Creature — Elemental
When Slithermuse leaves the battlefield, choose an opponent. If that player has more cards in hand than you, draw cards equal to the difference.
Evoke (3)(Blue) (You may play this spell for its evoke cost. If you do, it's sacrificed when it enters the battlefield.)
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1 week ago
So after racking enough counters on Animar with the Hoverguard combo, I'm guessing that you just bounce back Metamorph, copy Imperial Recruiter again, then tutor and cast Walking Ballista for the win? That's the simplest line I can currently think of to kill multiple opponents in one turn.
And yeah, I've been looking at Brutalizer Exarch. It's sending me on a bit of a nostalgia trip, because I had included it back in my first version of my Animar deck.
Mad World Rising is my current Animar list, but there are a number of cards that are due to be replaced. Bloodbraid Elf, Venser, Shaper Savant, and Slithermuse only occasionally give me the value I would like from them, and Duplicant is a recent addition that I'm still not sold on. Brainstorm has done good work for me but may not be worth including now that I finally have a Sylvan Library for the deck. Priest of Titania is another recent inclusion that I'm second-guessing. I'm going to keep the Kiki-jiki package for the now because Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch have integrated themselves into how I like to pilot the deck.
So if you are up for giving me some suggestions; lets say I freed up 6 slots in my deck by removing the cards I mentioned above, based on your experience what would be your top six recommended cards that I should include that I don't already have?
1 month ago
I personally thing you would do better with Horde of Notions as your general. I know a guy at out local shop who has a crazy amount of synergy with the lorwyn block evoke elementals, like Mulldrifter, Shriekmaw, and Slithermuse, while also boosting the mass removal with Bane of Progress and Dread, while Purity and Omnath, Locus of Rage provide deterrence.
it also would make sense for Dust Elemental, Grave Sifter, Incandescent Soulstoke, Smokebraider, and Flamekin Harbinger if you end up going that route. Finally, Thunderblust or Torrent Elemental are decent assault cards that provide recursion.
2 months ago
Cool elementals to consider: Ashling, the Extinguisher, Avenger of Zendikar, Brighthearth Banneret, Cloudthresher, Consuming Bonfire, Crater Elemental, Deepfire Elemental, Doomgape, Fertilid, Flamekin Harbinger, Flickerwisp, Grave Sifter, Grinning Ignus, Incandescent Soulstoke, Living Inferno (yes it's over costed I still like it), Mulldrifter!!! Nevermaker, Roil Elemental, Slithermuse, Soul of the Harvest, Thornling, Tyrant of Discord, Vigor (expensive but quite good), Whisperwood Elemental, Wilderness Elemental
4 months ago
Possible cards to add:
7 months ago
10 months ago
PossibilitiesFevered Visions, Dictate of Kruphix, Psychosis Crawler, Chandra, Flamecaller, Jori En, Ruin Diver, Keranos, God of Storms, Bedlam Reveler, Chasm Skulker, Forgotten Creation, Kami of the Crescent Moon, Dragon Mage, Rushing-Tide Zubera, Slithermuse, Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar, Windreader Sphinx, Pongify, Reality Shift, Rapid Hybridization, Into the Roil
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10 months ago
Hi SaberTech, the Shrieking Drake was a card I never wanted to put in because its unique purpose is to give a counter on animar when this list at early game need to stay open, but I will give it a try because it give a good start to the sinergy of all the creature-draw like Merchant of Secrets Striped Bears and the likes with Words of Wind. it was only for joke with a friend but it turned as an increadible way to bounce back a lot of opponent's permanents, of his choice obviously, and when it encounter Earthcraft is a GG. If you will play multy give it a try, it's much more powerfull of what you may think. About Descendant of Soramaro is a card that when I think that I have to take out it comes to play and see 4-5 cards and it open to a move that at blind eyes you will never do and you win the game... and it take another day in the deck. Jokes apart I know it is the most weak card of the deck and I was thinking the other day of Slithermuse so I will give it a try. Are you sure I can respond to the sac of Slithermuse?? If we put it down with evoke the ability has to resolve entirely so even the sac part no? .Soul of the Harvest and Primordial Sage was in but i put them out with big doubts but I felt that the draw part of the deck was ok and solid. After Momir Vig, Simic Visionary it has reached the top so cards like Fauna Shaman that will die before I pass have never entered the deck. The side was used only one time, it has to be revised. Thanks of the suggestion and I'm glad you like the build. Try Words of Wind and you'll have a lot of fun!!
10 months ago
It's interesting to see an Animar list that has been designed for group games with more than 4 people. My own experiences with Animar have mostly been 1v1 games, which has pushed me more towards an emphasis on speed than on sitting back and finding a chance to combo in one turn like your deck seems designed to do. Still, there are a few cards I highly recommend you try play-testing if you get your hands on a copy.
Shrieking Drake is an amazing inclusion in any Animar deck. It only cost 1 mana to start with, and you can keep using it to bounce itself back to your hand like you would with Man-o'-War. It can't bounce opponents creatures like Man-o'-War, but it can do everything else without Animar having any counters. It is great to have against control decks, because it gives you a cheap way to stock up Animar's counters without having to commit a bunch of creatures to the board and risk losing them all to a wrath spell.
Slithermuse gives you the option of being able to play more aggressively, even in the face of wrath spells. Since there will often be someone in a group game that has a mostly full hand, you can just dump a bunch of spells in one turn and then Evoke Slithermuse to refill your hand. Since Animar's ability also reduces how much you have to pay to evoke a creature, you can often grab 3 or more cards for just 1 blue mana. you can also keep bouncing it back to your hand with cards like Crystal Shard to give yourself a strong card draw engine. I would probably take out Descendant of Soramaro for it, since the Descendant's ability doesn't put cards in your hand and becomes less efficient the less cards you have.
You have Merchant of Secrets in the deck, but for the same cost I think that it would better to run either Sea Gate Oracle or Fierce Empath. The Oracle lets you dig two cards deep instead of just one, and the Empath lets you tutor for your larger combo creatures.
Soul of the Harvest, Primordial Sage, and Glimpse of Nature are all options that can help you get infinite cards draw. Soul of the Harvest has the bigger body for attacking, Primordial Sage lets you draw cards even if your creature is countered, and Glimpse of Nature is cheap to cast but you have to pay attention to your triggers because the card draw is mandatory.
The first card I would take out of the deck would be Words of Wind. Giving up a mana and a card draw while giving opponents the option to choose what card to return to their hand is not what Animar wants to do. You lose to much card advantage if you are giving your opponents the opportunity to return an ETB creature Eternal Witness or Snapcaster Mage to their hand.
Shaman of Spring and Striped Bears have a high casting cost for what they do. Having more creatures that draw you a card is beneficial in an Animar deck, but in my opinion the 4 mana casting cost makes them clunky if you have them in your starting hand. A higher percentage of cheaper creatures helps smooth out Animar's early game. Maybe replace at least one of them with Fauna Shaman?
Evolutionary Leap is useful to have if your creatures are just going to die to a wrath spell, since it lets you get some value out of them, but it also runs the risk of filtering your non-creature combo pieces and tutor spells to the bottom of the library. In my mind it's not worth it, but I will concede the point if you have found it worthwhile in the games you have played.
Gruul Turf, Izzet Boilerworks, and Simic Growth Chamber should be replaced with lands that don't come into play tapped, even if it is just basic lands. I know they help fix mana and that they work well with creatures like Peregrine Drake, but they are slow, can make the mana in your starting hand awkward, and are huge targets for cards like Strip Mine. You probably don't see many land destruction spells in such big group games like the ones you play in though, so maybe that is less a worry for you than it is in the games I play.
Anyway, those are the most prominent suggestions that come to my mind. I hope that you find at least a couple of them are helpful for your deck. I'm really curious about how effective the Llawan, Cephalid Empress in your sideboard has been for you, so if you have the time I'm interested to hear your thoughts on it.