Survival of the Fittest


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual 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.

Survival of the Fittest Discussion

AKBZ on New to cEDH

4 days ago

Starting with mana base, I would cut any land entering tapped as the only way it enters. You are giving your opponent a Time Walk every time they come into play because it puts you a turn behind. They either should just be basic lands or upgrades, the big ones being City of Brass , Mana Confluence , and Forbidden Orchard . These lands far outweigh things like Bojuka Bog or Murmuring Bosk or Temple of Plenty . Also would cut Razorverge Thicket , Canopy Vista , Fortified Village and High Market . The first three are too conditional and High Market is colorless with no immediate benefit. I would play the pain lands before these lands as they don’t enter tapped and still give you your colors and I would play the fetchlands before the painlands. Keep in mind you can play up too nine fetchlands because they don’t have any color symbols on them. Second, upgrade the tutor package. Vampiric Tutor and Demonic Tutor are the best black tutors in the format, and the reason to be in black. I would consider them higher priority than fast mana rocks. The cuts I would make are Apprentice Necromancer Damnation Day of Judgment Bloodthrone Vampire Qasali Pridemage Altar of Dementia Ashnod's Altar Lotleth Troll Life from the Loam Greater Good and Farseek The sac outlets only come out when you combo, so having excess is deadweight. The board wipes aren’t doing anything to stop fast combo, so they can be cut. The necromancer and pridemage are value, but not enough. I would rather play Assassin's Trophy and Abrupt Decay over those two. Card suggestions Stony Silence Null Rod Abrupt Decay Assassin's Trophy Birthing Pod Nature's Claim Nature's Lore Survival of the Fittest Demonic Tutor Vampiric Tutor Aura Shards Leyline of the Void , Containment Priest and Grafdigger's Cage . If you can’t play fast mana, neither should your opponents. The first two are MUST INCLUDES and the tutors are HIGH PRIORITY. Nature's Lore is a strict upgrade over Farseek . The last three are graveyard hate that hates out the two decks mentioned. I know that you are thinking “but those last two hate out my deck as well”. That is the wrong way to look at them. The first question you should ask is “are the two decks I’m losing too faster than me?” The answer is yes, they are. After that, the next question should be “can I be faster than them?” The answer is no, you can’t be faster than them. Without cards like Gaea's Cradle and Mana Crypt and Mox Diamond and Survival of the Fittest and Demonic Tutor you will never be faster. Even with these cards, this strategy is considered to be slower than the two decks mentioned. Therefore, you have to slow them down at all costs, even if it means you won’t be winning anytime soon. I would say that the hate pieces are MUST INCLUDES. I would cut Hushwing Gryff and Gaddock Teeg as these cards are not helping you fight your meta. The last bit of advice is that you are playing Stax pieces and are playing a Stax deck. The deck needs to fight what you are playing against. Anything that does not do that is unhelpful at best and a game loss at most. Sure, you are playing to a combo finish, but there are multiple turns before that game winning combo, and every card in your opening hand has to slow down your opponent or speed you up. If they are not doing that, they should be cut. Anyhow, this is just my opinion. Hope this helps. Good luck.

GhostChieftain on Karador, Hulk Chieftain

5 days ago

WhatevWorks I felt like I was too often having the start of my combo and a reanimation spell in hand, so I put in lotleth as a discard outlet. Ideally I would change it for Survival of the Fittest but if my wife hears I spent $80 on a single piece of cardboard I wont hear the end of it lol. Any ideas for a more budget option?

And as far as Farseek vs elves, I totally agree with you. I will swap that out after our tournament is ended tomorrow as we are supposed to use the exact same deck both weeks.

Ryanh12 on Karador, Hulk Chieftain

1 week ago

You could always add Survival of the Fittest ... I know it isn't less than $20, but it'd be excellent in this deck.

sub780lime on Multani, Yavimay's Avatar - The Land is Angry

2 weeks ago

I own everything included, so not a problem on having the cards available. I pruned Evolving Wilds and Terramorphic Expanse from my over land because I felt I had enough fetching means going on, but it wouldn't be beyond reason to consider those in place of sorcery-based fetching from the perspective of recurring them from the graveyard and being able to repeat the fetch process. It's something I could consider.

Alright, the deck has been updated. Here's what's out: Vernal Bloom , Survival of the Fittest , Sensei's Divining Top , Powder Keg , Mana Reflection , Llanowar Elves , and Elvish Mystic .

Here's what went in: Crucible of Worlds , Titania, Protector of Argoth , Sword of Vengeance , City of Solitude , Rishkar's Expertise , Greater Good , and Elemental Bond

Ripwater on Meren’s Thousand-Eyed Army [Primer]

2 weeks ago

Control_Train, thank you for this deck! My god is was fun! I did ofcourse changed a few things, but for 95% I play the same build as you do.

Only swaps I made were: Sheoldred, Whispering One , performed outstanding tonight. She got removed but turn after she was back again and did a shit ton of work for me. Normally I'm not a huge fan of her, cause of her high mana and often getting removed the same turn. But luckily Meren doesnt really care for that :)

Phyrexian Obliterator Basically another win con in the deck. I tutored for him tonight cause I wanted to see in action and people just don't block him. Swinging in for a solid 5 damage a turn and if they block it's gonna cost. Where he really shined was the fact that he is 4 mana, so meren can get him early out of the graveyard.

Survival of the Fittest Really good as well, did a shit ton of work tonight. The fact that you can use it the turn it gets too the field is really good. Shame it's an enchantment and not recurrable, but it gives too much value not to run it. This card will replace Pattern of Rebirth cause I rather have the recurrable tutor then the one time tutor. Next to that every game I was consistently flooded with mana (compliments on that) so I don't mind that much for it going into my hand, worst case it gets countered and then meren will pull it out of the graveyard.

Birthing Pod Same as above. In my opinion, too much value not too run it. Together with Survival of the Fittest and Fauna Shaman a nice tutor redundancy.

As you said above Caustic Caterpillar is personal preference. Played him almost every game and got value of him. Don't think it will be any different as the dinosaur.

I saw that you added Worldly Tutor , might reconsider swapping that one for Survival of the Fittest or Birthing Pod because they do the same thing for you, but slightly better.

Again thank you so much for you build, if I try out any more cards or the cards above more games Ill let you know again :)

sub780lime on Multani, Yavimay's Avatar - The Land is Angry

2 weeks ago

Thanks, bushido_man96 and Abaques, you are confirming some things I had been thinking about and gave me some additional food for thought.

I had almost dropped Vernal Bloom and Survival of the Fittest in this first pass and hesitated not to include Yeva, Nature's Herald and Greater Good but still did in the end.

I like the suggestion of adding Basilisk Collar , Sword of Vengeance , and Greater Good back in, Abaques. I also see what you mean, bushido_man96, on Temur Sabertooth .

On the topic of Sensei's Divining Top , I'm doing a lot filtering through this decks structure, probably more than is common, but getting cards into hand in mono-green is a tough spot. The top just has value there. Now, I could switch it out for something like Momentous Fall or Soul's Majesty , which I initially considered doing, but I was a bit concerned over worthwhile targets. Soul's Majesty seems like the better option because of the sac requirement for Fall, but I didn't like the increase in mana curve.

Thanks for linking your deck, Abaques. I will definitely take a look!

AmishDeathSquad on "... yet she bloomed" Muldrotha Battlecruiser

2 weeks ago

Last_Laugh I think those are some great suggestions, but what do you should I take out. Also, I'm not playing Glen Elendra Archmage just because of cost which I know seems strange with Survival of the Fittest in the deck but anything that's over $5ish are things I already have. I put in Siren Stormtamer instead just because I had one already but it would definitely be an improvement.

Abaques on Multani, Yavimay's Avatar - The Land is Angry

2 weeks ago

Look at effects like Greater Good . With Multani's easy recur ability and tons of ramp it's a great way to get a lot of cards in your hand.

To be frank I think you've got some cards that are generally strong, but don't really do anything special for your deck. Survival of the Fittest and the Top just sort of seem out of place. I'd also consider cutting some of the mana doubling enchantments. You only have a handful of cards that can really use all that mana you'll be generating.

I'd strongly recommend Basilisk Collar . The deathtouch works great with trample and with Multani's size the lifelink makes the crackback much easier to take. I'd also add Yeva, Nature's Herald and Sword of Vengeance just for the haste.

I have a much more budget Multani deck that's performed well in my meta: What Lurks in the Forest

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Survival of the Fittest occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Green: 0.21%

Golgari: 0.16%