Vona, Butcher of Magan

Legendary Creature — Vampire Knight

Vigilance, lifelink

, Pay 7 life: Destroy target nonland permanent. Activate this ability only during your turn.

DemonDragonJ on Mind Over Matter

4 months ago

I have replaced Ghastlord of Fugue with Nightveil Specter because, as great as the ghastlord is, I need to reduce both the mana curve of this deck and the number of colored mana symbols that it has.

I have replaced Ethersworn Adjudicator with Vona, Butcher of Magan, because, while the adjudicator is awesome, Vona's ability can destroy a greater variety of permanents and also does not require mana to use.

I have replaced Divinity of Pride with Liesa, Forgotten Archangel, because the divinity's mana cost was too color-intensive for a three-colored deck and it was little more than a flying beater, whereas Liesa actually has useful abilities.

These changes lowered the average converted mana cost of this deck from 4.10 to 4.06, and also improved the balance of colors within the deck, as well.

DemonDragonJ on Liesa or Ravos?

4 months ago

What about Vona, Butcher of Magan? She is also quite awesome, and that deck certainly has sufficient amount of life gain to use her ability multiple times.

Omniscience_is_life on Shroomwidow

6 months ago

You might need to make that last clause say "creature token", or maybe "four tokens with the same name". Just feels a little too easy to carpet bomb the entire rest of the board with this thing.

Past that: I like the design. Commanders that remove things like Vona, Butcher of Magan etc. have always seemed interesting to me (and like my playgroup would never allow them), so I find seeing an alternative take like this interesting. Well done!

DuTogira on Personal Play moments you are …

8 months ago

All of my proud moments which I performed are in modern (including taking a game off Patrick Sullivan’s Gruul burn deck using a Pili-Pala combo deck). BUT I have some moments I’m very proud of others for pulling off against me.

LGS: playing in a pod of 4 (using my Sharuum the Hegemon deck) with a Purphoros, God of the Forge player. I’m at 17 life with 7 non basic lands in play. I have an infinite ready next time my turn comes around. ON MY UPKEEP I ask if everyone wants me to end the game, or just keep playing and fuck around (some players at my LGS prefer to lose gracefully than the “pity continue”). I even show my hand and demonstrate what the infinite will be. When I move to draw step, the purphoros player responds by Price of Progress + Lightning Bolting me for exactsies. Never have I been so proud of a loss.

That same purphoros player would later go on to beat my Vona, Butcher of Magan deck (it’s a control/resource denial deck, not vamp tribal) using a Daxos of Meletis deck, by resolving Approach of the Second Sun twice.

tiffanyann on CAN I RUN THE BIRD? [Rule Zero] ♡

9 months ago

Primrose Vona, Butcher of Magan is who I pull out if they say no to the bird. ♡

For real though, I'll add her to the sideboard for now. Gonna play a few games today and tweak stuff.

Primrose on CAN I RUN THE BIRD? [Rule Zero] ♡

9 months ago

Vona, Butcher of Magan is essentially free spot removal in this.

BenjimusPrime on Historic Junk

1 year ago

Aight so we've got some cuts to make! So I think a good benchmark to shoot for off the bat is 36 lands and 64 non-lands, though with the sheer number of transform lands you have you might be fine at 34 or 35 - I would NOT recommend going that low until you've played a respectable number of games or playtest hands (probably at least 4 games and 30 playtest hands) and you have a solid understanding of how consistently you come in with too few lands.

As far as the cuts, I'd say drop: Rushed Rebirth , Ecological Appreciation , Vona, Butcher of Magan , Silent Sentinel , Resolute Archangel , Aegis of the Gods , Path of Discovery , Shapers' Sanctuary , Springleaf Drum , Perpetual Timepiece , Accomplished Alchemist , Call for Unity OR Collective Blessing (probably the latter), Rune-Tail, Kitsune Ascendant / Rune-Tail's Essence , Elixir of Immortality , Heliod, God of the Sun , Huatli, Radiant Champion . I can give you my rationale one-by-one if you like.

Then add three lands, possibly modal spell-lands like Agadeem's Awakening  Flip. Ideally, more of your lands should be multiple colours, as you have a large colour cost burden in black and white especially (lots of cards that need two or three of the same colour). The cheapest options are the snow taplands, guildgates, refuge lands (give 1 life when they enter the battlefield), and the showlands from Shadows over Innistrad and Strixhaven. There are definitely some mid-range lands that you can pick up for less than $10 that should be a high priority for you: Sunpetal Grove and Godless Shrine to fill out your buddy and shockland sets, the three scrylands a la Temple of Malady , Murmuring Bosk , Canopy Vista , and Scattered Groves . Since your deck doesn't currently have many ways to fetch basic lands, you really shouldn't have many since your colour demands are so high. Also definitely be on the lookout for legendary lands that fit into the deck well! Those will be sweet.

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