Evolutionary Escalation


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

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Commander (2016 Edition) Uncommon

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Evolutionary Escalation


At the beginning of your upkeep, put three +1/+1 counters on target creature you control and three +1/+1 counters on target creature an opponent controls.

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Evolutionary Escalation Discussion

JaysomeDecks on Animar Version 50.0

2 months ago

You'd probably benefit from a little more land-based mana-ramp. I know your commander is cheap, but a bit of acceleration can ensure you have the colors to cast him, as well as the ability to recast him, if need be. And is useful when casting creatures before he has a lot of counters on Animar.

Increasing Savagery, Evolutionary Escalation, and Verdant Confluence are some great ways to dump a lot of counters on Animar fast.

  • Increasing Savagery: On curve to play the turn after Animar. It puts enough counters on him to be able to instantly play Ancestral Statue for free, so you could technically go infinite the turn after playing Animar. And if everything gets wiped, the flashback lets you recover in full force almost instantly.

  • Evolutionary Escalation: Three counters per turn on your commander. Early on, it's way easier than casting 3 creatures in a turn. And even though an opponent's creature gets the same buff, you get to choose which worthless critter it goes to, and it surely won't benefit from it the way Animar will.

  • Verdant Confluence: The multifunction aspect of this card is maximized in a deck where +1/+1 counters actually mean something. The ability to return a creature card from your hand, mana ramp if need be, and then add counters onto Animar to help you cast your newly resurrected beast, all in one card, can be quite handy. Potentially, this card could return Ancestral Statue to your hand and simultaneously put enough counters on Animar to cast it for free.

The last suggestion I'll make is a card you've probably already looked at. If you haven't, it's Cloudstone Curio. If you have, I'd suggest putting your reason for not using it in your description, before every single person that comments on this deck berates you for it. I'm not against not including it myself, but it is considered an iconic Animar card, so you may want to at least note it if you're not gonna have it.

Anyhow, sorry for the long post. Hope some of it is useful.

filkinsmark on Saskia the Unyielding Face Smash

3 months ago

Some cards I would look at cutting; Wilderness Elemental, Wight of Precinct Six, Thelonite Hermit, Selesnya Guildmage, Primeval Protector and Sylvok Explorer could be switched out for Birds of Paradise and Sylvan Caryatid, Gaea's Revenge is super expensive in an otherwise inexpensive agro deck, Evolutionary Escalation could be switched out for Gratuitous Violence... Just a few choices. Athreos, God of Passage and Heliod, God of the Sun are insane with Saskia and Iroas, God of Victory. My Saskia Decks are here- I'd love some feedback too Unstoppable Warrior Tribal Input Welcome!, and United and Unyielding Deck

blackhawk22 on pillow draw

3 months ago

as on now i am looking to remove1. Evolutionary Escalation it just doesn't do what i am looking for2.Gwafa Hazid, Profiteer just does to little imo3.Leyline of Sanctity not sure how much targets the players where it is worth the card slot4.Noble Benefactor I like it, it is just hard to trigger the ability without just attacking to proc it5.Realm Seekers by the time i get him out it is probably to little too late 6.Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa I just don't like this card7.Sigarda, Heron's Grace I like it, just not what this deck wants to do8.Zedruu the Greathearted deck isn't set up to use him9.Prismatic Geoscope good, but i should have enough ramp and fixing 10.Commander's Sphere i just don't think that i need the fixing or card draw

joecool1299 on Out of Box Open Hostility

3 months ago

All of the preconstructed commander decks are very good. Having played with it, I can say it feels slightly underpowered but can definitely hold it's own against most commander decks.

In terms of cuts, the best way to determine that is to just play it and make cuts accordingly. In theory, looking over the decklist; Korozda Guildmage, Stonehoof Chieftain, Evolutionary Escalation, Necrogenesis, Frenzied Fugue, Grave Upheaval, Order//Chaos (I don't know how you link split cards) and Zhur-Taa Druid are cards that don't look like they mesh as well or are not as powerful as other option.

I would look to add more mass pump: IE Cathars' Crusade and Overwhelming Stampede. More card draw: IE Read the Bones and Harmonize. And more good creatures: IE, Gisela, Blade of Goldnight.

The Mana source did a great video on this. Covers strategy and whatever else you'd like to know

magnetcrocodile on The Famous Legendary Ooze Mutant

4 months ago

Try the new Evolutionary Escalation so you can get an opposing creature's ability

magnetcrocodile on Kraj - test

4 months ago

Try the new Evolutionary Escalation so you can get an opponent's creature's ability

magnetcrocodile on Its Own Evolution

4 months ago

Try the new Evolutionary Escalation so you can get an opponent's creature's ability

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