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My most tuned EDH deck. People tell me it plays like a blue deck, which is a beautiful back-handed compliment. It's focused on making lots of little dudes when the big dudes die, or just pooping out endless swarms of tokens in general. It's incredibly resilient--it'll survive board wipes AND graveyard hate. And although the Primeval Titan ban made me incredibly sad, it also gave me Kokusho, the Evening Star , which I've wanted to abuse in this deck forever.
Deck list is in a bit of upheaval because Return to Ravnica has tossed a ton of good stuff at me, not the least of which are Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , Worldspine Wurm and Deathrite Shaman (whom I've taken to calling Deathray Shaman).
I don't know about the Putrid Leech , though. It is, strictly speaking, a better attacker/blocker, but I like the Quagmire Druid for two reasons: 1) it gives me a sacrifice outlet (important because Savra herself doesn't allow me to sacrifice), and 2) in the absence of a Tranquil Grove , it pretty reliably allows me to take care of problem enchantments, especially if I take care to shroud it. I could use more things that deal damage or cause widespread disruption that cost somewhere in the 2-3 CMC range, so I'm going to see if I can fit in the Leech somehow....
Thanks for the suggestions!
From my experience playing EDH (especially multi-player EDH), using a permanent's activated or triggered ability is somewhat more fruitful than using instants because I can usually use them more than once, and also because permanents are a bit easier to recover from the graveyard--and this deck in particular has a few ways for me to bring creatures back. Plus, Putrid Leech doesn't give me a means of sacrificing creatures. I'd need something like Diabolic Edict that would allow me to do it, since Savra's triggered abilities only take advantage of sacrifices and don't allow me to sacrifice in and of themselves. Ultimately, the Druid is more a utility creature than an attacker, and I need to play with the deck a few more times and see if I really need to keep him around, or whether I have enough sacrifice outlets already.
Unrelatedly: I managed to get Anowon, the Ruin Sage and Butcher of Malakir when opening some Worldwake booster packs, and I've already added them to the deck. I really can't wait to test the new deck out now.
Hm. While sacrifice decks are admittedly not my specialty, I do see a couple things.
Skulltap seems weak. One-time sacrifice effect, sure, but two cards for one? You can do better. With all the recursion you have, Harmonize would be a better choice. Greater Good would be an even better choice.
Priest of Gix doesn't do much.
Is the lifegain of Essence Warden really worth a slot?
No Terastodon ?
With few global pump effects and very few fatties, Brawn seems underwhelming.
Copying reanimation spells can be pretty disgusting. Mirari ?
I really love the idea of Greater Good. Will swap that out for Skulltap . Mirari is another fabulous idea. I think I need to throw in Cauldron of Souls , too. That artifact is becoming more and more of a staple in my EDH decks, especially anything green since green loves to give +1/+1 counters to its dudes.
I prefer Woodfall Primus over Terastodon for this deck because a) it's a bit less efficient, which means it won't enrage the table as much in multiplayer, and b) it naturally persists. If I have a good sac outlet out and Shambling Shell on the table, that means I'll be gaining quite a bit of life, spot-removing trouble permanents and getting rid of the Woodfall Primus's -1/-1 counter without being too horribly obnoxious.
Priest of Gix creates an infinite mana loop with card:Ashnod's Altar and Nim Deathmantle , as long as I have two mana open to kick-start the cycle. It's even more efficient with Su-Chi , but I want to keep my creatures either green or black as much as possible to get the benefits from the Savra ability, which wants my critters to be either green or black. (Too bad card:Painter's Servant is banned. Le sigh.) That's also why Sporogenesis is in the list. It's not that great a card, but it makes my critters more resilient to board wipe, and it gives me little dudes every time I sac something. I think it'll be pretty synergistic with the deck as a whole, but I won't know until I playtest.
You're right about Brawn being underwhelming. You know what wouldn't be? Filth in conjunction with Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth . The thought of using Survival of the Fittest to pitch Filth into my graveyard to tutor for Primeval Titan gives me great glee.
Thanks as always for the helpful comments. Lots to ponder. Need to start cutting cards. Guh.