Vines of the Recluse

Vines of the Recluse


Target creature gets +1/+2 and gains reach until end of turn. Untap it. (A creature with reach can block creatures with flying.)

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Set Rarity
Archenemy: Nicol Bolas (E01) Common
Duel Decks: Nissa vs. Ob Nixilis (DDR) Common
Oath of the Gatewatch (OGW) Common

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Frontier Legal
Vintage Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Pioneer Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Noble Legal
Hero Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Block Constructed Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Heirloom Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Pauper Legal
Oathbreaker Legal

Vines of the Recluse Discussion

-Arcanity- on Zada’s Wolfpack

2 months ago

I see you're going all in on Silverfur Partisan, running a total of 11 wolves in your deck. Since you're going so deep on one card, I'd play the full four. the ability even stacks when you have multiple on the battlefield!

Now, an issue I see is that if you do not draw either Zada, Silverfur, or Season of Growth, you're left with a bunch of underpowered wolves, which isn't ideal, though I don't think there is a way to fix that as all the more powerful wolves come from original Innistrad block which isn't in pioneer.

Also, I recomend you swap Vines of the Recluse with Invigorated Rampage. Vines is very poor, as this kind of deck simply isn't in the market for a defensive combat trick. Rampage is ideal for this deck as it can target two creatures, thus making two wolves for each Silverfur in play. The extra mana should be manageable (you have 8 ramp sources in the deck, even excluding the Enter the Unknowns).

eatmygender on Tier 1 Pauper Elvish Insanity

1 year ago

Love the deck, but I have some issues with the sideboard choices. Let's start at Naturalize. Considering we're ramping to insanity, why not just run Broken Bond? You lose instant speed yet gain an amazing ramping ability. Tangle isn't really Pauper legal unless you're using MTGO (I will give it that), but Spore Frog does it for less mana (Albeit without the Sleep effect) and manages to be paper legal. Viridian Longbow seems like a bad include here, considering paying 4 to make Fyndhorn Elves a Pinger isn't great. Vines of the Recluse is p deece tho. I might end up building this in paper considering rummaging through a box of assorted Urza Block got me a (heavily played) playset of R̶e̶b̶e̶c̶c̶a̶ ̶G̶u̶a̶y̶ ̶E̶l̶f̶ Priest of Titania ^w^

+1, insanely powerful Elf deck, especially for pauper, no jank deck stands a chance at this.

clayperce on A Thousand Reflections, A Thousand Damage

1 year ago

LOVE this!

I spent a ton of time trying to break Silverfur Partisan + Zada, Hedron Grinder when they were in Standard, and it just was never quite there. So it's awesome to see Zada and Mirrorwing tearing it up in Modern!

I personally like Blossoming Defense over Vines of Vastwood in this deck. Vines is better in Infect, because the extra two points of damage can make all the difference in the world. Maybe in the side though, for matchups when the team needs a little more protection? It also has the really fun edge cases where you can cast it on an opponent's creature so they can't pump/Equip/etc their team :-)

I found myself wanting something for boardwipes, and also something besides Mirrorwing for Flyers ... maybe some Heroic Intervention and Vines of the Recluse (or maybe Arbor Armament) in the sideboard?

Draw well!

MythicMeadow on The Awakening of the Lycans

2 years ago

clayperce, I'm glad you enjoyed this deck!

Depending on your local meta some cards will perform better than others, thus this deck is more focused on my experience. Vines of the Recluse works rather well in dealing with flyers. I might consider using it if I did not play as much multiplayer as I do. The versatility of Atarka's Command (you get to give all your creatures reach plus a bonus effect) made me use that instead.

I mainly use Silverfur Partisan against removal-heavy mach-ups because he fits the theme. He can otherwise often feel a bit high on the mana curve in this, otherwise more aggressively focused, deck. If the deck needs to be more competetive, then Vines of Vastwood/Blossoming Defense would work great, though it will cost the deck some flavor.

As for Isochron Scepter, I did not test it extensively. Just enough to not enjoy this deck as much as I do without it. But if you'd like to use the scepter, then some cards can both be good and bad to replace with it. The more wolves the merrier, thus the scepter might take Neglected Heirloom  Flip's place. On the other hand the scepter might make it easier to flip the heirloom if you did not flip it early. But if you already have an Immerwolf in play then it might not flip at all, with probably most humans already transformed.

You could also take out a few Immerwolf and get more value out of Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip (only if you plan to use the scepter on the other player's turn, as the ability will count as a spell cast and prevents you from casting more spells on your turn). Or just take out a few huntmasters instead because they clash a bit with the Immerwolves.

Geier Reach Bandit  Flip will not be as good as before, because we can make sure to flip the wolves each other turn with Isochron Scepter + Moonmist. It's still a great card in the deck though.

Cards that might be good to add in addition to the scepter could be some artifact recursion or other ways to keep Isochron Scepter in play. Though it might make the deck a bit less aggressive if you add more control cards.

Otherwise you could just pull the card that you'd like to draw the least and just replace it with 1-3 Isochron Scepter.

clayperce on The Awakening of the Lycans

2 years ago

Thanks so much for brewing this up; it's just a TON of fun!

FWIW, I've been using Vines of the Recluse in the sideboard to deal with Flyers. The Untap effect is just hilarious.

Not sure yet if I like Silverfur Partisan or something like Vines of Vastwood/Blossoming Defense better for removal-heavy match-ups. Have you tried either?

Finally, what would you pull for an Isochron Scepter build?

Thanks again, and draw well!

cak01vej on Look at my knotty wood

2 years ago

I think you would benefit from streamlining the deck by having fewer one-ofs, so here's some suggestions:

98% of the time Rancor is strictly better than Unnatural Predation, and since it was a common back in Urza's Legacy it's Pauper legal. You might also want to add a third Rancor instead of Wildsize as it is cheaper.

Axebane Guardian is better at Ramp than Vine Trellis, which allows you to get the big creatures out faster to end the game.

I would also remove the Wall of Wood in favour of a playset of Traproot Kami as Kami has much greater potential to the same CMC, and can block flying.

You might also want to remove both Ranger's Guile and Sheltering Word for either Vines of Vastwood, which acts both as protection and buff if kicked, or Withstand Death.

Personally, I would probably run Spider Umbra over Vines of the Recluse, but they both have their advantages.

_raeofsunlight on Mono green(Advice needed)

2 years ago

So there are a lot of different things that you can do to make this better, and the first is deciding on a theme. Decks tend to run better when all of the cards in them are to hit a certain goal. You have too many floating around (lifegain, counters, midrange, trample, mill, etc). Pick one or two that would work best together, and then choose your cards.

Then, you should cut some cards out. A good goal is to have under 20 -different- cards. I recommend trying to stick to around 15 or 16 though. Try having a full set of the most important features of your deck and stay at the 60 card minimum. It makes your deck far more consistent

With a deck like this that has so many cards that require 4+ mana, you'll want more than just land. I recommend adding something like Cryptolith Rite, Llanowar Elves or Sakura-Tribe Scout. Without adding ramp, you'll have to wait until turn seven or eight until you can have the seven mana to cast Sifter Wurm. You'll also want to avoid adding lands that are tapped unless necessary. The effects that they have are useful, but having them slows you down. Find a balance.

Personally, if this were my deck, I would add a splash of white deck so that I could base it around Concerted Effort. Not only would I have a strong mana pool from the green ramp, but I would also have the range of effects from the powerful green creatures. Doing something like this is an excuse to have a ton of different concepts throughout the deck. You just have to be smart about it.

I would honestly cut out Vulpine Goliath. Also, Vines of the Recluse and Highspire Infusion and find a card or two that helps all of your creatures, not just one.

clayperce on

2 years ago

You bet!

I was thinking about this some more though, and I realized I forgot to mention anything about flyerhate. Wolves are notoriously weak to flyers, and now that Temur Midrange (featuring both pesky Thopters and brutal Glorybringers) has become a HUGE part of many metas, it's a real weakness for the deck. There are lots of good ways to answer a Turn 4 Glorybringer, but I personally like Tears of Valakut and Plummet. Or maybe Vines of the Recluse/Aim High ... they're probably my favorite combat tricks ever, but require a creature on board with at least 3 toughness (so it can survive the 4 damage if he Exerts).

As always, draw well!

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