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Song of the Dryads
Enchantment — Aura
Enchanted permanent is a colorless Forest land.
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Song of the Dryads Discussion
28 minutes ago
Nomad Mythmaker provides repeatable Aura recursion.
Sun Titan is the undisputed King of Recursion, and has many targets in your deck.
Sylvan Caryatid is one of the better mana dorks available. It's a decent blocker and produces both of your colours.
Rancor is cheap, effective, and recurs itself.
Sol Ring is a Commander staple. It's included in every Commander Precon deck, so it's easy to acquire. Colourless mana may make things awkward for Krond, but it's still ramp for your other spells and can pay for Commander Tax.
Reviving Melody is a great recursion spell for enchantment decks.
Spot Removal options:
- Path to Exile and Swords to Plowshares are the best creature removal spells in the game. Path is a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it.
- Sylvan Reclamation exiles two targets and can be cycled for a basic land early game to hit a land drop.
- Krosan Grip can't be responded to.
- Song of the Dryads is on-theme and hits anything. Excellent at disabling Commanders.
Command Tower is a Commander staple. It's included in every multicoloured Commander Precon deck, so it's easy to acquire.
Cascading Cataracts makes colourless mana less awkward for Krond.
Field of Ruin tags one of your opponents' utility lands.
12 hours ago
+1 for Nom-Nom-nath!
Song of the Dryads could be great commander removal, as they can't put their commander in the command zone just for being enchanted!
1 day ago
Since you are concerned with your lack of Green removal, have you considered Song of the Dryads? I have found that card's ability to remove an enemy commander, without causing a zone change, to be invaluable, as you can lock a commander (particularly one lacking Blue/White/Green for enchantment removal) out of the game for an extended period of time.
Baconfish, you are sort-of correct. A creature with a hybrid mana in its cost will be both colours of that symbol - Deity of Scars, for example, is both Green and Black, regardless of what colours are spent to cast it.
However, Deity of Scars being black is not why it cannot be played in this deck. Commander cares about Colour identity, not the creature's colour. Colour Identity cares about the mana symbols in the card's cost, any mana sybmols in the card's rules text, and any colour indicator or characteristic defining ability that influences colour. In this case, it would not make a difference, as it is the mana cost (and therefore also the card's colour) that disqualifies Deity of Scars. However, there are mono-Green creatures which cannot be played in a deck with a mono-Green Colour identity. (One tiny note that confuses many people - only the rules text on a card matters. Colour symbols in reminder text does not count - thus, you can play Basilica Guards in a deck lacking Black, despite the in Extort's reminder text.
1 week ago
Sorry it took me so long, I suck at math and typing.
Okay, so first off, I'd suggest you drop high-costing cards. If they cost a lot (5+ mana with three colors, 6+ mana with two colors, 7+ mana with one color), and immediately win a game, they are worth it, as long as during normal, early-mid (Turns 1-6) game play, you can reach it with your ramp and manabase.
Now, onto the two cards that I believe fall under this "high-mana cost"-do-not-win-game card category:
Duneblast - This card is big, it leaves you with the best board state (Provided no opponent held up a counterspell, Heroic Intervention, Golgari Charm, Wrap in Vigor, Faith's Reward, or Teferi's Protection), but it does only help you get the best board state in terms of creatures. What creatures is the deck trying so hard to protect it couldn't run an Austere Command or Merciless Eviction over. I mean Day of Judgment/Damnation/Wrath of God feels better than this, because of your commander being able to pull off bringing back any board state you lost in them.
In Garruk's Wake - I hate this card, and love it at the same time, I mean, similar problem to Duneblast, and if you are going to make something expensive, go all the way, but 9 mana? At least personally, whenever a board-state has gotten out of hand, it has either A: been very early in the game, so people didn't have easy ways to deal with it, or B: be well protected, think an Archetype of Endurance+Avacyn, Angel of Hope being flipped from a turn 4 Tooth and Nail. The idea I want to make is a Merciless Eviction gets around anything, and come down for 2/3rds the price. I'd still rather see a Tragic Arrogance, as that card lets you pick the worst for all of your opponents, the best for you, and is sacrifice and choose, so they get around every keyword like Hexproof/Indestructible/Protection.
Now onto the next group of cards that need to go, cards that are good with enchantments, yet are not in fact enchantments, and could be replaced by enchantments:
Yavimaya Enchantress - Ooh it is by far the worst enchantress, Early game it does nothing but chump block, mid-game it blocks for real, late game it blocks and hopes someone has no creatures now that it has high damage. It will die if it gets large, because it has no built in protection, and generally just isn't very good in this deck.
Helm of the Gods - It's like Yavimaya Enchantress, except it doesn't have a body, so can't chump block early game, and doesn't count opponent's enchanments, and generally just isn't very good in this deck.
Blessed Spirits - It's a Yavimaya Enchantress that only counts enchantments put after him and doesn't count opponents enchantments, all to give him flying. At least he can deal damage through blockers, and though he has no protection, he is the best of the bunch. I still don't think he is worth keeping.
Celestial Ancient - Honestly, I have disliked this guy every time. People claim he is Cathars' Crusade levels of powerful, as in it isn't an enchantment (like Cathars' Crusade isn't a creature), and it places a bunch of counters on your creatures! This just isn't true though. Cathars' Crusade and effects like it (Coat of Arms/Door of Destinies in a tribal deck) are great because they aren't creatures, so they are harder to immediately remove. They also work because they are on enter the battlefield. If I put ten 1/1 creature tokens onto the battlefield with a spell, they all become 11/11's due to Cathars' Crusade, suddenly 10 power is 110 power. Casting enchantments doesn't have that effect. To pull off something similar, you'd have to cast either 10 actual enchantment creatures (You have 12 in total), or cast ten creatures/make ten tokens (Heliod, God of the Sun/Sigil of the Empty Throne) and then cast ten enchantments, which is difficult on many levels. The point is it looks really good, but it isn't.
Blightcaster - I love this card. No sarcasm, no until now or anything, it is a pet card of mine. That and Doomwake Giant are why I feel black should be greatly considered in the colors to use for enchantress. It is great, but without a lot of protection, tutors, and ramp, it falls short almost every time. If someone would be hurt by it, they remove it. It is a four mana do nothing, or Disfigure once or twice most of the time.
Auramancer - With a sacrifice outlet, and your commander, it feels good, because it can be a Regrowth for an enchantment on a repeatable engine, but that doesn't do it for this deck, and being a creature isn't enough, so I don't think it makes the cut.
Now onto the category of enchantments that I feel fall short in this deck. Whether they are too much mana, or not powerful enough, possibly their mana requirements are simply too much for this landbase.
Spectra Ward - It may be really cool, ooh look, I can turn any creature into a nearly untouchable (minus board wipes or enchantment removal+creature removal or colorless creature removal), unblockable (except colorless creatures), and it gets a power pump! +2/+2 isn't much in commander, and everyone runs sweepers. It is unblockable and untouchable until it isn't and I don't think such an effect belongs in any place other than a voltron build. Uril, The Mistalker maybe.
Ancestral Mask - Well, it is an iconic card. Sees play in voltron, bogles (voltron on tiny hexproofers), and sees play nowhere else. Trust me, no legacy enchantress list has used that card as a wincon, and in commander, it does find a place, but in voltron, and this deck isn't that.
Celestial Archon, for either it's bestow or normal casting cost, it is overpriced. It only does one thing, beat face. Serra Ascendant beats face at a rate per mana cost 7.5 to one. 15 to one if you count lifegain, and the only downside is not having first strike (Unless you consistently are beneath 30 life). Straight damage isn't the point of this deck though. It is about drawing card and then whittling your opponent to death whilst you combo out. This card doesn't help with that, and is 3 mana more than I would ever consider using (for both costs).
Ethereal Armor - Again, this is for voltron and bogles, not for enchantress.
Fate Unraveler - This is a Nekusar, the Mindrazer card. It is in the same vein as Underworld Dreams, a great card, especially if there is Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind combo in your meta. Fate Unraveler however gets pinged four times by Niv-Mizzet, the Firemind and dies. It isn't a card for this deck on the premise that you are attempting to draw cards, and unless you have seen a ton of Enter the Infinite decks lying around, it does very little but paints a target on your head.
Armament of Nyx - This card is a trap. It looks on the outset to be a Battle Mastery that doubles as removal, but it is worse than Guard Duty or Pacifism at removal (cost, and the creature can block), and you wouldn't want to run either effect. A card that does one of two bad effects is rarely good. In this case, one of the effects is useless (double strike is a voltron card), and the other is nearly useless (or completely outclassed by Journey to Nowhere).
Grim Guardian - You run 40 enchantments. All 40 need to drop for this to win (Or most and a few that can bounce). You do not do that with this card. If you are using it to whittle, and win in combat, it also won't do. Greater Auramancy, Sterling Grove, Privileged Position or any tutor to find them comes down to inconsistently to protect him over multiple turns, so he will consistently just be removal bait, or useless. Great finisher in place of Altar of the Brood for Parallax Wave Combo, so run it if you run the combo, and some more tutors.
Underworld Coinsmith - Without lifegain synergies, he doesn't win. For value though, and he becomes very interesting. Honestly I find him to be a powerful card. Without Mana Bloom, Cloudstone Curio, Parallax Wave combo however, I don't think he is powerful enough to make the cut.
Karametra, God of Harvests - This feels bad. If it said enchantment, it's have 40+ triggers, but with out, it is just bad. Mirari's Wake is a much better version, to the point an extra tutor would be better than this. 9 lands is the maximum this can fetch, with your manabase, and that is over 9 cast triggers. It's rarely happen, so I'd estimate this to be a Gilded Lotus level of power, that enters tapped, and takes 2-3 turns to set up. It's only in here because it is an enchantment, and that isn't worth it.
Courser of Kruphix - It gives slight card advantage in the form of knowing you next card, and digging one if you find a land. Keep in mind that the land you play from top uses up for 1 land per turn (or two with Exploration), and doesn't give you any extra drops like Oracle of Mul Daya. Otherwise, the lifegain is negligible, and it blocks decently. Since it reveals all of your draws, Pithing Needles and Nevermores/Meddling Mages will all be more potent from your opponents. It is decent, but not good enough.
Quarantine Field - Removal, which I used for a time, but realized, at four mana it is a bad Banishing Light, at 6 mana, it is way to expensive not to be a board wipe. It has two modes, and any more than 6 is absurd. With mana it isn't worth it, because there are better outlets, like a Torment of Hailfire for something that wins game. It has another mode though, . I have actually cast this for more times than I have or above, because I get a cast trigger. It isn't worth it for the choices though. Journey to Nowhere, Banishing Light, Song of the Dryads, and Darksteel Mutation are all much better (the last two can even shut off commanders!)
Budget 20 cards to toss in: (No cards above 3 dollars by tcgplayer prices.)
Darksteel Mutation - It is removal for commanders, and that is about all, but I'd say is worth it.
Mana Bloom - Extra fixing, card advantage, and ramp. Cheap card in game and in real life.
Blind Obedience - Shuts off many combos, slows artifact mana, and is generally an anti-combo card. Extort is a nice bonus, but is rarely useful.
Authority of the Consuls - Same as above, but turn one play, only works on creatures, and a lot of added lifegain.
Prison Term - This card is a pet card. I love the moving around ability. It is very useful, and is a threat to any Azami, Lady of Scrolls or something like Narset, Enlightened Master where even hexproof gets gotten around when it moves.
Wild Growth - See above, remove fixing.
Weirding Wood - Replaces itself, fixes, ramps.
Abundance - Stops you form milling out (by replacing draws with reveals, when it can't reveal anything, it stops, and you don't lose the game), gives card advantage when you flip past cards you don't need, and it can't hurt since it is a may replacement effect, so you can always not reveal if you don't want to give out information.
Commune with the Gods - Powerful card draw, fills the yard.
Total cost of these twenty card: $17.25 (USD) not including taxes or shipping from tcgplayer
All of these changes will lead to a net increase of 8 enchantments, and that will leave you at 48 enchantments total, so you will only averagely need 2 enchantress effects to have access to your whole deck given infinite mana. possibly just 1 enchantress and Abundance
2 weeks ago
Runes of the Deus is the goto Uril aura. As for removal effects, you're pbetter off just running cheap to cast removal like Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Beast Within, Nature's Claim, stuff like that. the issue with tying removal to auras is that A) if htey exist they will generally be expensive and B) you need to have something (Uril) in play to enchant. Not to mention having lots of sorcery speed removal feels bad.
If you want to use enchantments to remove stuff (to keep on theme/get value from the enchantress effects you should be running in the deck) then you have Oblivion Ring, Grasp of Fate and Song of the Dryads.
2 weeks ago
Dragon Throne of Tarkir might fit nicely. Arcades sits on the throne pretty well. Brave the Sands will make your defenders both scary attackers and scary defenders. Bident of Thassa can get you even more card advantage while possibly forcing opposing creatures to attack into a dangerous board state and then be left open for a counterattack. If you're rushing Blind Obedience or other similar enchantments could offer a tempo advantage as well. And while Darksteel Mutation is like the budget version of Song of the Dryads, I think I would still prefer Imprisoned in the Moon. Though it might depend on your meta (mine doesn't really run land destruction so it very often hoses someone's commander).
3 weeks ago
I’m thinking that as the creature ceases to be one to become a land and then, because of that, equipments fall off, it can’t be affected by the Grafted Wargear trigger, although the ability triggers, but doesn’t find a creature to sacrifice.
3 weeks ago
As a fellow Sigarda Aura Hexproof player, these were some cards I missed in your list. Perhaps some of them match with your vision for the deck:
- I prefer Song of the Dryads and Darksteel Mutation over o-ring-type of cards as they are more effective against commanders.
- I really like running Rishkar's Expertise and Soul's Majesty compared to Hunter’s Prowess as they get you the cards without/before attacking. Traverse the Outlands I also really like in my build.
- Divine Reckoning might be an alternative to running Tragic Arrogance. It’s cheaper, and doesn’t touch your enchantments. Different pro’s and cons I guess.
- Flickering Ward is a classic card to abuse with an enchantress for carddraw while also providing additional protection and evasion to Sigarda.
Hope some of these tips are of use to you.