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Marwyn, the Nurturer
Legendary Creature — Elf Druid
Whenever another Elf enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on Marwyn, the Nurturer.
: Add an amount of equal to Marwyn's power.
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Marwyn, the Nurturer Discussion
4 days ago
Yes the savagery and the magistrate were the two cards I meant. To be fair you aren't wrong those cards are great value, I just wondered if they were then use you needed for this particular deck. Mostly because you don't have much that makes use of them out side of just the buff they provide. I have quite a few elf decks which are built for various purposes of you want to check them out go ahead. But if you like the counters there are a few cards that make them better you could play like Joraga Warcaller, Marwyn, the Nurturer, and Rishkar, Peema Renegade
1 week ago
looks like theres not much combat dudes till late game and that may be a bit too weak, id grab 2 more Untamed Kavu swap your Druid of the Cowl for either Merfolk Branchwalker or Jadelight Ranger. then swap the Marwyn, the Nurturer for the Prowling Serpopard. too much ramp leaves you open for attacks, especially if you're not attacking with the ramp guys
1 week ago
If I were you, I would take out Territorial Allosaurus, Grunn, the Lonely King, Marwyn, the Nurturer, Adventurous Impulse, Nature's Way, Rhonas's Last Stand, Cartouche of Strength, Song of Freyalise, Trial of Strength, Ambuscade, and Blackblade Reforged, and put in Rhonas's Monument, Merfolk Branchwalker, Jadelight Ranger, Blossoming Defense, and Verdurous Gearhulk, and add more Rhonas the Indomitable, Steel Leaf Champion, Greenbelt Rampager, and another Ghalta, Primal Hunger.
1 week ago
aqKetoz, thanks for the upvote.
Servant of the Conduit is an Elf. In fact he's the best two drop Elf. This is tribal Elves that's the reason I'm playing him. Turn three Grand Warlord Radha is pretty good and Servant can make red mana for Radha which is very helpful.
Elves in Standard make mana, that's strongest characteristic of the tribe right now. Especially because of Marwyn, the Nurturer and her mana ability one reason to be tribal Elves. Other than Steel Leaf Champion expect most other Elves here to be mana producers.
This a mono green deck, splashing red only for Radha because of Unclaimed Territory. Only green puts a limit on removal options; there's not a lot to choose for. Ancient Animus is the current two drop removal spell. Is it ideal? Nope, but it's what we have to work with in green and I'm actually quite pleased with it. Most mono green decks right now in Standard are not even playing main deck removal, only 4x Blossoming Defense as pseudo creature removal in combat and protection.
I would like to put red removal in this deck, I tried this, but the manabase doesn't work with more red. More red with Sheltered Thicket, Mountain even more Aether Hub disrupts Llanowar Elves and Steel Leaf Champion too much. There's a fine line here with the manabase being able to play these two Elves together and red.
1 week ago
Kalonian Hydra, Hooded Hydra, Marwyn, the Nurturer, Sylvan Offering,Ulvenwald Tracker,Viral Drake, Cytoplast Manipulator, Druid's Call, Thada Adel, Acquisitor and AEther Mutation are all fun cards here. I think only the Kalonian Hydra is expensive.
Triskelion is amazing here.
If you want to strengthen the Elf theme there's enough to do the entire deck just with that. I was fiddling with my Ezuri deck and started to look at possible themes like Elf, Rogue, Wizard etc. Morph, Wizard and Elf were the strongest. Not enough creatures to make Modular work =(
I'm almost certain you're going to want some more protection for Ezuri once people start seeing him work.
1 week ago
I'm gonna have to try Reconnaissance at some point as it seems pretty silly. I'm slightly hesitant to add mama elf Marwyn, the Nurturer as I'm not sure how she will perform but overall I've been happy with how mine went.
The deck can present a threatening board state with just 2 to 3 creatures which is rather nice.
When I played it I was able to get Ruric Thar, the Unbowed turn 5 I believe.....he didn't even make it my next turn lol.
2 weeks ago
thanks for the love on the primer! it took a lot of work to write :Dyou might notice it has a few outdated cards which i need to update, but life has been busy.
to come back on your landcount, i generally try to have my lands at 36-38, depending on how much i need and then add about 10-12 other mana sources in the form of ramp. but if your deck runs well with your current configuration, definitely keep it that way! fetches are not necessary to run 4 colors but they do help a lot. however in a meta where everyone is likely a turn behind because of taplands, its no big deal. should you ever look to get into fetches, start with the khans ones, as they're about 15-20. that being said, it still might be smart to look into lands with basic landtypes, because it makes cards like checklands, farseek and skyshroud claim so much better.
Marwyn, the Nurturer overperforms for me because i build my deck to be very ramp centric. my dream scenario is having a selvala out on turn 2-3 so that i have enough mana to cast a 6 or 7 drop on turn 4-5. you've probably noticed this in your deck too, how well they enable big plays. wel marwyn, although it takes a bit more work, falls into the same slot. i used to have a Rishkar, Peema Renegade in his position, and she was a lot worse. its also a little flavor thing, since i want as much as my deck to be legendary, and since mana production is so important, i like to include legendary mana dorks like marwyn.
urabrask, being the cheapest of the praetors (at like 4 after iconic masters) is also the least oppressive. though i have to say, garna is definitely a flavorful replacement!
the biggest reason i cut adriana and gahiji was that i needed space for other stuff and they did the least. but if they work for you (and your budget) they are suitable replacements for other big stompers like the preators. but if you look at pure power, would you rather have +3/+3 on attacks that makes combat a bit wierd from adriana, or 2+/2+ all the time and kill half your opponents boards with Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite?
as for Selvala's Stampede, i need to try that sometime, seems really strong! a more fair version of Defense of the Heart i probably would cut something like primevals glorious rebirth for it, but i wanna try that a bit more too.
2 weeks ago
Thanks for the solid advice Zakky234!
I really appreciate the advice and I will still try to help with your deck. I see that our metas are a bit different, given the manabases and creatures we run (I have never thought of Anafenza, the Foremost as something worthy of inclusion).
I forgot to mention earlier, but I also enjoyed the primer a lot - combined with your reasoning in the discussion, it gives such a clear picture of what you are doing and why!
To further the discussion, I run a lower land count, but more artifact ramp - with the new Grow from the Ashes this is looking to change slowly towards more lands and less artifacts. I try to budget my manabase, as cash for fetches are currently not an option.
Queen Marchesa and especially Marwyn, the Nurturer are not something that I have thought to include. Marwyn bringing only green and not having a ton of elves makes me hesitant to include her, can you elaborate why she overperforms, I notice you have cards like Heroes' Podium (didn't know that existed) to buff her significantly, but beyond that, I have no idea.
Instead of urabrask, since I do not like the praetors (or their price tag), I was thinking of the new Garna, the Bloodflame to replace kolaghan - worse body but better effect.
Adriana, Captain of the Guard and Gahiji, Honored One were part of the original inspiration to make this deck, so I am unlikely to ever remove them. They function well enough - give the team a nice bonus, are not expensive money-wise, and are not super scary. The deck is fairly explosive and keeping a low profile early on can be very important and these two do help with that. I like to include a lot of fun, political cards like Fortunate Few - I had Cruel Entertainment in there for a long time.
Have you tried out Selvala's Stampede? That card has over-performed for me every time I cast it early on.