Ridgescale Tusker


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Aether Revolt (AER) Uncommon

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Ridgescale Tusker

Creature — Beast

When Ridgescale Tusker enters the battlefield, put a +1/+1 counter on each other creature you control.

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Ridgescale Tusker Discussion

multimedia on Elves of Dominaria

1 month ago

Hexaflexagon, thanks for the upvote.

When Dominaria hits Standard this deck will change a lot. I won't just add 4x Llanowar Elves and call it done :) The three drop spot for Elves is going to be loaded with Steel Leaf Champion, Marwyn, the Nurturer and Rishkar, Peema Renegade. Llanowar Elves lets me potentially play any of these three drop Elves turn two which is far and away better than anything that Narnam Renegade can do.

I consider Narnam and Ajani's Comrade the flex spots right now, they're most likely going to be cut for new cards. You're right Deathtouch is nice to have and it's possible that I will play both Llanowar and Narnam depending on how the meta turns out, but 4x Llanowar is a for sure addition. More one drops are good with Marwyn. Narnam may even be a sideboard card for some matchups.

Ridgescale Tusker is the same CMC as Verdurous Gearhulk and Gearhulk is a much better card. Tusker is a fine budget replacement for Gearhulk. Tendershoot Dryad is also the same CMC as Gearhulk and it's very slow compared to Gearhulk. It can be good if it sticks around a few turns and I'm also trying to achieve ascend with Radiant Destiny which is a reason to play Tendershoot. The problem is it's not better than Gearhulk. Gearhulk gives me potentially game winning counters value the turn I play it.

I can only afford to play copies of one five drop because I'm focusing on tribal Elves in this deck and both Tusker and Tendershoot are not better cards than Gearhulk. The main strategy here is +1/+1 counters and Gearhulk is one of the best enablers for counters.

I see a fun Abzan tribal Fungus, Saproling and Radiant Destiny deck start to take shape with new cards in Dominaria. Tendershoot could be the high end card for a deck like this.

Hexaflexagon on Elves of Dominaria

1 month ago

Honestly, if this is a slow deck, I'd prefer Narnarm Renegade over Llanowar Elves because the deathtouch will keep your opponent's creatures at bay.

Regardless, have you tried either Ridgescale Tusker or Tendershoot Dryad? Even though this is an elves deck, I think Tendershoot Dryad is a great addition to any deck, flooding the board with creatures and triggering Ascend.

djnewellmit on Counter Token

4 months ago

whitebunny Here's a copy of your decklist with the edits I recommended, was able to get it much closer to 60 cards but I do see what you were trying to do with the "Beef Your Own Creatures" since I ended up getting a lot of board states with a bunch of wimpy 1/1 tokens. I would consider dropping Decimator Beetle for more copies of Ridgescale Tusker. By the time the Beetle can come down, you should already have a nice collection of 1/1 tokens without needing the Beetle's ability.

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djnewellmit on

6 months ago

Ridgescale Tusker is a very good option in place of Verdurous Gearhulk. I played against several GB counters decks that used the Tusker very effectively in place of the Gearhulk.

Tolis on

6 months ago

djnewellmit thank you for your suggestions!! I didn't know of that video but it is indeed very similar. A guy in the store plays it and I liked the synergy very much and I thought to make a more budget version since he runs Fatal Push, Walking Ballista and better lands. What is your opinion about Ridgescale Tusker as a budget version of Verdurous Gearhulk?

Tolis on Explorers Of Glory

6 months ago

What is your opinion on Ridgescale Tusker as a budget version of Verdurous Gearhulk? Is it worth it? 2-3 copies. Great deck btw!!

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