Essence Warden

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology (CMT) Common
Commander 2014 (C14) Common
Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH) Common
Planar Chaos (PLC) Common

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Essence Warden

Creature — Elf Shaman

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Essence Warden Discussion

GoldenDiggle on Saproling Token EDH

1 week ago

Hey JusWaite! Ghave is one of my favorite commanders, so many combos and value cards!

Ghave also goes infinite pretty easily, so depending on how you want to play, you may want to exclude certain cards.

Let me first say that Winding Constrictor works very well with your current strategy! 2 spore counters a turn and extra counters on your permanents!

For mana, I suggest Gyre Sage, Cryptolith Rite,Perilous Forays, and Rishkar, Peema Renegade. Using your creatures as mana is pure value, and will help you race ahead of your opponents!

Since you have so many saprolings hitting the battlefield, Soul Warden, Soul's Attendant, and Essence Warden are amazing value, as well as Blood Artist and Zulaport Cutthroat if you go the sac route.

If you need counters, Sigil Captain, Juniper Order Ranger, Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest and Bloodspore Thrinax are all stars in a deck like this!

I like where this is going, and hope to see how it develops! Good luck!

ChaosClaws on Marwyn, Mother's Knows Best EDH

2 weeks ago

After looking at your deck, this aggro approach seems very doable and nasty, but theres a handful of cards I see that just shouldn't be included. Nature's Spiral is just a worse Regrowth, so that's a start. I see with all of the artifact removal that stax is an issue for you. Bane of Progress is a great addition to solve this, but i would take out one of your removal spells for Nature's Claim. You don't care about their life gain when elves can smash for 100+ damage. Another great way to give a stax deck the middle finger is Creeping Corrosion. The card rarely hurts you and gives them a hell of a time. Krosan Grip is a fantastic card that also helps in this situation. For these 3 excuses to shit on rocks, I'd at least take out Sundering Vitae and Natural End. Nullmage Shepherd is a fantastic elf to throw in your deck to solve this issue as well. Hum of the Radix is also a fun little card for artifact decks that no one will expect you to drop. If you need enchantment removal, just throw in Back to Nature and you'll be fine. If you're having a hard time with killing creatures, run Taunting Elf, or just run it anyways if you can regenerate it and hit people for free every turn. Aluren will help your elfball rolling, and running Primal Rage will help make sure that even when Ezuri is gone that you get your damage through. Talara's Battalion was a cool card I experimented with in my deck, and it did quite a bit of damage. I would definitely include Marwyn for her beefy presence and massive mana ramp. Something like Predator's Rapport is just not useful, as gaining life tends to be some of the most useless magic cards unless you're running a deck that focuses on it. Instead I would try to tutor for a card like Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen, Nissa Revane, Wellwisher, or Essence Warden which help a lot more with solving this problem. Triumph of the Hordes is a great meme to drop on your opponents in a tough situation, as it gives you a nice little one shot, or at least eats through indestructibly and "prevent all damage" creatures. Most of the artifacts you run arent necessary, so I would just replace them with lands. While you have an extremely low mana curve, 28 lands is very dangerous with no rocks. Unless you add some very fancy $$$ rocks (which if you dont wanna drop 1k on artifacts), I would just run some more forests. Primal Order was a neat card I haven't seen in a while, and I think that can prove very useful in your deck if you're having a hard time getting through to other opponents running decks with multiple colors. If you want to stick with the aggro theme, I would add a Coat of Arms, since by the time you hit turn five you'll have about 4-5 elves, and this can turn 7 damage into 50. The risk of helping your opponents is worth it. Selvala, Heart of the Wilds is actually insane in this deck, and if your opponent draws a card or two off of it, nobody is gonna care. She can give you a ridiculous amount of mana with Ezuri pumps and elves like Drove of Elves. Concordant Crossroads is an absolute necessity if your goal is aggro. This card hurts sometimes, especially if your opponent has a creature-heavy deck. The payoff is huge though when you drop mana dorks with haste or drop your hand on the field, tap your Priest of Titania for a crazy amount, and have Ezuri pummel everyone with your hasty elves. As for mana doublers, you can run whatever you'd like, although I would say you don't need any of them for the deck to work: they're just a waste of a turn. Over all the others, I would run Mana Reflection so that your elves can tap for double as well as anything else. Overall, this deck is pretty solid, and with a few tweaks it could be an unstoppable force! Let me know if you need any other suggestions on anything else (:

lagotripha on Devoted Greenies

2 weeks ago

Cut the nykthos. I know you have the dream draws with it, but the colourless mana can delay a 3 drop, and that is the last thing that you want to be doing with this deck. This deck sits a little higher on the curve than most green devotion, but its still not worth it unless you're running the Genesis Wave plan.

Experiment One and Rancor will really help smooth out draws. More one drops really helps, especially when you want to play aggressive.

If you find yourself running more +1+1 stuff for avatar, consider Tezzeret's Gambit and Inspiring Call. Card draw can really help ease pressure and keep the deck running, while more copies of heroic intervention effects is amazing. I've been running a version with Hardened Scales/Servant of the Scale/Strangleroot Geist/Young Wolf/Bramblewood Paragon

Song of Freyalise is new, looks interesting, but might need more dorks to make it run properly. I'm testing a deck with some bigger drops, proliferate and Druids' Repository.

Cards like Scavenging Ooze, Spike Feeder (which threatens that you are about to combo) Obstinate Baloth, Kitchen Finks, Essence Warden etc can vastly improve the burn matchup, but if you want to keep it sideboard and budget friendly, Brindle Boar or Feed the Clan are incredibly valuable. Two copies of Nyleas disciple which can't be hit by company, while on flavour, are too slow.

I've had a lot of fun running Asceticism game two becoming troll tribal. Bower Passage/Dense Canopy/Gravity Well can be a win against flyer heavy decks.

Not really much more to say than that, its a fun deck, have fun playing with all the options!

jordybear2002 on ManaQueen

2 weeks ago

Hello there! So I would LOVE to help you out! Ok so as you have read the MOST and I mean ABSOLUTE MOST lands you can have is 40 and higher that is just not needed. In slivers or just making slivers form your sliver queen try getting cards like when a creature enters the battlefield and things like that and be careful of cards that so when you cast a creature spell instead of when a creature enters the battlefield. Artifacts - Keep Ashnod's Altar Chromatic Lantern Gilded Lotus Sol Ring Lands - Keep Canopy Vista Command Tower Dark Depths Flagstones of Trokair Gaea's Cradle Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx Pillar of the Paruns Thespian's Stage VesuvaInstants - Enlightened Tutor Vampiric TutorSorceries - Channel the Suns Commune with Nature Demonic Tutor Restore Sylvan Scrying Time of Need Vindicate Creatures - Auriok Champion Courser of Kruphix Essence Warden Hangarback Walker Joiner Adept Linvala, Keeper of Silence Soul's Attendant Soul Warden Urborg ElfEnchantments - Defense of the Heart Exquisite Blood gravepact Land Tax Sanguine Blood Tranquil Grove Ok so those are the cards that I would keep for starters. Cards like Azusa, Lost but Seeking Exploration and Explore will definitely help you out with your land. Plus cards like Authority of the Consuls Thalia, Heretic Cathar and Ghostly Prison help you out early game to get ahead of everybody. Also I know what I said about the whole creatures entering the battlefield and all that but actually Zendikar Resurgent will be a HUGE help for mana and card draw if you got creature which is my assumption. Also Protean Hulk Tishana, Voice of Thunder and Seal of the Guildpact just for extra support. And plus if you want some just plain fun do Sheoldred, Whispering One, Equilibrium, Rhystic Study, and Unexpected Results. Hope this helps!!!!!

NayrSlayer on C12H17N2O4P

3 weeks ago

A nice saproling/fungus tribal deck, one that I've always wanted to see. I only have one major recommendation and that is Viscera Seer. It's another decent sac outlet that can help you manipulate your next draw, similar to Lifecrafter's Bestiary. As for what to replace, I would consider taking out Savra mainly because I think you would mostly just sac saproliings, which would only gain you life, which Essence Warden and Blood Artist already do in a relatively better way. Just my opinion though

Meridion on 40 Elves

4 weeks ago

Also Essence Warden are nice to have in sideboard, so you can get life against burn decks.Reclamation Sage also nice to include in sideboard.

mmonede on Acid Destruction

1 month ago

Lingering Souls is great, and I specially love the flashback... but it just doesn't fit the deck. I'll think about it since it is really good against early aggro, though initial cost is 3.

There are a couple of possible combos with 2 Felidar Guardian (instead of Flickerwisp)

2 Felidar Guardian + Soul of the Harvest = Infinite Card Draw

2 Felidar Guardian + Essence Warden / Verdant Sun's Avatar = Infinite Live (+ Sanguine Bond = Infinite Drain)

but it's just too many cards, and Flickerwisp on its own is more flexible & cheap. Have you thought of any other?

And I do have mixed feelings about Verdant Sun's Avatar. Too expensive and slow on its own, but great with flicker and a sweet wincon with Sanguine Bond. Might end up adding a fourth Siege Rhino.

mmonede on Acid Destruction

1 month ago

No offense taken, and than you so much for your feedback.

While 'I really like your deck' might be more flattering, these comments are the ones that really help with the deck and the reason why I post it here.

You are probably right about the deck speed, but in testing it works surprising well; and if you manage to survive the first turns, it recovers nicely and quick.

I do have a tendency to 'EDH' my decks a little, adding answers for multiple situations instead of adding more copies of the main cards (which is probably wrong). This said, this deck is a bit special, since once you manage to have a flickering engine on the battlefield, what you want is a toolbox at your disposal, rather than equal ETB effects.

But you are right about the consistency, so I took out Essence Warden and replaced it by a third copy of Arashin Cleric

That way there are now 3 copies of the main cards:

Arashin Cleric - Survive the initial turns while you build your mana

Siege Rhino - Recover & attack

Acidic Slime - Slow down your opponent

Regarding the main goal of the deck, it is to bring out one or two flickering engines and use the tools you have already lied down on the battlefield.

And then win the game through:

while controlling the battlefield state: Acidic Slime , Ravenous Chupacabra

(of course, several cards add to more than one strategy - Siege Rhino, Angel of Condemnation)

And regarding EDH, I agree with you, but I would probably take out black and move to Bant, with Roon of the Hidden Realm )

Again, thank you so much for the feedback.

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