Hero's Downfall

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Hero's Downfall

Instant

Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

CoarselyRefined on Sheoldred's Dream Drainer

2 days ago

Something be mindful of, not every card is designed to be the most powerful, game-breaking card in the game and, as such, optimizing around a certain card or mechanic is not always going to be the most competitive. There is also something to be said for balance. When I brew my decks I usually try to go by the 8×8 theory as a starting point. That doesn't mean I stay true to an 8×8 build but it helps when starting, for balance.

That said, K'rrik, Son of Yawgmoth might be good in this as it allows you to do more with the life you're gaining. An alternate to having Crypt Ghast et. al. on the field.

Tergrid, God of Fright  Flip will be huge in this when you get to play things your opponents had to pitch to their graveyards. Similar in feel would be Lorcan, Warlock Collector but that only nets creatures.

Glacial Chasm could be interesting here as well, especially when paired with Season of the Witch but you'd need a lot of life to see it pay off. While thinking in this space, it might be neat to include some things like Elixir of Immortality to just loop your yard back into your deck for more draw-drain/gain shenanigans. This would also take the place of not having a max hand size. Something your opponents might not expect.

The reason I suggested Necropotence by the way is that it gives you an opportunity to NOT draw, which mid-to-late game might be handy to keep from decking yourself. I'll also suggest Yawgmoth's Bargain in the same space.

Aetherflux Reservoir can be handy if you're up against a deck that leans into not having a lot of life.

I'd also say that limited cards like Dark Betrayal are a no for me. Sure, it's one mana removal but if your opponent(s) play decks that don't have access to black then it's a dead card. Instead run something like Hero's Downfall it's more expensive but it allows you to target any color creature and even planeswalkers.

Are you familiar with the Gatherer website? It allows you to search by different metrics and really let's you explore the depths of what Wizards has printed over the decades.

multimedia on Sivitri - Custom Precon for Dominaria United

3 days ago

Hey, well done, nice reprint choices of Crux, Restraint, Crawlspace, Voyage, Iymrith, Astral, Propaganda, Sea Gate, but you forgot Command Tower. Tower could replace Gateway Plaza which is a terrible land. Interesting clone sub theme, not sure it's needed here, but Reflections of Littjara is a good budget tribal card for cloning.

Consider choosing only one of Collective Restraint or Koskun Falls? Both have high prices for a precon, they're similar cards and either one hasn't been reprinted before. Quicksilver Amulet needs a reprint and it goes with the idea of tutoring for Dragons then cheating mana costs.

Kindred Discovery is another option, it's an excellent tribal card and Dragons can consistently do combat damage to players. Maskwood Nexus lets Sivitri tutor for any creature and all your creatures survive Crux. Revenge of Ravens can be a good budget prison card.

Dragon's Hoard is good mana rock for Dragons. Talisman of Dominance has been reprinted in many current Dimir precons, might as well add it here too. Dark Ritual is more ramp to potentially get a quick Sivitri. Dragonlord Silumgar, Juvenile Mist Dragon, Steel Hellkite are some Dragon upgrades especially Silumgar and Hellkite can destroy nonland permanents which is helpful in Dimir.

Brainstorm, Night's Whisper and Read the Bones are nice budget draw spells. Nameless Inversion is a removal spell that Sivitri can tutor for. Hero's Downfall is now only $0.25. Swiftfoot Boots is haste and protection for Dragon you tutor for.

Thrummingbird, Flux Channeler, Tezzeret's Gambit, Sivitri is a Planeswalker, proliferate can give more chances to tutor and Crux. Sunken Hollow is missing, so is Tainted Isle and Sunken enables Isle.

Good luck with your deck.

kookoo on That's What Sheoldred Said

3 weeks ago

In case there are any players who love crazy ETB effects in your pod, Withering Boon might throw people off guard, but usually it's worse than a Murder or Hero's Downfall type effect so I'm not sure if you should run it.

JosephStardust on Mogis, God of Douchery

2 months ago

If I were you, since you're playing Rakdos anyways, I would swap the Hero's Downfall for a Bedevil. For instead of , you can also destroy artifacts as well as creatures and planeswalkers. I consider it a direct upgrade to Downfall, but that's just my opinion of course.

ShiningEyes on juggling the health

2 months ago

Hiya! So a couple things One, enjoy playing casual. There's no need to actively push to change your deck if you don't want to. Two, welcome! Mtg is a blast, and I've been playing over 20 years now.

Now into actual feedback.

In Mtg, there are a couple of balancing acts a deck needs to perform. One of the most challenging ones for a new player to embrace is the idea of a Mana Curve. This is a much-praised concept that effectively says you want to be doing something on most turns of the game, and that generally you want to be doing the best stuff you can in a turn. This deck is missing 1-mana cards, and is running a lot of 5-6 mana cards for a deck that isn't trying to stop your opponent along the way. Here's some budget, casual low drops that I think you might really enjoy! Lightning Bolt is a classic card, and due to some recent reprints is currently a bargain at about $.50 per copy. On the creature side, you might consider Vampire Lacerator, since you've listed your goal as making bigger creatures than your opponents. Or, if raw damage potential is of more interest, you might consider Night Market Lookout.

Your removal cards, currently mostly sorceries, have solid upsides and also cost a lot of mana. You might find more success looking for a nimbler option. To keep things casual and also really high-quality, consider Terminate. Or, if planeswalkers are a problem for you, consider the similarly inexpensive and quality card Hero's Downfall.

Another balancing act that decks perform is consistency vs. utility. The fewer cards that are the same or have the same effect your deck is running, the less likely your deck is to play the same way from one game to the next. That said, if you play a bunch of copies of the same card (4 is the limit in a typical casual 60-card format), your deck will get to do the same game plan each game, but is likelier to run into a wall if your opponent is doing something particularly good against your strategy. Currently, your deck is really high variability, which is generally considered frustrating in a 60-card format. If you love that concept, look into the Rules of Commander. It's a popular casual format that encourages variability by saying anything other than a basic land, you may only have one copy in your deck.

There's also the challenge of balancing a theme, sometimes also called a tribe. Some decks run the best cards they have available. Others try to build around a particular theme, and make that theme run as smoothly as possible. The up and downsides here are much like with consistency, where the harder you commit to your theme the more likely it is to work, but also the more likely you are to run into problems you can't solve with the tools available to you. Right now, the deck is a little scattered. For example, Maze Abomination is particularly good when a creature is two or more colors. But you don't appear to be running any creatures that are two or more colors, so its upside isn't very helpful. What you do seem to have is a budding Sacrifice theme, often known as Aristocrats, a nickname derived from the card Falkenrath Aristocrat. To lean a little harder into that theme, I might recommend looking at Body Dropper, a recent common to get some more reward for your sacrificing. Blood Aspirant is very similar. Butcher Ghoul is a great low-drop creature that can be sacrificed multiple times. Rekindling Phoenix Does a similar thing, but on a bigger, flying creature. Blazing Hellhound is a solid mid-sized creature with a pretty good upside. If you're looking for a big beater that can win games, consider something like Demonlord of Ashmouth or Titan Hunter. What's the downside to running a lot of sacrifice effects? Well, cards like Yasharn, Implacable Earth can really slow down your whole deck until you find that Terminate or similar. As a new player, I wouldn't worry too much about this. Play your theme, play it to your heart's content, and worry about how your opponent is going to stop you once you have some more games under your belt.

Welcome to the game! There's a lot you can learn. Try to have patience with yourself as you discover your own favorite way to build decks and play. Feel free to ask any questions you have.

legendofa on Scarab God UB Zombie Tribal

4 months ago

And I'm glad to help!

A basic single-target removal package might include some combination of Hero's Downfall, Feed the Swarm, Bone Shards, Rapid Hybridization, Never / Return, and/or Ravenform.

PhocusEnergy on Battalion of Bones

4 months ago

Epicurus Thanks for the suggestions! I actually completely agree with you with the curve concerns here. With regard to the cheap sac/removal cards, I was running this with Eaten Alive and it worked quite well, but my issues with it were two-fold - I can only sac so many skeletons and bring them back so many times without burning a lot of mana, and that a lot of my sac synergies are in there to work with the triggers for Skeletal Swarming and Death-Priest of Myrkul, both of which trigger on any creature death, not just our own, which makes me want to keep our sac triggers and removal segregated to maximize our resource/death trigger ratio. As for bringing down the mana curve, I agree that that's likely a good move, I was testing with this more resilient, slower build, but I think replacing the Vraska's and two of the Hero's Downfall with Infernal Grasp or Heartless Act would be a great way to achieve this.

amarthaler on EDH Obosh, the Preypiercer

4 months ago

Update!

Out: Hero's Downfall

In: Murderous Rider

I think more cheap creatures is needed for this deck, just to protect my own life total. The instant adventure of Murderous Rider has the same effect and costs the same as Hero's Downfall, but then turns into a creature with lifelink.

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