Creature — Elephant Soldier
Loxodon Smiter can't be countered. If a spell or ability an opponent controls causes you to discard Loxodon Smiter, put it onto the battlefield instead of putting it into your graveyard.
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|Return to Ravnica (RTR)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Loxodon Smiter Discussion
4 weeks ago
In this set, Bant would typically have aggressively costing creatures like Fleecemane Lion and Loxodon Smiter. I would make the clause “dealt damage to a player” specifically, I would like to includ planeswalkers as well but that’s a lot of card space... this would make for interesting combat scenarios for both the Bant player and the opponent since they make combat slightly awkward. “Should I chump? I don’t want them to slam a __ and draw an extra card, but I don’t wanna lose my creature?”
1 month ago
I will be playing new Heliod in my modern Martyr Proc deck. I already have Walking Ballista for spot removal and to shoot over my opponents’ creatures if needed. You can do the same with it in Pioneer, just with less consistency, as Martyr Proc has better tutors for both.
In Pioneer I think it can do just fine. The cards available to play a Soul Sister build are pretty bad, in comparison to the actual Soul's Attendant and Soul Warden version. I would probably run it in a GW ramp build for Pioneer. Heliod comes out on turn 2, followed by a turn 3 2/2 Walking Ballista , and a turn 4 win. The combo is open to removal at this point, so you may want to wait even later game to keep response mana open. Then you’re looking to play a game of attrition early on with value creatures like Loxodon Smiter , Fleecemane Lion , Steel Leaf Champion , etc.
I would also play the combo in any UWx control shell. Too bad Fae of Wishes is unable to grab either piece from the sideboard.
2 months ago
I can see the concern tbh. On the other hand, you'll actually find that scrounger recurs a lot more often that you'd think it would and its very good for that reason, especially in the horrible control matchup. I could see dropping it for a better addition to the slot, but it would have to be a REALLY good addition to beat scrounger if for no other reason than matchups and ease of castin though.. Definitely open to ideas.
I've actually been thinking about Loxodon Smiter already, but in the sb for the black matchup. If it had trample, I'd maindeck it in a heartbeat, but i dont much like it without.
2 months ago
So this is much more Abzan Aggro than it is midrange- which is not a bad thing. My only suggestions so far would be dropping Scrapheap Scrounger for something.... better? Idk. It’s a fine card, but it won’t recur very often and it’s no blocking clause will hurt you more often than you might imagine. I tested a version with Loxodon Smiter and it worked well, being another 4/4 for 3 with no legendary clause helps ensure a good curve.
Other than that I really like the deck.
2 months ago
I've had medium success with Dromoka's Command in my local meta. Pelt Collector plays a similar role to my Warden of the First Tree . I feel the elf is better at the early game, but the warden isn't a dead draw late in the game. Loxodon Smiter is a fine card, it's just that my local meta plays mostly "fair" magic. There is a couple control decks, but not enough for me to look at it more than Anafenza, the Foremost . What card are you looking at to replace with the smiter?
2 months ago
4 months ago
@ jesmister ... "just some creatures that don't have too much value"
- Kitchen Finks = one of the best value cards out there
- Wilt-Leaf Liege = gives just about all my creatures +2/+2 while also being a 4/4 with discard protection? solid.
- Dryad Militant = graveyard hate and solid aggro value at 1 CMC
- Emmara, Soul of the Accord = get a 1/1 creature w/ lifelink every time she taps? yes please
- Qasali Pridemage = exalted, enchantment/artifact hate ability which always comes in handy
- Voice of Resurgence = restricts opponents on my turn, comes back as a creature (usually much bigger)
- Thalia, Heretic Cathar = great card to get out on turn 3, helps restrict opponent in the early game
- Scavenging Ooze = more graveyard hate, lifegain, gets big
- Knight of the Reliquary = mana fixer, gets big
- Thalia, Guardian of Thraben = nuff said
- Knight of Autumn = great utility card
- Rancor = one of the best 1-drop auras in the game
- Path to Exile = arguably the best value-kill spell in the game
- Fleecemane Lion = doesn't wow, but 3/3 for 2 CMC with a late-game ability that gets full +2/+2 buff is solid
I've play-tested with other cards like Eternal Witness , Collected Company , Loxodon Smiter , and Birds of Paradise just to name a few, but currently am content with where this deck is at and how it fares in competition.
If you can't see any sort of value in this deck I'd recommend getting your eyes checked, or at least turning your brain on before posting another clueless comment like that :)
9 months ago
While I usually play with faster cost-effective setups I did tested a lot with something like this list, let me give you my impressions.
First, if you can find more copies of these cards you should run 4 of Qasali Pridemage , Loxodon Smiter , Wilt-Leaf Liege , Fleecemane Lion . These are the core cards that win the game, should max them out.
Second, you definietly want more creatures total. About 28-30 is nice and consistent, any fewer and you won't be able to keep a decent fighting force on the field. Add cheap common creatures like Llanowar Elves and 2 more Steward of Valeron to gain mana faster. Maybe a few heavy hitters like 1 more Oversoul of Dusk or Wolfir Silverheart . Or if you can find some of these Kitchen Finks Knight of Autumn Wilt-Leaf Cavaliers .
Third, too many basic lands. With that many same color sources it will be harder to cast the multicolored spells. Many games live or die by the stability of the mana base. The obvious but very pricey choice is Windswept Heath wich is nice with Knight of the Reliquary , or Temple Garden . Cheaper alternatives are Sunpetal Grove and Canopy Vista , cheapest is Selesnya Guildgate . Whatever you pick, you need more color stability.
2 more Dromoka's Command would be nice too, filling the removal/defense slot. Shapers' Sanctuary will often be a dead card if you opponent doesn't target your creatures, you could replace it with 2 more Shield of the Oversoul .
You don't need to go big money to make a nice Selesnya Midrange get competitive.