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Smashface Gardening with Rith

Commander / EDH Budget Dragons RGW (Naya) Tokens

clayperce

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Description

Rith is happiest when she's either smashing face with her Dragon friends or doing a little work in her Saproling garden. And this deck is all about making Rith happy!

The idea is to generate enough Saprolings to hold off the table while ramping into Rith (who brings a TON of Saprolings) and her Dragon-y beater pals ... with a hefty dose of pump effects and token exploiters along the way. The deck also has small card draw and removal packages, a touch of Voltron, and a few other utilities. I've listed some cards in more than one category, and I think most of them are self-explanatory. But here are some notes on a few:

Land

Spells

  • Darksteel Mutation: Probably my favorite removal spell of all time
  • Fanatical Devotion: So nice, for the inevitable boardwipes
  • Mana Echoes: Insane amounts of mana. Please note though that mana created when Rith puts Saprolings on the battlefield can only be used during the Combat Phase.
  • Reconnaissance: Attack without fear, plus untap during the End of Combat Step for a Vigilance effect
  • Shamanic Revelation: This card is so broken! The only danger is it's not a "may" effect, so make sure you don't accidentally mill yourself out :-)
  • Trailblazer's Boots: Simply amazing in Commander. I've no idea why everyone doesn't run it.
  • Xenagos, the Reveler: Really just here for his +1 ability

Combos

And a special mention goes to Strionic Resonator, perhaps my favorite card of all time. It combos with a ton of cards in the deck, but here are a few worth highlighting:

I'm aiming for a 75% build, with no tutors (except for lands) and very strong flavor (e.g., Saproling and Dragon tokens only, with just a couple minor flavor misses).

  • Xenagos, the Reveler: Man, I hope I never have to use his 0 ability. Satyrs? Yuck.
  • Trailblazer's Boots: It seems like Rith would love a pair of these, as there's not much she enjoys more than handing out a 6-to-the-face and getting a bunch of Saprolings in return. But Dragons don't wear boots. Maybe she just carries them around?

Also, the deck's on a tight budget, so any card over $5 has to be REALLY good. Mana Echoes is really my absolute top-end; cards like Doubling Season are right out.


With all that in mind, I'd love your comments and suggestions, especially on cards from recent sets.

FYI, here's my current maybeboard: Full Maybeboard (Smashface Gardening w/ Rith)


The original inspiration for the deck came from Jimmy Wong and Josh Lee Kwai's Command Zone podcast on Rith, Tomer Abramovici's Budget Commander article on Gahiji, the collective wisdom of the Rith fans at EDHREC.com, and a ton of advice from michael921. It continues to evolve based on your comments and my favorite Rith and other Naya decks here on TappedOut.

Finally, if you get a chance sometime, please check out my other EDH decks: Sandbagging with Hazezon and Jeleva, a heleva good Commander. I'd appreciate your comments there too!

Thanks much!


P.S. Please don't forget to +1 Upvote if you like it :-)

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Anointed Procession is higher than $5, but really good.

Trailblazer's Boots to help rith get through.

November 19, 2017 12:43 a.m.

I love it IDK what to suggest.

November 19, 2017 10:24 a.m.

rockleemyhero,
Thanks again for the suggestion of Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip! Maybe pull the Druids' Repository for it?

pskinn01,
I definitely like the idea of Anointed Procession; thanks much for pointing it out! And though I've already got Parallel Lives, they stack really nicely, so I don't mind the redundancy. What would you pull for it though? Looking at the other 4-drops, maybe Vedalken Orrery? Though the threat of Flashing something is a GREAT deterrent in the early game (when there are still a bunch of players, so it's safer to just attack someone else), so idk ...

And yes, Trailblazer's Boots are awesome. But I've run the card since the earliest days of the deck (and I talk about it in both of the accordion spoilers in the description). Thanks though.

griffstick,
I love it too; thanks so much! :-)

November 19, 2017 3:07 p.m.

For sure dude! I think that's fair trade. Same with the other one you mentioned in light of pskinn01's great suggestion.

Another thought would be Heroic Intervention to stop your opponents wraths. You could trade out Drumhunter, I think there are better options for draw and ramp.

All being said, you've inspired me to rebuild my Rith deck as well! Mine will probably focus more on etb triggers with the tokens, like Purphoros, God of the Forge, Impact Tremors, Pandemonium. One of the issues I found with Rith is the awkwardness of creating an army second main and giving a whole turn for your opponents to deal with you. There's not many surprises, like naya's biggest strength over selesnya tokens is haste, which is hard to abuse without extra combats.

So all being said, there may be some ways for us to capitalize with our army outside of the combat step while we wait for our turn to come back again. Collective Effort, Glare of Subdual, Kyren Negotiations (not sure about this how good this one tho but it seems fun), and Nullmage Shepherd

November 19, 2017 3:39 p.m.

Sorry, i had several cards that I was going to mention, and i removed all but 2 as I found them in your deck, or it said you already considered. I guess I removed Skyblinder Staff, instead of boots. As it limits rift's blockers to those with reach (which is not played much in most edh decks I've seen). Or go with Prowler's Helm which is in your maybe board already.

November 19, 2017 4:13 p.m.

rockleemyhero,
I'll give Heroic Intervention a hard look. I've got a couple (from Standard) so it'd be easy to swap one in. I like Boros Charm in that role (because of all the additional modes), but the redundancy from Intervention could be nice.

That's SO cool to hear you're breaking Rith out again too!

And yeah, Naya has some absolutely insane ETB effects ... I've got those (and also a bunch of sac' effects) in my Hazezon Tamar deck. With Rith though, I basically just have Mana Echoes and some X-spells ... leaving room for a few Dragons :-)
Also, watch out other Token decks if you run Pandemonium, because it's symmetrical. IMO, Warstorm Surge is well worth the extra mana.

November 19, 2017 4:23 p.m.

pskinn01,
No worries! Skyblinder Staff is interesting ... I don't think I'd ever realized how little Reach is used, until you mentioned it. A guy in my group had been threatening to build an Ishkanah, Grafwidow Spider tribal deck ... but if it never materialized, the Staff could be really fun. And yeah, Prowler's Helm is solid. I actually used to run it periodically, whenever I felt the need for more Voltron effects.

Thanks again!

November 19, 2017 11:25 p.m.




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