Verdant Sun's Avatar
Creature — Dinosaur
Whenever Verdant Sun's Avatar or another creature enters the battlefield under your control, you gain life equal to that creature's toughness.
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Verdant Sun's Avatar Discussion
1 hour ago
Growing Rites of Itlimoc or New Horizons for more rampy? I'd drop white all together for this deck. I think you're running too man high curves, even when cheating out from Champion of Rhonas, what about some Dowsing Dagger too for sweet flip land? I'd drop 2 Thundering Spineback and 2 Verdant Sun's Avatar for the Growing Rites of Itlimoc and drop Onward / Victory for 3 New Horizons. Drop 2 Engineered Might for Larger Than Life , Crash the Ramparts or Overcome perhaps. I think you could substitute Pyramid of the Pantheon for Dowsing Dagger and have you considered the buddylands? Rootbound Crag would speed it up! I'd drop 2 Sheltered Thicket for it. Drover of the Mighty is a better upgrade than Naga Vitalist.
Cultivator's Caravan might fit here.
1 day ago
Blossoming Defense remains one hell of an Instant for protection against targeted removal. Not sure there's much you can do about wraths other than more card draw so that you can recover quickly. Ripjaw raptor and Shaper's Sanctuary could help with that.
As far as balancing, I'm going to try to run a more monogreen splash of red and white type of build. I love Dowsing Dagger but I'm afraid the struggle with flipping it might be too slow/difficult. I really like Ranging Raptors as my main ramp as he can potentially generate a lot of lands.
Your build might be a little better than mine at fighting aggro but you could always consider a Verdant Sun's Avatar for some extra life gain. I wonder if there's anything better than Gishath or Commune for searching your entire library for specific dinosaurs in our colors. That would help immensely.
4 days ago
Love the deck idea, love dinosaurs in general...
I notice that dinosaurs seem to have a large focus around ETB effects, so perhaps using cards such as;
Just an idea! Though, I think it would be a powerful way to fully take advantage of all the ETB effects repeatedly.
1 week ago
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
TepigAggro I was working on an enrage deck separate from this one that utilizes Raptor Hatchling. However, it didn't work well in this deck. I looked at your deck, as well as a few others, and I really like it. I'll probably end up playtesting against it on here just to see how they compare to each other.
Thylian1 A previous rendition of this deck had both Attune with Aether & Beneath the Sands. It's been doing fine so far without them but I definitely agree with you and Temur_Frontier that the deck needs some mana-fixing/ramp to help out. I will keep working on it and fine tuning over the next few weeks and provide updates here as well.
1 week ago
I'm already starting to consider additions from IXN into this deck.
- regisaur alpha - 4/4 and a 3/3 with haste for 5 mana.
- Carnage Tyrant - 7/6 for 6 mana. Can't be countered, hexproof and Trample. Amazing.
- Verdant Sun's Avatar - 5/5 for 7 mana. Has a really great life gain effect that maybe useful in this deck if I start getting hit on in my meta.
- Emperor's Vanguard - 4/3 for 4 mana. Could be useful, but we already have better ramp in effect.
- Old-Growth Dryads - 3/3 for 1 mana! All players get a basic land... perfect for politics and early damage.
- Ripjaw Raptor - 4/5 for 4. Enrage. Card draw. Meh
- Shaper's Sanctuary - Card Draw
- Burning Sun's Avatar - 6/6 fof 6. A bit of burn. Meh
- Tilonalli's Skinshifter - Clones another attacking creature and has haste. Great synergy with this deck.
2 weeks ago
Don't worry she'll be in there. So will the set version that makes Dino tokens. There is too much flavor there not to. As soon as they are in the database I'll add em.
I'm starting to see lifegain as a subtle theme for dinos which is wierd but between the set version of huatli, priest of the wandering sun and Verdant Sun's Avatar it's definitely there. Maybe it's something else to play with?