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Ramunap Excavator Discussion
1 day ago
I think Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip will only make it into this deck as a budget substitute for cradle. It's a lot better in other swarm-y decks that play lots of mana-dorks to ramp like in Ezuri where the front half will find something. It's pretty bad in this deck if you run any of the LD spells like From the Ashes since it reverts back to being an enchantment if it hits the GY, so crucible and Ramunap Excavator can't get it back. I think it's a hard pass if you have a cradle already, which is sad since I traded heavily for a rites when the set first came out :/
3 days ago
I totally understand all your reasons! The only reason I suggested the "land creatures" stuff was because you had a couple of cards that allows you to play land from your graveyard like Titania, Protector of Argoth and Ramunap Excavator.
I know what you mean about space. I run a mono-green Omnath deck that is very hard to find things that I want to get rid of for some removal spells. Omnath, Locus of Creature Ramp
3 days ago
I was thinking more along the lines of cards like Mulch, Benefaction of Rhonas, and Harrow with Crucible of Worlds or Ramunap Excavator or Splendid Reclamation to sift through the deck faster and potentially abuse some land hate.
3 days ago
It's always great to see another Ponza deck, and this is a really interesting brew.
Have you thought about Ramunap Excavator?
5 days ago
If you have Ramunap Excavator you can replay the Deserts that you sac to other Deserts. For example, sac Dunes of the Dead to Hashep Oasis to buff a creature and create a 2/2, then just replay the Dunes from your graveyard. That's a lot of gain for three mana.
Key to the City is another way to dump a Desert for free while making something unblockable, like the Hydra. Works well with the Excavator because you can pitch land instead of playing it for the evasion and then just play the land anyway.
A Verdant Sun's Avatar might be worth it somewhere because you gain 5 life just playing it and then every time you play another creature (which should be every turn) you'll gain more back. It's also super budget. Probably a worth testing one-of for the sideboard.
Ancient Brontodon might seem weird, but with two ways in the deck to make him extra burly it might be worth it. Playing any creature on a turn it can attack that Monument makes it an 11/11 Trample. Key to the City makes a 9/9 unblockable which could just end the game. Another possibility for the sideboard if you don't want to run it main.
Pounce I think is better than Stomp since you aren't exclusively running dinosaurs, and at Instant speed it makes for a nice trick. I have a Dino deck that runs both, and Stomp is great, but less reactive.
In a green Stompy deck you can't go wrong with Rishkar's Expertise. Fantastic draw spell that should get you 4-6 cards and then drop a free creature. So far, everything in your deck would qualify with 5 or less cost. Could even be sweet to hit Hour of Promise. You'd net a bunch of cards, two land, and two tokens for 6 mana. Seems good.
Anyway, just my two cents. You don't see many mono color decks these days (that aren't red anyway). Glad to see someone giving it a go :)
1 week ago
I understand. And indeed, rites does give you that extra land when your deck goes off and you draw an extra 20 cards for example. Ill look into it for sure.
As a side note, I'm convinced that Retreat to Kazandu and Rites of Flourishing are not compareable. Retreats purpose is not card advantage, but board presence and to combo. It is actually a vital piece to the strategy.
For instance, 2 months ago I played at my LGS against some selvala deck and a mono black deck. The selvala had the balls to play Primal Vigor on her turn 4 (using selvala to do so). Well the following turn I had retreat, a fetch and a Ramunap Excavator netting me 6 landfall triggers and 12 counters in total. Things spiraled out of control pretty quickly. Ofcourse this is a ludicrous situation, but the point is that with Retreat to Kazandu I can generate board presence by actually gaining mana instead of spending it.
1 week ago
If I went all-in on Tireless Tracker, I think Ramunap Excavator would probably be a must-add. As it is though, there's just not quite enough value in Tracker to do that (mostly because she loses half her value when Blood Moon is out). I had never thought about Excavator though (even though I played it for a while in Standard), so thanks!
Ghost Quarter is a great card for sure, but it doesn't really work in Ponza. For one thing, the deck generally doesn't need more Land Destruction ... it's not really a dedicated LD deck, it's more that it just uses LD as an early game Tempo play, giving us the time we need to ramp into big beaters. Plus, we need the Ramp ourselves, so if we actually wanted more LD (some do), we're better off with Molten Rain, Crumble to Dust, or Acidic Slime than something that sets us back on Mana too. Finally, it's a non-bo with Blood Moon ... and sure, Kessig Wolf Run is too, but Wolf Run has way more value for this deck.