Wirewood Symbiote


Format Legality
Legacy Legal
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Tiny Leaders 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

JaceTheSwagSculptor on Bear Hugs!! :3

2 weeks 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 weeks 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

Nintendows on Yisan, the Wanderer Bard Commander deck

2 weeks ago

Welcome to commander!

Yisan is well known to be a fast, inevitable clock. At a multiplayer table, be prepared to have quite a bit of removal thrown your way. "Why?" you might ask. And the answer is the combo potential, the following is but one example:

Wirewood Symbiote + Temur Sabertooth + Any 1-drop elf + Anything that taps for 5+ mana, such as Karametra's Acolyte, Priest of Titania, or Elvish Archdruid.

As you can see, all of those pieces can be fetched using your commander, so people are going to be scared you're going to do that and generate infinite mana, and infinite untaps of your commander.

If you want to go in another direction and avoid the hate, swap Yisan for Yeva, Nature's Herald as your commander, and people will probably leave you alone.

On the other hand, if you're up for the challenge of being Enemy Number One, look at a few combo pieces in other Yisan decks, such as:

Cheers and happy building!

Ronnok01 on

2 weeks ago

First I would like to ask what the budget on this is, as there are very random prices despite you saying it is a budget deck. Second I think that Wirewood Symbiote and Priest of Titania are redundent as you have very few elves and not enough to consider there an elf theme in my opinion. There are many other cards that would make the deck faster. I would also allow for alternate win conditions and protection, as although the combos are powerfull when they work, in larger games or they become more likly to be distrupted. I would run board wipes and possibly eldrazi as an alternate win condition. For more combo potential I would add Temur Sabertooth as it is durable, and combos with cards like Peregrine Drake and others like that, and it can protect your combo peices and board. Overall I would cut down slightily on combo and make the deck more flexible so it can survive in more situations.

tschiller on Legacy Combo Elves

3 weeks ago

Ty for Concordant Crossroads, took that in instead of Primordial Hydra which landed to often on graveyard because of Genesis Wave.

Wirewood Symbiote is indeed in there to get elves back to my hand in case they get targeted.

Gadianten on Mean Green Elves Machine

3 weeks ago

Sword of the Paruns and Umbral Mantle provide infinite mana from any elf that can tap for +. Umbral Mantle is able to make creatures arbitrary huge with its +2/+2 untap effect, although with infinite mana its redundant with Ezuri, Renegade Leader's elvish overrun.

Wirewood Symbiote Should be considered for replaying elves like Reclamation Sage and Elvish Visionary. It main draw in my opinion is the ability to protect key elves from exile spot removal or bounce Ezuri in response to spot removal or board wipes, after regenerating other elves of course.

Another good add would be Yavimaya Hollow as its good protection for your commander.

I would also add Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury over Garruk, Caller of Beasts. She gives you token creatures that synergize with the deck, destroys enchantment and artifacts and can draw a lot of cards in this deck.

Triumph of the Hordes May be worth looking at since, all you need is 10 infect, that is 5 unblocked 1/1 elves to kill someone.

If you are looking for an additional win condition that does not involve combat you may consider Helix Pinnacle.

ernthealmighty on A Little Parley Never Killed Nobody

4 weeks ago


RedReveng3 on [Competitive] Yisan, the Wanderer Bard

1 month ago

Hello Kyrezx, I'm actually in the process of making a primer for Yisan. But here's some wincons:

  1. Temur Sabertooth + Wirewood Symbiote + CMC 1 Elf + Mana dork (Priest of Titania, Elvish Archdruid, Karametra's Acolyte or Selvala, Heart of the Wilds) that taps for 5 or more. This gives us infinite mana, and infinite untaps (from Wirewood Symbiote). This is the main combo that I try to assemble because all of the pieces are tutorable.

  2. Big Mana dork + Staff of Domination or Umbral Mantle. Staff of Domination just allows us to win on the spot, while Umbral Mantle requires us to have an outlet. Keep in mind that Selvala goes infinite with Umbral Mantle, so if I draw Mantle, I try to tutor for her ASAP.

  3. Big Mana Dork + Temur Sabertooth + Haste enabler (Lightning Greaves or Concordant Crossroads

  4. Great Oak Guardian + Selvala, Heart of the Wilds or Earthcraft or Big Manadorks. This gives us infinite mana and power/toughness.

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