Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.
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|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 occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.71%
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%
Rootbound Crag Discussion
10 hours ago
Enemy shocklands plus Hallowed Fountain, ally checklands minus Rootbound Crag replaces Guildgate package - I really liked those lands there as a flavor win, even if they are simply awful in actual game, but I fear that my playgroup has been scarred for life by all these Golos, Tireless Pilgrim Maze's End decks and begins to target me if I somehow have more than 5 of these. So in order to make my deck less intimidating I have to make it more powerful and consistent :) I also wanted to take the opportunity to fix the colors slightly - green and red seemed a bit over-represented, while white, blue and green are often important early game here so it needed better fixing.
Dryad of the Ilysian Grove replaces Circuitous Route - With guildgates removed Route is just an Explosive Vegetation which is a fine card, but we could have something better. Fortunately Dryad seems like a perfect fit for 5-color decks, comes a turn earlier, instantly fixes all your lands, synergizes with newly added checklands, triggers both Daxos and Ezuri and is a fine blocker for some extra early attacks.
6 days ago
Hey, I like the changes you've made, well done.
Armada Wurm is a good high CMC creature upgrade and it makes many other high CMC creatures here not needed. Creatures such as Soul of Zendikar, Tendershoot Dryad, Thragtusk, Rampaging Baloths, Wingmate Roc. These creatures and the token they can create for their mana costs are not better with or without Ghired than what Armada gives you for six mana. When you get Doubling and Lives these are creatures who could be cut.
Another place to think about upgrades is the manabase. The precon manabase is decent, but there's still too many lands that will always ETB tapped making it slow. Some dual lands that can ETB tapped are fine such as Check lands and Battle lands, but these lands can ETB untapped and have a much better chance of doing that because of the high number of basic lands.
Currently Farseek can only search for Cinder Glade meaning it can't search for a dual land that can make white mana. What makes Farseek a good card is it can be dual land ramp which also makes it color fixing. Canopy Vista is a land to consider adding.
With the current manabase consider these lands upgrades:
- Canopy Vista > Graypelt Refuge
- Karplusan Forest > Rugged Highlands
- Brushland > Sungrass Prairie
- Rugged Prairie or Battlefield Forge > Wind-Scarred Crag
- Rootbound Crag > Gruul Turf
- Sunpetal Grove > Selesnya Sanctuary
Like the Talismans the Pain lands will ETB untapped, you pay 1 life to make colored mana or they can make colorless mana without paying life. This is fine though, don't be afraid to use your life as a resource in 40 life Commander especially if you're playing cards that can gain you life later on in a game. Brushland and Karplusan are nice because they can ETB untapped turn one to cast a green one drop mana dork.
The Check lands are fine lands when playing a lot of basic lands in the manabase. Rootbound and Sunpetal will ETB untapped if you control just one Forest which is the most lands of the manabase. Of course Pain lands and Check lands can be even further upgraded with Shock lands and other Rainbow lands, but this is a start to consider for manabase upgrades.
1 week ago
- Replace Prey Uponwith Moonlight Hunt: Superior speed, and superior damage output, without risking the loss of a unit. And I would also add 1-2 more copies to the main board.
- Replace Shockwith Lightning Bolt / Lightning Strike: Better damage output for (almost) the same mana.
- Lower mainboard Moonmistto 2 or 3 and replace them with Moonlight Hunt. The 1 or 2 other copies would be side boarded.
- Replace Ulrich of the Krallenhorde Flip with Huntmaster of the Fells Flip: Cheaper, almost as stronger and has greater impact on the battlefield (removal + life gain + token generator vs buffer + removal).
- Replace Wolfbitten Captive Flipwith 2x Mayor of Avabruck Flipand 1x Lambholt Pacifist Flip.
- Replace 1x Geier Reach Bandit Flipwith 1x Daybreak Ranger Flip.
3 weeks ago
Hey, what's the max budget you have to make upgrades?
It can be a long process to upgrade an entire precon. What the precon really lacks is ramp, tutors and cards for better interaction with Ghired. The manabase in the precon can be upgraded with better dual lands, but casually is actually fine the way it is. Draw sources is one thing that the precon has a lot of which is surprising.
This is a summary list of some budget cards ($5 or less each, most are less than $1) that I think would help your deck:
- Ramp: Avacyn's Pilgrim, Wild Growth and Elvish Mystic
- Ramp: Selesnya Signet, Gruul Signet and Boros Signet
- Tutors: Eladamri's Call, Idyllic Tutor, Fierce Empath and Sylvan Scrying
- Extra Combats: Aggravated Assault with Savage Ventmaw
- Haste: Hammer of Purphoros, Ogre Battledriver and Lightning Mauler
- Protection: Mother of Runes, Eldrazi Displacer and Boros Charm
- Utility: Temur Sabertooth, Eternal Witness, Reclamation Sage and Regal Force
- Removal: Swords to Plowshares, Cleansing Nova and Heliod's Intervention
- Land: Canopy Vista and/or Scattered Groves that way Farseek can search for a dual land that can make white mana.
- Land: Battlefield Forge, Sunpetal Grove, Rootbound Crag and Sheltered Thicket
The avg. CMC (converted mana cost) of the precon is high at 3.9. This 3.9 number means that consistently you're not able to cast a spell until you have four mana sources and/or four lands which is slow. Consider reducing this number? Getting it down to 3.0 and then even lower after that. To do this consider cutting many high mana cost cards and replacing them with low mana cost ramp? Reducing the avg. CMC will speed up game play.
The most obvious upgrades to start with are adding more low mana cost ramp and tutors, but other upgrades to consider is how to make Ghired better overall for the deck since he's the Commander General. Casually Ghired is about attacking since he powers your deck's strategy by populating which he does when he attacks. Because attacking is important then consider strategies that can improve combat/attacking? Haste, extra combats and double strike are strong strategies with attacking.
I would make the Rhino the focus of the token population because it's big creature (4/4 trample) and is easily accessible because of Ghired. Because Ghired creates the Rhino token I don't think you need to go over the top with lots of other creatures or cards that create tokens. However, if relying more on Ghired and the Rhino token then consider more repeatable protection for Ghired to keep him alive on the battlefield. Not having to do combat damage with Ghired to populate is nice.
Not having to do combat damage means you can protect Ghired in combat so he survives while still populating a token since he attacked. If you can repeatedly protect Ghired in combat then you can keep safely attacking with him. Ghired needs to attack to populate which means he has to survive combat to be able to attack again. Protection for Ghired in combat is another area for upgrades to consider because you want Ghired to be able to keep attacking.
Extra combats are good with Ghired because he wants to be attacking and extra combats means you get to attack again or multiple times on your turn. Aggravated Assault + Savage Ventmaw is infinite combats which is infinite attacks. As long as Ventmaw can attack it makes six mana. Five of that mana can be used with Assault for an extra combat. At the extra combat Ventmaw will attack again and make six mana; use that mana with Assault and repeat. Without Ventmaw Assault is still a very good card because it can be repeatable for five mana on your turn you get to attack twice which can be a lot of Rhinos.
I offer more advice, more explanations about each of these suggestions, more detailed steps you can take to improve your deck, cards you could cut, etc. Would you like more advice?
Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
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Voice of Many
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In: Divine Visitation Luminarch Ascension Doubling Season Parallel Lives Greater Good Return to Dust Teferi's Protection Shalai, Voice of Plenty Eldrazi Monument Godsire Avenger of Zendikar Wurmcoil Engine Rootbound Crag Sunpetal Grove Clifftop Retreat Fire-Lit Thicket Wooded Bastion Rugged Prairie Fabled Passage
1 month ago
Hello again! Here are some suggestions for this build:
1 month ago
Hey, for your first Commander deck well done and nice deck description. You picked an interesting General as your first one to make a deck because not being able to cast noncreature spells can be a real burden in multiplayer Commander. In a Commander deck ideally you want to have a nice mix of noncreature spells and you can't really do that with Nikya.
I see Temur Sabertooth and it's bounce activated ability is great with Nikya's ramp. Sabertooth lets you play some noncreature spells because you can use the mana generated by Nikya to bounce Nikya with Sabertooth and then use the rest of the mana to cast a noncreature spell. This trick is very good with Primal Surge since there's all permanents here, creatures, meaning you dump all the creatures and lands from your library onto the battlefield on your turn. Genesis Wave is another powerful spell with the Sabertooth Nikya trick and it too depending on how much mana you have can dump all your permanents onto the battlefield.
Enchantments, artifacts and Planeswalkers are also permanent cards which have interaction with Surge and Wave. Fires of Yavimaya , Hammer of Purphoros gives all your creatures haste which can be a win condition when you dump it and all your creatures onto the battlefield.
With big creatures and ramp Fierce Empath is a good creature tutor especially with Sabertooth since it can bounce Empath for you to cast again. Genesis Hydra is another creature to take advantage of ramp as well as Sabertooth and it can put a nonland noncreature permanent you reveal onto the battlefield which is a way to get around Nikya's restriction since you're not casting that permanent.
As you play more Commander and make more decks you will find that good lands and manabases are consistently the most expensive cards of a deck. There are however some good budget lands in Commander. Command Tower is the staple land for multicolored decks in Commander. Cinder Glade , Rootbound Crag , Game Trail , Sheltered Thicket and Temple of Abandon are all good Gruul lands.
I offer more advice. Good luck with your deck.
1 month ago
I have a lot of recommendations for you. These may be pricey so I apologize if they're out of your price range but here you go:
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Add Reyhan, Last of the Abzan . If you can put +1/+1 counters on your creatures, your devourer will get HUGE real fast! Gets crazy too if you eat everything with Mycoloth and all those extra +1/+1 counters go to him.
Add Triumph of the Hordes . This cards a no brainer for token swarms and huge powerful armies. Remember, it only takes 10 infect to kill someone.
Add Moldervine Reclamation . Just a simple life gain/card draw engine for your devourers.
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Replace Thorn-Thrash Viashino with Bloodspore Thrinax . Viashino doesn't provide any positive effects for devouring. Bloodspore Thrinax on the otherhand can push a token deck into an absurd board state.
Replace Mother Bear with Jade Mage . Mother Bear is situational and requires her to be in the graveyard prior to using her. And the value isn't all that great. With Jade Mage you can use all of your mana every turn to do at least something.
Replace Emrakul's Hatcher with Tendershoot Dryad . Emrakul isn't that great for your token production. Tendershoot on the other hand can buff all of your saprolings and in a 4 player game, it'll produce 3 tokens by the time it comes back to you.
Replace Algae Gharial with Poison-Tip Archer . You won't get much value out of Gharial. Poison-Tip Archer on the other hand can be lethal if kept on the board. It's basically a stronger Mayhem Devil .
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Wayfarer's Bauble , Arcane Signet , Chromatic Lantern , Commander's Sphere , Darksteel Ingot , Thran Dynamo , Worn Powerstone , Fellwar Stone , Golgari Signet , Gruul Signet , Rakdos Signet , Talisman of Impulse , Talisman of Indulgence , Talisman of Resilience , Heraldic Banner
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth , Fabled Passage , Castle Embereth , Dwarven Mine , Bojuka Bog , Grim Backwoods , Phyrexian Tower , Kessig Wolf Run , Volrath's Stronghold , Overgrown Tomb , Stomping Ground , Woodland Cemetery , Blood Crypt , Dragonskull Summit , Command Tower , Savage Lands , Rootbound Crag , Rakdos Carnarium , Gruul Turf , Golgari Rot Farm