Academy Ruins

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Academy Ruins

Legendary Land

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, : Put target artifact card from your graveyard on top of your library.

Tur on Hidden Power - Crop Rotation

1 month ago

Hello everyone! This will be a trial forum post for a "Commander - Hidden Power" series. My goal is to show relatively inexpensive cards which are often overlooked by commander players in semi-competitive and casual play. (This post is not designed for competitive play.) If you enjoy the topic, please provide positive feedback and I will consider creating similar posts.

The powerful card I plan on discussing here is Crop Rotation.

This card under five dollars and is one of the most powerful mono-green tutors. Period. Yes, I'm counting all mono-green tutors. This includes: Worldly Tutor, Finale of Devastation, Green Sun's Zenith, Survival of the Fittest, Chord of Calling, Natural Order, Tooth and Nail, Sylvan Tutor, Time of Need, Scapeshift, Hour of Promise, Tempt with Discovery, Reshape the Earth, Boundless Realms, Traverse the Outlands, Rampant Growth, Harrow, Cultivate, Harvest Season, Explosive Vegetation, etc.

It's one color, one mana, instant, searches for any land, you can sacrifice a tapped land, and puts the land onto the battlefield untapped (unless otherwise specified).

Although, Crop Rotation is often overlooked by players because of the very expensive cards it can search and not being "flashy" enough. Yes, Crop Rotation is ideal with any of the following cards: Gaea's Cradle, Mishra's Workshop, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Serra's Sanctum, Bazaar of Baghdad, and Diamond Valley. However, suppose we don't have a one thousand dollar mana base and cannot play the land cards above. Is Crop Rotation worthless? No. It is still one of the best mono-green tutors. There are so many utility and theme lands which are excellent targets. Ramp lands and color-fixing are also viable options. Here are a few categorized ideas:

Utility Lands:

Theme Lands:

Ramp Lands:

Color-Fixing Lands:

There are many more unlisted cards in each category which could fit your specific deck.

Some of the cards listed above have some pretty cool synergies with Crop Rotation here are a few:Urza's Saga, you can let the saga get to chapter III, then with the ability on the stack sacrifice it to Crop Rotation to get both the artifact and land. Field of the Dead is ideal in every two or three color commander deck with a sufficient mana base (in fact some of my win conditions are given by Field of the Dead). You can also use Field of the Dead as a combat trick. Scavenger Grounds and Bojuka Bog are fantastic for graveyard combo disruption. Maze of Ith and Glacial Chasm will hurt your lands, but sometimes it is needed to stay alive.

Simply having the ability to greatly effect the board state using a one-mana instant speed spell is impressive: life gain, damage prevention, removing steal effects, getting around blockers, denying counterspells, combo stoppers, unlimited hand size, sacrifice engines, haste, recursion, ramp, creating token blockers. The list goes on-and-on-and-on. If fact, if you're playing 3-4 of the lands listed above you should really consider Crop Rotation in the ninety-nine.

All in all, I'm always surprised the number of deck lists which do not play Crop Rotation. This is a fantastic card and one of the best mono-green tutors. It has so much hidden power. Ask yourself if there is a nonbasic land which you are playing (or would play) that would do well with Crop Rotation.

Drakin83 on Say Hello to my Little Friends (LLR Deck)

1 month ago

the card you missed is Academy Ruins

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Rule 0 - Urza and …

2 months ago

Neat idea!

Are you asking for just self-recurring artifacts or artifact recursion in general because and are very good at the latter. For the former, your options are a little limited without . I'd look at artifacts with "unearth", or artifacts like Spine of Ish Sah, Scrap Trawler or Myr Retriever. If you want more general artifact recursion then I'd recommend Daretti, Scrap Savant, Goblin Engineer, Scrap Mastery, Trading Post, and Trash for Treasure. Most of these can be safely played at the precon power level. Some recursion effects that are on the stronger end are Goblin Welder, Portal to Phyrexia, Emry, Lurker of the Loch, and Academy Ruins. These are stronger in my opinion because of their efficiency, repeatability, and they possess fewer constraints.

As far as "how to build a precon level deck" goes, I wouldn't worry about purposely nerfing the deck per say, but maybe asking yourself "could a precon handle the synergies, resiliency, and value engines that my deck creates?". Ultimately though, I think the best advice I can give is to build the deck that you want to build, and that you think is precon level. Then play it against some precons. That will give you the best feel for where you deck is at and if you need to add or remove things.

Squee_Spirit_Guide on Rule 0 - Urza and …

2 months ago

My favourite option for recursion is Goblin Welder, mostly for the flavour text :) I'm not sure if it's pre-con level though.

Some other decent options are Junk Diver, Scarecrone, Argivian Restoration, Academy Ruins, and Rootwater Diver.

SolidSnek on Drafna's Artifact Trampoline

2 months ago

Thanks! I didn't have an artifacts deck yet and wanted to, so when I opened Drafna, Founder of Lat-Nam at prerelease I knew what I had to do. xD

Academy Ruins, Minamo, School at Water's Edge and Otawara, Soaring City are all great inclusions! They are absent here because I don't have copies.

I don't have an Arcbound Ravager, seems like a good include if you have one to spare.

I'm not sure the Urza lands are worth it in singleton without green . I'd rather just have the blue mana than 4 lands that almost always will just tap for a C.

SufferFromEDHD on Drafna's Artifact Trampoline

2 months ago

This set is filled with so many good commanders. I'm slowly making it around to brewing Drafna. Your build is solid! I will definitely be using Access Denied and Spell Swindle in my list. Mirran Spy is some spicy tech.

Arcbound Ravager always good in a deck full of artifacts.

Would Urza's Workshop and the other Urza's lands be useful in this artifact strategy?

Cut 3 islands and add Academy Ruins, Minamo, School at Water's Edge and Otawara, Soaring City.

SufferFromEDHD on Esika Ad Nauseam Gate Win

2 months ago

The Modern Horizon 1 life/1 card playset of lands was a really good idea. Your mana base is nice and tight now.

Your rocks are more expendable but that Manabond is very important. Hall of Heliod's Generosity for backup support?

Gonna try and suggest some stax taxes again :)

Engineered Explosives low cost/high value and grants global removal from 1-5.

Chalice of the Void can ruin a lot of strategies while your 0 cost lands deck can play unscathed.

These are less expendable than your rocks and would benefit from Academy Ruins for backup support.

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