Evolutionary Escalation

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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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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

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Evolutionary Escalation Discussion

multimedia on Counters - Atraxa

2 months ago

Hey, Evolutionary Escalation is an underrated card for counter strategies. Escalation goes well Atraxa's vigilance. With Escalation she will rarely not be the biggest creature on the battlefield attacking and defending. Sage of Hours is a powerful creature with counter strategies and with Escalation as well as Forgotten Ancient and The Ozolith. Sage combos with Ezuri, Claw of Progress with five experience counters for infinite turns.

I think you can afford to cut some basic Forests and Islands for dual lands that can ETB untapped: Command Tower, City of Brass, Llanowar Wastes, Yavimaya Coast, Brushland, Twilight Mire, Flooded Grove, Wooded Bastion. Nature's Lore, Wood Elves and Farseek are upgrades for Cultivate since you have Triome and Shock lands.

Good luck with your deck.

RiotRunner789 on Sisay (Superfriends)

2 months ago

As long as you have a good curve of legendary creatures, and you don't need to specifically pull anything with CMC 7 or higher, you shouldn't need any Sisay pumps and are better off with some protection (Counters/Greaves/etc).

If you find you do need some extra oomph, then I would recommend,

Blackblade Reforged: Cheap to get out with Sisay and makes her stupid big.

Primal Empathy: Decent budget option. It grows Sisay, and when she's already big you draw.

Evolutionary Escalation: Potentially terrible but a great political card. I've made good deals with this card and its just silly and fun to have on the field.

king-saproling on You hit like a kobold! - A Brash Taunter Deck

3 months ago

Cool idea! You might like these: Mogg Maniac, Spiteful Sliver, Stuffy Doll, Coalhauler Swine, Arcbond, Pariah's Shield, Wall of Souls, Druid's Call, Sheltering Ancient (make opp's dude big, then fight it with taunter!), Evolutionary Escalation, Spiteful Shadows, Binding Agony, Gratuitous Violence, Dictate of the Twin Gods, Trove of Temptation, Lure.

It's too bad you don't have white. There are a lot of white cards that are similar to or work nicely with Brash Taunter. These are just a few: Guilty Conscience, Entangler, Pariah, Boros Reckoner

Gleeock on Marisi, C-C-C-C-Corona Breaker

6 months ago

Ah! Yep!! Good point. Patron & Evolutionary Escalation was nifty.. but again no evasion there

Yesterday on Louvaq, the Aberrant

6 months ago

Hey. I've just bought a Louvaq and am still trying to figure out what I want to do with it.

Anyway, thought you might be interested in Evolutionary Escalation. I'm also trying to figure out a way to make Cowardice work, but I think it'd need to be in a relatively creatureless build, or maybe just with some cheap ETBs.

Coward_Token on Ikoria Teaser

6 months ago

Oh and Chandra, Fire Artisan also gives a minor benefit with NG

Greedy as I am, I wished Agitator Ant cost and let you decide all the creatures (but forced you to do so each time, so when you're down to 1v1 it would basically be Evolutionary Escalation). Too much to ask for Dismantling Wave to be a cantrip with overload too?

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TheCDC on Daghatar the Adamant (30$ budget EDH)

7 months ago

Gladehart Cavalry and Sandsteppe Mastodon don't seem to be doing a lot for you. In low budget games grind is the name of the game and you're severely lacking in draw power. Even something simple like Lead the Stampede can push you ahead in the game. Camaraderie is likely 10x better than either Biogenic Upgrade or Incremental Growth.

Other options include Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip, Vivien's Grizzly. Mana outlets like this help you pull ahead when everyone else has either dumped their hands.

Evolutionary Escalation can also easily replace any or your more synergy based +1/+1 counter generators and your commander has a super secret mode of stealing the counters from the opponent's creature.

Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse are also suspiciously missing.

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