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You may have Progenitor Mimic enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield except it gains "At the beginning of your upkeep, if this creature isn't a token, put a token onto the battlefield that's a copy of this creature."
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If Animar is getting removed too much you might consider one of these : Whispersilk Cloak , Archetype of Endurance , Aspect of Mongoose , Nullstone Gargoyle or Kira, Great Glass-Spinner . (I know when I play Animar he gets killed a LOT)
If Animar has 3+ counters any morph creature will also go infinite with a Cloudstone Curio
and some of them are pretty useful (I usually run Nantuko Vigilante
at least). That might give you another way to combo besides just waiting for Aluren
to show up.
I love Animar decks and this looks like a fun one.
here's my noob critique:
hmm interesting. i like the interactions between Progenitor Mimic
and Elusive Krasis
. however, i usually have a rough start in my playtests unless i get lucky and start with a Elvish Mystic
and a krasis in my hand that i can quickly make use of, otherwise i have a hard time consistently putting out spells until i have 4-6 land on the field.
thus far, i'm kinda seeing 3 possible win-cons: beef up Elusive Krasis with Increasing Savagery and swing to win, create a self evolving army of them with Progenitor Mimic , and finally Kiora, the Crashing Wave spamming 9/9 krakens. not too hard to pull off if you can manage to draw the right cards. kiora is a little bit more difficult since she can be a bit vulnerable if the enemy has multiple creatures to attack with.
other than denying the enemy those abilities, the archetypes are somewhat superfluous since there are much easier cards that give hexproof and flying that don't cost so much. not to mention neither of them are essential for the 3 win-cons i stated earlier.
my advice would be to get more cards that are more involved in those 3 win conditions.
I thoroughly approve of the Axebane Guardian s. Good with caryatids. Maybe board in Azorius Charm . Your ramp is huge, but too huge. Yes, it's for all five colors, but a full fifth of your ENTIRE DECK is mid-cost mana accel. That's still too much. Replace Axebane Guardian with Manaweft Sliver because the latter can be biomancered and attack as a 3/3, and add in the best card ever, Progenitor Mimic . Don't forget, Planeswalkers exist.
Without something to weaken the enemies creatures, it takes a lot of effort to get Simic Manipulator to a effective level, that is effort that could have been put in creatures to beat them down.
My experience with Gyre Sage is a mixed bag, one that ultimately leads to Sylvan Caryatid (unfortunately not particularly budget) being the stronger. Although it can only provide one mana, it's much more difficult to remove, a problem that Gyre Sage will face. Elvish Mystic may even be a better investment, as it's consistent ramp from turn 1. With that said, you do have Bioshift and Simic Charm as protection / backup plans.
Took me a LOT longer to reply than I thought it would. Yesterday was busy and my net didn't work when I got home. It was just all around bad.
Ragkna Zameck Guildmage sounds relatively decent. But I'm liking the extra counter more than the card drawing. Card drawing isn't as important to me at this point. However, depending on how fast I end up playing cards once I tweak the deck, I might consider using that ability more. Elusive Krasis and Nimbus Swimmer also sound like plausible suggestions. Definitely something I'll take into consideration and that seem to mix well with my current strategy.
akatsukidawn446 Whoa! Lots of helpful suggestions! I'll definitely be giving your deck a look over. Once these cards cycle out I'll try getting into Modern myself so I don't mind that your deck is Modern. Shambleshark does seem like a great idea, I just don't know if I'd flash it in so often as I would play it for its low mana. Prophet of Kruphix Gives all my creatures flash so throwing in a flash creature isn't as high priority for. BUT it does flash in for much lower than it takes to get Prophet out so it could very well come in handy. It's something I'll have to think about. And I definitely love Mizzium Skin and Simic Charm . The more expensive cards are something I'll consider but I am working with an incredibly low budget right now so they might take a while. And I agree. I plan to remove Gyre Sage as soon as possible. Give / Take is not a card I've seen before so it will also need some toying with and thinking about. I like it so far though.
Hmm... I may sound ridiculous when I say this, but you'd really get the most out of Auras if you ran green as well, or even instead of blue. While Ephara, God of the Polis is great for card draw, I honestly think the best commander for enchantment decks is Krond the Dawn-Clad because of his ability. And while he's not an enchantment himself, he actually uses the enchantments.
While cutting blue in favor of green would cause you to lose stuff like Sphinx's Revelation , do you really need that in a deck like this? Besides, having green would give you access to stuff like Trostani, Selesnya's Voice , Voice of Resurgence , and Avenger of Zendikar that would let you gain life and make tokens. Having enchantments that make tokens, like Pollenbright Wings , Parallel Lives , and Doubling Season (for duplicate tokens), would give you more creatures for Trostani to populate and give you more life, and pairing that with creatures like Archangel of Thune can pump up your creatures to make some really dangerous chumps!
I just feel like green has way more useful and powerful enchantments than blue. But if you made it a Bant deck, you could also have stuff like Progenitor Mimic , which makes more tokens!
But don't take my word for it. I'm not a big commander guy.
|Power / Toughness||0/0|
|Avg. draft pick||5.36|
|Avg. cube pick||3.44|
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Dragon's Maze||Mythic Rare|