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Creature — Elf
Echo (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)
When Deranged Hermit enters the battlefield, put four 1/1 green Squirrel creature tokens onto the battlefield.
Squirrel creatures get +1/+1.
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Deranged Hermit Discussion
1 week ago
I've mentioned this before, but I feel its worth repeating. Izoni, Thousand-Eyed is a nice card, but has its drawbacks. The major drawback I see is her high CMC, which is 6. So let's say even if you are hitting ramp every turn to start the game, then you're looking at a turn 4 cast, most likely. If you really ramp hard, let's say turn one, Land drop and Sol Ring, done. Turn 2, Land drop, Dork, tap Sol Ring for let's say Ashnod's Altar. So you'd have two dorks, two lands, Sol Ring and Altar after two awesome turns to start turn three. I think hitting this kind of setup consistently will be difficult to do. And then there's the fact that you likely don't have anything in the graveyard to make Izoni worth casting yet, if your goal is utilizing the Undergrowth mechanic. And then, you likely want to use the Undergrowth mechanic more often throughout the game, and hopefully scaling it with the game, giving you more tokens each time you cast her. But the next cast is 8 CMC, then 10 CMC, and so on with Commander tax. Its a tough sell. Or, you build up the graveyard and hope for one big haul on her first casting, and then go from there, dredging and pitching and sacrificing creatures to the bin in order to get a good ROI. This makes her more situational than anything, and do you want your Commander to be situational, or the centerpiece of what your deck does?
What I think you should consider is focusing more on her second ability, which is card draw and sac outlet on a stick. Focus that with the Aristocrats strategy, and worry about Undergrowth as a secondary measure. Cards like Mycoloth will work great with this, and another peach you could consider running is Deranged Hermit. He'll give you four squirrels each time he hits the board, which is more fodder for the Aristocrats and for Izoni. Verdant Force, Tendershoot Dryad, and Verdant Embrace all generate more tokens for your saccing pleasure. An Elvish Piper can help you in the mid to late game when you start trying to bounce Izoni with Temur Sabertooth or Erratic Portal.
So the token strategy will help set up the Aristocrats theme of the deck. Now you don't have to be quite so creature-heavy to start the game. You can play selective creatures that sac themselves in the early game (Sakura-Tribe Elder, Burnished Hart, Yavimaya Elder, Blood Pet, Blood Vassal, Caustic Caterpillar, etc) and your dredge creatures to help set up the mid game when you want to start using Izoni multiple times. Meren of Clan Nel Toth hitting the board would be huge in the mid to late game, especially if you can protect her. I've mentioned in the past that I'd just rather play Meren as the commander, and let Izoni be a support card, but Izoni can work, with the proper approach and a bit more care. I hope this helps
3 months ago
3 months ago
Peregrine Drake seems interesting as a card that generates mana. It’s nice that it untaps your lands which makes the colored requirements afterwards easier and it seems actually better in most cases than the Deranged Hermit when you’re actually going off with the Nim Deathmantle. Casting it is “free”, and when you sac it to either of the altars it generates 1 or 2 mana per cycle. The only strike against it compared to Deranged Hermit is that the squirrels are actually pretty useful even if you don’t have the deathmantle, allowing some busted turns without necessarily going infinite.
Thanks for the suggestion, i think they can live in the same deck without too many problems, though having too much of the combo-only cards makes the deck a little bit weaker.
Not too sure about how the drake combos with the other 2 cards, you still need one of the altars for the Nezumi Graverobber, and for the Journey to Eternity Flip you need Ashnod's Altar specifically right?
Agree with possible cuts (as i stated under “cut-considerations” :))
4 months ago
Thanks! Makes sense, and powerful combo indeed. Not too much of a fan of ballista + mikaeus, but the combo is clever.
Fauna Shaman and/or Birthing Pod sound like great additions because of the tutor abilities. I’ll try and get someone to trade them, they’re a lot of fun and can gain me access more easily to silver bullets like Spore Frog, Deranged Hermit, Caustic Caterpillar and Shriekmaw.
Eshed on Sidar/Tana
5 months ago
I fell in love with this list when I saw your deck tech video. So much in fact that I decided to build it myself! I had to make a few changes since I didn't have all of the cards you included, but I stuck to your list by replacing cards with close parallels. For example, Mirran Crusader became Silverblade Paladin, Hornet Queen became Deranged Hermit, and Meekstone became Marble Titan. You weren't kidding, this deck is surprisingly effective! It's won almost every time I played it. Harvest Season has netted me up to nine lands! Thank you for sharing this deck!
5 months ago
@I_TappedWrong - We will hold off on the Esper walker as it was leaked, not spoiled.
@thegigibeast - You're right. I misevaluated the card. While I saw the infinite mana outlet, I focused too much on the "any player" part.
7 months ago
I used to run Essence Warden and Soul Warden in this deck, actually. I cut them because there were more optimal cards to put into their slots (Elvish Mystic for Essence Warden, and Avacyn's Pilgrim for Soul Warden.) I reasoned that I didn't need more lifegain in the deck, since I already have so many sources of it, and juggling those triggers with everything else became a headache. Adding a more consistent mana base was higher on my priority list.
Deranged Hermit is definitely a good inclusion in this deck! My one hangup about it is the high mana cost and the Echo cost. Dropping 5+5 mana isn't exactly high on my to-do list. It's definitely a good card, but I can't decide where it should curve in.
7 months ago
Do you think (or anyone else) thinks that having an Essence Warden and/or Deranged Hermit would be good? Because I think with this, everytime a token comes in, you gain a life and if they're squirrels, the Deranged Hermit can make them all get a +1/+1.