Hero's Downfall

Hero's Downfall

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Destroy target creature or planeswalker.

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Hero's Downfall occurrence in decks from the last year

Modern:

All decks: 0.04%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.06%

Black: 0.71%

UB (Dimir): 1.14%

Golgari: 0.14%

Rakdos: 0.39%

Hero's Downfall Discussion

Zooby9 on Esper Mentor - Pioneer

1 week ago

I was wondering why you would run Hero's Downfall over Murderous Rider. I'm not sure if you feel the life loss is relevant, but I would generally say that the upside of having a creature to cast as well is worth it.

azja on Yuriko...Help!!!

2 weeks ago

Hi, welcome to edh!

First off, I want to say I think the deck looks great so far! I've been playing Yuriko for about 8-9 months now, and here are some things I'd suggest:

  1. Dismember -5/-5 is sometimes not enough to kill the main threat at the table, maybe replace it with Far / Away (less limiting, higher cmc) or Reality Shift (gets around indestructible)

  2. Doom Blade too many people play black, Hero's Downfall is much less narrow

  3. Into the Story not super effective if you're not playing mill, Bident of Thassa synergizes with your deck more

  4. Lightning Greaves is not bad, but Whispersilk Cloak also gives Yuriko unblockable

  5. Mu Yanling I personally don't like planeswalkers in Yuriko decks. Since you won't have very good blockers, it likely won't survive until your next turn. I'd play something like Thassa, God of the Sea instead

  6. Liliana Vess same reason as number 5, maybe play Scheming Symmetry instead

  7. Decree of Pain the cycling mode hurts your creatures much more than the rest of the table since you play lots of 1/1 's and 2/2 's. Commit / Memory has a cmc of 10, and can be a temporary removal spell or counterspell

  8. In Garruk's Wake Yuriko decks are not good at hitting 9 mana. Although not a direct replacement, Consign / Oblivion is a card I think every Yuriko deck can run

  9. Kindred Dominance unless you have an effect like Conspiracy out on the board, this hurts you a lot too. I'd play something like Evacuation instead. It's instant speed, and you can re-play your creatures a lot faster than your opponents can.

  10. Dauthi Embrace using 2 black mana each turn just to make one creature unblockable is hard in most Yuriko decks. Try Aqueous Form instead

  11. Soothsaying also a pretty heavy mana investment for its effect. Although this card is not very budget-friendly, Sensei's Divining Top is much, much better

12-16. Inkfathom Infiltrator, Invisible Stalker, Quickling, Shadowmage Infiltrator, and Spark Double aren't good enough to justify their mana cost in my opinion. Some replacements I would suggest are Changeling Outcast, Dimir Infiltrator, Gudul Lurker, Mist-Cloaked Herald, Tormented Soul, and Baleful Strix

I hope this was helpful! If you want to check out my Yuriko deck, the link is https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/26-07-19-yuriko-edh/

Don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions!

Kayne117 on Syr Gwyn - Beatdown

3 weeks ago

Without analyzing the deck like crazy, one thing I would recommend is upping your basic land count. Fixing in 3 colors isn't as hard as you may think, and playing too many tapped lands will have a very real effect on the speed of your aggro deck, a deck type that is not favored in EDH. It would also mean your Myriad Landscape will function more reliably, but that's a smaller upside. Another small thing is perhaps removing Cleansing Nova for Austere Command. For one more mana you can cause significantly more damage to your opponents while leaving your own goodies untouched, or at least less effected. Other than that it's mostly smaller optimizations, like removing Ob Nixilis's Cruelty for something like Bedevil, Hero's Downfall, Terminate, or Anguished Unmaking. Honestly there's a lot you can go with, but it won't make a massive difference if your playgroup isn't on the competitive side. All in all, looks like a solid deck. Oh, and I just remembered you're more on a budget. Perhaps Mortify in place of cruelty :p

grendalos on Gary is back...on a budget!

4 weeks ago

I used this deck for my first pioneer fnm and I went 3-2 really solid deck that’s on a budget. In one of the matchups there was a planeswalker deck with elspeth and tefari in it and was quite the problem for me but I ended up losing 2-1 in a close matchup. But I would maybe sideboard Hero's Downfall just as an answer to planeswalker centric decks. Other than that I love this deck and have no other complaints

CrimsonWings3689 on Touching Me, Touching You

1 month ago

Defile - You're running a 3 color deck, where the majority of your lands are likely to be non-basics. This won't do anything reliably.

Divine Verdict - Very expensive for the effect, could just be an outright kill spell. There are cards that force your opponent to sacrifice attacking creatures that would get around indestructible and hexproof/shroud if you wanted that sort of effect. Ex. Blessed Alliance

Ray of Revelation - Flashback for this is Green homie, counts as both white and green so you can't run it in a Mardu deck.

Shatter - Just make this something like Shattering Spree and give yourself the chance to hit more than one thing. Or something like Crush Contraband to get more than one target exiled instead of destroyed.

Vendetta - Why not have this just be something like Doom Blade? 1 cmc more and you're not going to get punished for using it on a large creature.

Victim of Night - already going to be difficult at times to use due to the 2 hard black in the cost. Why not have it be something like Hero's Downfall and get unrestricted creature removal and planeswalker removal as a bonus? Murderous Rider serves a similar function and doubles as a creature. Vampires and Zombies are popular, so there will be times where it won't work for you.

Arcum's Whistle - It's a rather expensive effect to force a creature to attack, but it is repeatable. You don't get a choice for where the creature goes, so I'm not sure if that was your intent.

Scarab of the Unseen - Are you going to be running a lot of enchantment auras to put on your creatures? If not it seems like this is only there to draw a card. You should be running something like Sign in Blood or Night's Whisper for more value at the same cost.

Enters the Battlefield Tapped Lands - The nature of these lands is for a budget deck. If you have access to lands like the ones I threw in the maybeboard, you're increasing your chance of playing things on curve as well as reducing the likelihood of having to wait to play the threats/answers in your hand. Even if the condition for them to enter untapped is conditional like with something like Dragonskull Summit, shocklands and basics will make it possible to have access to more colors sooner, which can make a world of difference in the early game. The temples at least offer a benefit with the scry, so that's going to help you draw into what you want/need (ex. bottoming a land you don't need or a spell you don't want/can't cast).

Weird_Frisbee on Ravager Grixis Control

1 month ago

Stonecutter85, thanks for the suggestions!

1) As for Mystic Sanctuary, I reliably get the trigger, with fetches snagging Island/X lands and then drawing into basics I have yet to whiff honestly unless its in my opening hand. But I do like the idea of Castle Vantress as a mana-sink mid/late game, i'll have to test that one out.

2) I actually took out Vraska's Contempt in favor of Eat to Extinction for the psuedo-surveil and less color restriction. I also have counter-magic, Reality Shift, Hour of Devastation, Languish, Black Sun's Zenith and Cyclonic Rift to handle Gods but I have been considering dropping Hero's Downfall, but its just been such a handy removal spell before especially at 3cmc, it does alot of work.

3) I do like the inclusion of surveil over the damage, but in all honestly, I run Ionize not for the 2 damage but just because it only requires 1 blue, which helps free up my mana for potential counter-magic wars or multiple counters during a turn cycle. I might cut Archmage's Charm instead for Sinister Sabotage.

4) I honestly wasn't aware of Flame Sweep's existence, and you're right I do like the instant-speed guaranteed 2 damage over the sorcery Radiant Flames. I'll have to get one.

5) It's a cool PW, is a actual win-con if the game goes on that long lol, but i'm not sure what I would cut for it because there isn't much room, i'll try that one out as well.

Thank you very much bud, I do appreciate a second set of eyes checking out my list.

SideBae on Scarab God Reanimator/Control

1 month ago

The deck is in the 'help' section so I'll leave some ideas... I hope I'm not being presumptuous:

  1. You may want to consider running all the relevant Zendikar fetches; I see you're missing Marsh Flats, for example. They're expensive, but you're running Underground Sea so I'm assuming budget isn't really a problem. The reason I say you should run them is that a. they'll make your Jace, the Mind Sculptor's Brainstorm ability that much better, and b. they'll let you run ACTUAL Brainstorm effectively. I've found cantrips to be really effective in EDH, and I think in addition to Brainstorm you should run Ponder and Preordain in pretty much any blue deck.

  2. I think Murderous Rider is likely better than Hero's Downfall. It does tuck itself when it dies, which means reanimating it could be a little tricky, but having the extra value of being able to cast it as a creature seems a strict upgrade from just an instant.

  3. I'm surprised you aren't running Windfall -- it's a discard outlet and a draw spell all-in-one. I think you should run it; same goes for Fact or Fiction and Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip.

  4. If you do end up running Jace's Archivist from the 'Maybeboard,' consider running Geth's Grimoire, Waste Not and/or Bone Miser. I've always been a fan of the discard subtheme in EDH, and it goes pretty well with reanimation strategies. If you do consider running those cards, it's worth noting Windfall, Liliana of the Veil, Raven's Crime and Words of Waste are also really synergistic with them.

  5. I'm surprised you're not running Talisman of Dominance or Mana Vault. They both seem like good ramp for this deck.

  6. I don't know if you have a problem with her staxiness, but I think Narset, Parter of Veils is the Cat's PJs. Especially with Windfall.

  7. Lastly, I think Graveborn Muse has a spot in this deck. I know you said you aren't looking for zombie tribal, but she's at worst a Phyrexian Arena and you're tangentially making more zombies anyway. I feel like most of the time she'll draw you somewhere between 2 and 4 cards, which seems like it makes her worth it.

Right. That's all I got. Good luck!

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