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Tree of Tales
(Tree of Tales isn't a spell.)
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Tree of Tales Discussion
2 weeks ago
I'd feel pretty good going into a game with this, I can see some win-con's:
2) Ramp mana staying under the radar into an Felidar Sovereign
Lots of fun cat stuff here!
To support the Puresteel Paladin, you need to include a Tree of Tales and Ancient Den these Artifact lands add to the Artifact count. They can straight replace just basic Forest and Plains and they don't cost much.
During your eval, if you finding you tutor Bloodforged Battle-Axe with Open the Armory and Steelshaper's Gift quite a bit, and find the mechanic is working, it can be supported by a Sigarda's Aid. Hammer of Nazahn already does the same thing, and is also tutorable by Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith which is why I wouldn't suggest it off the hop, why not just Open the Armory the Hammer of Nazahn right? But something to keep on the Maybeboard. I feel like this won't be the prevalent win con though.
Future priorities for $ would be Land upgrades, that is the worst part about commander format, but it's looking pretty balanced. If you find Puresteel Paladin still isn't activating when you play him, also can keep a Talisman of Unity or Selesnya Signet on the Maybeboard, and go down a land pulling/ramping spell to help improve the % he works. If your finding that he usually triggers when you play him, then I'd rather have the land pulling/ramping spell because it filters the land out of the deck, so your drawing playable cards not lands, and it has synergy with Mirari's Wake.
1 month ago
1 month ago
Since you run Karametra, God of Harvests, have you considered Rhonas the Indomitable? Any Cat + Eminence = Rhonas the Indomitable can attack! 5/5 deathtouch, indestructible that can give trample to your Voltron cat! That's tempo.
Hammer of Nazahn is key to a Voltron strategy, especially the Bloodforged Battle-Axe. I would run an Eladamri's Call to pull Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith who can pull Hammer of Nazahn to the battlefield. It can also pull a Dryad Arbor as a modular / ramp spell too.
With so many artifacts you need a Puresteel Paladin, 1) He draws you a card when you play an artifact, that is amazing 2) He makes equip costs ! 3) With Leonin Shikari you can manipulate equipment at will. Add an Ancient Den and Tree of Tales gives you 2 more artifacts that you play as lands to get to the metalcraft on Puresteel Paladin. Sigarda's Aid also enables Voltron.
Parallel Lives (like Anointed Procession) is a CMC4 Doubling Season, won't double Fleecemane Lion monstrosity, but thats such a small sacrifice for the mana. There's also Primal Vigor but it's the same CMC as Doubling Season anyway.
Path to Exile is an awesome removal and a modular ramp if you need it as well (and have a creature).
Skyhunter Skirmisher is a nice built-in Doublestrike, which is awesome with equipments (especially ones with trample), but he does have a High CMC.
Sword of Light and Shadow and the protection: makes it so you can't use the Eminence ability on the equipped creature. Maybe worth it for the recursion but keep that in mind.
I really dislike Sword of Vengeance, I've read all the articles on it, I don't think the equip makes this viable. I'd almost always rather have a Chariot of Victory in most cases, or in this case probably a Umezawa's Jitte.
Lost Leonin is a nice cat, with Ajani, Caller of the Pride + Eminence he eliminates a player with 10 infect. I personally use other Doublestrike enablers like Silverblade Paladin and Berserk + several other creature tutors to try and get him off quite early. Understand if you don't like the infect mechanic, but I would think about him, with Eminence he's a 2-turn timer as well.
Steelshaper's Gift can help get some consistency on pulling Swiftfoot Boots or the such to your hand. Lightning Greaves also doesn't work with the Eminence trigger, I decided the upside of the equip wasn't worth the Shroud. Also once you put a Lightning Greaves onto a cat, you can't equip anything else to it (due to shroud). If you have another creature you can Equip it off then Equip the other Equip, then Re-Equip it for , but leaves him unprotected for a second, and requires control of a second creature. When your playing Voltron, you usually don't have a bunch, but maybe you have tokens. Just thought I would mention anyway.
Stoneforge Mystic is amazing, on a similar note Stonehewer Giant requires an immediate response too. I've found him a high threat level, and once out I'm just pulling solutions, like: Protection from , Trample, Lifelink, Deathtouch, Etc, whatever is needed to overcome the current blocking / board position, instant speed, and instant equip. Doesn't get much better than that!
I'd have to confirm, but I don't think Nacatl War-Pride extra tokens enter attacking, I think they just double the tokens but lose the attacking. They doubled ones may stay though, but might be exiled still, I would look into it. If they don't attack and don't stay, I'm not sure I would run him.
Not sure Ajani Unyielding is worth the mana cost, but, he does draw cards which is never a bad thing.
With more tutors, I found that I don't need to run both Behemoth Sledge and Loxodon Warhammer because instead I could just always tutor Loxodon Warhammer when I would have drawn Behemoth Sledge to get more consistent use of the more powerful equipments. But you've got some mass mana ramping going on here might not matter.
1 month ago
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3 months ago
Spirits Thanks- I love my deck! I actually use Sterling Grove for the protection part- there is a LOT of enchantment removal out there, & people hate on Duelist's Heritage, Mirari's Wake, & Aura Shards.. & when I'm dominating the table, they also hate on Asceticism, Sigarda's Aid, & even Sylvan Library. Nobody wants to waste their targeted removal on something that simply prevents what you care about from being targeted- & then I can sac it to get something else. Mirari's Wake & Aura Shards are instantly removed by someone if I can't protect them, & as soon as I start doing something crazy with Duelist's Heritage, like hitting double with Eminence while equipped with Sword of Fire and Ice and a Quietus Spike, then Duelist's Heritage gets targeted, too. The shroud on enchantments is helpful when your enchantments are kicking ass.
That brings me to Sensei's Divining Top; it is definitely redundant with Sylvan Library out, but that is exactly what I want! The effect is so powerful that people will try to take them out when you start winning, but it is not only twice as likely to end up in your hand, it is also twice as difficult to get rid of if both are out. Plus, though I prefer Sylvan Library, it doesn't protect itself from removal like Sensei's Divining Top does.
Sword of Vengeance is just very good keyword abilities on any cat I have out. The Vigilance means the cat can block, & the +2/0 with First Strike means the cat will likely be able to do so and survive (even without Eminence). I never tutor for it, and it might get cut, but it can be nice. You are right though- I should put something in that tutors for something better (ie- Open the Armory) or just put something better in.
I cut Path to Exile because I feel the ramp is too helpful for the opponent in EDH, and Swords to Plowshares makes more sense. I usually really really want to keep my own creatures, so doubt I'll be Path-ing them anytime soon. In fact, I cut Greater Good for that reason, though it might come back.
3 months ago
Some stuff to think about, I've found Ancient Den + Tree of Tales has allowed me to equip 1-turn earlier three times now (in all the games i've played), doesn't sound fantastic, but it's pretty good. Have to balance that against things like Sunpetal Grove and Fortified Village, but in my build usually have no mana sourcing issues.
I notice you settled on 37 lands, you definitely have more utility (like Maze of Ith and Strip Mine and Thawing Glaciers) where they are removal not lands, I settled on 35 lands, but don't have any non-mana utility lands either, so wer're about the same.
Wooded Foothills and Flooded Strand are some relatively (there still lands!) inexpensive fetch lands, they could replace some of the ETB Tapped lands you run. Also, I find the fetches de-saturate the lands, so drawing later in the game, you draw less lands due to hypergeometric probability, which often slow you down in late game, but still mana fix earlier on. Ash Barrens does this too. You might find too, with fewer ETB tapped, you go 0.5 - 1 turn faster.
I would have to agree with Hybrow about Sword of Vengeance, but also agree with you about Chariot of Victory. Here's what my initial thought was, for that Vigilance and +2 power, are you REALLY searching/fetching it? Like really really? If I need haste, I'm pulling Swiftfoot Boots because it comes with Hexproof, if I need Trample i'd probably rather pull a Loxodon Warhammer gives me +1 more power, I understand it doesn't give the first strike which provides sustainability, but it creates more sustainability in multi-player with the lifelink. Cats don't really block because they don't have the Eminence? If you have a big cat with lots of equipment it's cool, but are your winning because you have a big swinging cat (possibly with lifelink) or are you winning because you are defending with likely a ground walking cat that also likely already has double strike? Double strike > First strike. I dunno, it's a good equipment, for the cost give me lifelink, or infect Grafted Exoskeleton. I bet if you evaluate, with all the other awesome equipment in this deck, it's very very low on the pecking order for tutoring.
I'm trying out Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip over Cultivate right now, trying to figure out if the 1 less land, is worth the potential for drawing an extra card each turn once flipped, or the potential for blocked damage (but what is a ground walking 2/2 really blocking of significance).
Eladamri's Call only costs you mana and gives you more consistency on pulling/playing the same creature each game. Because it's hand, doesn't cost you a card.
Path to Exile is awesome removal, can also be used as a mana ramp / fetch, you'd actually be suprised how many times I do it.
Saffi Eriksdotter (good recursion/protection on his own, without anything else), add a Sun Titan and they can protect each other. Throw in a Greater Good which is also good draw on it's own with eminence, and you can basically have a huge hand, tutor the cards you need for the win, etc. Makes a really nice interaction, and protection. All 3 cards aren't dead draws on their own either. Just a thought. I know he's not a cat. Also works with Fiend Hunter (kind of) but doesn't give that 6 card draw from the Sun Titan like Saffi Eriksdotter does so I don't like it.
I hadn't thought about Nylea's Emissary either, adding him to my maybeboard too, have to think about him first lol. His bestow is just so expensive, only challenge to overcome. CMC 4 for a 3/3 trample isn't THAT far off the mark though, and late game he can bestow +3/+3 and trample, and then turn into a 3/3 trample afterwards. I'm just not sure.
I took Sensei's Divining Top out, what!!!, I have it in every commander deck, BUT I ALWAYS tutor Sylvan Library and feels like duplication of work with both out. That derpy dreidel though, have you had similar experiences where it just wan't effective or a dead draw later in the game?
Anyways really awesome, always looking and stealing your ideas!
4 months ago
Adorned Pouncer is awesome, doubles the equipment power bonuses, can output some massive damage, double triggers like Bloodforged Battle-Axe, and he has build in recursion as a 4/4 double strike! Skyhunter Skirmisher to a lesser degree is good too.
Swords to Plowshares can be good control, or a nice lifegain if you need it (especially with a pumped up cat), cool with Felidar Sovereign. Path to Exile can be a good control, or a land fetch if your struggling with mana issues. Condemn is good, but it only gets attackers, often, the most dangerous creatures you want to remove don't attack.
Brimaz, King of Oreskos is nice for making tokens (on attack and block), but not a necessity.
Lot's of ETB-Tapped lands in this build, can work on upgrading them ($$$ SUCKS), you can look at my deck for land ideas, but in general it's the most expensive component in building these decks.
Sacred Cat is a nice CMC1 () 4/4 (eminence) Lifelink, with recursive 4/4 (eminence) Lifeline
Temur Sabertooth has some infinite ETB interactions, but none that are that great.
You could pair down your artifacts/equipments and add more tutoring to consistently get the same "excellent" rated artifacts game after game, like Enlightened Tutor, Open the Armory, Stoneforge Mystic, Stonehewer Giant, Etc. Instead of Behemoth Sledge tutor a Loxodon Warhammer instead kind of deal.
These lands are just too slow Arctic Flats. If your having a mana issue, maybe try Birds of Paradise or putting some conditional check dual lands, or cheap pain lands like City of Brass / Mana Confluence for the time being.
Could use the same strategy on creatures, instead of a High CMC Nacatl War-Pride, Eladamri's Call a Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith and get a free Hammer of Nazahn and have all your equipments auto-equip for the same CMC.
It's a good deck, I think your on track, I would include Triumph of the Hordes as an alternate to damage win-con (against other infinite life decks anyway, or when you need to fast kill a Grixis or something fast).