Creature — Elemental
Whenever a creature you control explores, put a +1/+1 counter on this creature and you gain 3 life.
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Wildgrowth Walker Discussion
10 hours ago
I think the core would be: Seekers' Squire, Wildgrowth Walker, Merfolk Branchwalker (by far the best explorer), Deadeye Tracker and Vraska obviously. Chupacabra might be a 1or2-of in the deck, can't be more than this since it doesn't affect the board right away :/ (Jezzz I would love to use the foil Chupacabra I got in my prerelease D: it's so beautiful)
Shadowed Caravel is borderline unplayable because you need to cast it, then get at least 2 explore triggers to have a decent body and still tap a dude to crew... Also they made this ship without any evasion! And that's with Abrade and Fatal Push in the format.
Speaking of evasion, it's a crime that this dude doesn't have evasion as well Emperor's Vanguard .
4x Fatal Push
23-24 lands. 53-54 cards, leaving room for about 6-7 cards and there's a big gap in the 3 CMC slots. The last cards should be 3CMC ones to fill the deck's curve, but yet there are 2 amazing 2 CMC cards in Gifted Aetherborn and Glint-Sleeve Siphoner. But yeah, this is just a sketch :)
4 days ago
Hey there! I actually was thinking about doing a deck like this and then I just decided on merfolk cuz I'm a tribal nut. So, I've got a couple of suggestions!
What do you think of Bloodcrazed Paladin as a sort of a boardwipe recovery tech? I also feel like explore could perform decently in here as well to help thin out the draw and give a pseudo scry (As well as entering with 2 counters as opposed to 1 because of Winding Constrictor). Deadeye Tracker comes to mind for a possible 1 drop but his ability is conditional. Does make for a decent way to thin out a graveyard in face of Scarab God or other eternalize/embalm. I like Merfolk Branchwalker as it can enter as a 4/3 in this deck if conditions permit. Seekers' Squire is the same but reversed P/T. My best suggestion outside of Bloodcrazed Paladin is a Waker of the Wilds though. This is simply because it gives you an EoT mana sink and can make late game land draws more relevant. Plus, you can keep stacking counters on lands that are already activated as well. Explore cards will also get you lands faster and thus help Waker. And shoot, if you really end up liking explore, look at Wildgrowth Walker and Shadowed Caravel. I personally believe Wildgrowth Walker to be the bomb that nobody expects in the proper deck.
Not all of these are great suggestions, just options to consider if you feel like you want to. The thing is that Kaladesh and Aether Revolt provide a lot of good cards that revolve around +1/+1 counters and I know that they outweigh many of the Ixalan ones. I know that many of the cards I provided look for a slight change in strategy so you may find them useless. So, I'll give you my final TL;DR
TL;DR Waker of the Wilds and Bloodcrazed Paladin.
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
Hey, just an idea but adding cards with explore form Ixalan could be helpful or potentially really good in this. Cards like Emperor's Vanguard and especially Deadeye Tracker due to his grave yard hate, can potentially be good because you either get the +1+1 counters and kind of scry or draw a land.
Possibly add Scrounging Bandar
2 weeks ago
I enjoy how Winding Constrictor works in this deck. My only problem is that the deck seems super reliant on the snake to be at it's best.
When the snake is out- the deck works. You also have good lifegain from Wildgrowth Walker. Shadowed Caravel, while it didn't do so hot in my own version of this build, will do much better here since this deck is more focused on +1/+1 counters for cheap. I also think Lurking Chupacabra is a great, fun example of what an explore payoff looks like; may we see more like that in the coming expansions.
That all being said, we need more removal here. Vraska's Contempt is , but it's super vital. We have to get rid of The Scarab God or we could see our own stuff being used against us. Ifnir Deadlands works very well in this deck too!
I also think since there are so many explore creatures in here, Commune with Dinosaurs is even less valuable paired with the fact that you have no dinos. Not saying rid the card completely, but drop it down by 2 copies or so. You may also enjoy Dire Fleet Interloper as a curve-topper if this is catering more toward an aggro build.
Best of luck to you amigo. Let's build this meta!
3 weeks ago
Agree with Rosvo. If your focus is to explore, I'd recommend; Winding Constrictor, Merfolk Branchwalker, Lurking Chupacabra, Shadowed Caravel, Deadeye Tracker(sideboard) and possibly Emperor's Vanguard with more land(Blooming Marsh). I'd drop Wanted Scoundrels, Blinding Fog, Duress, and/or Kitesail Freebooter.
You don't exactly have any human tribal cards here, so mixing in more non-human cards to explore for Wildgrowth Walker and potentially Shadowed Caravel/Lurking Chupacabra would help. GL with the deck.
3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for the encouragement Geo67, I will address your points:
Deathgorge Scavenger is an all-star I am 95% of the time always happy to see. He will save your life against the more aggressive decks like Ramunap Red. The idea is that when you explore, the cards you pitch will fuel your Yoshi's abilities. There is also very little conflict with Deadeye Tracker due to the fact that Deadeye can only harm opponents' graveyards while Yoshi can hit either. You will very rarely not be able to target something and even if you can't, you're probably already in a better position and the 3/2 body is very decent.
Wildgrowth Walker is a great card (especially in Limited!) and was one of the first cards I had a full playset of originally. The problem with him was that he wouldn't be able to close games out reliably- but if you do make a deck, I'd still recommend trying him out to see how he works for you.
Liliana, Death's Majesty is fantastic in this deck because of the graveplay we already have with explore. She (alongside her sister Nissa, Vital Force) are our curve toppers that are our primary wincons alongside Carnage Tyrant. We essentially need them because they are humongous threats while we're bashing face with our other creatures.
Thanks so much for the support, please show me your explore deck when you finish it!
sinkronize Lol he already has! Trust me though, he does way more good than he does bad to us. He also gets us lands for free! We have a fair amount of lifegain thanks to Yoshi and Vraska's Contempt, so we're normally A-Okay even if we do ping ourselves hard with a planeswalker or Carnage Tyrant.
3 weeks ago
Cool deck. I'm working quietly on an explore themed deck too.
i was pLaytesting it a bit, doesn't Deathgorge Scavenger andDeadeye Tracker seem to compete with cards to exile? I think Wildgrowth Walker would be worth taking a look at to pair with the explore mechanic.
Also, not sure why you want liliana, death's majesty in this deck, she tosses cards into the graveyard, and a lot of times, that i've played her, it seems like when she does bring something back from the grave, she dies immediately after. You may get more bang for your buck with Winding Constrictor boosting your counters.