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Tap an untapped creature you control: Untap target basic land.
1 day ago
dbpunk - I wanted to create a "big- Squirrel Nest " effect that couldn't be abused in an infinite combo (i.e. Earthcraft ). Even without breaking it in a combo, two activations in one turn with something like Patron of the Orochi is still insanely strong. Hence the additional clause, but I see your point about it being rather confusing.
2 days ago
Hey nice deck ! First time I see a golgari elf tribal in this format. I really like the taste of it and your finishers seem fun :)
Furthermore, my 2CP is that Demonic Tutor , Thoughtseize , Inquisition of Kozilek , Duress and Hymn to Tourach are stapple in black. You should probably not run them all but the fact you're playing Shapers' Sanctuary shows you're looking for tools versus control. Those black cards are way better than Shapers' Sanctuary (and I run Shapers' Sanctuary in my main duel commander deck since I haven't access to black :p). Since you seem to have a strong deck for you should at least have a try on Mind Twist .
To finish with, even with your amount of ramp going to 35 lands can be a good thing. Mulligan deaths are real in this strong format (maybe the London mulligan will change lists). The best elfball deck lists have around 37 lands (https://mtgtop8.com/archetype?a=367). Wasteland could be a really sweet inclusion ( Sinkhole is kinda solid and available in black if you'll find land destruction is efficient).
2 days ago
hmm random brewing though that popped into my head, Metallic Mimic and Lesser Masticore can make for part of a hulk grab that is only 4 cmc (or 5 with a seer) that the masticore can also combo dmg like a... where's Walking Ballista ? the unicorn allows a hulk combo with ballista, actually you might just want the mimic over the unicorn, in all the plan b combos you have it's unlikely you'd just blind drop the unicorn before you already had the other combo piece ready since a table of cedh will likely hate it out fast, so you can do mimic naming the creature type you want the extra counter on.
oh yeah back to the mimic with masticore combo benefits, masticore can be a discard effect when you'd want one (good for a reanimator version) when you combo with an altar it's an infinite dmg source on it's own, mimic and masticore would also be completely colorless, being a lot more friendly than messenger to say the least to cast it also works with more of your tutors... I caught myself rambling but to say the least it works better than messenger, and I have to admit, Earthcraft with only 3 basics in deck might make it weaker than it should be, sure you have many fetch, but it also nobo's with your Root Maze . Dark Confidant in most cases might be weaker than say a Elvish Visionary , Tymna the Weaver , or even just a Sign in Blood type spell ( I can't remember the 1B version name from mirrodin block), it's slow and inefficient for cedh.
my final suggestion would be Concordant Crossroads , in cedh it likely will just be a sorcery that gives your creatures haste on the turn you make infinite tokens, but it is also a world enchantment which will world rule destroy another world enchantment like The Abyss or Nether Void . it's also likely there can be tables where just playing crossroads will benefit just you.
Though for overall power level issue I'd say card advantage is what this deck most could use, maybe a cycle land Life from the Loam package, necro and library do help, but having some of a draw engine that doesn't shut off when a smart group attacks into you (cedh tables send all their creatures at the black/green players to shut off their draw engines). I could ramble forever and must stop myself now, sorry if it cuts out on a weird place.
6 days ago
2 weeks ago
Alrighty roo, let's spend 10 minutes fixing your deck
Don't run Reap . It depends on opponents board state to function, meaning it is unreliable.
Add Prismatic Vista for increased deckthinning.
There are a whole host of other legendary cards you can be running that are 3 CMC or less. Replace any combat oriented or random buff artifacts/creature (most of the 2/3/4 CMC legendary artifacts, and also Skyship Weatherlight) with some of the following
- Rishkar, Peema Renegade turns non-summoning sick critters into mana dorks.
- Yisan, the Wanderer Bard reusable tutor on a stick
- Azor's Gateway Flip better than Heart of Kiran because it lets you loot
- Azusa, Lost but Seeking lets you dump extra lands
- Bontu's Monument even though it isn't cost reducing creatures, still playable as a wincon that doesn't require attacking or targeting. Lets you pull the Rhonas monument combo and all the extra dead cards that go along with it (Craterhoof, Crossroads,
- Bow of Nylea swiss army bow, stops you from decking yourself by untapping with Paradox Engine while Reiki is in play on an empty deck.
- Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip cradle 2.0, but triggers draw off Reiki on entering
- Hua Tuo, Honored Physician another way to stop you from decking out with Reiki in play, general value
- Melira, Sylvok Outcast legendary bear for drawing with combo busting effect, better than
You should really up creature tutor density, and add some value targets. Eldritch Evolution Chord of Calling Finale of Devastation Natural Order Time of Need Woodland Bellower Summoner's Pact Uncage the Menagerie Weird Harvest
Burgeoning Mirri's Guile Earthcraft and Oath of Nissa have far less value here than you think. I would cut them all, except possibly Earthcraft due to how well it works with Paradox engine. You should add Squirrel Nest as an alternate wincon if you keep it.
Why are you running Strip Mine ? You run no other stax pieces and no land recursion.
2 weeks ago
Oh no, you’re right. I didn’t take summoning sickness into account there. It would work if you add Earthcraft , though. Thanks for catching that!
3 weeks ago
When Dawn of Hope was spoiled I missed that the soldier tokens have lifelink. That makes the card way better as it will trigger its first ability way more often. Other cards on the deck that will also do it are: Courser of Kruphix , Herald of the Pantheon and Scavenging Ooze . Another key factor to run this over Mobilization is the 2CMC instead of the 3CMC slot (which is crowded).
Dropping Mobilization we lose cheaper soldier token generation (3 against 4), soldier tokens with vigilance ( Martial Coup ) and a combo with Mobilization + basic land + Overgrowth + Earthcraft for infinite soldier tokens.
3 weeks ago
I saw that today as well. It just might. I’ll have to see if it has more combo synergy potential than the other counter sources in the deck. It should combo with Earthcraft and Ashnod's Altar as well. The low cmc is definitely enticing!
Edit: Actually it looks like a cheaper Juniper Order Ranger that just doesn’t get tall, but that’s not really even a consideration if we’re combining off getting tokens or abusing persist creatures.
Earthcraft occurrence in decks from the last year
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