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Creature — Spider Mutant
Graft 2 (This creature enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it. Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may move a +1/+1 counter from this creature onto it.)
(Green): Target creature with a +1/+1 counter on it gains reach until end of turn. (It can block creatures with flying.)
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Aquastrand Spider Discussion
2 months ago
Finally got around to checking the deck out last night, and I have a few ideas. In terms of straight swaps, I'd say;
Swarm isn't great as a 1-drop in a ramp deck, whereas the Symbiote lets you bounce Rishkar to re-cast and put counters on other creatures, and untap one of your mana dorks to help with re-casting. You can also use it to duck spot removal on your general in a pinch.
The Expedition is pretty slow assuming it's on curve (play on turn 2, then assuming a ramp spell on turn 3, you're still waiting until turn 4 to get your extra lands) and I don't think you need it. The Heirophants basically replicate your general's ability on a bigger scale and will do more for your mana production.
Protector can get a single +1/+1 at a cost of 5 mana; the Spider has two counters you can redistribute as required, as well as additional utility for pushing damage through.
Get rid of the cantrip blocker, replace with an engine that will draw you a lot more over the course of the game.
See above. One-shot draw effect is never as good as a repeatable effect that rewards what your deck was already doing.
On a more general point, the deck doesn't have much in the 1/2 drop part of the curve, which I think is a mistake. The middle is fairly loaded, but by the time you're getting your beater creatures out and putting counters on them you no longer want to tap them for mana because you want them to be attacking. I'd say drop out 3/4 of your Forests and replace them with 1-drop creatures or token producers. This will allow you to get early creatures out, drop Rishkar, and immediately accelerate up the curve by turning them into mana dorks.
Got to go now, the child demands attention, but I'll try and write more later!
2 months ago
I love hydras, and pretty much anything else that involves +1/+1 counters. I think its an interesting concept you have here, focusing on growing your creatures. However, I do think your ramp is a little slow. By the time you get to playing hydras at a decent level of power, while running no removal, aggressive decks will have a field day on your life total.
Setup cards like Hardened Scales will help immensely. It may seem like it sets you back a turn, but it is definitely worth the investment. Entering the battlefield early game, your hydras are going to be very weak. Say you play primordial hydra as a 1/1 on T2. T3 it will be a 2/2. T4 it will be 4/4 (assuming it survives), T5, it becomes 8/8. T6, it becomes 16/16 and finally gains trample. With hardened scales, T3 it will enter as a 2/2. T4, it becomes 5/5, T5 it becomes 11/11, gaining trample one turn earlier, and T6 it becomes 23/23. This is just calculated using its own ability. It can be even better using cards like Simic Initiate. T1: Hardened Scales, T2: Llanowar RebornSimic initiate (2 counters instead of 1), T3: Primordial hydra (enters with 2 counters instead of one) -> graft one counter from simic initiate, which will become 2 on primordial hydra. Graft 1 from llanowar reborn, and you have your 6/6 Primordial hydra on turn 3. Turn 4 he's swinging 13/13 trample. This is what proper setup will do for you.
Asceticism is very slow to protect your creatures, even in a mana ramp deck. It will often cost you a full turn to play it, and if you don't draw into your mana ramp, you're not likely to play it at all, in favor of one of your hydras. Consider Inspiring Call. It will protect your creatures and net you a few cards. If you don't like inspiring call, how about more lightning greaves instead?
Here are some more creatures that will help your speed in the early game that go well with hardened scales and Winding Constrictor
I would remove Hall of the Bandit Lord in favor of llanowar reborn or oran-rief, rather than adding them in in addition, simply because you don't want to have too many tap lands slowing your pace.
Good luck, and I hope my suggestions helped!
3 months ago
Many of the instants you have will not pack enough punch to make them worth the slot. You want to focus on things you can re-use. For example, Vault Skyward looks like a good combat trick, but most of the time, people will be prepared for flyers. Better is Cobbled Wings or Fleetfeather Sandals, which last more than one turn, can be re-used if the creature dies, and can be reassigned to a blocking creature after the attack. Better still is Archetype of Imagination, that makes all your creatures fly and prevents your opponents' fliers from blocking. Or you can use something like Shadow Rift or something stratight up unblockable (Whispersilk Cloak) that will be more likely to get the damage through. If you are concerned about blocking fliers, Spidersilk Armor is a good bet, and affects your whole team on a permanent basis. For Commander, you're playing 4 other people. Each card needs to pack a big punch, so cards like Blustersquall & Cyclonic Rift are better because you can also cast them for their Overload effect.
Drop: Peema Outrider, Jolt, Cerulean Wisps, Noxious Revival, Vault Skyward, Triton Tactics, Reclaim, Ornamental Courage, Aerial Formation, Aquastrand Spider, Growth Spasm, Kozilek's Predator, Nest Invader, Keeper of Progenitus, Blisterpod, Parallel Lives, Gilder Bairn (You need to have ways to tap it, and I think it's too much work for the effect), Sasaya, Orochi Ascendant, Gnarlid Pack, Coiling Oracle, Transguild Promenade, 1x Forest, Scourge of Skola Vale
It's not a final cut, but I think you'll be within 5 or so of 100. At that point, you'll really need to look at your creatures and decide which ones you really want, and which ones are maybe second string players. Once you have a list and play a little, you'll know what you're weak to (do you see a lot of mill? Do you need more graveyard recursion? More flying?), and you can adjust from there. Good luck!
3 months ago
other options include:Aquastrand Spider, Bond Beetle, Chronomaton, Clockwork Beetle, Cosi's Trickster, Experiment One, Kavu Predator (SB), Mistcutter Hydra (SB), Mold Adder (SB), Nurturer Initiate, Primordial Hydra, Protean Hydra, Quirion Dryad, Scavenging Ooze (SB or Main), Shape Stealer (super goofy with +1/+1 counters), Slitherhead, Vastwood Hydra, Vinelasher Kudzu
if you decide to go down the "hydra" road, i would recommend Gyre Sage for added mana production/sink value.
3 months ago
Your curve could be improved somewhat, too; spiders are typically around 4 cmc, but there are a few cheap options you can use to spam the board early on.
3 months ago
I have a similar deck and find it is vulnerable to flying unless I play Spidersilk Armor but that isn't modern. So I recommend something with reach, like the Aquastrand Spider in your maybe board or some instants to give reach like: Aim High, Snare the Skies, Shape the Sands or Vines of the Recluse.