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: I really like Dryad of the Ilysian Grove though I do believe there will be times where Prismatic Omen is just better. The appeal to Dryad is that extra land-drop, fixing the big problem with omen, namely that it slows down your ramping if you choose to play it.
The one thing I will say about Dryad though is that it really screams for you to build around it, rather than simply put it into the flex slot (not to say it can't go there and I plan on trying that). If you are playing Dryad in a deck like titanshift I am more interested in playing with effects that abuse extra land drops. That would mean also playing 4 Once Upon a Time , 4 Arboreal Grazer , 4 Explore , and maybe a few Courser of Kruphix . Basically we want to abuse the acceleration this provides with valakut so an ideal play pattern would be something like this:
T1: (ouat if you have it) land + Arboreal Grazer + land (2 lands)
T3: land = 6 lands with Dryad enables Scapeshift getting 4 valakut and two lands = 72 damage on turn 3 or you can just play titan and do 12 presumably if you get valakuts and have none in play.
This is crazy powerful though does require a lot to go right, the above requires 8 cards, meaning you have to draw pretty well, but Once Upon a Time should help to fix any problems. The rest of the deck can be filled with more traditional scapeshift cards, meaning it isn't unrealistic to think that the deck could consistently go off on turn 3, if not likely turn 4. Additionally if one of the extra lands is Castle Garenbrig we don't need the extra ramp spell to make titan turn 3, so in other words the card's potential is sky high. What remains to be seen now is whether it will prove to be consistent enough to see play. In other words, to answer your question, this card has the potential to warp the deck around it, adding even more speed to the deck, or it can become more of a flex slot card, and a very good one at that.
I'll be trying both, just need to pick up a few cards to test out the version described above, but it looks promising.
January 14, 2020 10:14 a.m.
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