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Cream of the Crop
Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may look at the top X cards of your library, where X is that creature's power. If you do, put one of those cards on top of your library and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
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Cream of the Crop Discussion
5 days ago
Hey, sorry I didn't answer your request about dryads yet, I just couldn't find the time. If I were to build dryad tribal, I'd try something GW. There aren't that many enchantment synergies among the dryads, but I think I'd go with somtething like this:
Lands: 24 (however this part will look)
4x Loam Dryad
Other spells: 9
This is a pretty rough draft though...there definitely is missing removal, and some more token production for trostani's populate ability seems necessary. But as a starting point, it seems fitting. What do you think?
1 week ago
Have you thought about adding Cream of the Crop to help look for key pieces of your deck?
It's even a May if you don't want to.
It is a really neat interaction with cards like Genesis Hydra.
Also if you have a chance please take a look at mine Selvala, Queen of the wild
1 week ago
I would lend a lot more credence to VexenX's opinion than mine. He has played this deck several hundred times more than me (at least). He has five sac outlets which are vital to this deck. I would not have thought of Blasphemous Acts. He also prioritize recurring lands.
I have found his creature selection has mimicked my own. Mina and Denn, Wildborn and Stalking Vengeance were just ok and needed to be cut. You and he both got me to play Shaman of the Forgotten Way. I was hesitant to add a creature which did not utilize landfall. Speaking of which, I assume you do not own a Lotus Cobra. It was made for this deck.
I have put forth three changes to his deck. Switching Sylvan Scrying for Rampant Growth is 100% the right call. I am confident that Crop Rotation for Ulvenwald Hydra is correct. The only real reason to play the card is the land fetch and I think six mana is on the steep side. I may put it back into the deck to have a fifth way to tutor up lands.
Steely Resolve for Cream of the Crop was another easy call. This deck can be crippled by spot removal. Priority number one is keeping Omnath on the board. Cream of the Crop does not draw you the card so unless you have another means you are waiting a turn.
I guess in summary my reason for not posting a deck would be that it would not be my creation. You and VexenX continue to maintain your threads. I really have enjoyed discussing cards with you two. I think you have an understanding of what constitutes a good card for this deck. You are open to suggestions and prioritize knowledge over proving you are right.
2 weeks ago
odd mechanics in green:
Bellowing Tanglewurm, Beacon Behemoth, Avoid Fate, Cream of the Crop, City of Solitude, Brooding Saurian, Heartwood Storyteller, Gurzigost, Genju of the Cedars, Gaea's Liege, Freyalise's Winds, Fertile Imagination, Eyes of the Wisent, Engulfing Slagwurm, Elven Warhounds, Elephant Grass, Hermit of the Natterknolls Flip, Hidden Gibbons (and the other hidden creatures / enchantments), Dosan the Falling Leaf, Holistic Wisdom, Hornet Sting, Hunted Troll, Ichneumon Druid, Kashi-Tribe Reaver (and the rest of kashi-tri, if only for the lockdown mechanic), Lifeforce, Lignify, Lost in the Woods, Mammoth Harness, Meandering Towershell, Midsummer Revel, Mindbender Spores, Mortal Wound, Multani, Maro-Sorcerer, Nacatl War-Pride, Nature's Wrath, Night Soil (okay, this one is odd - because the colon is after the removal of creatures, it happens faster than players can respond or trigger to - it happens at the "cost" step of activating the ability), Noxious Revival, Panglacial Wurm, Permeating Mass, Planeswalker's Favor, Protean Hydra, Quirion Druid, Recycle, Revelation, Riftsweeper, Rite of Passage, Root Maze, Rootrunner, Rust, Scarwood Bandits, Sprouting Phytohydra, Sporogenesis, Spike Tiller, Sheltering Ancient, Selvala's Charge, Sekki, Seasons' Guide, Wave of Vitriol, Wonderlust, Vernal Equinox, Unyaro Bees, Typhoon, Tropical Storm, Tornado, Tempting Wurm, Tempting Licid, Symbiotic Deployment, Superior Numbers, Stunted Growth, Wild Mammoth, Wolfcaller's Howl, Worldspine Wurm, Xantid Swarm, and Yavimaya Dryad
2 weeks ago
VexenX, you have done me a favor and forced me to go with my first thoughts. I was trying to force Cream of the Crop in based on the glowing reports. I agree 100% that you do not factor the synergy with Elemental Bond. Your tepid praise for the card cements my first impression. I am playing Steely Resolve in that spot.
Crop Rotation for Ulvenwald Hydra and Sylvan Scrying for Rampant Growth just make too much sense. I know GemniSpartanX says Ulvenwald can draw removal before Omnath hits. I just think players will wise up and learn to hold removal for Omnath. The deck is close to dead with Omnath off the board. Ulvenwald is a 7/7 most likely after getting the land that does not have trample, haste or flying. The ONLY pause I have is the land tutoring ability. That may be enough to get it into the deck but I will be surprised if it comes at the expense of cutting Crop Rotation.
2 weeks ago
dcoffin: Sylvan Library and Wheel of Fortune are not going anywhere, I'll tell you that. They are two of the best draw cards in the deck. Every time I have played Cream of the Crop it has been very underwhelming. Sure, it is amazing with Elemental Bond, but I don't know if that is enough for me.
When all is said and done, it is going to be very hard to find cuts for From the Ashes and Steely Resolve. Frank_Glascock, I think Wheel is to good to cut, and has won me games on its own several times. I would likely cut Eldrazi Monument first.
2 weeks ago
VexenX, what has your experience been with Wheel of Fortune? I understand its great in storm decks where you tend to play a lot of mana rocks and low cost spells. Here it is definitely less vital but my question is how much less. That could definitely be the cut for Cream of the Crop. But, Cream of the Crop has to stand on its own merit. The synergy with Elemental Bond is nice. However, that combo does not win you the game on the spot and this deck plays no means to tutor enchantments.
Sylvan Library is one of the closest auto includes green has to offer. It appears in four and five color competitive decks. This would be the last draw engine I would cut with the exception of Greater Good.
VexenX, what would you cut for From the Ashes? Kneyo has made me want to find a way to put it back into the deck. Sakura-Tribe Elder is the card on the chopping block unless you can recommend something better.