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Creature — Wolf
Whenever a creature you control becomes blocked, it gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
: Target creature you control gains trample until end of turn. (It can deal excess combat damage to defending player or planeswalker while attacking.)
Somberwald Alpha Discussion
1 month ago
I love wolves, but I'm seeing WotC move in the direction of wolf/elf hybrid tribal, and I am not convinced that it could be as strong as a pure-wolf or pure-elf tribal deck. But it's worth a shot. On the wolf tribal side, Feed the Pack would be a great inclusion, as many of your non-wolf non-elf creatures already have high toughness, allowing you to trade out your Wolfbriar Elemental for four 2/2 wolves, or your Juniper Order Ranger for five wolves. Young Wolf is also a good thought, because although it is only a 1/1, it does come back to life after a board wipe, and flies under the radar of your opponents' kill spells (no one will want to waste a kill spell or ability on this guy, and if they do, that's good for you), allowing you to keep him until you lay out your +1/+1 (or +3/+3) effects. Silverfur Partisan is almost a must... Briarpack Alpha is a good thought, since you can get that +2/+2 at instant speed and gain yourself another blocker, potentially surprise-killing two attackers. Somberwald Alpha is also another thought, because although its triggered ability is meh, its activated ability is clutch to getting lots of damage through your opponents' chump-blockers. There are a good deal of wolves with flash for that purpose too... Wolfir Avenger and Spirit of the Hunt also, at a decent mana cost considering they have flash. Darkthicket Wolf doesn't have flash but it does give you an ability in case you're running out of cards in your hand, and is a good option for budget decks. That's for if you want more nontoken wolves for to go in the direction of wolf-tribal. Otherwise, the Feed the Pack is the only essential inclusion, since you're already buffing tokens with Intangible Virtue . To that end, I should also mention Predator's Howl , although it's kind of high in mana-cost, this is commander after all, so you should be able to pull it off with some mana rocks or land enchantments. Don't forget to leave a space in this deck for some of War of the Spark's new wolves and elves. I'm sure you've seen Arlinn's Wolf (meh) and Arlinn, Voice of the Pack (alright!) and Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves . I would think that latter card would be an auto-include for this deck, if not as commander, than as a one-of. Cheers!
1 year ago
I'd suggest replacing Banefire for Red Sun's Zenith, but it depends on your playgroup. Green Sun's Zenith isn't amazing by any means in your deck, but it still fetches some trample, artifact hate guys. Again, depending on your group Krosan Grip may be better than Reclamation Sage. Craterhoof Behemoth is the king of trample, and he can be fetched with Green Sun's Zenith; it's at least better than Somberwald Alpha (you didn't say whether you're on a budget or not).
Not much else comes to mind atm, but you can check edhrec, if you haven't already.
2 years ago
Start by removing Sylvan Scrying and all Seek the Wilds what are you going to search for a Forest?? better to remove and get higher chance to draw a land. Natural Connection is good you need more instant speed spells which ramps and good synergy with landfall.
2x more Evolving Wild for synergy with landfall is a ++.
How i would read this deck:Go def early game and then slam huge HYDRAS end game!
2 years ago
That really depends on how you wanna play the deck. Typically when I go for theme decks, I focus on the creatures being in that theme and cutting the rest. Relaying on the rest of your deck to support your theme (good or bad) isn't the worst thing to do. Since you're playing Gruul I would go for 25-30 creatures (including general) with 32-35 lands depending on how much ramp/rocks you end up running. Of your creatures, if you end up going with 30, try for ~25-5 (were)wolf-support average.
Something I always want to make sure people understand, this is you deck. If you disagree with any suggestions, and/or feel a card is terrible or fully deserves to be in the deck, by all means do as you see fit.
Personally I would go with the following creature base:
- Pyreheart Wolf
- Silverfur Partisan
- Spirit of the Hunt
- Somberwald Alpha
- Ulrich's Kindred
- Wolfir Silverheart
- Instigator Gang Flip
- Sage of Ancient Lore Flip
- Geier Reach Bandit Flip
- Ulrich of the Krallenhorde Flip: (Side-note: This guy makes me so sad...)
- Mondronen Shaman Flip
- Kruin Outlaw Flip
- Kessig Prowler Flip
- Lambholt Elder Flip
- Scorned Villager Flip
- Huntmaster of the Fells Flip
- Reckless Waif Flip
- Daybreak Ranger Flip
- Breakneck Rider Flip
- Mayor of Avabruck Flip
- Hermit of the Natterknolls Flip
- Duskwatch Recruiter Flip
- Kessig Forgemaster Flip
- Wolfbitten Captive Flip
3 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion, I forgot that that was a card! Feel free to steal my ideas, but I hope your Wolves deck works out. A card I found while looking around is Somberwald Alpha, it's a pretty good wolf if your looking for something to put in. Also another suggestion I have for you is Howlpack Resurgence, it's great to cast after your wolves flip, on their end step if they didn't cast anything or in the middle of combat. I hope my suggestions help.
3 years ago
DieterD and Somberwald Alpha,
I'm not really a fan of Somberwald Alpha. His pump is just SO conditional. If you wanted another 4-drop, I think Second Harvest, Pack Guardian, Woodland Wanderer, and Thunderbreak Regent are all better. Of course, running any of these, if if only as a 2-of, would really mess with your mana curve ...
Maybe Zada as just a three-of (since he's Legendary, so drawing two means a dead card in hand)?
3 years ago
4x Somberwald Alpha would pump up your wolves with defence as well and also benefit from any wolf powerup cards :D
3 years ago
A few quick comments:
- I hadn't even thought about Infectious Bloodlust; will have to take a loot at it for my deck. thanks!
- I think we're going to see a LOT of flyers in Innistrad, and think I'll probably mainboard some Flyerhate. That may prove to be extreme, but you may want some Vines of the Recluse, Atarka's Command, or Tears of Valakut in either your main or sideboard.
- How's Scourge Wolf working for you? I tried it but the was just a little too hard; it ended up being a three-drop more often than not. :-(
- Somberwald Alpha seems really meh as a four-drop. Pack Guardian or Second Harvest maybe? Or even just some Thunderbreak Regent?
My build's over at Gruul Wolves (SOI Standard); you're welcome to drop by anytime!
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