Simian Spirit Guide


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Casual Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Planar Chaos (PLC) Common

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Simian Spirit Guide

Creature — Ape Spirit

Exile Simian Spirit Guide from your hand: Add (Red) to your mana pool.

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Simian Spirit Guide Discussion

MrJohny on U/R/g Polymorph Tempo/Combo

11 hours ago

Playing Simian Spirit Guide alongside Polymorph seems like an unfortunate nombo imo

Captain_Howel on Power 9 Equivalent in Pauper?

1 day ago

Gattison, I agree about your 4 must-haves. They're really good fits, and they perfectly illustrate the range of effects that belong on the list.

As for Gurmag Angler topping Delver of Secrets  Flip in vote count, I wouldn't read into the current vote counts too much given they're all in the single digits.

That hybrid mana is a BIG factor for Slippery Bogle. While it still is best in a green & blue deck, it can be used just like a mono-colored mana cost in any green OR blue deck. It's immune to burn and removal spells. It can ONLY be destroyed by an opponent in direct combat.

Put another vote down for Simian Spirit Guide from me. Let's see if we can get that onto the list proper, and bump off Brainstorm or Gurmag Angler!

escesare on Nayan Apocalypse **Primer**

2 days ago

Hm interesting idea. Sadly in the current shell, many of the hits are actively bad with BBE: 3 Anger of the Gods, 2 Simian Spirit Guide, 3 Porphyry Nodes. I guess it's not inconceivable to make some version of this deck less reliant on 1 drops, SSG, and board wipes though.

MTGPALADIN on Issue Solved

3 days ago

Lotus Petal, Simian Spirit Guide, Elvish Spirit Guide are just a few suggestions. Look at Belcher, ANT, Oops all spells for further inspiration.

Modern_Master42 on CoCo Bloodbraid Ball Breaker

4 days ago

Birds of Paradise, Dryad Arbor, Vengevine and Simian Spirit Guide could be nice for the main deck. for sideboard I agree with adding Ancient Grudge and Scavenging Ooze. I'd also try Ricochet Trap, Dismember, and Stone Rain. I'm not sure if it would be to expensive but you could try Tireless Tracker in the main deck.

Gattison on Power 9 Equivalent in Pauper?

4 days ago

I'm back. Sorry for taking so long to return, but I have been mulling everything everyone has said over, and I have some thoughts. I'd like to keep this dialogue going and reason out our choices.

Firstly, I've updated the Original Post, took my silly pIX list off and put up the running talley. I really like the way the current top 9 looks, honestly, despite that less than 10 pauper players voiced their opinions on it, lol.

Secondly, Modern_Brews, with all due respect, I think the pIX should be a list of the most broken pauper cards, because that's exactly what the Power 9 is. The P9 also doesn't care about representing the color pie fairly, and thus I feel that neither should the Pauper IX. I guess I did make it sound otherwise in my statement above, and my apologies for not clarifying earlier.

Third, Captain_Howel, I would actually argue that all three of the blue cards in the P9 could be called "draw." At the very least, every single one of the power 9 cards do essentially the same thing for a deck. They accelerate it. They give you more mana, cards or turns (which is really just card advantage, imo) than you would normally get, under normal circumstances.

I'm not trying to be argumentative with either of you, instead I'm just hoping to further define what the Pauper IX should be. =) Feedback is welcome!

Now on that line of thought, let's get back to the culmination of our votes in the list in the OP. Let me first say that I personally feel that, ignoring everything else, Lightning Bolt, Lotus Petal, Gitaxian Probe and Ash Barrens all NEED to be on this list, and there's no getting around it. Does anybody else feel this way?

I also feel that Simian Spirit Guide should definitely be on this list alongside Lotus Petal, because like DarkMagician said, it is literally a pauper version of Mox Ruby. It doesn't matter if people aren't playing this card currently, or if it's not "paupular". Not everybody always plays the P9, the same would therefore obviously be true about the pIX, wouldn't it? What does matter is that this card is free , which is crazy good no matter what color it is, and as a pauper player "you should know about this." For the same reasons, I feel Dark Ritual is the pauper version of Mox Jet, and should rank on the list.

I also feel the same way about Apostle's Blessing, but to a lesser extent. I also want to point out that this same line of reasoning (first iterated by DarkMagician above) is exactly why we "all" agree Gitaxian Probe should qualify. Because ANY deck can play it. And ANY deck can play Simian Spirit Guide for a free or a free , and to a lesser extent, any deck with in it can play Dark Ritual.

Next, I agree with Captain_Howel (and eyes2sky) about Gurmag Angler that it's not an auto-include in decks running . However, it is quite easy to alter most decks, just a bit, to allow 1 or more Anglers. I think that is why people play it so much, and why it got so many votes here. One more vote than Delver of Secrets  Flip in fact, and I think that is indicative of how it's slightly harder to alter "just any deck with in it" to squeeze some Delvers in.

Finally, I do think we should all stop and reconsider whether Slippery Bogle should be on this list or not. It's not a game accelerator, like Lotus Petal or Preordain, but it is a super useful creature that should be known to all pauper brewers and builders.

Thanks for your input so far everybody!

APPLE01DOJ on [Community Discussion]: Modern Chat

6 days ago

Simian Spirit Guide.

This build was Jeskai not mono blue.

TheDuggernaught on RG Ponza

6 days ago

You use it on turn 2 for the turn 2 Blood Moon. I have also used Primal Command to fetch it when I have stalled at 5 mana to ensure my Inferno Titan next turn. You can not use it multiple times like you can birds, but birds also have a propensity to get bolted before you can use them. Cannot bolt a Simian Spirit Guide that you are exiling to use his ability. Much harder to interact with than birds.

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