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

YungGenji on Sultai Aggro. Too easy.

3 days ago

Whiskerbro thanks for the feedback, but I'm going to keep Servant of the Conduit in because starting off as a 0/1 means Channeler Initiate has a crippling weakness to Walking Ballista. I like Rogue Refiner right now because it replaces itself, but I could try Gnarlwood Dryad and go for a more delirium theme.

cenazwalker on G/B Deathtouch Crew AKH Update

6 days ago

I normally run Ruinous Path sideboard but was considering the "new" version of it. Is see what you mean and agree I would rarely use the Return half of Never/Return.

I've been running versions of this deck for a while now and have strongly considered Deathcap Cultivator a number of times. I would probably replace Gnarlwood Dryad with it but still not sold on it. I may pick some up to test.

Thanks for the comments.

Whiskerbro on Sultai Aggro. Too easy.

1 week ago

Hm, maybe try out Channeler Initiate as a replacement for the Servant, once Amonkhet rolls around, and perhaps entirely get rid of the energy subtheme as well. Perhaps replace the Rogue Refiners with some one drops? Maybe Dread Wanderer or Narnam Renegade or Gnarlwood Dryad?

TheVectornaut on Damien Dhark

1 month 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 month 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 month 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 month 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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