Survival of the Fittest

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

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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

Survival of the Fittest occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Green: 0.21%

Golgari: 0.16%

Survival of the Fittest Discussion

kashmyrr on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

1 week ago

devpal unfortunately Survival of the Fittest is a little out of my price range at the moment :D

devpal on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

1 week ago

Have you thought about running Survival of the Fittest over Fauna Shaman? I made this change in my Meren deck and found it way more useful to be able to use Survival more than once per turn.

CastleSiege on Opinion: Banning Tutors in EDH

1 week ago

I wouldn't be too bent out of shape if the mainstay tutors were banned. Those being Demonic Tutor, Vampiric Tutor, Mystical Tutor, Worldly Tutor and Enlightened Tutor. Maybe even Sylvan Tutor, Mystical Tutor, and Diabolic Intent.

Another powerful and abusable tutor is Survival of the Fittest, although it's more narrow and needs to be in a creature dense deck to be efficient. Birthing Pod is similar in the sense that it is a build-around card. Entomb and Buried Alive are also both very powerful but require other cards and specific strategies to be useful.

Banning land tutors such as Nature's Lore, Skyshroud Claim, and fetchlands seems excessive.

There are obviously tons of other powerful tutors I didn't mention, this was just my quick take. Try talking to your playgroup about banning tutors as a house rule, and have long discussions about which ones to ban and why. Try it out for a few weeks and see how you enjoy it :)

Goretast on Derevi, Queen of the Hated

2 weeks ago

Difficult to say without knowing your meta because you are stax heavy. I'll rabble off some thoughts:

  • Michiko Konda, Truth Seeker seems meh
  • Hushbringer might be cut if you run Curio/Aluren because it will use some ETB effects you want
  • Avacyn, Angel of Hope too expensive
  • Dig Through Time doesn't seem the best because it will be too expensive if you get it early and has bad synergy with Rest in Peace
  • Fauna Shaman not a fan of the cost of tutoring (I would add Eladamri's Call instead)
  • Survival of the Fittest same as Fauna Shaman, too much loss of value
  • Captain Sisay is okay if you have super grindy games but not the best
  • Teferi, Hero of Dominaria has some synergy but is weak compared to what you'll be adding
  • Swiftfoot Boots isn't that good, but something like Veil of Summer might be better
  • You could get away with cutting 1 land max if you have to
  • Seedborn Muse is a "win more" card that is too weak by itself
  • Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite too expensive but a meta call for you

  • I have a Chulane deck that is incredibly similar to this with stax/combos if you want to check it out for some card suggestions [Primer] Chulane's Bounce House [cEDH]

    Cazual on Yarok: Throw your lands in the Air!

    2 weeks ago

    freeworlder I think it requires you to have an four untapped lands, one of which can produce 2+ mana, such as Simic Growth Chamber.

    Tap your lands for five mana, spend three to cast Necromancy, leaving two floating. Necromancy double triggers, targeting Dream Stalker and Cloud of Faeries. Let the first Necromancy trigger targeting Cloud of Faeries resolve, returning Cloud of Faeries to the battlefield and attaching Necromancy to it. Cloud of Faeries' "untap two lands" ETB double triggers. Let these two untap triggers resolve and untap your four lands. Then let the Necromancy trigger targeting Dream Stalker resolve, returning Dream Stalker to the battlefield and attaching Necromancy to it. Dream Stalker's "return a permanent you control to hand" ETB double triggers, and you return Cloud of Faeries and Necromancy to hand. Then, Necromancy's "sacrifice attached creature" leaves the battlefield ability triggers and you sacrifice the Dream Stalker. Then you spend a to discard Cloud of Faeries to Survival of the Fittest, going down to one floating mana, and you tutor any creature to hand.

    Now your board state is the same as before, but you've generated an additional mana. Repeat this process until you have infinite mana, then cast Necromancy and bring back Coiling Oracle and Dream Stalker. Dream Stalker bounces Oracle and itself to hand. Then you can loop casting Coiling Oracle and Dream Stalker, which bounces the Oracle and Dream Stalker back to hand, which puts all your lands into play untapped and all your nonland cards into your hand. Then you can win with a Jace / Lab Man effect plus a card draw effect.

    Last_Laugh on muldrotha

    3 weeks ago

    Intuition and Survival of the Fittest are both excellent tutors here. Song of the Dryads and Imprisoned in the Moon are 2 of your most versatile (and potentially reusable) pieces of removal here.

    Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Muldrotha's Madhouse - No Infinite

    Last_Laugh on Animar On The Move

    3 weeks ago

    Not bad. I do have a few suggestions though (some combo oriented stuff mainly).

    The main thing I'm seeing is 13 spells that cost +. You have Fauna Shaman, Worldly Tutor, and Fierce Empath (and more suggestions below)... you can lower your density of fatties.

    Survival of the Fittest is amazing (available in gold border for MUCH cheaper). Neoform, Imperial Recruiter, and Spellseeker are great tutors here that are part of this decks' most efficient infinite combo (you'd also need Walking Ballista). The combo only needs Imperial Recruiter in hand, 4 life, , and 2 counters on Animar.

    Imperial Recruiter looks up Phyrexian Metamorph. Metamorph for 2 life copies Recruiter and looks up Spellseeker. Spellseeker looks up Neoform. Neoform sacs Spellseeker to look up Ancestral Statue. Statue over and over until Animar is double your opponents' life totals and use Statue's final bounce to return Phyrexian Metamorph to hand. Metamorph for 2 life again copies Imperial Recruiter to look up Walking Ballista for the win.

    Beastcaller Savant is a nice mana dork that doubles as a Cloudstone combo piece thanks to haste. Exotic Orchard and Ancient Ziggurat are good budget friendly land options here.

    Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Mine started out a lot like yours but it's slowly evolved into a pretty dedicated combo list. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

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