Verdant Sun's Avatar

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Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena [BETA] Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Ixalan (XLN) Rare

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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

Heisenburr on The Big Bad Wurm

3 weeks ago

@TheRedGoat Thanks for your suggestions and sorry for my bad englado.

Usually I need 2 creatures to kill Grothama, All-Devouring for the first time in a match. Personally I'm fine with that and don't think, that we need either Bow of Nylea or Grafted Exoskeleton.

The deck is built to draw a ton of cards and it pretty much always does. The only thing that can get in our way is, when we keep a starting hand without something for card draw, we don't draw anything similar and our creatures (which were to kill Grothama) will be removed. In this case a cheap early card draw spell like Life's Legacy or Hunter's Insight could be really useful. (When i built the deck, i was also considering those two but simply forgot to put them to the Maybeboard.

The Great Aurora - I've never seen this card before and I'm not quite sure if we need more lands on the battlefield, when we can already cast a 9 mana spell. The card draw is pretty sweet tho combined with Psychosis Crawler. (And you are right, the deck makes it easy to have a handsize of 20+ cards.)

Vivien's Invocation - In my opinion See the Unwritten is simply better.

Death's Presence - Could be pretty neat, but I'm not sure if I would cut antyhing for it.

Pathbreaker Ibex - Great card, can also be tutored for with Fierce Empath (I will definitely add it to the 99 in the future!)

Berserk - Already in the deck. Love the card... used it one time on a buffed Mossbridge Troll to hit for 50 and draw almost my whole deck with Greater Good.

Dragon Throne of Tarkir + Surestrike Trident - I almost cut all equipment cards because they were too slow. Only Darksteel Plate and Lightning Greaves are still in the deck.

Ravenous Slime - Most of the time our commander is dead before we end our turn. And if she is still alive, then we have some protection in back up. So we don't need Ravenous Slime.

I'd never suggest to play Grothama, All-Devouring just to have her on the board. Only play her, if you can make use of her ability in that turn or can protect her until your next turn.

I don't like Trollhide / Blinding Fog - When you need more protection for our wurm Blossoming Defense is cheaper and better.

Verdant Sun's Avatar - Personally I like the card, but I never felt needing it.

Gigantosaurus / Crash of Rhino Beetles / Phyrexian Dreadnought - Every creature in my deck has either a useful ability or is hard to remove. The 3 beater u mentioned are only big and die to easily.

I can only recommend Grothama, All-Devouring if you like card draw and smashing face with big hitters. She definitely has a unique ability which you can't find on any other card in magic. Beside Barktooth Warbeard, Grothama is my favorite EDH deck.

TheRedGoat on The Big Bad Wurm

3 weeks ago

Some cards I notice you don't have and so would ask if you've considered or tested them:

Bow of Nylea or Grafted Exoskeleton as an easier way of getting your commander dead.

Soul's Majesty, Life's Legacy, or Nissa's Revelation as card advantage (sorcery speed doesn't matter much when your hand doubles in size.

Hunter's Insight and Hunter's Prowess seem like effective alternate ways to draw a ton of cards.

The Great Aurora can be a fairly one sided board wipe when you have a hand twice the size of everyone else combined. (Also works for token decks mind you)

Vivien's Invocation and Death's Presence seem fun, if not strictly connected.

Pathbreaker Ibex, Dragon Throne of Tarkir, Berserk, and Surestrike Trident seem like effective ways to close out games.

Ravenous Slime could discourage others from attacking into your commander.

Trollhide and Blinding Fog seem like good ways to keep your commander alive for a bit.

Verdant Sun's Avatar seems like a good way to keep yourself alive for a bit.

And lastly, Gigantosaurus, Crash of Rhino Beetles, and Phyrexian Dreadnought just seem like powerful beaters.

Do bear in mind I have no idea what your meta, usual play-style, or budget is like when asking these questions. I am considering Grothama versus Ghalta for a green stompy build, so I'm kinda just throwing out ideas that I might use for either one.

Rhadamanthus on Can Platinum Emperion prevent Life ...

4 months ago

Most of the answers to your question are in Platinum Emperion's reminder text: "You can't gain or lose life. You can't pay any amount of life except 0."

You don't gain life from the abilities on Zacama, Primal Calamity, Wurmcoil Engine, Verdant Sun's Avatar, or Dragonlord Dromoka. You don't lose life when you're dealt damage by Mana Vault or Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. You're not allowed to pay life to activate fetch lands, to let a shockland enter untapped, or to keep extra cards from Sylvan Library.

BMHKain on Can Platinum Emperion prevent Life ...

4 months ago

Platinum Emperion

I'm currently working on a Mayael the Anima Deck. Some cards manipulate life in some way. Such things include Shocklands, Fetchlands, Zacama, Primal Calamity, Wurmcoil Engine, Verdant Sun's Avatar, Dragonlord Dromoka, Sylvan Library, Mana Vault, & Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. Based on these Rulings...

1/1/2011 The ability doesn’t prevent damage. Rather, it changes the results of that damage. For example, if a creature with lifelink deals damage to you, you won’t lose any life, but its controller will still gain that much life. Similarly, if a creature you control with lifelink deals damage to another player, that player will lose life but you won’t gain any life. Notably, if a creature with infect deals damage to you, you’ll get that many poison counters.

1/1/2011 Abilities that trigger whenever damage is dealt to you will still trigger because that damage is still dealt, even though your life total doesn’t change as a result.

1/1/2011 Spells and abilities that would normally cause you to gain or lose life still resolve, but the life-gain or life-loss part simply has no effect.

1/1/2011 You can’t pay a cost that includes the payment of any amount of life other than 0 life.

How would each aforementioned card work? From there, I'll decide what stays in the deck...

Thanks, just in case one answers this huge wall...

jdmcdowell93 on why is they so much land

5 months ago

connorbitw Hey man, you should try running Azusa, Lost but Seeking and Courser of Kruphix, both speed up land ramps like decks such as these. Also try looking to getting some Fetch lands and Shock lands. They're super helpfull in decks like this as well considering fetch lands can give you that extra land fall per turn. I would also try adding Oracle of Mul Daya she too would help your land ramp. I would also consider Omnath, Locus of Rage, he might be the strongest card for a deck like this. In general omnath is the way to go. Especially if you tech in Verdant Sun's Avatar you could literally gain like 40-50 life a turn. It would be awesome in this. I would try Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger. There are so many different techs but these are the main ones i would look into.

Jouke58 on Arcades, the strategist EDH

6 months ago

Xynarth,

Slagwurm Armor:I like the card, but the problem is I'd have to take a card out, any idea what card(s) I should take out?

Oathsworn Giant:It is a nice anthem effect, but since it is on a creature it'll get removed easily. I'd rather play an enchantment or artifact.

Forbidding Watchtower: Definitely! I love myself some flavor!

Geist of the Archives: Depends if I'll find a wall to take out.

Sight of the Scalelords:This is what I meant with the oathsworn giant. Nice card.

Forgotten Ancient: But he doesn't have defender though.

Conjurer's Closet: Nice! I'll think I'll replace Brago, King Eternal with this one.

Verdant Sun's Avatar: I already have this one in the form of Angelic Chorus.

Belligerent Brontodon: It doesn't let creatures with defender attack though, which both arcades and Assault Formation do.

Bramble Sovereign: I already thought about this one, but it will depend if I want to spend the money on it.

Xynarth on Arcades, the strategist EDH

6 months ago

The list is a lot larger than I had first intended it when I wanted to comment... Anyway, seeing as how I'm thinking of building an Arcades myself, I thought I'd share some cards of interest !

Wall of Junk (card draw)

Living Wall (resilient)

Quicksilver Wall (card draw)

Dragon's Eye Sentry (1 drop)

Wall of Mulch (card draw)

Wall of Kelp (card draw + more creatures)

Wall of Resistance (can become huge)

Amaranthine Wall (resilient)

Hornet Nest (token generator, can then use the 1/1 deathtouch flying as chum blockers, to be explored I think)

Builder's Blessing (anthem effect)

Tower Defense (potential wincon)

Slagwurm Armor (just makes things bigger)

Solidarity (wincon)

Bar the Door (wincon)

Oathsworn Giant (anthem effect)

Forbidding Watchtower (flavor)

Geist of the Archives (card advantage)

Sight of the Scalelords (anthem)

Forgotten Ancient (another big guy)

Conjurer's Closet (flicker triggers)

Verdant Sun's Avatar (life gain)

Belligerent Brontodon (another Assault Formation)

Bramble Sovereign (more ETB effects, tokens are permanent which is very nice. Also, if paired with Panharmonicon, you can pay 1G twice, and potentially draw up to six cards. Could be explored, imo)

Let me know if any of this helps you or not :)

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