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Creature — Elephant Cleric
When Loxodon Hierarch enters the battlefield, you gain 4 life.
(Green)(White), Sacrifice Loxodon Hierarch: Regenerate each creature you control.
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Loxodon Hierarch Discussion
4 days ago
Excellent choice in commander. I love my Trostani deck located here: http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/trostani-edh-v20/
Trostani is surprisingly quite hard to build correctly reason being it does not remove any elements from your deck. For example Marath, Will of the Wild removes token production so all you need to do is ramp, draw cards and make those tokens better. But even failing that you will still have basic tokens to stall with. With Trostani who is still an awesome commander you have to build all elements into your deck.
I recommend taking all small token generators out of the deck and replacing them with quality token generators such as Crested Sunmare or Giant Adephage. Trostani loves big tokens because of her populate. If you were looking to go small tokens, I'd recommend Rhys the Redeemed as your commander. Things like Geist-Honored Monk, Trostani's Summoner, and Vitu-Ghazi Guildmage would be the ones I'd cut first. finally, Cryptolith Rite becomes bad without little creatures so I'd recommend cutting that too if you end up following my advice.
The second thing that trostani struggles with a lot is getting on the board early because big token generators tend to cost a lot of mana - e.g., Desolation Twin. If you're at a table with aggressive decks, you will likely die quickly if you don't drop something early or ramp into your late game quickly. Ramping on trostani is very important. You have a good start, but I would recommend even more. Kodama's Reach is just another Cultivate which is one of the best ramp cards in commander. Nature's Lore and Skyshroud Claim both put lands in untapped which is huge. Farseek is a nice early ramp that can grab you either a plains or a forest.
luckily, we're in selesnya and selesnya has some of the best land based ramp in the game. Lands like Myriad Landscape, Krosan Verge, and Blighted Woodland are great for ramping. While i'm on the topic of lands, i'd recommend cutting your generic tap-lands such as Tranquil Expanse, Terramorphic Expanse, Selesnya Guildgate, Blossoming Sands, Evolving Wilds, and Graypelt Refuge for just more basic lands. We're not that desperate for color fixing and it's really important to have your lands coming in untapped.
I'll finish up by making a few recommendations from my deck and some cuts i recommend as well. First, Emmara Tandris is a pretty weak card for how expensive she is. Think about what else could go in the 7cmc slot - e.g., Giant Adephage. Intangible Virtue probably isn't good enough for its minimal +1/+1. I'm not sure what your budget is, but Archangel of Thune is an absolute monster in this deck. Darien, King of Kjeldor is sweet too because if you ever take damage, you immediately get all your life back from the tokens coming out if trostani is in play. I recommend swapping out your Green Sun's Zenith for a Chord of Calling because you can instant speed in a Felidar Sovereign right before your turn to just win the game if no one has removal or is tapped out. If you don't have $60 to fork over for a Doubling Season, Primal Vigor can be a nice budget option. The downside to vigor is that it helps everyone at the table but %99 of the time it will be the most useful to you. It's also even better if you know no one in your play group plays a token/counters deck.
You mentioned in your description that this deck is weak to board wipes. I have also had problems with board clear, and I like how you've tried to combat them with cards like Heroic Intervention, Loxodon Hierarch, and Dauntless Escort. I'll have to play test some of these to see how they work.
I am by no means an expert of Trostani. I have been brewing her for a while now, but I bought my trostani deck only about a month ago. So, please take everything I say with a grain of salt. Good luck and feel free to message me with any questions you have.
1 week ago
Looked it up a little more just now. Dauntless Escort and Loxodon Hierarch also offer nice flexible protection. Twilight Shepherd, Ghostway, Sudden Disappearance are nice for boardwipes too, and Nim Deathmantle and Mimic Vat can also conditionally be pretty nice.
3 weeks ago
I second on playing Eternal Witness. It's too powerful with eerie interlude to not include it. Loxodon Hierarch is a budget replacement for siege rhino that COULD help to go to selesnija colours instead, if you wish to do so. Also, how about Cream of the Crop?
2 months ago
Sweet deck got a couple suggestions though, Archangel of Thune is a great add to the deck kinda jams with the whole life gain thing. Talisman of Unity, Nature's Lore and Skyshroud Claim for some good ramp and maybe a Selfless Spirit of Loxodon Hierarch for some board wipe protection.
2 months ago
@ODDIOBLENDER, not to sound rude or anything, but Wrath of God and Damnation explicitly say creatures can't be regenerated, so I don't think Loxodon Hierarch would be very helpful against those specific board wipes.
@GeminiSpartanX, thanks for all the advice. I do already have a playset of Birds of Paradise in the mainboard already. With the more creature centric play style you're suggesting, would leaving the Inquisition of Kozilek playset in the sideboard be reasonable? And I know now is probably the cheapest enemy fetches will be for a very long time, but I am definitely not in the financial situation to be buying a playset of any of them.
2 months ago
ODDIOBLENDER Do you think Loxodon Hierarch would be better as a side or mainboard card? Would Heroic Intervention be an adequate substitute? No need to regenerate if its indestructible, right? Plus it's a smaller mana investment. Also, why Watchwolf over Fleecemane Lion?
3 months ago
8 months ago
Cathars' Crusade would be a very pretty addition to this...! Loxodon Hierarch, Mycoid Shepherd, Cryptolith Rite, Champion of Lambholt, Contagion Engine and Rhys the Redeemed should all be good additions as well, I'd imagine!
Also Glare of Subdual, Requiem Angel, Eldrazi Monument and Pollenbright Wings could be cards to consider, although they might not fit the "theme" of the deck, if you're concerned about that... and of course, Doubling Season and Parallel Lives have been mentioned already~!
And hey, with the exception of Rhys, Eldrazi Monument and Contagion, these are all extremely budget cards, each a dollar or less, which is always a plus, ne?