Rootborn Defenses


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3) Common
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Common

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Rootborn Defenses


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Rootborn Defenses Discussion

skittles541 on Rhys and the Weenies

2 weeks ago

Tendershoot Dryad is good. Also, Triumph of the Hordes is a very easy wincon(although you will be hated for it.)

Sram's Expertise is also quite good. I would take out Herald of the Pantheon, as even though you have a lot of enchantments, there are better cards you could play.

I would replace Rootborn Defenses with Heroic Intervention too.

Hc_Clan on Trostani’s Expanding Population

3 weeks ago

I feel like any white deck can say "also Teferi's Protection" since it is just so universally good. Given what you just said, I might throw in Dauntless Escort in my deck over Rootborn Defenses.

Hc_Clan on Trostani’s Expanding Population

3 weeks ago

How does this deck do after board wipes? I've seen a good amount of Trostani decks that fold after a board wipe. Might I recommend Heroic Intervention and Rootborn Defenses for board wipe assurance. It looks like you also might want to add in more draw, Elemental Bond, Rishkar's Expertise and (if you like swinging sideways) Hunter's Insight. Mentor of the Meek and Dawn of Hope are also solid inclusions for reliable card draw. Here is a link to my Trostani build if you're interested. Happy deck building!

Spirits on Kick Ass Kitty Kats

3 weeks ago

Hi foxes101,

Do you have a specific budget in mind, Under $40, Under $50?

I do have a $50 budget Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist which is a cat-only tribal deck, Mirri, Little Kid Aggro $50 EDH. Might find some interesting budget ideas in there.

I also have a non-budget Arahbo, Roar of the World, it's still a work-in-process, Arahbo, Xenagos... for Cats EDH

Riptide Replicator seems really awful, it requires for a cat, so your hoping it's at least 5/5 or more, which means the initial cost is =5 + = . That's a terrible conversion. I understand you want to build your board position since your cats pump each other, but Riptide Replicator is not the way to go.

Stir the Pride is way too high a CMC for it's modular (or Entwine) abilities. I would take that one out.

Bloodline Shaman I assume is trying to help the draw, which in turn kind-of helps the Bonehoard as well, so let's go with that for now, but is an Elf, not a cat. Creative budget drawing at least.

Qasali Slingers is a nice control for Artifacts and Enchantments, plus hes a 3/5 reach.

Balan, Wandering Knight might consider, but with only 13 equipment targets, understand why he's not in there.

Jazal Goldmane might be a bit better, because he's 4/4 first strike, but he can pump all the horde of cats.

Beastmaster Ascension feels like 100% necessary in this, to pump all your 1/1 token cats. I think this will be a primary goal for winning in this budget format.

Hunter's Insight is a better draw then some of the "janky" draw mechanics in budget, to a lesser degreeSoul's Majesty / Hunter's Prowess also work but are Sorcery and susceptible to instant removal.

Skyhunter Skirmisher has build in evasion and double strike (cat) if you can get him an Equipment or 2. Rancor?

Crown of Vigor is not every exciting a 1-shot +1/+1, with a static +1/+1 for 1 creature, not fantastic.

Mask of Memory might help with the draw as well.

Hungry Lynx, originally I thought this guy would be amazing, but all he does is create problems (deathtouch rats), and I've never had him successfully pump my cats before being removed. I took him out, mechanic didn't work.

Uktabi Wildcats, this guy only worthwhile if you have 5 Forest, remember, Tranquil Expanse / Selesnya Sanctuary are not forest unless they say "Forest" on them, so with a max size of 11, he's rarely going to be a 5, so no other abilities, not worth the CMC .

Do you not find you get board-wiped and that is the end? I would run at least a couple protections, like Make a Stand or Rootborn Defenses or Dusk (recur all power 2 - 19 targets right now).

Soul Snare is another janky type Condemn, always Oblivion Ring.

Whitemane Lion combos infinite with lost of , but enablers might not work in the budget. There is Infinite creature (several) enablers, Infinite Ramp enablers, etc. Him and Fleetfoot Panther run the show. Could be an interesting way to get some combo going, not sure how combos are viewed in your budget pod.

Lost Leonin can also put some infect pressure on people, but without support (like Silverblade Paladin/Ajani, Caller of the Pride/that white enchantment that gives 1 creature double strike/etc to make him a single hit kill. He's still a 2 hit-Eminence win-con though. Unless no infect allowed, he will eliminate players just with Eminence on occasion. If you can Grappling Hook him or enable doublestrike elsewise (like Raksha Golden Cub). Often he comes out early enough. It's my initial strategy in my Arahbo, Roar of the World but I use mass-creature tutor.


Holmhollow on Theros Bant Commander

3 weeks ago

Always happy to see some mythology-themed decks! Kestia is a great commander and I feel she's underrated in comparison to the other two out of the C18 precon. I built something similar -- the theme of the deck is Greek mythology, but I borrow more cards from different sets so long as they support the flavour of the deck. You might find some inspiration in it:

ELYSIUM // Odyssey to the Blessed Isles

Looking at your deck as it is, I think you're doing well in terms of ramp and flavour. You've picked plenty of powerful cards and synergies and they're all on theme.

You could probably shore it up in terms of (reliable) card draw and removal. For instance, more unconditional creature removal like Swords to Plowshares will serve you much better than Reprisal, even if Reprisal is more on theme. Most of the card draw in your deck relies on attacking with enchantment creatures, which is fine, but Bant doesn't have a lot of Haste so maybe consider an extra enchantress or two so you can at least get value out of casting your enchantments. That way if they get removed before you're allowed to untap with them, they've still replaced themselves. Satyr Enchanter is not from Theros but is certainly on theme.

Something to save your board from wraths is also helpful. Eerie Interlude is great in combination with Eidolon of Blossoms, but consider something like Heroic Intervention, Make a Stand, Rootborn Defenses as well. For that matter, a few extra wraths in your own deck would help you reset the board if someone is off to a faster start than you. Hour of Revelation is fairly on theme, as is Wrath of God.

Other considerations you might make are more meta-dependant, like graveyard hate or land destruction. You might not need Rest in Peace or Ghost Quarter in your meta, but it would round out your deck to be better suited against unknown opponents.

All in all, I liked looking through your deck list! Have fun.

FunkyBill on Advent of the Wurm (Selesnya Populate)

4 weeks ago

gandalfguyysnp thanks for the suggestions. The problem I have with Wake the Reflections is that it is too inconsistent. While sometimes it can be explosive, other times it's just a dead draw. I feel this card would be better if it was an instant instead of a sorcery, which is why I went with Rootborn Defenses (even though Rootborn can be a dead draw too). That way I don't have to commit to going wide on my main-phase, where it will be more susceptible to my opponents sorcery sweepers. However, you're right that Intangible Virtue is pretty bonkers in this deck, so it probably makes more sense to move Rootborn to the sideboard.

I feel that Path to Exile is just too good to pass up. I'd say it's necessary for almost any deck that plays white. The card is just too much value, and there are too many threats that dodge Selesnya Charm. That's just my opinion though.

gandalfguyysnp on Advent of the Wurm (Selesnya Populate)

4 weeks ago

This is a pretty good deck, it really caught my eye, since I recently started on a deck similar to this spamming those tokens. A couple suggestions that I have found from my deck. Wake the Reflections is a really good card in this deck, just imagine creating a 5/5 or 3/3 for 1 mana. Also I'd put the Intangible Virtue into the deck, it is really powerful. I'd suggest taking out the Rootborn Defenses, since, you should be creating tokens fast enough that you won't need to protect them. Also the path to exile could be taken out, since that really could just be on the sideboard, and you already have a remove card with Selesnya Charm. Lastly, I'm not sure if you already own all these cards, but Anointed Procession does the same thing as Parallel Lives, but for about half the price.

chirz2792 on Need An Answer To My ...

1 month ago

Torpor Orb, Hushwing Gryff, and Tocatli Honor Guard will shut off the enter trigger. Rootborn Defenses and Avacyn, Angel of Hope will protect your stuff. Mesmeric Orb might also give him a headache but I'd recommend one of the others cards first. You could also just convince the table to gang up on him and try to take him out of the game before he can cast zacama. Probably won't be a lot of fun for him though.

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