.
(Even more so in the current meta that fields not 1 but 2! viable tempo decks in spirits and the UR phoenix decks (which is secretly the best delver deck of all time))

Reanimator strategies using cards like Defy Death are great, but you need some reliably way to get those cards into your graveyerd, which will likely necessitate splashing some color other than white.

Flooremoji on Monowhite Angel - (Maybe Add Green)

1 year ago

Probably tke out Defy Death and STW for Path to Exile , Glory-Bound is not great, I would cut it and add Thalia, Guardian of Thraben . Take out Fountain of Renewal , add Noble Hierarch . If thats a little on the WOWTHATSEXPENSIVE side, use Avacyn's Pilgrim . Seal Away is also probably worse then Path to Exile . ( Oust and Condemn are good replacements.) Aven Mindcensor could be a nice replacement for Cast Out , but not necesary.

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