Counter target spell. You may cast a nonland card in your hand that shares a card type with that spell without paying its mana cost.

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Counterlash Discussion

OutsiderOpinion on Wolves!

1 week ago

I'm impressed! This deck looks great! I like the synergy, and Ezuri seems really powerful. I thought you meant the mono-green elf guy when you said you were thinking about running Ezuri. I was gonna tell you that I think mono-green is really weak in commander, but Simic is a different story. Here are a few cards I question the inclusion of: Embodiment of Spring is nice just to have a one drop, but since there's not much recursion here, and you've got the whole +1/+1 counter theme goin' on, may I recommend Fertilid instead. Lambholt Elder  Flip is one that I'm not crazy about because you really want evasion on something with that effect. I know it doesn't go with the theme, but I think Cold-Eyed Selkie would work better in your deck, especially with the +1/+1 counters. Sakura-Tribe Scout I'm not sure about. Great if it's in your opening hand or if you're drawing tons of cards, otherwise kind of a dead draw. Consider replacing with Rites of Flourishing, but go with your gut on this one. It's not bad. Skyshroud Ranger I could be wrong, but I don't think it's worth having a redundancy on that effect. Wolfbitten Captive  Flip might be pretty good if the ability could be activated many times per turn, given the ramping in this deck, but as it is, I advise you to cut it. Cancel should absolutely be replaced with Dissipate, one of the best counterspells in the format in my opinion. Exiling stuff is huge. Negate is another one that you just run in commander. With this deck you might also consider Stubborn Denial. Counterlash is certainly questionable in its effectiveness. The first draft of Braids almost ran that card but I rejected it for being too expensive and temperamental. I think the argument to be made here is that there's really nothing in this deck that you would have trouble just casting on your own. And in many cases it would be easier to just cast one card normally and then counter with a less expensive card. Both this card and Desertion are pretty questionable, but they're also fun, and if you want to run them for that reason, godspeed. Maybe consider Plasm Capture instead. It's not as big a tempo swing as the others, but it counters any kind of spell without feeling wasteful if you don't have a matching one to put in, and still generates a nice tempo swing.Coastal Piracy is strictly worse than Bident of Thassa, and I've won whole games of commander off that secondary effect. Bramblecrush is just fine, but there could be better options. Consider Terastodon, Beast Within, or Acidic Slime. Your land base is pretty vanilla, but with two colors it should pull its weight. Unfortunately in an enemy color combination there aren't a lot of cheap options besides just more taplands. Hinterland Harbor and Temple of Mystery are possibilities, and there's always Breeding Pool. Some general suggestions for cards that could work that you might have overlooked: Asceticism would be pretty great for making your board state hard to deal with. Of course, with aggro decks, board wipes can put you really behind. Soul of New Phyrexia is a great way to stop that kind of stuff, if you've got mana to burn. You might also consider Inspiring Call to pull double-duty on card draw and board protection.You've got some pretty expensive cards on here, so I don't know what you're budget is. On the higher end, you've got Sylvan Library and Survival of the Fittest, both powerful tools to get the right synergy cards.Oh! And this is a tribal deck, so Obelisk of Urd and Door of Destinies are both strong options, but neither are as strong as Coat of Arms. Actually, that last one should definitely be in your deck.

Anyway, this looks great! Let me know what you think.


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Pauper Legal

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Set Rarity
Dark Ascension Rare

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