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Simic Guildgate Discussion
1 month ago
Hello! So I see you mentioned in your description that this is your first commander deck. It has a pretty solid base, so I will just give you some rules that I tend to follow when I build. At a baseline, I tend to run 10 sources of draw, 8-10 sources of ramp, and 5-10 pieces of spot removal.
Tatyova, as I understand it, is going to be the leader of a merfolk tribal deck. Merfolk tend to have a low converted mana cost, so Tatyova allows you to draw into more cards to continuously cast more and more merfolk. That being said, if you are running Tatyova, I would up your land count somewhat, up to at least 38 or 40. I would recommend a plethora of nonbasics like Botanical Sanctum Hinterland Harbor Breeding Pool Simic Growth Chamber Simic Guildgate Skyshroud Forest Temple of Mystery Thornwood Falls Tropical Island Woodland Stream Yavimaya Coast including as your budget allows. I included tropical island, an insanely expensive card, for the sake of brevity.
In terms of removal, I tend to include some counter spells in this category. You should pick up Counterspell Arcane Denial and Swan Song. Negate is very good also. For spot removal, you should consider things like Rapid Hybridization Krosan Grip Beast Within Nature's Claim and Curse of the Swine. I tend to try to get a board wipe or two as well, so look into Wash Out and Cyclonic Rift and River's Rebuke.
For draw, and additional land drops, I would run Rites of Flourishing Wayward Swordtooth Horn of Greed and possibly Helm of the Host for the commander. You want ways to hit more than your only land drop. Consider Dictate of Kruphix Brainstorm Preordain Ponder and Well of Ideas. For some tribal support and creature support, you have Vanquisher's Banner and Herald's Horn as you mentioned. I would look into Zendikar Resurgent as well.
For ramp, you pretty much want the classic green stuff, some of which you have, like Cultivate Kodama's Reach Rampant Growth Sakura-Tribe Elder Explosive Vegetation among others. These spells double as draw spells when Tatyova is out! So they are very great. I would steer away from Simic Signet and Darksteel Ingot forms of ramp because this deck should focus on lands, but they are by no means bad inclusions.
Things like Unsummon and Rescue are good for saving creatures you want to keep, but countering the spells which remove them, or giving them hexproof is an effective way to avoid removal. Kumena, Tyrant of Orazca is also enormously powerful in a deck like this. I don't see a Lightning Greaves or Swiftfoot Boots and those are staples. Consider investing in a Thought Vessel
In terms of general advice, I would up the creature count if possible.
I know I have given you an overwhelming amount of card suggestions, and don't break the bank getting the expensive ones. A lot of these cards are staples in commander if you don't have them and they will go an extremely long way to making your game play feel more consistent and effective. Let me know if you have any questions. Beating people to death with merfolk is a lot of fun. Speaking of islandwalk, consider Thada Adel, Acquisitor and something like Quicksilver Fountain to create islands.
2 months ago
I like the deck! As far as removal, there's always Devastation Tide and Evacuation and the one-sided Cyclonic Rift - but understand that last one will make you a target REALLY fast. Also see Nevinyrral's Disk just to get rid of pretty much EVERYTHING but Planeswalkers. For more land ramp, you can add a Terramorphic Expanse as well as the usual cadre of ramp spells (you're running green - go crazy with it) like Cultivate and Kodama's Reach and Seek the Horizon among others - just to thin your deck, so you're hopefully drawing answers instead of more lands. If you remove some of the creatures, you could easily make room for the mana ramp cards. Other cheap dual mana could include Simic Growth Chamber and Simic Guildgate if you want to save some money rather than diving straight for Breeding Pool expenses. And a Command Tower never hurts in a Commander deck - probably find one for around $1 (maybe cheaper) in a local shop. Could add some relatively cheap mana artifacts like Worn Powerstone or Mind Stone or Simic Signet or Simic Keyrune that will help things along the way, as well as something like Bident of Thassa for consistent card draw (of course, add things like Trailblazer's Boots (hey, EVERYONE has a nonbasic land or SEVERAL in Commander) or Whispersilk Cloak or Prowler's Helm to get them through - which will assist fatties late-game.
3 months ago
Alright so initial thoughts: needs more ramp, needs more card draw and needs more interaction.
Ramp: You are in green so there is a lot of really good and cheep ramp you should add. You have the three two mana rampent growths which are good, but you should have at least 10 pieces of ramp in your deck, generally I like the higher mana ones that get two lands. The two mana ones are better in faster playgroups, but with how slow our games usually are, card efficiency and advantage is more important in my opinion. Cards I suggest: Cultivate, Explosive Vegetation, Kodama's Reach. You might also consider running all the signets though you may not need them. Also a note on mana, I'd say you should still run at least 36 lands, 34 is a bit low. For budget reasons you can probably cut the scry lands too. Look at: Kazandu Refuge, Highland Lake, Simic Guildgate, Timber Gorge, Woodland Stream. You also need to add some Mountains to your deck, at least 4 I'd say. You can also try to reduce the number of tap lands but yeah.
Card draw: One note first, make sure you add Ancestral Statue. Honestly your card draw isn't to to bad. I'd include Fierce Empath to for tutors, Skullclamp is always great card draw too. Secret Plans is cheap and goes with your deck. Trail of Mystery is also a good card, remember you can unmorph inside of combat too. Salt Road Ambushers is also a morph card that goes really well with other morph creatures. Remember megamorph is the same thing as morph, except when it flips it gets an extra +1/+1 counter. Whisperwood Elemental is crazy good card advantage too. Ixidor, Reality Sculptor is really crazy good when you can turn expensive un-morph creatures face up for only 3 mana too. Master of the Veil is also really good to rebuy some of the unmorph effects.
Interaction: This is one you could use some more work on. Most of your interaction will come from creatures but you still need to have some. For artifact and enchantment destruction you should be running a few of these: Acidic Slime, Nantuko Vigilante And a few ways to interact with creatures: Thousand Winds And maybe some spell removal: Beast Within, Primal Command, Shatterstorm.
Cards I dont think are pulling their weight: Recurring Insight is bad imo, if you want Fact or Fiction is better I'd say. Ashcloud Phoenix really slow and probably not going to recur. Broodhatch Nantuko interesting if you block a big creature and unmoroh it but even then I dont think its that good. Dawntreader Elk unless you are returning it from the graveyard I like other ramp more. Desolation Twin only good when you are ahead and even then questionable. Fathom Seer good card, but may not always have two islands, or just needs to be a consideration when you are ramping. Protean Hulk really good for combos and sometimes ok for value. In your deck of high cmc creatures though not as good. Unless he's a combo piece I'd say you can cut him. Thelonite Hermit dont think its worth it. Thought Harvester good if you are comboing it with Ancestral Statue or the like for a game winning combo, so probably fine, doesn't do much if you are not comboing though. Tishana, Voice of Thunder probably only good if you are already winning, may be fine but also cuttable for budget reasons. Flash really doesnt need to be here. Swan Song is a great card but can also probably be cut.
On other notes, your curve is looking pretty good, and overall it looks like a good deck. You can move a few cards around for budget reasons, but really your almost as low as you can go. Cards you can probably cut for budget reasons: Solemn Simulacrum, Voidmage Prodigy, Shaman of Forgotten Ways, Rootbound Crag, Protean Hulk, Cinder Glade, and Swan Song. Other than that it gets iffy I'd say. Let me know if you have any further questions.
4 months ago
4 months ago
Instead of the Simic Guildgate I would run a fetch land like Ash Barrens or if you are on a budget Evolving Wilds this allows for faster mana because you don't have to deal with a tap land and can still fix your mana. In other cases I would never run a guildgate before a gainland like Thornwood Falls. Also sorry for the double comment.
6 months ago
Also the mana base looks like its leaning majority blue, but you have a large green demand. Maybe look at running a full playset of Evolving Wilds and shift to Forest dominant to ensure hitting them in the early plays for Arbor Elf.
Other options for smoothing out your mana development try:
7 months ago
I really really like this deck +1 from me!
Your land count seems low, but hopefully Rashmi will keep refilling your hand. I'd suggest Burgeoning if you can find a slot. Casting spells on your opponent's turn and top decking a land might also mean playing the land on opponent's turns as well
I did go with some combos in my rashmi deck (LINK). I use Progenitor Mimic on either Eternal Witness, Archaeomancer or Mnemonic Wall alongside cards like Time Warp for infinite turns. I can also use Deadeye Navigator on any one of those three creatures to get the same effect, or Ghostly Flicker on two of them with an extra turn card in the grave to go infinite. They're all mana-intensive but very fun
Keep up the good work! Hopefully you'll check out my rashmi deck and tell me what you think!
7 months ago
Out: Forbidden Orchard, Rugged Highlands, Simic Guildgate, Swiftwater Cliffs, Thornwood Falls, Counterflux, Pulse of Murasa, Gilded Lotus, Sylvan Caryatid, Combustible Gearhulk, Inferno Titan, Hour of Eternity
In: Alchemist's Refuge, Exotic Orchard, Temple of Abandon, Temple of Epiphany, Temple of Mystery, Explosive Vegetation, Dig Through Time, Fierce Empath, Parallel Lives, Voidslime, Tooth and Nail, Blue Sun's Zenith