Zetalpa, Primal Dawn


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Rare
Explorers of Ixalan (EO2) None

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Zetalpa, Primal Dawn

Legendary Creature — Dinosaur

Flying, double strike, vigilance, trample, indestructible

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Zetalpa, Primal Dawn Discussion

Murphy77 on Selensya Prolif Aggro

1 week ago

Yes, Evolution Sage needs at least one +1/+1 counter early in the game, or it is vulnerable. I initially played with Stony Strength in place of Bond of Flourishing , just for that early counter from a 1-drop spell. I suppose that that still needs to be an option against super-aggro decks.

Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter is great in that if you have a second copy in your hand, you just kill off the first by putting +1/+1 counters on creatures. His static ability can end up giving you a lot of mana ramp. I normally end up using ramped mana, not to ramp into a high cmc spell, but to cast a range of cheaper spells, which is why I have Colossal Majesty in my side-board for extra card draws. More card-draw could be handy.

Yes, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn could easily fit in as the apex creature. Carnage Tyrant also fits, but I would only consider adding in 1 high cmc creature. I like the idea of being able to play any card that I draw from turn 3 onward and never having a card in hand that I can't play almost immediately. Too many high cmc spells just slow down the deck.

FuriousSausage on Selensya Prolif Aggro

1 week ago

Thank's for the feedback! I love Evolution Sage and he can do some nasty things, originally i ran 4, though i found him to be just a little to vulnerable with so many Shock s flying around, running him in the sideboard against decks with a harder time removing him seems very good, especially if i add Pledge of Unity . I like the way you think I'm going to play test -2 Venerated Loxodon , -4 History of Benalia , -3 Emmara, Soul of the Accord , +4 Ajani's Pridemate , +3 Pledge of Unity , +2 Jadelight Ranger and adjust my sideboard accordingly. I had a look at your W L G definitely interesting, how have you been finding Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter ? He's one of my favorite cards but i found too often i had an empty board and one in hand! Your Incubation Druid interaction's are solid but you're not really ramping into anything other than Shalai, Voice of Plenty consider maybe a couple of March of the Multitudes , Carnage Tyrant s or one of my personal favorites Zetalpa, Primal Dawn ! (Probably as a sideboard option if anything).

TypicalTimmy on Amusing MTG stories :)

2 months ago

Just a thread to share some of our more amusing games. :D I'll start:

I was playing MTG with a new friend who is just getting into the game. He's only been playing for a few weeks now and needed help designing decks. So, I came over to his house and built him a nice fun Selesnya +1/+1 counter deck using what cards he has. In it, he has a single copy of Zetalpa, Primal Dawn .

Now, I wanted to use a deck that's more of a meme deck. So, I cracked out my insanely stupid Simic Mimic Gimmick deck. This deck seeks to just make copies of anything I want, using indestructible creatures for the shell.

The game was a long and arduous one. I kept copying his creatures with Bolster and Support, making it so that our attackers and blockers were evenly matched. The goal here was to help him learn the steps and phases of the game, not out-right slaughter him.

So the game took a super long time. Eventually, he cracked out a Zetalpa, Primal Dawn . It got back to my turn and I just grinned and cast Vizier of Many Faces , copying Zetalpa for myself. He got annoyed, and progressed to cast more creatures and spells to sling +1/+1 counters on her. So, I did the exact same thing lol.

We eventually had Zetalpas that were 9/13 and a 7/11 respectively. I decided to attack, figuring I'd steadily push the Trample damage through little by little. He began to do the same. We eventually got each other down to just 1 life total, mostly for the memes of it all.

Well, I eventually top-decked Helm of the Host and laughed like an absolute madman. I equipped it onto my Zetalpa and the stupidity officially began.

I had to explain to him what it does, and that I ended up getting two Zetalpa on the battlefield once I switched over into Combat. The reason I had to explain it was because he misunderstood the Legendary rule in a prior game where he attempted to have out two Krenko, Mob Boss at the same time in a Goblin deck I built for him.

So now he's rolling his eyes and cussing me out, all in good fun mind you. It gets back to his turn and he passes. Back to me, I explain the following:

"Now, normally I can't make any copies of Zetalpa because she's Legendary. But since the token created by Helm of the Host loses it's Legendary typing, I can actually do this..."

He's like just dumbfounded and has had enough of my idiocy. But it gets worse. I happened to top-deck another Vizier of Many Faces , and proceeded to make ANOTHER copy of the Zetalpa token, lmfao

I move to combat and get ANOTHER Zetalpa token, thanks to Helm of the Host .

Needless to say, I ended up winning with about five Zetalpas - lmfao

The game, in total, lasted some 30 minutes between my stupid shenanigans and his questions. Not to mention we put three copies of Saving Grace in his deck, which really stopped me in my tracks multiple times. Seriously an under-rated card now that I've seen it in action. Anywho, When we got to round two, he quickly destroyed my Helm of the Host with his Thrashing Brontodon and hit me hard in the face with a Victory's Herald .

Ragamander on

2 months ago

EDIT: Any particular reason to run Growth-Chamber Guardian over something that's just harder to kill, like Nightveil Predator , Vine Mare , Carnage Tyrant , Chromium, the Mutable , Zetalpa, Primal Dawn , or a big planeswalker? GCG can "get got" if your opponent kills it in response to the Adapt activation. Not only that, but I'm also a little concerned about trying to go the distance mostly with just a few unprotected 4/4s, even with card advantage.

Ragamander on

2 months ago

Any particular reason to run Growth-Chamber Guardian over something that's just harder to kill, like Vine Mare , Carnage Tyrant , Chromium, the Mutable , Zetalpa, Primal Dawn , or a big planeswalker? GCG can "get got" if your opponent kills it in response to the Adapt activation. Not only that, but I'm a little concerned about trying to go the distance mostly with just a few 4/4s.

trnx14 on Don't Touch Me I Want to Play Dinosaurs

2 months ago

I don't know how often you get white mana/chromatic lantern out, but Kinjalli's Sunwing comboed with Seal Away seems like it would work in your deck really well. As for sideboard, my votes gotta go to Carnage Tyrant , Etali, Primal Storm , and Zetalpa, Primal Dawn .

hippobob on The Void of Mass Confusion and to Many Key Words

3 months ago

The Void of Mass Confusion and Too* Many (Key?)Words ;)

Sweet deck, young planeswalker; it seems most formidable. I have a couple thoughts about ways you can totally max out the value in every card in the deck!

Basically, I think you want to maximize the chances that all the creatures you have on the field are working together.

Swap Out These 14 Cards -3x Vampire Nighthawk -2x Serra Angel -3x Dub -1x Primevals' Glorious Rebirth -2x On Serra's Wings -1x Zetalpa, Primal Dawn -2x Llanowar Elves

For these badboys: +1x Healer's Hawk +2x Lone Rider  Flip +1x Fauna Shaman +2x Thalia's Lancers +1x Isareth the Awakener +2x Sylvan Caryatid +1x Birds of Paradise +2x Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim +1x Vona, Butcher of Magan +1x Aryel, Knight of Windgrace

In general, you want to maximize your chances of game-winning synergy. I think these changes will help smooth out the mana curve, provide reliability to the central combos of the deck, and will add versatility to the things your deck can do in 'edge' cases.

Obviously these are just suggestions to help get your brain buzzin'. Here are some other zesty critters with keyword abilities: Pestilent Spirit Would work well with a more control-y and less aggro-y creature build Ochran Assassin (with a critical mass of creatures already on the battlefield, this could win lots of games) Elenda, the Dusk Rose Gifted Aetherborn

Another cool family of cards to consider is equipment. Odiric and knight exemplar could combo really well with Danitha Capashen, Paragon , Puresteel Paladin , Basilisk Collar , Loxodon Warhammer , and other powerful equipment.

Have fun sorcering! Your Bro

Thurbajen on The Empire's Ire

3 months ago

I find Zetalpa, Primal Dawn an excellent threat. Yeah, I understand what you mean about the enrage enablers, however the enrage build of this deck is certainly weaker than a build like mine for example, there just aren't enough good enrage creatures, so hopefully we get more in the future. If you really have your heart set on this being an enrage deck, by all means go for it, but I think you will take a nock to power level (which you may not mind). Let me know either way and I'll help you out if you want me to!

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