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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.
Cream of the Crop Discussion
2 weeks ago
Some lands to consider to improve the mana base: Exotic Orchard , Sheltered Thicket for draw, Canyon Slough for draw, Jund Panorama and Tainted Wood / Tainted Peak should be reliable with the green ramp spells to fetch a basic swamp.
With your commander's triggered ability, you'll want to find ways to stack the top of your deck. Sadly, all of the best stuff to do this is very expensive. The only ones I could find that seem reasonably priced were Cream of the Crop and Haunted Crossroads .
Last One Standing is a cheap boardwipe that will usually get rid of the important stuff. Especially good if someone in your meta plays a tokens deck as it decreases the odds that the only creature standing is anything too troublesome.
Wasitora, Nekoru Queen is on theme and can be additional removal or token generation.
1 month ago
I will certainly keep those in mind.
last night got to test this version about 7 times and surprisingly came away with 4 wins. 2 of them were hitting Murderous Redcap with henge out to draw my deck...play a sac outlet...then after the cleanup discard resolved I won on the next upkeep with infinite damage.
the other surprise all star was Nesting Dragon with either recursion outlets running. swarming opponents with optional firebreathing dorks with little to no real investment is amazing.
I tend to not tutor for combo based wins, so likely gonna stick with the 3 enablers for now since they are all really effective even without the combo.
tweaks: Berserk , Sylvan Library , Cream of the Crop , Plaguecrafter (and possibly Fleshbag Marauder and Merciless Executioner )and Artifact Mutation are on the top of my mind to add for a smoother curve. Dictate of Erebos seems far more at home than I previously believed. the deck was far more interactive than I expected for an alpha.
2 months ago
Beast Whisperer wouldn't be a bad include... I just already have so much card draw, and I think the deck would probably be okay without it.
If I had to think of a card it would replace, it would probably be Cream of the Crop . The upside to Beast Whisperer is that it's a creature, so it can tap to play Hogaak. Although it does cost 2 more mana than COTC. But the downside to COTC is that it only gets you one card each time, so you could be potentially trashing some bombs. I'll think about it.
Solid suggestion, thanks!
4 months ago
A lack of enchantments like Cream of the Crop seems like a missed opportunity.
5 months ago
As you can see this isn't even 100 cards yet as I had been busy with other things. I'm going to finish the deck off probably tomorrow and it will of course have more lands and ramp.
I will be adding Plaguecrafter and such for sure, and Sire of Stagnation wow is that good. I haven't got a chance to do much searching for cards yet and had been adding mostly here what just came to mind and I'm sure there's more like the Sire of Stagnation and Cream of the Crop to yet discover.
Thanks for the all the suggestions, when I have time I will have a look at some both of your's.
5 months ago
Cream of the Crop digs really deep. Sire of Stagnation is also really dirty. You’re low on ramp and lands imo. I’d get that to 36 lands given your curve. You’ll have more fun more consistently being able to play cards. Consider Farseek Elvish Rejuvenator and Farhaven Elf
5 months ago
I'd look at skewing things towards more creatures- mainboarding servants, cutting the number of Increasing Savagery / Bioshift / Forced Adaptationfor cards like
Deeproot Champion Merfolk Branchwalker Feral Hydra Grim Initiate Mistcutter Hydra Pollenbright Druid Quirion Dryad Runaway Steam-Kin Scrounging Bandar Stromkirk Noble Simic Initiate Vastwood Hydra Young Wolf
Keeping your creature count high massively increases the reliability of lists like this without breakning the bank. I'd also look at Temple of Abandon , Magma Jet , Cream of the Crop and Thunderous Wrath - the red and green miracles are really good with a little support, especially maindeck noxious.
Cream of the Crop occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.01%