Boreal Druid

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Coldsnap (CSP) Common

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Boreal Druid

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Boreal Druid Discussion

AverageDragon on Momir Vig Hackball - Primer (WIP)

3 weeks ago

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Currently, the primer is under construction, so we don't have a detailed description of the infinite mana combo. However, the infinite combo involves a lot of moving pieces, and a fairly complicated loop.

Temur Sabertooth, Heritage Druid, Nettle Sentinel, Phantasmal Image, Wirewood Symbiote, and two 1cmc elves. For the purpose of this guide, the elves will be Arbor Elf and Boreal Druid.

Basically, you start by having Phantasmal Image enter as a copy of Nettle Sentinel, so that every time you play a green spell, you get two untapping elves. Then, you use Wirewood Symbiote to bounce Arbor Elf untapping Boreal Druid, then you replay the Arbor Elf for 1 mana. This causes both Nettle Sentinels to untap, and you can tap Arbor Elf and the Nettles to make 3 mana using Heritage Druid.

Next, you bounce Wirewood Symbiote for 2 mana using Temur Sabertooth, and then replay Wirewood for 1 mana, which untaps the two Nettles again. Now, you can tap the Boreal Druid and the two nettles to make 3 more mana.

If you do the math, you'll notice that this loop costs 4 total mana, but nets 6 mana per iteration. This means we can use it to make infinite green mana, and then use Birchlore Rangers to make infinite blue.

tumorman73 on ultra budget elves everywhere

1 month ago

Arbor Elf for Boreal Druid? That way it'll make a green. Nice deck for the budget though

Rarian on Razakats

1 month ago

Ive seen you have added a Boreal Druid and while I fully support cutting Bloom Tender, I wonder whether Utopia Sprawl wouldnt be a better replacement. Yes, its not a creature and it has no synergy with Tymna or Priest of Titania but it provides any color you need. You already run Wild Growth and to be fair the drawback that requires a forest as an aura target is close to nonexistent since 10 fetchlands, 3 shocklands, 3 dual lands and 1 basic make over half the lands in the deck potential forests. Well, Sprawl even makes Arbor Elf a little bit better :).

MetaPenguinBomb on Trostani wants more friends the deck

1 month ago

so this ended up a way longer list than i expected. anyway if i were building trostani i'd probably include these but commander decks are largly personal and often just whatever cards are easily available, so use whatever you think would work.

Boreal Druid, Joraga Treespeaker; a couple more mana dorks.

Farhaven Elf, Wood Elves; ramps and leaves a body.

Growing Rites of Itlimoc ; crazy mana acceleration when its transformed.

Evolutionary Leap; trade in your tokens for other stuff.

Mitotic Slime; a lot of bodies.

Verdant Force; makes a lot of tokens if left alone for even one round of turns.

Twilight Drover; unsure about this in trostani, its been good in my ghave deck and flyers are useful.

Hydra Broodmaster; hella big army.

Increasing Devotion, Secure the Wastes, Nomads' Assembly, Deploy to the Front; a lot of tokens from single cards.

Reclamation Sage, Acidic Slime, Harmonic Sliver, Aura Shards; removal for opponents' artifacts and enchantments.

Terastodon; a big boy that blows up some stuff, you can even blow up your lands to make creatures in a pinch.

Mentor of the Meek; some card draw.

Parallel Lives, Anointed Procession; double tokens.

Rhox Faithmender; double life.

Aetherflux Reservoir; one way to kill your opponents with your high life total.

Eldrazi Monument; should be easy enough to sac one token per turn to keep.

Collective Blessing, Path of Bravery, Dictate of Heliod, Bloodspore Thrinax, Gavony Township, Cathars' Crusade; make your tokens bigger.

Overrun; another overwhelming stampede.

again, i'm not saying run exactly these cards, but hopefully some of them look useful to you.

Chimera115 on Rashmi, Eternities combo assistant

1 month ago

List of things that could be better.

1.) Better Early Ramp Play more of the low cmc mana dorks like Boreal Druid, and Elvish Mystic. Then the noncreature one mana ramp like Utopia Sprawl and Wild Growth. 2 mana dorks like Bloom Tender and Priest of Titania. Also Probably a good idea to only play one of the four mana accelerators like Vizier of the Menagerie, Oracle of Mul Daya, and 3 cmc Courser of Kruphix as the early ramp that the one cmc dork provide is much faster.

2.) Evaluate what impact a card has when played (General rule is 4 cmc or higher should put you at a significant advantage or outright win you the game)Remove the cards that dont provide significant advantage and are just general goodstuff value like Thragtusk, Vedalken Orrery replaced by Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir, Portal Mage, Mnemonic Wall replaced by Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip, Nissa, Steward of Elements probably should probably be another combo piece or some sort of draw/protection.

3.) More and Better Counterspells Use better counterspells than Disallow. Like Counterspell, Remand, Unsubstantiate, Daze, Spell Snare, Swan Song, Muddle the Mixture, Mana Drain, Mental Misstep, Delay, Dispel, Spell Pierce, and Negate. Your counterspell package should really be large so you can play Baral, Chief of Compliance and get more Rashmi, Eternities Crafter Triggers on other players turns while searching for you combo.

4.) Better Lands
Off color fetches like Flooded Strand, or Wooded Foothills are still better than Evolving Wilds. Other cards like Crop Rotation can fetch Gaea's Cradle or Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx or even help fix you mana early on. Along those lines if you still feel you need more fixing Nature's Lore and Skyshroud Claim can grab fetch lands and get untapped lands which is much better. Lands like Simic Growth Chamber, Temple of the False God,and Seat of the Synod should be replaced by lands like City of Brass, Mana Confluence, and Ancient Tomb or other off color fetches to more reliably get you mana base set.

5.) Better Draw and top deck manipulation
In the category of better "draw" or more honestly hand manipulation cards like Frantic Search, Baral, Chief of Compliance, and Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip are great at giving you the ability to toss tech cards like Manglehorn or Reclamation Sage when they are not needed and get better stuff. Now in straight card draw cards like Pull from Tomorrow, Fact or Fiction, and Gitaxian Probe either offer massive draw or knowledge of another opponents hand. You should play Preordain for more draw and top deck manipulation.

6.) Some combos are just better Some of the best most consistent methods of making your opponents not win the game.

a.) Isochron Scepter + Dramatic Reversal infinite mana and untaps let you do stuff like draw your deck with Sensei's Divining Top, Stroke of Genius, Pull from Tomorrow, and Enter the Infinite

b.) Seasons Past + Dramatic Reversal after drawing your deck to generate infinite mana by looping Seasons Past to recurr Dramatic Reversal followed by a draw spell.

c.) Seasons Past + Hurkyl's Recall This one requires more artifact mana rocks and is usually a backup plan to Dramatic Reversal being exiled somehow. Same strategy as the last combo with a set of rocks as follows: Mox Diamond, Simic Signet, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith, Mana Crypt, and Sol Ring.

Start off by tapping or playing any rocks that generate you mana then play Hurkyl's Recall on yourself.

Cast these rocks and generate 3 colorless 2 blue and 1 green mana.

Use Noxious Revival to get back Hurkyl's Recall having 3 colorless 2 blue in pool.

Cast Frantic Search getting Seasons Past and Hurkyl's Recall back and discard two nonland high cmc cards. going to 1 colorless 1 blue. Then use the untap to go to 1 colorless 2 blue 2 green in pool.

Now use Hurkyl's Recall again on yourself going to 1 blue 2 green in pool.

Replay Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Grim Monolith, and Sol Ring going to 6 colorless 1 blue and 2 green in pool

Then cast Seasons Past back the land Hurkyl's Recall, Frantic Search + discarded cards, and Noxious Revival.

You can repeat this to generate infinite colorless mana and then cast Simic Signet in the loop to generate inifinite colored as well.

Winning the Game with inifinite mana

d.) Seasons Past + Beast Within + Reality Shift - use Beast Within to destroy a permanent then Reality Shift the beast to make them manifest a card. Then use Seasons Past to loop this until all opponents have no decks.

e.) Infinite Mana + Stroke of Genius- Use this plus Noxious Revival + Seasons Past to make all opponents have no cards left in their deck.

f.) Beast Within + Swan Song-Beast Within all of their stuff then bounce it with something like Cyclonic Rift Then start playing permanents that can be destroyed and Beast Withining your own permanent. Loop with Seasons Past to create infinite beasts. This also works with Swan Song by countering your own spells and looping with Seasons Past.

The combo you use depends heavily on what you have available in your deck once you achieve infinite mana. The goal is to have a diverse enough list that not everything you need can be exiled.

Hope this helps out.

pviollier on Edric's rogue faeries

2 months ago

Sure!

These are the cards above 10 dollars and what to include instead:

  1. Exploration can be changed for Burgeoning, but Exploration is more explosive since it lets you also cast a one mana creature on turn one and attack with it on turn two, drawing a card.
  2. Temporal Manipulation can be changed for Part the Waterveil
  3. Time Warp is very importart, I would recommend you buying it (I'm saving for Capture of Jingzhou since 5 mana take a turn are crucial for going off), but if you are short on money Temporal Trespass may do the trick
  4. Gaea's Cradle can be replaced with Boreal Druid. Don't use Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip, since it is too slow. Remember to take out Crop Rotation
  5. Flusterstorm can be replaced with some other cheap counterspell, maybe Mana Leak, Disdainful Stroke or Swan Song (beware: the bird token blocking your flying creatures is very annoying)
  6. Force of Will can be replaced with Foil, specially since you will have more basics by taking out fetches. Abjure is another good option.
  7. Chrome Mox, Mana Crypt and Mana Crypt: fast mana is really important for this deck, maybe Elvish Spirit Guide can replace one, also try Druids' Repository and Nature's Will (specially if there is stax in your meta.

Regarding the mana base, just take of all the fetches, shocks and Cavern of Souls (its not that important) and replace them with duals lands that come into place untapped, like Reflecting Pool and Exotic Orchard (this is very important). If you don't find lands that come into play untapped, just play basics, a high basic land count its actually a good thing since Elvish Pioneer on turn one is one of your more explosive hands (it lets you cast Edric on turn two and attack with a creature).

This is a very "all in" version of the deck. Maybe a budget friendly version could try to be more resilient and run cards like Coastal Piracy, Bident of Thassa and more ways of protecting your creatures from wrath effects, Wrap in Vigor, Chasm Skulker, Hangarback Walker, Whisperwood Elemental, Foundry of the Consuls, Faerie Conclave are just some that come to mind.

This deck started as a budget one, and it did very well then :) it does improve with expensive cards, but not as much as you would think.

Best of luck! Upload yours when you build it and let me know of the results.

Snivy__ on Budget U/G Dragon Enchantment Ramp

2 months ago

Since this is Casual, I would probably suggest Boreal Druid and/or Fyndhorn Elves in stead of Farhaven Elf and Ornithopter. Otherwise, this deck looks pretty fun to play!

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