: Add to your mana pool.
, Sacrifice Wasteland: Destroy target nonbasic land.
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|Zendikar Expeditions (EXP)||Mythic Rare|
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|Promo Set (000)||Uncommon|
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Wasteland occurrence in decks from the last year
All decks: 2.07%
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
3 weeks ago
3 weeks ago
You are welcome. I normally get more lukewarm responses from my in-depth analysis, so its refreshing to receive praise. I've taken another look at this bad boy, and here are the specific changes I would make, with a decent budget in mind (ofc Imperial Seal would be a great include but there are cheaper avenues to explore first).
I would advise thinking about the chromatic pieces another way. Its color fixing AND a draw AND metalcraft for , and you get repeat value from Glissa if there is nothing better to grab immediately (if there's a boardwipe, or you aren't getting pieces blown off the board, or you are able to continually snipe dorks/bears/commanders with Ulvenwald + Glissa). Even without Glissa, you've basically made yourself into a 97 card deck. With Glissa, you have a cheap ": draw a card" engine. It turns all your kill spells into cantrips, letting you dig faster to the combo, and grind out games that go longer. It also plays EXTREMELY well with any topdeck tutors, like Vampiric Tutor. I think there's a strong case for inclusion, but I can also see this list is chock-o-block full.
As far as the Sword. Its a nice card, but its mostly only helping you when you're already ahead. If you can't get an attacker to hit a player, you're not getting anything for paying mana to cast + equip. It also requires that you have a creature on board to get the uses out of it, which means you're slowed by casting + summoning sickness if someone else board wipes. Its a delayed slow reusable card, and its a reusable dork killer, both are unreliable for getting the triggers. Compare this to Jitte. Jitte gets triggers off ANY combat damage, and you get far more out of the triggers from Jitte. The -1/-1 until EOT is much better removal, and if something has bigger than 2 toughness you can always hold the counters. The 2 life refuels you when Confidant and other draw effects slurp you into danger range. The card draw is VERY nice, but being unreliable really makes me favor Jitte here. Of course I think the best choice would be Sword of Feast and Famine.
Grim Monolith is going to be outperformed by an elf here. Consider if either is in your opening hand. With an elf, you spend 1 mana on turn 1 to have 3 colored mana on turn 2. With Monolith, you spend 2 mana on turn 2 to have 3 colorless mana on turn 2. Monolith is expensive to untap, and you run no ways to artifically sacrifice Monolith to recur it untapped, or to untap it. You aren't running Monolith for an infinite combo either, which is another reason it is usually slotted.
I really think Exploration Burgeoning Azusa, Lost but Seeking Ramunap Excavator Wasteland and Ghost Quarter are a very powerful choice for stax. It means you will have to drop slots elsewhere though, which might require some more rethinking or reassembling of the deck. This also opens further lines and slots, such as Crop Rotation into Inventors' Fair to get Crucible of Worlds to replay Inventors' Fair to continue digging up pieces.
I also really think the chromatic + baubles have value here. Turns removal into cantrips, lets you play the longer value game.
I would advise you to investigate artifact based combos. You have artifact recursion in the command zone. If a piece gets blown out, you still have it in reach throughout the whole game until it is exiled. Currently, your combos are enchantment + enchantment and enchantment + artifact. Your combos also suffer from either requiring an untap stap (to get rid of summoning sickness), or causing each opponent to take 1 damage. Simply put, they are not instant wins. You're giving other opponents the ability to draw/play answers to the board and disassemble your win.
3 weeks ago
Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment on my deck with so many good suggestions. Wasteland is def a card that I plan on adding eventually I just haven't gotten around to it. Smallpox and Innocent Blood have been really good in this deck as both early game dork killers or late game recursion spells. The elf package is interesting thought, but I dont know how well it would fit in this deck but I might add a few at a time and see how it goes. First off I will most likely replace Scrap Trawler with Priest of Titania because I agree Scrap Trawler hasn't been pulling its weight.
The "egg" cards you mentioned were in the deck when I first created it but I eventually removed them for more control pieces. I was thinking of adding one, but I dont think just one would do enough to warrant a spot. If I were to add eggs I would like to add at least three for me to notice their presence. I might try one out in place of Sword of Fire and Ice but I will admit, I love that card even though it might not be that good. Its removal for lower P/T creatures and draws me a card. Thinking about it, I might toss in a Mishra's Bauble or Chromatic Sphere instead of it as a test but well see. Sword of Feast and Famine was actually a card I recently removed because when I was able to untap my lands with it I was never able to capitalize on it. If I do decide to drop Fire and Ice I might add an egg and see how that goes.
Once again, thanks for taking the time to comment on my deck.
3 weeks ago
Very nice deck. I have a paper Alesha, Who Smiles at Death list, so I can appreciate another paper non-blue stax deck.
Things I enjoy
Hope of Ghirapur is a very saucy include and is a strong Glissa recursion target
Tainted Wood and the other tainted lands are EXTREMELY under rated
Ulvenwald Tracker has some crazy strong synergy with Glissa (first strike and deathtouch)
Areas I can see improvement
First, Tree of Tales and Vault of Whispers raise risk while providing extremely marginal benefit (Mox Opal metalcraft). While it is recurrable with Glissa, you risk the chance of things like ETB tapped, get sniped on a land drop on turn 1 or 2, having it turned into a Mountain, or just having it not untap. Having 2 more basics will allow your Crucible of Worlds to be a BEAST with fetchlands and makes games against other stax decks easier. Similarly, you can ease off a touch with the non-standard dual color producers, because its only a two color deck. While these cards are certainly nice, cutting another 2-4 for various utility lands I bet you won't notice a drop in color consistency because of the high fetch density. I would also consider Wasteland and Ghost Quarter, which conveniently work extremely well with Crucible of Worlds in a stax deck. Green also has access to Ramunap Excavator, as well as the highly cancerous Exploration and Burgeoning and Azusa, Lost but Seeking. Blowing up a couple lands a turn makes players scoop pretty fast.
I think you should run the elf squad. Turn 1 elves make mana faster which helps A LOT. Stax decks needs to have strong starts, to get ahead of players so you can bury them with symmetrical and asymmetrical effects. Llanowar Elves Fyndhorn Elves Elvish Mystic Elves of Deep Shadow. I think these will help your consistency and speed. Also consider Priest of Titania. These are also great mid and late game targets for Skullclamp.
Artifact based draw that graveyards itself provides huge incidental value with Glissa. Specifically, Chromatic Star and Chromatic Sphere are worthy of includes. You could even grab Barbed Sextant if you strongly liked the chromatic effects.
Mana Web is a great effect when it goes, but I have personally found this card to be lackluster in color identities that lack White or Blue. It needs supporting cards to make it go, like Winter Orb and Static Orb. Blue and white get the benefit of having further extensions with Hokori, Dust Drinker and Stasis, and I really believe this card belongs mostly in decks.
Smallpox and Innocent Blood are synergy inclusions, but they are rather marginal if drawn later in the game. You could consider swapping one of them into Damnation. I don't think Sickening Dreams is worthwhile if you aren't running a combo to draw 50 cards and kill the table with it.
Tormod's Crypt could be worth running. Ezpz recursion target that you can always pop for value if someone has a creature about to die on the stack. Helps against fish hulk which you think is a bad match up. Also every deck has some way to gas from the GY.
You run some creatures that seem value oriented, but I think should be replaced. Wurmcoil Engine Ravenous Slime Scrap Trawler. I don't think you're getting enough meaningful action on combat for wurmcoil, I think ravenous is pretty marginal at beats as well as GY patrol, and scrap trawler is redundant with your commander and doesn't really advance your game plan.
3 weeks ago
First post best post. Which one is better is meta dependent, due to the nature of how they are built
- Najeela does worse against decks with combat stoppers, TnT does worse against decks with draw stoppers.
- TnT is a 4 color mana base, Najeela is 5. Even with the additional mana fixing Najeela runs, your mana base is going to be more vulnerable to getting sniped by Wasteland and Strip Mine. Both are roughed up pretty bad by Moon effects and Back to Basics.
- TnT is grindier, Najeela has ability to threaten wins off of just commander.
Either way you're playing fish hulk, so life isn't going to be very hard for you in general. Both are great options for being the commander. Just be aware you'll have a massive target on your back with either commander, even at competitive tables, for playing the tier 0 builds.
3 weeks ago
1 month ago
Actually I thought about it a little bit and I'll offer up a few other suggestions. I think the deck looks pretty good but maybe adding in a few more cards that destroy lands would work well. I don't know how your meta reacts to land destruction though. I know that my meta is ok with a few land destruction spells but mass land destruction is looked down upon. Adding Strip Mine , Wasteland or Field of Ruin would probably be okay. Playing extra lands on your turn is probably super important to your strategy so I think that Sakura-Tribe Scout or Skyshroud Ranger would be pretty nice. If you could get your hands on Oracle of Mul Daya that would be superb but I know it is pretty expensive these days. Tunneling Geopede could help get some damage output on the board. Sylvan Safekeeper offers some protection and can get lands in your graveyard if you need them there. I've always wanted to make a land matters deck but getting all the pieces together is too expensive for my blood. Good luck!!
1 month ago
I'm pretty confident it will eventually happen. Everything that enables 4c greed piles (DRS, W6, now Astrolabe) to brazenly ignore Wasteland and friends has proved problematic.
In the immediate future? I (unfortunately) doubt it.