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Creature — Dryad
Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.
Saprolings you control have +2/+2 as long as you have the city's blessing.
Tendershoot Dryad Discussion
1 week ago
It looks like your trying to go budget with this list as well as low cmc, and +1/+1 counters. Meren of Clan Nel Toth wants creatures to get those experience counters. As well as sac outlets. id recommend increasing creatures and cutting from mostly instants and some enchantments possibly sorcerys too. Also not entirely sure why your running Black Knight . On that note.
all low drop creature sac outlet to make those xp counters while meren is out yahenni can get particularly mean as he gets big from board wipes that he can survive.
Skullclamp card draw.
Ashnod's Altar sac outlet and mana.
Sakura-Tribe Elder is great ramp as if meren see it die she gets a xp counter and if she has 2 she just puts it on the battlefield at end step to ramp even more.
Corpsejack Menace explosive with +1/+1.
Fleshbag Marauder make em sac get a counter.
Plaguecrafter make em sac premium.
Merciless Executioner make em sac more.
Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest benefit from them sacing.
Savra, Queen of the Golgari benifit from sacing only if you can sac reliably though. i still feel she is worth mentioning.
Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord a sac outlet that gets big and can win you the game.
Pir, Imaginative Rascal get more counters.
Managorger Hydra get alot of counters.
Gyre Sage get ramp with +1/+1.
Poison-Tip Archer make em pay with life for all the death.
Skullwinder good for politics.
Pollenbright Druid uber cheap proliferate or +1/+1.
Ravenous Slime make other graveyard deck hate you as your creature get huge.
Scute Mob adorable and terrifing if left on the field to long.
Tendershoot Dryad if you like tokens.
Vigor he makes everything bigger.
Vulturous Zombie bird that gets big.
Winding Constrictor more counters
Golgari Grave-Troll dredge +1/+1 counter a golgari staple cheaper since the reprint
Skullbriar, the Walking Grave +1/+1 staple
you also might want creatures to bomb into with meren.
Avenger of Zendikar high cmc yes but if hes in the grave with enough xp free plants that get bigger or die for xp.
Hornet Queen same as avenger but deathtouch and flying they dont get bigger but dont really need to.
Underrealm Lich is a great way to filter through your top deck and load your graveyard. combos with the oh so pricey but oh so worth it Sylvan Library the way the replacement effect works with these two out has you drawing three cards keeping one putting two into the yard 3 times for 3 more cards in hand an 6 more in your graveyard for meren to see at endstep. (sorry if unnecessary i love that combo.)
i may have gone a little overboard (and could go on) but i think looking through the creatures i mentioned might be able to give the deck a shot in the arm probably aim for 30-35 creatures as thats what meren wants to abuse. thats just the creatures though and you still might want to look into increasing your ramp and card draw.
i hope this helps.
1 month ago
1 month ago
I think (Don't quote me) that a 2:1 ratio between Tokens producers and token Enhancers is a good starting point.
Here are some suggestions to up the number of stand alone token production that you should consider:
Secure the Wastes - It's and instant!
Tendershoot Dryad - Tokens EVERY upkeep
Martial Coup - Board wipe with upside, sometimes.
Hooded Hydra - Flexible
Arachnogenesis - A personal pet card, no one see's it coming. Kinda stand alone, requires you to be attacked
Imperious Perfect - Low drop with a very nicely costed ability
Wolfbriar Elemental - Pretty underestimated
Verdant Force - very high costed, but another every upkeep effect
Ant Queen - pretty bad creature, but an abusable, cheap mana sink
Trostani Discordant - Homeward path on a stick that pumps and makes tokens
Jade Mage - Meh, but its an early token producer if you need it. Late game it can be abused too.
You are severely lack card draw and there are a few abusable cards for tokens:
Be careful with how many of these you put in since they rely on your board.
There are safer ramp options, in my opinion, in green:
1 month ago
First off, I love the deck. Great job with the deck, budget primer and on the work you put in the collaborative primer.
I’m looking maybe to make a Yisan deck and all 3 of these resources were of huge help to me. However, I still have some questions.
Here are the cards I’d remove compared to your list and the reasons for their exclusion (disregarding few manabase changes along the same lines);
Ravenous Slime - my meta isn’t big on graveyards, so I could see myself wanting better verse 3 options
My meta is mostly creature-based with lots of MAN/Blood pod/Tymna decks around. Blue is less prevalent than it is in other competitive metas, and green is the most represented color. There is quite a bit of stax (although I have yet to see a Linvala) and, as I’ve mentioned already, graveyards aren’t widely used here. Non-competitive crowd favors creatures and combat. I don’t expect to play with them a lot, but if we’re paired at a tournament, I’d like Yisan to steamroll them.
Here are my ideas;
Tendershoot Dryad - my meta is quite keen on combat, and I’d like to be conpetitive in that regard. A decent verse 5
Hornet Queen - pretty much the same as Dryad, but at verse 7 and it stops occasional Zur or Kraum
Wayward Swordtooth - a bad Azusa, but a ramp effect nevertheless. Could be useful because of its 5/5 body that can save me some life while enticing Tymna players to soften up the rest of the table for my Hoof
Tireless Tracker - because our games can get grindy, having a good draw engine and a beatstick in one sounds good.
Skyshroud Ranger - makes up for lost t2 Yisan capcity lost by excluding Diamond and it’s an elf. Nothing to write home about, but seems decent
Mana Vault - t2 Yisan enabler
Oracle of Mul Daya - if I had one, I’d probably just play it in place of Azusa. But I traded mine away long time ago. Its current price and likelihood of being reprinted make it an uneasy buy for me. But if you think it’s worth the buck in here compared to other options, I can bite the bullet.
Ulvenwald Tracker - Tymna eliminator and generally a repeatable creature removal in a relatively creature-heavy meta
Quest for Renewal - seems to me like an extra copy of Muse that’s lest susceptible to removal.
Autumn's Veil - not as relevant as it would be in some other metas, but it could be a good piece of combo protection
Noxious Revival - grave recursion plus grave hate if I need it. Its instant speed, low cost and versatility make it look good in my eyes even if this deck can’t really abuse it like some other decks can.
Return to Nature - a new goodie from WAR. A strictly better Naturalize that can not only remove an opposing stax piece, but can double as grave hate in a pinch. As with Revival, grave hate isn’t the selling point, but a part of a package deal that even without it should be a decent option.
Natural State - a cheap way to remove opposing stax. It hits los of relevant stuff, since I don’t see much Chain veils, PEngines and whatnot around (excet when I’m the perpetrator...)
Lightning Greaves - protection and haste enabling together make for a tempting offer
I’d appreciate it greatly if you could comment on these and suggest which of these to add. If you have any other additions below 20$, I’m all ears.
Thank you in advance!
2 months ago
My problem with Massacre Girl by the time I usually need a 5 drop for tokens outside a vampire deck which are less and less. The biggest token issues right now that i see is Biogenic Ooze and I still see alot of Tendershoot Dryad with the cities blessing so unless you combo spell then the -20 -20 is not happening. Maybe against Mono green when they drop carnage and they have all there lanowar elves out. Yes I understand she can be good in the right situation but overall I see her as better side board card against certain decks or if you want a 4/4 with menace then bonus. She's not a bad card and she would probably be great in commander deck against an Edgar Markov deck wrecking shop when she hit the field.
3 months ago
This deck actually looks very solid! I don't think there is too much I would change, except that I would definitely add Walking Ballista and Crystalline Crawler which can enable you to have insane combo-esque turns. I don't think I personally would lean to hard on the token theme, but having good token makers like Tendershoot Dryad is still important. Wave of Vitriol is also an insane way to not only rid the board of any threats, but go completely over-the-top and destroy people! It's got to be good for like, forty +1/+1 counters at least.
3 months ago
Steiger Thanks for the upvote and suggestions. Oran-Rief is already in the deck. I didn't play as much +1/+1 counter cards as it'll dilute the token production aspects of the deck.
Tendershoot Dryad occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 0.07%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.02%