Elemental Bond

Elemental Bond

Enchantment

Whenever a creature with power 3 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card.

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Commander 2019 (C19) Uncommon
Commander 2017 (C17) Uncommon
Magic Origins (ORI) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal

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Elemental Bond Discussion

CaptCreek on Xenagos: Party in a Can

3 days ago

CaptainKraw

Garruk's Uprising has been one of my favorite new cards in a while. At 3 mana it comes down early, and can draw you a card immediately as long as you have a beater out which makes it good at any stage of the game. Then it gives you that incremental value that plays with your big guys pretty well since they're all HUGE. All that and the fact it also gives trample is almost too easy to include. Basically a strictly better Elemental Bond and it's been really good for me.

On another note, I agree with you about Warstorm Surge. I've always found it to be a little too slow for my tastes and I always would rather just play a big beater to be honest. Terror of the Peaks has been such an overperformer since I decided to put it in, and I'm seriously considering dropping warstorm for something like Defense of the Heart.

Elder Gargaroth is another one that's been really fun to play around with. I'm almost thinking it would be a better Soul of the Harvest. I'm a sucker for drawing cards, and Gargaroth is super busted, especially when you double its power and give it haste. Basically guarantees that you at least get to attack and draw when you first play it, and that it's big enough that it's unlikely to die to blockers unless your opponents want to go out of their way to kill it. The other effects are just gravy, and the fact that it can draw when it attacks or blocks, AND has vigilance makes this thing another wall of text like Kogla, the Titan Ape and Questing Beast.

Grothama, All-Devouring is a fun include, cause it can be sort of political if you need it to be, or just a 20/18 beatstick. I normally treat it as a draw spell for myself though. You can play her, pump one of your other creatures, and swing it at Grothama to draw a crazy amount or sac it to Greater Good. You could also play it right before you drop something like a Blasphemous Act to draw 13 cards or even hit a fat Traverse the Outlands.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

4 days ago

I can support your analysis for Turntimber Symbiosis  Flip. If a copy becomes available I'll give it a whirl or two in the deck and observe the results.

I am happy you agree about Bala Ged Recovery  Flip. I sense Wizards played it safe with the vast majority of these double-faced spell/land cards, and I think this card is a good example of that theory.

I do want to play-test Moraug, Fury of Akoum. The extra combat phases accrued by simply playing a land seems very valuable.

Recently, with the help of the MTG Burgeoning community, I've been constructing a Zaxara, the Exemplary EDH/Commander deck. A copy of Garruk's Uprising resides in this deck list and I just completed a nine-game play-testing with the deck. I can comfortably and securely say that Garruk's Uprising is an awesome card in that deck and I believe it would be an awesome card in Xenagos, God of Revels. Personally, I would not consider including Elemental Bond over Garruk's Uprising. These two enchantments have the exact same mana cost of , but Garruk's Uprising provides trample. The power trigger for drawing cards is a bit higher than Elemental Bond, but for me, I only have two creatures in my deck with power less than four and over a dozen creatures without trample. I plan to insert Garruk's Uprising into the deck as soon as a copy becomes available.

Cragcrown Pathway, and all of the Pathways, should be EDH/Commander hits! Get on board baby!!

I may have to give Inscription of Abundance a serious test-run. I keep returning to this card and mulling over the modes in conjunction with the mana cost and the value seems too good. An instant speed fight spell is generally 2CMC. Placing two +1 +1 counters on a creature at instant speed is generally 3CMC. Combined that's 5CMC. Paying the 5CMC cost and choosing all three modes will also include the upside of gaining a ton of free life. Inscription of Abundance seems too valuable to ignore.

Your assessment of Shatterskull Charger was entertaining. I was laughing to myself about "love taps." Hahaha! I'm just interested in seeing what the giant can do...

I will keep you informed about the loveliness that will be Lithoform Engine. I predict big things!

The cost to activate both Crawling Barrens and Dread Statuary is the same, yes, and as you mentioned Crawling Barrens's effect is cumulative as those +1 +1 counters stick around. I'm evaluating this card with the long-game in mind. We'll see how it shakes out.

Great back-and-forth assessments!! I'll keep you looped-in with these potential Zendikar Rising treasures!!

Beginner-Budget-Builder on The Ur-Dragon CMDR (help needed)

1 week ago

Hey Draknoz! Thanks for your suggestions!

Card draw is very important! I do have trouble finding slots for it, though. Burst draw is pretty conditional, and if I have a dragon out I will always have another thing of higher priority to play, but I will get Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, Garruk's Uprising and Elemental Bond, if I can find spots for them. I had Kindred Discovery in the deck (Bought a japanese printing of The Ur-Dragon precon for cheap) but had to take it out because it was being underused for such a high mana cost.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on what to cut!

Profet93 on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

1 week ago

Turntimber Symbiosis - I like it because the 3 life is the cost to have the option of an additional card. Given as you said, it isn't like to whiff. Personally, I also refrain from cards like summoning trap and the like for the reasons you mentioned, whiffing and losing your mainphase. But with so many creatures and it taking up a land slot, I personally feel the versatility is warranted, not taking up a land slot but providing options for 3 life seems great.

Bala Ged Recovery - I am on the same page, every point you mentioned.

Moraug, Fury of Akoum - I feel so so about him. On the one hand he can get out of hand (lol). On the other, he is just a big dude with no trample. I dont have many ways of providing trample in my deck as most of my creatures either have trample or some sort of evasion. Plus it sucks to play him as a 6 drop when you have already played your land per turn. The idea with fetches is interesting for sure.

Also, what do you think of Garruk's Uprising and Elemental Bond? They will provide you draw for 25-27 of your creatures. Uprising also provides trample which is nice. I've needed more card draw in Xenagos and has 2 flex slots. I've been considering adding these in my deck link and wanted your opinion, for both your deck and mine. My deck solely relies on burst card draw, so some steady card draw might be worth considering. My only issue with both is that by the time I play them I might draw 1-2 cards before it probably gets destroyed. Its not removal bait, but I feel they take too long to get the value out of. Idk

Cragcrown Pathway - WTF is this? How have I not seen this in the set. It taps for red or green, depending on which side you play on the field? Thats crazy! I NEED this. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Inscription of Abundance - One of those cards I looked at and thought hard about. Your points are well taken, I like the cheapness and flexibility of it. The real benefits are the counters and fighting as life gain is not substantially helpful in my meta (unless of course you're playing against xenagos :P)

Cragplate Baloth - I feel the same way!

Shatterskull Charger - 3 mana on a small beater? You want to smash face, not give them love taps. The fact that it returns unless you kick it bothers me as its a continuous cost you need to pay. All of our creatures are effectively safe from sorcery removal as xenagos provides haste and we only play 1 creature at a time.

Lithoform Engine - One of those cards I'm always on the fence about. Even in my mono black deck where I can abuse it, it seems very winmore. It helps if I have the mana to cast everything I want, but until that point, its not that helpful. More playtesting would need to be done of course....but in Xenagos? You would play this (and maybe something else). Then cast a big creature and not have the 4 extra mana to copy it, or a big permanent spell. Of course it works with fetches, sorcerries, etc... but idk....? Once you add it in, please let me know how it functions.

Crawling Barrens - A worse version IMO of Dread Statuary. Both cost the same to activate. Barrens gives you better value over time, but dread gives you a better immediate effect. I would much rather pay 4 and then pay 5-6 for a draw spell to draw 8 cards (given xenagos boost) rather than pay 4 and then pay 5-6 for a draw spell to draw 4 cards (given Xenagos boost).

Draknoz on The Ur-Dragon CMDR (help needed)

1 week ago

Card draw! The most important two things in edh are ramp and card draw. Your ramp looks good but card draw is important! I recommend burst draw like Rishkar's Expertise, Greater Good, or even Selvala's Stampede. (Not really draw but gets you a ton of free dragons) Repeatable draw is also good Garruk's Uprising, Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, Rhystic Study/Kindred Discovery ($$$), and Elemental Bond.

Massacar on Hail Hydra!

1 week ago

Elemental Bond for additional draw engine.

Also consider Kinnan, Bonder Prodigy, Basalt Monolith, Selvala, Heart of the Wilds, Umbral Mantle for other infinite mana generators.

Herald of Secret Streams can help enable your victory by making your X/X creatures unblockable.

Massacar on Catrunner

1 week ago

Elemental Bond for extra draw. Also Panharmonicon for additional token and possibly draw triggers. Alhammarret's Archive for extra draw as well.

Do you want any help coming up with a title?

DeinoStinkus on Strange Tales #1 - War …

1 week ago

Strange Tales #1

Hello everyone. I’m DeinoStinkus, TappedOut’s resident crocodile and ultimate master of jank and underappreciated strategies. This is the article series Strange Tales, where we’ll be exploring everything custom, from the craziest custom cards and user-made formats to wild speculation and analysis of sets.

Today, we will be looking at the wonderful world of War of the Spark. Is it underrated? Yes. Is it brilliantly designed? Yes. Were there issues regarding communication between the story and card design? Unfortunately, the answer is also yes. War of the Spark was a letdown in some respects, but many overlook the fact that it not only contributed massively to Standard archetypes but it also introduced many unique and underestimated cards.

To take a look at War of the Spark, we must first examine the mechanic known as amass. Amass, found on cards like Dreadhorde Invasion and my favorite, Eternal Skylord, is a mechanic that allows you to emulate the creation of an army. Flavorfully potent and a decent mechanic, although unfortunately it probably won’t be reprinted as it was a very specific ability that fitted War of the Spark very well, but not much else. The most likely plane for amass to return to is Innistrad, but even that seems very improbable. Amass as a mechanic is fairly powerful, especially when compared to mechanics like trample or first strike. It generates a creature or makes it stronger. Its interaction with cards like Doubling Season or The Ozolith is interesting and makes for a neat and fun way to play. Unfortunately, amass did not have any cards that are sufficiently powerful enough for competitive play, except Dreadhorde Invasion in niche decks. Lazotep Plating is decently powerful, but Heroic Intervention beats it in every way, unfortunately. Amass as a mechanic needed better support in my opinion, and cards that helped amass synergies rather than simply having amass would have helped. The Grixis-colored cycle of “Zombie Armies have {insert keyword}” was a good try, but only Eternal Skylord really stands out. Deathtouch is counterintuitive for a massive army to have, trample is kind of decent, but only flying is a powerful enough evasion ability to be worth the mana investment of the creature. Amass isn’t very powerful when combined with blink effects, mostly due to the highest amass X being printed on a creature being 2. Overall, despite amass’s potent effect, it did not make it very far due to a general lack of support. Widespread Brutality was too underpowered, Enter the God-Eternals had it as a side thought, and even Invade the City was simply a big creature. Amass, while an amazing and well-built mechanic, did have shortcomings in the long run.

The return of proliferate, however, was much better in this set. The strangest thing about this is that despite proliferate being a very-well supported mechanic there is not a single rare in War of the Spark that has the word proliferate on it. Roalesk, Apex Hybrid is the only mythic with the ability. While this is strange, there are many synergies that exist within the rare slot to be supported by proliferate, a few examples being Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin and Awakening of Vitu-Ghazi. Proliferate even adds its own power to amass, despite a small discontinuity between their colors (proliferate was in GWU in this set while amass was in UBR) and this synergy is part of the reason why War of the Spark Limited is painfully easy to draft.

Let’s talk power level.

Teferi, Time Raveler, Finale of Devastation, and Liliana, Dreadhorde General stand out as the three most powerful cards from the set. Teferi defined Standard for a long time, giving control decks a (rather annoying) tempo play that allowed them to execute their game strategy without delay. Devastation actually did not hit Standard very hard. Its power level (and by association its price) have been mainly due to Commander players. In Commander, this Finale is better than Green Sun's Zenith in every way except mana cost. It searches graveyards, it doesn’t have the color limitations, and let’s be honest, the “final” cost of the spell essentially says “I win the game”. Dreadhorde General is an incredible enabler for Aristocrats. Her passive is generous, her +1 is fodder for her -4 which is bonkers and breaks parity very easily, and her -9 is a pretty decent ultimate, but not super beneficial for her passive. These three cards have each stayed at around $20 recently. They are the face of War.

However, we must not forget that War of the Spark introduced quite a few cards that people still use today, even if they are not equipped with $20 price tags. They include Nicol Bolas, Dragon-God, an amazing flavor win and a really neat planeswalker, Arboreal Grazer, a cute ramp card that sees play in a lot of Commander and Standard decks, and Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, a neat Elemental Bond/Kiora's Follower crossover that makes Simic stompy players feel jiggy.

Overall, War of the Spark was a set that was really good. People often take it for granted, and look to sets such as Double Masters or Throne of Eldraine as the best sets of recent times. But War of the Spark not only managed to end an era of Magic: the Gathering lore, it also created some really neat cards in the process, and brought many amazing characters together in a unique way. It’s hard to pull off something like that.

Thanks for reading my article! Feel free to leave some feedback below or contact me about any ideas you have for future articles, I plan them one in advance. My email is [email protected] if you want to reach me that way. If not, have a good day, be cool and kind to everyone, and GIVE ALL YOUR WORLDLY POSSESSIONS TO Omniscience_is_life, a cool and funny deckbuilder whom I have had a lot of fun times with on the site. See you next time where we will talk about a subject that often generates some controversy in the MTG community: custom cards! See you then!

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