Creature — Dinosaur
Creature spells you cast cost less to cast.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Marauding Raptor eals 2 damage to it. If a Dinosaur is dealt damage this way, Marauding Raptor gets +2/+0 until end of turn.
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|Core Set 2020 (M20)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Marauding Raptor Discussion
1 day ago
Thanks for your comment! I’ll try to help as best I can. At least giving my best reasoning to help you make a more informed decision for what you might end up including. There are certainly other great options that I might not have mentioned yet.
#1 I don’t feel they are that redundant as they tend to do different things for me at least. I like Flame Sweep for decks with weenies and slowing down Mono Green/Gruul. It’s been nice slowing down some Mono Red but they’ve gotten pretty big. Getting rid of all the mana dorks and often times Pelt Collector before he hits 3/3. Sometimes casting it in response to its second trigger before the counter is put on. Instant speed has been very useful for combat tricks, gain extra value from added Enrage triggers. Great for the surprises, great for small creature sweeps.
Solar Blaze has been fabulous against Mono Green or Gruul since those can get out of hand with large creatures very quick. Usually the early stuff I end up playing I’m my lists is going to be bottom heavy. Solar Blaze fits in wonderfully that way, rarely killing my own guys.
I just like using some combination of both at times. Having lots of wipes feels good for the value that often comes from Enrage. The fact that very few of my own guys die from them is great plus as well.
It really depends on what the opponent is playing, what is is you opening hand with that Solar Blaze. At times I’ve had more even P/T Dinos but currently the majority of the creature base is bottom heavy so I’m more likely to hold onto it because of that.
#2 Sort of continuing on from the previous question, yes with Domri out all your creatures would be killed by Solar Blaze. At first glance It’s certainly not the Planeswalker you’d want to be playing alongside it. I’ve found Domri doesn’t last very long anyways so you might get say, 2 Turns out of it. In which case that works nicely when following up with Solar Blaze. Other times I just plan to (+1),(-2),(-2). Casting SB that third turn after he dies. That’s just some rough thoughts but I wanted to highlight how I play around that seeming drawback. They blow removal on Domri? “Thanks! Now I’ll just play Solar Blaze”.
#3 Yes, your partly right as to why I like it. Being able to dodge sweepers and various other things is awesome. Especially Supreme Verdict! Haha. I consider it even more versatile though.
Say the enemy is swinging in with some of their creatures while you’re low. Confronted with a choice of block or lose. Eerie Interlude would turn this situation around! Possibly leading to a game winning swing on your next turn due to them being more open. The main idea is to cast it after you’ve declared all your blockers, BUT before passing to damage (hopefully spreading them all out to each attacker).
This negates the damage between those creatures it simply doesn’t happen. Then there is the bonus of Enrage triggers when they enter again during the End Step. Bam! Now it your turn, you stopped what would have been a lethal swing with a little fake out, didn’t lose any creatures and likely got extra value to boot! Since they came down during the opponents End Step, everyone is primed and ready to attack.
This would only work so often though as most opponents would learn fairly quick and probably attempt to bait out Eerie Interlude. Then things become even more interesting.
It could possibly be a nice later game play, say Turn 6 at the end of the opponents Second Main you cast it with Regisaur Alpha Ripjaw Raptor and Ranging Raptors out to Draw, Ramp and get another Dino Token.
For the fact of its value, versatility and chance of it getting baited, I like 3-4 in the main if I use it. It certainly could go in the Sideboard as well though it has/can work well against a wide range of decks for various reasons and is rarely a dead draw.
#4 I have definitely considered The Great Henge! I don’t use it at the moment due to drawing multiples feeling pretty bad. It’s very good for sure and I’d want to see it consistently by putting 3+ in the Main. However I prefer Embercleave for a few reasons. Firstly it has stolen many games, leading to a win off its surprise cast after blockers have been declared. Secondly it gives the important Trample which can be quite lacking for Dinos. Chump blocked for days.
It’s great use on the key player, Marauding Raptor is one of my favourite points. He’s naturally getting big during a number of turns but always has a hard time getting through. Who wouldn’t choose to block a 6/3 or an 8/3 etc with a chump. A great illustration of where Embercleave comes in handy for me.
Then there are the inevitable times where you’ve already got one out and one in hand. It would be a great surprise to cast that second one on an unblocked or would have died attacker.
For Embercleave, I want to see it often and I’m not that sad to see multiples for surprise possibilities. I feel good putting more in to the deck even though it’s a Legendary. Where The Great Henge I’d be noticeably sadder.
Mainly I love keeping it as consistent as possible. Any choices fitting that are a step up in my books
#5a I just don’t prefer mana dorks with my Dino lists. They are absolutely powerful and have their place in various top tier decks. They become a Dead Draw while Marauding Raptor is out, die to my beloved sweepers and I’ve already got 8 cards that pseudo-ramp the majority of creatures anyway.
Otepec and/or Marauding often help to cast multiple creatures in a turn (plus other great perks) where the dorks can only ever assist casting one thing. They just don’t fit for me.
#5b Yes 21 Lands is definitely going to seem low to some people however there are a number of factors helping keep things consistent/ramp at 21 (vs something like 24,25).
Firstly is the fabulous Commune with Dinosaurs. Sometimes it’s better holding off playing it T1 (for more information when used later) if I’ve got the land drops. It simply helps grab that extra land or key creature and is great at any point in the game.
Then there is the consideration of the 8 pseudo-rampers which will very often bring down the overall cost of the deck, needing less lands. Leading to something like 21 working well, for me at least.
Anyway that’s a start for now, hopefully it gets your inspiration/juices flowing! I’m happy to answer any more questions or discuss other options.
2 weeks ago
. Go to two colors, red and green. Replace with
. Reckless Rage triggers enrage for most of your creatures.
If you have a Marauding Raptor out, it will kill Otepec Huntmaster . Replace with Wild Slash or other low cost removal. This will help remove creatures and planeswalkers and gets better after you play the big creatures.
Remove Domri, Anarch of Bolas and replace with 2x Shifting Ceratops and 2x Flame Sweep .
Think about how to deal with the following for sideboard cards:
2. Gain life against burn
3. How to exile anything
3 weeks ago
So I used by play Selesnya dinos before Marauding Raptor was released. Since it's release, I switch to Naya, and now am leaning toward Gruul. When I played Selesnya, my main strategy was to play Wakening Sun's Avatar and swing for game with what I previously had on the field. I played Commune with Dinosaurs in that to dig to Avatar.
LOVE the idea of Flame Sweep because that will also trigger enrage of my own Dinos as well as deal with my opponent's creatures WITHOUT killing my own creatures! Love it! I'll play with Embercleave and switch out Sunwing for Ceratops.
I appreciate your help! Hopefully we'll run into each other on Arena!
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Deck Update 12/11:
- -2X Mountain
- - Plains
- - Karametra, God of Harvests
- - Forerunner of the Empire
- - Thornscape Familiar
- - Archangel of Thune
- - The Immortal Sun
- - Aurelia, the Warleader
- + Sanctum of Eternity
- + Castle Garenbrig
- + Rhythm of the Wild
- + Wilderness Reclamation
- + Marauding Raptor
- + Knight of the Stampede
- + Shifting Ceratops
- + Urza's Incubator
- + Atla Palani, Nest Tender
I reduced the mana count by 1. But in return added a little more cost reduction and do not see too much of an impact from this particular change. Removed Karametra, God of Harvests , Archangel of Thune , and Aurelia, the Warleader due to them being a bit pricey and slow. Added Wilderness Reclamation , Shifting Ceratops and Atla Palani, Nest Tender in their place. As these cards are faster and synergise a bit better with the deck. Forerunner of the Empire was replaced by Marauding Raptor as it fits into the tribal portion of the deck better and has again more synergy. The Immortal Sun was dropped due to being to pricey and slow as well. Replaced by Urza's Incubator , a cheaper cost reduction. Thornscape Familiar replaced by Knight of the Stampede . This is due to Knight being a bit better of a cost reducer. Rhythm of the Wild added due to being a better weapon against control and has the option to make the dino's bigger or have haste.
1 month ago
I'd do some things differently, but you're getting a +1 for the Polyraptor . Always thought it looked like fun, but never got around to brew with it myself.
2 months ago
I think another Ripjaw Raptor would be good in this deck, especially with your Marauding Raptor . I would replace the Otepec Huntmaster s with Thunderherd Migration s, or maybe cut the Attune with Aether s? I think 3 copies of Once Upon a Time are really good in this kind of deck. Rampaging Ferocidon is seriously underrated and a very solid card. I think 2 copies of Regisaur Alpha would be strong. Other than that, I love your deck!!!
2 months ago
Hi! I was playing edh with some folks at my local game store. I played Marauding Raptor and Polyraptor . The two cards create an infinite combo with a mandatory loop. My question is do I lose the game because I cannot break the loop or is the game a draw? Everyone at the table said I have to forfeit and scoop. This does not sit easy with me because the official rules for Magic state the the game ends in a draw. Help me understand.