Atla Palani, Nest Tender

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal

Atla Palani, Nest Tender

Legendary Creature — Human Shaman

, : Create a 0/1 green Egg creature token with defender.

Whenever an Egg you control dies, reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card. Put that card onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. (Dying is being put into the graveyard from the battlefield. Tokens are put into the graveyard before they cease to exist.)

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Gleeock on How do you deal, if …

1 week ago

It depends on if your question is about netdecking versus popular commander building? Netdecking doesn't usually leave you with enough flex slots to really address putting much of your own stamp on the deck. But, building with a popular commander usually allows for some personal stamp. I took Atla Palani, Nest Tender (my most popular commander - EDHrec top 50 I think) & turned her into a dedicated groupslug deck with mostly direct damage themes... It is wildly strong in different ways than the usual shapeshifter/combo Atla decks, also has a crazy-different tempo. I have other decks that are different, like: white-weenie + non-atraxa groupfriends.

I wonder if there are enough sac-based planeswalkers for you to make an unusual Korvold, Fae-Cursed King deck that uses synergistic, but highly unusual, superfriend/sac themes? Then you could have Carth the Lion, Angrath, Zariel, Vraska... Some of the lesser seen representatives.

Gleeock on Xira of the Beautiful Dresses

3 weeks ago

jamochawoke Oof! 90% of the meta, it is difficult when 3/4 of the table are using the same strategy & yours runs counter. That is how my table used to be, I eventually found out how to make some pretty effective groupslug & forced combat decks, but some of those solutions have been pretty counterintuitive.

My Kardur, Doomscourge deck has been good at anti-control, though I think people lean too much into forced combat redundancy with this type of commander - considering how often you run into a meta that could care less about combat... Those types of effects are more like an 'ace in the hole' for me to use at just the right time while I focus more on draining effects to put a non-combat clock on the sit-&-wait decks.

For a more aggressive & competitive anti control/pillow deck I run a burn-based Atla Palani, Nest Tender deck that you could check out. It kind of "does what the Romans do" & runs a little bit control itself. It looks pretty basic, but it surprises alot of people with just burn & dmg doublers. Counterspells & a wide range of stax are mostly pretty useless against it. I've also ended alot of attempted Cyclonic Rifts with this deck just by flinging insane damage & killing the caster before resolution.

LandoLRodriguez on The Predator of Predators

1 month ago

Love the deck and love the formatting you do to your deck pages, very impressive! Perhaps the answer to this is buried somewhere in your edit logs, but just wondering if you ever considered Seedborn Muse? While certainly not a dinosaur or enrage-y, I use her in my Atla Palani, Nest Tender deck in which Zacama is usually the first target to cheat in. The value of getting all your mana back during every opponents' turn to feed to Zacama can't be understated. Perhaps worth considering for this deck!

Gleeock on How Many EDH Decks Do …

1 month ago

12 - My Home Depot tool box fits that many :)

In my regular group there are a couple of dads, a new dad, & college students. There is a variety of high quality proxies (easy to make) & a variety of budgets. Pretty much no rhyme or reason on which decks have the most expensive cards. My more competitive deck has some proxied duals even though I have the actual duals in a few power tiers below that deck :) I don't think I have that much time to organize decks very often anymore.

Of the 12 I only get time enough to play maybe 5 of them regularly though. The 5 that I come back to are:

Kardur, Doomscourge

Breena, the Demagogue

Marisi, Breaker of the Coil

Extus, Oriq Overlord  Flip

Atla Palani, Nest Tender - Direct damage "tribal" - near cEDH

Now that I know what I like, I am starting to sell off my overstock, mostly at lower price to friends & coworkers because I don't really need to lose out to the middle-man LGS & I don't need store credit for the occasional single that I pick up

LandoLRodriguez on Atla Palani, Nest Tender - (Egg cheats)

3 months ago

I made an Atla Palani, Nest Tender deck recently myself! Mine includes a sort of enrage subtheme where I try to both poke my dinosaurs and kill my eggs with damage at the same time, whereas what you have here is a lot more creatures and more straightforward sac outlets like Ashnod's Altar and several of your enchantments.

Something that I think every Atla deck needs is Seedborn Muse. Even if having it only means Atla gets to make an egg during each players' turn it's worth it, but it does so much more than that. It essentially gives all your creatures vigilance and means you have all your mana open every turn to use activated abilities (I'm looking at you, Zacama). I would also strongly recommend both Worldly Tutor and Congregation at Dawn. Getting to go pick exactly which creature or creatures you want for an egg trigger is a wonderful thing to be able to do.

Something I've found playing Atla is that is it entirely possible to get too many creatures out too fast (especially with Seedborn Muse). I've had games where I get nearly all of my scariest creatures out at once, only for a board wipe to leave me suddenly way behind and out of gas in my deck. I wonder if trying the Maskwood Nexus approach and getting triggers from every creature puts you in even more danger of doing this. While playing that way means a board wipe with Atla out means it would just refill your board even though she dies, if someone picks her off first then you get nothing. You would probably be alight given the sheer volume of creatures you're running, and I love Wheel of Sun and Moon as a solution to that problem. I hadn't come across that and saw it here and I'm definitely gonna try to find a slot for it. So thanks for that!

Feel free to check out my list Atla's Angry Omelettes, you may find something there you might like as well!

FolkOccult on Cathars of Innistrad

3 months ago

You're not wrong, though with cards like Hanweir Militia Captain  Flip blending in to the Cathar churches to recruit cultists, Eldritch Evolution depicting the horror of Emrakul's arrival, I kept Growth Spasm which is a Zendikar set card, only because of its eldrazi involvement, and that it looks eerily similar to Deathbonnet Sprout  Flip in the center of the artwork. I've made this deck entirely, foils, pre releases, alt arts; and found for the sake of functioning, with the necessity of ramp and draw for the table's I play at, I permitted Tarkir cards like Shamanic Revelation and Inspiring Call because they happened to be printed in the pre-con, but serve little to no use lore wise, sadly. I wish every set was treated like the warhammer commanders, with every card sporting a specific art to the theme of the plane.

I took out Entreat the Angels for Increasing Devotion in favor of humans; wanting the deck to very much be human focused, that being that rise and downfall of most of Innistrad. Cults within churches, Mikaeus, the Lunarch being one of the first humans to turn corrupt for the likes of evil.

I find Cryptolith Rite a suitable spell as it shows what fear drove humans to do, due to Nahiri, the Harbinger and her personal grudge. The cards I really want to get rid of, if I had Innistrad arts and watermarks to just swap with that'd be even better, but due to lore-specific conflicts; Shamanic Revelation (shaman of Tarkir), Unbreakable Formation (Azorius Guildmates from Ravnica) , Inspiring Call (Khans of Tarkir), Worldly Tutor (Yisan of Shandalar, but as a wandering bard... he might have made it Innistrad, the centipede in his card looks the same as what's been printed in Innistrad for sure), Wild Beastmaster (depicting a Selesnya guild member), Growth Spasm feels more akin to this deck's lore and flavor, seeing as Nahiri brought Eldrazi to the plane, and it getting an Innistrad watermark makes it feel a bit more at home, but were I to intentionally make this a Sigardian (good) humans only deck, I'd switch Cryptolith with Fork in the Road, and Growth Spasm with Reclusive Taxidermist or Avacyn's Pilgrim, Descend upon the Sinful with Terminus, Mikaeus, the Lunarch with Hamlet Captain, Wild Beastmaster with Mentor of the Meek; and several other cards, but the power just isn't there. I had this deck kitted out similarly and against my table, without some leeway for proper play, it bricks if I don't hit any ramp.

Sorry if that sounded preachy, your suggestion is 1000% solid, though I'd slot it in with a different card for the CMC to not vary too much, then replace Cryptolith Rite with another ramp spell so that I'm not missing any slots that could otherwise be used, hell, it still bugs me that I have Moonsilver Key and Avacyn, Angel of Hope who is canonically dead and then some, in the same deck. If you look at my Halana and Alena, Totally Just Roommates and In memory of the Weatherlight. these conflicts in lore occur quite a bit, similarly with my Sacrificial Splicer deck, much to my chagrin; but due to these constraints I find myself having quite a lot of fun building around this challenge when conceptualizing the deck itself.

I just wish some cards that would otherwise be integral to certain strategies had artworks to compliment the commander's they're most often used for, Thornbite Staff & Atla Palani, Nest Tender is a big one for myself, if it had a reprint, it'd be fairly harmless with Sun Empire-specific artwork. Or Impact Tremors that actually has Krenko, Mob Boss's goblins on it. Ashnod's Altar given alternate art that changes its name and makes the art specific to certain lore would be a dream of mine. But that's why we have alts I suppose, and commissioning one isn't the worst, but the wait sure can be murder on your sanity.

FolkOccult on What Commander Do You Think …

4 months ago

Niko9 Legitimately your comment makes me tear up a bit. It's the set that revived my interest entirely. Originally my name on here was going to be PapaPalani due to my love of the set; I nearly went into Paleontology itself when I was dual enrolled way back when, it was the single set that brought magic to an entire new echelon, a higher high than I'd ever experienced, excluding perhaps Mirrodin (and the subsequent sets in their lore which I'm still trying to collect the entirety of. I just completed Ixalan and Rivals during 2020 to fend off the cabin fever. Each set foiled out.)

Their writing and contributions to the lore, including the very informative pamphlets in their fat packs, links on their site, the tribal experiences. If at all you're wanting to take a step back in time, Of the Sun Empire, Of the Brazen Coalition, Of the River Heralds, Of the Dusk Rose Legion, are all lore-specific decks that focus entirely on cards from those sets or the tribes specific to those sets but were printed outside of their set Run Afoul features Atla Palani, Nest Tender dialogue for example, or Vito, Thorn of the Dusk Rose which, well. The name spells it all.

Ixalan, Mirrodin, Dominaria, and Innistrad have been my primary indulgences when it comes to deck building and lore especially, but I've slowly stretched my clutches to the likes of Alara currently and have been constructing decks featuring their commander pre-cons' secondary commanders for the sake of variety for myself.

Don't worry about the name, on occasion I do think about changing it in one form or another. Though I do rather imagine, if "Snuggle" was a keyword, it'd be like "Soulbond" but instead of giving a perpetual effect specific to the card, it'd allow you to give each creature just a simple, but comfortable and quite decent +0/+2, as snuggling is quite a sedentary act that makes one feel comfortable and quite relaxed and adding toughness necessarily doesn't equal to that, but you can't tell me a Llanowar Elves wouldnt feel better with a bit more toughness or some such. Maybe a +0/+1 per creature with "Snuggle" on the battlefield.

MEINEID on The Ur-Dragon, quest for 100%

6 months ago

Ok I guess our decks have slightly different attitudes then. For my deck bringing a dragon onto the field with haste is crucial which is why Sneak Attack is fantastic and I will play it over Monster Manual.

I get why you don't want to play small creatures. I've had a similar deck with Atla Palani, Nest Tender as a commander, it can be fun.

I assume you mean't Atarka, World Render and not Dragonlord Atarka?

Another idea would be Elemental Bond over Mystic Remora because it synergises better with your deck.

Have you played around with Mutavault? I have considered it for my deck and am not yet sure wether to include it or not.

Last question from my part would be if Temple of the Dragon Queen is really good enough to make the cut. Reading the card makes me doubt it but i haven't tried it out yet.

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