Rootbound Crag

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Brawl Legal
Standard Legal
Arena Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Modern Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Casual Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

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Set Rarity
Ixalan (XLN) Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Rare
Magic 2013 (M13) Rare
2012 Core Set (M12) Rare
2011 Core Set (M11) Rare
Premium Deck Series: Slivers (PDS) Rare
2010 Core Set (M10) Rare

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Rootbound Crag

Land

Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.

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Rootbound Crag Discussion

NeonEndymion on The Ur-Dragon

17 hours ago

-I haven't had a chance to test yet without Dragonlord Kolaghan , but I did play 2-3x games where I ended up not even casting her b/c I already had either/both Rhythm of the Wild and/or Temur Ascendancy in play, as the latter especially is a prime tutor target. I felt like with increased consistency in terms of landing specific enchantment pieces that grant haste, I wanted a utility dragon vs another haste enabler.

-I've never not been impressed with Urza's Incubator . Worst case it is incredibly helpful in ramping into casting the commander, and it can discount some/most dragons down to 2-3CMC. With an ETB draw engine like Temur Ascendancy in play, this can lead to some very busted turns/sequencing. With Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma out, suddenly our commander costs only WUBRG, which is flippin' sweet.

-Where my mana splits/curve landed, it is now primarily a Gruul deck with a secondary Black Splash and tertiary Blue and White splashes. As such, a primary fetch target is usually Stomping Ground or Sheltered Thicket , meaning that the other RG duals all then come into play untapped. It is actually harder to guarantee that Cinder Glade will meet its ETB untapped condition than Rootbound Crag in this build/with most lines and with which opening hands you'd want to keep.

-Incidental scry and 5c color fixing from Path of Ancestry has always felt worth it to me, but if anything I could see that slot going back to Exotic Orchard or Forbidden Orchard if I'm ever in a situation where it feels like I'm stumbling. So far, I have been able to find turns for situational ETB tap lands that haven't led to taking a turn off or going off curve, as usually we're going 1 into 3; 2 or 3 into 4 or 5; or 4 or 5 into 7 or 8, so there is an opportunity to deal with limited ETB tapped lands by turns 4-5.

- Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth is strictly there to have fetchlands tap for mana if need be/if shut off by effects that prevent their use. It also gives global black fixing so black doesn't have to be prioritized and helps later with double-black requirements in some of our higher curve spells like Patriarch's Bidding and Crux of Fate . It also unlocks our two conditional/creature lands to tap for black ( Cavern of Souls and Haven of the Spirit Dragon . This also helps de-prioritize swamps as a target for fetches/land ramp spells. Basically a lot of upsides to situations/problems that are only fully resolved by Chromatic Lantern , but for the "free" cost of a land slot. I haven't been disappointed by it so far.

I may try your land suite and see how it feels; why are you running 1x Forest and 1x Snow-covered Forest vs 2x Snow-covered Forests, however?

Vlasiax on The Ur-Dragon

17 hours ago

Hmm, I'd like to hear from you how this version performs since I don't want to cut Dragonlord Kolaghan . Also what are your thoughts after playing with Urza's Incubator ? Is this kind of ramp we need?

For land fetching - you have 6 forests and only 2 cards that look specifically for those so I guess that skillful play will fix any problem that would occur. In my build I have both forest duals from BFZ and additional Forest besides 4 forest shocklands and 1 Snow-Covered Forest just in case and to buff a little my chances of having source in opening hand to play dorks.

Lately I'm thinking about cutting lands that ETB tapped so Path of Ancestry might get cut despite being 5-color land and in my opinion you don't need Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth for fixing since you aren't going for Cabal Coffers combo or casting intense spells. On a side note, if you have Rootbound Crag and i.e. Watery Grave then you're forced one turn behind when we discussed how early turns actually get us ahead and allow to keep up with stronger decks.

Taiga might be an option but for now I have similar concern regaring overall deck price so Spire Garden or Cinder Glade might be an option.

multimedia on Animar Big N Stompy

1 day ago

Hey, looks good, but one of the best interactions with Animar are cards that can bounce themselves or other creatures you control. This lets you get more counters on Animar faster.

Statue can bounce itself unlimited number of times since its colorless, each time you bounce it you put a counter a on Animar and it reduces the casting cost of Statue.

Low mana cost creatures who give you value when they ETB are good when you can bounce creatures.

When playing a lot of creatures as well as bounce then Beast Whisperer is good repeatable draw. Forgotten Ancient and Managorger Hydra are two good cards for the +1/+1 counters strategy because each gets counters when any player plays a spell. This includes your opponents and in multiplayer Commander these creatures can get very big. They're also good with the strategy of bounce because you're casting creatures after you bounce them back to your hand. Ancient can be a counters engine since at your upkeep you can move counters from him onto any other creatures you control any way you like including onto Animar. If you like some of these suggestions I offer help to make cuts.


For the manabase really consider more lands. 30 total lands is low for your deck to function without being consistently land screwed. Getting land screwed is not fun; it's better to have more lands than not enough. There's some budget ($1-$5 or less each) lands to consider adding:

Good luck with your deck.


MrBronson on Boar Runner

3 days ago

I see it, very cool!! Maybe add 4x Stomping Ground , x2 Rootbound Crag , 1x Pelakka Wurm , 1x Ghalta, Primal Hunger .

multimedia on Wrath of Cthulhu

2 weeks ago

Hey, Ancestral Statue is too important of a creature with Animar, you realize this, but you don't have any cards that tutor for it?

In a $100 deck I can understand why you wouldn't have a tutor, but not in a $400 deck. Consider Fabricate ? It doesn't break the bank and if not tutoring for Statue it can tutor for Curio. Consider Fauna Shaman ? She also doesn't break the bank and can be a repeatable creature tutor. That's good when you can't afford to add other expensive price creature tutors. Hell, if price is a concern then cut Dark Depths and add tutors that can help in a game to search for the cards that break Animar. These cards are more important than Depths for your overall deck to function.

Curio and Statue is a good, but consider some low CMC creatures who can bounce themselves or another creature back to your hand to cast again:

These creatures mimic what Statue does, more ways to get fast counters on Animar and they help if you don't draw or Statue is killed. These creatures also help like Curio does to abuse creatures with strong ETB abilities:

Empath is a very good tutor here for Eldrazi because he's a creature who you can bounce back to your hand. Faeries helps to play more creatures a turn by untapping your lands. Visionary is repeatable draw who's a creature. Witness is very good if you can bounce her.


Not sure why you've neglected the manabase so much instead you've focused on all the other fat in the deck. This is something that new players do... Why 24 basic lands in the manabase that's three colors and no Chromatic Lantern ? If budget is a concern you can still add some budget dual lands:

Can even cut Keranos, God of Storms , Thought-Knot Seer and Propaganda for price to add Lantern and more dual lands to the manabase. Dual lands and Lantern will help your deck much more than these cards do. Mana fixing is pretty damn important to have in a three color deck especially with a restrictive, no colorless mana, three colored mana cost Animar who you want to consistently cast turn three.

I'm sorry if I was harsh, but you're forgetting basic principles of Commander deck building while presenting yourself as a good player who other players should listen too. Good luck with your deck.

Kjartan on Gruul Dinosaurs

2 weeks ago

Looks very good for a first-time deck, you seem to be missing two cards though. Maybe a couple of extra lands would be good.

Some cards to look into getting (That aren't that expensive) are:

Lightning Bolt , Elvish Mystic , Rampant Growth , Thragtusk , Rootbound Crag , and Inferno Titan

hydrothermia on Piggys!!!! (Boar Tribal) (Needs help)

2 weeks ago

Funny thing is that I have a boar tribal deck that I've been messing around with on Arena. I exported the build from Arena for you to take a look at. Even what I run with can be inconsistent at times. I've tried to fix it with types of filter and card draws like Open the Gates , Warlord's Fury and Light Up the Stage . Instead of Rhythm of the Wild (Even though it is good), I use Cindervines as a control detterent.

I hope this can help you out with this gimmicky deck, it's a fun idea.

kamarupa on Gruul Riot Modern

3 weeks ago

If budget isn't an issue, Collected Company would be better than Harmonize except that it wouldn't get you Rhythm of the Wild . If, however, you do add Tarmogoyf , Commune with the Gods might be the best. Price doesn't equate to synergy. Other lands worth considering: Copperline Gorge , Rootbound Crag . Birds of Paradise is strictly better than Llanowar Elves .

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Rootbound Crag occurrence in decks from the last year

Standard:

All decks: 0.71%

Modern:

All decks: 0.11%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.09%

RG (Gruul): 2.35%

RUG (Temur): 3.07%

BRG (Jund): 1.69%

RGW (Naya): 3.17%