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Nikya of the Old Ways
Legendary Creature — Centaur Druid
You can't cast noncreature spells.
Whenever you tap a land for mana, gain one mana of any type that land produced.
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Nikya of the Old Ways Discussion
2 weeks ago
Tzefick, yeah, the wording's a little clunky, particularly on non-creatures, but I wanted it to work on both permanents and non-permanents. I just couldn't think of a succinct way to cover both the creature and non-creature cases. And I do want it to happen when a creature is countered.
I could just lean in to a Ruric Thar / Nikya of the Old Ways style and make it a creature only keyword, in which case something like your lethal damage works "if ~ is countered or dies without being dealt lethal damage" would work. Though, it starts to feel less like "collide" and more like "mage-killer" or "Resist".
Alternatively, sunburst did establish a precedent for the same keyword meaning different things situationally. So, collide on a permanent means the wording above and on an instant or sorcery, just means "if ~ is countered" since the dying option doesn't apply.
2 months ago
Tzefick, I mean, can still take them out with -X/-X cards, but, yeah, it limits effective board wipes (of your creatures; you can still lose the enchantments, planeswalkers, etc) to things like Massacre Girl or Find / Finality .
What can I say? I want to play big creatures and fight with them.
I almost want to change it to something like
Tholok of the Old Ways
Legendary Creature - Centaur Warrior Spirit
instead of just "Gruul Guardian" since it would clearly be an auto-include in a Nikya of the Old Ways commander deck
2 months ago
- I find Narset, Enlightened Master and Nikya of the Old Ways a bit questionable.
- Decks like this require a lot of ramp. I would opt in for a Burgeoning and Azusa, Lost but Seeking .
- I would ditch God-Pharaoh's Statue and replace Disenchant with Nature's Chant or Sundering Growth as they are hybrids and therefore easier to cast.
- I can't tell if you're going for Zoo, Control, or just Legendary flavored EDH.
- I have my own build I'm trying to work out the kinks for as well.
2 months ago
First of all, I would replace Angelic Gift With either Gryff's Boon or Rancor , just like you said in the description. Why? Because Rampage of the Clans would destroy it, and it gets returned to your hand/battlefield whatsoever. Then, I would highly recommend a few copies of Collected Company , since it can be cast in an opponent's turn. Did it occur to you that red als also some great centaurs? For example, Burning-Tree Shaman , Stonebrow, Krosan Hero , Nikya of the Old Ways and Fanatic of Xenagos . Utopia Sprawl is in my opinion better than Verdant Haven . Then there's Conclave Cavalier , which is totally bonkers, although that strategy would not be effective when running Collected Company . Rosemane Centaur is also a good addition, but mainly if you run lower CMC creatures. And even though Genesis is not a centaur, flavourwise it would be a nice addition to this list. Maybe one copy of Fated Intervention for some instant-speed pressure. Tribalwise, I would highly recommend Metallic Mimic or Adaptive Automaton to replace the Stoneforge Masterwork , and you can even sacrifice them to Rampage of the Clans , for more value/pressure. Maybe a Mirror Entity to boost your crew in mid/lategame? If your having trouble getting the right creatures at the right time, maybe Eladamri's Call would be a nice tutor in this list. For fun, I would maybe even run a copy of Descendants' Path . You could also add some artifacts that suit nicely in any tribal deck. Think of cards like Icon of Ancestry , Obelisk of Urd , Bow of Nylea , Eldrazi Monument or maybe even Coat of Arms . Maybe even add a Selesnya Signet for fixing. All artifacts which you can even sacrifice to Rampage of the Clans . Also consider some Changelings, since they're basically just Centaurs... Chameleon Colossus . You could also add Oath of the Ancient Wood , if you're planning on running this amount of enchantments/auras. Then there's lands. I realize you want to keep this list budget, that's ok, in your case I would still run several Canopy Vista , Fortified Village , Temple of Plenty , Mutavault (which is a centaur), or Oran-Rief, the Vastwood . Chronicler of Heroes goes nicely with Lagonna-Band Trailblazer . Centaur Omenreader is also a pretty solid card by simple making your creatures cost 2 less when it's tapped. You also need cardadvantage. Think of cards like Harmonize . Also, in this meta, you'll need some hard removal. Think of cards like Dismember , Path to Exile , Generous Gift or Beast Within . You can also consider some allround lords and anthem effects. Maybe cards like Wilt-Leaf Liege , Always Watching , Glorious Anthem , Gaea's Anthem , Radiant Destiny , Hall of Triumph , Force of Virtue , Beastmaster Ascension or Collective Blessing . Maybe even a Song of Freyalise ? Yet again, all cards you can eventually sacrifice for Rampage of the Clans . You could even add some retrieval in this list, think of cards like Noxious Revival , Regrowth or Eternal Witness . Sideboard wise, I would highly recommend cards like Rest in Peace , Stony Silence , Dryad Militant , Krosan Grip , Damping Sphere , Grafdigger's Cage , Leyline of Sanctity .
This is it for now. When anything relevant comes up, I will let you know.
Keep up the good work.
3 months ago
I like your suggestions. Largely, I hadn't included them originally as Ruric Thar, the Unbowed would punish me for using them, and negate the deck's strategy. I wonder if switching gears to running Nikya of the Old Ways in the lead could yield better results by adding some sacrifice outlets and creature tutors to the mix.
5 months ago
Thank you Naksu!
I basically took my Nikya of the Old Ways deck and upgraded it via Ilharg, who lets you cast non-creature spells as well as ramping you into your big finishers. I like Domri, Anarch of Bolas for the sideboard against control once I know being countered often is a possibility.
The reasoning for Druid of the Cowl over Paradise Druid is to avoid early removal such as Goblin Chainwhirler . It's regularly used where I play. Incubation Druid is a thought, but ultimately I chose to go with old reliable a little while longer. I will definitely be looking at Incubation Druid once rotation happens!
Nissa, Who Shakes the World is completely insane in this deck and often creates massive amounts of . 5 mana is all you really need to go off in this deck.
Demanding Dragon has been an all-star so far and I highly recommend it!
I can definitely see Vivien's Arkbow having a home in this deck as well, I'm not sure what I'd cut just yet to make that happen, but I'll try to update it after I take it to FNM this weekend for sure.
Thanks for your insight!
5 months ago
Hiya!! Great deck so far! +1
Nikya of the Old Ways or Dictate of Karametra will really help you. But also, with big stompy creatures, you will get killed/bounced exiled a lot, so I recommend including some recursion cards, e.g. Creeping Renaissance , Greenwarden of Murasa . You should be running Grave Sifter due to the tribal. Also, it's simple, but Elixir of Immortality is also great at keeping you in the game.
How do you go with card draw?
on Gruul Mana
5 months ago
Looking at your deck further, I think you can replace Nikya of the Old Ways with Nullhide Ferox . You won't get the extra mana, but you would be able to still cast noncreature spells (if you plan on running more noncreature spells). Growth-Chamber Guardian would also be a good addition.
Again, you can use these suggested cards or not. Mainly depends on what type of deck you want to run.
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