Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Ravnica Allegiance (RNA) Uncommon

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Creature — Salamander Drake


: Adapt 4. This ability costs less to activate for each instant and sorcery card in your graveyard. (If this creature has no +1/+1 counters on it, put four +1/+1 counters on it.)

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Pteramander Discussion

mythologyman22 on Narset

1 week ago

This looks like a pretty cool budget deck, however, you may want to take out the Pteramander and Thing in the Ice  Flip as well as Riddleform , as most control decks don't want to cast spells during their main phase. For new cards, maybe one Sphinx's Revelation ? I know it's expensive, but it's a great card.

Brainpolice2 on [RNA] Bant counters

1 week ago

Yes I ended up taking out Pteramander because even though I have Biomancer's Familiar to help lower its costs it does feel clunky with its "instant and sorcery" aspect. I still have Benthic Biomancer partly for the sake of having a one-drop spot. But you make a good point about its usefulness later in the game.

After swapping Pteramander and such out for Herald of Secret Streams and Knight of Autumn , my deck is even closer to yours now but still a touch diff: Bant Biomancy

The main difference really is that I'm focusing on using Biomancer's Familiar to reduce Adapt costs and Shalai, Voice of Plenty 's activated ability. So this incentivizes me to put in more Adapt creatures, which pushes out space for the ramp and finisher cards you use here like Llanowar Elves and Hungering Hydra .

I'm not sure whether or not my route is effective or just waters down what you're going for here, I haven't playtested it yet.

protoman40211 on [RNA] Bant counters

1 week ago

Hey Brainpolice2, good recommendations. Knight of Autumn seems to be the MVP in the last FNM I went to. Removes enchantment based removals and slows down nexus decks makes it a must have for the deck in either main or sideboard. Negate has its moments but feels like more of a dead card as it just sat in my hand a few of the games I played. I like the idea of Assure / Assemble as part of the protection package for the first half and the second half to build your board post wipe or if you're that far ahead. I'm also heavily considering Shapers of Nature for its utility and draw power in control and nexus matchups. Having the extra card advantage to pump out more creatures is huge against them. While I like Pteramander , it feels clunky in this deck. Decks that utilize larger amounts of non-creature spells push it well, but in this deck it's simply a 1/1 flier that you'll never really have the mana to adapt due to its aggressive nature in playing spells and pumping large amounts of mana into your X cost spells. Benthic Biomancer from my experience is a very hit or miss card overall. When you have dead cards in hand, it has huge potential. Later in the game though it loses its luster and becomes a small creature with mill yourself one when you put a counter on it. Appreciate the feedback and hope this helps!

Brainpolice2 on [RNA] Bant counters

2 weeks ago

I was inspired by your deck when looking through more Simic style +1/+1 counter decks, so I put together my own little variation. I think adding white in this way is very beneficial.

The main difference in my approach is that I added a handful of Biomancer's Familiar as a matter of principle, and filled my deck with more one drops like Benthic Biomancer and Pteramander , while I decided to skip over Llanowar Elves because I don't have as much Hydra action going on to ramp into it. So I went a little more of an aggro route.

I also put Assure / Assemble in the mainboard and Unbreakable Formation in the sideboard for much needed protection from removal. The latter provides nice synergy too because it involves +1/+1 counters.

Knight of Autumn can be a nice card but I couldn't fit it in the mainboard vs. all the one drops and its 2nd ability does make it more of a sideboard card, so it goes in the sideboard for me.

Herald of Secret Streams is definitely a nice addition to this deck, but in my case I also just couldn't fit it in the mainboard. It functions nicely as a sideboard card still though vs. matchups against other creature-heavy decks.

As far as suggestions for your deck, Negate is a useful card but seems niche and lonely in this deck. You could easily replace it to get Assure / Assemble or Biomancer's Familiar in.

Skippyeights on Adaptation

2 weeks ago

I was browsing the Dominaria card list and came across two cards that could work well for you:

Arbor Armament works like the Stony Strength but gives reach for a turn. Other than the Pteramander s you have little air support, and it could take awhile before you can adapt them to make them big enough to kill something. Arbor Armaments might be better in your sideboard depending on your local meta.

The better card I saw in Dominaria is Wild Onslaught . It can give lots of counters and it is an instant. Cast it end of opponents turn, kicked if possible, using Wilderness Reclamation and mana dorks. It's another sneaky (and on-color this time) way to get your Simic Ascendancy to go off without your opponent being able to respond.

BYE on Aggro Thief

2 weeks ago

Yea Pteramander really needs spell heavy turnover which is pretty much only 2 decks, mono blue and drakes, ouside of those builds it really isnt as good as it can be

Murphy77 on Aggro Thief

2 weeks ago

I don't know if I just had bad luck with Pteramander when I play-tested it. You certainly can't afford to adapt it early in the game and I found that it didn't hang around for long enough that you could adapt it after you had a few instants in the grave. It does, however, seem to be a trending card that a lot of people want to include in their decks.

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Pteramander occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.1%


All decks: 0.3%

Blue: 4.81%