Yavimaya Elder


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander 2018 (C18) Common
Commander Anthology Vol. II (CM2) Common
Vintage Masters (VMA) Common
MTG: Commander (CMD) Common
Duel Decks: Phyrexia vs. The Coalition (DDE) Common
Urza's Destiny (UDS) Common

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Yavimaya Elder

Creature — Human Druid

When Yavimaya Elder is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, you may search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal them, and put them into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library.

, Sacrifice Yavimaya Elder: Draw a card.

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Yavimaya Elder Discussion

Demonite on Gaddock Teeg's Hate Machine

3 weeks ago

So Green Sun's Zenith is inferior to Congregation at Dawn, Eldritch Evolution, and Fierce Empath. Going the creature route for now as noncreature spell tax is built-in to the deck. I get how good the card is overall and thank you for suggesting it but in this list it's often straight dead. I still like Defense of the Heart as though it can also be negated by Teeg, it's payoff is double creatures at a quarter of the cost of GSZ's rate.

I do very much like how Sakura-Tribe Elder and Yavimaya Elder play here. They are not enter the board effects which are often shut off and they still smooth out the consistency of the deck.

Not sure about mana dorks. If I'm going the mass land destruction route it makes sense but drawing them late game is not worth drawing them early game.

As for Strip Mine, Wasteland, and Crop Rotation, I run those in my Titania, Protector of Argoth deck where there is inherent advantage for lands being sent to the graveyard. I would have to add them in place of spells here as this deck is colored mana-intensive. Maybe if I played 1v1 this would be valuable enough but in multiplayer I can do better. If I want land tutor effects for cards like Yavimaya Hollow I'll let Knight of the Reliquary do that for me.

Overall playing sorceries and mana rocks seem unnecessary here. Do I need more tutors? Maybe. Survival of the Fittest comes to mind as it is repeatable. Do I need more ramp? Maybe. But taxing everyone is a reverse ramp in and of itself that allows me to play at pace while forcing everyone else to slow down. It may not be a universal truth but I like that deck philosophy here.

Hey thank you again for your input!

bushido_man96 on Meren players: opinion on sad ...

1 month ago

I have a Meren list, and I run the sad robot, too, but mainly as a redundant value creature. Enters play, he's value. Leaving play, he's value. Hard to beat, even at the 4 drop spot.

But, I do have others I prefer. At the three drop, I like Yavimaya Elder. There are some drawbacks he had in comparison to Solemn, but what he does have that Solemn doesn't is the ability to sac himself and net cards. The self-sac ability is great for Meren decks, like Sakura-Tribe Elder offers. Solemn is great, but you have to figure out another way to get him into the graveyard.

RUST-O on Tatyova V0.1

1 month ago

Verdant Confluence would also be a great addition. Azusa, Lost but Seeking, Lotus Cobra, Courser of Kruphix and Yavimaya Elder are all excellent in lands matter decks.

Realms Uncharted is neat kind of a fact of fiction wih lands. Its odd.

DiggleMcGee on Glissa, the Traitor

1 month ago

@busido_man96 For vampire nighthawk I do think he is a nice creature but something like Hornet Nest it can provide a lot more deathtouchers or Liliana's Reaver which is a stronger creature that has an effect that also generates blockers you could pitch to your sac engines in a pinch. A sabertooth doesn't help a ton with your edict effects imo. When you drop an edict you HAVE to sacrifice which without more token generators can start to kill your commander or field. If you want to keep the repeatable edicts maybe try things that don't mind dying like Seedguide Ash, Solemn Simulacrum, or Yavimaya Elder. I can understand about wurmcoil I don't want to drop that price either maybe replace it with something better like an Avenger of Zendikar if you are doing good on land grab or maybe a Sheoldred, Whispering One which is only one mana more than scuttling and triggers your commander and resurrects your stuff

zingzang on Meren HELP

1 month ago

I'm happy to see, that you like the best commander of all time, Meren ;-). Really like the addition of Apprentice Necromancer - gotta include him in my deck as well.

But there are some cards, that have no synergy with your commander and could easily be replaced. Creature ramp like Birds of Paradise, Elvish Mystic or Elves of Deep Shadow don't really do anything for your experience counters.

But with creatures like Yavimaya Granger, Burnished Hart, Dawntreader Elk or Yavimaya Elder you get ramp AND experience counters - this way you can loop your ramp creatures every round with Meren.

Your curve has a little breakdown at 6 - Mikaeus is your only 6-drop :(. Here are some creatures that work as a 6-drop in Meren: Kokusho, the Evening Star, Grave Titan, Bane of Progress, Massacre Wurm, Wurmcoil Engine.

Some other important signature cards for Meren include: Birthing Pod, Liliana, Heretical Healer  Flip, Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord, Sepulchral Primordial, Ashnod's Altar, Necropotence, Fauna Shaman, Vindictive Lich, Grave Pact and Altar of Dementia

McToters on Sidar-Ikra, of the Meek

1 month ago

I think it my be worth trying out a Heartless Summoning since almost all of your creatures have big booties. This will interfere with 4-5 of the 1/1 creatures you have in there but those could always be replaced for more creatures that follow your theme, and any ramp you lose from those 1/1s can become sorcery spells instead like Rampant Growth, or even Yavimaya Elder cause it has benefits going to the graveyard. Behind the Scenes can give all your creatures Skulk. And if you put in Heartless Summoning you can then justify putting in Mirari's Wake for the mana boost and that additional +1+1 pump. Other suggestions: Tree of Perdition, Tree of Redemption, Ulvenwald Observer.

Feel free to check out my Doran deck for some other possibilities. I will say that my deck isn't totally true to his ability because I've had to build it to my meta (my deck has lots and lots of target removal and wipes) because my meta constantly targets Doran when I play him.

Hope this helps!

Hexaflexagon on Command the Angels

1 month ago

multimedia, the difference between Yavimaya Elder and Solemn Sim is a very good point which I'll have to think about. As for your Elemental Bond idea, I see what you are saying as there are a lot more effective 5-drops than 3 drops. I'll definitely make the switch. I'll have to think about Congregation at Dawn, as I don't know what to take out. I'll see how my deck does on MTGO before buying most of the cards and making any changes. However, you do provide a great point.



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