Animar, Soul of Elements
Legendary Creature — Elemental
Protection from white and from black
Whenever you cast a creature spell, put a +1/+1 counter on Animar, Soul of Elements.
Creature spells you cast cost less to cast for each +1/+1 counter on Animar.
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Animar, Soul of Elements occurrence in decks from the last year
Recommendations View more recommendations
Latest Decks as Commander
Animar, Soul of Elements Discussion
1 week ago
2 weeks ago
So, I want to add an Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger , as I have the possibility of bouncing and recasting amount of times with Cloudstone Curio and Animar, Soul of Elements , essentially exiling my opponents boards entirely. I have this effect with destroy with Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre and also damage by bouncing Ancestral Statue and having Impact Tremors or Purph on the board. If I have Animar on the board, I guess I have the opportunity to put an arbitrarily large number of +1/+1 counters on them as well, and have free bouncy Eldrazi. YAY! FUN FOR EVERYONE!
Advice on what to cut would be super helpful
3 weeks ago
Animar, Soul of Elements is your best bet for infinite combos with creatures for pieces. My deck doesn't go for Kiki combos but it's a good template for a competitive Animar deck. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid
1 month ago
EDH was created by judges, who after long days of running big tournaments, wanted to play some magic, but not the magic they had been observing and correcting all day. So they made some 3-color singleton (Highlander) decks, commanded by one of the original Shard-colored legendary Dragons from Legends: Arcades Sabboth , Chromium , Nicol Bolas , Palladia-Mors or Vaevictis Asmadi . 5 Elder Dragons, all 7 power. If you got hit 3 times by one of these, you'd lose the game, regardless of your life total. Elder Dragon Highlander, 21 commander damage is lethal.
This resulted in a casual, fun-oriented, table kitchen style of playing magic. Wizards does know that only a very tiny percentage of their player base is actually playing in sanctioned tournaments in established formats. By far the most Magic players are casual kitchen table players that play the game to have fun, beating their friends, not the world. EDH as a format will speak more to those players than to the PTQ- and pro tour-grinding players. Believe me, the top16 GP players at my LGS usually cower in fear when someone suggests to play a game of EDH.
Wizards knows all this and has been printing cards for specifically that casual multiplayer format for the past 10 years now. The first Commander (Wizards' legally safe name for exactly the same format as EDH is) Set came out in 2011 and gave us mainstay generals like Animar, Soul of Elements , Ghave, Guru of Spores , Kaalia of the Vast , Zedruu the Greathearted and The Mimeoplasm .
What has changed, is that more and more people use EDH as their main way of playing magic. Wizards is a company, to keep existing, they need to make money. So when Commander took over from Standard and Modern as the most popular to spend your Friday Night Magic, Wizards found a way to accommodate their finances accordingly. By including cards that work better for multiplayer than for competitive constructed formats in every single set, they ensure every set will be a financial success.
So the whole hipster "I liked commander before every set had specific cards for it"-attitude is understandable, but not at all useful in the world we live in. We made this format the most massively enjoyed format around the world. By making it that successful, we changed how the company makes its money. As long as those cards sell, we will get more splashy multiplayer nonsense, Arcane Signet s, Jeweled Lotus , etc. And that is why green is the kingpin of colors in multiplayer/EDH right now. Green is famously the color of ramp. The term "ramp" even originates from the green Rampant Growth . Green is also the color of big monsters. Green is the color of nature, of harmony, the color that lets you do everything you want, while generally not hurting other players' cards.
I'm going to talk in stereotypes for a bit. People think of black and see Murder , Damnation , not a friendly environment for your own stuff. Red will Vandalblast , Blasphemous Act , Jokulhaups your stuff away. White will Wrath of God , Rest in Peace , Swords to Plowshares , while Thalia, Guardian of Thraben makes it harder for you to play your game. Blue will Counterspell and Cyclonic Rift everyone out of the game. Green will just play a bigger beast ( Worldspine Wurm , Craterhoof Behemoth ). Of course I know of all the Beast Within and Krosan Grip removal green has, but you generally will think of green as the least board-controlling color of them all. It will execute its game plan without meddling with yours. Green will let everyone do broken stuff, but will be doing the most stuff itself because of its Abundance of mana and resources. That's the most friendly way to let everyone at the table have the most amount of fun without adjusting your strategy to group hug. No wonder people like playing with and against that.
When people like green, Wizards is inclined to print better green cards, which makes people want to play green more. This is a positive feedback loop that spirals out of control of you're not careful. It's also not specifically a green problem. I think people call it Power Creep. It's part of keeping a dynamic game like Magic interesting. I think a hypothetical future Standard set without any Commander playable cards in it will cause much more of an uproar in the Magic community than Kaldheim ever could. Hate it or love it, but EDH is ingrained in the fabric of magic itself now, and as long as we enjoy EDH, that will not change. I plan to have the most amount of fun with available cards, regardless of color or intended format. Your mileage may vary.
2 months ago
I'm not the most familiar with Eldrazi stompy style lists, but just at a glance I can see that the high cost of your creatures (which are your main route to victory from what I can tell) is going to be a limiting factor for this deck. You may have already found in your games that you can cast a few big eldrazi, but you still don't win because you have to spend too many turns trying to get them into play and you aren't able to use them before they are removed or dealt with in some other way. My suggestion is to include more ways to get multiple big eldrazi into play on the same turn and find ways to use them quickly (haste is a good way to do this, or by simply throwing them at your opponent's faces with Fling type of effects).
Additionally, if you are dropping tons of big Eldrazi into play to get closer to winning, you will need more cards in hand so I would include more immediate card draw like: Concentrate , Precognitive Perception , Harmonize
Hopefully those suggestions are helpful and fairly budget friendly (not sure how much you wanna spend on upgrading your list but those are solid options). Let me know if you have any questions or want any clarification. Thanks!
2 months ago
For the Stompy version I would start by cutting Ruination Guide, Pitiless Plunderer, Sifter of Skulls, Blight Herder, Brood Butcher, Emrakrul’s Hatcher, Catacomb Sifter, Drowner of Hope, Awakening Zone, Etchings of the Chosen, Eyeless Watcher.
If you put in Rings of Brighthearth it combos with Basalt Monolith to make infinite mna. Both Monolith and Rings are 3 CmC and artifacts so they are tutorable with the same tutors you have in here for Fist of Suns. With infinite colourless mana Dimensional Infiltrator will be able to exile your opponents libraries, Essence Depleter can drain out the table, and Prophet of Distortion will let you draw your library. Rings doesn't have a lot of synergy with other cards in your list BUT if Golos was your commander it has a seriously powerful ability that would be awesome to copy.
Eternal Scourge + Food Chain is another combo you can consider which will make infinite COLOURED mana for creature spells and have infinite EtB and LtB triggers so this will end a game with Flayer Drone or Vela the Night-Clad in play. If you wanted to abuse the mana you would need Cloudstone Curio or a non-eldrazi bouncing creature as all the eldrazi bouncers are processors and it is unlikely your opponents will have an infinite pile of exiled cards.
I suggest adding in Pathrazer of Ulamog , Barrage Tyrant , World Breaker , Dread Defiler , Endless One , Not of This World , Rapacious One , Reality Smasher , Thought-Knot Seer , Ulamog, the Infinite Gyre , Ulamog's Crusher , & Vile Redeemer as suitable eldrazi stompy options. Barrage Tyrant and Dread Defiler get a special mention because Fling is an amazing effect that can give you the reach you need to close out a game or off a player hiding behind a pillowfort.
Here is a list of support cards off the top of my head: Sarkhan's Unsealing , Temur Ascendancy , Commander's Plate , Mana Maze , Cultivate , Kodama's Reach , Rampant Growth , Ugin, the Spirit Dragon , Everflowing Chalice , Thran Dynamo , Rishkar's Expertise , Return of the Wildspeaker , Garruk's Uprising , Hunting Grounds , Sneak Attack , Animar, Soul of Elements , Mana Geyser , Mirari's Wake , Ugin, the Ineffable , Show and Tell , Terror of the Peaks , Warstorm Surge , Alena, Kessig Trapper , Ilysian Caryatid , Momentous Fall , Greater Good , Sacellum Godspeaker , Selvala, Heart of the Wilds , The Great Henge , Eldritch Evolution , Energy Tap .
2 months ago
Morophon isn't doing much for this deck without Jodah or Fist of Suns so maybe try playing it in the 99 and use Golos, Tireless Pilgrim as the commander. Golos lets you cheat mana costs, ramps you, and is colourless to match the theme.
The biggest problem with eldrazi tribal is that eldrazi themselves aren't a unifying tribe as their effects support multiple different strategies which dilutes the power of each of those strategies. This can lead to dead draws and non synergistic board states which will make the deck feel clunky. The most prominent themes among eldrazi are aristocrats, tokens, and stompy so pick one of those as your primary focus. Aristocrats and tokens strategies synergize well however a stompy strategy requires entirely different support.
My friend has an Animar, Soul of Elements eldrazi tribal deck but his emphasis is on big stompy creatures so the deck is designed to have pay offs for playing those. Sarkhan's Unsealing , Sneak Attack , Temur Ascendancy , etc. He has some game ending combos like Animar + Cloudstone Curio + Eldrazi so it can win through non combat damage.
I can't really suggest much more before you decide which direction to take the deck in.
2 months ago
sorry for the double post but.... i just realized some more cards that you really don't want to be running currently. Prismatic Geoscope is extremely expensive for a ramp spell. i would try replace this with a cheaper ramp spell. a simple Rampant Growth or Farseek would do well here.
i don't know why you are running Murderer's Axe... is it because you want to discard cards? if so i would instead replace it with either Chainer, Nightmare Adept if you wanna stay budget, or Fauna Shaman if you're willing to spend more on this thing. both give great value, and synergize with your deck better than this equipment does. which would you prefer: discarding a card to give +2/+2? or discarding a card to cast any creature from your graveyard and give it haste? notice you could recast Shriekmaw for it's evoke cost of every turn. that's value!
or Wolf of Devil's Breach. this card could also be a wincon for your deck and am surprised not to see it among your list already.
and finally, i forgot some really important elementals that you will WANT to run in this deck!
Slithermuse is another evoke elemental, and this one cast refill your hand! again, every deck needs to draw cards.
Animar, Soul of Elements is also HUGE ramp. worth the price.
Muldrotha, the Gravetide let's you cast so many more spells each turn! definitely going to be happy whenever you draw her.
Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar is just a huge monster..... paying for a creature with potentially 20 power is too cool to pass up.
alright i've chewed your ear off enough...... good luck and have fun deckbuilding!