Breeding Pool


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Zendikar Expeditions (EXP) Mythic Rare
Gatecrash (GTC) Rare
Dissension (DIS) Rare

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Breeding Pool

Land — Forest Island

(: Add or to your mana pool.)

As Breeding Pool enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, Breeding Pool enters the battlefield tapped.

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Breeding Pool Discussion

DlCK on Semi-Competitive Jodah, Archmage Eternal

1 week ago

This deck is nearly perfect, but there's just a few areas of weakness that demand immediate attention.

First off, I would remove the following cards: Abrupt Decay, Angel's Grace, Anguished Unmaking, Animate Dead, Arcane Denial, Avacyn, Angel of Hope, Badlands, Bayou, Birds of Paradise, Blood Crypt, Bloodstained Mire, Brainstorm, Breeding Pool, Chromatic Lantern, Chrome Mox, City of Brass, Command Tower, Cultivate, Cyclonic Rift, Dance of the Dead, Deathrite Shaman, Decree of Pain, Delay, Demonic Tutor, Enter the Infinite, Exploration, Farseek, Fellwar Stone, Fist of Suns, Flooded Strand, Godless Shrine, Hallowed Fountain, In Garruk's Wake, Intuition, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Jodah, Archmage Eternal, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Laboratory Maniac, Lotus Cobra, Maelstrom Wanderer, Mana Confluence, Mana Crypt, Marsh Flats, Merciless Eviction, Misty Rainforest, Mox Diamond, Myojin of Night's Reach, Myojin of Seeing Winds, Mystic Remora, Mystical Tutor, Nature's Claim, Nature's Lore, Negate, Omniscience, Oracle of Mul Daya, Overgrown Tomb, Painful Truths, Polluted Delta, Praetor's Counsel, Progenitus, Rhystic Study, Rise of the Dark Realms, Savannah, Scalding Tarn, Scrubland, Sensei's Divining Top, Show and Tell, Skyshroud Claim, Sol Ring, Steam Vents, Stomping Ground, Storm Herd, Survival of the Fittest, Swan Song, Swords to Plowshares, Sylvan Library, Taiga, Tainted Pact, Temple Garden, Terastodon, Three Visits, Time Stretch, Toxic Deluge, Tropical Island, Tundra, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger, Underground Sea, Vampiric Tutor, Verdant Catacombs, Volcanic Island, Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Watery Grave, Windswept Heath, Wooded Foothills, and Zacama, Primal Calamity.

There's really nothing you could replace these cards with that would make this deck competitive, so I'd recommend just stopping here. Good work.

multimedia on Floating Death

1 week ago

Hey, you asked for my help. You're new to Magic? You already have a good grasp on deck building because this is a really well made deck, good job. Do you have the cards in the maybeboard? There's a lot of cards in the maybeboard that are better than cards in the main deck. If you have some of these cards consider adding them main deck?

Cards from maybeboard (in no order):

  • Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund
  • Thunderbreak Regent
  • Scourge of the Throne
  • Silumgar, the Drifting Death
  • Temur Ascendancy
  • Sneak Attack
  • Krosan Grip
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Vampiric Tutor

Cards in the main to consider cutting for these maybeboard cards (in no order):

  • Crosis, the Purger
  • Deathbringer Regent
  • Numot, the Devastator
  • Savage Ventmaw
  • Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
  • Crucible of Fire
  • Zendikar Resurgent
  • Hull Breach
  • Tainted Strike

In the main I see Farseek, but in the manabase you're not taking advantage of the reason to play Farseek. Farseek can fetch a dual land that has a basic land type, but currently you don't any duals with these types. Farseek is different than Cultivate and Kodama's Reach; these spells can only search your library for basic lands not dual lands. Farseek can search your library for any basic land except a Forest, but if this is the only lands Farseek can get then you're better off just playing Rampant Growth because it can at least get a Forest.

I'm not recommending that you change the manabase now, but here's some information about how you can improve the manabase over time, later on if you want to. To make Farseek and the overall manabase better for now you can consider the less expensive Battle lands.

Battle lands (each one is two different basic land types):

The Battle lands work well with a manabase with a lot of basic lands since you need to have at least two basic lands in your control for a Battle land to ETB untapped. For the purposes here Farseek can get any one of these dual lands.

To make Farseek and the overall manabase even better consider Shock lands instead of Battle lands (each one is two different basic land types):

The Forest Shock lands and Battle lands (Garden, Pool, Grounds, Tomb, Vista and Glade) give you an advantage with some green ramp spells because these spells let you search your library for a Forest(s) and put it into play. These ramp spells: Nature's Lore and Skyshroud Claim give you nice ramp as well as mana fixing because you can tutor for and put Forest dual land(s) into play.

Another reason to get Shock lands is if you ever get a Fetch land such as Windswept Heath it can fetch one of any Forest or Plains dual land (Garden, Ground, Pool, Foundry, Fountain, Tomb, Shrine). This single Fetch land is powerful, it gives you one of seven choices of a dual land you can search your library for and put into play.

Good luck with your deck.

n0bunga on Atraxa - Infect

2 weeks ago

I'd recommend Grafted Exoskeleton and Tainted Strike to give Atraxa Infect, or pump up an infect dude.

Another thing to consider is Heroic Intervention. When people know what you're on, your creatures will be target #1. So it's important to protect them!

I'd say maybe shave some of the "do nothing" infect creatures; by that I mean those that don't have relevant keywords, or abilities or ETB triggers.

I also think you could do with more fetchlands. If you're on a budget (which I think you are), I cannot recommend the "terrible" mirage fetches. Rocky Tar Pit Flood Plain Grasslands Bad River Mountain Valley. The downside is they come into play tapped, however if you ever increase your budget to include shocklands, they can fetch those! Similarly, Krosan Verge is one of my favourite fetchlands since it can fetch you a Breeding Pool and Godless Shrine for example.

hueylicious on Budget UG Merfolk (Rotation-proof)

2 weeks ago

Looks good so far, to answer your question about lands, we know we will get shocks in Guilds of Ravnica as well as guild gates, unfortunately Breeding Pool wont be printed in the first set, Simic Guildgate probably wont be either so waiting around wont be too helpful. I've noticed you've not included Hinterland Harbor its 2-3 dollars and will often enter untapped, I think it'd be a good pickup for you.

There are actually a couple of cards I think you have in your sideboard that might be more playable in your main-deck. I'd swap your copies of Seafloor Oracle with Tempest Caller, while your deck can quickly build up a big board, none of your cards are superstars when it comes to power. Tempest Caller Can often be the card that lets your creatures through for a win, particularly against the angels, dragons and knights in the format. Back to Seafloor Oracle, its good but it really shines against decks with no creatures, namely control. Another change i'd consider is bringing Merfolk Trickster to your main deck, similar to Tempest Caller it can let you slip through lethal damage and it can also save you in certain situations, I'd consider swapping them with the Swift Wardens despite them being playable.

Due to the decks in standard at the moment i think its more important to main board for creature match-ups and sideboard for control. The scariest cards from control are the removals. Naturalize is great due to the presence of enchantment removal like Seal Away, Ixalan's Binding etc etc. Swift Warden is good for single target removals but it is 3 mana, I think for an aggro deck cards like Blossoming Defense is great while we have it as well as Dive Down, they're also both useful in situational mid-range match-ups. Another really scary card against you is Settle the Wreckage, you have negate which is the right answer for it, i would also consider adding a few copies of Spell Pierce, they're most likely going to tap out for Settle the Wreckage as turn 4-5 is where you can be swinging lethal and having both Negate and Spell Pierce just makes it more reliable they wont be able to resolve it. Not to mention that 1 mana difference actually means something for you, you can throw out an extra 1 drop, or save for a removal next turn if you decide to play Dive Down or Blossoming Defense. Another card you might consider for the control match-up is Kopala, Warden of Waves, if nothing else this card is annoying, Fatal Push is 3 mana to remove a 2 drop Teferi, Hero of Dominaria requires 2 mana to activate his -3 and if they want to cast Ixalan's Binding they need to wait untill turn 6.

In what you would take away from the sideboard. Merfolk Trickster and Tempest Caller would be in your main deck. I probably wouldn't include the Swift Warden, they're good but not really necessary. Unless you main deck Unsummon I don't think you need it. Finally, Gaea's Blessing is nice but if a game has stretch on to the point where you have all copies of your best card in your graveyard, you've probably already lost. If you really need a card engine Chart a Course or Curious Obsession are much better options for this deck.

Silverdrake on Sylvan Turbo

2 weeks ago

It seems to me you're trying to take two very different directions here - Arbor Elf, Voyaging Satyr, and Utopia Sprawl are all great ramp cards but they do so without putting any lands on the field, meaning your Sylvan Awakening is less powerful. You could consider Search for Tomorrow instead of one of the one drops and Farseek (+ Breeding Pool of course) instead of the Satyr. You could also consider 1-2 Nissa, Worldwaker or Nissa, Vital Force as an extra way to close out the game in case you can't land the Awakening for some reason.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck and have fun!

ghostfire86 on Surrak, the Dragon Master

2 weeks ago

I like the build, but it feels slow to the ramp so you can effectively drop your bombs.

Gruul Signet

Simic Signet

Izzet Signet

Signets are better than the rocks you’re running.

Nature's Lore

Three Visits

Wood Elves

These put “Forests” into play. This includes dual lands that are forests as their type such as Breeding Pool, etc. also they enter untapped.


Grabs dual lands like Breeding Pool and Stomping Ground, but their tapped.

Sakura-Tribe Elder

Chump block, sac response. Block and get a basic land in tapped.

Kodama's Reach


Should be a no brainer for these two.

multimedia on Atraxa, Praetor's Voice

3 weeks ago

Hey, you're right there's a lack of ramp here and the avg. CMC is 4.16. Without lots of ramp is too high for a Commander deck. Even with ramp this is too high to be competitive. There's too many five drops here I think you can trim some, this will help the lower the avg. CMC. My suggestions will be semi-budget, no card over $40.

I suggest you upgrade the manabase with Shock lands and Check lands.

Shock lands let you play Farseek and Nature's Lore as two drop land ramp to fetch one of these dual lands.

Other good low CMC ramp to consider (staying away from mana dorks because of board wipes): Mana Vault, Chrome Mox, Fellwar Stone, Everflowing Chalice, Coalition Relic, Talismans: (Talisman of Unity, Talisman of Progress, Talisman of Dominance), and Signets: (Simic Signet, Selesnya Signet, Golgari Signet, Azorius Signet, Orzhov Signet). I'm a fan of Talismans over Signets for the very reason that I can tap a Talisman to make . I don't need another land or mana source to make mana like I do with a Signet.

You can expand on the theme of locking your opponents with three cards: Stasis, Winter Orb and Garruk Wildspeaker. Stasis is just a good card with a Superfriends strategy because Planeswalkers don't tap, your free to use loyalty abilities for the turn while your opponents are locked down. Lock them for only a few turns and ultimate all the Planeswalkers you control. Orb is the same once you get some Planeswalkers into play drop Orb. Garruk can untap two lands and given that you can potentially use his loyalty abilities more than once a turn makes him great with a Stasis or Orb lock.

Consider Enlightened Tutor and Mystical Tutor? These one drop instant tutors are some of the best in Commander. Enlightened can tutor for Doubling Season or Stasis or any other enchantment or artifact such as The Chain Veil. Mystical can tutor for a board wipe or Armageddon, etc. These are powerful cards for only one mana. Consider Eternal Witness? Witness is a staple in Commander for green. Her ETB ability can get back any card from the graveyard including a land or Planeswalker.

Consider Burgeoning, Mystic Remora, Rhystic Study? These are good low CMC Commander cards. They can disrupt your opponents and/or give you card advantage simply by letting your opponent's play the game.

I have other suggestions, but I'll stop here.

Good luck with your deck.

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