Beastcaller Savant

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Rare

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Beastcaller Savant

Creature — Elf Shaman Ally

: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell.

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Beastcaller Savant Discussion

Frank_Glascock on EDH - Animar, Soul of Elements

3 weeks ago

Iquasi, thanks for posting this list. Yours is one of a very few non combo (or minimal combo) Animar lists that is being actively updated.

I am not playing Ancestral Statue but am interested in making the deck efficient outside of combo.

Mana cards you are playing that I am not are Sol Ring, Burnished Hart, Lotus Cobra, Sakura-Tribe Elder, and Solemn Simulacrum.

Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Arbor Elf, Beastcaller Savant, Fyndhorn Elves, Rattleclaw Mystic, and Rishkar, Peema Renegade, were added to increase speed.

I am not playing Fabricate because of the absence of Ancestral Statue. Chord of Calling and Birthing Pod are also absent from my deck.

Survival of the Fittest is the only tutor I am playing that you are not.

Lightning Greaves, Sensei's Divining Top, Leyline of Anticipation, Balefire Dragon, Bane of Progress, Clever Impersonator, Reclamation Sage, and Surrack Dragonclaw were replaced by:

Caustic Caterpillar, Gilded Drake, Maelstrom Wanderer, Sea Gate Oracle, Spellseeker, Sylvan Safekeeper and Heroic Intervention.

Survival of the Fittest, Gilded Drake, Spellseeker, and Heroic Intervention are the top four cards I was surprised you are not playing. This excludes the fast mana cards you choose not to include.

What changes would you recommend to increase the efficiency of my deck without adding infinite combos?

Spirits on Budget Xenagos, God of Revels - EDH $50

1 month ago

Armed // Dangerous another CMC2 Double Strike, $0.21. Downside is it's Sorcery.

Archetype of Aggression, gives all your creatures Trample, $0.39. 6 ground + 4 flying (partial evasion) don't have trample, thats 1/2 your available hitters, including 1 infect.

Gruul Signet, CMC2 Rock, $0.30.

Thud, Another Fling for CMC1 but Sorcery speed unfortunately, $0.20. Really need more Soul's Fire to Infect.

Farseek, CMC2 Ramp!!, $0.27.

Flameblast Dragon won't get his doubled. Timing is off.

Slagstorm scary because it wipes out the dorks, but I understand the thinking, with Cats/Snakes/Vampires.

Arbor Elf, CMC1 Dork, $0.26.

Beastcaller Savant, CMC2, But he has Haste, $0.40 though.

Heart Warden, annoying at CMC2, but can draw a card if late in the game if he's a dead draw, $0.20. Modular is sometimes nice, especially in longer games.

Explore might work pretty well with 40 lands, and it draws a card, so maintains your card-advantage and ramp advantage. I also feel you have quite a bit (too many) lands with all the additional ramp/dorks you have? Might try 38 instead.

Thunderfoot Baloth $1.69, but has trample, with Xenagos is 14 Trample, and gives all other creatures Trample. The best of the Trample enablers mentioned for sure.

Deus of Calamity $1.40, only 6/6 trample, but fills your Xenagos, God of Revels devotion, so he really enables a 6/5 Indestructible attacker as well.

Tyrant's Familiar feels better than a Flameblast Dragon ($1.28), because he can potentially blow away a flying blocker, $0.44.

Fyndhorn Elves ($2.03) can free up some cash for a Thunderfoot Baloth if he's an Arbor Elf $0.26.

Sakura-Tribe Elder ($1.25) is really good, but a Farseek can be effective $0.27, free up $1

Artisan of Kozilek he is 10/9 (20/19 with Xenagos), Returns a creature from your graveyard to the battlefield (not hand), and has Annihilator 2 (Opponent sacrifices 2 permanents, with haste from Xenagos) for $0.43. I have lots of this guy, I'll bring you one.

Maybe with some shuffling of mana sources you can free up cash for Malignus, but he's quite expensive. Tough for budget.

Fierce Empath tutoring Atarka, World Render or Soul of the Harvest or Siege Behemoth or Spinebiter Etc. gives consistency, I feel like its doubling your Atarka, World Render chances.

Phyrexian Hydra another Infect guy. Makes it easier to kill 3 players.

Khenra Charioteer more trample, hes a 3/3 so he's not shabby for CMC3. Probably don't need that much anyway.

Life's Legacy could re-populate your hand and stabilize your life. Feel like the cards better than the double life on Predator's Rapport.

Talisman of Impulse best non- non- mana source available for $0.33.

Explosive Vegetation is good, but $0.92 and CMC4, I'm not sure. Might look for another lower CMC one to ramp a little faster for that $. Go a bit faster.

I haven't seen this one work yet, See the Unwritten and at $0.82, I'd probably just draw another creature like a Artisan of Kozilek. If you get lucky and the stars align, maybe you get 2, but one might be an Elf. I'd rather just draw another key creature, instead of the randomness. If it was CMC5 or CMC4 and casting a CMC8 maybe, but it's CMC6 probably casting a CMC6 or lower (based on probability, I can calculate it when I have some more time)

Living Hive is in Main and Maybeboard.

I only like Momentous Fall (too expensive $), Deus of Calamity (enables Xenagos), Kavu Predator could be interesting in our Pod (vs cats/vamps anyway). Malignus if you can budget him in. Steel Hellkite good utility again CMC0 Snakes/Vampires for example. Thunderfoot Baloth.

Don't like anything else there.

I think, less lands -2 perhaps, cheaper ramp (and maybe 1 more), 1 more creature (infect guy preferably), reallocate some cash to make sure each creature is a finisher, like Avatar of Fury is kind of blah, if you can cast for 2 he's ok, but what you doing with the other mana that turn anyway, would rather pay the 6 for a finisher. Siege Dragon feels a little underpowered too, but can board wipe (cats/vamps/snakes), would rather use Steel Hellkite instead, better control, lower CMC.

Inquisitor's Flail not sure equip is right, but it is only equip so maybe? Rancor instead?

Living Hive feels small for CMC8! Wtf, not sure what your doing with the 1/1 insects, that don't even fly.

That's about all I have for now +1.

Last_Laugh on animar

1 month ago

Again, I'd cut most of your non-creature spells. Most all of these effects can be replaced with creature versions.

I.e. counterspells can be Draining Whelk, Glen Elendra Archmage, and Stratus Dancer. Ramp/mana fixing can be any number of mana dorks like Utopia Tree, Bloom Tender, Manaweft Sliver, etc. and I'd 100% make room for Beastcaller Savant, Sakura-Tribe Elder, and Vizier of the Menagerie. Removal can be Duplicant or either Ulamog. Card draw can be Prime Speaker Zegana, Tishana, Voice of Thunder, Garruk's Packleader, and/or the only non-creature I'm suggesting, Glimpse of Nature. Graveyard recursion can be Eternal Witness and Den Protector.

BlueBat93 on Rx (Meth is)

2 months ago

Amazing deck! You may consider Somberwald Sage for Beastcaller Savant. Yes, it's one mana more, but he gives you crazy amounts of ramp. Also consider Elemental Bond as a way to draw cards of your big creatures.

I'll definitely save this deck for later, so I can build it myself!

One_Random_ID on Animar, soul of Elements

2 months ago

Would suggest taking out the following

1) Planeswalkers: They are not accelerating your overall gameplan and are quite significant mana sinks since Animar only reduces creature costs.

2) Tapped/Bounce Lands: As Animar has a low cmc, having tapped/bounce lands reduces the speed at which you ramp up with mana and play your spells.

3) High devotion to color creatures: Since Animar reduces colorless mana cost, having high color devotion cards like Prime Speaker Zegana which requires 2 Green and Blue is not benefiting from your commander's ability, I suggest taking out cards that require 3-4 colored mana costs unless they are provide significant benefits.

Adding cards like 1) Mana dorks(e.g. Llanowar Elves, Wild Cantor, Beastcaller Savant etc.): Having more mana at your disposal gives you more options per turn. It also also Animar to drop in fast and start growing. Recommend mana dorks up to 2 cmc and preferably providing mana of any color. Beastcaller Savant has haste to tap immediately and provides flexibility in color.

2) Colorless Artifact Creature/Eldrazis (e.g. Ulamog's Crusher, Pathrazer of Ulamog: Since your deck appears to be going for creature beatdown, Eldrazis are your go to for the smackdown. Little to no color devotion and at a significant large Animar (i.e. +10/10), they drop almost for free. Void Winnower can really hurt your opponents since they can;t cast alot spells. Soul of New Phyrexia doubles as a beater and protection.

3) Card Draw/Advantage: Since you are dropping your cards at every turn, you need ways to refill your hand so you can either respond or recover if opponents disrupts your board. Cantrips works ok as they replace card for card but having additional cards draw is paramount in Commander format. Consider Soul of the Harvest, Primordial Sage, Mulldrifter as options to add in.

4) Counterspells: To protect your board once it grows big and fast as well as disrupting your opponents is important. Consider running a few counters depending on your playgroup level.

YaminoNakani on Animar

3 months ago

Biggest issue I see here is a lack of focus and not enough creatures for a creatures only matter deck.

Animar, Soul of Elements wants two main things: Cast creatures and get +1/+1 counters to cast larger creatures. Everything in the deck should be focused on those two goals.

Setting up the deck to achieve this purpose will make it efficient and powerful. All cards should therefore do one of the following:

  1. Ramp up to Animar.

  2. Protect Animar.

  3. Place counters on Animar.

  4. Cast game ending creatures for cheap or free.

  5. Draw cards to allow us to do 1 through 4.

Priority should be given to cards that does something now > does something before your next turn > does something on your next turn > does something eventually.

Because Animar offers a discount based on creatures played, the deck shouldn't be filled with only high cmc game enders, but creatures from low to high cmc, preferably with as little colored mana symbols as possible, to give the deck a natural progression to casting free or cheap high cmc game ending creatures.

Let's split the deck into 3 parts. Pre-Animar setup, Post-Animar setup, Finale.

Note that $: (0 to 0.99), $$: (1.00 to 4.99), $$$: (5.00 to 9.99), $$$$: (10.00 to 19.99), !$!: (20.00+)

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This section will be all ramp, and protection to get Animar out quickly and make sure he is secure.

- The land base should be arranged to where there is more emphasis on , then , then since can color fix and can offer protection.

- Exotic Orchard is pretty good and cheap and can usually offer every color in multiplayer, especially if an opponent has a Command Tower out or even a Vivid Grove without even needing charge counters. - Kazoo lands such as Simic Growth Chamber, Izzet Boilerworks, and Gruul Turf are good in casual EDH where there is lack of land destruction and they artifically increase your deck ammount by posing as two lands in one. Though overall you do not want too many tap lands as you'll constantly be a entire turn behind.

- Birds of Paradise creature ramp & color fix. $$$

- Carpet of Flowers could be a dud or amazing ramp with two main phases. $$$

- Shrieking Drake easy continuous counters. $

- Sol Ring Always. $$

- Voyaging Satyr creature ramp & color fix. $

- Zhur-Taa Druid creature ramp & burn. $

- Bloom Tender creature ramp. !$!

- Coiling Oracle ramp or card draw. $

- Cyclonic Rift removal or 1-sided board wipe. $$$$

- Explore ramp and card Draw. $

- Den Protector cast for free with morph and surprise Regrowth. $

- Sakura-Tribe Elder creature ramp and color fix. $$

- Sylvan Caryatid creature ramp and color fix. $$

- Beastcaller Savant creature ramp and color fix. $$

- Kiora's Follower creature ramp or vigilance on a stick. $

- Rattleclaw Mystic creature ramp and color fix. $

- Walking Atlas potentially free creature ramp. $

- Ainok Survivalist cast for free with morph, surprise Naturalize. $

- Dream Stalker Cast a Boomerang for . $

- Elvish Visionary a better, creature version of Aggressive Urge for this deck.

- Stratus Dancer an almost Negate. $

- Willbender basically Redirect. $

- Simic Charm so versatile. $

- Hooded Hydra Normally, not a good card. However in this deck. It can become massive and a dangerous thing to see a Wrath of God. $

- Lightning Greaves Protection and quick haste for a large creature. $$

- Spellskite For those , & removals. $$$

- Ring of Kalonia Ramp every turn and makes Animar a lot more threatening. $

This section will be about setting up our board state to win. All cards from this point onwards will be casted after Animar has been casted.

- Fierce Empath Tutor for something big. $

- Man-o'-War Another Shrieking Drake. $

- Sage of Fables Emergency card draw. $$

- Pestermite Vigilance, chump blocker vs flying or stopping a giant creature. $

- Guided Passage One of the best card draw and pick your poison spells ever. $$

- Pir, Imaginative Rascal A creature hardened scales and specific tutor. $$

- Sylvok Replica A quick Naturalize. $

- Cloudstone Curio An auto include if you can afford it. $$$$

- Temur Ascendancy Makes all your casted creatures threatening and some card draw. $

- Ancestral Statue The best Shrieking Drake for this deck. $

- Phyrexian Metamorph Costs 2 life and can do so much for you. $$$

- Purphoros, God of the Forge Ends the game with one of the Shrieking Drakes. $$$$

- Solemn Simulacrum Free ramp, chump blocker and card draw. $$

- Faerie Artisans It doesn't look like much, this is card can get crazy. $$

- Toothy, Imaginary Friend A growing monstrocity that explodes into cards. $$

- Altered Ego with lots of counters on Animar, Soul of Elements and depending on the board, this card could be a massive threat. $

- Herald of Secret Streams Let Animar, Soul of Elements go nuts. $

- Spike Weaver When you need to buy yourself some time. $$$ - Forgotten Ancient Let your opponents ramp you fast. $

- Silent Arbiter Protection against swarm decks. $$

- Mulldrifter Cheap card draw and flying blocker. $$

- Peregrine Drake Budget Palinchron. $

- Xenagos, God of Revels Game ender. $$

- Vesuvan Shapeshifter On your upkeep, you may pay to clone the biggest and baddest mofo on the field. $

- Zealous Conscripts Your friend just played Darksteel Colossus and you only have left, what do you do? $

- Deepglow Skate Potential huge ramp for just . $$$

- Draining Whelk A different kind of Mana Drain. $$

- Duplicant Free Mind Control. $$

- Soul of the Harvest Huge card draw with a Shrieking Drake. $

- Primordial Sage Huge card draw with a Shrieking Drake. $

- Deadeye Navigator and Peregrine Drake or Great Whale = infinite mana. $$

- Progenitor Mimic Very dangerous to copy one of the heavy hitters in this deck. $$

- Consecrated Sphinx All the card draw. $$$

- Deadwood Treefolk Repeatable creature recusion. $

- Steel Hellkite Situational, but very deadily against token decks. $

- Great Oak Guardian Great, quick surprise block when tapped out. $

- Pathbreaker Ibex Quick, game ender. $$

- Thunderfoot Baloth Setup for getting past defenses. $$

- Scourge of the Throne Depending on the situation, can be deadly. !$!

- Great Whale Another budget Palinchron - Stalking Vengeance Please don't use Wrath of God. $

- Hamletback Goliath Good setup for a game ending creature. $

- Palinchron So expensive, yet so infinite mana. !$!

- Balefire Dragon Destroy all the creatures. $$$$

This section will be about ending the game with giant behemoths.

- Stormtide Leviathan Swing in with impunity. $

- Platinum Emperion Deletes a win condition. $$$$

- Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger Can win the game on its own. $$$$

- Stonehoof Chieftain Win through commander damage. $$$$

- Nullstone Gargoyle Nothing but creatures from here on. $

- Void Winnower Turns the game into an odd match. $$

- Kozilek, Butcher of Truth Card Draw, Mill Protection and Devastating power. !$!

- Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur Look ma, no hands! $$$

- Darksteel Colossus Not something people want to see cast for 0 or worse, cloned. $$$$

- Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre Vindicate, Mill Protection and Devastating power. !$!

- Blightsteel Colossus Not something people want to see cast for 0 or worse, cloned. !$!

- It That Betrays Now clone it. $$

- Emrakul, the Promised End Take out the combo or sacrifice player easily. $$$$

Goretast on Commanding from the Throne of Abundance

3 months ago

I run Beastcaller Savant for a haste trigger for Odric, Lunarch Marshal when I pull it with Protean Hulk. It allows for a gross swing with Odric buffs. I'll have to give the idea some thought because I do think Oketra's Monument should be in the deck.

ScionLocke on Commanding from the Throne of Abundance

3 months ago

I'm not a huge fan of Beastcaller Savant. I know you generally don't want to take away from the creature count in this style of deck but I think what Oketra's Monument offers is similar enough with a bigger pay off in most cases.

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