Primal Surge

Primal Surge


Exile the top card of your library. If its a permanent card, you may put it onto the battlefield. If you do, repeat this process.

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Set Rarity
Avacyn Restored (AVR) Mythic Rare

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

Primal Surge occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.01%

Primal Surge Discussion

RNR_Gaming on Big Fish Don't Cry - First Draft

1 day ago

Quicksilver Amulet and Natural Order could be some additional cheat in cards. AEtherplasm is a pretty cheeky card too but would require your opponents to attack you. Dramatic Entrance can also be fun but most of these cards don't play well with Primal Surge

multimedia on Nikya's Big Big Zoo

4 days ago

Hey, for your first Commander deck well done and nice deck description. You picked an interesting General as your first one to make a deck because not being able to cast noncreature spells can be a real burden in multiplayer Commander. In a Commander deck ideally you want to have a nice mix of noncreature spells and you can't really do that with Nikya.

I see Temur Sabertooth and it's bounce activated ability is great with Nikya's ramp. Sabertooth lets you play some noncreature spells because you can use the mana generated by Nikya to bounce Nikya with Sabertooth and then use the rest of the mana to cast a noncreature spell. This trick is very good with Primal Surge since there's all permanents here, creatures, meaning you dump all the creatures and lands from your library onto the battlefield on your turn. Genesis Wave is another powerful spell with the Sabertooth Nikya trick and it too depending on how much mana you have can dump all your permanents onto the battlefield.

Enchantments, artifacts and Planeswalkers are also permanent cards which have interaction with Surge and Wave. Fires of Yavimaya , Hammer of Purphoros gives all your creatures haste which can be a win condition when you dump it and all your creatures onto the battlefield.

With big creatures and ramp Fierce Empath is a good creature tutor especially with Sabertooth since it can bounce Empath for you to cast again. Genesis Hydra is another creature to take advantage of ramp as well as Sabertooth and it can put a nonland noncreature permanent you reveal onto the battlefield which is a way to get around Nikya's restriction since you're not casting that permanent.

As you play more Commander and make more decks you will find that good lands and manabases are consistently the most expensive cards of a deck. There are however some good budget lands in Commander. Command Tower is the staple land for multicolored decks in Commander. Cinder Glade , Rootbound Crag , Game Trail , Sheltered Thicket and Temple of Abandon are all good Gruul lands.

I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.

multimedia on Xenagos, God of Fun!

1 week ago

Hey, nice version of Xenagos.

You could upgrade Rampant Growth to Nature's Lore since Lore can tutor for a dual land Stomping/Glade/Sheltered. With Temur Sabertooth you can play around Nikya of the Old Ways restriction of not letting you cast noncreature spells. The mana you generate with Nikya can be used to activate Sabertooth to bounce Nikya. This is a trick with Primal Surge to make mana with Nikya then bounce Nikya and cast Surge.

Genesis is good with Fauna Shaman and Greater Good as enablers. Xenagos + Good + Ghalta, Primal Hunger + Genesis: recur Ghalta with Genesis and after combat sac it with Good to draw a tons of cards. Genesis lets you repeat this interaction on your turn.

moremanawins on Vaevictis Asmadi, "Suddenly Dragons!"

3 weeks ago

Since you're running all permanents, Primal Surge would be an excellent addition. Cheese out your whole deck and then swing for lethal / spam all your walkers.

moremanawins on Jund 5 Star Restaurant

4 weeks ago

Tata Elixir is there so that when I Primal Surge I don't lose the game. If Plaguecrafter gets put on the battlefield then I'll have to sac which will draw from Korvold and result in me losing. Additionally if someone can destroy my board at instant speed like Rout then I can pop the elixir to shuffle all the creatures back and the primal surge, then use Ring of Three Wishes to tutor primal surge and recast it again. The elixir doesn't do much on its own but it's a needed insurance policy for once my surge goes off. As far as the lockets I just like them better 1. because with Korvold it draws me 3 cards for 3 mana and 2. because they're just pet cards meaning I like them despite being sub optimal. As far as win cons, I can with with commander damage, tokens, getting Garruk's emblem, and taking extra combats with Hellkite Charger . I appreciate the suggestions and will start looking for a slot to add in Rune-Scarred Demon since that's another permanent based tutor to find primal surge.

Tata on Jund 5 Star Restaurant

4 weeks ago

I would cut lockets for better rocks: Commander's Sphere and Mind Stone come to mind. Expedition Map and Wayfarer's Bauble can also replace some of the worse artifacts, like Elixir of Immortality .

I think your deck lacks wincons aside from Primal Surge . Sheoldred, the Whispering One and Rune-Scarred Demon both strike me very valuable creatures - the demon in particular to tutor for Primal Surge .

moremanawins on Jund 5 Star Restaurant

4 weeks ago

Whirlwind_2100 Beanstalk Giant is there because I needed another Rampant Growth effect that was still on a creature so that it wouldn’t compromise my Primal Surge synergy. I will look at other things to cut for omnath and thanks for the +1!

morbad1 on All I want is to play some OLD SCHOOL MAGIC

1 month ago

As soon as I saw Primal Surge I thought to myself "well that's going to kill me" but i see where you're going with haste enablers / Elixir of Immortality

I think if the focus of the deck was less jank they would be a great addition but old'man ruric disapproves of fancy things

thanks though, that would be a hilarious play

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