Creature — Ape
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Printings View all
|Ninth Edition (9ED)||Common|
|Ninth Edition Foreign Black Border (9EDFBB)||Common|
|Portal Second Age (P02)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Latest Decks as Commander
Tree Monkey Discussion
8 months ago
As ClockworkSwordfish succinctly pointed out imo, keywords are not created equally. Your example of Tree Monkey vs Scryb Sprites isn't indicative of Reach needing a buff, it's indicative of Tree Monkey needing a buff. Double strike is better than First strike, Hexproof is (generally) better than Shroud, Indestructible is better than Regenerate, etc etc. Keywords aren't, don't need to be, and honestly shouldn't be, all equal. They are various tools to be used in card design and balance. Cards like Ezuri's Archers or Wall of Vines are far more comparable to Scryb Sprites than Tree Monkey is.
Bad cards exist, for sure, but that doesn't mean that the abilities on them are inherently bad.
8 months ago
I don't play green. I don't think green needs more/less support against flying creatures. I'm making this objectively on the fact that Flying is just cooler than Reach. There's no reason why you'd ever pick Tree Monkey over Scryb Sprites , (unless you really like monkeys or you're running Hurricane - you're going to pick the Sprites.)
My point is Reach should just do something a little more so that it's not a strictly worse ability than Flying. Like imagine if Wizards introduced the new keyword "Lifeblock" that works just like Lifelink, but only gains life when blocking, or "Focus" that works just like Prowess but the creature only gets +1/+1 when sorceries are cast.
I get Reach serves an important role to green and helps with balance purposes, and I don't think Green should have Flying either. I'm just arguing that Reach is boring. Lifeblock and Focus could also be used for balance purposes where Lifelink and Prowess might be game warping, but no one would want these abilities even if they would improve the MTG gameplay experience.
Reach should do something more to distinguish itself as desirable compared to Flying without either keyword being objectively better than the other. Like Reach could be: "This creature can block creatures with flying and can block an additional creature." or "This creature can block creatures with flying and can't be blocked by creatures with flying." or "This creature can block creatures with flying and deals damage to creatures equal to its toughness." It doesn't have to be these examples either just make it more flashy.
Reach should have a creative upgrade even if the improvement does little to change gameplay. It's like as they say with the color green; reach is not a creative keyword~ ♪ ♫
3 years ago
Unfortunately there isn't much of an option for the ruby slippers (anything involving the name "ruby" is Red).
I kinda looked around and thought of stuff that MIGHT work (obviously there aren't any green wicked witches and flying monkeys) but I hope these give you an idea of what you can do:
Bitterheart Witch, Tree Monkey, Wild-Field Scarecrow, City of Brass, Scarwood Treefolk, Bog Imp, Emerald Medallion, Fork in the Road, Brass Man if you don't mind older cards, also maybe Treasure Keeper?
That's what I was able to come with in like... 15 minutes? If you were to expand your colors you may find more options (I could not find a Wizard of Oz and other staple characters in Green/Black).
I hope this helps. I don't know what kind of deck you could build that would fit within the theme and function well, but I wish you luck. Please keep me updated on this. I'm interested in seeing how well this goes.