Essence Backlash

Essence Backlash

Instant

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

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Essence Backlash Discussion

multimedia on Fort Burn

2 weeks ago

Hey, interesting budget version of Kykar.

Lots of burn here doesn't have enough oomph when each opponent will have 40 or more life. Glacial Ray, Magma Spray, Lightning Helix and other single effect burn spells like this are subpar in multiplayer Commander. Flame Rift doesn't do enough, hitting all players for 4 damage a single time is not worth a card. Even being able to flashback these spells with Backdraft Hellkite isn't good enough because they're only doing damage to one player. Some advice is research Torbran, Thane of Red Fell burn decks and mimic the burn strategy with Kykar?

Impact Tremors and Zo-Zu the Punisher are good, it's the kind of repeatable burn you want in multiplayer Commander. Consider more repeatable burn sources?

Barbs and Earth seem like very good repeatable burn sources with Kykar since have lots of mana rocks (could have more), Spirits can make red mana and playing lots of basic lands. Tremors and Goblin Bombardment want an infinite combo for they're burn that can create infinite tokens with Kykar or Saheeli, Sublime Artificer.

By adding this budget combo you add some more competitiveness to your deck and Guttersnipe is another burn win condition with the combo. You can't do this combo if you control Spellshock. But with Jeskai you have many options that can bounce/tuck/destroy an enchantment before comboing while still keeping it in your control to burn your opponents until you want to combo.


What Kykar provides for a burn strategy is extra damage from attacking with fliers, 1/1 Spirits and Kykar. Animosity can make Spirits more of attacking threats and with a lot of them a win condition. Consider increasing the fort with Obedience and Prison? Obedience can also be a nice source of repeatable life gain with extort since you gain life each time equal to the number of opponents you have.

Consider adding more draw as well as more mana efficient draw to expand on spellslinger?

Tandem Lookout when soulbond to a creature who can do damage to an opponent or all opponents you draw cards. Use this interaction with Guttersnipe since when he does damage you draw a number of cards equal to the number of opponents you have. Zo-Zu the Punisher is also good with Lookout because all players can play lands including yourself to draw. Lookout can change who it's soulbond to which is really helpful to first soulbond with flying Kykar or a Spirit and then change when a creature ETB who can do damage to opponents.


Some cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on The Undying

2 weeks ago

Hey, nice casual budget version, but are undying creatures other than Mikaeus and Flayer really worth it?

Consider more enablers to get +1/+1 counters on your creatures?

If you're going for an attacking strategy then consider a few more fliers that have some added value when they die or when they ETB?

Bloodtracker + Sword of Hours is a nice interaction. Some sac outlets are helpful to sac creatures who have counters to get their die or ETB triggers.

You have several high CMC creatures here, more reanimation and enablers could help.

Olivia, Mobilized for War is a +1/+1 counter enabler and an enabler for reanimation.


Some cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

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!!

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