Nourishing Shoal


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Betrayers of Kamigawa (BOK) Rare

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Nourishing Shoal

Instant — Arcane

You may remove a green card with converted mana cost X in your hand from the game rather than pay Nourishing Shoal's mana cost.

You gain X life.

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Nourishing Shoal Discussion

Logan89 on Nourishing Shoal, can i do ...

2 months ago

can I offer Autochthon Wurm to pay the alternative cost of Nourishing Shoal ?


lagotripha on Who u know here? Help wanted

3 months ago

Ok, so I'm seeing a deck that wants arcane adaptation and descendants path to drop big spells. Fair enough.

I highly reccomend more 1 and 2 drop creatures. Making sure that your t3 Descendants' Path hits something turn 4 is valuable. But how to assess those creatures is important. You want to be sure you have big creatures on top of your deck, and you want to avoid needing arcane adaptation where possible.

To do this, is best to assess a small set of cards you'd be using together rather than a lot of individual cards. Getting a set of cards that work well together is better than a bunch of disparate parts- getting a set which acts as a backup plan to arcane adaptation is even better.

One method to find these sets of cards is to look at what creature type you want to name with Arcane Adaptation and go all in on it.

Naming druid means Treefolk Harbinger and Arbor Elf can cheat in Gilt-Leaf Archdruid, while Arbor elf, Elvish Mystic etc can combo with Utopia Sprawl to just flat cast bigger creatures.

Naming shaman lets you use Eternal Witness Burning-Tree Emissary and Elvish Visionary, or look for Purity with Flamekin Harbinger.

Pretty much every tribe has big game-changing spells and 1 drops that work well. I'd focus on tribes that like stalling/controlling the game (Spellstutter Sprite lists), Protecting their own creatures (spirits/illusions), or already cheat their big stuff in (Preeminent Captain and Incandescent Soulstoke). There are plenty of tribal lists on this site to raid for ideas.

Changeling tribal is a neiche option which I'll mention here- Mothdust Changeling, Shields of Velis Vel etc- there are Haakon, Stromgald Scourge/Basal Sliver/Skeletal Changeling combo lists you can raid for ideas.

The second way is to look for things that can get value out of your big spells.

Unexpected results is super unreliable- I don't like to play it outside of Inverter of Truth builds. Similarly, Elvish Piper is an expensive removal magnet.

Looking at discard/reanimation is one option, with Unburial Rites Lotleth Troll, Zombie Infestation and their more expensive counterparts pointing to a G/B value plan.

Looking at CMC matters is another- Nourishing Shoal, Blast of Genius, Kindle the Carnage, Nahiri's Wrath and so on all offer ways for your big spells to impact the game when you aren't casting them for free.

The final option is other Arcane Adaptation combos, to improve card quality by building in redundancy. Turntimber Ranger and any creature goes infinite if you name ally, Haakon, Stromgald Scourge and Ashes of the Fallen, Myr Turbine and tons of creatures, Quest for Ula's Temple and Inkwell Leviathan is a thing.

The big thing is to pick one plan, and stick to it. Its a lot more difficult to disrupt three spells doing the same thing than three different things. Fix your mana curve with a smooth 'I want this or this t1, this or this t2, and this or this t3' plan, and it'll run smooth.

Good luck, and happy brewing!

DankStompy on The Deck Everyone Hates

4 months ago

classictravel13243546576879980: what do you mean? this basically already sees play in modern tournaments. look up "grishoalbrand" decks. this deck is basically that, but without the Nourishing Shoal

Xica on Regarding Goryo's breach...

6 months ago

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The idea is very similar to the lists running Nourishing Shoal + Worldspine Wurm - but it uses the swings of griselbrand for lifegain - and can win steal games with emrakul by attacking twice.

enpc on Grishoalâ„¢ Brand Health Care

7 months ago

In the past I've seen Griselbrand decks run Chancellor of the Tangle to pitch to Nourishing Shoal since you can get a turn 1 boost with them. is Worldspine Wurm still better here, given that you're probably never going to hardcast it? Or is it just the fact that it natively has trample and values out with Through the Breach?

Jtegg007 on Cut X Heads Off, X More Shall Take Its Place

8 months ago

You might scrap Nourishing Shoal for Predator's Rapport. My opinion, Shoal says "exile A Card for a few life (Your highest CMC is 7, so 7 life for 0 mana) or pay any amount of mana for any amount of life -2." So you either blow a lot of mana or lose a card, in trade for most likely less than 10 life... from a 7$ Card! OR, Rapport says "if your creature is alive, you gain x+x life." Consistently 3 mana, great fun to respond to destroy spells with, and hydras have a tendency to keep getting bigger...And you have Stream of Life anyway to do the main ability of Shoal for less mana.Admittedly, I used it in a doubling counters deck and could occasionally earn 100+ life before a response was made.

Also, this looks like a creature/stompy deck with a burn twist... but you have a LOT of noncreatures. 4/5ths of your decklist isnt a creature, and that makes sense for the defense end but it might be a little heavy in combat tricks... Maybe i'm misreading the deck, I havent played it, But I would try to cut out about 5 noncreatures for creatures. Maybe even 7 noncreatures, for 4 creatures and 3 more lands?

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