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Child of Alara from 'From the Vault: Annihilation'

Child of Alara
Child of Alara
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Child of Alara from Conflux is one of 15 legendary Magic: The Gathering cards featured in Wizards of the Coast's From the Vault: Annihilation. Requiring one of every mana, Child of Alara certainly isn't the easiest card to cast early on without a diverse mana base of fetchlands, shocklands, temples, Mana Confluence, and other nonbasic lands that'll help you get the right colors.

Child of Alara - WUBRG
Legendary Creature - Avatar (Mythic Rare)
When Child of Alara dies, destroy all nonland permanents. They can't be regenerated.
The progeny of the Maelstrom shows no allegiance - and no mercy - to any of the five shards.

Unless an opponent has a way of removing Child of Alara from the battlefield without it dying such as through a Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Chaos Warp, or Banishing Light you'll be able to make the world go boom.

One way of abusing Child of Alara is controlling significantly less permanents than your opponents so that you'll be the one that gains the card advantage when it dies. There's a few other more efficient ways to ensure you have an army left on the battlefield after Child of Alara destroys the world.

Bestow creatures like Boon Satyr and Celestial Archon will transform into creatures when the creatures they're enchanting die. Persist creatures such as Strangleroot Geist and Vorapede can also survive. Cards like Gift of Immortality or any card with or granting indestructible also pair well with Child of Alara.

One of the reasons Child of Alara is so powerful is because of the commander format. You'll be able to run the best cards you own from every color. Additionally, when Child of Alara dies you'll be able to choose if it actually hits the graveyard and has its ability trigger or if it instead goes back to your command zone. That allows you to decide between killing everything when you're in a down position or keeping your army if you're in a superior board position.

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