Wirewood Symbiote


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Eternal Masters Uncommon
Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins Uncommon
Scourge Uncommon

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Wirewood Symbiote

Creature — Insect

Return an Elf you control to its owner's hand: Untap target creature. Activate this ability only once each turn.

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Wirewood Symbiote Discussion

Ohthenoises on Wanderer's Song

2 weeks ago

re: "I doubt I'd ever V3 for Excavator over some of our other options." I mean how often do we go and get Wirewood Symbiote over Quirion Ranger? In most of my games never, having to bounce an elf set me back more than bouncing a land for sure.

It's in there for the alternative line or if you have to rebuild after a wipe and go back up the chain in my experience.

WhrThRdFrnGr0w5 on CEDH Selvala Heart of the Wilds

2 weeks ago

Yeah it does make sense, just depends on how fast I ramp. Also I have considered swapping Green Sun's Zenith out. But Genesis Wave is way to strong with this deck. You can sometimes do it for like 40 or 50 mana, get all the creature combos you need out. And then just bounce Eternal Witness to your hand, play her again, and get Walking Ballista or what ever else I need from the graveyard. That's why I like Protean Hulk I can use a draw/sac outlet or search/sac outlet and get Wirewood Symbiote Temur Sabertooth and Quirion Ranger. If I have a creature with 6+ power, I can get infinite mana.

SaberTech on Ancestral Animar

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestions. Most of those are cards that I was looking to include, but I was trying to decide between adding the utility package you listed above or improve my ramp and card draw. I used to have the Pact and FoW in the deck, but they got cut over time because I hated getting them in my opening hand. FoW in particular frustrated me because I only ever seemed to have another blue card to ditch to it about 1/3 of the time that it was in my hand. Most of my play testing was 1v1 against fast decks like Jenara and nooze combo Mimeoplasm, so a lot of cards that didn't offer me immediate value in the first 3 turns ended up on the chopping block.

I really should have had Spellskite and Scavenging Ooze in the deck a long time ago, particularly the Ooze, but my only copies were locked up in other decks until recently.

I may hold off on the FoW for now and put in Soul of the Harvest to give my main combos more consistency. I also want to give Rishkar, Peema Renegade a try, since he plays well with both Animar and Wirewood Symbiote. How well has Rishkar worked out for you in your deck?

SaberTech on Ancestral Animar

1 month ago

Thanks for the reply!

So what would your thoughts be regarding having the Kiki-jiki combo in Animar? I know that a number of people consider it too slow and awkward with its mana requirement, but it does come with the benefit of being a 2-piece infinite combo that doesn't required Animar on the board. Cards like Eldritch Evolution and Vizier of the Menagerie have also gone a long way to making the combo more accessible.

Kiki-jiki combo pieces do take up a number of slots though, and can warp how the deck plays. Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch tie in well with Cloudstone Curio combos but they also make you compromise deck space that could go to other functions like more ramp, card draw, or silver-bullet cards like Scavenging Ooze.

When I first saw your list, I was surprised that it did not include Wirewood Symbiote because I thought it was a powerhouse for netting extra value and Animar counters with cards like Rishkar, Peema Renegade, Elvish Visionary, and Reclamation Sage. Would you say that there just aren't enough elves in the deck to make the Symbiote's inclusion worthwhile, or was it excluded for another reason?

abby315 on Selesnya Selvala is my favorite mana dork ever.

1 month ago

The Yisan package of Scryb Ranger and Quirion Ranger/Wirewood Symbiote may support or supplant your Nature's Chosen effects, depending on how much hate your commander faces. They stop the 2-1 nature of auras anyway, and scryb ranger is variously useful.

JaceTheSwagSculptor on Bear Hugs!! :3

2 months ago

Agreed! Hopefully I can be of some help with this deck too!

I made suggestions thinking we were optimizing for Surge, but if you want to take it out and just make it G/W good stuff then that's your perogative. G/W good stuff with Genesis Wave requires different suggestions than building around Primal Surge.

Either way you go, I like the elf sub theme you have going on. It's definitely one of the strongest ramp engines for EDH. Since you have a fair amount of elves, Elvish Archdruid, Priest of Titania, and Wirewood Symbiote might be worth testing. Not to mention they go very well with the creature draw engines you have (I.e. Soul of the Harvest/Primordial Sage).

As for the top end, I suggest overrun effects, Iona, Shield of Emeria, Void Winnower, and Pathbreaker Ibex.

Swaps I would suggest:

I made sure all the cards I suggested are under $10. I hope was able to help!

Nintendows on Yisan, the Wanderer Bard Commander deck

2 months ago
  • Have 5 elves in play.
  • Tap Priest of Titania for 5 mana
  • Untap the Priest using Wirewood Symbiote by returning your random 1 drop to your hand (lets say it's an Arbor Elf)
  • Pay 2 mana to the Temur Sabertooth and return the Wirewood Symbiote to your hand.
  • Re-cast your Arbor Elf and Wirewood Symbiote for 4 mana
  • Go to step 1 and repeat for infinite mana and also infinite untaps
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