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Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains hexproof until end of turn.
Blossoming Defense Discussion
3 days ago
Esbilon is right, 19 lands is not enough, especially with the curve you have. The only time I would play 19 lands is with Burn or Infect. I'd suggest 21 lands. Splashing green might be an interesting prospect. you get access to mana dorks to help with your curve, Birds of Paradise or Noble Hierarch would be best but Avacyn's Pilgrim is a good budget option. You would also be able to play Tireless Tracker for would help you with card draw and Collected Company to get your humans out. Harmonize , Dromoka's Command , and Hardened Scales all work pretty well with humans. And Heroic Intervention and Blossoming Defense give you protection. You would also get access to Sigarda, Host of Herons and Sigarda, Heron's Grace if you need a way to protect against control.
5 days ago
The deck obviously needs it's mana-ramp. That said, I don't think it matters how you ramp. Each method has pros/cons that can exploited/relegated. I'm not arguing for or against any ramp system, only stating viability and pros/cons.
But to answer your question, a full set of Overgrown Battlement is a sufficient number of defenders to make them well worth including, if so inclined. After all, most mana dorks only tap for 1 mana. Having a 0/4 that taps for at least one mana and up to 4 isn't shabby. In this deck, Sylvan Caryatid is probably better because it mana-fixes in addition to ramping. It's also more expensive. With Dragon Egg , you could swap all your other dorks for defenders. Or not. Up to you. Defenders pros: massive ramp very possible, some toughness for blocking | Cons: can't block when tapped for mana, can't swing, still die to deathtouch, medium/large creatures, removal etc, higher CMCs
If Utopia Sprawl is too expensive, Fertile Ground is an option. Pros to enchantment ramp: rarely removed, combos well with Arbor Elf | Cons: no body, risk of making a land a target for removal, CMC/speed
I've tried multiple times to build a Dragon tribal, but I've never managed to get something that "checked enough boxes." The two combos I like best with Dragons: Dragonmaster Outcast + Harvest Season and Savage Ventmaw + Hellkite Charger .
There's discord in Modern, it seems, as to whether a fast enough deck needs disruption or if it can play threats fast enough to essentially ignore whatever opponents are doing. Your deck here is going for the latter, but I don't have confidence in it's speed. Therefore, I wonder if utility staples like Vines of Vastwood , Blossoming Defense , and Heroic Intervention for deflection and surprising swings as well as Beast Within and Lightning Bolt for spot-removal might be worth considering.
1 week ago
If you’re running Utopia Sprawl , then you should probably run the full playset of Arbor Elf . Continuing down this line to massive quantities of mana, you should also replace Sylvan Caryatid with Voyaging Satyr , and consider including a bunch (playset?) of Overgrowth also.
Both your planeswalkers, as well as the Rythem enchantment, do almost nothing for you. You goal looks to be bringing out big creatures fast, and the turn required to play these cards negates the benefits they give (you could have just played a creature a turn earlier, instead of having haste). Ditch em!
Consider adding in Primal Command if able. It often can buy you a turn while also tutoring for something you need. This also allows you to run some 1-of utility creatures like Hornet Queen and Acidic Slime .
Blossoming Defense is a sideboard card at best - in a lot of matchups it won’t help you.
How has Genesis Wave gone for you? It feels a little too clunky imo. You need at least 9 mana and even then it’ll often whiff. It’d be better off as just being another big creature.
Also, you really need at least 20 lands, even with all this ramp.
1 week ago
I think that you could lose a little bit of control. Its pretty heavy and this looks incredibly fast. I'm thinking just stick to Path to Exile and Dissolve . You might want to look at Serum Visions and/or Opt for draw power and scrying. It might be worth it to splash green =, because you get access to Utopia Sprawl which in itself doesn't really matter. However, you get access to the other 2 scry lands, those being: Temple of Plenty and Temple of Mystery . You also get access to protection for your wincons, the best probably being Blossoming Defense or Heroic Intervention . If you don't want to splash green, Apostle's Blessing is good white protection.
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the comments everyone! Blossoming Defense is definitely going in the deck, I haven't been able to find one for some reason, guess I'll have to order it online. As for whether or not the deck can be competitive, I would agree that in a full competitive meta that this deck might have some issues, but so far in local tournaments, Skullbriar has gone undefeated (6-0) so it can at least hold its own against other fairly competitive decks. Now to the card recommendations:
-I definitely prefer Toxic Deluge to the Languish I have in the deck (I'm also working on getting a Damnation ) -I'm not a big fan of putting in Fatal Push (not running sac outlets to trigger Revolt), Beast Within (creates a blocker), or Bane of Progress (mana cost is high) -I wouldn't mind dropping Reclamation Sage for Natural State -I already have a Dismember in the deck (love that card) - Cursed Totem is going in for sure as well as Vendetta - Tangle Wire has actually been one of my favorite cards to play in the deck, I can stack the triggers at the beginning of my upkeep so that I always tap 1 less than my opponents and it can also target itself so i can tap another 1 less. This is really good at stalling the game once I have Skullbriar out so that they can't create blockers while I keep swinging every turn -Finally, while I agree that some of the hand hate and removal spells aren't the greatest, where this deck excels is the quantity of these in the deck to the point where i can consistently have my opponent top-decking and creatureless ( Icy Manipulator , Blackmail , and Despise will all probably come out as I get better cards though)
Thanks again, you guys made some really good points and I'll be buying some of those cards later today!
3 weeks ago
You can definitely make Omnath, Locus of Rage competitive. I have a friend who plays it.
Ramp is your best friend. And Sac Outlets are your best friend along with some wrath effects.
Cards that you need to make the deck function better are Explore type effects: Oracle of Mul Daya , Azusa, Lost but Seeking , Exploration , Explore , Enter the Unknown , Journey of Discovery , Mina and Denn, Wildborn , Summer Bloom , Wayward Swordtooth ... These work to great effect in getting the most out of Omnath's triggered ability and might hinder your opponents' plans of sweeping the board.
Also, you should be running more lands than the usual EDH deck because you want to be able to keep playing lands.
Recursion is also what will assist in the control metas: Regrowth , Eternal Witness , Den Protector , Greenwarden of Murasa , Recollect , The Mending of Dominaria ... These will help you maintain use of the cards that get removed. Also it allows you to let your general go to Graveyard and get it back to cast it for regular CMC.
You could also use some triggers upon a creature entering the battlefield: Electropotence , Impact Tremors , In the Web of War , Mana Echoes , Warstorm Surge , Purphoros, God of the Forge , Colossal Majesty , Elemental Bond ...
The world is your "oyster" good sir! So have at it. And happy shuffling. Hope this helps.
4 weeks ago
First of all, I love it. I've built practically the same deck (not going to shamelessly plug, just seems rude), and it's my first dip into modern. I've definitely got a couple suggestions. This is a very creature heavy deck, so I'd highly recommend Blossoming Defense or Vines of Vastwood over gigantic growth. Yeah, growth gives you 1 more power, but the flexibility of protecting your man from a fatal push or path to exile makes it absolutely worth it. Next, I'd say add 2 or 3 Treetop Village s, and bump the land to 20-21. Village doubles as a forest and backup tusker. Lastly, let's talk sideboard. Natural State is much better that the seal do to it's instant speed and costing one less. A Creeping Corrosion or 2 would also be recommended for those boards that get out of hand too fast. Prowling Serpopard is amazing for those decks that like to run nothing but counterspells. I would recommend Scavenging Ooze , but the wheel of sun and moon pretty much covers both graveyard and mill strategies. Like I said, wonderful deck. Hope these tips bring you success in future games.
1 month ago
Unnatural Predation is way too underpowered for this deck. Vessel of Nascency is also too slow. Woodweaver's Puzzleknot is too slow. I would recommend Giant Growth for pumping speed, Servant of the Conduit for energy, and Blossoming Defense for protection.
Blossoming Defense occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.1%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.01%