Artifact Creature — Construct
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
3 weeks ago
Ivy Lane Denizen and Sigil Captain are two more in the Champion of Lambholt/Juniper Order Ranger vein. With these you'd have 5 creatures with this ability, making the odds of one being in your opening hand quite high. And it is the best stand-alone ability in the deck alongside Ghave.
Crystalline Crawler actually turned out to be a surprise combo piece in my deck. The ability to put +1/+1 counters on it and then remove them for mana has both practical and combo uses.
Martyr's Bond is basically super Grave Pact, as it not only wipes their creatures when you sac your tokens, but it also punishes all your opponents when someone tries to remove it or any of your other combo pieces.
Overall fantastic Ghave deck. I just recently completed mine, if you wanna look through, possibly leave some tips.
1 month ago
Okay here are my promised suggestions.
Take out Winter Orb for Winding Constrictor, Trophy Mage for Master Biomancer, Tangle Wire for Eternal Witness, remove Sun Titan for a Ajani Unyielding, Supreme Verdict for I believe As Foretold even though not covered in your list if you can acquire one of these I recommend it, otherwise add maybe Vorel of the Hull Clade.
Beyond this, swap Stasis for Hardened Scales, Shred Memory for Scavenging Ooze, Perplex for Thrummingbird, Peacekeeper for either Authority of the Consulate (Will explain why soon) or Corpsejack Menace if not, Narset Transcendent for Glen Elendra Archmage, Muddle the Mixture for Abzan Charm, Luminarch Ascension for Aura Shards, Kiora, Master of the Depths for Forgotten Ancient, Idyllic Tutor for Collective Effort, Humility for I think Archangel of Thune if you have or can get one easily the card works well when you have of course your commander and Authority of the Consuls if you choose to run that, or just Rishkar's Expertise, Fabricate for Crystalline Crawler, Aura of Silence for Prime Speaker Zegana.
You could always add in some hydras to this like Primordial Hydra, Kalonian Hydra, and Lifeblood Hydra. Some other considerations are Reliquary Tower and Thought Vessel which I recommend one or more (I use both) so you don't ever have to worry about discard when you play Prime Speaker Zegana or Rishkar's Expertise. I also think you should try and add Inspiring Call which further supports having something for unlimited handsize. Oath of Ajani, Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, Abzan Falconer, and Chasm Skulker(good if you include all of that card draw) are a few other ideas.
When I can again I will try and help you find a place for Viral Drake and any others I missed/suggested additionally.
1 month ago
KevStormJ, those are great suggestions, I really like the Utopia Mycon and Crystalline Crawler, I would like Doubling Season and Phyrexian Altar, but they're just a bit out of my price range. I also like the Nissa and the winding constrictor, I'll definitely look for somewhere to put these. Thank you, and I'll take a look at your deck as well.
1 month ago
I'm working on a similar deck. I recommend incorporating the Undying mechanic. It is perfect for Ghave. Having more sac outlets to turn your Saprolings into mana can be handy so consider Utopia Mycon and Phyrexian Altar. Crystalline Crawler can also be helpful. Maximize your counter production with a Winding Constrictor and Doubling Season. Elspeth is a little out of place. I recommend Nissa, Voice of Zendikar over Elspeth. Nissa can create token creatures and +1/+1 counters, plus she is cheaper.
Here is my version in case you wanted to glean some info from it: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/brave-ghave-the-saprolings/
Any feedback on mine would be appreciated. Good luck!
1 month ago
I am afraid that I'll have to disagree with you on that.
Reyhan's three counters are put on Crystalline Crawler when he goes to the command zone. You need only one of those counters off of Crystalline Crawler to recast Reyhan, leaving you two counters. Rinse and repeat.
I would argue that converted mana cost and casting cost are one and the same when the commander is the concern, hence why Food Chain works with Prossh, Skyraider of Kher. If you've never seen this combo before, just believe me, it's nuts.
I do like the Eternal Scourge reference. It's nice to have options, but it doesn't fit the theme, in my opinion. Thanks for the input.