Tana, the Bloodsower


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2016 (C16) Mythic Rare

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Tana, the Bloodsower

Legendary Creature — Elf Druid


Whenever Tana, the Bloodsower deals combat damage to a player, create that many 1/1 green Saproling creature tokens.

Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

Tana, the Bloodsower Discussion

ToshiroU on Commanders by Power Level [EDH Tier List]

4 days ago

Hey thegigibeast, ShaperSavant and LabManiac_Sigi,

thanks for updating the list! I definitely agree with moving Thrasios / Tymna into their own tier. I would also appreciate a Thrasios ban for a healthier Metagame.

With Tymna, the "centralizing mini-game" you mentioned isn't that problematic in my opinion, as the strategy of abusing the low creature count in cEDH is quite a common thing (looking at Edric, Spymaster of Trest , Najeela, the Blade-Blossom or even Tana, the Bloodsower ) and is actually contributing to the diversity of the format.

I would like to hint on the lack of the old Tier 1,5 category. To me there are some Commanders that just don't belong into the same tier. For example, a Niv-Mizzet Reborn + Food Chain Strategy with a consistent T3 win would absolutely rank up higher than a fairly inconsistent Godo, Bandit Warlord Strategy around Stax and Helm of the Host ... To me, that also counts for Teferi, Temporal Archmage , Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge , Tasigur, the Golden Fang or Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder . Please consider to add that category again.

To conclude my comment I would like to recommend moving Azami, Lady of Scrolls from High Power into the Competitive Category. I think that Deck can compete with other Mono U Strategys (Baral, Kefnet - not being as strong as Teferi). In my lokal game store I played several times with Azami in the EDH-Tournament against multiple other cEDH-Decks like Breakfast Hulk, Blood Pod, Shimmer Zur, Gitrog... and I still have to lose a single game with it. While it's a very subjective impression, it just feels wrong to me to see it in Tier 3.

ZendikariWol on The Legend of Saskia

2 months ago

Name suggestions:

Like Sisay, but More Colors

Back in My Day They Were Just Creatures!

Those Who Forget History are Doomed to Lose to it.

RIP Kamigawa (Legend Tribal)

Saskia: the Stuff of Legends

Big Sassy's Legendary Horde (note: Big Sassy as a nickname for Saskia can be used in any of these names)

Legendary Night at Saskia's Bar

History Has its Eyes on You (it's a musical reference, if you don't get it)

That's all I got for names- this one was tough! Now, suggestions:

Adun Oakenshield is okay recursion, Anafenza, the Foremost is a good body, Captain Lannery Storm is good ramp, Dosan the Falling Leaf is good against control, Grand Warlord Radha is great ramp, Hua Tuo, Honored Physician is good recursion, Isamaru, Hound of Konda is a gud boi (and a one-drop), Kambal, Consul of Allocation is good taxation without representation, Karador, Ghost Chieftain is SICK and also very flavorfully appropriate for this deck, Kothophed, Soul Hoarder is great draw, Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip is a good body, Mirri, Weatherlight Duelist is good protection, Ravos, Soultender is good recursion, Rhonas the Indomitable is good but you'll have to see if you like God-Eternal Rhonas better (I like OG Rhonas better unless your repeating God-Eternal's ETB), Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper is good block deterrence, one of the Tajics ( Tajic, Blade of the Legion or Tajic, Legion's Edge ), both are good bodies, Tana, the Bloodsower is good body + chump blockers, Tariel, Reckoner of Souls is good recursion, Varchild, Betrayer of Kjeldor is good fun, and Zurgo Helmsmasher is a surprisingly fun political piece.

Also, I'd really recommend you include planeswalkers, and also you're running two Selvalas and two Odrics.

PhyrexianGameplay on Reyhan and Bruse -Chained Nauseam

2 months ago

would probably be better if generals were Tymna the Weaver and Tana, the Bloodsower

ZendikariWol on Finishing the Commander Cycle

2 months ago

Absolutely agree, PhotogenicParasympathetic! Remade so many times, but nobody does it like the original.

Anyhow, more on topic. Seriously, what can one do with Gruul other than big angry creatures (and apparently some light staxing)? So far I have... a couple ideas.

1) Landfall! The fans love it so it would make sense, and it's a very strong color combo for land ramp. Problem is, Lord Windgrace kinda already stole the thunder on that one.

2) X. ... what? X. Think about it. Red has an abundance of ramp, it has an abundance of hydras, it has Rosheen Meanderer . What more is there to want? Mana ramp and X-spells.

3) Werewolf Tribal. A beloved tribe, but kinda iffy in commander, where your werewolves are practically guaranteed to remain human forever.

4) Kicker?? Back with the mana ramp thing (it would be very helpful with kicker costs), we could also print some cards in the same vein as Hallar, the Firefletcher ! There are a shocking amount of red/green kicker cards, plus fifteen exclusives, plus lands, rocks, and perhaps a couple big-ass creatures for good measure? Seems crazy but it might work.

5) Attack Triggers. A little more typical, yes, but with Grand Warlord Radha , Tana, the Bloodsower , and Xenagos, the Reveler ? That plus some bloodthirst, add some more creatures that trigger effects when they attack or deal damage? Could actually be kinda fun.

cdkime on Several Decks needing Help

2 months ago

I think you missed the point--my point was that Tana, the Bloodsower would be your Voltron engine. In addition to Trample, which is all-important on a Voltron commander, Tana produces chump blockers. One of Voltron's biggest problems is the focus on a single creature leaves you wide open to an enemy's attack, and also leaves you with next-to nothing should your creature be removed. Tana alleviates those problems some.

Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder provides benefits to Tana by giving her double strike at least once (ETB effect) and likely twice (ETB and attack on the next turn). Akiri, Line-Slinger is only useful insofar as she is the Voltron component, and provides no substantial benefit if Tana is your core creature.

BMHKain on Several Decks needing Help

2 months ago


Just updated the OP. I'll ask AlwaysSleepy one more time for the Doomsday pile; as I now realize, the Exile Zone thing is just asking too much. 3/5 cards in the pile are already shown. Though I wonder if anyone wanted to help w/ the other Deck still in the works of being Cut & Revised (The Deck). Also, Who to choose alongside Tana, the Bloodsower ? Akiri, Line-Slinger , or Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder ? From there, I'll start the Equip-Voltron Project. That said, I'm almost complete w/ the Tetzimoc, Primal Death , deck, & I'm liking it. But what to do w/ all other things mentioned earlier? Any ideas?

BMHKain on Several Decks needing Help

2 months ago

@cdkime: Hmm... Well, I guess Tana, the Bloodsower it is for Partner 1. Though this Voltron Deck will be planned to be Equipment Focused. So, I don't suppose you have such a suggestion between the two Boros CMDRS? I, mean, we're dealing w/ Tiana, Ship's Caretaker , even Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith . Still in a bind between the two Boros Partners though... & recently revised my old project awhile back. (Using Tajic, Legion's Edge as CMDR as I dunno what is any cheaper; even though I'm unsure if there is a WAR Walker that might work in such a field as cEDH, but that's another time... Oh, & I didn't want to do Depala, Pilot Exemplar Dwarf Tribal; not even Anax and Cymede targeting only them for Aggro; not what Boros needs to make it out alive from Tier 4...)

But back to the question: Akiri, or Bruse Tarl? I'm in a bind on this... >_<

cdkime on Several Decks needing Help

2 months ago

Upon reflection, I think Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder would actually be the better choice for Tana, the Bloodsower to partner with. You would use him as a sorcery to give Tana double strike and lifelink; with the possibility of a pseudo "rebound" if Bruse Tarl survives to the next combat step.

Also, if you do go with Tana, be sure to add Sublime Archangel, as each of the saprolings you create will give Tana +1/+1, allowing her to grow exponentially with each passing combat.

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