Somberwald Stag

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eldritch Moon (EMN) Uncommon

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Somberwald Stag

Creature — Elk

When Somberwald Stag enters the battlefield, you may have it fight target creature you don't control.

Somberwald Stag Discussion

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

1 week ago

CyborgAeon: Yeah, so far nothing has really peaked my interest aside from Emergence Zone , which opens the flood gates once I go infinite making every line available at instant speed.

Currently trying to work out whether Soren841's suggestion of removing Cloudstone Curio is feasible. Chrome Mox might also be cut, even though I might be getting some degree of scrutiny for that decision, so I plan to elaborate with as much subjective reasoning as I can. I really want Root Maze in the list as well, so that might be going in Chrome Mox 's slot. I have some big changes coming soon, but I'm honestly on the fence about everything as I am a perfectionist to a fault.

As for the other spoilers. I tried Bond of Flourishing for a bit. It was okay, if it was an instant, I would've definitely kept it in. Band Together was pretty sweet, but Somberwald Stag being tutorable and bounceable has left me on the fence.

All around I need WAY more testing before I do anything definitively. The deck is now entering a phase where infinite mana/outlet means a definite win, so I want to streamline it and expand on more proactive measures now that I know its win-con is pretty secure.

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

2 weeks ago

Fallerup: Iona pretty much shuts me out of the game if it resolves.

Once the color is chosen, it's too late for me to respond by casting spells of that color. Iona is not yet in the battlefield at the time the color is chosen, so I can't cast Beast Within to destroy it if the chosen color is Green, for example.

Kamerot: Same thing goes for Mouth of Ronom , since it needs Noxious Revival and Crop Rotation to be looped and the damage can only done when it's on the field.

However, I don't encounter Iona too often, but when I do and I know she's a threat I usually try and storm off while she's on the stack, or play around her using Yisan, the Wanderer Bard . The Yisan route needs to have Mouth of Ronom pop op at some point though, so it can be used in tandem with Somberwald Stag . Iona is an all around terrible card in competitive formats and unless the deck's absolute strategy is to get Iona out to call green, then they'll probably almost always lose if that's the primary function of the game. Scour from Existence is overcosted and a terrible card, unfortunately.

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

1 month ago

SynergyBuild: Yeah, turn 2 Runic Armasaur is usually something I try to go for the moment it presents itself. My issue comes from when I have multiple tutors or pieces of a line I would like to start. Once you exile something, the deck has 0 ways to to retrieve it, so it has to be a piece that has an equivalent. Somberwald Stag is one of those cards I always pitch to chrome thanks to Blighted Woodland keeping that window open. Sometimes I'm stumped on what to remove like interaction, combo dork, or tutor. I end up not using the chrome and I know that is poor decision making.

As for Mox Diamond , this one has been easier as you said. I never have a problem determining what to pitch to it.

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

1 month ago

Somberwald Stag can get taken out early when used as deterrent, which means down the line Shaman of Forgotten Ways is a non-option. I like knowing that the stag isn't the only way to achieve something.

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

1 month ago

My only issue with Blighted Woodland is that it allows me to loop Mouth of Ronom in the scenario where Somberwald Stag is gone and Shaman of Forgotten Ways is my most secure win before having to resort to Geier Reach Sanitarium .

hkhssweiss on Creatures?Sure

2 months ago

You can try adding in a Silklash Spider for some creature removal tech, or Somberwald Stag . Hammer Mage is also some spicy Nikiya tech that no one really knows about yet.

Hope that helps!

Inkmoth on Yeva Draw-Grow

2 months ago

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor: Thank you very much good sir, I appreciate the kind words!! Hopefully one day you join the dark side and embrace combos. :)

Winding Canyons : The deck is actually not starved of this ability. In fact, if you think about it, Command Beacon being on the chopping block is a really good indicator of it. The reason why is because getting rid of Yeva is never a factor because I always unload my hand in response to that removal and she is never out unless I have stuff worthy of being played. That land might be going out for Sunscorched Desert as a Plan D wincon since I don't need Shaman of Forgotten Ways to have haste for me to win at instant speed.

Krosan Grip : I love it, but I don't have space for it and it's too costly to merit it as some have said. I also don't have many Food Chain opponents.

Polukranos, World Eater : My heart breaks. He was in the earlier iterations of the deck as a finisher with Kamahl, Fist of Krosa , unfortunatedly Somberwald Stag eliminated the need for both and it still kills Teferi, Mage of Zhalfir and Linvala, Keeper of Silence (which Polukranos, can't). Meanwhile, I already have Lignify , Song of the Dryads , and Beast Within to deal with them. Torpor Orb has no longer posed as much of a threat with the current state of the deck tbh.

Heroic Intervention : Warping Wail has made this obsolete and even when I don't draw it, the deck usually combos off or outvalues board wipes since I can resolve my spells before or after them.

Gaea's Herald : I truly wish I could replace the cat for herald, but as it stands, I play against 3 blue players and it sucks to see a secondary counter which happens quite often actually. Prowling Serpopard is definite security against that.

Squall Line & Elderscale Wurm : Very enticing if it wasn't for their uselessness outside of winning. I wish I could consider it.

Once again, thank you very much and for the upvote!

Soren841: I wish I could do Memory Jar loops. I mean I could but like you said, sorc speed. Herald IS better until you factor how many counters I usually spent stopping me. Definitely a meta call.

DiverDown: Honestly, I was completely out of my element regarding an approachable budget list, cause I didn't know what that was exactly. Abzkaban was kind enough to point me in a good direction and I personally didn't know whether $200 was too much or not. I'm glad of the amount of people that came out of the woodworks to defend the $200 price tag. Made me feel like I hit the right number at $2 a card. I would love to see the lists you're referring to, btw! To return the favor and I am always down to see a new list. :D

I'm glad you enjoyed both variants of the deck, I worked obsessively long on it, that it is just a delight to read all the positive comments.

Thank you all!! :D

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Yeva Draw-Grow

2 months ago

First of all, very cool list and nice write up! I am not the best at giving advice on highly tuned decks because I am a filthy casual and generally avoid the combo style of play, but here are some thoughts I had:

Winding Canyons might be a decent replacement for Command Beacon if you end up cutting it. It still provides you with the necessary colorless mana, but it can serve as an additional flash enabler that is harder to deal with than Yeva.

I always advocate for Krosan Grip . Maybe it is too slow (mana wise) for more competitive metas, or maybe I have just been blown out by Food Chain too many times, but split-second seems very relevant in higher powered metas.

Polukranos, World Eater is a bigger, beefier fighter than Somberwald Stag that gets around ETB cancelers like Torpor Orb and flash cancelers like Teferi. Not saying that you replace the Stag, but running them both together might be helpful.

Heroic Intervention or Spore Frog might be good emergency panic buttons.

Gaea's Herald is the OG Prowling Serpopard if you are looking for additional anti counter spell tech.

And just for laughs... Squall Line + Elderscale Wurm :)

+1 from me.

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Somberwald Stag occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.0%

Green: 0.17%