Evolutionary Escalation


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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Evolutionary Escalation


Hooded Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.

When Hooded Hydra dies, put a 1/1 green Snake creature token onto the battlefield for each +1/+1 counter on it.

Morph {3}{G}{G}

As Hooded Hydra is turned face up, put five +1/+1 counters on it.

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Evolutionary Escalation Discussion

Gleeock on Xantcha, Woke Agent

4 months ago
  • Yeah, as with your experience I do have to constantly retool the CMC average of the deck to find reasonably-costed incremental "dmg matters" stuff. A lot of my filler creatures fulfill that role.

  • The redirect spells might not make as much sense in your deck... not totally sure. My Jund deck tends to grow other people's creatures into major threats with green concepts like, Sheltering Ancient or Evolutionary Escalation, vows. It really REALLY wacks people out when I redirect removals from OTHER players property. So yeah, I thought maybe redirects for Xantcha to mess with minds... but might not be as imperative in a rakdos deck

KingofCorns on Fishy Bois

6 months ago

I always prefer less counterspells in general so I'd be inclined to say one of them, but that's really dependent on your playgroup.

The next thought would be maybe Shapers of Nature, because your Bident of Thassa and Evolutionary Escalation effects are less of a mana sink.

Faceless_Being on Hallar's Ferocious Frenzy

8 months ago

The only reason Savage Offensive made the list is because it's a cheap-ish way of triggering Hallar. Kicker spells in Gruul are pretty limited as is and I want the capability of consistent Kicker triggers. I will however simply swap Offensive with a copy of Dictate of the Twin Gods for testing sake.

Regarding Evolutionary Escalation I know it's a double edged sword but through playing it in my current group has yielded promising results. If there were another card capable of granting counters as fast as EE does then I'd gladly swap it out.

Howling Mine could probably be switched out for Rishkar's Expertise so thank you for that suggestion. Definitely could be a card advantage monster.

Honestly I totally forgot Temur Sabertooth was a thing. When I was looking for Bounce effects in my colors I didn't think to check effects. Definitely an easy swap

I super appreciate your feedback and suggestions mate, I really like this deck and getting fleshed out and polished is my goal.

LittleBlueHero on Hallar's Ferocious Frenzy

8 months ago

Ah, right you are I was just going off the top of my head, forgot that one was combat damage.

At first pass my gut tells me Savage Offensive since like you said you aren't worried about combat damage much, could probably go.

And Evolutionary Escalation is a card that has made for some headaches when I ran it in the past. When its good its good, but giving folks the means to come at me with giant creatures wasn't always great.

other than that, along those same lines, i haven't had much luck with Howling Mine type effects unless im playing to abuse them. giving your opponents cards is rarely going to help you out, and don't be surprised if someone draws off of it and then destroys it before you can even use it :)

Rishkar's Expertise has quickly become my favorite green draw spell.

Also if you are noticing the deck is a little creature light you could swap out Blood Clock for Temur Sabertooth. One of the best bounce cards green can offer.

Faceless_Being on Hallar's Ferocious Frenzy

8 months ago

So someone has suggested some decent changes so I'll list them below if anyone has any opinion on slotting. For the most part I'll be testing most of these changes out before anything concrete

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