Evolutionary Escalation

Legality

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

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Uncommon

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Evolutionary Escalation

Enchantment

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.

Evolutionary Escalation Discussion

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2 weeks ago

Hey, interesting budget version of Atraxa.

Atraxa is your best source of life gain with her lifelink because the damage she does to a player is also Commander damage. She already has evasion (flying) meaning you're most likely going to be gaining life when she attacks. Gaining life while at the same time potentially killing your opponents. I would focus more on Atraxa and beefing her up which then in return makes cards that benefit from gaining life better. Counters are a fine way to beef up Atraxa because they also interact with her proliferate. Consider including more ways to get counters on Atraxa?

Cards within the budget to consider adding:

Counter Engines

Ancient, Escalation and Advokist are repeatable sources of counters to put on Atraxa. Even though Escalation and Advokist put counters on an opponent's creature Atraxa is still going to be bigger and more powerful. These cards and Ancient can beef up Atraxa quickly. A big reason to add Climb is Winged Temple of Orazca . It's a win condition land with Atraxa.

Draw and Tutors

Ramp

Ramp that can make any color of mana is very helpful when playing four colors with a budget manabase. Adding more of it lets you ramp into Atraxa faster.

Value from Gaining Life

Sunmare and Resplendent are repeatable sources to make big tokens when you gain life. Resplendent is very good with Lyra Dawnbringer . Well is good when you're consistently gaining life, turning that life gain into drawing cards.

Lands Upgrades

The Pain lands (Llanowar, Coast), Battle lands (Vista, Sunken, Stream) and Check lands (Woodland, Sunpetal) are upgrades for the Bounce lands. The Battle lands are good with Basic lands and Farseek to be able to search for a dual land. The Check lands are good with the Basic lands and the Battle lands. If you cast Atraxa with Opal then she ETB with a counter on her ready to proliferate.


Cards to consider cutting:

  • Azorius Chancery
  • Dimir Aqueduct
  • Dromar's Cavern
  • Golgari Rot Farm
  • Orzhov Basilica
  • Selesnya Sanctuary
  • Simic Growth Chamber
  • Thespian's Stage
  • Myriad Landscape
  • Ill-Gotten Inheritance
  • Lawmage's Binding
  • Spirit Loop
  • Witching Well
  • Ageless Entity
  • Arvad the Cursed
  • Basilica Bell-Haunt
  • Bloodbond Vampire
  • Elderwood Scion
  • Vampire of the Dire Moon
  • Horizon Chimera
  • Evra, Halcyon Witness
  • Elite Guardmage
  • Deathsprout
  • Scour All Possibilities

Good luck with your deck.

Gleeock on Marisi, C-C-C-C-Coil Breaker

1 month ago

Cats off the Lawn! - more of a temporary use/haste focused deck. I like what you've done with yours though. Distinctly different, yet still viable. From what I've playtested, surprising workhorses have been Evolutionary Escalation , Oath of Druids , Earnest Fellowship , Wishmonger .. Earnest fellowship is hilarious, always funny to see opponents start to realize they really want to invest in removing this 2 CMC enchantment. I've found that a little evasion voltron subtheme is surprisingly good. The swords are strong in many EDH decks, but I've found they are above average strength in a Marisi deck.

Gleeock on Fear and Goading in Las Vegas

1 month ago

Here's some goofy fun: Bedlam , Magistrate's Veto , Earnest Fellowship , Wishmonger , Nature's Revolt , Titania's Song , Oath of Druids , Evolutionary Escalation -- Several pet cards that are phenominal with this commander, exciting times for combat-forcing and aggressive group gifting tactics. Only Rakdos is comparable right now.

multimedia on Breed Lethality with some upgrades

1 month ago

Hey, nice upgrade of the precon, but consider cutting a lot of the fat for more low mana cost support?

There's 16 four drops here includes Atraxa and there's 12 five drops. This is too many four/five drops especially four drops because the main one you want to play is Atraxa since she's in the Command Zone. My advice is consider cutting a lot of these four and five drops for lower CMC cards that are within the budget here?

Higher mana cost cards to consider cutting:

  • Enduring Scalelord
  • Ajani, Valiant Protector
  • Armorcraft Judge
  • Citadel Siege
  • Fuel for the Cause
  • Herald of Secret Streams
  • Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker
  • Angel of Invention
  • Cauldron of Souls
  • Elite Scaleguard
  • Inexorable Tide
  • Verdurous Gearhulk
  • Vulturous Zombie
  • Ajani Goldmane
  • Bloodspore Thrinax

Other cards to consider adding:

Other cards to consider cutting:

  • Vivid Grove
  • Vivid Meadow
  • Vivid Marsh
  • 1x Plains
  • 1x Forest
  • Servant of the Scale
  • Tuskguard Captain
  • Hungering Hydra
  • Darksteel Ingot
  • Mortify
  • Putrefy

I offer more advice if you have questions about any of these suggestions. Good luck with your deck.

hotschmalz on Mister Cellophane [Volrath Counter-tron]

2 months ago

I think I would cut Evolutionary Escalation for The Crowd Goes Wild because there's nothing stopping your from not putting any counters on their creatures (real rude move i know hahahaha). It's basically a better Thrive.

TwinStags on Skullbriar, Oh Lawd He Comin’

3 months ago

Thoughts:

Hunger of the Howlpack still sorta sucks, but I’ll live until a better counters-instant comes out around that cmc

Beseech the Queen is just okay. Might go with Scheming Symmetry because of how friendly it is

Rite of Passage is interesting. In MP it can work for beefing up during blocks. I’m sorta torn between this, Evolutionary Escalation , Drana, Liberator of Malakir , and some other rhino dude. Rite works when there’s a lot of combat. Evol. can push things along, but sucks 1v1. Drana feels a bit shoehorned.

Winter Orb was a terrible idea. I feel bad for putting this in my deck.

I never put together the way Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Filth work together. Adding them and possibly Crop Rotation or Expedition Map . This leads me to...

Creatures are getting stuck in my hand and I need discard generators. Fauna Shaman is a must add. Key to the City is almost good. I sorta like Greenseeker , but idk if it warrants a slot.

Reyhan, Last of the Abzan still isn’t great. If it was similar to Death's Presence I would be more inclined. As is, most of the time my board just gets wiped

Willzy on Atraxa Enchantress (Peeling Onions)

5 months ago

yumharu, Thanks for sharing your insightful suggestions! I am ordering Declaration of Naught , Evolutionary Escalation , and Rafiq of the Many since I didn't have those on hand.

I added in Simic Ascendancy & Winding Constrictor . Instead of Forgotten Ancient , I found another big card that works well with Moat : Archetype of Imagination . Also, with your idea to use exaltation for Atraxa I added in Ancestral Mask to pump her up.

I've been playing 1 v 1 with my wife a lot and she plays a Lord Windgrace lands deck. My hope is to get this deck tuned enough to win against her consistently.

Thanks for your help!!!

yumharu on Atraxa Enchantress (Peeling Onions)

5 months ago

Declaration of Naught to lock an opponent commander, can replace Phyrexian Revoker

Back to Basics is going to kill you more than the opponent you have only 8 basic land.

Phyrexian Arena instead of Tatyova, Benthic Druid (only 3 mana, and you will draw every turn and it's an enchantment)

if you don't want to play Toothy, Imaginary Friend , play Winding Constrictor instead of Pir, Imaginative Rascal

Simic Ascendancy would be really powerfull in this deck ! win condition + enchantment + counter

Atraxa is your only big creature so i will replace card like Mikaeus, the Lunarch , Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit with card like Forgotten Ancient and Evolutionary Escalation to give a lot of counter to atraxa.

Could be fun to play some exltation things to kill you oponent with atraxa. Rafiq of the Many can be really fun withatraxa x).

Good luck with your deck ^^

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