Essence Backlash

Essence Backlash


Counter target creature spell. Essence Backlash deals damage equal to that spell's power to its controller.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Essence Backlash Discussion

ocannon on Eureka, A Combo!

1 year ago

No prob! I've never actually seen Distant Memories before, I might have to pick up a couple! Seems like it would be really fun and political. And that makes sense about being hesitant to cut the cards that trigger your commander. I'd think about cutting Galvanoth, I always try to play him but 5 mana for a creature that the odds are wont get a good trigger your next upkeep isnt worth it imo. ALso Izzet Chronarch, or Archaeomancer if you want to keep the izzet colours. Chemister's Trick, Charisma, Grip of Amnesia (for a better counterspell such as Counterflux), Cerebral Vortex, Nivix Guildmage, Arcane Melee, Thoughtflare. Also not sure how you take advantage of Aetherflux Reservoir? Maybe a cut.

Some cards that you might want to consider swapping your izzet creatures for are: Double Negative, Essence Backlash, Expansion / Explosion, Ionize, Magefire Wings, Suffocating Blast. Have fun brewing! I've definitely been doing alot of it over the last couple weeks haha

Ziusdra on Izzet It Romantic -- UR Multicolor Tribal

2 years ago

I like this deck a lot, especially for how budget-friendly it is--that makes me really happy :D

I have always wanted to like Stormchaser Mage but have found kind of limited uses for him in Commander. I might consider Bloodwater Entity and trade Stormchaser Mage 's haste for the recursion of Bloodwater Entity , although there is the drawback of taking sorceries/instants out of your graveyard and not even putting them directly into your hand (unless you have Tome of the Guildpact out). I might also take out Gorgon Flail to put in another gold card to give Tome of the Guildpact more mileage and to trigger the commander more. Maybe I'd put in something like Essence Backlash or Ionize for better control, though I don't like how expensive Essence Backlash is in terms of mana. (the addition of an instant rather than an artifact also makes Beacon Bolt and Enigma Drake go farther, and if your counterspell gets counterspelled, you can Expansion it to counter the counter and make more triggers happen...)

These are my thoughts, but well done nonetheless, I love this deck.

Nilantive on The Izzet Guild

2 years ago

Oh....OH. Yes. I knew that. I understood this. Yes. Uhhhhh.

Sonic Assault and Essence Backlash are pretty nice.

Agusdakilla on U/R Drake Control

3 years ago

This is what I'm considering for the main board in regard to counter spells (correct me if you think I totally misunderstood what you've been saying): 2x Censor, 2x Negate, 2x Essence Backlash, and 2x Cancel/1x Revolutionary Rebuff (or viceversa, a mix of the 2). I'd put 2x Essence Backlash, 2x Negate, and 2x Spell Pierce in the sideboard, to deal with more creature heavy or control decks. What do you think?As for the Riddleform, I considered it, but normally I want 2 mana open on my second turn so I can counter or burn whatever my opponent casts, and anyway I don't really cast spells on my turn. It might work as a turn 4 play, with a counter in hand to protect it, but I really don't think it would be attacking that much. It might work as a 1-of in the sideboard, switching it out with a Dynavolt Tower against decks that run Abrade.

Hardhitta7 on Essence Flux with Lizards

4 years ago

Bone to Ash maybe? 4 mana is a lot for a counterspell. You could always add some cheap card draw if needed, like Serum Visions.

I was gonna say Essence Backlash but that might come in handy if your meta plays a lot of big creatures.

Sim_Will_CMcantfindmehopefully on Echostorm

4 years ago

Glad to hear you like the deck, I just saw the similar enchantments and went ahead. I should make a 2.0 version of this with more copy effects. Copying counterspells like Essence Backlash would be awesome!!

Hardhitta7 on

4 years ago

Essence Backlash looks like it could be fun! I would love to counter one the Eldrazi Titans with it! Melek, Izzet Paragon is a great card, but a little too high in the curve. I want all my creatures to be 1-3 drops that benefit from spells. Prowess and things like that.

I do think Quicksilver Dagger would be nice though. But I have no idea what to drop. This deck is about to drive me to playing edh! Lol

Idk why they aren't showing up... That's weird, I still get a notification when you upload one.

Making-a-new-account-Hopefully-I-can-get-my-old-Username on

4 years ago

This looks like sooo much fun! Essence Backlash is counter and burn all in one, and a purple favourite of mine! I don't do this style of deck much, so I might not provide the soundest of advice, but I'd so recommend Melek, Izzet Paragon. He provides ALOT of value in a nocreature-spell heavy deck. Also, Quicksilver Dagger is superfun burn and drawpower in one! I wonder why I'm no longer notified when you guys upload new decks. I'm missing out on so much!

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