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Zendikar Resurgent Discussion
1 day ago
I think that your deck, while it has a lot of individual good things, could use a stronger focus, either going into reanimator or control. I also think you need waaaay more ramp, through mana dorks, artifacts, or spells, ideally some of each. Fetchlands like Misty Rainforest and Verdant Catacombs, as well as a Chromatic Lantern are super good for mana fixing. I'd also recommend taking out Traumatize, Empty the Pits, and Zendikar Resurgent.
1 week ago
Just saw the previous Vorinclex suggestion. Definitely a powerful card but be aware that hate will immediately come your way. People hate having their mana denied. It has the same political effect as Iona. If you wanna go cutthroat and don't mind the heat... Go for it. If you wanna keep it relatively casual, just be aware :)
If you need another mana doubler, I would just go for Zendikar Resurgent
1 week ago
PeeBee, thank you for your input!
I like this, I really do. The Primal Druid is mainly for Ramping up mana, and early game blocking, but mid to late game, it's not exactly a game winner.
Greenbelt Rampager is an awesome choice to replace that though, and would be a great addition to the overall play of this deck. But as you hinted at, it's on the pricier side (yeah only almost $2 each [at the time of this post]), and I wanted to see about keeping this deck under $15.00 (US). This would make it easy for someone on a budget, to put together, and perhaps learn the game a bit more. I was aiming for a simple, yet effective foundation.
Also, I'm not sure if you tested this deck out on the v1 Playtest option, but I have ran through it quite a number of times, and often, with at least one of the Zendikar Resurgents and one or two Soul of the Harvests out, you get to draw cards like mad. One play test I ran, I had out both Zendikar Resurgents, and two Soul of the Harvests and nearly decked myself on My 10th turn.
All that aside, if you have have any ideas that could make this a bit more of a competitive deck, and still keep the same, simplistic play style, I am all for it. Perhaps some more suggestions on replacing lower cost card ($$ not CMC costs) with more expensive cards, or replacements for cards that will be dropping off in the next couple months (such as the BFZ and OGW cards).
I don't claim to know everything about this game, and I welcome suggestions and constructive criticism from my fellow gamers.
1 week ago
It might be out of your budget, but Greenbelt Rampager is a good additional to the deck, not only is it a big beater early game, but if you get late game and have a Zendikar Resurgent or Soul of the Harvest on the field, you will draw cards each time it enters the battlefield.
Personally I would add x4 Greenbelt Rampager and swap out x4 Primal Druid as this creature goes against your aim of the deck, which is to turn sideways and beat face, and the rampager is a lot better at this, while adding utility late game.
1 week ago
Okay I like where this is headed. First off I would recommend Glimpse of Nature over Zendikar Resurgent as with elves you wont have tons of land mana. Joraga Warcaller is a must for just about any elf deck; plus I would drop the Arbor Elf for Elvish Mystic as again you wont be playing much land. I would also say you should consider going to legacy instead of modern; cards like Quirion Ranger; a more useful Arbor Elf, Wellwisher, Concordant Crossroads, and Priest of Titania would all fit here.
1 week ago
@HaunterHunter - Let's talk.
The double mana granted from Zendikar Resurgent would be great... if I had the double mana to cast itself. At a whopping seven mana, I really don't need my lands to tap for double. There are also better sources of card draw. It's win-more, so that's a no.
Forgotten Ancient is actually just a sponge for hate... It came with the pre-constructed deck, but I took it out because it would instantly be targeted, never reaching its potential.
the problem with Plaxcaster Frogling is that it gives shroud. That means that, if one of my creatures is targeted in my first main phase and I use pay the 2 to grant shroud, that creature can not be targeted by Ezuri this turn. It's a weakness that could be exploited by my opponents, and I can't have that. It's the same reason I won't include Kira, Great Glass-Spinner.
Bane of Progress hits the board as a 2/2, so it would trigger Ezuri. However, I cannot run this. There are too many artifacts that I use and would rather not have destroyed. Also, it doesn't do anything with the counters. The trained eye will see that most of my creatures don't just have counters. They do something with them.
I think you may have misused the term "better". In Magic, saying something is better (implying that it is strictly better) means that it is in every way superior. That cannot be said with Krosan Grip and Nature's Claim. Split second is a nice ability to have, but you know what else is nice? Leaving one mana open as I pass the turn, then surprising my opponent with removal on his turn. Krosan grip came with the pre-con, and I replaced it for a reason.
Verdant Confluence is good, but 6 mana is demanding.
Loaming Shaman is amazing, actually. It has won many games for me. Does it trigger Ezuri? no, and I wish it did. But getting my entire graveyard back is nothing to sneeze at. Contrary to your comment, he is honestly great, and that's why he's in.
I wouldn't say that Walking Ballista is better than Triskelion. Lets say you pay 6 for ballista; the same cost as triskelion. It would come in with the same number of counters, but with 1 less power and 1 less toughness. Also, I can remove all counters from triskelion and have it survive; the same cannot be said for ballista. It does have the ability to scale, which is handy. It's a good card, to be sure, and maybe even one I would include. But, again, I disagree with your assessment of "better".
Don't fool yourself: Mwonvuli Beast Tracker (I can't even tell you how many times I spelled that incorrectly) is not Worldly Tutor. It's on a stick, so i'll excuse the higher mana cost. However, it cannot search for creatures such as Sage of Hours, Fathom Mage, Triskelion, Wild Beastmaster, Champion of Lambholt... the list continues. Never underestimate versatility and flexibility in Commander, my good man.
Thanks for your thoughts!
1 week ago
Imo, treespeaker is a great ramper. The first counter is basically free if you cast her turn one and level her turn two. And everything else ist just gravy.
I really like Zendikar Resurgent in my mono green ramp deck. Once it lands, you can rush through your library very fast.
1 week ago
Some other good cards to consider:
Zendikar Resurgent Double mana + draw power from creatures win-win
Forgotten Ancient is a non-trample managorger that can give Ezuri counters since he cant give counters to himself.
Plaxcaster Frogling Although it doesn't trigger Ezuri it can graft and give shroud to your creatures for only 2
Spawnwrithe is a trample-ing ezrui trigger that replicates itself. first you get two, then you have four, eight and so on. If its not hated out it can very easily continue to double itself. And each time it doubles, it triggers Ezuri.
Bane of Progress is a artifact/enchantment board wipe. It is a 2/2 but im not sure if it comes in with the +1 counters from the destroyed artifacts and enchants.
Krosan Grip is a must have removal, it's honestly better than nature's claim due to its split second. although it does cost 2 more mana
Verdant Confluence is a jack of all trades that does it quite well. Want ramp? here's three lands. Want counters? here's six counters. want your graveyard back? Heres three cards. Plus you can combo it with Skullwinder and Eternal Witness.
Try to avoid basically all 3 and higher toughness creatures unless they can add more counters to ezuri. Loaming Shaman is honestly not good enough to be put in.
There's also a new card in aether revolt that does what Triskelion does but its cheaper and better. You might want to wait for it to cycle out of standard before buying it because its at or around 15 dollars right now. Walking Ballista. Plus it can trigger Ezuri, unlike Triskelion
Mwonvuli Beast Tracker is a worldly tutor that triggers ezuri. You will most likely use it for Kalonian Hydra, but there are many other trample creatures you could add(some of which I mentioned above). You could also put in Hornet Queen which can also be searched for. Managorger Hydra, Invisible Stalker and Acidic Slime are all good options. Plus they all do what is the most important, Trigger Ezuri.