Evolutionary Leap

Evolutionary Leap


, Sacrifice a creature: Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Evolutionary Leap occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Golgari: 0.28%

Evolutionary Leap Discussion

finnegang on Yasova, Chaos Thief

1 day ago

Proteus Staff returns the creature to the owner's library but lets the controller polymorph, so it should work unless I'm missing something...

I get why Evolutionary Leap wouldn't work, you don't want creatures in your hand (hence, the wise inclusion of Selvala's Stampede and Ilharg, in case they end up there).

As for big creatures, for budget reasons, I don't have access to Ulamog and Blightsteel Colossus. I thought of a fair replacement with It That Betrays. I have a Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger but I'd be missing the cast trigger. I like your inclusion of Worldspine and Moldgraft since they'll leave value once they're inevitably removed. Any other ideas for fatties? Thank you!

nxtsquare on Yasova, Chaos Thief

1 day ago

finnegang, thanks for the suggestions! Considering your suggestions:

Proteus Staff probably should be an inclusion. But note the downside as well: "put target creature on the bottom if its OWNER'S library. You cannot thieve a creature to polymorph into your own. This would work for your tokens, however.

Evolutionary Leap does not synergize well with the polymorph mechanic. You want your creatures to remain in your deck, and cheat them out directly from there.

Synthetic Destiny is not as "instant-speed" as it first seems. Read the fine print: "at the beginning of the next end step". The downsides are subtle, but the deck would need some tuning: you lose the thief effect of a main phase Molten Primordial, you lose the combat advantage of flipping a Void Winnower before attack phase, you may flip an untimely Terastodon.

finnegang on Yasova, Chaos Thief

2 days ago

It's such a great deck (saw it in MTG Muddstah). I decided to build my own version, less focused on stealing things. I'm curious on why don't you use Evolutionary Leap and Proteus Staff. They seem reliable and repeatable. Also, it seems like you could replace or add Synthetic Destiny; it's very similar to Mass Polymorph but instant speed.

Thanks and kudos for your take on Yasova.

multimedia on Korvold’s tea

1 week ago

Hey, nice start and base. Several good cards and interactions here.

Some interesting lower mana cost card interactions for repeatable sac with Korvold that are within the budget:

Invasion and Zone create a token that you can sac each turn when you attack with Korvold. Skeleton and Champion can be a repeatable creature to sac since they can reanimate themselves for two mana. Excavator lets you sac a land which you can play from your graveyard. A repeatable token/creature to sac each turn also good with Evolutionary Leap for one mana to put a creature into your hand.

I'm a big fan of one drop mana dorks when playing so much green and with Korvold. Dorks are ramp to play Korvold faster and then can be sac fodder. Goose is fine, but consider more?

Lumberjack is good with 10x Forests; it can be a repeatable source of sac that also makes mana. It makes it so a single Forest can equal four mana (combination of green/red) since you can tap the Forest to make one green mana before you sac it with Lumberjack. It's good with Ramunap Excavator since then you can play the Forest from your graveyard.

Fierce Empath is a budget creature tutor to get a threat such as Prossh, Skyraider of Kher or Broodmother. After tutoring Empath can be sac fodder. Prossh is powerful with Korvold since it can make a large amount of Kobolds who can be sac fodder and Prossh is also a sac outlet. For six mana if Prossh sacs all the Kobolds created can equal six +1/+1 counters on Korvold and draw six cards. You can even pay more than six mana to cast Prossh to create more than six Kobolds.

Mayhem Devil is very good with all the sacrifice since it triggers for any permanent that's sacrificed including your opponents. Blood Artist is good when sacing creatures.

Could improve the manabase with some budget lands:

Good luck with your deck.

Azeworai on The Lands Restored

3 weeks ago

king-saproling - Ah, a well-knowledged player!

When I reworked this deck, my goal was to make it rely less on the commander and thusly removed pieces such as Knight of New Alara and Lovisa Coldeyes, but there are some here I really like. I really only cast him with Evolutionary Leap, Purphoros, God of the Forge, or Gaea's Cradle.

Genesis Wave is a card I always knew somewhat what it did, but never truly read the card. It seems excellent in here, and I've been meaning to remove Ajani Unyielding.

I am not too fond of cards that merely ramp lands with X in the cost, especially if it may get not value. Animist's Awakening, though can be impressive, there is better I can do with my mana.

Lotus Cobra is one I own but isn't in here. It probably should be.

Stone-Seeder Hierophant is one I have never heard of, one of my avocations being perusing older sets for unseen gems. Though it can be powerful and is findable with Imperial Recruiter, it's ramp with summoning sickness on turn four, having but one toughness. Lotus Cobra seems more idoneous.

Avenger of Zendikar is quite literally perfect for this strategy. The only reasons I do not run it is because I do not enjoy having multiple of the same finisher across my decks and it's arguably a strictly better version of my commander. I couldn't do that to Hazezon. xD

Emeria Angel could get out of control quickly and I do love birds (thank you Beholden to Birds), but Field of the Dead is horrendously easy to find and more difficult for some decks to interact with.

Impact Tremors is more difficult to tutor version than Purphoros, whilst being far less impactful on its own.

Nature's Revolt is quite fun as wrath protection. I used to run Jolrael, Empress of Beasts for the same reason. Still, not my style, but thank you.

This deck already has quite a few tutors, and it doesn't actually make that many tokens afore turn five. The value in Enlightened Tutor and Imperial Recruiter is that they can find setup pieces early due to the low cost and have value later. Oracle of Mul Daya early, Ulvenwald Hydra later. I am not too fond of the high cost of Chord of Calling here, also because the deck has a fair amount of tutoring as is.

Green Sun's Zenith, on tother hand, looks lovely. I could easily see this in here, though a Dryad Arbor would be wise.

Tempt with Discovery tends to be a four mana ramp spell that finds one land. I do prefer a Pir's Whim or Hour of Promise.

I've tried Reap and Sow. Strip Mine does the job rather well, and four mana ramp for one land is heftily underperforming.

Creeping Renaissance is an interesting one, though the deck isn't actually that graveyard reliant. I'm rather copacetic with my Genesis and Eternal Witness loops.

I have also tested with Safe Haven, though it was just far too slow.

Divine Visitation can get out of hand very quickly, but I have it as a finisher in tokens. Best not to end the games the same way as other strategies, in my eyes at least.

I used to love Shields of Velis Vel. Oh, the blowouts it bestowed. I cut it when I made the deck less reliant on the commander, but I would love to use it again.

In summation, I like Genesis Wave, Lotus Cobra, and Green Sun's Zenith, with Shields of Velis Vel urging me. I merely must find out what to remove.

Walukut would be fun to include, though the lands slot is rather tight, and I refuse to remove Hammerheim. (It's never done anything. Not yet, anyway.)

Thank you for the comment. You obviously know the game well, and I'll have to look at some of your decks. :)

thom-le on Kathril, Aspect Warper EDH

1 month ago

Hi, I also try to find a good way playing this commander (Kathril Turbo Fog [no Primer yet]). For ramp you may consider Sylvan Caryatid and/ or Leyline Prowler. Both cards help out early and later on in the game. Sometimes it's hard to get indestructible creatures in the graveyard, therefor High Market and/ or Miren, the Moaning Well could sack them in the right moment. (Maybe Evolutionary Leap too)

If you are going more in the direction of supporting your commander, you may need some cards to get Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, Akroma, Angel of Wrath earlier in the graveyard. In fact, normally you won't play them very fast - though Kathril, Aspect Warper needs those cards in the graveyard zone. Buried Alive, Entomb or other filter cards like Grisly Salvage could be helpful. The other way around would be to get them out with Pattern of Rebirth, - so directly into play - or by discarding them (you already have Fauna Shaman considered, but there other ways too..

These are just my first thoughts, I'm still brewing on my deck - which goes into Turbo Fog strategy, so a bit different - but there are many questions on my side too..

bushido_man96 on Kathril Test

1 month ago

I think you could benefit from cards like Jarad's Orders and Final Parting, which will get something useful into the bin, and something useful into your hand.

Cards like Tortured Existence can help you get some keyword creatures out of your hand and into the graveyard in exchange for something you want on the battlefield. Bog Witch would ramp you and pitch a keyword creature. Evolutionary Leap would be another sac outlet that would let you get early use out of some creatures on the board, and then sac them to get them into the bin, while letting you search up another useful creature to recycle.

It looks to me like you could benefit from a reanimation package, too, but that would be personal preference.

I like the looks of this one.

bushido_man96 on Ghired's Pound Town, Siege Mode Edition

1 month ago

Beast Whisperer, Guardian Project, and Lifecrafter's Bestiary are all solid options. Another option that isn't straight draw, but could provide value, is Evolutionary Leap. Sac a token that does anyway, and get a new creature in return.

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