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Prowling Serpopard Discussion
7 hours ago
I agree that Prowling Serpopard should go in but there might be an argument for Gaea's Herald over Vexing Shusher. Since Animar doesn't run many counterspells, you could look at Dosan the Falling Leaf as a way to stop both counters and removal spells on the turn you want to combo off. If you are willing to look at non-creature inclusions, Autumn's Veil is another option.
I would also suggest considering Scryb Ranger. It's ability can untap Kiki if the opponents tries to stop you from comboing with removal, which would allow you to keep the combo going. It can help with mana ramping by untapping mana dorks or just returning a Tropical Island or Taiga to be replayed if you don't have another land to drop that turn. Its Protection from Blue also makes it a surprisingly viable blocker against a lot of the more aggressive commanders.
Because your life total is only 20 in Duel Commander, red decks are a lot more viable. Lightning Bolt sees a lot of play, as do other burn spells, which means that there are a lot more removal options floating around that can hit Animar. Lots of decks also run a Vintage format style package of blue and black counters and removal. Animar itself doesn't need to worry about the black spot removal but it does have to look out for the higher percentage of blue bounce spells. All of this makes Animar more fragile than it is in cEDH, so you will have to both play the deck more carefully and possibly shave some of the cards that are in for consistency out for a slightly higher concentration of cards that can function as stand-alone threats.
Animar decks used to see around a 1% meta play-rate at duel commander tournaments but was still powerful enough that for a while it was on their watch-list as a potential commander that needed to be banned. Now it looks like it sees less play than that, which is likely due to the life total being dropped from 30 to 20 and making red more viable in the format.
1 week ago
1 week ago
Misleading title! Not rotation ready at all. Rhonas the Indomitable, Hashep Oasis, Sheltered Thicket, Blossoming Defense, Abrade, Heart of Kiran, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Nissa, Vital Force, and Prowling Serpopard. Get wrecked, nerd.
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Gaea's Herald I think should stay in. Compared to Prowling Serpopard, it's 2 cmc, which means its a turn 2 drop along with Rhys. I can also tutor for it a lot easier with Birthing Pod than compared to Prowling, as I only have 3 other creatures with 2 cmc. It's also revived by Elvish Soultiller.
You're right about Gaea's Revenge. It's an 8/5 for 7, but if I could play that, I'd much rather play Omnath for 5/5 to make it 12/12 (or more) the next turn. Or just play Protean Hulk. There's not much value there.
I feel the same about Avenger of Zendikar, though if I play him when I'm losing and don't have many counters out, I'd probably win.
Autumn's Veil should probably be kept. Some guys in my playgroup are running Esper...
2 weeks ago
Yeah I see your point, even though I like them both, I'm having a hard time deciding what to take out in favour of those. Also want to find a way to include Panharmonicon for more tokens, Prowling Serpopard as more protection and Throne of the God-Pharaoh for those situations where I can't attack directly or tap the creatures for mana. What are your thoughts?
3 weeks ago
What about this:
-1 Diabolic Tutor
-1 Always Watching
-1 Beastmaster Ascension
-1 Grafted Exoskeleton
+1 Ichorclaw Myr
+1 Prowling Serpopard
+1 Loxodon Warhammer
+1 Grand Arbiter Augustin IV
+1 Worldly Tutor
+1 Tezzeret's Gambit
3 weeks ago
OK, consider the following changes. Obviously you'll need to consider the budget you want to keep with this deck. I'm looking at options to bring up the kill speed for this deck.
If you really want to hit hard and hit fast, then you need not worry about you own life total early in the game.
I know what you're going for in this deck and I think you should look at this dekc from a different perspective.
I'm not talking about play styles. I'm working with your aggressive beatdown style.
I'm talking about shifting strategies in mid-game.
In the early game you go all-out and hit as hard and fast as possible. Get the kill by turn 4 or 5.
Once you've taken out the primary threat, you shift strategies. Change your approach and work on recovery and defense, shift to a midrange gameplay.
Ditch that crappy Putrefax. The "sacrifice at the end step" is too much of a hinderance for 5 mana. It it were cheaper, maybe, but nope it is just crap.
I really like Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite but the mana cost is too high for the early game. Not sure on this one.
I also think you should reconsider keeping the Lost Leonin since he's cheap and hits the field early. He's also a great pump target.
Better infect creatures:
Relic Putrescence - screw your mana rock.
Skithiryx, the Blight Dragon
Pump for the kill:
Invigorate - Because we don't care what their life total is.
Tainted Strike - Surprise!
Snake Cult Initiation - 3 poison counters at once.
Giant Growth, Mutagenic Growth, Titanic Growth, Might of Old Krosa - The classic pump tactic.
Let's consider toolbox utility cards:
Azorius Guildmage - Because screw your activated ability. Counter a planeswalker ability and watch the looks on their face.
Simic Guildmage - Imagine moving the Rancor or Phyresis after blockers have been declared but before the damage phase.
Prowling Serpopard - Nope, I'm gonna get my creatures.
Melira, Sylvok Outcast - Make the game one-sided.
Lightning Greaves - An additional set of Swiftfoot Boots. Yeah, I know shroud means that you can't pump, but there are ways around that.
Unburial Rites - Here it comes again.
Virulent Wound - Poison and removal.
Pistus Strike - Poison and removal.
There are some -1/-1 counters decks based around Hapatra or Atraxa. Since the infect creatures deal combat damage as whither, we can use that to our advantage.
Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons - Put those -1 counters on opponent's creatures to work making tokens.
Phyrexian Hydra - This gets just stupid with Hapatra, Vizier of Poisons.
Lands you may have missed:
I know we've talked about this in the past, but I think you should really consider getting the shock lands. A quick check of the card prices on TCGPlayer puts the shocks at about @10-15 each. Totally worth it.
Gavony Township - Proliferate!
Vault of the Archangel - Need to stay in the game a bit longer.
Boseiju, Who Shelters All - Screw your counterspell.