Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Duel Decks: Zendikar vs. Eldrazi (DDP) Common
Worldwake (WWK) Common

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Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.

Landfall — If you had a land enter the battlefield under your control this turn, that creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn instead.

Groundswell Discussion

Iron_eye2 on Mono-Green Infect (Budget)

4 days ago

have you considered Groundswell or Scale Up ?

Diabolikill on

2 weeks ago

I may have to pass on that suggestion. Turning it into a Wurm is nice but it loses Trample in the process. Plus, Groundswell can be cast at instant speed.

kamarupa on

2 weeks ago

Scale Up over Groundswell .

kamarupa on Weakness

2 weeks ago

I suggest dropping all 3x Groundswell and 1x Might of Old Krosa . Just basic math - 1/1's that get +4/+4 pumps are 5/5. 5/5 hits for less than a 6/4. Same CMC (G), so Scale Up is better.

Also, I think you could go to 20 lands, as your odds of winning diminish the longer the game goes on. 20 lands = 1/3 of the deck. By T3, you'll have drawn 9-10 cards between your opening hand and draw steps (1/6 of the deck). So odds are that you'll be able to drop 2 lands pretty consistently, which is enough to cast all but 3 spells, Become Immense excluded.

[email protected]_only on Pattern Recognition #113 - New ...

1 month ago

I've said it before, and I'll say it again - making a new keyword mechanic for what is functionally the same thing is, all at once, silly, confusing, and, in many cases, much less about the flavor of the mechanic as it is trying to claim a section or ability without crediting its precursers.

Prior to New Phyrexia, we had 2 mechanics going in that would have... well, I hesitate to say "solved", so lets go with "staunched the bleeding of" many of the mechanical issues of this set;

Wither (ala lorwyn) and poisonous (ala timespiral)

what we got was a nightmare - infect.

don't get me wrong - poison counters have a solid place in magic - from Marsh Viper to Swamp Mosquito , all the way up to Virulent Sliver , there is a long list of toxic win conditions that rarely saw play, but had their own niche to mess around with (and ultimately inspiring deathtouch, when paired with basilisks, but I digress).

The problem was that the cards:

1) were disproportionatly high in the poison output vs mana cost (see Glistener Elf vs Pit Scorpion )

2) existed alongside a mechanic that augmented the toxic strategy with zero interaction

and worst of all, 3) allowed pump spells and effects to directly impact the toxic stratigem.

From a compeditive standpoint, all of this added together into what is, without a doubt in my mind, the least interesting deck I have ever seen. Tree Fiddy - named after the south park meme, when the initial cards that made the deck in modern totalled to be approx $3.48 - is an aggro - pump infect deck. the goal was to hit your opponent turn 2 for leathal poison. yes, you read that correctly. Turn 2. Turn 1 is Forest + Glistener elf, turn 2 is Forest, swing, and some combination of giant growth effects, usually Might of Old Krosa , Groundswell and Mutagenic Growth . Scale Up is a recent addition, and likely will make modern even more unfun to play.

I have played magic, abet off and on, since 1995. New phyrexia was one of the sets that broke my will to play the game, something that has happened only 2 other times - once from being unemployed for 6 months, requiring me to sell my cards to make rent, and once after Urza's block when I was too poor to play anything other than the discarded commons after a draft.

Now, I say this as a proud Johnny / Vorthos: if the game lasts for less than 4 turns, it isn't worth the time spent to unpack my deck. I played through Zoo 1.0 in Ravnica / Kamagawa block, and that wasn't enough to break my resolve. But New Phyrexia's Infect mechanic? that was a final straw.

BodhiQL on Frankenstein's Monster- Modern Infect (Primer)

1 month ago

Hey skalinas, thanks for the comment! So I just updated the list to what I'm going to be playing post Horizons. 1 of the Nature's Claim and another card have become Force of Vigor which can get around Chalice on 1 without costing mana. I only play 3 Scale Up because they aren't good in duplicates, you only really want one per game. 2 Become Immense because with Scale Up Infect can win on turn 2 more often, and Become Immense isn't as good. Groundswell helps more with turn 2 wins. Baby Teferi is fantastic against Control, Burn, the mirror, basically anything with lots of instants. If you untap with him and an Infect creature you usually just win.

skalinas on Frankenstein's Monster- Modern Infect (Primer)

1 month ago

you have explained the deck very well here. i have been playing this deck since 2011 and it is great to see how it has evolved. you have 2 Nature's Claim in the sideboard, but i would rather take in Return to Nature so that you can destroy the turn 1 Chalice of the Void . also, i like to run all 4 Scale Up s, 3 Become Immense , and only 1 Groundswell . I am most curious about how baby Teferi, Time Raveler works... basically tells the opponent "i dont want to play with you"

sonnet666 on philktoken8998

1 month ago

My Ensnaring Bridge is Stronghold. And is pretty close o NM as far as I can tell. Here's a picture: link

However, I'm not going to trade it down, so if you want to make a trade, I would only trade for your Doubling Season as a 1 to 1.

Either way, I'm still interested in the cards you listed, and I have some other wants from your binder:

Total Price: $40.82

I'd be interested in trading those for these cards out of what you listed:

Spellseeker , Gamble , Talisman of Hierarchy , Neheb, Dreadhorde Champion , Cruel Celebrant , Ugin, the Ineffable , Emmara, Soul of the Accord , Immolation Shaman , Bolas's Citadel , Flux Channeler , Evolution Sage , Finale of Revelation , Karn's Bastion , Inspiring Vantage , and Rugged Prairie . (Total: $39.79)

Also, I just like to say that I'm sorry for falling though on that trade we'd worked out like 6 months ago. I believe it was for my Leyline of the Void . I wasn't on this site for a while, and it kinda slipped my mind. Neither of us had sent anything at that point, so it's not a big deal, but I remembered it when I saw your username and thought I should mention it.

Let me know if this sounds good, and if you want to include Ensnaring Bridge for Doubling Season as well.

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Groundswell occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.06%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%