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Birthing Pod Discussion
2 days ago
I feel like restricting this to the releases within the last few years is a hugely limiting factor in a casual format. Not only does this mean that a lot of casual staples (e.g. Giant Growth, Terror) are completely out of the question, but it also means that the nostalgia factor that people like about kitchen table formats is removed as well. Also, while yes, Counterspells can make games long and grindy, it's the only effective removal blue has, and Blue doesn't really have any real wincons asides stalling the player. It's also weird you're arguing for the use of control despite the fact you're intentionally trying to put it at a disadvantage by giving it less spell consistency. I would also like to argue, there's nothing in this format limiting the use of incredibly powerful cards. For all it matters, I could build Birthing Pod or Storm in this format without much difficulty. I do feel like this has potential, but for the moment I'm not understanding it.
4 days ago
-- Captain Sisay -- Birthing Pod -- Mikaeus, the Unhallowed -- Selvala, Heart of the Wilds -- Selvala, Explorer Returned -- Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip -- Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite -- Skyshroud Claim
5 days ago
Wait... why no Yisan, the Wanderer Bard it is so much value and card advantage in your deck.. It is like if Birthing Pod didn't need to sacrifice creatures at the cost of a little mana and a bit more vulnerability.
2 weeks ago
I'm going to second ERoss8's suggestion of Thragtusk. I realize you can't tutor it with the cards you want to use, but it is so much value. I can't tell you how many times its given me enough breathing room to close out multiplayer games. If you're open to other tutors, Birthing Pod is dynamite and I usually find myself landing in the five mana range with it in my Meren of Clan Nel Toth deck.
2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Frank, thank you for taking your time to write! If you could provide me with a link to your decklist I could maybe offer more assistance, but I'll try to reply to your points now. But first I must say a few words on the design of this deck. This list is far from being the most powerful Animar list out there and that is entirely intentional: my regular playgroup with long-time friends is not the most competitive and since this list was designed for that environment I have on purpose omitted a number of traditional Animar key cards such as Survival of the Fittest and the fast mana such as Mox Diamond, Chrome Mox, Mox Amber, Utopia Sprawl and one mana ramp dorks. If I were to power up the deck, I'd start with adding more fast mana and tutors.
Ancestral Statue I would recommend running as an 'emergency win button' for those games that last for hours. If you feel like adding more power, add Purphoros, God of the Forge and/or Walking Ballista, but even Statue itself helps put games away with arbitrarily large Animar attacking.
Part of the reason for me running Sakura-Tribe Elder, Burnished Hart and Solemn Simulacrum is that my meta runs quite a lot of removal, and these cards listed above all leave something behind in the case of Animar leaving the table. Since Animar draws quite a lot of hate I've tried to include cards that provide value even without Animar on the table.
Gilded Drake is a card I play in my 100% tuned combo-Animar list, but here I have omitted it for power level reasons. Caustic Caterpillar is nice, but I prefer running Ainok Survivalist over it since it synergizes better with Cloudstone Curio. I had Maelstrom Wanderer in the deck for a while but I eventually cut it for Balefire Dragon because in this list Wanderer can hit something fantastic, but more often than not it hits random 1- and 2-drops that don't really affect the game at all, so I cut it. The dragon does a lot of work in my meta: all players play creatures and having access to one-sided sweeping effect is just too good to pass. The Dragon is also handy in the 7-drop slot because of Birthing Pod. Tutoring up Bane of Progress with Imperial Recruiter, playing it blowing up everything and saccing it to Birthing Pod the next turn is one of my favorite lines in this deck :) With haste effects Balefire Dragon is just too good to pass. If you don't have it I'd recommend adding it if your meta runs slower creature decks like mine does. Bane of Progress is one of the Imperial Recruiter toolbox creatures that I have found very useful. This deck runs only a tiny number of artifacts or enchantments so it is basically a one-sided board-wipe. Heroic Intervention I have just found inferior to counterspells. Intervention doesn't stop Toxic Deluge or Living Death but Mana Drain does. Then again against Supreme Verdict counterspells look pretty awful, but I think your deck would be better off with counterspells if your mana base allows it. Spellseeker is a card I have considered, but it might be too strong for this meta. I do run it in my 100% powered list and I just love it.
Hardened Scales is a card I am considering at the moment and you might see it quite soon in my list :) It is a good card but I'll have to see if it is too strong.
2 weeks ago
msanchez13: Thanks for the encouraging comment, I really appreciate it. I have honestly put a lot of work into this deck,but it's still slower than I would hope, so I'm still constantly looking for ways to improve upon it. I'm still tossed up on the whole Artist/Cutthroat idea. I both love and hate the thought of winning like that...almost seems too cheap, but at the same time epic...I dunno, I'm odd. I'll continue to research. As for Birthing Pod, yes. Yes yes yes. I have one I have to proxy out from another deck, and I'll see how it fits.
This is one of my pet project decks that I will prolly be trying to perfect until I die. lol But thank you for the comment, I appreciate any and all feedback. And anything that can get this deck one step closer to my dream is always welcome.