Novijen, Heart of Progress

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful 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
Commander 2015 (C15) Uncommon
Dissension (DIS) Uncommon

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Novijen, Heart of Progress

Land

: Add to your mana pool.

, : Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature that entered the battlefield this turn.

Novijen, Heart of Progress Discussion

marcdarc on Mutant Simic Good Boys

1 month ago

What do you think of this combo:

  • Any creature with 3 +1/+1 counters.
  • Galloping Lizrog x3.
  • Win on upkeep.

A mere 17 mana combo! And with Alchemist's Refuge , you can do it at instant speed! If you feel like this Hearthstone-level of BS-ery is acceptable in your games, I think it'd be the most exciting way to play into the Ascendancy win-con. Just play pure defense until then, foggy creatures, tokens, counterspells, etc.

Since your playgroup probably wouldn't appreciate that combo, however, you can focus on chaining Lizrogs for a few turns and protecting Ascendancy. The game plan then simplifies to:

  • Stick creatures that contest the board. Use them as soft removal with Clear Shot and Mutant's Prey type effects.
  • Draw your deck to find 3 Galloping Lizrog .
  • Play the Lizrogs for an inevitable doom-parade of mutants. Hopefully they will be threatening enough to prevent your opponent from dealing with the Ascendancy itself.
  • Curator's Ward might be overkill for protecting Simic Ascendancy , you have Turn Aside already which is probably better. Feels more interactive too, I think.

My only other suggestions would be Master Biomancer , Fathom Mage and Zameck Guildmage (or Combine Guildmage , but Zameck is better I think) if you want a slower build-up. Vigean Hydropon maybe? And Novijen, Heart of Progress seems like an easy include. I like your idea behind Hadana's Climb  Flip, but to me that leans towards Ascendancy as the secondary win-con, not primary.

_Delta_ on Muldrotha.. oh wait, counters?

7 months ago

Primal Surge perhaps? Also regardless if you care or not about a graveyard theme, I think these cards are good on their own but even better with Muldrotha:Whiptongue Hydra, Constant Mists,Mishra's Bauble, and Executioner's Capsule.

But all around good cards for your counter theme would be Kalonian Hydra, Herald of Secret Streams, Hadana's Climb  Flip, Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, Novijen, Heart of Progress, and Hungering Hydra.

I like that you chose a different take on Muldrotha, in fact a +1/+1 counters deck was my first edh deck 3 years ago starting with Vorel of the Hull Clade, but then came along Atraxa, Praetors' Voice and it should go without saying that I obviously changed up the deck.

TheTrueCyprien on Simic Evolve EDH (with combos in description)

7 months ago

aeginidae

Why do I only ever get comments when I don't check my account for a few weeks? Anyways, thanks for your feedback.

Getting counters on stuff is usually not that much of a problem. Most creatures either enter with counters, produce counters in some way or don't care about counters at all. Early on I usually spend my mana to cast creatures or ramp, Novijen, Heart of Progress and the likes are more useful later in the game. Sylvan Scrying would likely end up searching Reliquary Tower 90% of the time just like Expedition Map.

Depending on sequencing, the evolve creatures usually trigger on the next 2-3 casts. There is also a lot of abilities that multiply counters on all creatures, so they passively grow with the rest of the team if you play them early. And Prime Speaker Zegana will always evolve them. Crocanura is mainly in here because the deck doesn't have that many answers to flyers. If you have a more effective way to deal with flyers let me know. Same somewhat applies to Cloudfin Raptor, though its also quite potent on the offensive. Being a 1-drop you can almost always play it before your other stuff and grow it along with them. Battering Krasis I might end up cutting. Trample is a decent keyword and it can grow quite bit occasonally, but its severly outclassed by other 3 drops like Managorger Hydra. Main reason it's still in here is that there was other stuff I wanted to cut.

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Novijen, Heart of Progress occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

G/U (Simic): 0.57%