Legendary Planeswalker — Vivien
+1: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a creature or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
-3: Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or creature with flying.
-8: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have vigilance, trample, and indestructible."
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|Core Set 2019 (M19)||Mythic Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Vivien Reid occurrence in decks from the last year
Vivien Reid Discussion
1 month ago
I love this deck! A couple suggestions...
Fit Beastmaster Ascension in there somehow
Vivien Reid mostly for the ult, but her first ability feeds the theme somewhat as well.
That's all I got for now.
2 months ago
Sorry, I thought you didn't follow change anymore.
I have cut the last 2 Planeswalker, Vivien Reid and Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury. Primeval Bounty have also been cut in favor of Ashaya, Soul of the Wild, Squall Line and Back to Nature in hope to add more big threat and a possible Wincon and keeping removal and ramp capacity.
2 months ago
First, play whatever cards you want or feel like. Your deck, your gameplay, and Have Fun!
The following are all friendly suggestions not in any way meant as criticism of your deck. But the singleton thing should get stopped. Figure out which elves work best for your local metagame and the decks you play against. Then go to 2 or 4 copies each of them. Cut the situational cards and put them in the sideboard for game 2 or remove them entirely. I would also follow abby315's list of suggestions and his suggestion of ditching weak pump spells and replace them with the various lords or creatures with a pump capability like others have suggested. Here is a list of cards that may be decent replacements or adds to your deck:
Ezuri, Renegade Leader is probably one of the better elf cards for aggro elves. Provides Regeneration for any other elves you have and Overrun at will. I would go to a 2 count
Imperious Perfect: Replace Wirewood Hivemaster with this card. The hivemaster produces insects so they wont bonus from your anthem/lord effects. Is not legendary so you can have up to 4 copies. Besides pumping all your other elves, they even produce them every turn. Worth 2-4 copies.
Reclamation Sage: Replace Deconstruct with this, maybe go to 2 copies main deck. But if the deck is for 1 on 1 put them in the sideboard for game 2.
Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen: Replace Stream of Life with this guy, go to 2 copies of this maybe
Loxodon Warhammer, Rancor or anything like them: Replace your instants that boost creatures with permanents like these or similar instead. Or if you are going to have a combat trick in your hand then make it something like Overwhelming Stampede, Wrap in Vigor or Heroic Intervention like abby315 suggested. If it's not a permanent you want a card that is going to change the game state dramatically not just boost 1 creature for 1 turn. Remember, if you have a card like Ezuri, Renegade Leader or your Timberwatch Elf you can activate his ability at instant speed which surprises people if they lose track of what you have in play.
Return of the Wildspeaker: An example of a go big instant instead of cards like Giant Growth. Replace any instant you have with this card. Its modal to refill your hand or giant growth all of your elves. At instant speed.
Beast Within: If you want instant speed removal, use a catch-all card like this instead of 1 card for artifacts, 1 card for creatures, etc. It doesnt need to be this card specifcally but one that targets any permanent at instant speed. And run at least 2 copies of it main deck to always have an answer in your deck for your opponent's stuff.
Lifecrafter's Bestiary: Replace wurm's tooth with a copy of this card instead. It will accelerate your deck. 2 copies wouldnt hurt.
Some good utlity cards:
Bow of Nylea: Excellent all around support card. Does many things but the big one is giving your elves deathtouch so even when you attack with them when they are tiny, they kill stuff. All the other utility is amazing value.
Leyline of Abundance: Another mana ramp/anthem/lord option that has a chance of getting put into play on turn 1.
Nullmage Shepherd: This card is like repeatable Naturalize. Sometimes holding an instant in your hand is better, but sometimes repeatable wins games.
Titania's Chosen: Replace stuff like Wurm's tooth or Nomadic Elf, Norwood Ranger with cards like this or some of your other better creatures you should be running more copies of.
Masked Admirers: Another good elf creature that provides a repeatable benefit that can be used to replace other cards you arent thrilled about.
Creeping Renaissance: Following someone wiping the table, this card or Fresh Meat can get you right back into the game.
Planeswalker suggestions. Because they are resistant to removal and can add a lot to a game if it goes long. Multiple repeatable abilities are strong. They are expensive, and I would try to trade for them if possible. If interested:
Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury: She makes llanowar elves! And she basically does all the things in Green's pie. Makes lots of elves, destroys artifacts and enchantments at will and draws cards.
Nissa, Who Shakes the World: Not on theme for elves, but she is so strong that I would feel lame not mentioning it for a mono green deck. Her static ramps you crazy style and her ultimate can finish games.
Nissa Revane: Basically, her ultimate would put all 24 of your elves into play in one turn. If you do want to put copies of her in your deck, I would also suggest replacing some other elves with 4 copies of Nissa's Chosen for added value.
Vivien Reid: This is a well-balanced walker for any green deck. Built in card advantage, removal and flyer killing, and then her ultimate is an emblem better than almost any other lord/anthem effect you can put in the deck.
Garruk Wildspeaker: My lowest choice for the list, but he plays early and produces creatures.
Land Suggestions. You may not need them, being mono-green doesnt mean there arent a couple good lands for your deck:
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood: While this is in play, most every creature you cast will get a counter. Basically a free boost for a little tempo loss.
Rogue's Passage: Does what it says, sometimes you only need 1 more hit to win. And it taps for some mana.
Pendelhaven: As long as this is untapped, a shock spell wont kill an elf! Kind of situational but useful.
Treetop Village: A forest that's also a 3/3 creature when you need it.
Again, these are just ideas to get you thinking about ways to improve your deck. The most important thing is to focus on what you want to do with the deck. Then get 4 copies of every card in your deck that makes that happen. Everything else after that should provide support, advantage or acceleration for those main cards.
3 months ago
Why does Wonder Woman have Menace? I'm not a DC Lore expert, but she doesn't seem "Menacing", per se, and it's not a very white ability, so I imaginethere's some lore there.
I really like the Shark-themed Aquaman, nice!
Making Batman a Ninja is smart! I really like the design, but why Pro-Instants & Tutor Instants? Again, not that familiar with lore, so idk if there's a specific thing there.
The Flash seems a bit OP, with that insane card advantage, but I really like the design.
Green Lantern is very flavorful and really makes a cool Vivien Reid-like ability, which is super fun!
Why is Superman ? I don't really see anything abou his character other than very , like potentially to a fault. Is this a specific Superman? Zach Snyder's? I've not seen those films, but have heard he's more dark/emotional?
Overall, I really like this whole team, and think it'd be insanely fun to build around them as a commander!
I can't wait to see more of this!
3 months ago
-1 Khalni Heart Expedition, +1 Dryad of the Ilysian Grove. I'm looking to include every extra land drop effect (that doesn't also benefit my opponents) so Dryad's gotta go in. KHE is a pretty meh card really so out it came.
4 months ago
Alright. Into phase two of a lands deck! So, the very best thing you can do is abuse Glacial Chasm. Use land tutors to find defensive lands, such as Maze of Ith or Strip Mine for the sake of dissuading attacks.
Furthermore, the glory of a land-based strategy is that your battlefield always remains untouched. Wraths never do, or typically don't, tarnish your board-state.
In short, I'd recommend perhaps 2-4 wraths and a Glacial Chasm package. Drownyard Temple goes well with it. Effects such as Crucible of Worlds and Ramunap Excavator are imperative for replaying the Chasm from the bin, thusly negating the sacrifice cost. With extra-land effects it can be very potent. Life from the Loam is also strong, granting another form of card advantage with cycling lands.
If you need to live more, just more interaction is great. I only run a few in my lands build, but it's a matter of taste. Beast Within is never lacking.
With great wraths comes great planeswalkers. You need some more value engines and constant draw! I don't care what people say, they're still fine in commander. Especially in lands decks, for a multitude of wraths keeps the table away:
Vital Force ultimates quickly and draws much.
Vivien Reid draws and murders. She's great but slow.
Chandra, Torch of Defiance may not say "land" but draws, ramps, kills, and kills some more.
For what I would cut:
Chandra's Ignition is cute but an eleven-mana kill.
Boundless Realms just ramps you more at seven mana.
The rest of what you remove comes down to repeated gameplay. The standard I hold my decks to is having ramp and draw fully assembled by the end of turn-four if uninterupted, if you need a reference.
So, more lines of attack outside of combat, disruption, and defensive options.
Good luck! It all comes down to choice.
4 months ago
Ah, lands. An archetype with which I consider myself quite adroit. I play a Naya version, but Gruul bears the majority of the value.
If you opt for a strategy more anent utility lands, there is a multitude of options that become available.
Sylvan Safekeeper is a little too perfect here. Defend the commander, aggressively costed, and perfidious for the opponents to remove.
For assembling your land base, Realms Uncharted carries its weight, Hour of Promise is fantastic evermore, Crop Rotation can be a surprise, Elvish Reclaimer is as powerful as it reads, and Expedition Map is cheap and efficient. Sylvan Scrying is also fine.
'Tis a little selcouth, but I enjoy Throes of Chaos for decks with many lands, as it makes dead draws less possible.
Cantrips make every deck work! Once Upon a Time is banned and broken, Winding Way grants a refill, and Life from the Loam with a cycling land is an engine by itself, and one quite difficult for anyone to intercede upon. Explore is also effective.
One more interactive spell would be nice. Beast Within does the job.
There are some things I'd recommend you ablate:
Yavimaya Elder is overplayed. It's five mana to draw two lands and a card. Unless you can reliably sacrifice it to alternate effects, don't play it.
Tunneling Geopede is not one I enjoy very much, but I can see its applications in murdering.
Ghirapur Orrery is just too slow. If you need the card draw, run Harmonize. If you need the land drops, try a creature tutor for Azusa. If you are playing lands, the primary goal is assembling an engine and staying ahead of the opposition. Why aid those inimical to your goal?
Rites of Flourishing. Tsk tsk. I'd recommend murdering this, but I suppose it earns the graces of the table.
Try fewer lands and more large threats. You have an ungodly amount of ramp yet the only thing reqiring much mana is Radha's second ability. Try some eldrazi, Apex Altisaur does work, Borborygmos Enraged is on theme and always sweet, and fun times is the scariest card on any table, no matter what. Ignore that Teferi. Radha is huge!
Insurrection is oft dispraised, but it ends games a lot of the time. In fact, it has bean so thoroughly unloved by the community as of late that no one expects it. Nice!
The combat package is nice, but it falls apart very quickly to a removal spell. Though, Raking Claws could be fun. :)
In summation, add more angles of attack than voltron, some more card draw would be great, have better ways to spend your mana, and just stick the cheaper ramp. Four mana or less is ideal.
Good luck and happy cartography!
4 months ago
That's a bit of a stretch. I'll admit I'm not 100% on the lore, but even if he survived, He gave up his Planeswalker abilities in pursuit of becoming a God. There wouldn't be any outward reason or way he could make it to Zendikar. A third return to Theros maybe, but not Zendikar.