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At the beginning of your upkeep, populate. (Put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of a creature token you control.)
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Growing Ranks Discussion
1 month ago
I considered Growing Ranks too when forming the deck but axed it as most of my tokens are 1/1 minions and producing 1 more of those per upkeep ain't impactful enough. I reckon it'll work better with decks that churns out 5/5 Wurms and other big tokens, etc.
+1/+1 Counters in this deck is only a sub theme (running only 3 cards that adds counters). But thanks to your suggestion, I'm adding Pir, Imaginative Rascal into my Atraxa deck instead!
Keep the discussions flowing man. I enjoy the deck brewing process as much as playing the decks. Cheers!
1 month ago
Speaking of big tokens generators, I was running the deck with Garruk, Primal Hunter, but planeswalkers are heavily targeted the moment they get into the battlefield, same reason why I took out Nissa, Voice of Zendikar.
I feel a little lack of token generators, maybe it's just my impression
1 month ago
I like your build here. I'm working on a Shalai build of my own, but its going to be a much simpler approach. With your token theme going, Growing Ranks would be another enchantment option that would produce a token every turn. I run it in my saproling deck, and like its performance. Pir, Imaginative Rascal will give you an Atraxa-like effect for anything with a token on it, and if you really want to ramp out, Rishkar, Peema Renegade will turn anything Shalai touches into a Llanowar Elves.
Looks like fun!
1 month ago
marcoferrassoli thanks for the sharing. Yes keeping the deck to 100 cards is a headache.
The earlier version of my deck ran Growing Ranks too but I found that if I didn't draw into my big token producers like Armada Wurm, Advent of the Wurm and Bramble Sovereign (to copy a big guy), am essentially populating just one 1/1 minion per my upkeep. I've since removed all these cards, except Sovereign, from my deck.
I'd recommend Tendershoot Dryad as a possible replacement for Growing Ranks. Achieving City's Blessing is extremely easy for decks like ours so we'll be churning out 3/3 Saprolings, not just during our upkeep, but during everyone else's upkeeps too.
My 2 cents worth ;)
2 months ago
Daarkest Advent of the Wurm sounds like a good replacement for Armada Wurm since I get two flashed Wurms over three sorcery speed Wurms. Second Harvest feels a bit excessive though since he already have a lot of protection for our board and Parallel Lives and Growing Ranks will pull a lot of weight. I feel like Song of Freyalise wouldn't do too much since the aim of this deck is to have a lot of BIG tokens rather than a LOT of small tokens. This deck falls behind in terms of card advantage so that's why I considered Harmonize and tutors.
seshiro_of_the_orochi, I didn't even realise Drover of the Mighty was even a card since I didn't play while Ixalan was in rotation. Its only benefit when compared to Druid of the Anima though is if I keep in Polyraptor and I might switch between it and Nacatl War-Pride. Cream of the Crop however, is the perfect card tyty.
2 months ago
3 months ago
Well, first I would consider not having one of a bunch of different cards unless you're making a commander deck, if you cut down on the number of cards but add more of the ones you need, you can get a more reliable game. Since this is supposed to be a token deck you should definitely remove Lone Rider Flip it's doing nothing for you here.
As far as the cards go, if your looking for budget token duplication you cant go wrong with Growing Ranks. But if your willing to spend a little more a much better option would be Parallel Lives or Primal Vigor.
you should also consider focusing you're token generating more. right now the deck is kind of all over the place creating small numbers of random tokens. it would be more effective if you added cards like Verdant Embrace, Darien, King of Kjeldor or Dreampod Druid. (I personally like pairing Alpha Authority + Dreampod Druid to give him some extra protection.
However, if you want to keep the big creatures and have a deck more focused on power and toughness instead of massing tokens, you should consider Giant Adephage, Mycoloth, Verdant Force and my personal favorite, Worldspine Wurm as some more budget options.
Some other cards you might want to consider are Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage so that you can populate on command, and Voice of Resurgence if your willing to spend the money. that card is very good at deterring your opponent's from messing with your side of the board on your turn.
Hope this helps a little :)
4 months ago
Ok, white green. I can see how that would work. However, I do have a point to make. Growing Ranks makes a copy of A SINGLE creature you control, which doesnt seem that effective in a deck based on making 20+ 1/1 tokens. I think Second Harvest would be much more effective, doubling all your 1/1s, not just 1.