Survival of the Fittest


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Mythic Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
Exodus (EXO) Rare
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Survival of the Fittest


, Discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Survival of the Fittest Discussion

mvas on All the cool kids have Meren Decks!

1 day ago

Hey there. Your deck looks interesting. I played a Meren deck myself for a very long time. I have some questions and general suggestions based on my experiencie playing in my local EDH league, which is quite competitive. Hope they help :) :

-Why did you include Protean Hulk, listed as a finisher, but haven't added the rest of the combo (Phyrexian Delver, Walking Ballista)? By itself, Hulk isn't such a great card.

-If you intend to make this deck more competitive and consistent, I'd highly recommend cutting cards that don't impact the board the turn they come in. I'm thinking Grave Pact and Dictate of Erebos. Smokestack can be too slow as well. In my experiencie these cards can be somewhat winmore; you already have lots of removal so most of the time you don't really need to add more sacrifice effects. Speaking of removal, you have to add Shriekmaw and Ravenous Chupacabra, they are bombs in a Meren deck.

-If you can, make room for Elvish Mystic. It helps with Contamination, and mana accelerations is just allways good to have. Adding Dryad Arbor and Green Sun's Zenith wouldn't hurt either.

-I'd cut back on the amount of highly costed bombs (5 or more CMC), and focus more on efficient creatures with enter the battlefield or sac effects that you can abuse. Reclamation Sage, Manglehorn, Skinrender come to mind. Also, Caustic Caterpillar.

-Add some more card draw/card advantage if possible. Meren can be really strong but is easily disrupted; you need more engine cards to keep the deck going if Meren is killed too many times. They are expensive, but if possible try and add Sylvan Library, Survival of the Fittest and Oracle of Mul Daya. Tireless Tracker, Nissa, Vastwood Seer  Flip, Courser of Kruphix and Smuggler's Copter are other really powerful and cheap cards that generate lots of advantage.

-Having some wraths effects in the deck can be useful too. You can rebuild from a boarwipe much faster than your opponents; exploit that. Toxic Deluge and Damnation are the best.

-Other useful tutors to consider, and which help increase the deck's consistency are Diabolic Intent and Eldritch Evolution, which synergize with your game plan. They can help you find the right card for each situation.

-Mindslicer can win you the game all on it's own.

-Finally, Sadistic Hypnotist is awesome.

Meren is great (she was my first commander and really got me hooked with the format), so I wish you have great success with her!

Homer127112 on Graveyard Jared

5 days ago

This is a pretty good base to start with. First things first, I think Phyrexian Dreadnought is supposed to be Phyrexian Devourer, since it looks like you are setting up for some type of Necrotic Ooze kill. Second, it seems that there are several tutors that are missing that would make the deck a lot more streamlined, like Entomb, Vampiric Tutor, Demonic Tutor, Buried Alive, Crop Rotation, Survival of the Fittest, Tooth and Nail, Natural Order and Fauna Shaman. Third, with the recent unbanning of Protean Hulk, assembling a win is easier than ever before, and you only need to add a 1 mana sac outlet like Carrion Feeder or Viscera Seer to make it happen. Lastly, there are the random card draw/value cards, like Sylvan Library, Phyrexian Arena, Greater Good, Life from the Loam, things like that.

I also agree with Attila that you need more mana dorks. I would pretty much run as many 1 mana mana dorks as I could. It helps you cut down on the ammount of lands you need to run, which in turn will make your Hermit Druid better. Also, the less basics you run, the better Hermit Druid gets, so keep that in mind.

meowndabout on Sisay Stax

2 weeks ago

mmcgeach Back with more questions :)



Spacebeest on Tempo Teneb - MTG Muddstah

2 weeks ago

WoW i really like your take on Teneb Blakkat!

There are a few interactions that ive never Though of or seen before in your deck, like razaketh with life or the loop with LRW and animate death.

The only weakness i see is that all ur combos use the graveyard. Maybe Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite with Living Plane or sth comparable could work to prevent being shut down by heavy grave hate?

Is it ment for 1v1? Otherwise Maybe Burgeoning would get u more landa then Exploration or is there Some interaction with exploration im missing?

Also No Survival of the Fittest?

Though I cant think of many ways to make Teneb any faster, So i dont really get why this would be a 75% deck other then Teneb not being a top tier commander.

Elves_are_cool on ...Around Elves ...Watch Yourselves!

2 weeks ago

Mike1229 I have always liked Seeker of Skybreak, I will consider what to rotate out for her. As for Fauna Shaman she is another card I have often considered, but I would probably rotate in Survival of the Fittest before adding her. Caller of the Claw is a good card to be sure, but I am not using her simply due to the theme of the deck (Elves only). I am very interested in Earthcraft, I will consider how to fit it in. Slate of Ancestry is a great artifact in a deck like this, but I feel as though I am in a good place with card draw right now. Umbral Mantle is a pretty neat card, though I am not sure I will find a way to squeeze it in. Thank you for all these suggestions, I really appreciate them.

multimedia on Everything The Light Touches Is Our Kingdom

2 weeks ago

Hey, this looks good, great deck name. The deck description is however very hard to read. Breaking up the mass of white text by linking each card you're describing helps a lot with readability. To do this put double square brackets in front of a card name and close the double square brackets at the end of the card name. Learn more about card and other formatting here scroll down to "Tagging Cards".

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You've included a lot of really good cards here, but you've left out a few strong ones. Consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Primal Command
  • Traverse the Ulvenwald
  • Winter's Grasp
  • Lignify
  • Sylvan Advocate

  • Okina, Temple to the Grandfathers
  • Myriad Landscape
  • Haunted Fengraf
  • Dark Depths

Good luck with your deck.

phDaemon on [List - Multiplayer] EDH Generals by Tier

3 weeks ago

Body Snatcher is a line into protean hulk combo that it seems not many people realize (And it's one that lets you protect your combo). Joraga Treespeaker and Priest of Titania are both no-tempo-loss type mana dorks that work well when the board is locked, especially with things like Contamination or Nether Void out, and even greater if Survival of the Fittest is out, this usually means I win, both of those were chosen over Mana Vault on purpose, especially since I may have to get a null rod out depending on how the game goes. Why Victimize? I run Necromancy instead, which can be cast during upkeep as instant to win the game. Yisan, the Wanderer Bard another tutor. Regrowth maybe something i will add. Abrupt Decay is worthless in this deck, stax is better.

Protean Hulk -> Body Snatcher + Viscera Seer or other + Sylvan Safekeeper -> bring hulk back -> Mike / Ballista = winning line that protects combo.

Show me how to do that without the snatcher just using the delver if you have no sac outlet out?

Also, Sylvan Library > top. And I run Arena AND bob. Drawing cards seems to me like it's better than just looking at them.

But ok. I guess we'll just differ in opinions.

Spacebeest on Teneb-EDH

3 weeks ago

Helljunction, Thanx for ur ideas

My discard outlets are Survival of the Fittest and Liliana of the Veil and to Some extent Greater Good. Also i run garu lands and can skipp a land drop to discard if needed. Ill probably get my hands on a Fauna Shaman at Some point though. I dont like the anvil, it gives all my (blue) opponents unlimited handsize and additionel cards, but it does work as a decent discart outlet.

Ive kind of ignored Traverse the Ulvenwald untill now because getting a basic in ur hand seems mediocre. However the second mode is really really Nice. Still i probably would not play it over Worldly Tutor but you Did convince me and ill the the card out at Some point.

I see GSZ as a ramp spell with utility in late game. As a tutor its probably my worst one but as ramp spell its decent. Having Dryad Arbor in opening hand sucks Though although it does provide me with a target for Pattern of Rebirth sometimes. If i cut it it probably has to be replaced by a ramp spell Though.

Regarding Angel of Serenity, I tried to keep up a good pod Chain by having 3 creatures at each mana slot (which might be a bit overdone). It recently replaced Resolute Archangel who has been very good to me but could help me in all cases. Ive not tested the angel yet but in the past it served me Well, it returns to hand instead of play and can return creatures from my graveyard to my hand in addition. Since the inclution of Greater Good i think in theory it is even beter allowing me to permanently exile all the creatures and, hopefully, Greater good draws me into a reanimation spell and i can exile more creatures. Having Said all that i still like your suggestion and Will Try to get my hands on a coppy, Maybe to replace Terastodon?

Eldritch Evolution is on my wants list for Some time but ive had other priorities. Its like a beter but one shot Birthing Pod. I think most of my other tutors are beter Though So making room for it Will be hard.

Lastly Crypt Ghast and Also Cabal Coffers used to be great in the past when my deck revolved around casting Tooth and Nail a bunch of times. Recently since my deck became more reanimation focust i feel they have become less good and they might be cut at Some point. Still they are one of the few ways to get greatly ahead on mana of my oponents. When i cast crypt ghast i have mostly 1-2 swamps in play and thats ussualy fine, cabal coffers is only good with 3+ swamps So its sometimes dead in hand, however the things they allow me to do when urborg Is play make them still worthwille. Im still looking to pick up a coppy of Oracle of Mul Daya who can Maybe replace the crypt ghast. Id try to fit in a coppy of Ramunap Excavator then aswell.

This has been quite Some writing work and i only talked about my deck. Ill try to take another look at yours later today if i can find Some more tips for u

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