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Timmy's Animar EDH

Commander / EDH




This is a battlecruiser-style comboless Animar deck. I find this deck very fun to play, although I am an unrepentant Gruul mage that really just wants to play huge creatures and hit people in the face.

As always, this deck is a work in progress. Suggestions are always appreciated :).

Upgrading this deck:

If I had more money to spend, I think the biggest upgrades this deck could get would be filter lands. Flooded Grove , Fire-Lit Thicket , and Cascade Bluffs would help the fixing a lot. This deck wants a LOT of colored mana. If you add a bunch of fetches, Lotus Cobra should really go in too. Also, Bloom Tender is a very good card.

The only reason there isn't a Cyclonic Rift in this deck is because I'm stubborn and I like having all permanents.

Budgeting this deck:

If you cut the most expensive cards out of this list, you lose the most in the mana-base and in the high CMC stuff. Fortunately, a lot of the high-synergy cards are not that expensive.

For the mana base, I recommend Gruul Turf, Izzet Boilerworks, and Simic Growth Chamber , which I only cut very recently. Obviously there are many lands that come into play tapped that are also options. Cards like Joiner Adept get a lot better, and you can also consider running more creatures that get lands, like Yavimaya Elder or even Ondu Giant .

For big creatures, there are plenty of fun options. Hamletback Goliath is a classic for multiplayer, as is Hydra Omnivore. There are some nice hydras that aren't too expensive. Hooded Hydra in particular does double duty as a low-drop or a mana-sink, whichever you need at the moment. Phyrexian Ingester is great, and Spearbreaker Behemoth has a lot of great utility. Inkwell Leviathan is very hard to kill. I'm also fond of Archetype of Imagination and Brawn for extra punching power.

Losing the haste you get from Maelstrom Wanderer, Urabrask the Hidden, and Craterhoof Behemoth is quite painful, so you might want to consider cards like Fires of Yavimaya. Yeva, Nature's Herald can play a similar role, letting you play creatures right before your turn so that your opponents have less time to react before you swing.




graveyardwaltz says... #1

If you're going to play Bear Umbra, you need to also have Hellkite Charger in the deck as well. That way, you can have an infinite amount of attack phases.

October 11, 2013 9:29 p.m.

carpecanum says... #2

If you want to put out more creatures to replace non-creatures you could put in Ogre Battledriver and a few ramp creatures instead of artifact mana (Wood Elves , Pilgrim's Eye , Burnished Hart etc. lands are harder to kill than critters and we know how Animar loves critters so every artifact replaced is a counter).

October 11, 2013 10:23 p.m.

Aneximines says... #3

Maelstrom Wanderer is great fun; cascading is exciting and since you "cast" the card, Animar gets his counters.

Some other nifty (and inexpen$ive) timmy creatures: Akroma, Angel of Fury , Balefire Dragon , Ancient Ooze , Colossal Whale , Utvara Hellkite , Verdant Force , Gaea's Revenge , Knollspine Dragon , Panglacial Wurm , Penumbra Wurm , Plated Slagwurm , Tyrant of Discord , Gigantomancer (works beautifully with the Hydras and Animar, since it only sets the base power/toughness), Sekki, Seasons' Guide , and, er, Greater Morphling ...

November 1, 2013 5:19 p.m.

Alandrix says... #4

Those are some neat suggestions! You make a very good point about cascade, I'll seriously consider adding Maelstrom Wanderer .

Generally, I try to stay away from 3 or more colored mana in the casting cost, though you will definitely find a few exceptions to that in my current decklist.

Also, I'm more likely to consider creatures with lower CMC at this point. This deck obviously struggles with boardwipes, and I have spent enough games desperately trying to get some momentum back that with future edits, I'm gonna try to add some more creatures in the 3-5 CMC range.

November 1, 2013 8:43 p.m.

Aneximines says... #5

Mitotic Slime weathers board wipes well. Seedguide Ash helps you recast Animar afterwards. Gamekeeper actually likes board wipes. Vengevine ($) bounces back when you recover. Glen Elendra Archmage can prevent a lot of them.

Three mana is still in the range of utility and ramp creatures, rather than timmy creatures. Things like Sea Gate Oracle , Wood Elves , Man-o'-War , Yavimaya Elder , and Keldon Vandals .

There are even interesting four- or five-mana ramp creatures: Solemn Simulacrum , Silverglade Elemental , Oracle of Mul Daya , Argothian Elder ...

At four or five mana you can get some decent beaters. Wolfir Silverheart is an 8/8 for five mana. Malignus tends to be large in EDH. Spellbound Dragon , Thragtusk , Hystrodon , Ant Queen , Arc-Slogger , Kalonian Hydra ($), Kumano, Master Yamabushi , Metamorphic Wurm , Tephraderm , Territorial Baloth , Stormbreath Dragon ($), Urabrask the Hidden , Thrun, the Last Troll

Vesuvan Shapeshifter is interesting (Animar's ability plays well with morph). So are things like Sower of Temptation , Forgotten Ancient , Bloodbraid Elf , Flametongue Kavu , Wickerbough Elder , Fathom Mage , Cryptic Annelid , Mercurial Chemister , Elvish Piper , Aura Thief ...

November 2, 2013 12:32 a.m.

irindumaster says... #6

I like this deck, it has no infinite combos :D

January 1, 2014 7:16 p.m.

Greendawg81 says... #7

For budget options check out Cloud of Faeries,Grinning Ignus and Merfolk Looter. Grinning Ignus is just insane in an Animar deck.

February 14, 2015 8:12 p.m.

Primodatum says... #8

Is there any reason you don't run birthing pod? Legitimately asking.Also, I suggest Oran-rief, the vastwood. It's useful for squeezing out some more commander damage.

May 19, 2015 5:47 p.m.

Alandrix says... #9


If I wanted another creature tutor, I would definitely run Birthing Pod. I'm happy with just Fauna Shaman, since I'm not a huge fan of tutors in EDH. But I can definitely see others wanting a second tutor engine.

Fauna Shaman has several advantages over Birthing Pod as I see it: 1) you end up casting each creature you search for, putting counters on Animar, 2) no restrictions on CMC, 3) slightly lower activation cost, 4) it's a fantastic 2-drop creature to get Animar's counters started, and 5) if Prophet of Kruphix is out, you can use it each turn (whereas Birthing Pod wouldn't untap).

You could probably build the list a little differently to take advantage of using Birthing Pod, though.

June 1, 2015 1:42 p.m.

Shadowfang says... #10

how come you aren't playing Primal Surge?

September 22, 2015 2:24 a.m.

jasprthehobo says... #11

Yo, Cream of the Crop is surprisingly disgusting. I run it in my Momir Vig, Simic Visionary deck, and having that out early enough lets me go full dumb stuff in such a fast paced way.

January 6, 2016 11:15 a.m.

ctenochaetus says... #12

Ancestral Statue gets infinite tokens on Animar, if you care for it.

I really enjoy this deck, by the way. Good going.

January 18, 2016 9:27 p.m.

Alandrix says... #13

@Shadowfang: It's pretty rare for me to get enough mana to play an expensive non-creature spell like that. It does win the game if I happen to find it in an unusually long game, but the rest of the time it's a completely dead card.

@jasprthehobo: I actually used to run Cream of the Crop! It's a neat card. With the recent changes to the mulligan rules, I'll give it some serious thought, since I'm more likely to want card selection than before.

@ctenochaetus: nah, I think I'm good. That kind of combo kill just isn't satisfying to me personally. Definitely bonkers for some lists, though.

January 24, 2016 2:28 a.m.

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March 24, 2016 7:39 p.m.

pretty sweet deck Animar, Public Enemy Number One my edh deck is very similar

May 11, 2016 10:18 p.m.

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This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 101
Avg. CMC 4.64
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