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Unbridled Growth Discussion
1 week ago
Unbridled Growth is not good in this deck since it doesn't ramp. It's pretty much just a cantrip. I'd cut them and add another creature or planeswalker to keep you at 60 cards. I also wouldn't bother with more than 1 Ghost Quarter in your deck. You really need colored mana on turns 1 and 2.
1 month ago
The full Ixalan set has been revealed and I'm already brewing new decks with Elves. I've already updated Energy Elves with a new version. It's back to Golgari, two colors. This version is not final, but for the time being it gives an idea of what cards from Ixalan I'm looking at playing. Watch for a more indepth new update about Ixalan, this version, others and a very likely name change in a few days. Here's a summary of newest version.
As you all know now there's no Elves in Ixalan. Rishkar, Peema Renegade becomes the best Elf left in Standard. The best creature to pair with Rishkar is Winding Constrictor. I've once again paired these two and added another strong Elf with counter synergy, Narnam Renegade. I've decided to drop energy as a main strategy for now and in it's place reinforce the counters strategy with revolt. Servant of the Conduit is being cut for Greenwheel Liberator and Attune with Aether is cut for Unbridled Growth. There's very few Elves left in the tribe; who's left are mana Elves and Elves with revolt. I've decided to go with a more aggressive approach with Rishkar, Constrictor and these revolt Elves.
Ixalan has quite a few very good black creatures and I'm using two of them. Ruin Raider is the new Dark Confidant for aggressive strategies he's great because he triggers raid at my end step. The turn I play him I can possibly draw a card from his ability if I attacked for the turn. Because of this I'm basing the creature core on creatures who have evasion or who can benefit, get big, from counters, but they must be no more than three mana. The mana curve of this deck is now built around the idea that I'll lose life from Raider's raid, the lower the avg. cmc the better. Raider pairs very well with how big creatures can get with Constrictor and Rishkar for very little mana cost. Narnam has deathtouch which lets me attack most of the time freely with him. Kitesail Freebooter is the other new black Ixalan creature I'm playing. Freebooter is a two drop with Duress when he enters the battlefield. He also has evasion, flying, both these abilities are very good with Raider. I can protect Raider by taking my opponent's removal as well as attack with flying to trigger his raid. Flying is also nice with counters from Rishkar.
Fatal Push is still one of the best removal spells in Standard and Ixalan didn't change this because Wizards decided not to print any instant strong removal in black, that's less than four mana. Walk the Plank is Grasp of Darkness's replacement, but it's sorcery speed making it pretty bad. Push is very good and revolt makes Push even better. Revolt is not easy to trigger, but right now there's no other alternatives in just black. This deck is now using 8x no cost revolt enablers, Evolving Wilds and Growth to help with this.
Aethersphere Harvester and Aether Hub, a small energy strategy is still here. I really like Aethersphere with Raider because Raider can crew it and since Aethersphere has flying it can most of the time attack freely triggering raid. Aethersphere also uses energy to gain lifelink which is needed since Raider makes me lose life to draw a card. These two paired together are great.
Enemy colors in Standard are at a disadvantage having only fast lands as playable dual lands left, but Ixalan added a new tribal land in Unclaimed Territory. This land requires that I use a creature core with only a few different types. For each Territory I can choose which type I can use colored mana for therefore I can have a one for Elf or Pirate and one for Snake. Both Raider and Freebooter are Pirates which is nice with Territory.
2 months ago
I would say you can probably afford to cut a land or two. I would also up Inquisition of Kozilek to 4, and lower Thoughtseize to 2. And Fatal Push. I would go down to 2 Abrupt Decay, 3 Path to Exile and cut both Anguished Unmaking for at least 3 Fatal Push. If you are playing Grim Flayers, you normally need Mishra's Bauble and or Unbridled Growth.
2 months ago
I like this a LOT.
Some really good interactions and clever use of cards.
What I think is holding it back is that it has NO cards that interrupt your Opponent's plans.
You could try taking out:
- 3x Gift of Strength
- 2x Kindled Fury
- 2x Life Goes On
- 2x Nissa's Encouragement - this is too slow
- 2x Unbridled Growth
A Sideboard will give this a better chance of winning.
It could look something like this:
3x Abrade - good all-round spell against Artifact or Creature decks
2x Chandra's Defeat - good against decks
3x Gift of Strength - comes in against fliers
3x Life Goes On - good against aggressive decks, to put them on a slower clock
2 months ago
- Chromatic Lantern
- Prismatic Omen
- Gemstone Array
- Utopia Tree / Sylvan Caryatid
- Abundant Growth / Unbridled Growth
- Fertile Ground / Market Festival
- Lotus Cobra
- Mirrodin's Core
- Orochi Leafcaller
- and, because I know you, Springjack Pasture
I haven't played 5 colors much, so maybe someone who has can offer better advice, but given how much more difficult a deck can be when it adds more colors, I feel like these would help more consistently than the dual/bounce lands, which also means more emphasis on green and colorless cards. However, that is strictly my opinion.
Lastly, here's a shenanigan:
2 months ago
It might be worthwhile thinking about trying to shove some Fatal Pushes in here. With the amount of revolt triggers you are aiming for, it would be good to have some removal on hand that can target up to 4 drops for a single black mana.
3 months ago
Your deck is also at 40 lands + 15 artifacts that produce mana/fetch lands, meaning that your deck consists of 55% mana. Which is waaaaaaaaaay too much.
3 months ago
The lack of deck thinning hurts you hard, so you may want some card draw (since fetches cost an arm and a leg). Unbridled Growth is a cheap turn 1 draw spell for you. Abundant Growth is another option for this. Or maybe even Desert of the Indomitable (when it comes out). Drawing on dead land draws helps as well.