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When Bond Beetle enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
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Bond Beetle Discussion
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3 months ago
When Ancestral Statue first came out I took out Earthcraft, because the Statue did in one card what I needed three cards to do (bounce creature + earthcraft + basic land). I didn't miss it that much and only put Earthcraft back in as I started trimming other fat from the deck. The non-creature combo cards don't actually show up that much for me because they are outside the usual tutor chains that Animar uses. There has been the odd time that Earthcraft has given me the mana to play solitaire for a turn and combo out, but the times I naturally draw into it are few and far between. I rarely see Cloudstone Curio too, although I don't think that I would ever take that out. In fact, if you are trimming cards, perhaps it's worth looking at Trophy Mage to help make the Curio more accessible?
Rishkar didn't impress me when I gave it a test run. Whenever I cast it, I usually wished it was something else. The ramp it offers is nice but I found Animar didn't really need that mana. I suppose it helped when Animar died and I needed to rebuild him quick, but he always felt lackluster if Animar already had at least two counters. With two counters Animar is usually set to threaten a win the following turn, and at that point I was usually looking to cast a creature that let me draw more cards or tutor for something.
I also don't run Hardened Scales for the same reason. Unless you are trying to rebuild Animar after it died, I found that the extra counters didn't help speed up Animar's clock that much. Since Animar doesn't need that many counters to combo off I found that the counters from Hardened Scales quickly became redundant. Most of the time, just having a 1-drop creature to play instead of Hardened Scales got me to where I needed to be. In terms of ramp options, if I had to choose between the Scales or Bond Beetle I would probably take the Beetle 4 times out of 5.
Kozi is a little harder for me to cut because I've found being able to get cards off him to be really helpful on a number of occasions. I can understand the argument for cutting him, but I've always liked having him as a possible target for Fierce Empath during those times where I'm trying to basically storm off and I want the cards more than I want Ulamog. In theory, a creature like Soul of the Harvest could fill that role, but I've been in situations where not having to pay the double green let me leave up a Tropical Island to cast a card like Peregrine Drake if I drew into it.
The deck doesn't lose anything vital if Kozi is taken out but I think it would lose a useful option, so I would base the decision on your own situational experiences. It's one of those cards where its value is at least moderately affected by play-style.
Why can't you use Sylvan Safekeeper to protect Ancestral Statue with the bounce trigger on the stack? The bounce trigger doesn't target, so it should be fine to give the statue Shroud then let the trigger resolve. The only bounce creature that doesn't work for is Man-O'-War.
GSZ is meh because your search options probably mean you are using it as a reactionary card instead of a progressive one, but I would give it higher points if Sylvan Safekeeper and Dryad Arbor are also in the deck. Without the Safekeeper I think that something like Brainstorm would be better for digging for combo pieces.
5 months ago
ok, first of all great deck. I made a deck very similar to this about a year ago. here are some suggestions:
in -> 4 Elvish Mystic
in -> Reverent Hunter
Reverent Hunter is incredible in a mono green devotion deck which brings me to my next card.Surrak, the Hunt Caller. I would definitely run at least 2 of this if not 4. it is in essence a 4 mana 5/4 haste and if your opponent isn't dead already. your next Reverent Hunter has haste. (3 mana 9/9 haste is pretty good on turn 4) also I like to run Vorapede just because if the deck eventually runs out of steam you still have a trick up your sleeve. now in addition Khalni Hydra seems good although it has not fit the flow of my deck it min fit yours better. also I am exited for Ghalta, Primal Hunger and you might consider Rhonas's Last Stand it seems pretty good. but most important of these suggestions are Elvish Mystic and Surrak, the Hunt Caller. I hope these have been of help and also I was using Bond Beetle to activate Avatar of the Resolute but Experiment One is definitely better. also you may consider Harmonize
6 months ago
I would definitely recommend Sylvan Safekeeper and Spellskite here. I'd also suggest Bond Beetle over Scute Mob. I've been running a highly-tuned version for about 2 years now you can find here: Competitive pseudo-Imperial Animar
7 months ago
I'd replace Festering Goblin or Festering Mummy with Bond Beetle as I find it hard to justify playing cards that give -1/-1 until end of turn on opponent creature unless there's some specific benifit.
Why aren't you playing Bontu the Glorified? He was made for decks like this.
Brindle Boar for some quick lifegain.
And then there's creatures with undying and unearth that are easily brought back for a second sacrifice.
I have a casual deck titled Suicidal Thoughts that focuses on sacrificing. Check it out if you're interested.
10 months ago
How often will you trigger Hunger of the Howlpack?
Invigorate is free powerful infect pump.
1 year ago
Off the top of my head it would seem you want creatures that give +1/+1 counters, so maybe like Bond Beetle or stuff like Arcbound Ravager. Then you can use creatures with fun abilities and give it to your commander. Seems fun but difficult to brew