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When Ixalli's Diviner enters the battlefield, it explores. (Reveal the top card of your library. Put that card into your hand if it's a land. Otherwise, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature, then put the card back or put it into your graveyard.)
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Ixalli's Diviner Discussion
2 weeks ago
Also, to make you curve out a bit better and your options more versatile, i would add a few copies of Deadeye Tracker. Though while it needs some work and doesn't explore as ETB (and subsequently give you explore triggers for free), it lets you explore on your own terms, while denying your opponent his/her graveyard, which is often necessary in Standart. If worst comes to worst, it's a manasink. You should have plenty of that with all the explore triggers.
1 month ago
Hey Beef, let me help you out with your dinosaur deck (this comment was too long to post on that particular thread, lol). I'm a relatively new player myself, but I've been playing dinosaurs in Standard since Ixalan dropped so I know my way around the tribe relatively well. Here's my two cents:
Let's start with your mana base. First and foremost, I'd take out Unknown Shores. It's just flat-out a bad card under most if not all circumstances. Luckily, there's a lot of great mana fixing in standard for dinosaurs. Unclaimed Territory is a straight upgrade, and it works very well in tribal decks such as yours. If you have a little extra money, I'd also try out the dual lands in Ixalan, specifically Rootbound Crag and Sunpetal Grove. Dual lands are great in three-color decks, and the ability to come in untapped most of the time is incredible value. I'd also put in a couple copies of Inspiring Vantage for early-game mana ramp, and maybe some of the amonkhet cycling lands to give you some more flexibility mid- to late-game (see: Sheltered Thicket, Scattered Groves). Generally yo want to aim for about 24 lands in a midrange deck like this, but I could see you maybe even going to 25 or 26 if you have cycling lands in there. It's probably better to stick to 24, but that's just food for thought.
Next, let's move on to your creatures. I'm a big fan of Kinjalli's Caller, so I'm glad to see it included, though I think you could pump it up to 3 or 4 copies relatively safely. Yes, it's just that good. A turn-1 0/3 is an excellent blocker, and it's an excellent source of mana ramp. You should also look to get your hands on 2-3 copies each of Otepec Huntmaster and Drover of the Mighty. Both are excellent sources of ramp, and both remain extremely relevant throughout the entire game, something that I can't say quite as much for Caller. On the flip side, I would completely remove Raptor Companion and Tilonalli's Knight. Neither is strictly bad, per se, but what you want to be doing is ramping into big dinos, and neither of these two cards helps you do that. I would also ditch Raptor Hatchling. Although I love the card flavorfully, it's very hard to make it work, because unless you can proc multiple enrage triggers (something that is very hard outside of a dedicated enrage deck), you're getting sub-optimal value for your 2-drop. Remember that Drover can also become a 3/3, but it ALSO generates mana!
Moving on, still taking a look at your 1- and 2-cost cards. I'd say relegate Demystify to the sideboard, if not just remove it completely. It's good at what it does, but it's so extremely situational that it's not worth playing in the main deck. Slash of Talons, too, is a great combat trick, but really not what you need. My favorite combat trick in the format is Sure Strike, and at only 1 more mana it's really hard to beat that value. Commune with Dinosaurs is an incredible card and should absolutely be run in every dino deck, so no complaints on that one. Rile is an extremely good card, and I think it flies under the radar of most, but in order to make better use of it you need more dinos with enrage. More on that later.
I see that you have one copy of Savage Stomp and two copies of Pounce. I'd say drop the pounces and stick to three copies of stomp. Consider this: Savage Stomp, in a dinosaur-centric deck, is basically just Prey Upon, except better on almost every level. It triggers enrage, gives a permanent +1/+1 buff, AND only costs one green. Not bad at all. Pounce, however, is just an objectively worse version of Prey Upon, and I have a hard time condoning its use in just about any deck, enrage or otherwise.
Ixalli's Diviner and Ixalli's Keeper should be dropped entirely. Neither is very good for our purposes. Remember, we are trying to ramp into large dinosaurs, and any card that doesn't help us do that probably shouldn't be in the deck. These two, therefore, should probably sit this one out.
Before I move on to 3-drops and above, I'd like to talk about enrage for a moment. Enrage is absolutely your best friend in dinosaur decks at the moment. You even have a few cards in your deck that interact nicely with enrage triggers, such as savage stomp. But you don't have many dinos in the deck with enrage yet. So let's fix that. My first suggestion is always going to be Ripjaw Raptor. Card draw every time it takes damage, and its beefy stats means it's almost always going to survive the damage. It's the kind of card that your opponent won't want to block, but also won't want to let through. Very, very powerful card. And thanks to Kinjalli's Caller, you'll almost never have to pay full price for it! Now that's value. It's an auto-include in my dinosaur decks, especially since these decks tend to run out of gas by the time the late game rolls around. Hey, Naya just doesn't draw cards, but with Ripjaw you can easily fix this weakness. Aside from that, I'd look at enrage triggers that buff creatures or deal damage to enemy creatures, but remember that enrage triggers that gain you life are rarely an optimal use of a card. By the time you hit the late game, you're trying to out-pace your opponent, using enrage and beefy creatures to swing in for lethal damage. If you really need life gain, Deathgorge Scavenger is the way to go, as its flexibility and easy trigger makes it a million times more reliable.
Unfortunately, in the rest of your deck, many of the cards are seriously subpar. Snapping Sailback is good, especially with your enrage shenanigans going on, but it competes with Ripjaw Raptor for the mid-cost green dino slot, and ripjaw is going to win every time. Rampaging Ferocidon is also pretty solid, but its recent banning means it's completely out of the question for this deck. I'd recommend you focus on a few big, beefy dinos and then just try to get those guys out onto the field. Regisaur Alpha is a personal favorite, as it does more work than I had ever expected it to, and Carnage Tyrant is a no-brainer. I'd recommend two copies of each, for consistency. The elder dinos in RIvals of Ixalan are really solid, but hard to justify running in a deck like this. I would, however, strongly recommend Etali, Primal Storm, if you think you can get the mana fixing and ramping to make it work. That card has the potential to end games single-handedly in only a few turns, and gives you a massive card advantage once you start swinging with it.
I would also consider cards such as Kinjalli's Sunwing for mainboard disruption shenanigans, and cards like Sentinel Totem to counter popular strategies in standard. Oh, and of course, limiting your deck to 60 cards will help immensely with consistency and speed.
In summary, you're on the right track. What I'd recommend is attending plenty of draft events (there's one every friday at a game store near you!) so you can get an idea for what makes certain cards good or bad, as well as to identify interesting card interactions and to sharpen your mastery of the game's mechanics. When you think you're ready, it's a good idea to buy individual cards that you need for your deck rather than buying planeswalker decks or booster packs, and there are lots of great websites where you can do so.
Best of luck!
2 months ago
Too many lands. Cut it down to 40 at most, 38 at the least,. Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip and Rampaging Ferocidon are counter intuitive. you lost one life per creature to go wide, plus you creatures are huge so going wide will take a while.Kindred Summons has the same problem. Its really good, but only if you successfully go wide and not get board wiped. I recommend replacing it with Zendikar Resurgent. It doubles mana, gives you card draw, and keeps you in budget.
14 Ramp is a good number. Take out Hierophant's Chalice for Kodama's Reach. Hitting your land drops is just as important as ramping. try to keep most of your ramp under 4 CMC so you can reliably ramp early.
Ixalli's Diviner is too inconsistent. If you wiff the land drop, giving +1/+1 to a 0/3 is pretty useless.
Flying is great, but Haste is so much better. Even better than that is both: Fleetfeather Sandals. Swiftfoot Boots and Lightning Greaves are staple equipment in EDH. But, if you want to keep a flavor, Dinos don't wear equipment
Blinding Fog is ok. The fog effect is negligible. The mass Hexproof is good, but the are very rare occasions that there is mass targeting, so hexproof for a turn isn't great. It's a little pricey, but you might like Steely Resolve. It might backfire because it gives shroud so you can't target your creatures either, but keep it in mind.
You might like Descendants' Path over Sunbird's Invocation. It's not as consistent, but you can get it out much earlier. The draw back is that you might run through all your gas quick and screw yourself over in the long run, but you might also just run through everything.
Adaptive Automaton is nice, but not needed. Your creatures are already huge, so Anthems are kind of win more; you don't really need them. Small +1/+1 is nice if the card give you something else like Vanquisher's Banner. you already have that and Rite of Passage which can get ridiculous with the Enrage engine.
If you want to grow your enrage engine, AEther Flash might be an ok include. It can kill some of your creatures, but it can slow your opponent down a little if they are running a lot of small creatures
I'm sure you have something in mind for Emergent Growth but I don't know what.
If you take out what I suggested and not add anything you will be at 102 cards with 40 lands, or 100 with 38 lands.
4 months ago
Hmmm, I'm not the most confident when it comes to sideboard. Generally, my strategy in sideboarding is comparing the strengths and weaknesses of my deck to the most frequent decks I'd play at my LGS. Based on that, I take out what isn't useful in my deck and add in what my be useful. That seems basic and self-explanatory; but for the life of me, I can't actually put it into practice effectively.
Based on what I see, you want to make sure that you can land your combo against high removal/control decks. You also will need something to survive long enough against aggro decks and burn decks and dino decks.
To that regard: I would actually move most of your sideboard into your mainboard, so that you can control the board until you can get your combo out. I'd made the following changes (again, these are suggestions -- feel free to disregard):
MainBoard: (Gives you more control until you can land your combo.)
- Remove: 4 Dive Down
- Remove: 3 Failed Inspection
- Remove: 3 Depths of Desire
- Remove: 4 Dunes of the Dead
- Add: 3 Spell Pierce
- Add: 2 Cancel or Disallow
- Add: 3 Essence Scatter
- Add: 2 Winds of Rebuke or Galestrike
- Add: 2 Scavenger Grounds
- Add: 2 Ixalli's Diviner
Sideboard: (Adds protection against aggro and wide)
4 months ago
This is very similar to my Explore aggressively. The major difference is that I threw in Doomfall in place of Ixalli's Diviner and use Fatal Push in place of Walk the Plank. I never had Winding Constrictor in my original build, but found myself side-boarding it in for every match in the 1 outing that I have given this deck. I like it +1
4 months ago
Hey, Rishkar, Peema Renegade is a great creature for counter strategies and he can help to ramp into Verdurous. You could also play the new explore green creatures in Ixalan: Merfolk Branchwalker, Ixalli's Diviner and Tishana's Wayfinder. Out of these three Branchwalker is the best. Explore is a ability that can either draw you land or put a counter on the explore creature while then choosing whether to put the revealed card back on top of the library or into the graveyard. If adding some Merfolk then River Heralds' Boon is a cheap mana green instant to put counters on creatures.
I recommend adding 4x Sunpetal Grove cutting 4x Forest for them. This land will help to be able to play the white spells especially Wreckage.