Populate. Creatures you control are indestructible this turn. (To populate, create a token that's a copy of a creature token you control.)
|Want (3)||Cactusman , Tosylic , JazzCrimes|
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|Mystery Booster (MYS1)||Common|
|Commander 2019 (C19)||Common|
|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Common|
|Return to Ravnica (RTR)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Rootborn Defenses occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%
GW (Selesnya): 0.79%
Rootborn Defenses Discussion
1 month ago
EdhOutlaws sadly I havent been able to play my Rhys deck since making some changes. I did the following:
1 month ago
I really like Flickerform, Gift of Immortality, Ephemerate, and Conjurer's Closet with Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves. Great ways of protecting him and getting reuse out of his enter the battlefield (ETB) ability!
I also really like Sword of the Paruns. Tolsimir usually wants you to play lots of wolves so that you can use his ability. You can use Sword of the Paruns to boost your wolves on defense when they ETB and fight!
I would recommend maybe replacing Gods Willing, Blessed Breath, Realms Uncharted, Unexpectedly Absent, Inspire Awe, & Stand Firm with Make a Stand, Unbreakable Formation, Rootborn Defenses, Brave the Elements, Swords to Plowshares, & Path to Exile
Heraldic Banner fits the deck really well! Some other good cards in that vein would be Marshal's Anthem, Leonin Sun Standard, Adaptive Automaton, Spear of Heliod, or Vanquisher's Banner. You could replace Shriekhorn, Mindcrank, Conjurer's Bauble, Ghoulcaller's Bell, & Grindclock with the recommendations.
2 months ago
That's a sweet deck! Are you sure you're new to the game?!?
Congregation at Dawn takes a little bit up set up but it's at instant speed and would be sweet to respond to a boardwipe or just to tutor in general
a populate effect like Rootborn Defenses might be nice too and you get and extra egg for free
Are there any parts of the deck you're looking for suggestions with?
3 months ago
That is a very good question, what to cut. I don't want to micromanage anything but here are cards I feel are "weak" with what you have going (also, keep Dash Hopes if your play group hates it, it must be good ;))
Out (?): Conclave Tribunal
Dictate of Erebos (I know, it's an amazing card, but without creature support it isn't actually doing anything for you. This is a soft cut, it's always going to put a little work in just like Butcher of Malakir)
I LOVE Subversion but is it really putting in enough UMPH for 5 CMC? I really like Righteous Cause but that's just me. Hissing Miasma is pretty cool too, no life gain but it's cheaper and deters attacks.
Consecrate / Consume (hope formatting works here) is a 4 cmc kind of squanky force sacrifice of the most dangerous (most powerful) creature of an opponent. I don't like it. You have a huge removal suite and this seems like a good cut. You have Orzhov, you are the removal king and you can Murder or Return to Dust
Consecrate / Consume is too situational to be useful in your go-to 100
Revival / Revenge is sexy, keep it. But look at what cards actually make it mean something. Serra Avatar Evra, Halcyon Witness Sunbond etc. Play around with it, but in my experience, it is rare for doubling your life total to more impactful than gaining 3 instances of life gain. (but look at Wall of Reverence
Cut Dismember for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Make a Stand for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Nightmare's Thirst It is too situational for you. We can find better removal. Find room for more "UMPH" (kill conditions) Cut Rootborn Defenses we're going to add some creatures who love life gain after this section
OK, stick with me on this one: Liliana, Dreadhorde General draws cards for dead creatures, right? But... you don't have creatures (really) in your deck... Not saying cut her, but she would and will be happier in a sacrifice black deck (Maybe a Sheoldred, Whispering One deck, I think you could do it). If you need to make cuts I'm saying she isn't doing much for you here but letting you draw sometimes.
We're not abusing Athreos, God of Passage but he's too awesome to cut. If he isn't pulling his weight in this deck you can ship me the card, I'll give you my address. ;)
Mentioned Butcher of Malakir before: awesome card as deterrence but it shines when you have a lot of token to sacrifice for value. not an immediate cut, but if you include Sheoldred, Whispering One and Dictate of Erebos you might want want to add some sacrifice/recursion to capitalize. Making your sacrifices give you advantage and hurt your enemies is the coolest thing black can do.
Cut Piper of the Swarm replace with Vampire Cutthroat or Vampire Nighthawk or Call to the Feast or really anything. Piper isn't helping your mechanics. Replace with Sunscorch Regent because that guy beefs up fast and hard.
Dusk is a great wipe and the dual nature of the card gives utility.
This is your call. I'd recommend Sunscorch Regent as a win-con.
Rebuff the Wicked is a fantastic counterspell, works with you control aspect. If it were me I'd add more card draw and Approach of the Second Sun and aim for that. Easier win con than Revel in Riches in my experience (have mardu deck based on treasure, removal and alternate win cons and Approach of the Second Sun is much easier and more reliable than Revel in Riches.
I don't know what else to say. You make your own Kambal deck. Just know you need some "UMPH" to take down your opponents beyond some life gain and drain. I love the build, but you need to 'seal the deal' as it were.
3 months ago
I know you're working with what you have, but a casual view of the deck doesn't seem to have much "umph". What is the life gain doing for you outside of keeping you alive? Commander damage makes pure life total a resource, so things like Vona, Butcher of Magan kick ass.
You have things like Dictate of Erebos and Conclave Tribunal which are awesome cards, but you have a very light creature presence (13 total) with no sac mechanic (for dictate) so it seems like an under-utilization of the cards. Who is going to help Conclave when you just have your commander out?
Same concept for Rootborn Defenses and Make a Stand Obviously great cards, but they provide a 1-turn protection for a mass of creatures you're not going to have. Long-lasting protection like Indestructibility or Swiftfoot Boots or Whispersilk Cloak will give you more staying power and force opponents to use their removal on your artifacts/enchantments rather than your combo pieces. Again, I know you're limited, but some instants are no match for something that requires another player to spend their hard earned mana and cards on your permanents.
I love, believe me, the mass life loss from opponents. I have two decks that do that same thing and they are damn near my favorites. But with commander people are going to be sniping your pieces way too often. Draining 4 damage per turn rules, but it needs to be backed up by some beef or a nasty combo. The Control helps, and again I get your constraints, but it seems like this deck will only sometimes work on late turns. Orzhov is my favorite combo and there is so much potential with Kambal, Consul of Allocation Are there cards that can get you benefit for his gain and drain? Sunbond isn't expensive and can do a little voltron or help protect a few creatures to make them big beaters with the constant little life gains.
You have Sheoldred, Whispering One, maybe do something jacked up basing things on tutoring her out and throwing things into your graveyard for benefit? She's a monster that cannot be ignored.
Well of Lost Dreams costs money, but with the theme of continuous life gain is an amazing addition for card draw. I guess I'm looking at the deck and not seeing what the win conditions are beyond "I gain life, they lose life" which is way cool but the rate seems too slow for the format. When commanders can cap you with 21 damage even if you have 200 life it means you need to Go for the Throat or make a real good wall for yourself (Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts?)
Essentially I see a ton of cool removal, a few pieces of life gain/drain and I find myself wondering "where's the teeth?" "How does Kambal say 'it is done'" Lots of life, for sure, but what do you do when a Zurgo Helmsmasher comes in with Rogue's Passage on turn 6? You know? I'm not talking cEDH ,just want to see the best Kambal there is because he rules. Your removal package is killer, great way to remove threats against you, but I feel like there comes a point where when you're just spending mana to take away what others spent mana on, you need an end-game. Overwhelming Splendor is a great way to capitalize on this "wait-them-out" removal strategy, but you can only cast it on one opponent, and what if it gets blasted? with more players, commander is full of win-con-killers so you need to make a deck able to adapt and twist with the removal, or be faster than removal can stop you. Approach of the Second Sun would be fantastic with the heal-and-stall aspect you have going
3 months ago
Rootborn Defenses would be also a good option to gain time and protect your tokens.
3 months ago
Thunderfoot Baloth and Pathbreaker Ibex are my two win swings for sure. I agree about Craterhoof Behemoth I bought mine few years ago without really knowing how much he will climb in price. Have you seen the two new commander cards that are amazing for our decks?? Flawless Maneuver and Deflecting Swat. Rootborn Defenses has come in clutch for me as well if you don’t have the more experience Heroic Intervention
4 months ago
Presence of Gond may be good to tap your commander and have it make 2 tokens instead of the one.
Beastmaster Ascension will quickly build up counters with all the tokens you have so they will all quickly start to hit like trucks.
There is also Heroic Intervention but I’m mostly trying to recommend cards that aren’t so pricy.