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Converge — Crystalline Crawler enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it for each colour of mana spent to cast it.
Remove a +1/+1 counter from Crystalline Crawler: Add one mana of any colour to your mana pool.
: Put a +1/+1 counter on Crystalline Crawler.
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Crystalline Crawler Discussion
1 week ago
If indeed it is the case that you got mana and life for every +1/+1 counter placed on your creatures, and 3 of your creatures got +1/+1 counters for every one of theirs that died their infinite combo benefits you more than them. However, like Neotrup, I can't think of or find any effects that do either of those things without a specially engineered board state.
Crystalline Crawler could provide the mana, but it's not a vampire. The only thing I see that converts +1/+1 counters to life is Spike Feeder, that's 2 life and is also not a vampire. It's possible to make them vampires with something like Conspiracy or Olivia Voldaren but beyond that I'm not sure the effects you controlled worked as you're describing.
And yeah, as mentioned above, regeneration shields will not protect from having a toughness less than 1. Retribution of the Ancients doesn't destroy its target, it reduces (or at least can reduce) its toughness to 0 or less, which causes it to be moved to the graveyard by a state-based action.
1 month ago
-4 Mountains, +4 Artifact Lands from another color. That would leave you with 12 red mana sources (1 in 5 cards). Since you can't play your Ghirapur AEther Grid until turn 3 anyway, chances are high that you'll have at least one red mana within your first 10 cards. Or maybe use Buried Ruin, Inventor's Fair, Tomb of the Spirit Dragon.
While Norin and Genesis Chamber are a cool combo, you only have 2 Norin, no draw, and no search. Besides Norin, none of your other cards really abuse Genesis chamber, and vice versa. So I'm wondering if you would be better off taking them out.
Nuisance Engine, Unwinding clock, and two artifact lands would serve a similar purpose.
1 month ago
Was building my own Ghalta deck and came upon your's while trying to get an idea of what direction to go in. I like the +1/1 counter synergy and I think you could build off it more if you wanted. For instance: Triskelion, although more expensive, is functionally another Walking Ballista, this increases the chance of drawing one or the other, as well as reduces the risk of having it removed/exiled. Asceticism is also a good protector.
However this can go beyond the infinite +1/1s and (using them as a base) Crystalline Crawler/Workhorse can give infinite mana, Mindless Automaton can give infinite card draw, Spike Feeder can give infinite life, & Hooded Hydra/Hydra Broodmaster can give you infinite creatures that in turn will also have infinite P/T.
I realize that if you have even 1 creature that has trample (like Ghalta) then all this doesn't really matter except in extreme situations (Worship, Phyrexian Unlife combos, Platinum Angel, etc.) I still think it's a useful thing to consider.
1 month ago
If you were to play five-color thrulls, you could get some sweet Converge/Sunburst value with Derelor. You can play cards such as Crystalline Crawler and Pentad Prism for bonus mana! Even better, it combos with Radiant Flames because you get to wrath for enough damage to kill off Derelor, so it stops taxing your spells! Alternatively, you could play it with Bazaar Trader, Harmless Offering, Donate, or Endless Whispers to give Derelor to an opponent who can't get black mana to soft-lock them.
2 months ago
Here are a few suggestions I have for you to go infinite while trying to keep my suggestions relatively cheap:
Protean Hulk - Sacing the hulk should pretty much be an instant win by allowing you to tutor up the Utopia Mycon + Champion of Lambholt + Zulaport Cutthroat infinite combo you've already got in the deck. There are a lot of 6 total cmc creature combos you can tutor up that will just end games for you, especially in these colors. This card honestly should fetch anything you need in order to finish a game right then and there depending on what tools you already have in play.
Natural Order - A little pricey, but it lets you cast the hulk for much cheaper by sacing a token.
Crystalline Crawler - This is actually a surprising amount of ramp / potentially being a free spell in addition to helping go infinite when combined with Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest or Cathars' Crusade
You might also want to look at Bitter Ordeal as a hilarious alternate win con
I've got a deck that I've been working on for a while that's pretty similarly focused. Feel free to take a gander Ghave Combo. Hopefully this helps.
3 months ago
I would go down Slither Blade Fable of Wolf and Owl and Crystalline Crawler as they don't add very much to what you are doing. If all your creatures but the manna dorks are infect then Grafted Exoskeleton might be overkill. You might need some recursion to get back some infectors after they die as well.
3 months ago
Forgot to mention Crystalline Crawler and Phyrexian Altar, and Mana Reflection to get the most out of those cards and Ashnod's. Ant Queen and Sacred Mesa are probably the best repeatable token generators in these colors. Twilight Drover is also great if you have Cathars' Crusade. Eldrazi Displacer works well with Brood Monitor and Eyeless Watcher to generate tokens.