Gnarlwood Dryad


Format Legality
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Standard Legal
Frontier Legal

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Eldritch Moon Uncommon

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Gnarlwood Dryad

Creature — Dryad Horror


Delirium - Gnarlwood Dryad gets +2/+2 as long as there are four or more card types among cards in your graveyard.

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Gnarlwood Dryad Discussion

TheVectornaut on Damien Dhark

1 week ago

robgould339, I do like the focus now. I will say that Griselbrand and Ob Nixilis Reignited might be a little overkill. The lifelink on Griselbrand does have strong synergy with cards like Prey Upon, but at 8 mana, it may be difficult to even cast him at all. Without the ability to cast him almost for free, as in reanimator, it becomes much more likely that you won't have enough life left to abuse his ability. As for Ob Nixilis Reignited, I find that I usually end up using him for his -3 ability. Since this deck is already pretty great at destroying creatures, I imagine that will narrow his use down to just drawing an extra card every turn. And at that point, I'd probably just use Bloodgift Demon. I suppose it is possible that if you can manage to stay ahead on the board, you just might be able to pull off his ultimate (which is something I achieve very rarely in my dimir control deck). If that works out, he certainly can be a viable win condition.

As for Quietus Spike + Cruel Sadist, I think it's a nice combo. The question is whether or not you'll draw them in conjunction enough to justify their inclusion. Compare it to Vampire Nighthawk + Prey Upon. The nighthawk is still good, even when you don't have a prey upon to go with it, and the prey upon is still good if you don't have exactly nighthawk to go with it. Here, Quietus Spike and Cruel Sadist become a lot worse if they aren't paired with each other. If you go with it, I'd at least consider swapping Quietus Spike to Basilisk Collar, seeing as it is cheaper and that lifelink is more likely to come into effect than the life halving.

I was also doing some searches and came across Gnarlwood Dryad, Narnam Renegade, and Wasteland Viper. Seems like any of these could be an objectively better Sedge Scorpion, so that's cool. The viper in particular increases the value of any non-deathtouch creatures in the deck.

Chandrian on Priorities and activated ability

1 week ago

First, it's easier for people to respond if you link your cards: Gnarlwood Dryad Pathway Arrows Harnessed Lightning. You can do this by using double brackets [ [Gnarlwood Dryad] ] (without the space between brackets).

As for your question:

1) if it's your turn and you've entered main phase 1 with an empty stack: you have priority, your opponent has to wait for you to do something or to pass, so in this case your opponent could not cast Harnessed Lightning before you activate/try to activate the ability.

2) let's pretend you did something and in response to that your opponent wants to use Harnessed Lightning on your Gnarlwood Dryad: in that case you'd have the first thing you tried to do on the stack, then Harnessed Lightning. In response you could activate the ability Pathway Arrows gives to Gnarlwood Dryad. This would lead to you dealing 1 damage to a creature before your Gnarlwood Dryad would die

3) Now what if you decide to deal 1 damage with the ability Pathway Arrows gives to Gnarlwood Dryad? In that case, since it's your turn and the stack is empty you get to pay the cost for this. The ability goes on the stack and your opponent can respond to this by casting Harnessed Lightning. Since Harnessed Lightning is on top of the stack it will resolve first and will kill Gnarlwood Dryad. We then proceed to the "deal 1 damage to target creature" which is still on the stack, this will resolve because an ability on the stack exists independently of the thing that created it (most of the time)

Raging_Squiggle on Priorities and activated ability

1 week ago

Gnarlwood Dryad, Pathway Arrows, Harnessed Lightning

Your opponent is wrong. First off, he cannot simply cast a spell out of no where. He must have priority. You have priority during your turn, and only when you pass it does he get the chance to cast his Harnessed Lightning. You pass priority when you want something on the stack to resolve or when changing steps/phases.

Second, if, for example, you pass priority during the draw step in order to move to your main phase 1, he responds with his Harnessed Lightning, you also get a chance to respond. This is because each player gets priority before the topmost object on the stack resolves. you can certainly respond to his spell by activating your Pathway Arrows.

jparker-sartori21 on B/G Fun with deathtouch (3-1 at FNM)

1 week ago

Prey Upon is a must-have. It allows a simple Gnarlwood Dryad to trade with their biggest beater and it also offers protection against 4 color copycat combo which is about half the meta right now. If possible could you take a look at my energy deck.

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masterkillzone7 on Jund Delirium

1 week ago

Gnarlwood Dryad may be a good sideboard replacement for Narnam Renegade. I also really like the idea of Traverse the Ulvenwald but I'm not sure what to cut.

IANBAWS on Jund Obliterator (blessed perfection)

1 week ago

WhisperingBlade the only reason I kept some of those removal/other in there (like Display of Dominance and Ruinous Path) was for sweeping protection and the possibility of delirium with the sorcery, cuz there isn't a lot of variation to hit the delirium, but im not sure if I want to do that, if i did i'd put Grim Flayer or Gnarlwood Dryad in there for early beef/chumps. thanks for the insight tho, much appreciated! i've got a base, and im always open to considerations. i'm still trying to figure out removal and the best options.

Fairmount on Jund Delirium

1 week ago

This would push you more towards green but.. Traverse the Ulvenwald and Gnarlwood Dryad would be strong early plays

MattDovah on One Drop Jund

2 weeks ago

Other cards you could think about IMHO are

Gnarlwood Dryad for Deathtouch and the possibility of getting a quick Delirium

Grim Lavamancer for blocking che firing directly in the face

Kird Ape Bigger than the Nacatl

Legion Loyalist for the Battalion trigger

Mistcutter Hydra in SD against blue-based decks

Vexing Devil cause i love this boy xD

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