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Search your library for up to two Forest cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
Gaea's Bounty Discussion
1 week ago
triproberts12 I've looked at those links and they are very helpful, should I put all dinos i have in the deck or only good ones?
1 month ago
Always nice to find another Sasaya player! This deck is a hard nut to crack but I think you are on the absolute right track. I will try to share what works for me. As you surely know the deck plays vastly differently with and without a fliped Sasaya, so I will give you my thoughts for each part, as well as a few general things I found useful.
Pre-flip: This is the part where every mana spent counts. Spells you want to cast here should be as cheap as possible and make flipping easier. It seems kinda obvious but: to have 7 lands in hand, you have to have at least 7 cards in hand! Keeping your card count high while playing spells and lands is key for a fast flip. Continuous card draw like Howling Mine works great for this, top deck manipulation with Sensei's Divining Top is also nice. Spells like Gatecreeper Vine are essentially a land in your hand while providing a blocker too. Ramunap Excavator and Crucible of Worlds let you play fetch lands or cycle lands from your graveyard keeping your stock in hand high. For that same reason Cultivate , Kodama's Reach , Peregrination and Khalni Gem are the best ramp spells you can get. Renegade Map , Traveler's Amulet and Wanderer's Twig push you over the threshold right before the turn you need it. Yes, they erode your hand size at first but that's right when Gaea's Bounty and the likes come in.
Post-flip: Great, you got 7 lands in hand and can flip! But what else? City of Solitude would be another Dosan to protect you, but the real problem is finding a payoff card in a deck that is almost 70% setup. As you already play the Portal and the Ring, I guess you'll like Skyship Weatherlight too. You'll run out of life before you run out of mana with Book of Rass . Personally I prefer cards I can play pre-flip and can activate post-flip. Domesticated Hydra or Unyaro Bees look stupid when you play them, but finish off the most dangerous opponent quickly. Temur Sabertooth can be used in too many ways to count. Polukranos, World Eater is a boardwipe (together with Khamal, a landwipe too) and finishes off whoever can't play a blocker fast enough. Realm Seekers are huge or can get a new set of lands, in case someone removes Sasaya.
My personal favorite: Oath of Druids ! You wouldn't think it works, but it simply does. It is a fast way to find Life, hitting a payoff creature means you don't have to cast it and the overall confusion when something big jumps out of another deck is a great distraction. Everytime I play it, the game is a blast!
General thoughts: A few things, that come to mind, because they work for me. Please see this as constructive critique you can ignore too, if you think your deck works for you. Because every extra land drop lowers your card count I really don't like additional land drops. While they are great for ramping pre-flip, they postpone the flip and become almost negligible post-flip. Essentially they are rituals and I only consider Summer Bloom worth the slot. I see you don't play any utility lands, but I think Glacial Chasm is just too good to pass up. While we're on the topic of utility lands, I really think you should reconsider on playing cards that give no maximum hand size too. To reiterate: you can only reveal 7 lands if you have at least 7 cards in hand. Having the leeway of more cards beside your lands is what makes the effect a must have in my opinion. Library of Leng and Thought Vessel are worth their slots for me, next to the Tower. You not playing this effect creates a spiral: you still have to get up to 7 lands but you can never not consider what to do at your cleanup, suddenly searching for multiple lands becomes worse, then you have less food for spell mastery or delirium. Everything together is costing you at least 1 turn pre-flip. Especially if you chose not to play "no maximum hand size"-cards, but also in general, playing lands from your graveyard is always a good way to preserve your hand size. You state the the wave chain as your best win condition and you are absolutely right, it is the best. Still I don't like the Memorial just for how useless it is pre-flip. Let's be honest if the first Wave hits an E-Wit, you can Wave for the whole deck. What you win the game with in the end doesn't really matter. I like Goblin Canon because it can still work pre-flip in a pinch and still works in the wave.
Too many cards to suggest but I hope there are some cards you want to try out. If you have questions I'll gladly follow up. Cheers!
2 months ago
Ack, I just realized I meant Gaea's Bounty , not Blessing. Apologies.
1 year ago
You should be running Woodland Bellower. Bellowing for Eternal Witness, Tireless Tracker, Courser of Kruphix. Shaman of Forgotten Ways and Fierce Empath is really good. I would also add some haste enablers like Akroma's Memorial and Concordant Crossroads.
You could also use some ways to get lands into your hand to abuse your generals ability to play extra lands. Stuff like Nissa's Pilgrimage, Journey of Discovery and Gaea's Bounty would be better than Explosive Veg, Rampant Growth, Harrow and Farseek since you can take advantage of the extra lands you're tutoring up. Utopia Sprawl is also good and inexpensive.
Also don't like Star of Extinction or Blasphemous Act here since you're the one presenting the creature threats. You don't want to blow up your own stuff and you should be able to combat other creatures easily.
Lastly, some other inexpensive but very good cards to consider: Reclamation Sage, Noxious Revival, Fierce Empath, Kamahl, Fist of Krosa, Vernal Bloom, Ramunap Excavator (I would suggest adding Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse so that you can ramp from the graveyard with Excavator and your general. Strip Mine is also inexpensive and would work well with this combination.
These upgrades would cost somewhere like $40-45, $25-30 if you don't play Akroma's Memorial (though the card is really good).
2 years ago
What I don't understand (so much) is why the hate against ramp. Yes, it's tutoring, but you're going for lands, not a 2-piece (chicken) combo. I know there are ramp cards that deserve the light of day (Rampant Growth and Hunting Wilds being examples), but come on.
The One Ring (see what I did there?) I can understand because it is literally everywhere, but it really only matters for the first few turns before it comes mostly a dud draw.
It's cool to see some weird cards every now and then (ex. Gaea's Bounty, which I'm currently running in Sasaya), but there's the issue of drawing the line between must-run's (staples) and other must run's (cards necessary for the deck).
Otherwise, play how you want to play. Why give a damn, and blow it out of proportion?
2 years ago
I've found Woodland Bellower to be quite useful. Being able to cheat out either Eternal Witness or Courser of Kruphix is sweet.
What are your thoughts on Recycle?
While Hermit Druid is most commonly used as a combo enabler, it's also quite effective as a draw engine.
You're running Avenger of Zendikar and Tooth and Nail. Craterhoof Behemoth is definitely warranted.
Chord of Calling is a slightly worse version of Green Sun's Zenith.
How has Liege of the Tangle treated you?
How important is the low cost on Caravan Vigil? Is it worth playing over something like Gaea's Bounty?
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