Den Protector

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Dragons of Tarkir (DTK) Rare

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Den Protector

Creature — Human Warrior

Creatures with power less than Den Protector's power can't block it.

Megamorph (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for . Turn it face up at any time for its megamorph cos and put a +1/+1 counter on it.)

When Den Protector is turned face up, return target card from your graveyard to your hand.

Den Protector Discussion

JonnyG21 on Harvest Animar

1 month ago

Also, just wanted to ask about a few cards you're not running that aren't in maybeboard:

Lightning Greaves / Swiftfoot Boots : provides protection, and even if the dude dies to a wipe, the boots stay on the field. Also, haste Animar is kinda nice to swing for infinite unblockable against any deck with white or black creatures.

Somberwald Sage : Just really strong on paper. Lots of dudes in the deck, and they often require colored mana. Seems good.

Glen Elendra Archmage : negate on a stick, AND you can use it twice. Seems weaker than siren stormcaller due to necessary counters on Animar, but worth considering imo.

Fierce Empath : 1 mana tutor to hand for Tishana/consecrated sphinx. Need I say more? Maybe.

Fabricate : ok this one seems to be the most obvious to me. Tutor ancestral statue to hand. Seems like a must go in. Also finds ball, metamorph, and spellskite notably.

Gamble : another obvious one imo. One mana tutor. Idk how often you're dumping your hand, but I like those odds.

Rattleclaw Mystic : Mana good, plus converts colors.

Wall of Blossoms : more useful elvish visionary: has health.

Weaker contestants:

Skullclamp : draw cards. lots of dudes with 1 toughness. One of the stronger cards in the "weaker" section.

Den Protector : recursion on a stick. Seems good. Puts in hand instead of on top like noxious revival. Comperable to eternal witness, doesn't cost double green (ouch).

Shrieking Drake / Dream Stalker / Man-o'-War : good for combos, good for value. Most lists run them. Why not here? I think i might be missing something, although I can also agree that maybe they're not as powerful as the other 100 cards currently in.

Verdurous Gearhulk : it's at WORST a 5/8/8 trample, can be a 2/4/4 that buffs Animar 4, not to mention possible Rishkar or Generous Patron synergy. One of the weaker cards in this list imo.

Ainok Survivalist : morph is fun with Animar, 1G for a naturalize, plus free counter on Animar. I think it's worse than nature's claim or reclamation sage though.

Cloudstone Curio : I know it's not needed to combo, but seems like you could generate a lot of value, or a possible combo.

Purphoros, God of the Forge : one R for an indestructible body for ancestral combo, instead of using ball.

Hardened Scales : Double counters on animar, really good turn one.

Deadeye Navigator : forget the infinite combos associated with him, he's a great value card. Problem is paying the double blue, and then the blue to bounce. Also provides built in protection for himself and another card.

Thanks for looking through this whole message.

Pal00ka on All of Sapling's Friends

1 month ago

An interesting list!

More Card advantage creatures: Soul of the Harvest , Harvester of Souls , Masked Admirers , Garruk's Horde , and Garruk's Packleader .

More sacrifice creatures: Ghoulcaller Gisa , Bontu the Glorified , Dimir House Guard , Izoni, Thousand-Eyed , Krav, the Unredeemed , and Razaketh, the Foulblooded .

More ramp creatures: Dawntreader Elk , Ondu Giant , Veteran Explorer , Primal Druid , Burnished Hart , and Wild-Field Scarecrow .

More recursion creatures: Cadaver Imp , Deadwood Treefolk , Den Protector , Dutiful Attendant , and Gravedigger .

I would look at lowering/smoothing out your curve, I have found it helps improve the functionality of a deck.

Necron_Maverick on Animar On The Move

2 months ago

Missing Breeding Pool !!

I'm not expert on Animar, but Cloud of Faeries and Den Protector are really good in the list

Last_Laugh on The Animar I Have Become

2 months ago

You need to lower your avg. cmc a bit. You're currently sitting at 4.44, I'd shoot for more like 3.8.

Cloudstone Curio is another bounce enabler here like Equilibrium. Morph creatures ( Stratus Dancer , Den Protector , and Ainok Survivalist ), colorless Eldrazi, hastey mana dorks, and creatures like Cloud of Faeries , Peregrine Drake , and Stadium Vendors all go infinite with this card.

Ancestral Statue targets itself with its own etb and goes infinite with Animar due to eventually costing nothing to cast. This is easy to combo for unlimited draw, +1+1 counters, or damage with Walking Ballista or Purphoros.

Weird Harvest beats Defense of the Heart here. For only and 3 counters on Animar you can tutor up Ancestral Statue and Walking Ballista for the win. For one more and 1 less counter on Animar you can Spellseeker to tutor up Weird Harvest. Add one more and Purphoros can replace Walking Ballista.

Soul of the Harvest , Primordial Sage , Beast Whisperer , and Glimpse of Nature are your best draw options here.

Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

UpperDeckerTaco on Midrange decks in combo-happy meta

2 months ago

You can definitely make Omnath, Locus of Rage competitive. I have a friend who plays it.

Ramp is your best friend. And Sac Outlets are your best friend along with some wrath effects.

Purphoros, God of the Forge works wonders in the deck, especially along side the staples of Avenger of Zendikar and Rampaging Baloths .

Cards that you need to make the deck function better are Explore type effects: Oracle of Mul Daya , Azusa, Lost but Seeking , Exploration , Explore , Enter the Unknown , Journey of Discovery , Mina and Denn, Wildborn , Summer Bloom , Wayward Swordtooth ... These work to great effect in getting the most out of Omnath's triggered ability and might hinder your opponents' plans of sweeping the board.

Also, you should be running more lands than the usual EDH deck because you want to be able to keep playing lands.

Recursion is also what will assist in the control metas: Regrowth , Eternal Witness , Den Protector , Greenwarden of Murasa , Recollect , The Mending of Dominaria ... These will help you maintain use of the cards that get removed. Also it allows you to let your general go to Graveyard and get it back to cast it for regular CMC.

Some form of protection is necessary: Heroic Intervention , Ranger's Guile , Blossoming Defense , Lightning Greaves ...

As for sac outlets, you have a great one in Goblin Bombardment and Greater Good and also Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar .

You could also use some triggers upon a creature entering the battlefield: Electropotence , Impact Tremors , In the Web of War , Mana Echoes , Warstorm Surge , Purphoros, God of the Forge , Colossal Majesty , Elemental Bond ...

And of course you could use some of the staples: Sylvan Library , Krosan Grip , Constant Mists , Beast Within , Word of Seizing ...

As for some sweepers: Chandra's Ignition and Star of Extinction are good ones. Hour of Devastation does some work. Insurrection is usually a good game finisher.

The world is your "oyster" good sir! So have at it. And happy shuffling. Hope this helps.

Last_Laugh on Animar - Big Creatures [feat. Grapeshot]

2 months ago

I'll try to keep things budget friendly... I think two of my suggestions are like $7-10.

Stratus Dancer , Ainok Survivalist , Den Protector , Beastcaller Savant , and Great Whale are all good Cloudstone combo pieces here.

Weird Harvest currently looks up Ancestral Statue and Purphoros for with 3 counters on Animar for the win. Spellseeker can look up Weird Harvest for one more. The preferred line here replaces Purphoros with Walking Ballista (try to trade for one) and costs one less.

Last_Laugh on Animar's Creature Feature

3 months ago

I'm going to make several suggestions but the most glaringly obvious thing that needs work is lowering your mana curve a lot. Currently your avg. cmc is 4.74, which quite frankly is astronomically high. Your deck costs 308 mana currently... it should be about a full mana less (about 70 mana less).

Blightsteel Colossus, Emrakul, Garruk's Horde, Hamletback Goliath, Hoverguard Sweepers, Meteor Golem, Increasing Savagery, and Rishkar's Expertise should all be cut. I'm also not a fan of Jin-Gitaxias or Vorinclex here but more because I feel they're a dick move that's really not needed here. Nezahal and Consecrated Sphinx are both lackluster here as well. If you have to pass turn to get value or rely on your opponents to trigger stuff then it's not for Animar, you need to look for rewards for your own actions.

Ainok Survivalist , Den Protector , and Stratus Dancer are your 3 best morph options here and they also go infinite in Cloudstone combos. Cloud of Faeries , Great Whale , and Stadium Vendors are all infinite mana with Cloudstone. Also consider Equilibrium and/or Temur Sabertooth for another bounce enabler here. Shrieking Drake reads - spend X blue: put x +1+1 counters on Animar. Last I'm suggesting a few cards for a game ending combo line... Weird Harvest to look up Ancestral Statue + either Walking Ballista or Purphoros, God of the Forge and end the game. Ballista is the preferred finisher here and only requires 4 mana and 3x +1+1 counters on Animar (Purph needs a 5th mana but same # of counters). Also consider Spellseeker to tutor it, glimpse of nature, or ryclonic rift up.

Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Upvotes on any of my decks is appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

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