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Prime Speaker Zegana
Legendary Creature — Merfolk Wizard
Prime Speaker Zegana enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it, where X is the greatest power among other creatures you control.
When Prime Speaker Zegana enters the battlefield, draw cards equal to its power.
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Prime Speaker Zegana Discussion
1 week ago
Some suggestions to consider: take out Manalith, Opaline Unicorn, Embodiment of Spring, and Gruul Keyrune, replace with Gruul Signet, Simic Signet, and Izzet Signet, and Sol Ring. For flying, Wonder provides a similar effect to Archetype of Imagination, and is a little harder to deal with. You will want to add more lands to this deck in order to cast your big creatures on time. I would say 35-38 lands, and cut some of your sorceries for ramp spells like Rampant Growth, Farseek,Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Explosive Vegetation, or Skyshroud Claim. Thassa, God of the Sea is a more reliable way to make creatures unblockable than Invisibility or Way of the Thief. I always include a copy of Decimate in any deck that can play it. The same goes for Cyclonic Rift and Chaos Warp. Lastly, a few creatures that you could upgrade your deck with: Sakura-Tribe Elder, Joraga Treespeaker, Sylvan Caryatid, Courser of Kruphix, Genesis, Avenger of Zendikar, Prime Speaker Zegana, and Progenitor Mimic.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Looks good! Most of the obvious recommendations are already there in your sideboard; with Lantern, Corrupted Conscience, the Wraths, and Gambit at the top of the list.
A big hole I notice is zero graveyard hate. Bojuka Bog is an easy land slot solution. Scavenging Ooze is on point thematically, and Angel of Finality is a lot of value in a 4 drop if you can find a slot for it. The graveyard is a major resource in EDH, if you consider what a force Muldotha could be you know you need answers for those shenanigans.
You're also a little light on card draw. These games can go long and you need to keep that hand full. If you wanna stay on theme there's always Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, but I might not run Jin without a lot more ramp or many ways to cheat him in. Consecrated Sphinx is such an absolute force you can just throw it in anywhere you have blue, and most treat Rhystic Study the same way. Coiling Oracle, Urban Evolution, and Prime Speaker Zegana are all respectable cards I'd consider as well.
I don't think you wanna run counter magic without committing to it. Odds are you won't have it when you need it, and when you have it you'll have to hold back 3 or 4 mana you could have spent to advance your board. Being a multiplayer format weakens counter magic since you can't go card for card against 3 opponents, it's important if you need to protect a game winning combo but this isn't a combo deck.
As for cuts, Evolution Charm is pretty underwhelming for a slot, as is Glistener Elf. Vorel is a commander of mine, and he's slow enough that I'm not sure he'll be much help to you, especially since he can't target players and doesn't play into your infect strategy. Esper Charm isn't great, but Bant Charm is pretty spicy.
There are a lot of options for the mana base, I'm sure you know most of them already so I won't bore you listing all the filters and shocks and all that. I just wanted to mention the Vivids since they work with proliferate and turn on Reflecting Pool. I'm not a fan of the bounce lands, they tend to be really slow and losing them hurts that much more.
Hope that helps!
1 month ago
Well if that's the case I can recommend a fun build recently featured on MTGGoldfish. It's Muldrotha permanent only, that only runs Primal Surge and can find it with Rune-Scarred Demon and Razaketh, the Foulblooded. It's a pretty grindy build, but once you find the primal surge and cast it, you win via Laboratory Maniac and a draw trigger off of Mulldrifter or Prime Speaker Zegana :)
This is a fun, fair and grindy alternative, that might be ok with your table. At least I am gonna create a version of that for mine.
1 month ago
It looks a lot (I mean a lot) more solid. Draw/discard feels good, creature balance feels good between combo peices and things to keep you alive pre turn-4 and protect alesha.
I feel like the rest will just be exploring the werid and wonderful options for creatures alesha hits- Duplicant, Hornet Queen, Maul Splicer, Pentavus, Prime Speaker Zegana, Progenitor Mimic, the possibilities are substantial. Good luck, and have fun tinkering. Its always good to see new takes on the old Reveillark decks.
1 month ago
jessniem I generally find that Yisan isn't too worried about to begin with, once you opponent/s see you get 3 uses in 1 turn he might be removed, but at least you can use him in response. I usually try and get Sylvan Safekeeper out before dropping him, when your opponent/s know you can easily protect him from spot removal they'll likely not bother trying as it's waste of their spell.
I usually go up the same chain of creatures;
1 - Serra Ascendant
2 - Harbinger of the Tides to bounce something
3 - Reflector Mage to bounce something
5 - Seedborn Muse no explanation needed
6 - Prime Speaker Zegana to refuel hand
2 months ago
I cannot recommend Prime Speaker Zegana enough. This card is an absolute brick house in Ramos and can easily draw you 20+ cards.
Commander / EDH*
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This is my Ramos deck. Feel free to take a peek for some ideas. I'm also running a heavy counters matter theme, and I'd highly encourage you to look at some of the clutch counter-doublers. Doubling Season is the all-time classic, of course, but Hardened Scales and Winding Constrictor are much more affordable and still HUGELY impactful in this deck.
I must add, I agree with Torekai about your land count. I know it's tempting to rely on Ramos for making your mana, but a functional land base is very important if you get hated out of playing him.
Good luck with your build, and keep up the good work. Really enjoyed looking it over!
2 months ago
@Last_Laugh I appreciate the compliments! I'll def check the deck
Beastcaller Savant is a good replacement for a noncreature spell. He'll keep you rolling into the next creature as you +1/+1 animar. Sylvan Library I have in a couple other decks. Food Chain is a wild idea, hopefully it's reprinted soon. Heroic Intervention would be a good response to many problems. Equilibrium I own and should give another chance. Prime Speaker Zegana probably dropped out for Thrasios. Four colored mana is laughable compared to the amount of cards you can draw with her though. She's a reason to stop animar at twenty-to-sixty-ish +1/+1 counters so you don't die haha
@Reliquarian awesome! I'm sure every animar variation has its own flavor. I run a decent amount of interaction (I think)
Vedalken Orrery is great; you might not need counterspells if everything is cast in response to their stuff. Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir is to keep ppl off your back, for sure. I'm trying it out. Stunt Double: I had maybe four or five clone style creatures when I started. You never play the same game twice cloning friend's homies. Altered Ego is a Timmy's dream
How do you like Lifecrafter's Bestiary? I've heard that suggested before. At least you still draw a card if the creature is countered
@andrea98 thanks for swinging through !
Aluren is insane. I own one for this deck, but it's bitten me in the ass. Once had only that in hand topdecking for hope. It's tough like you said. Maybe now that the avg cmc is lower I could look into it. Tidespout Tyrant can be a wincon. I think it's worth it. Survival of the Fittest I want bad bad bad. Filter your hand yes plz
Thanks again y'all! Many many options in temur love it. The hard part is always what to remove ?!