Is Karametra Good Commander for a Lands Deck?
Posted on Jan. 13, 2020, 9:53 p.m. by TheEDHKid
I recently traded in a bunch of cards to my LGS, and am trying to put together a good 75% deck. I love lands, and was wondering if Karametra, God of the Harvest is any good? She seems interesting, and I love the feel of Selesnya in general, and was curious. I know there are some stronger ones in Lord Windgrace and The Gitrog Monster , but I don't want to be instantly focused. Thoughts?
Karametra is a good "beginner" one as she is extremely simple and straight forward. She's also fairly cheap as your deck wants to run basics.
Build around flicker effects and landfall. This will enable you to flash in and out multiple creatures, thus acquiring multiple lands per turn. Then, your landfall triggers over and over which gives you great value.
You'll also want to run God-Eternal Oketra for extra value, as well as a light Soul Sisters build to maintain high levels of life.
For wincons, since you have the mana available to you, go for things like Craterhoof Behemoth , Zetalpa, Primal Dawn and Martial Coup as a wrath that you recover from. Hydra Broodmaster is a wonderful manasink for this type of deck.
You may be tempted into a Genesis Wave . Don't. If you bring out 25 permanents and 1/2 are creatures, then you are hit with a wrath, you just spent 28 mana on nothing.
You can use Aetherflux Reservoir but I don't recommend it. Yes taking someone out instantly is amazing, but you also deal effectively 50 damage to yourself. Going from 64 to 14 is a terrible idea so I never suggest it, but it's an option others will throw out there.
January 13, 2020 10:03 p.m. Edited.
Go fer Omnath, Locus of Rage ! ! ! (Assuming you want to focus on lands)
Karametra, God of Harvests is cool tho. The wife ran her for a minute when we first got into EDH with friends. I'd say she's more of a support commander that helps you dig for lands as you play creatures from the 99
If casting creatures get you lands... then play creatures that toolbox! Lotus Cobra , Beast Whisperer , Reclamation Sage , Thalia, Heretic Cathar , etc. Duplicant is one of my pet cards. Temur Sabertooth for the winmore
January 13, 2020 10:34 p.m.
I've never seen Karametra built that way but no reason it wouldn't work well. Green is the main lands matter color and white has some nice support cards. You should definitely check the edhrec page for suggestions as that will be the majority of the cards you'll want to get.
Lands matter and landfall more specifically are not necessarily things that win games. It will certainly rack up value but you still need something to take out life totals or choose another way to win. Taking a quick look at the page above tokens jumps out as a thing. Emeria Angel , Rampaging Baloths , Retreat to Emeria , and Avenger of Zendikar are all great at making tokens and love lands. Selesnya in general also just likes the whole token thing and has the best support for it. There is even stuff like God-Eternal Oketra which has the same trigger as Karametra though a different result.
January 13, 2020 11:08 p.m.
@TypicalTimmy: Soulsister/Landfall seems like an interesting deck idea!
@greyninja: Sadly I've played both of the new omnaths and not found much success with either. My list isn't good persay, but I just felt like my commander was always the priority target. With a god Commander that becomes less of an issue. I love the Avacynn tech, I might need to trade in some fetches to get her!
@DrukenReaps That sounds like a fun way to incorporate the soul sister element TypicalTimmy was talking about! Token land fall! Maybe a good old Trostani in there will do nicely!
January 13, 2020 11:33 p.m.
The knowledge pool did a really good article on karametra landfall:
January 14, 2020 12:11 a.m.
Karametra is great for landfall, combo, enchantments, stax, or really whatever. I have a primer thats a bit more competitive, but you can see useful cards there for getting karametra triggers ( Whitemane Lion / Kor Skyfisher with creature discounts like Oketra's Monument ). Here is a link to the primer [Primer] Karametra's Bounce House. See the 'on a budget?' section for some swaps to get you closer to 75%. I also have links to other karametra decks at the end if you'd like to check them out.
January 14, 2020 1:14 a.m. Edited.
Karametra is ok, but she's kind of a catch 22 commander. If you're taking advantage of landfall effects then you want your ramp to be land fetching so you can get her out as soon as possible, but you get no value from playing these spells once she's down. And if you're using mana dorks then you will typically empty your hand of creatures to ramp into her and so then don't have creatures to trigger her ability. Especially since white/green is not known for abundant draw.
You could build her as a half elf ball, half landfall list though. Use the elves to get her out quickly and then run a couple of big impact effects.
January 14, 2020 3:58 a.m.
My suggestion you won't see anywhere else is GET WHITE-BORDERED BASICS. It will make your life and your playgroup's lives when you don't need to spend 2 min. finding the last two lands in your deck.
But, yes, I think Karametra is a good choice for a 75% deck. I just took apart Tatyova, Benthic Druid deck, since it was hard to feel like it was tuned without being too powerful, even being a Druid tribal deck.
January 14, 2020 9:25 a.m.
*It will make your life and your playgroup's lives so much easier