Soul-Scar Mage


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Amonkhet (AKH) Rare

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Soul-Scar Mage

Creature — Human Wizard


If a source you control would deal noncombat damage to a creature an opponent controls, put that many -1/-1 counters on that creature instead.

Soul-Scar Mage Discussion

heckproof on Updating BR Bob to Post ...

2 weeks ago

Let’s see...

Considering how prevalent W/U Stoneblade, Burn, and all the various creature decks of Modern are atm, I think Collective Brutality is your friend. I know it’s awkward because Dreadhorde Arcanist can’t flash it back with base power 1, but it’s pretty absurd right now. I wouldn’t take out your Bobs because they’re still quite good. Dragon's Claw is probably good for the sideboard. If you’re not running Soul-Scar Mage , he turns Burn into actual removal. Finally, Shadowfeed is good incidental gy hate with anti-Burn attached. You might run 1-2 in the main if you expect to see lots of Burn.

ArchonBlue on

1 month ago

The deck is coming along, but needs some more work to be competitive. My suggestions: -3 Unclaimed Territory (too many noncreature spells this is actively bad in your deck) -1 Docent of Protection (too slow for Modern) -4 Lightning Stormkin (worse Stormchaser) -2x Warden of Evos Isle (slow and weak) -1x Bedlam Reveler (doesn't fit) -1x Thing in the Ice  Flip (doesn't fit) -2x Izzet Charm (super average meh card)

+2 Spirebluff Canal +4 Soul-Scar Mage +2 Grim Lavamancer +2 Archmage's Charm +1 Steam Vents +1 Electrolyze

That should speed up your deck and make it more consistent all at a low cost.

MoonHollow124 on My first modern deck. Improvements?

1 month ago

Lightning Bolt is just strictly better than Wizard's Lightning , so you should be at a 4/3 split or maybe even 4/4 if you are trying to go aggro. Skaab Ruinator is not that good because you have no way to get creatures in your graveyard. To slow things down, remove some aggro creatures and put in Kess, Dissident Mage , and to speed things up, try to lean into wizards with Soul-Scar Mage and Adeliz, the Cinder Wind . If you want to be midrange, Young Pyromancer could be good, as well as Fatal Push , or my favorite budget alternative Tragic Slip as removal. Serum Visions can help set up delver to flip earlier if you are all in delver. Remand can disrupt your opponent's tempo while cantripping on your side. I hope these can help you with your deck, and happy brewing!

xtechnetia on Midrange Burn Cards

2 months ago

Modern burn decks are usually , which gives you access to sideboard Path to Exile and Deflecting Palm for handling troublesome fatties.

In just you're kinda out of luck. Soul-Scar Mage has been mentioned as a tool for cutting fatties down to size a bit. Magmatic Sinkhole can be decent if you only need to go up to 5 damage.

Otherwise I'd probably try to just race, turn 4-5 is slow enough for burn to try and go under it, and even past that you can cross your fingers for topdeck Bolts to seal the game.

Snowmen1 on Midrange Burn Cards

2 months ago

There is really not much you can do besides use multiple burn spells. Best advice I can give is to take a look on gatherer for red spells that deal damage to creatures. The best I can think of right now is Harvest Pyre which can get to high numbers in damage, but needs a lot of cards in the grave, so it can only really be a 1 of with nothing else utilizing the graveyard. You could also use Flame Slash , which only goes to 4 damage, but can be good in combination with other spells. Another card that may be good if you are worried about big creatures is Soul-Scar Mage . It is played in a lot of red prowess lists and other aggressive decks such as mono red pheonix, and it can make large creatures much more manageable for you. This is a problem that causes a lot of decks to simple splash other colors. I hope it all works out for you that this comment helps. Good luck.

Die4Dethklok on Casual Burn

3 months ago

How strict is the budget? And how casual?

You can make a pretty decent burn deck for around $40, if you try to keep it fast and low to the ground, by dropping things like Viashino Pyromancer and Guttersnipe , and adding Soul-Scar Mage and / or Monastery Swiftspear

An upside to playing the prowess 1-drops is it gives you reliable access to a cheap burn spell called Wild Slash which is very good if you can reliably turn it on. Especially alongside Kiln Fiend , that should be easy to do.

I'd also suggest dropping Volcanic Fallout in favour of Exquisite Firecraft , losing the instant speed can be a minor downside, however, with two in the deck, and it costing 3 mana anyway, Firecraft will work more like a finisher, hitting your opponent for 4 instead of 2, and possibly finishing them off. It is uncounterable with spell mastery, which should be pretty easy to turn on.

Also, with 20 lands, it might be worth considering Shard Volley , turn your extra lands into 4 damage.

Hexaflexagon on The most violent Ogre to ever have existed

3 months ago

Hey man!

Have you considered taking out some lands? Your land count is quite high, imo. If you are going to take out some lands or just need cards in general, you might want to consider these cards:

Good Luck with your deck, I hope my suggestions will help you.


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