Apex Altisaur

Apex Altisaur

Creature — Dinosaur

When Apex Altisaur enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.

Enrage — Whenever Apex Altisaur is dealt damage, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Have (1) Forkbeard
Want (2) Showa , NMJohn

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Apex Altisaur Discussion

WUBRG97 on Ixalan Park [Pet]

19 hours ago

Hi CardTyrant

Awesome list, i have taken some notes for when i start retooling my own gishath deck.

But there are some inclusions I myself have experienced to be underwhelming and was wondering what you thought about them.

  • Bellowing Aegisaur: Does he work as occasional +1/+1 counter placements or do you have multiple activations when you use him. I myself find the occasional trigger to be underwhelming, and not doing much for 6 mana. And when i can use something like Pyrohemia he does not protect himself.

  • Burning Sun's Avatar: Have been very disappointed with this one, tough to cast due to its cmc and triple red. Bolting a creature and a player seems very limited for 6 mana, and even when its cheated into play it seems underwhelming for a card slot when something like Apex Altisaur could remove multiple threats. And a 6/6 without trample is underwhelming as well in my opinion :/.

  • Deathgorge Scavenger: How often do you meet graveyard decks, because without that interaction it seems very limited in its use.

  • Raging Regisaur: I have been on the fence with this, it is a very nice trigger on a dinosaur body. But the amount of enrage targets are limited and - at least in my meta, a 4/4 will rarely be able to attack anyone without dying to one of their larger blockers. Killing an X/1 is nice, but the difficulty of having it attack without dying is a bit tough.

  • Raging Swordtooth: Same case as above, but i like this less. It triggers only once, which means it needs a lot of setup for getting a lot of enrage triggers. An army of 1/1 seems uncommon, most token decks will have something to buff them. A possible swap could be Staff of Nin it gives card draw and a nice way to trigger enrage, although at a higher cmc and no way of cheating it into play.

  • Siegehorn Ceratops: How has this performed for you? I find it very hard to trigger it the first time with only 1 damage. And even if it gets buffed it is just a big beater without trample. I really like the card and want to include it, but its hard to justify.

  • Territorial Allosaurus: Is a 5/5 for 4 with a possible fight ability really worth it, feels there are better options available.

  • Trapjaw Tyrant: Have shown to be very risky. Some setup is required to trigger the enrage, and even if the problems are removed, they will come right back when the board is cleared. And then one have to take care of those problems again with an empty board.

And what do you think about some of these cards?

Profet93 on Goreclaw Timmy Heaven

1 month ago

Maybe cut avenger because you're only running new cradle and any other way to abuse tokens? I know you mentioned in the group chat you want to win through overrun, but with a non-token, timmy, based commander, you should just win through beating face.

Why is Arcane lighthosue in the deck, what do you need to target of your opponents?

Cut Rhonas's Monument for another land, Yavimaya Hollow , a forest, or any other good utility land such as Miren, the Moaning Well . Maybe Deserted Temple to untap new cradle and nykthos? You had land issues (although I havent played against you enough to know) and monument isn't impactful enough.

Cut steel helkite for Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger , other ulamog, or World Breaker . Both are cast triggers (as you so how crucial that was against blue), worldbreaker is recurable and colorless (for those rare, relevant moments). I understand helkite's appeal but I feel having to connect and pay mana on top of having to wait a turn assuming no haste, assuming you even have enough mana afterwards.

While this is a harder cut, it depends on the meta I suppose, cut Spearbreaker Behemoth for Boundless Realms / Traverse the Outlands . Behemoth is nice, but exile, sac and bounce effects are all prevalent in the meta.

Cut Omnath, Locus of Mana for Greenwarden of Murasa ? Not sure of what to add for this cut or the following cuts.... Recursion is nice, gives you a benefit to it's death as well (synergy with miren moaning well). Other good options of recursion include Creeping Renaissance , Seasons Past or even Preator's Counsel. Omnath does nothing at all except be a mana sink. Recursion is nice to rebuild after a wipe

Cut Bramble Sovereign for Grunn, the Lonely King . Bramle is fun, political and a cool card all around. But it is winmore. Add some synergy with Gruun.

Cut Apex Altisaur for Terastodon - All that mana to kill 1-2 creatures? Eh. Granted Terastodon isn't much different. Like I said, these last few cuts are flexible. But I've always had a soft spot for him.

Other fun but unfortunately not "on curve" for Goreclaw is Shaman of Forgotten Ways and Somberwald Sage is just straight gas.

Maybe a Dryad Arbor to synergize with G-Sun?

slashdotdash on Green stompy

1 month ago

This is not bad at all. I have a couple of suggestions off the top of my mind though...

-----Organization-----

First off, I highly recommend using custom tags to sort your cards. To do this, go into the "edit" mode where you can see your card list. It will look something like:

1xArbor Elf

1xBeast Within

1xShared Summons

You can then add tags by using #Category after a card. For example:

1xArbor Elf #Ramp

This will assign Arbor Elf to the "Ramp" category. Unsorted cards are assigned to "Other" by default.

I recommend these categories;

  • Ramp (Aim for 12-16 of these. A card that costs more than 4 mana is too slow to be reliably called Ramp)
  • Draw (At least 12)
  • Removal (Around 8, make sure you can deal with other commanders/creatures!!!)
  • Sweepers (Boardwipes, Green doesn't really have many it's okay)
  • Support (Stuff that isn't obviously powerful but makes certain cards in the deck busted. Examples are your equipment)
  • Lands (Obviously. Aim for 34-37. This deck wants 34-36)

The remaining cards can be categorized based on the specific inner-workings of your deck. For example, this deck might have a "Big Bois" category for creatures that are just huge.

Depending on your sorting preferences, it can by okay to tag one creature with multiple tags. For example;

1x Thorn Mammoth #Removal #Big_Boi

Onto my Card Suggestions:

-----Suggestions-----

Onto the cards I would suggest cutting:

-----Cuts-----

  • Elixir of Immortality . Your deck doesn't ever want to be in a game where this utility would be useful. This card simply doesn't do much. You already have Eternal Witness and if you really want a late-game reload, try Creeping Renaissance or Seasons Past .
  • Gigantosaurus is alright, but I'm not in love with a 10/10 with no abilities. I know, I know, he makes Ghalta cost only 2, but I still think there are better options. Trust me when I say a creature with some sort of utility is preferable here. Ideas include the aforementioned Soul of the Harvest , Primordial Sage or a fight creature such as Thorn Mammoth or even another removal creature like Woodfall Primus or Terastodon (sorry, I know these are all really high CMC). Generally, cards that don't have some sort of utility are just not going to save your life when things get ugly.
  • New Horizons and Gift of Paradise could be replaced with faster ramp. For the sake of having creatures (for cards like Guardian Project and Beast Whisperer , not to mention Ghalta, Primal Hunger ), it would even be better to run Wood Elves , Springbloom Druid , Yavimaya Dryad , or Farhaven Elf .
  • Diamond Mare just isn't relevant. Sorry, but if you are in a position where gaining a small amount of life matters, odds are any other good green card would have done more to prevent you from being in such a bad spot. Your deck wants to be the aggressor, and quite honestly your offense will be so scary that most opponents wouldn't even consider attack out of fear of provoking you and simultaneously tapping their defenders. It isn't uncommon for a Green deck to retain the highest life total for a long time without the need for lifegain.
  • I think you have a few too many artifacts. Remember that your commander LOVES having creatures on the field, so finding ways to turn your artifact utility into creature utility will go far.
  • Staff of Nin is very slow and could be something like Garruk's Packleader instead.

-----Conclusion-----

All things considered, you've got a reasonably strong lineup. In a broad sense, I would recommend finding ways to include creatures with utility, since Ghalta appreciates bodies on the board and interaction allows you to curb your opponents' shenanigans as much as possible. Additionally and as I noted, there are fairly budget-friendly ramp options for the deck that are purely faster. Remember to keep a close eye on your Ramp and Draw, as these are the lifeblood of a commander deck, midrange especially.

It is worth mentioning that I never go below 34 lands. 35, and 36 are usually safe, so if you find yourself land-starved just add like 2 Forests and that should help.

Overall, you've done a good job though. Good luck making edits and please feel free to contact me about further changes/advice. I LOVE deckbuilding and Green is one of my colors ;)

triproberts12 on Gishath Dinomite

1 month ago

I highly suggest you read through this thread on a dino deck I was helping a guy with a while back. Since then, I think Apex Altisaur and Runic Armasaur are the only new dinos I'd put in.

Lanzo493 on Naya Reborn

1 month ago

For creature decks like this, I try to prioritize not just big creatures but also creatures that can replace noncreature spells. This lets your deck be interactive while not deviating from the main plan.

Surrak, the Hunt Caller is a haste enabler that can also be played with Mayael! To make matters even better, he's

Blazing Archon because why not?

Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger is a really nasty version of Mirari's Wake on a big stick. Regal Behemoth offers another creature version of a mana doubler. Your deck needs all the mana it can get.

Apex Altisaur can remove a lot of creatures for you.

I've only got 2 noncreature suggestions for you. Traverse the Outlands gets you a ton of mana. Illusionist's Bracers is great because getting a copy of Mayael's ability is nothing to scoff at.

Lanzo493 on Mayael's Monster Mashup

1 month ago

mayael is so much fun! There are so many big creatures that she's easy toHere are some thoughts I've got for you.

Surrak, the Hunt Caller is a haste enabler at 5 power but only 4 mana. He's great to just cast, to get with Mayael, and gives haste!

Thorn Mammoth and Apex Altisaur are removal on a stick. Creature decks like Mayael love having creatures that also work like instants/sorceries. Almost strictly better than Territorial Allosaurus who can't trigger with Mayael's ability anyway. Definitely better than Gruul Ragebeast who forces even your mana dorks to fight, usually killing them.

Faeburrow Elder taps for a TON of mana. Great in any 3+ color deck. So is Bloom Tender but she's too expensive. $, not mana cost.

Ilharg, the Raze-Boar does everything Mayael can't do, covering your largest weakness of not being able to cast cards from your hand!

Archetype of Endurance for those games when you know you'll have a target on your head. Works like Asceticism .

Seedborn Muse is one of the best upgrades for your deck. Using Mayael on every turn? Sign me up!

Etali, Primal Storm solves any problems you have with card advantage. He wins games. Period.

Speaking of card advantage, Soul of the Harvest gets cards and has over 5 power.

LadyZ on Mayael, Caller of beasts Need help please.

3 months ago

A couple of fun cards I'd think about looking at: Mayael's Aria can be a ton of fun. Apex Altisaur is an amazing board wipe for the deck, as is Bane of Progress . Faeburrow Elder is an excellent mana dork that can tap for 3 mana, Drumhunter is slow for a mana dork but also draws cards. Congregation at Dawn is handy for picking a creature to have Mayael dump onto the battlefield

PhyrexianWombat on Power Ranger Dino Thunder

5 months ago

I think you may have mixed something up... You have 8 Goreclaw and Raptor Hatchling. I assume there was meant to be 8 forests and mountains instead?

I'd like to recommend some of the non-Ixalan dinos, Marauding Raptor , Territorial Allosaurus , Apex Altisaur , Regal Behemoth , Rampaging Brontodon , Shifting Ceratops .

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