Parcelbeast

Parcelbeast

Creature — Elemental Beast

Mutate (If you cast this spell for its mutate cost, put it ontop or underneath target non-Human creature you own. They mutate into the creature that is on top and that creature has all the abilities of every card that is underneath it.)

, : Look at the top card of your library. If it's a land card, you may put it onto the battlefield. If you don't put the card onto the battlefield, put it into your hand.

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Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (IKO) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Pioneer Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Vintage Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Arena Legal
Frontier Legal
Standard Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Brawl Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pre-release Legal
Unformat Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Parcelbeast Discussion

TriusMalarky on Primal Permutations

2 weeks ago

First, needs more 1 drops. I recommend going heavy into the 'ramp a stompy thing out t2' with a playset of Birds of Paradise. Not only ramps and fixes your mana very well, it also has flying and is therefore great to mutate onto.

Second, your manabase sucks. Zagoth Triome is mediocre at best. In Modern, you absolutely cannot be playing taplands anymore. It's too fast unless you're playing a more traditional control deck. Fortunately, there's a couple real cheap cards that will dig you out of this hole: Llanowar Wastes and Yavimaya Coast. $1-2 each, they should be a playset unless you're going with a higher quality manabase. Cut at least one Island and at least one Swamp to add these. There are also other better lands, but those should hold you over. You really should cut Triomes, though, and include either Fastlands(Botanical Sanctum and Blooming Marsh) or Checklands(Hinterland Harbor and Woodland Cemetery). Green t1 is going to be part of your gameplan.

Third, Parcelbeast and Migratory Greathorn are your absolute best t2 plays. Use them to start ramping, because in the end it's the mana you'll need.

Fourth, cut your enchantments and artifacts(except maybe Ozolith) for Sea-Dasher Octopus. Card draw is great, 2-mana mutate is great, it's all-around great.

Fifth, maybe try out Trumpeting Gnarr. Pretty fun card.

All-in-all, just needs an actual manabase and some curve tweaks, but the core of the deck looks at least functional(not super familiar with the modern meta atm, so I'm unsure if it'll actually do well). I like the idea of a lategame Starrix acting as a sort of Genesis Hydra. Going t1 Birds into t2 Greathorn, ramping into a t3 Gnarr and an easy t4 Starrix or Dirge Bat should be game over.

Oh, I forgot -- Starrix is good enough that you should go 4x. Archetype sucks.

Also, cut a couple cards for removal. While Starrix doesn't necessarily hit it, it skips it. Seriously, you can have any number of nonpermanent cards in your deck and it won't hurt starrix one bit. Most of our non-ramp non-land cards are large enough that hitting a handful of them should be worth it.

Sorry for long post, but I got exited over Starrix for a second. It's totally reasonable to play it t4 and get 3+ permanents off it. At least one of those should be a decent sized creature. Then, you'll likely have a couple extra cards in hand and mutating starrix a second time for 4+ permanents is back breaking for any strategy. You just need to make sure you have Parcelbeasts and Octopuses going so that you can keep your hand full -- because you'll have all the mana at that point.

lagotripha on Primal Permutations

2 weeks ago

Mutate is a really interesting mechanic that I expect to find a place in modern, even if it never reaches tier 1. Modern already has some wild 1 drops, and attaching, say Parcelbeast to a Steppe Lynx can start looking cool- its just a question of the right combination being found to power the deck.

I'd focus on low cost mutate cards, 1 drops to mutate them on that either protect a powerful mutate effect or multiply it, and mana dorks as backup mutate targets.

Auspicious Starrix will likely win you the game if your opponent cannot remove it. Gemrazer to back that up will offer a lot of blowout potential. Most of the lower tier mutate creatures could work with the right synergy picks in the rest of the list.

In terms of 1 drops to examine, Glistener Elf and Slippery Bogle for efficient voltron, as well as less conventional voltron like Spikeshot Elder or Vector Asp, Young Wolf returns all its creatures seperated to the battlefield with +1+1 counters, Blistercoil Weird and legendary spell recursion point to a jeskai spellslinger, Signal Pest+ a white go wide list, Arcbound Worker/Servant of the Scale/Simic Initiate/Hardened Scales and +1+1 counters could get pretty out of hand.

Hedron Crab land drop mill is a cute option, Permeating Mass will make people call for the judge, but isn't actually any good. Some +1+1 counter synergies will likely let you abuse some mechanics like Devoted Druid's untap, if you can find the combination.

Keyword piles like Banehound Healer's Hawk, abilities like Figure of Destiny or 'conditional' P/T boosts like Scute Mob could make for a decent beatstick if you can spend two cards on it - Gnarlwood Dryad, Toolcraft Exemplar Wild Nacatl, Loam Lion could all find places in some lists,as they are already efficient and pushing them out of kill range for lightning bolt/anger of the gods may be relevant.

Mortician Beetle with the bat strapped to it is a great casual clock.

None of these are crazy effecient, but building a list of sixty cards that all sorta work together is the heart of brews like this.

All told though, its a bit of a mess where the best bet is to pick two colours with 2/3 mana mutates, and throw them on creatures which protect them while hunting for stirix. Trying to stretch into more colours will pressure a budget manabase very hard. Keeping to mostly green with basic searching to fix for a second colour will ease that process a lot- especially with dorks like Avacyn's Pilgrim or Elves of Deep Shadow.

Kodiak1137 on Brokkos, The Bog Boss (Mutate EDH)

1 month ago

Unlife Hey thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate that. The ramp is okay, i know it looks a little dry but you'd be surprised how smoothly it runs (most of the time). So in addition to the lands: Hadana's Climb  Flip & Journey to Eternity  Flip turn into good lands, albeit later. Titans' Nest really helps out as well with an Animar-esque effect. Leyline Prowler, and the two rocks make 41- which is the minimum actual sources I would run.

The rest of the deck works well with keeping your opponents slow with mutate attrition effects- and can pick up the slack with Migratory Greathorn (often every turn) Migration Path, Mythos of Brokkos can fetch any land if needed- Pollywog Symbiote helps early on too. Not to mention the card draw effects are decent and mostly repeatable. Parcelbeast has become one of my pet cards in the deck.

And it's not a very mana costly strategy, especially since Brokkos effectively avoids taxes.

I might try Etrata- looking for effective win cons once I have Brokkos out. Usually making him hexproof/indestructible is good enough for my meta.

Phostration on Sultai mutate

1 month ago

Have you looked into Parcelbeast? I think he is a much better alternative to Migratory Greathorn with a lower mana cost and doesn't need to mutate to get a card. Let's you draw threw a little quicker too.

If you want to sink the money I would recommend spark and check lands. Works better with Parcelbeast than Greathorn and is more consistent mana wise.

A personal favorite of mine is Essence Symbiote. Boosts any creature that gets mutated including itself, and gives you life.

Epicurus on Illuna, Apex of Cheats

1 month ago

I feel like I have enough ramp to pull off either of those, but honestly I need the draw power early more than late. It's a setup mechanic for this deck more than a payoff. So, mana cost is the reason, I guess, and also because Frantic Search is a bawler if it were to come up on one of the couple cascade spells.

To a point, at least, I guess. Sorry, I'm arguing with myself as I type this. Now that I'm thinking, I really only included as much mutate creatures as I did for the sake of recurring Illuna's mutate ability. Like, I wasn't going to put Porcuparrot or Parcelbeast into the deck originally, but in playtesting I noticed that I wasn't mutating Illuna often enough. So I put them in there to raise the percentage. In that case, Return of the Wildspeaker might not be a bad card to have late-game.

Damn you and your seed of doubt!

As for cards to cut, you're probably right about both equipment. Seems somehow odd to only have 2 artifacts in the deck. What do you think about cutting one or more counterspell? I already have a decent amount of hexproof and counterproof. The counterspells are there to keep opponents from ramping out something faster than I do. That's really all they're for.

slashdotdash on 5 color no theme deck

1 month ago

Dear Kronhamilton

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim is my favorite commander, and I've been brewing around him ever since he was teased. Let me just say you've chosen an excellent commander.

(I’ve written quite a lot in an attempt to make a sort of guide for you, so if you want the short version, check out the Suggestions panel)

Golos can be tricky to build around since he can do literally anything pretty well. The easiest way to make an effective Golos deck is to lean into Golos's 7 Mana Rainbow Wheel Of Death. Before getting into that though, we need to cover some EDH deckbuilding basics.

I think the most useful advice I can give someone who is just beginning to explore the deck-building territory of EDH is to structure your deck and mind your Ratios. By this I mean it is useful to categorize the cards in your deck according to the role they fulfill.

We’ll begin by looking at some core categories that you’ll want to make your deck function effectively. Then I’ll present the Ratios (how many of each category of card) you will want to make a generic Golos deck function effectively. Next, I’ll include a detailed (but not totally complete, because I’d be here all day) catalogue of cards within some of those categories. I’ll also offer up some suggestions and input about some of your specific card choices. Lastly, since I’m about to unpack a lot of information, I will include a brief list of suggestions (see the bottom) for a generically good Golos ‘Shell’ that should be able to support most Golos strategies.

Categories

  • Draw

  • Ramp

  • Removal

  • Sweepers

  • Threats

  • Support

  • Land

Draw Show

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Sweepers Show

Threats Show

Support Show

Land Show

The art of Ratios is all about determining what combination of cards from each category makes your deck run the most smoothly.

Please note that these Ratios will not total to 99 cards. This is because you will invariably have extra flexibility to choose how your deck behaves even after establishing functional Ratios. Also keep in mind that although these Ratios do recommend you adhere to the minimum number of cards in each category, you still can choose which cards will fill those slots. The point is not to restrict your options, but instead to create a ‘Shell’ that is reliable enough to power your Threats cards, Support cards, and other cards. Whatever you do, make sure you have at least the minimum number of Draw and Ramp cards. THE MOST IMPORTANT CARDS IN THE DECK ARE DRAW AND RAMP!!!

While I ultimately suggest Ratios resembling the Basic Golos Shell, I will lay out the Ratios for several different Shells;

  • Template: a sort of baseline beginner’s guide which is commonly promoted as a place to start.

  • Basic Golos: a modified version of the Template that suites most Golos decks.

  • Control: a version tailored for a slower game with many Sweepers.

  • Aggro: a version designed to act quickly and deploy Threats before the opponents are prepared.

  • Big Mana: a version invested heavily into Ramp with the goal of deploying many end-game Threats.

  • Mega Mana: an even more extreme version of Big Mana with extremely expensive Threats.

Template Show

Basic Golos Show

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Aggro Show

Big Mana Show

Mega Mana Show

Draw Show

Please remember that any suggestions I make are because I am trying to help. Ultimately, the choices you make with your deck are up to you, and I can only provide constructive criticism based on my own experience and opinions.

Good luck :)

Ratio Fixing

The most effective change to your deck would probably be adjusting the Ratios, especially with regard to your Draw cards. Applying the most basic Template Shell, you want to have at least these three quantities nailed down for a smoother and reasonably powerful deck;

  • Lands – 36 --> You have 40 Lands (Cut 4 Lands)

  • Ramp – 10 --> You have 5 true Ramp cards (Add 5 to 8 Ramp cards)

  • Draw – 10 --> You have 3 true Draw cards (Add 7 to 10 Draw cards)

What I counted in your deck Show

Mutate

Depending on how strong your Mutate subtheme is, some of your Mutate inclusions may act as engines. However, I must state that Mutate is a VERY risky and even fragile strategy since your Mutate ‘Pile’ of creatures will all be destroyed at once if your opponent uses a Removal spell or a Sweeper. For that reason, I recommend leaning out of the Mutate theme (unless the Mutate card is just straight-up insane, as in the example of Nethroi, Apex of Death).

With that said, playing a Mutate theme is your decision and I totally respect that and if you want to stick to a Mutate theme then by all means do so. I just want to be sure you know that Mutate is a risky strategy that you cannot depend on to fulfill your Ramp and Draw slots (so you’ll just need to supplement it with other cards).

Cut or Include?

At a glance your deck seems like something you have created using just your collection – and that’s great! However, if you want to incrementally upgrade your deck, then I recommend replacing most of the cards in your deck with more powerful options over time.

Here is a list of cards you should probably keep playing: - Barrier Breach (Removal, because exiling 3 enchantments is helpful in some situations)

In my opinion, there are other, better options for all of the other nonland cards in the deck, however it is up to you to decide on how you would like to proceed so I won’t intrude.

I strongly recommend cutting the Planeswalkers though – Calix, Destiny's Hand doesn’t seem to synergize much with the deck and I feel that Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast is not very potent.

Lands

Just as a recommendation, I would suggest the following spread of Basic Lands;

  • 8 Basic Forests

  • 3 of each other Basic Land

The remainder of your lands could be either more basics (which is really, really, risky if you don’t have tons of Ramp – think like 15 Ramp cards and about 12 Basic Forests) or Color Fixing Lands (see the Catalogue for more options). It is rough to have your lands enter the battlefield tapped, but unless you want to either lean into Green or spend a lot of money on lands, you will just have to live with it (I play around 5-10 tapped lands in a normal Golos deck and it isn’t really that bad).

In this section, I will list out an example of the Basic Golos Shell complete with the necessary Ratios and some examples of good/fun cards in each category. I’ll try to keep it relatively Budget sensitive and most of these cards will be relatively random – this won’t be based on any particular theme so don’t expect it to be optimal.

As a reminder:

Basic Golos Show

The Shell

Ramp – 12

Draw – 13

Removal – 7

Sweepers – 2

Threats – 12

Support – 7

Land – 36

Good Luck :)

-Slashdotdash

desmondwrite on OM NOM NATH

1 month ago

Ikora release.

Replaced Dragonmaster Outcast with Parcelbeast.

I know Dragonmaster is awesome but I want to commit to elemental theme.

Replacing Frontier Bivouac for Ketria Triome.

Cutting Myriad Landscape and adding Footfall Crater.

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