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, , Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.
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Birthing Pod Discussion
34 minutes ago
I recommend you to play Prime Speaker Vannifar as an extra Birthing Pod that you can use if the Pod becomes unusable. And I like the idea of use Ravenous Chupacabra as fetcheable removal thanks to the Pod.
2 days ago
Hey man, that deck looks so pleasing to drive! Seems fairly inexpensive for a rule deck with a lot of interactions. Just seeing the list makes me salty, haha.
I would play around with different wipes/spot removal to be a little more reactive to the board. Vandalblast is one of my favourite. Krosan Grip is also good. If you can tutor creatures, I would also consider Reclamation Sage and Bane of Progress . Maybe Birthing Pod ?
Slayers' Stronghold is my go to Boros land. I would probably put a Warstorm Surge to see if I can get any extra damage here and there. Definitively move Triumph of the Hordes from the maybe board, this card is pure salt and despair.
Hope to play against it, come back to Montreal soon enough man <3
1 week ago
SideBae unfortunately "as it enters" is not an ETB trigger. ETB triggers have the distinct text starting the sentence with "When", "Whenever", and "If."
Your deck seems solid but I would suggest adding in some more draw power. There are easy to mention (but expensive) cards like Rhystic Study and Sylvan Library but Yarok can enhance effects like Guardian Project and Soul of the Harvest to become very potent. There are plenty of 2-3 CmC creatures that have a draw ETBs that are worth considering as well.
Creature tutors can be even more valuable than generic tutors. I suggest including Eldritch Evolution , Neoform , Prime Speaker Vannifar , and Birthing Pod to turn your used ETB bodies into fodder to find even more creatures with ETBs.
Some of Yarok's most hidden gems are cards that simply let you do more of what you are already doing. Phantasmal Image , Temur Sabertooth , Bramble Sovereign , Progenitor Mimic , Ghostly Flicker , Repudiate / Replicate , Rite of Replication , Mimic Vat , and Crystal Shard are great examples that allow you do copy or reuse ETB effects.
Make sure you include Instant and sorceries for removal because nothing suck more than getting stuck by a Torpor Orb when all of your removal is ETB based. Krosan Grip , Force of Vigor , Return to Nature , Nature's Claim , Beast Within , etc.
1 week ago
Thank you so much!
Yes. You're right about the Birthing Pod into Razaketh, the Foulblooded combo. I actually had it in the deck for some time, but, as weird as it sounds, I think I took it out because it was too easy to win with. But I should at least add it to the Maybeboard, just so that people know about it. Maybe I'll put it back into the main list sometime.
Now the Desecrated Tomb idea. It's brilliant! Absolutely brilliant. I never realized that it could replace the Zombie Infestation in the Greater Good combo. I just need an extra discard outlet on the field, and a creature to exile every time, but that shouldn't be hard. I don't mind you double posting, especially if it's for something as good as this!
2 weeks ago
I actually debated whether or not I should have titled it 'cEDH' or not because it's not technically optimized for actual tournament play (being that Karador is obsolete these days). But the deck itself is still decently powerful and I wanted the title to reflect that. I look at it more as an amalgamation of a fully optimized cEDH Karador list, and a toolbox attrition list you see many people use him for. Good but not great, and leaves room for variability in gameplay.
The landbase is higher (to facilitate the value-engine I mentioned with card like The Gitrog Monster and Ramunap Excavator etc... I've toyed with manadorks in the past and prefer creatures that die to produce mana like Wood Elves and Sakura-Tribe Elder , they also curve out better with Birthing Pod but I might try them again in the future.
I definitely agree that hatebears can be insanely useful, but I prefer grinding out value in lieu of shutting down people simply because it works for me in my meta. I'd rather use higher CMC creatures that utilize spot-removal and grind out value more longterm, rather than static effects. The only hatebear absolutely necessary in my list is Grand Abolisher , though Gaddock Teeg and Linvala, Keeper of Silence might be slotted in eventually (probably replacing Aven Mindcensor ).
Appreciate the feedback!
2 weeks ago
Great suggestions Tata! I'm actually planning to include Zombify AND Dread Return but my LGS has a hard time keeping this card in-stock it seems. Three trips now and no dice haha (same issue with Anger & Dictate of Erebos )
I definitely have a soft spot for Flayer of the Hatebound , especially in conjunction with Stalking Vengeance and/or Mikaeus, the Unhallowed . In combo with Birthing Pod it allows me to pull two creatures instead of one, which in-and-of-itself is fairly appealing. You're not wrong, I just like the options the card provides.
Now that I've removed Siege-Gang Commander the Marsh Flitter has become pretty one-dimensional. Definitely on the cut list. Generator Servant will likely stay.. this card is really quite good. It has in-built synergy with Korvold and early in the game has been able to eat removal spells on numerous occasions.
When I first constructed this deck I had Kodama's Reach , Skyshroud Claim , Burnished Hart & Explosive Vegetation in it. Since switching to Korvold as the Commander and especially since the addition of Sol Ring , Ashnod's Altar & Phyrexian Altar casting my Commander has never been an issue. Once Korvold hits the field the Card Draw is really gratuitous. So-much-so that I've recently decided a Reliquary Tower is a necessity. In this kind of deck drawing cards will always be a better alternative to ramp spells (in my opinion). In the rare circumstance I struggle to get to five mana, perhaps I'll regret this sentiment and make changes, but consistently it has not been an issue [thus far] with this deck.
2 weeks ago
@Rene_the_great I haven't really had too much trouble tutoring with Birthing Pod or Eldritch Evolution . Unlike true Pod decks, I'm not trying to climb the CMC chain. I usually activate it when I need to grab some ramp or removal, so it's more of a toolbox than a combo piece. That said, I would like to slot a 9 CMC creature in so I can sac Woodfall Primus but so far I haven't found anything I really like.
2 weeks ago
@Rene_the_great I added Oblivion Stone because of the added synergy it has with a few other cards like Sun Titan . It's subbing in for Cleansing Nova right now, and if I like how it plays it may stay.
I haven't been removing ramp so much as I have been replacing it. Sakura-Tribe Elder took the place of Rampant Growth because I can take advantage of the body late game with new additions like Birthing Pod and Eldritch Evolution . Pir's Whim has come out in favor of Natural Order , which early game can grab ramping creatures like Cavalier of Thorns , Titania, Protector of Argoth , and Oracle of Mul Daya . Overall, it's been a shift toward a ramp package that can have more utility in the late game. I almost never have trouble getting the right amount and color of mana, but right now I have no means to fetch specific utility lands like Yavimaya Hollow . I'm not 100% sure if that's the correct call, but space in this deck is so tight that I'm struggling to find a way to make room for it. Having to run 25-30 big, expensive creatures is a massive deck building constraint. I enjoy the challenge, but it means we have to eschew some of the traditional green/Naya strategies.
Birthing Pod occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.06%
BUG (Sultai): 0.7%