Need help on budget land searches

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Posted on May 7, 2019, 4:46 a.m. by karmagedon


I'm choosing between Safewright Quest , Farseek and Nissa's Pilgrimage to increase my land ramp and help remove basic lands from my mono green deck, however I can't decide between a 1 drop hand, 2 drop battlefield or 3 drop hand + battlefield (possibly 2x hand + 1x battlefield) which would be better and why?

I'm running 4x Bloodbraid Elf and 4x Panharmonicon so I need to be able to play them from draw, but also gain advantage on a BBE cascade

Judging by cost I assume Farseek is better (probably because it's the middle ground to my above requirements), but I'm not 100% sure why it's 'better'

I'm also open to any better suggestions to achieve similar things better


smackjack says... #2

Farseek is by far the best of the 3. It fetches to battlefield and it finds shocks.

May 7, 2019 6:32 a.m.

karmagedon says... #3

But the shock lands will come in tapped anyway due to the text of farseek won't they?

With circutious route you could at least find two dual coloured gates?

May 7, 2019 7:42 a.m.

xyr0s says... #4

Farseek is better, because you can play BBE on turn 3 with it - the other 2 ramp spells have you waiting for turn 4.

Also: are you aware that Panharmonicon doesn't work with cascade?

May 7, 2019 9:24 a.m.

lagotripha says... #5

By far the most effective budget green ramp tools are Arbor Elf / Utopia Sprawl . If you aren't going that route, Elvish Mystic / Llanowar Elves (get the older, cheaper, versions) does a lot. If you need these to be spells Edge of Autumn 's cycling makes it superior to all your listed options.

Next up its weird options. Sakura-Tribe Elder can work in 'death matters' lists, especially alongside Caravan Vigil , but its neiche.

Arboreal Grazer / Elvish Pioneer can sortof work when you draw enough cards, but getting that many lands to hand normally means its a Life from the Loam list, which is anything but budget.

May 7, 2019 11:21 a.m.

Pervavita says... #6

Farseek won't grab Forest though as you are mono green.

Nissa's Triumph does for 2 cmc grab two lands if thinning is a priority as well as not missing land drops. Couple this with some cards that let you drop lands from your hand (like Explore ) this might work good.

May 7, 2019 12:49 p.m.

abbatromebone says... #7

  • Look at tron decks for land grabbing.
  • If you just want basics, evolving wild is good. If you want it to be more competitive the tapped fetch lands arent anywhere near as good but still do the same thing.
May 7, 2019 2:54 p.m.

karmagedon says... #8

xyr0s I only just found out panharmonicon doesn't work with cascade, which bums me out .... but that's learning and half the fun of constructing decks

May 8, 2019 2:33 a.m.

SMASHER101 says... #9

Farseek is best because it is the cheapest real land ramp in modern and it gets shocks. Yes the shocks have to enter tapped.

If you just want a lot of mana then 4 Arbor Elf and 4 Utopia Sprawl would be best. Farseek cant be killed though.

May 8, 2019 7:36 a.m.

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