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Evolutionary Leap Discussion
2 days ago
4 days ago
Interesting idea on how to use Meren of Clan Nel Toth
Izoni, Thousand-Eyed is another great outlet that nets you card draw/lifegain for but also can help you go wide with her Insect token, or sac them out with Black Market on the field for some massive mana gain!
Hope this helps! If you need some more ideas be sure to check out my Meren Build deck!
3 weeks ago
Tatyova, Benthic Druid would provide excellent value in this deck. I also think you should run some sac outlets to take advantage of Toothy's card draw. Evolutionary Leap is good, Ashnod's Altar , Birthing Pod , Altar of Dementia , High Market and Claws of Gix are other options.
3 weeks ago
Okay so first update
Although I can imagine Pyroblast being good my group very rarely runs blue so it's probably a waste in this situation.
Thanks for the input!
3 weeks ago
other evoke creature are also really great like Spitebellows
Malignus to have insane a creature with insane easily power.
Berserk is insane in this deck but it's a not a cheap card.
Vulturous Zombie i don't know if he will have enough time to be better than other t5, it might be complicated to help him survive with the few protection you have.
Flesh is good flexible card that will help you finish the game.
I think that you have enough draw and i don't think that a counter based theme is great in the for the deck, card that double the number of counter are really good but card that only put 1 additonnal counter are not powerful enough.
Good luck !
3 weeks ago
Hey, i do see your point about running "mana creatures" instead of ramp sorceries etc. and i agree - however, i really like the idea about stuff like Sakura-Tribe Elder and Farhaven Elf as they can sac themselves to give experience counters and you can use them over and over again - are there more creatures like this you know of?
I can see that Guildmage is kind of slow and maybe you have to go all in on tokens and sac outlets for it to be a viable option. - should I take Zulaport Cutthroat out of the deck if im not committing to this strategy?
Hmm I can see that Rescue from the Underworld can be a bit redundant with Meren, but do you think Whisper, Blood Liturgist is worth running? will there often times be 2 creatures worth sacrificing? I can see the idea if there is ways to put creatures into our graveyard so they can be cheated out with stuff like Buried Alive - also are there more effects like this to get our instant win-condition going besides stuff like Diabolic Tutor ?
3 weeks ago
I think I would choose to run fewer of the cards like Cultivate and more mana dorks, like Llanowar Elves , Birds of Paradise , and in my Meren build, I run Blood Pet and Blood Vassal . These cheap mana dorks make great sac fodder for running the counters up on Meren, and are easy to return to play using her recursion ability. They can just start the Meren engine sooner.
I think the main issue with Korozda Guildmage is its a bit slow. Paying 4 to sac a big creature to get a handful of 1/1's is ok, if you want to go with the token route. If you sacrifice enough of them in the turn, then yes, you could theoretically get back what you sacrificed to being with. If you have Blood Artist or the like out, then it can be a nice damage swing for the turn, as well.
I don't think I'd run any of the cards that are based on everyone's hand sizes for this deck. They tend to run better in decks built around having everyone draw cards, and that isn't really what Meren does.
I don't think I'd run something like Rescue from the Underworld . Whisper, Blood Liturgist would be better suited, I think, if you're looking for more recursion, and it happens that turn. And its a creature, which means Meren can bring it back.
1 month ago
Hey, nice budget deck. Rome921 gave you some good advice, but I don't think you want to be aggro. I think you want to be midrange and use your graveyard with Skullbriar :)
Sit back let the counters accumulate on Skullbriar until your ready to strike. I say midrange because there's some setup here that needs to happen before you can seriously start attacking and doing Commander damage with Skullbriar. The setup is not aggressive cards they're midrange cards.
Never cut one drop mana dorks. In fact consider adding more: Llanowar Elves , Elvish Mystic , Fyndhorn Elves , Arbor Elf ? They're a huge reason to want to play green in Commander. Maybe they don't interact the best with Skullbriar since he's only two mana to start, but they create ramp for other cards that you want to play which are just as important than Skullbriar.
Greater Good is too good of repeatable draw with Skullbrair's ability to keep his counters and it's a sac outlet. Sac outlets help to get value, able to sac Skullbrair in response so he isn't constantly going back to the Command Zone just choose to instead put him into your graveyard. Carrion Feeder , Yahenni, Undying Partisan , Ashnod's Altar and Evolutionary Leap are other sac outlets to consider. Skullbriar doesn't loose counters when he's put into your graveyard this makes him a good target for sac outlets and reanimation to bypass Commander tax. Just don't recur him, have to reanimate him, skipping your hand and putting him right onto the battlefield.
Journey to Eternity Flip has been suggested and it's good with sac outlets to sac the creature enchanted to flip it to then have a repeatable way for five mana to reanimate Skullbriar. Animate Dead , Unearth and Vigor Mortis are more ways to reanimate Skullbriar. Don't be afraid to put Skullbrair in your graveyard; if your graveyard gets exiled when he's in it, he doesn't get exiled, you can choose to put him back into the Command Zone.
Ring of Kalonia , Evolutionary Escalation , Kalonian Hydra and Reyhan, Last of the Abzan ($5) are no mana cost repeatable counter engines with Skullbriar. Increasing Savagery and Solidarity of Heroes can put a lot of counters on Skullbriar for the mana costs. Deathrite Shaman and Scavenging Ooze are Golgari staples, especially good in multiplayer Commander where there's four graveyards to choose from.
Swiftfoot Boots and Canopy Cover can help to protect Skullbrair. Boots also has haste good with reanimated Skullbrair and Cover gives evasion. Regrowth , Treasured Find and Eternal Witness can recur any one card from your graveyard good to get back reanimation spells or anything else.
If you like some of these suggestions I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
Evolutionary Leap occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.03%