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|Betrayers of Kamigawa (BOK)||Common|
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Creature — Spirit
Defender, reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Traproot Kami's toughness is equal to the number of Forests in play.
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Traproot Kami Discussion
2 months ago
Hey thanks a bunch for the upvotes, Death927 and Dismal! This is certainly not the fastest of decks, and I'm still working on it, tweaking the numbers of bit and what not, but it is fun and fairly unique. The primary win con is getting a Feed the Pack down after using Harvest Season to load up on lands with a Traproot Kami or Dungrove Elder down. Then use the Feed the Pack to sac the Kami or Elder for a ton of wolves! Alternatively, a Primal Bellow on a Dungrove Elder could be a wincon, and also, Howl of the Night Pack after a Harvest Season.
I played this three times last on Cockatrice in 3 player. It lost the first game to Emrakul (we were playing sub $100 Modern budget, so Emrakul really shouldn't have been allowed, but we're pretty casual). Then it floundered the second game, but the third game it went off like crazy and annihilated both opponents in short order. Today I'm making some tweaks based on how it performed last night and hopefully it will run a little smoother.
4 months ago
Yeah, I like the challenge of neglected themes.
I had Kodama's Might in there but swapped it for Inner Calm, Outer Strength because I found that hand size was consistently large with triggers from Elder Pine of Jukai et al. Plus, the kicker on Vines of Vastwood can serve the same function.
Phantom Tiger is a good suggestion -- I didn't get before that you could keep it around so well with an aura. Harbinger of Spring attracted me with its "protection from non-spirit creatures," but I agree it just isn't worth the cost in the end.
Traproot Kami is there because it's cheap to cast, on theme, slows down decks with flyers, and scales as the game goes on.
I agree artifact/enchantment removal makes more sense than bouncing lands back to player's libraries with Uproot.
4 months ago
Phantom Tiger should be better than Harbinger of Spring because it survives more removals and battles and if you manage to give it +1/+1 (with an equipment or aura card) you make it to a creature that can only be killed with destory or exil effects.Harbinger of Spring just cost to much to cast (damm that soulshift Tax).
6 CMC Creatures are too hard to play without reanimation so you should forgett about Moss Kami
Dripping-Tongue Zubera is a worse Doomed traveler for Spirit Tribal but still replaces itself.
Traproot Kami won't work against that many decks because it is just a wall. It belong more in the Sideboard than the main Deck. It dodges a lot of Lightning Bolt and similar stuff (but only in late game) and might block Delver of Secrets Flip butit's still quite slow.
Your sideboard missing interactions with artifacts and enchantments, Wear Away could work if you want to play on the Splice Ability a bit and Rending Vines could also remove a lot of cards (especially with the low curve of pauper) and it draws a card.
Uproot is quite expensive to take your opponent one turn back regarding lands. You mostly sacrifice your own turn to use it and many blue decks jsut respond with Gush to refill their hand. it might work against Bogle decks that enchant their land (Utopia Sprawl/Abundant Growth to ramp or fix mana (play about 18 lands) but they won't make the mistake of enchanting the same land with all enchantment more than once unless they draw nothing but one land. Still that would be a one trick pony that mostly comes to late into play.
As far as I can tell you rather want to interact during combat and battle tricks, which makes Kodama's Might (because of Splice) quite appealing just like Roar of Jukai which is easy to splice and is able to interact with Shinen of Life's Roar
But I have to say you've choosen a theme which is pretty hard to build in pauper (competetive).
4 months ago
Hey Kay7men and Phillygreenman007 - thanks for taking a look and making suggestions - I really appreciate it! I have thought about Tree of Perdition, though not for a while. It would mean tossing out Traproot Kami because I'd run less Forest. Maybe I'll mock up a "Tree" deck with Kin-Tree Invocation and both Trees!
5 months ago
Thanks for the suggestion and nice words, Haarva91. I've considered adding white for Wall of Omens and Perimeter Captain, though I think it would destabilize my budget mana base. I've gone back and forth a lot over Traproot Kami - it's only better than a Steel Wall if I'm playing against fliers/if I get more than 4xForest down - but adding white would certainly make Traproot Kami much less viable. I've also been thinking about dropping Kin-Tree Invocation, dropping the splash of black and going with a w/g build. Maybe I'll explore that in a new build. Cheers!
6 months ago
I'm working on a similar deck and I have a few cards that I'm curious if you ever considered. If so, why leave them out? If not, what do you think?- Budoka Gardener - Centaur Vinecrasher for Recycling Compost - Dragonmaster Outcast because tokens - Scute Mob - Ground Assault - Liege of the Tangle - Rathi Dragon for handling flyers - Traproot Kami for handling flyers - Ulvenwald Hydra for handling flyers
7 months ago
I think you would benefit from streamlining the deck by having fewer one-ofs, so here's some suggestions:
98% of the time Rancor is strictly better than Unnatural Predation, and since it was a common back in Urza's Legacy it's Pauper legal. You might also want to add a third Rancor instead of Wildsize as it is cheaper.
7 months ago
I would recommend looking into:
Cryptolith Rite, Llanowar Elves, Gyre Sage, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Karametra's Acolyte, Champion of Lambholt, Heroic Intervention, Traproot Kami, Night Soil, Vitality Charm, Rampaging Baloths, Fists of Ironwood, Clip Wings, Commune with Nature, Soilshaper, Elder Pine of Jukai
And taking out: