Wall of Roots
Creature — Plant Hound
Put a -0/-1 counter on Wall of Roots: Add G to your mana pool. Play this ability only once each turn.
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Wall of Roots Discussion
2 weeks ago
Wall of Roots functions like half of a Burning-Tree Emissary. It's like a better Akki Rockspeaker. I've now removed Sakura-Tribe Elder in favor of it. You were right about how awkward Sakura-Tribe Elder gets. It's only good when there's a Tireless Tracker.
I should also give credit where it's due. This deck isn't entirely original. It's based on an old Standard deck, which you can find here:
The way the combo originally worked was to ramp into a Warp World, just like this one. However, at the time, Hunted Troll, his buddies, and Forbidden Orchard worked differently than they do now. Tokens' owners were whoever made the tokens, even if those tokens were put under an opponent's control. So even though your opponent controlled the faeries from Hunted Troll, you were their owner. So when you cast Warp World, you got 5 extra permanents from Hunted Troll. If you were ramping with Forbidden Orchard, you got even more permanents.
They changed the rules for token ownership back in Magic 2010. This was an intentional nerf since Warp World was in M10.
Anywho, I'm still goldfishing the deck. Still trying to figure out how to draw cards. Adding blue for Spreading Seas was my first choice, but you can't Hidden Herbalists into it. Abundant Growth, Nylea's Presence, Oath of Jace, Shielding Plax, Unbridled Growth, Weirding Wood, and Era of Innovation all crossed my mind as well.
@aekrusty: I'll have a look!
3 weeks ago
So this is legitimately the coolest thing I have seen in a loooong time. I'm dead serious. It's brilliant. It makes me so happy to see people toying around with modern combo decks (It's all that I do.) I'm going to make a copy of the deck.
First thing - your goal is creatures, and having as many as possible. Since you have lots of ramp (and are obviously only running 20 lands) I think that you should run probably 1-2 more fetches. This is one of the decks where thinning actually means something.
Second - Avenger of Zendikar or Siege-Gang Commander. You just don't need both. Avenger is definitely better, but if you prefer the commander, that's personal opinion, and I have no problem with that. Also, since your creature won't have haste (actually, I'm getting there), I think Craterhoof Behemoth is unnecessary. It's another winton you just don't need. Purphoros, God of the Forge is far superior.
Third - I think a part of the problem that you are having is the fact that your ramp cards don't do anything during your combo. And thus, I present Urabrask the Hidden. He allows you to use your Elvish Mystics and Llanowar Elves during your combo. If you put him down first, you can use your mana creatures to help float. I propose one or two of him mainboard.
If you go with Urabrask the Hidden, you should loose Wall of Roots for Bloom Tender. The tender will get more mana and pay for itself. It will ramp you much stronger early game. I also think that some Elvish Mystics would be welcome here. I understand that they are underwhelming, but they really do work as ramp cards. Trust me. I think that Sakura-Tribe Elder is problematic due to the fact that it dies and doesn't join your army of "cycling" creatures.
Fourth - I think maybe you should find room for another Eternal Witness. It'll make you far more consistent. But that could be just me.
This deck is brilliant. The thoughts above were just the first things that came to mind. I think that this deck is one of the most wonderfully creative things I'v ever seen. Thank you for creating it.
3 weeks ago
So I do feel a good suggestion for the deck would be the additions of Wall of Mulch and Wall of Omens. Personally I see Wall of Roots and Worship as your weakest spots in the deck, but you wouldn't have to do a play-set of the wall of mulch so you could just sideboard some of worship.
3 weeks ago
I love the ideas! Thanks!
Channel the Suns would be perfect to offload the mana ramp
I highly debated whether I wanted to use the Bringers, siding first on using Bringer of the Black Dawn over Wall of Roots. I debated and ended up putting the WoR back into the deck and removed Maelstrom Archangel in favor of Bringer of the Blue Dawn.
Your suggestions were fantastic!
1 month ago
1 month ago
RomulusStrange, as Karzalar stated, the Xenagos works with Emrakul and Tooth and Nail to provide an instant kill effect if the spell resolves. I had Wall of Roots in an earlier list but found that Sylvan Caryatid works better with the Worship in the sideboard and for mana fixing if that's ever necessary. Thanks for your suggestions though! I'd consider throwing a Blightsteel Colossus into the sideboard as a Summoning Trap target, but I don't have one at the moment.
Karzalar, nice idea - but there's no room for it. For every wall I remove, it's one less target for collected company and one less dork for the battlement. Cheers!
1 month ago
I'd strongly suggest moving a playset of Wall of Roots into the mainboard. It's better than you think, certainly better than I thought. If you have the money, you might want to run Blightsteel Colossus instead of Xenagod. I'd Also appreciate it if you checked out my deck: Emarkul.