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When Eternal Witness enters the battlefield, you may return target card from your graveyard to your hand.
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Eternal Witness Discussion
4 hours ago
Hi Guint!! Here are some suggestions I think you could utilize for Ishkanah. So far it looks good!
The things we want to make sure you have in this deck are ways to activate delirium, as well as ways to activate Ish's tribal effects. Let's start with the spiders themselves~
If you can find it I definitely recommend buying a Swarmyard cause what's better than a land that prevents your dudes from dying?
Arachnogenesis Essentially a Fog with an added bonus of giving you a TON of spider tokens. Spider Spawning is also going to be a winner in this deck. Penumbra Spider gives you good value by making another token when it dies. Riptide Replicator is a fun artifact that can make spiders as well... and with all the tokens, a Parallel Lives and Second Harvest would definitely be cards to consider. Also a fan of the underused Parallel Evolution - it even has Flashback! Swarm them with tokens and then drop a Pathbreaker Ibex, Decimator of the Provinces or the ever coveted Craterhoof Behemoth... or you can go the route of Overwhelming Stampede.
Silklash Spider would be a good powerhouse to pick up. It's effect can kill off any flier on the board.
There aren't any other specific "spiders" that are noteworthy, but there are always shapeshifters. My favorite "spiders" are Metallic Mimic and Chameleon Colossus Alternatively you can get a Conspiracy and just make your whole deck into spiders. Then when they all die bring them back with Patriarch's Bidding.
Spiders have especially large butts on them, so Assault Formation can really be powerful. Things that benefit from the high toughness of spiders should also be up for consideration. Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper, Abzan Beastmaster, Grim Contest, and Kin-Tree Invocation are ones that come to mind immediately.
For a more tribal feel I def recommend trying out Archetype of Endurance and Archetype of Finality as well as Brawn and Filth. Bow of Nylea could be used as an alternative to Archetype of Finality if you so choose. There are also tribal artifacts such as Coat of Arms, Urza's Incubator, Obelisk of Urd and Door of Destinies.
Now onto the Delirium Mechanic. Making sure your own cards into the graveyard can seem counterproductive but a lot of things benefit from it. So first, how do we self mill?
- Deadbridge Chant is a personal favorite. Satyr Wayfinder, Crop Sigil, Grisly Salvage, Mulch, Grapple with the Past, Commune with the Gods, Benefaction of Rhonas, Sudden Reclamation. Stinkweed Imp or anything with Dredge. Golgari Grave-Troll is a popular one.
Now for some super fun cards that benefit from a graveyard presence.
- Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Lord of Extinction, Deathcap Cultivator, Deathrite Shaman, Traverse the Ulvenwald, Splendid Reclamation, and Meren of Clan Nel Toth. Did you mill a bunch of great cards you want back? Recursion is also a super powerful strategy. Eternal Witness is a Green staple for a reason. Greenwarden of Murasa, Seasons Past, Treasured Find, Animate Dead, Victimize. Sometimes you want to put specific things into the graveyard to fetch with recursion cards, so Entomb, Jarad's Orders, and Buried Alive become like tutors in a sense.
Now lets talk about Black and Green as colors in EDH. Black/Green has a few things that it needs to run undoubtedly. One of its major problems is card draw, so you're definitely going to want to auto-include Harmonize and Phyrexian Arena. I would also consider Lifecrafter's Bestiary.
Removal: Putrefy, Murder, Hero's Downfall, Abrupt Decay, Krosan Grip, Golgari Charm, Toxic Deluge, In Garruk's Wake, Acidic Slime, Beast Within. Dictate of Erebos to be used in conjunction with a sacrifice outlet like Ashnod's Altar (sac your extra tokens for mana!)
Ramp: Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Solemn Simulacrum, Sol Ring, Explosive Vegetation, Thran Dynamo, Commander's Sphere, Golgari Signet, Cryptolith Rite, Harrow, Crop Rotation, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Yavimaya Elder.
The only other thing I want to say about your deck is that you should probably up your land count to at least 36. 30 is usually too little for most EDH decks in my experience. Unless you're going super aggro, you'll find yourself short on a lot of land drops.
If you wanted to upgrade your lands, here are some relatively inexpensive things you could add:
Golgari Rot Farm, Command Tower, Jungle Hollow, Temple of Malady, Woodland Cemetery, Overgrown Tomb, Llanowar Wastes, Tainted Wood, Grim Backwoods, Bojuka Bog, Hissing Quagmire, Temple of the False God, Drownyard Temple, Ghost Quarter, and any lands that Cycle in your colors :)
12 hours ago
2 days ago
Following up to this:
Cold-Eyed Selkie, Blue Sun's Zenith and Bident of Thassa all slot well into the deck and provide reliable draw. Archaeomancer and Eternal Witness provide prudent access to the wide variety of noncreature spells you'll be using to turn Kraj on. Ugin's Insight is a card that I will admit I have a bit of bias for, but it still provides excellent filtering for itself in the overwhelming majority of situations. This deck would enjoy scrying away "win more" cards like Crowned Ceratok enough that I believe you could also make use of Lifecrafter's Bestiary and even Aqueous Form, especially if you're copying enemy abilities that want Kraj to attack.
And above all else, Sekki, Seasons' Guide, because memes.
3 days ago
The Landfall ability indeed triggers along Kalametra's.
Some cards I would switch out include:
Abzan Kin-Guard 4 mana 3/3 lifelink is quite weak.
Aetherwind Basker Has no synergy with the deck.
Aven Mindcensor This guy should stay if your playgroup is playing combo-heavy decks, otherwise he's useless
Blinding Souleater Little synergy with the deck
Salt Road Patrol Lacks utility
Aether Vial A pricy card mostly used in tempo decks like Merfolks. Not very useful here since we should have plenty of ramp anyway.
Arboria Kinda goes against Karametra as a whole since you WANT to play creatures to pump out lands.
There might still be a few cards I find odd or out of place, but for now I'm slightly running out of time, so I'll proceed with some general must-have cards:
Also wow Living Plane if you own one it's great, though if not it's quite the pricey card.
I can give you an extensive list of potentially great cards if you want me to, though tonight this is all the time I had, my apologies.
3 days ago
Raediaent This deck may seem non budget because of the lands, but I just put those in so playtesting would be better, so no Kitchen Finks. I don't plan to be putting a lot into the graveyard so I might just side board Eternal Witness. Oath of Nissa would only be useful for ETB effect and nothing else, and I might not even get full potential out of the ETB. I will think about Elvish Visionary
4 days ago
6 days ago
A card that is awesome with the combo is Mulldrifter. You can evoke it, then respond with ghostly flicker on mulldrifter and archaeomancer, which results in you drawing four cards and keeping the drifter. This usually is six mana, but you can reduce this with Battlefield Thaumaturge or Baral, Chief of Compliance.
1 week ago
These are cards I think might be helpful: Eternal Witness, Temporal Manipulation, Cloudstone Curio, Temur Sabertooth, Peregrine Drake, Palinchron, Cloud of Faeries, clones like Phantasmal Image, Rashmi, Eternities Crafter, Worldly Tutor, Vizier of the Menagerie, and Sylvan Library for a start.
A lot of your bounce theme could become real broken... you should take a look at my yidris for other cards that might help you.