Aura Mutation

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Invasion (INV) Rare

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Aura Mutation

Instant

Destroy target enchantment. Create X 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens, where X is that enchantment's converted mana cost.

Aura Mutation Discussion

Deadpoo111 on Doubling by Right

1 week ago

Grizzly Fate , Aura Mutation , and Primal Vigor are not legal in modern.

SharpRaptor on Najeela

1 month ago

Recommended Cuts

Creatures

Blightsteel Colossus - Curve reasons

Graveblade Marauder - Cute but effect probably isn't good enough

Hamletback Goliath - Curve reasons

Khenra Eternal - Bad card basically. Though we want this slot to be at that mana cost

Khenra Scrapper - Again. We want aggressive cards like this but we can do better

Saskia the Unyielding - Big target on your head. Colour intensive. Not a warrior

Savage Knuckleblade - Colour intensive

Taurean Mauler - Doesn't work towards our game plan. Doesn't trigger off combat damage doesn't buff others.

Tenacious Dead - Just bad

Tolsimir Wolfblood - Buff isn't universal and its expensive

Zhur-Taa Druid - We want mana dorks. But only taps for green and its colour intensive to cast.

Maybe Cuts Or Later Cuts

Thunderfoot Baloth - Expensive but ok effect.

Hellkite Charger - Maybe cut. We already have access to this effect at cheaper cost

Zurgo Helmsmasher - He's good. But doesn't help the rest of the game plan

Sorceries

Maybe Cut

Clan Defiance - Doesn't impact the board enough to make us win the game.

Lavalanche - Effect we want but possible to find cheaper?

Enchantment

Fires of Yavimaya - Replace with Rhythm of the Wild

Instant

Artifact Mutation && Aura Mutation - Change with generic artifact or enchantment removal

Crackling Doom - Doesn't do enough

Artifact

Oketra's Monument - Doesn't trigger enough and the mana reduction isn't relevant enough

Recommendations

Attacking / Combat Matter Cards

Blood-Chin Rager - Warriors have Menace

Herald of Dromoka - Warriors have Vigilance

Chief of the Edge - Warriors get +1/+0

Raiders' Spoils - Very good card draw

Lovisa Coldeyes - Warriors +2/+2 Haste

Mindblade Render - MOAR card draw

Ogre Battledriver - Your warriors that enter will be 3/1s when attacking

Jazal Goldmane - Massive Buffs

Mardu Woe-Reaper - Graveyard Interaction

Thrasher Brute - Drains an opponent with warrior etb triggers

Edric, Spymaster of Trest - MOAR CARD DRAW

Combo Pieces

Cryptolith Rite - Lots of mana, infinite combats

Phyrexian Altar - Sac some of the tokens to activate Najeela

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician - Win the game

Sword of Feast and Famine - Win the game if you have the lands

Nature's Will - Win the game if you have the lands

Bear Umbra - Win the game if you have the lands

Other

Archetype of Aggression - Trample

Purphoros, God of the Forge - This guy doesn't need explanation

Cyclonic Rift - ....yeh

Heroic Intervention - Anti-Wrath. Rootborn Defenses Dauntless Escort Join Shields

Divine Visitation - BECAUSE ANGELS

Harvest Season - we make a lot of tapped and attacking creatures. We want mana

Throne of the God-Pharaoh - Alternate win cons

Shared Animosity - Massive Buffs

Anointed Procession Parallel Lives - More tokens

Aggravated Assault - Easier Najeela trigger without keywords

Maybe

Aven Wind Guide - Gives our tokens flying and vigilance

SharpRaptor on Rhys Tokens

1 month ago

Hey :)

Ok I'm gonna start with recommended cuts to look at and then we'll move on to what possible additions could be looked at, and why.

Cut Recommentations

Creatures

Angel of Jubilation - This is a maybe cut. Its a good anthem effect and its anti-sac effect can be very useful. However due to being a token deck, we might want to be sacrificing our tokens to do things. So we'll evavluate this again later.

Ant Queen - Another maybe cut. Its a fine token creator, we might just be able to find something thats more efficient. But with some of the other things we'll be doing this might be worth keeping.

Geist-Honored Monk - The one off effect of creating 2 spirits probably isn't worth the slot here. We can find cheaper creatures that have the power and toughness equal to the number of creatures you control if we like that bit.

Jade Mage - Same argument as the Ant Queen really. Though this one doesn't even have a good body to back it up and three mana to make a 1/1 might not be good enough.

Kazandu Tuskcaller - It takes 6 mana to get this guy to the point where he makes 1 3/3 every turn. I think we can do a lot better than this. Its just soooo slow.

Selesnya Guildmage - This one is another maybe. The 4 mana for a 1/1 is rather underwhelming. But the anthem effect is ok.

Thelonite Hermit - Its a lot of mana to get anything out of this guy. It will cost you 8 to get the tokens which seems like a lot even if it is split over multiple turns.

Tukatongue Thallid - As much as we love this guy, the one off effect probably isn't worth his slot. We could do with a couple of other things at 1 mana.

Worldspine Wurm - I love this guy too, but its a lot of mana and he only makes the tokens on death. Seen as we want the tokens sooner rather than later so we can duplicate them with Rhys etc, we might want something that makes the 5/5s quicker. But we could keep this guy for the big guy turn sideways plan.

Enchantments

Cathars' Crusade - I despise keeping track of the board state that this thing creates. Though the effect is actually really powerful and should be in. I put it in the same boat as Coat of Arms. The "Oh Good God, you're on your own just tell me how much your attacking for" boat.

Growing Ranks - I'm never exactly a fan of cards which only trigger in your upkeep like this as they can feel so slow when you play them on your turn, then 3 other peoples turns go by, then you get your first activation. Especially when it only copies one guy.

Leyline of Vitality - While all the effects on this card are fine. I think we could just do better than this. The toughness buff is unlikely to save our creatures from a wrath effect, and the life effect we can find for cheaper. The chance of triggering the Leyline start in play is so low in EDH its probably worth discounting.

Sigil of the Empty Throne - We'll keep an eye on this one. Good card if we have enough Enchantments to reliably trigger it. But bad if we don't. So we'll check out count afterwards.

Verdant Embrace - I think this is expensive, but the effect could be great to stick on something and let it go. This one is more of a maybe.

Sorceries

Devout Invocation - I've always wanted to love this card. But if you have enough creatures to make this a viable card, then you should have enough creatures to be winning anyway without spending 7 mana and a card to make your board into overkill.

Storm Herd - Very expensive card. In fact is the 2nd most expensive card in the deck behind Worldspine Wurm. The effect is cool, but we need to see if its worth the mana.

Artifacts

Moonsilver Spear - another card I've always wanted to like, but rather slow. If it put the Angel into play attacking then It would be a different story, but it doesn't. This one might be ok to keep, but i'd put it on the short list of things to cut.

Sarpadian Empires, Vol. VII - Erm, i don't think i need to explain really why 6 mana for a 1/1 and a further 3 for another 1/1 each turn is bad.

General Ideas For Improvement

More Interaction

First thing i can say on this one is that the deck has no ways really of stopping your opponent from doing anything they want to you while you are trying to execute your game plan. Something that is going to happen is that you are going to get all your creatures destroyed. Its the nature of commander. You're also going to get comboed out with some creatures or you're going to have an artifact or creature that completely shuts down what you're trying to do. So you need some more things that will interact with that.

More Card Draw

You have a lot of good threats and synergies. But you're going to run out of gas in hand if you don't have something to refill after you've put everything into play. Especially if we get got by a wrath we couldn't stop. So we want a few things that will keep us ticking over when we have a board state. And a few things that might help us get back into it if we get blown out.

Ramp

We have a few ramp spells in here, but not a lot. We could do with some more if we wwant to be able to reliably get up to 6 mana to start Rhys'ing as soon as possible.

New Cards

Obviously, there has been some new cards printed since this was updated last so we can get them too :)

Card Recommendations

Interaction

Path to Exile Swords to Plowshares - Sometimes you just need that creature gone. An apposing Platinum Angel or Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite can ruin our day so we will want it gone.

Sundering Growth - In the same way that some creatures ruin us. Some enchantments and artifacts do to. This is the best way to get rid of them for our deck. But some other Naturalize type effects are not a bad idea. Possibly in the form of creatures like Reclamation Sage or instants like Krosan Grip or Beast Within . Aura Mutation Is a specific enchantment removal that makes us guys which might be worth considering

Rootborn Defenses - The Anti Wrath cards. This one is our best option for our deck, and is the cheapest money wise. Dauntless Escort is good too. Then Heroic Intervention is more expensive moneywise and so is Selfless Spirit .

Card Draw

Mentor of the Meek - With the amount of small tokens we will be making, this guy is great.

Huatli, Radiant Champion - Her ultimate does not say 'Non-token'

Camaraderie - This one requires a board presence but can be well worth it

Shamanic Revelation - This one requires a board presence too. But a lot of green card draw does.

Harmonize - Straight up draw 3. Never bad.

Ramp

The standard suit of the rampent growth effects will probably do you fine here. Rampant Growth Nature's Lore Farseek Kodama's Reach . Harvest Season might be good for you?

New Cards

The New fun things!

Anointed Procession - Another Parallel Lives, but in white

Divine Visitation - Just read it.... its a bit good

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip - A cantrip that turns into another Gaea's Cradle

Cryptolith Rite - Lets all of our guys tap for mana

March of the Multitudes - Instant speed make a lot of guys. Very good with our Gaea's Cradle effects.

Second Harvest - Instand speed 4 mana Rhys activation for double everything.

Shalai, Voice of Plenty - Gives your other things Hexproof and can be used to pump the team with any spare mana you have.

Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter - Like another Rhys. Except she makes big things. Do note that for some reason WOTC made her make fixed size guys so they are equal to the number of creatures you have WHEN YOU MAKE IT. I played this wrong for a few rounds in the prerelease.

Shanna, Sisay's Legacy - Hexproof lass with P/T equal to the number of creatures you control for 2 mana.

Throne of the God-Pharaoh - A good way to kill everyone at once without attacking.

Song of Freyalise - Lets our guys tap for mana for a few turns before then buffing them for a turn.

Sandwurm Convergence - Good protection and starts making 5/5 Wurms.

Other Recommendations

Thousand-Year Elixir - This is great for us as it effectively gives Rhys haste and can let you activate him twice in a turn.

Illusionist's Bracers - Doubles all of Rhys's Activations

Triumph of the Hordes - Kill everyone without them expecting it?

triproberts12 on A Different Kind of Ghave Deck

1 month ago

You can certainly make it a viable deck without sinking Doubling Season money into it or turning it into a deck whose only goal is to Demonic Tutor into a combo. There's a lot of good stuff in here to build on.

Hardened Scales rounds out your Corpsejack Menace/Snek package.

You could probably lean a little into Saprolings, as well. Psychotrope Thallid is great card draw when your Commander makes Saprolings. Utopia Mycon is great for ramp. Tendershoot Dryad is a great lord for going wide. Night Soil , Saproling Burst , Verdant Embrace , Fertile Imagination , Fungal Sprouting , Scatter the Seeds , and Saproling Symbiosis are solid token producers. That last one is expensive, but I thought I'd just put it out there since it's old af.

There's great interaction in Saprolings, too. Morbid Bloom , Aura Mutation , Seed Spark are all pretty okay cards, and you're already running Death Mutation, Fungal Plots, and Necrogenesis.

As for cuts, if you're not doing broken combo things, Spikes are not good. Cruel Sadist , Sylvan Hierophant , Consuming Vapors , Heirloom Blade , Clockwork Vorrac , and Underworld Connections could probably be cut on card quality, alone.

RedDeckTries on EDH Big Token Trostani, Selesnya's Voice

3 months ago

Glare of Subdual is really good for tapping down problem creatures. Maybe a little more removal? Aura Shards is one of the bigger budget cards you should be looking at getting eventually. In a deck like this it can take over a game. In the meantime, Aura Mutation is more enchantment removal thats on theme. I'd run it over Promise of Bunrei.

Crayak on tokens 2.0

5 months ago

Hoi,

Deck ziet er goed uit, er zitten nog veel kaarten in die ik ondertussen gemist heb. :D Ik vind zelf de average cmc best hoog. Ik denk dat je daardoor misschien niet vaak de ability van rhys kan gebruiken. Mana doubles zoals Mirari's Wake en Zendikar Resurgent gaan daarom zeker helpen. Song of Freyalise is zeker een goede additie. Cryptolith Rite werkt net zo. Harvest Season laat je land in play leggen voor alles wat tapped is. Deze kaart combo-ed goed met convoke kaarten of de kaarten hieronder die er voor kunnen zorgen dat je minder snel wordt geswarmed door opponents. Harvest Season is al beter dan cultivate als je 2 tapped creatures hebt.

Carddraw in wit-groen tokens is ook iets makkelijker geworden met bijv. Huatli, Radiant Champion en Camaraderie. (De goedkoopste opties heb je al Mentor of the Meek en Skullclamp.) Andere duurdere opties zijn Collective Unconscious en Regal Force. Shamanic Revelation kost weer wat minder en geeft je ook nog leven voor de grotere creatures. Deze kaart werkt best goed met de worms en angels in het deck.

Het deck mag wel iets meer removal draaien. Hoeveel manieren heb je om creatures/permanents weg te halen? Een suggestie is o.a. Aura Mutation. Ik vind dit ontzettend sterke removal gezien de value die je haalt uit deze instant van 2 mana. Citywide Bust is nieuwe mass removal voor token decks.

Eldrazi Monument maakt je creatures indestructible en laat ze vliegen. Dat laat ze makkelijker doorkomen bij opponents. Bovendien biedt het bescherming tegen de boardwipes die je ook zelf draait. Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist maakt het ook makkelijker om door te komen en voorkomt dat mensen je gaan swarmen. Shalai, Voice of Plenty biedt je ook bescherming tegen sources met single targets. Die kan je overwegen, maar ik vind 'm hier niet super goed.

Concordant Crossroads geeft alles wat in play komt haste. Dit werkt goed in je token deck, maar werkt helaas ook op opponents. Ook Akroma's Memorial geeft je creatures haste en maakt het makkelijker om ze door te laten komen. De haste enables werken ontzettend goed met de Goldnight Commander of Cathars' Crusade die in je deck zitten. En ook met Divine Visitation hieronder.

Divine Visitation doet op zichzelf niets maar maakt wel flying 4/4 angels van al de tokens die in play komen. Dit bufft je tokens en maakt je betere blockers en laat ze ook makkelijker doorkomen.

Tendershoot Dryad is naar mijn mening veel beter dan Verdant Force die nu in je deck zit. Deze kost 3 mana minder en kan je saprolings ook nog buffen. Speel 'm na Aura Mutation en/of Mycoloth en je kan meteen voor veel slaan met de saprolings. Je kan natuurlijk ook nogsteeds beide spelen.

Thunderfoot Baloth is goed in het buffen van creatures. Maar hiervoor zijn ook andere goede opties te vinden.

March of the Multitudes vind ik in dit deck beter dan Chord of Calling al kan je daarmee o.a. Craterhoof Behemoth uitzoeken. Het nadeel is dan wel dat je creatures getapped hebt liggen. Als je veel met convoke en/of kaarten als Song of Freyalise speelt dan zou ik ook Paradox Engine in het deck doen. Met de song kan je hiermee al je non-lands uit je hand casten. Als je nog 'n steady carddraw hebt met Mentor of the Meek of huatli's emblem dan kan je je hele deck in play leggen. Buiten dat is deze ook sterk want het geeft je de mogelijkheid om met alles aan te vallen iedere beurt. Buiten convoke en de Cryptolith Rite effecten heb je nog Glare of Subdual die ontzettend goed werk heeft geleverd in mijn ghave deck. Best wel een aanrader. Je tapt 'n mannetje en voorkomt dat je aangevallen word door grote threats. Deze werkt ook goed met Paradox Engine of Throne of the God-Pharaoh.

Impervious Greatwurm kan je mid to late game voor goedkoop casten. Deze dikzak is moeilijk weg te halen maar heeft helaas geen trample dus komt ook moeilijk door zonder 'n Eldrazi Monument ofzo.

Anointed Procession is de witte Parallel Lives die is uitgekomen. Naud kent 'm ook.

The Immortal Sun is in dit deck beter als Staff of Nin al kan je ze beide prima spelen. Het helpt je bovendien bij het casten van kaarten en bufft meteen ook al je mannetjes. Het werkt ook tegen planeswalkers van opponents en helaas werkt deze ook tegen de planeswalkers in je eigen deck waar je op moet letten.

Flower / Flourish is zowel vroeg als late game prima.

Nogmaals, het deck heeft zeker goede potential. Rhys blijft squishy maar is zeker niet de grootste threat op het bord. Kaarten die ik uit je deck zou halen zijn Acidic Slime, Armada Wurm,Hydra Broodmaster en Verdant Force die naar mijn mening te veel mana kosten voor wat ze doen. Karametra, God of Harvests werkt helaas alleen op creatures die je cast en niet op je tokens. Omdat je weinig creatures hebt zal ik 'm er uit laten.

Descend upon the Sinful is ook te duur en laat je alles verliezen ondanks de kaarten die je creatures indestructible kunnen maken. Ik zou het laten bij de removal wat destroyed ipv exiled. Er zijn nog nieuwe kaarten uitgekomen die al je creatures indestructible maken voor de turn. Ik heb ze niet genoemd maar ze kunnen erg sterk zijn samen met de boardwipes die je zelf speelt of de boardwipes van opponents.

Doei

xDr_Schnugglesx on Fun guy

6 months ago

Hi.

Cuts

Avacyn, Angel of Hope doesn't seem super on theme or really that useful. I mean, yeah, it's really good. But it's also 8 mana and for 8 mana I feel like you should be winning the game. Not just protecting your 1/1s or whatever you have out.

Pallid Mycoderm, Rot Shambler, Savage Thallid, Sporecrown Thallid, Sporemound, Sporesower Thallid, and Sporoloth Ancient. I think all of them are either overcosted for what they offer, or don't offer enough. I think the best out of these is Sporemound, but I'm not sure it's good enough. You don't really ramp all that hard, and you'll have so many 1/1s anyway that I don't think it'll matter if you get a couple extra. I think these could all be replaced by more 'value' oriented cards.

Verdant Force is simply overcosted. Remove.

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice is out of place. Populating a 1/1 for 3 mana and a tap is a bad feeling, and gaining 1 life from each is trivial and could be done with Suture Priest or any soul sister (and better too). Also Trostani's mana cost is steeper than it seems (from experience).

Death's Presence is extremely overcosted for what it's trying to do here. You already have Mazirek and Cathars' Crusade for your combo win. This is worse than both.

Fungal Plots is just kinda weak. I'm super against self-gy hate, and this is no exception. You're paying 4 mana and a card for a 1/1, and then you can maybe sac 2 more creatures for some life and a draw. There are much better options for card advantage AND tokens (I'll get into it later).

Grave Pact OR Dictate of Erebos, but not both. I vote Dictate because of the easier mana cost and also Flash (plus $$$$).

Intangible Virtue is out of place. An army of 2/2 vigilance's isn't amazing, especially because your saprolings WANT to die (to slimefoot and Blood Artist and others), so tapping to attack isn't an issue. You already have other, better, team buffs so I don't really think this fits.

Night Soil is just kinda meh. It's a tougher restriction than it seems (both from the same yard).

Along with this, I don't like Necrogenesis in general, but at least it gy-hates opponents and is something you can do if you have mana left up. An early cut if you still wanna cut some stuff, but fine to leave.

Primal Vigor can backfire hard. I don't think it's worth tbh. Also the mana cost is steep for something that doesn't do anything by itself.

True Conviction is just super out of place, and that mana cost is super rough. Absolutely cut. If you were gonna have a mana cost with WWW, it's gonna be Avacyn (but it's gonna be neither).

Verdant Embrace is just too costly for what it does and what you need. If it was like 3 mana and didn't give the +3/+3, that would work, but as is it's too costly and you'll almost certainly not get a lot of value from it because people will murder the creature it's on immediately.

Honestly, I've never liked Second Harvest. It's a terrible card if you're losing and if you cast it and win, you probably would've already won anyway. It seems like win-more to me. Most cards that do nothing on their own I think are kinda meh.

I have no idea how to feel about Vona's Hunger. I'd consider removing just because if you're using this to clear a board, they're gonna keep their best shit anyway, and this is pretty trash against other token decks. The mana cost and instant speed is a nice +, but I'm not sure it's enough here.

Akroma's Memorial should be Eldrazi Monument full-stop. Giving 1/1s a bunch of keywords is useless unless those keywords are either infect or indestructible. This gives neither.

You have a lot of lands. I like running fewer lands (35) but having about ~10 sources of ramp. I'll try to figure some out as we progress.

Fungal Sprouting does nothing on it's own and I am having a tough time envisioning it being really useful. Getting 5 1/1s is great for Ghave, but for 4 mana and sorcery speed, I feel you could be doing more. It's fine for now, but consider it an early cut if needed.

Saproling Symbiosis is a hard no. It's a worse Second Harvest and I hate that card too.

Thelonite Hermit is a no. You're paying 8 mana over 2 turns for 4 1/1s that will be 2/2s for like 2 seconds. Hornet Queen is cheaper and gives you better tokens.

Glare of Subdual. This is a tough one. On the one hand, tapping down the voltron player (Seth's cats or my dragons or Zac's Tuvasa) is super dope. On the other hand, tapping is not removal and it relies on you having a creature to spare to tap. It's also 4 mana. I'd probably remove. If it was 1WG, I'd think it was good.

Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip is a tough one too. I think if you end up with 30+ creatures, then absolutely go for it. Any less and I think you can do better.

I strongly recommend not having more than 8 enchantments. You have 16 right now and that's just too many without some heavy enchantment recursion.

Okay. We got through it boys. Let's go to our suggestions and recommendations. This next section will include cards in your maybe board that I think are good and should go to mainboard.

Suggestions

Anafenza, the Foremost, because who doesn't like incidental GY hate on an aggressively costed body. 3 mana for a 4/4 that GY hates is something that your opponents need to answer, and more often than not their removal will be worth more to them than Anafenza is worth to you.

Elenda, the Dusk Rose is a card I've always wanted to work and this might be it. Being able to sac a huge board and then herself seems like great value. The issue with Elenda is that she can be exiled, but your commander is a sac outlet which protects against that. I think she could be a powerhouse in this deck ESPECIALLY because her tokens have lifelink. Never underestimate lifelink on tokens.

Juniper Order Ranger is just gravy. 5 mana for a boi that gets progressively larger and boosts your board is something that needs to be answered to. This will either force a boardwipe or spot removal and honestly either a win for you.

Shalai, Voice of Plenty is good. Really good. I don't think it's bad to put it in this deck.

Spike Weaver is a 100% must include. Spore Frog for 1 mana at instant speed multiple times? It's just bonkers (and this is coming from experience).

Retribution of the Ancients is super interesting and could be a powerhouse. I'm inclined to include it as instant speed removal that works on indestructible things at a minimum cost to yourself seems very good. Sure, you'll be using 3-5 counters each time, but ideally that won't be an issue since. Also it's at a mana cost price you just can't do better than.

Everything from maybeboard I didn't mention is a no.

End of Maybeboard Recommendations

Uhh, where's my babe Elspeth, Sun's Champion at?? 6 mana for either a conditional boardwipe that won't hit you that often, or for 3 token bois seems like a good deal. And if you manage to ult, you win. No one can stop a flying army of 3/3s.

Eldrazi Monument. We already talked about it but just wanna have it written down here.

Pir, Imaginative Rascal. Fucking gravy. Works with Ghave super well but also Elspeth and also your dudes who put spore counters on themselves. This is a must include. I'm kind of surprised he wasn't already in the list tbh.

Fecundity can be absolutely nutty. Sure, it helps your opponents, but it is very unlikely it'll help them more than it helps you. Also a may trigger so it won't hurt you if you don't want it to.

Dark Prophecy is also insane, tho the self damage could become hazardous. I'll recommend some things to combat this as the card is a powerhouse, even with the BBB mana cost. Remember, being at 5 life and winning is the same as being at 40 life and winning.

Loyal Guardian is a new card which could do work. Early cut, but I'll put it here if you need to fill out your creatures.

Eternal Witness is good. It's a staple. I hate that it's so important, but it just is. Consider also Skullwinder if you just wanna be different.

Heroic Intervention is the single best protection spell in green. It's basically a green Teferi's Protection for your turn and it cannot be overstated how good it is at the right time. It is the difference between "I win next turn" and "Man nice boardwipe, GG." And for 2 mana too. It's bonkers. Must include.

Anguished Unmaking. You're in Orzhov colors so you need to use them. Maybe the best spot removal ever printed, barring Assassin's Trophy from GRN.

Cryptolith Rite is disgusting. You've played slivers so you know how good Gemhide is. This is too. I think this is a must.

Zulaport Cutthroat is nice redundancy for your combo win and also nice incidental lifegain (which helps counteract Dark Prophecy's life cost).

Forgotten Ancient is bonkers. Will always become a threat and require removal. It's just good.

Hangarback Walker is solid. Dump whatever mana you have into it, gives you something to do EoT, and you'll almost always get the death trigger since your commander is a sac outlet.

Rishkar, Peema Renegade is basically a second Cryptolith Rite. It's just good and low mana cost.

Scavenging Ooze. Graveyard hate is good, and incidental synergy with counter is even better. Just a super efficient card and usually comes something that needs to be removed sooner rather than later. Using the ability as an instant in response to a 'return from graveyard' spell is a joy.

Abzan Charm is good at any point of the game. Removal, counters, card advantage. Maybe the best charm out of all of them. Cannot be overstated. This is a must include.

You have no boardwipes. What the hell. You need at least 4 in almost every deck, but you will be fine with 3 here since you have Elspeth and Dictate of Erebos. I recommend Day of Judgment, Merciless Eviction (best boardwipe ever printed ever), Austere Command (wipe everything but your 0 CMC tokens and you'll usually open a board up for swings) and Living Death. More on Living Death below.

Living Death is a pet card of mine. Mostly because of how bonkers it is. 5 mana for a boardwipe that makes everyone sac their hexproof/indestructible creatures, and then get's you everything you need back. Ideally you'll have something like Aura Shards or Dictate out as you cast this to thin your opponents board afterwards. Also, with Anafenza, Necrogenesis, Scavenging Ooze and Bojuka Bog, you should be getting more value back than anyone else consistently.

Dread Return is good. 4 mana to bring something back is the going rate and saccing 3 creatures to bring something back is double upside since more often than not saccing creatures is good. With Blood Artist that gains you 3 life and someone loses 3, with Fecundity or Dark Prophecy, you just drew 3 cards for FREE. Stupid.

Mikaeus, the Unhallowed if you have the money. Mikaeus, the Lunarch if you don't. Neither are super required, but both are good.

Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite is always always always a powerhouse. Clears the board and puts you absurdly far ahead in terms of board presence. If you have the money, put it in.

I know you're not huge on tutors, but Razaketh, the Foulblooded and Sidisi, Undead Vizier are good. Can help find answers or just combo pieces to close out a long game. If you only want one, put Razaketh because at the end of the day, an 8/8 flample for 8 is good.

Carrion Feeder is good because instant speed sac outlets with incidental counter value is good. Sac a creature, get a counter, remove counter to get another creature is good. Essentially, with Fecundity/Dark Prophecy, Ghave, and Carrion Feeder out, they read "Pay 1 mana, draw a card" and that's good. Add in Blood Artist and it's even better, and add in Pir and Ashnod's and you win. 5/6 card combos are still combos. Also Carrion is a 1 mana sac outlet and that's really good.

Requiem Angel is a card I've always wanted to use but never found the place. This might be it, chief. Essentially doubling your token count for ability activations and sac triggers, plus turns your measly 1/1 saps into 1/1 fliers, which is a huge boost.

I'd remove Aura Mutation and replace it with both Putrefy and Mortify. The reason is that I often find myself holding onto Aura Mutation hoping to get good value from it, but oftentimes I should just use it on a 2 drop enchantment like Cryptolith Rite or something. Mortify and Putrify also double as modal cards, making them never a dead card if you draw them.

You need more ramp. There is no way around it. But you need more. Cultivate, Kodamas, Nature's Lore, Farseek, etc etc. No mana rocks besides Sol Ring. You're green, use it. You could also run things like Primal Druid that give value when they die, since this is a sacrifice deck. I'd scryfall "dies/enter search library land battlefield" and choose your favorite.

Mindless Automaton just seems fun. Depending on how easy it is to put counters on stuff, this may work. Early cut for sure.

Thats all I got for now. I'll comment again if I think of more.

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Smells Like Saskia's Spirit

7 months ago

I have a fond place in my heart for Saskia though my deck is long retired. I have a few suggestions of cards that I used to run which can ramp up your deck's explosiveness:

Haste is a Saskia deck's best friend, so: Ogre Battledriver, In the Web of War, and Urabrask the Hidden might all be solid inclusions (and are better than Fervor)

Cathars' Crusade is just busted alongside Assemble the Legion

Selfless Spirit is a better option over Dauntless Escort, but either are great.

You might consider Dolmen Gate or Conqueror's Flail for more protection. Also, the obligatory Lightning Greaves comment.

I'd replace Putrefy with Anguished Unmaking and then run Sunforger as it likely would be the best card in your deck. You could also run Crackling Doom, Path to Exile, and Aura Mutation (all tutorable by Sunforger).

Martial Coup might be a solid board wipe to include here and there are a bunch of token doublers in green and white you could consider.

Lastly (I know this is a lot of suggestions, sorry) I think your deck could use more card draw. 6 total cards that provide card draw seems a little low to me (I usually never go below 10 in my decks). Mentor of the Meek, Shamanic Revelation, and Skullclamp are all really powerful in this type of build. There are also other card draw staples in these colors like Sylvan Library, Read the Bones, Night's Whisper, etc. which you could consider.

I hope some of these comments help and happy deck building!

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