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Creature — Frog Lizard
When Galloping Lizrog enters the battlefield, you may remove any number of +1/+1 counters from among creatures you control. If you do, put twice that many +1/+1 counters on Galloping Lizrog.
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Galloping Lizrog Discussion
6 days ago
Wilderness Reclamation is kind of usless since we only have 1 adapt creature and 99% of the time we use Simic Ascendancy , Hadana's Climb Flip or Rhythm of the Wild to cheat the counter on, it was considered in the early stages of development in more of a control/ turbo fog build but spending a card on turn 4 that adds nothing to tempo seems like a waste of time.
Biogenic Ooze is way to slow and weak to removal there is a insane ammount of removal going around and in control decks, our cuttent build with the hydras is to slam it and get instant value towards the win con. Galloping Lizrog is in the deck as a finisher, it wins the game on the spot and also its a 5 drop 3/3 that does nothing although from a lot of testing we decided it is more versitile and wins the game just as often as Biogenic Upgrade which was in its slot before lizrog was spoiled.
Repudiate // Replicate doesnt work in our deck as a copied hydra doesnt come with the counters and dies instantly. Biomancer's Familiar doesnt work in this deck either because there is only 1 adapt creature. Frilled Mystic is a very good magic card however contributing nothing to counters and a 3/2 body is mostly irelevent especially in a deck thats is looking to tap down to play the biggest hydras possible ahead of curve. Essence Capture is meh in our deck as due to large hydras opponents creatures are mostly irrlevent and as the incidental +1/+1 counter is nice, you ccan look back at out earlier revisions we had stuff like Knight of Autumn and Domri, Chaos Bringer that are good cards with incidental +1/+1 counter options but due to the nature of the deck we are commited to big hydras and to make that game plan less efficient to run a 4/3 for 3 that only got us 1/10th of the way though Simic Ascendancy is just dumb.
the reason we arnt full control is because tapping down for a hydra minus 3 land is prett damn obvious tht there is a counter there and also sad especially if you didnt need the counter that turn which is why out sb has Rhythm of the Wild and Hadana's Climb Flip rythem giving uncounterable hydras haste or a extra counter is really strong towards a stright beat down plan and Hadana's Climb Flip is crazy you play it transform it on a hydra and then its a land that more then doubles the leathality of your creatures also mad synergy with Incubation Druid . even though we dont want to be countering stuff, not running 3x Negate would just be throwing away some matches and buys valuable time against control before you can Banefire them to death
1 week ago
Devilish912, thanks a lot for the upvote and props.
patrickloyd, thanks for the upvote, you were the 800th upvote :) I don't play this deck at FMN, variations are for kitchen table or online play.
I'm waiting until the whole set is revealed to do a new update on Ravnica Allegiance (RNA). Which is hopefully tomorrow, lets hope that Wizards doesn't drag RNA spoilers into next week. Having Shock lands: Breeding Pool, Stomping Ground, Temple Garden and Overgrown Tomb all in Standard is going to be amazing for brewing with Elves. Here's some of my thoughts so far...
Just like in M19, in RNA we also got two rare two drop Elves and both these Elves make Grand Warlord Radha even better :) Incubation Druid and Growth-Chamber Guardian's adapt can be mana sinks with mana that's made with Rahda and other attacking Elves. I can trigger adapt at instant speed, during combat letting me attack with either to help to trigger their own adapt. Guardian is the Elf I'm most excited about because he can tutor for other copies of himself. This ability is very good, but he's also just a powerful two drop Elf who can attack as a 4/4 turn three without any other cards. His tutor ability seems great with Radha letting me chain Guardians onto the battlefield.
Incubation seems like quite a good mana Elf. Being able to make any color mana that matches a color that lands I control can make is good. With an Unclaimed Territory in my control she can make any color of mana and Territory is a pretty important land for Elves. This is not however the best thing about Incubation it's that she may be a weak mana Elf, but she can get better later on in the game with adapt. Weak creatures who can be played early game and then scale up and become an actual threat or improve their own abilities mid game are very good.
Four two drop Elves, who will all most likely be part of the base moving forward have their own built-in mana sinks:
So far I like the looks of Gruul, Temur or Jund with possible returning to +1/+1 synergies. A strategy with counters needs an engine to give Elves counters and Rhythm of the Wild can do that. Other than the new Elves, Rhythm has the most potential to be added to this deck. Rhythm seems very good with Radha, not because it makes her better, but because it can give Elves haste which means they can generate mana when they attack the turn they're played. Both Guardian and Incubation's bonus ability for when they get a counter can happen whenever any counter is placed on them; I don't have to trigger adapt to get their bonuses. This means that a counter from riot can trigger Guardian when it ETB, giving me a 3/3 Elf who can tutor for another copy of itself. Depending on how much mana I have I can then play another Guardian and do the same thing, effectively chaining Guardians thanks to riot.
Multiple copies of Rhythm in my control can stack. If I have two copies of Rhythm on the battlefield then I can trigger riot two times, giving an Elf a counter and haste. This some what relieves the drawback that Rhythm has, it's a three drop that doesn't do anything the turn it's played. Giving Elves haste can be powerful especially with Steel Leaf Champion, but also with a strategy around Beast Whisperer. One drawback of Whisperer is all the Elves I played for the turn couldn't attack this made them too vulnerable to a board wipe (Clarion, Soot, Nova, etc.) on my opponent's turn. With hasty Elves my opponent needs a Settle. Guardian seems great with Whisperer since it can tutor for another copy of itself giving me more Elf fuel to draw. The combination of main deck Whisperer, Radha and Rhythm has potential.
Rhythm also seems busted with Prime Speaker Vannifar. Making her uncounterable and giving her haste letting me use her Pod ability the turn she's played. Vannifar is a powerful card, but I'm not sure she's what I want with Elves since I think both Radha and Whisperer are better four drops for tribal strategies with Elves. I could however be completely wrong about this, time and brewing will tell.
Another counters engine that may return is Hadana's Climb Flip. Climb seems very good with the two new adapt two drop Elves especially Guardian. Climb is very good with Guardian because each time a counter is placed on Guardian I can tutor for another copy of itself. Climb can put a counter on Guardian each combat during my turn. Another way to chain Guardians. Climb is also very good because it can be a win condition when it flips into a land. Which can also then be another land that can make any color of mana which helps Incubation.
Galloping Lizrog and End-Raze Forerunners are both new possible finishers with Elves. Lizrog in combination with Rhythm; move all counters from Elves onto Lizrog and give it haste thanks to riot. Forerunners is the new pseudo Craterhoof Behemoth, seems like a good creature to ramp into with Elves.
Of course these are just my beginning thoughts of how RNA might change this deck. The cards and strategies that have stood out so far. When I get to take a full look at the entire set, begin brewing, them most likely other strategies and cards will stand out.
1 week ago
ZendikariWol - Are you sure you read Combine Guildmage properly? It's second ability literally removes counters from creatures. So far we have three: Galloping Lizrog, Combine Guildmage, and Bolrac-Clan Crusher, and they are all at uncommon to boot. Plus there is the rare Biomancer's Familiar that allows for additional adapt.
It isn't a lot, and I'd like to see more for sure, but there is support for counter removal.
Also, Standard merfolk just got a nice boost: