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Creature — Dinosaur
When Apex Altisaur enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.
Enrage — Whenever Apex Altisaur is dealt damage, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.
4 months ago
Remember a while ago where I made Zaren, Silverback Ironfist? The Ape Berserker who revolved around the Fight mechanic? So I built a deck and he was way to powerful. Every single creature spell becoems removal. Even when I nerf him, dropping it from two +1/+1 counters when the creature survives down to just a single +1/+1 until end of turn, everything just decimates the boardstate. Dropping a Hornet Queen just wrecked a game I was playing in. Because he is a custom commander, I have the deck here on Tappedout and I have the browser tab open. My current boardstate (after winning the game) looks like this:
- Zaren, Omnath, Locus of Rage, 4x 5/5 Elemental tokens, Akroma, Angel of Fury, Toralf, God of Fury Flip, Myojin of Life's Web whom I removed the counter from in order to bring into play Myojin of Towering Might, Foe-Razer Regent, Gruul Ragebeast, Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider, Kolvori, God of Kinship Flip, Kodama of the East Tree who brought out Thorn Mammoth and Arcane Signet because that's all I had that were less MV. I also had a very early Elemental Bond, so I kept drawing a ton of cards. My hand currently sits at Forest, Pit Fight, Mountain, Ghalta, Primal Hunger, Apex Altisaur, The Tarrasque, Kogla, the Titan Ape and Dragonlord Atarka with Hunt the Hunter, Furious Rise, Frontier Siege, Mountain, Hornet Queen and Boxing Ring in my graveyard.
- It's my Turn 9.
Game ended with me at 24 life.
Poor Ur-Dragon died twice to my fights; Once to Akroma, Angel of Fury after she triggered a second time since The Ur-Dragon is both white and blue, she couldn't deal damage back. So when Akroma dealt 6, she got +1/+1 until end of turn and I had her fight again with Hunt the Hunter, since The Ur-Dragon is green. Later, Hornet Queen made short work of it, again.
I think I vastly underestimated the power of the Fight mechanic, and now I understand why we do not have a Fight Commander. T-T
At the beginning of combat on your turn, you and target opponent may each reveal cards from the top of your library until you both reveal a creature card. If you do, they enter the battlefield tapped and fight each other. Put the rest of the revealed cards on the bottom of their libraries in a random order. If one creature survives, it remains on the battlefield. If both creatures survive, their owners shuffle them back into their library.
5 months ago
I'm currently building the deck centered around the Fight mechanic.
Gargos, Vicious Watcher is going to be a great control punisher, alongside Ruric Thar, the Unbowed to stop non-creature spells from being cast. Although I'll have some myself, that's a small price to pay.
You won't get the card advantage off of Apex Altisaur, but indestructible will turn him into a variable wrath and that's just insane. Two +1/+1 counters per creature that it survived? So if there's 7 creatures online, that's 14 +1/+1 counters, making it a 24/24. That could TKO an opponent at mid-game stages!
11 months ago
Even in very creature-heavy decks, a wipe or three are often very useful. What do you get from three or four werewolves when the Goreclaw creature storm deck just went of and ended the turn with 127 power in play?
Ezuri's Predation is a great boardwipe in green, as is Apex Altisaur. Reckless Endeavor can be somewhat one-sided if your creatures are on the bigger end, also: Burn Down the House is great if you don't want the exile-effect from Hour of Devastation.
1 year ago
Hey, there's not much to say yet as this is just a list of cards you want to play, nice Swordtooth. Most of what you have so far on the low budget is good, but Decree of Savagery is not playable and Sun-Crested Pterodon, Elfhame Palace, Stone Quarry are really lackluster.
Do you own Gishath? I don't see him here, but I do see Atla. If you don't own Gishath then he's really not worth getting for $20 if you're on such a low budget. Atla is a fine Commander for Dinos and you have her. For $20 you could get many budget cards that are good with Atla rather than just Gishath.
Atla and Gishath will play very differently. Gishath is more straight forward, ramp and Dinos. Atla is more complex since you want ramp, sac outlets for Eggs and Dinos. Marauding Raptor is a combo Dino with Atla to kill an Egg right when it ETB. It also triggers enrage when a Dino ETB.
Some budget Dinos to consider adding:
- Marauding Raptor
- Quartzwood Crasher
- Apex Altisaur
- Ripjaw Raptor
- Thrasta, Tempest's Roar
- The Tarrasque
- Runic Armasaur
- Thrashing Brontodon
- Ranging Raptors
Some budget cards that have good interactions with Atla and/or Dinos or are ramp:
- Mirror Entity: is a Dino, is an Egg, can turn all creatures you control into Eggs, is a sac outlet.
- Garruk's Uprising: repeatable draw when Dinos ETB and give all Dinos trample.
- Goblin Bombardment: sac outlet for Eggs and each Egg that's saced can do 1 damage to another Egg to kill it too.
- Swiftfoot Boots: haste and hexproof protection for Atla.
- Arcane Signet: staple budget mana rock.
- Fellwar Stone
- Fertile Ground
- Wild Growth
- Farseek with Cinder Glade, Canopy Vista and Alpine Meadow.
- Forerunner of the Empire: puts the Dino on the top of your library to then sac an Egg. It can also kill Eggs.
- Mwonvuli Beast Tracker: puts the Dino with trample on the top of your library to then sac an Egg.
- High Market: sac outlet.
- Tyrite Sanctum: repeatable to make Atla bigger with +1/+1 counters and then give her indestructible.
- Fanatical Devotion: sac outlet and protection from most removal.
- Court of Bounty: can cheat a Dino from your hand onto the battlefield as well as be repeatable draw at your end step.
- Battlemage's Bracers: haste and double the Egg trigger of Atla.
- Fires of Yavimaya: haste enabler for all creatures you control including tokens.
Some budget land upgrades to consider:
- Exotic Orchard
- Path of Ancestry
- Jungle Shrine
- Opal Palace: cast Atla with it to give her one or more +1/+1 counter.
- Unclaimed Territory
- High Market
- Tyrite Sanctum
- Battlefield Forge
- Cinder Glade
- Canopy Vista
- Alpine Meadow
- Game Trail
- Fortified Village
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Hey, nice version so far with a high budget. Cutting Garruk's Uprising was a mistake, the card is really good in creature decks.
Apex Altisaur and Thorn Mammoth are upgrades for Ravager Wurm and Foe-Razer Regent for repeatable fight. You don't really need Regent since you have Vigor which has a much better ability to put counters on creatures you control. Vrondiss, Rage of Ancients from the new Draconic Rage Commander precon is a target for fight and good with Vigor. He can also be a repeatable source of big tokens to abuse Greater Good, Terror of the Peaks and Garruk's Uprising.
Quartzwood Crasher is a five drop to pair with Garruk's Uprising, another repeatable source of big tokens and it's combat damage trigger goes well when you can double the power of a creature with trample. Garruk, Primal Hunter and Garruk, Unleashed can be repeatable sources of tokens for attacking and fighting. With fight it's easier to protect them to get to their ultimates.
Arcane Signet is a ramp upgrade for Rampant Growth. Harrow is an upgrade for Kodama's Reach. Karplusan Forest, Grove of the Burnwillows, Cragcrown Pathway Flip are three more Gruul dual lands that always ETB untapped to consider adding. Cinder Glade is an upgrade for Temple of Abandon.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Temple of the False God
- Temple of Abandon
- Rampant Growth
- Kodama's Reach
- Golden Guardian Flip
- Ravager Wurm
- Zilortha, Strength Incarnate
- Nylea, Keen-Eyed
- Foe-Razer Regent
Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
Things are about to start getting fun. Some of the changes, new and upcoming:
Creatures out Sharktocrab and Shambleshark Way to many sharks ... if no one likes shark, why the heck do those smelly sons of bitches get their own week??? Apex Altisaur, Protean Hulk and Meteor Golem in (just to name few)
Let's see how it will all come together!
1 year ago
DemonDragonJ, carlmoores, Riku is an extremely difficult Commander to build around, because he needs a lot of support to get going. Firstly, he's 5 mana in three colors. Unless you're willing to drop hundreds of dollars on the lands alone, there's a very good chance you won't get him out on turn 5 without excessive ramp. So you might think you want to build in Sol Ring , Mana Crypt , Arcane Signet , Gruul Signet , Simic Signet , Izzet Signet , Mind Stone and others. These work fine and all, but the problem is you end up taking away slots from creatures and I/S spells. Riku wants to be out and copying everything, ASAP.
Often, the "best" route are mana dorks. These will allow you to get some sort of creature base to protect yourself with, and ramp into Riku and his ability, and later on if you draw into them they are not duds because you can now copy your dorks for even more mana.
You can't copy an Arcane Signet , but you can copy a Birds of Paradise . But now you open yourself to removal, particularly wraths. So, you need to cram as many counter spells into the deck as possible.
What this now means is you have a bunch of dorks being protected by a fistful of counter spells. The reason you want to do this is because you are biding your time to drop a few choice bombs into play to secure the winning position.
Drop a Kamahl, Fist of Krosa and pay into his ability a bunch of times. Drop a Hornet Queen with Esix, Fractal Bloom already in play. Copy Hornet Queen and turn all of your tokens into copies of your Scourge of Valkas . You can also use Myr Battlesphere or Avenger of Zendikar for this. You can also use Terror of the Peaks , Apex Altisaur or Burning Sun's Avatar .
Consider the following:
- You know you want to use Riku
- But you know you need ramp
- So you know a large portion of your deck must be dedicated to ramp
- So ramp with creatures, so you can use Riku
- Now you can chain Riku and dorks together to bring out heavy hitters much, much sooner
- Focus on ETB effects to deal damage and clear the way
- Strengthen with Clone reinforcements
- You can clone your bombs, and copy your clones to clone more bombs
- When the dust settles, you're the only one left with creatures. Attack and win
For I/S spells, focus on two things: Counter spells and draw spells. You want to counter any and all wraths, as you want your boardstate to remain untouched. You also want to prevent removal on Riku if possible. The second part is draw, because you want to keep as many options open as possible. Drawing a single card per turn with Riku is a death sentence because you'll run out of gas immediately.
Riku wins through sheer, unrelenting brute force. So be smart about it, use ETB non-combat damage to clear the path and use your overbearing power and presence to hone in on singular opponents at a time.
Sure, spreading the love and hitting everyone for 12 damage is nice and all, but hitting one player for 36 and removing an entire player as a threat is far more beneficial.
Riku may be the ultimate Timmy Commander, but he absolutely plays like a Spike - he's there to win, not hold hands and sing kumbaya.