Ancient Animus

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Dominaria (DOM) Common

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Ancient Animus

Instant

Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control if it's legendary. Then it fights target creature an opponent controls. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

Ancient Animus Discussion

NickyBolas on Rayami Keywords

1 month ago

For cuts, i'd think about removing reach creatures as that ability is worthless once you have flying already.

So:

Then I'd cut down creatures that aren't that great in their own and are just in her for redundancy like

You might also want to as m switch stronghold assassin to Attrition and run Viscera Seer as a reliable and continual sac engine.

Also, if you're feeling spicy, you can run Killing Wave . You can use it offensively to drain opponents, it just as a "sac any number of you creatures" for a single {B}, since you can cast it for X=0 and still choose to not pay for each of your creatures.

Elijah.Ditchendorf on Gargos EDH

2 months ago

Hey man lit deck, here are my suggestions tho.

I feel like you don't need to run that many fighting spells, you will always want to have your commander out so you will get the fighting trigger. So I would think about taking out Ancient Animus , Band Together , Rabid Bite , Cartouche of Strength and Titanic Brawl .

Also Aspect of Hydra isn't really a good pump spell in your deck. I feel like most of the time you will have a hand full of hydras out so pumping one isn't really a good deal.

I would replace the cards I mentioned above with cards that do the following. Pump all of your hydras and give them trample because of the hydras don't have trample or give protection to all of your creatures. Your deck will make people use a lot of targeted removal and board wipes. In both cases, instants that protect all your guys are better. In the board wipe case if you give all your guys indestructible the board whip has no effect. In the case of targeted removal, I still think it's better to use protection spells that don't target because you could get into a situation where fighting twice could kill your commander. Notice that the trigger does not include the word "may".

Cards I would suggest: Heroic Intervention Wrap in Vigor Colfenor's Urn

Kamahl, Fist of Krosa is a great addition because it prevents board wipes with the threat of you during all lands into creatures. It also pumps.

For mass pump, I would try these Triumph of the Hordes Overwhelming Stampede

As always,

Hail Hydra

FamSlayer on One Punch Man - Fight Tribal

3 months ago

Well Isochron Scepter only works for 4 cards in the deck, being Ancient Animus , Pounce , Titanic Brawl , and Setessan Tactics . It's barely enough, and unless they print more 2 cmc or less instant speed fight effects I don't think I'll actually be purchasing a scepter for my deck in real life.

achilles777 on Vorel + Hydras

4 months ago

Seems like fun. I have a few recommendations that shouldn't be too expensive. Incubation Druid is a good mana dork that synergizes with your +1/+1 theme. Some other ramp you might consider is Everflowing Chalice and Astral Cornucopia . Fathom Mage is just value in +1/+1 counter decks. Nature's Claim is a bit more efficient as far as artifact/enchantment removal and Ancient Animus also synergizes with your theme. Looks fun, good luck!

Gattison on U/G Eldrazi Pauper

5 months ago

Ah yes! You get from the Scions! Dur! I totally spaced-out on that one, my bad, lol.

As for replacing Unnatural Selection , I personally really like Rabid Bite because your creature does not get damaged in return. Others seem to prefer Ancient Animus due to instant speed.

Gattison on U/G Eldrazi Pauper

5 months ago

Prey Upon or Rabid Bite are cheaper versions of Unnatural Aggression , but Ancient Animus is an instant-speed version. None of them exile upon resolution, but I don't know how much you're focusing on "ingesting/processing" with this deck. You might be better off replacing all the processing stuff with more basic eldrazi stuff. I've attempted several processor builds before (in pauper and in Standard) and it always seems very build-around-me to me, so I'd be interested in your thoughts on this. Does processing distract your deck at all?

Also, you have no way to generate currently, so Kozilek's Pathfinder cannot be activated. Try Crumbling Vestige in place of Evolving Wilds maybe? It generates a colored mana as you play it, and then colorless afterwards.

Finally, Giant Growth is a cheaper Titanic Growth which you may or may not need.

Rome921 on Walks-The-Counters

5 months ago
  1. I love this commander and think you've got a great start and idea, but you need to fully commit to the fact that this deck is all about Skullbriar being huge and smashing face, or one of his friends doing it. .
  2. You should put in Increasing Savagery , Hardened Scales , Solidarity of Heroes , Reyhan, Last of the Abzan , Fungal Behemoth , Vastwood Hydra , Retreat to Kazandu , Predator Ooze , Blessings of Nature to push the +1/+1 theme to the max. .
  3. Now, 2nd problem is having big creatures without trample. I see Tuskguard Captain and you've got Rancor already, which is 100% awesome and reusable, but you should have 2 reusable trample activators, so I recommend also adding Ring of Kalonia . .
  4. Having big creatures attacking also is usually stopped by awkward blocks. You need slightly better cheap removal so I recommend Titanic Brawl , Ancient Animus , Abrupt Decay . .
  5. 3rd Problem is when they actually block and kill something because they have no other way to deal with it. Make them hate blocking by just having Mer-Ek Nightblade on your field. And then resummon stuff with Journey to Eternity  Flip! .
  6. 4th Problem is when you're smashing for 17 trample damage a turn, but they've got some stupid elf-shaman combo or human-ally combo that gains them 20 life a turn. And now they're at 55 life. Awkward. Get a sneaky kill in instantly with Tainted Strike on one of your big trample guys, just make sure you were about to do 10+ normal damage, and surprise win. (please put Tainted Strike in, even if you ignore every other card I suggested) .
  7. 5th Problem is your life-total. Sometimes you just need your 12/12 to have lifelink. Best way is Loxodon Warhammer , plus it gives you another trample activator!! .
  8. Also for ramp you should include Incubation Druid and Rampant Growth . I'd also use hexproof enabling with Alpha Authority .
  9. I would definitely remove the following since they don't fit with your deck idea overall to make room: Elves of Deep Shadow (don't need), Longtusk Cub (it ain't ever gonna happen), Witchstalker (useless against a red/white/green deck), Gaze of Granite (since it kills your things too), Animation Module (its slow and you should have better things to do with your mana than make 1/1s), Cloak and Dagger (no rogues, it's slow, Alpha Authority is better), Golgari Signet should be replace with Golgari Cluestone so you can sac/draw when you don't need mana anymore. Manalith (you have an aggro curve, don't need THAT much ramp), Plague Boiler (you're not a control deck), Skullclamp (since we're taking out Animation Module , you've got enough good draw), Wayfarer's Bauble (Rampant Growth is better), Greater Good (you're aggro not a graveyard-based-conrol deck), Preferred Selection & Primitive Etchings (because again you're not control, you want to be aggro). .
  10. I would also cut down on the # of fancy lands that don't add b/g, and play a few more basics for fetching with your ramp cards and being able to play commander on turn 2 more likely.
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