Beastcaller Savant

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Limited Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Highlander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Custom Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Battle for Zendikar (BFZ) Rare

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Beastcaller Savant

Creature — Elf Shaman Ally

: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.Spend this mana only to cast a creature spell.

Beastcaller Savant Discussion

Autofigure on Temur Beats

11 hours ago

Yeah, I put it in since it could be a good game finisher if your guys get buffed enough from combat damage with Shaman of the Great Hunt since its like a no sac fling, but I have never played with it before but it does just seem decent at most.

I just took out a Kronch Wrangler for a Temur Ascendancy since the haste and the card draw is really good from the testing. Goreclaw was also REALLY good in testing so far since i can play most of my dudes for 2 or 1 mana with it. Im also unsure about Woodland Wanderer which was in my original deck back in that standard since i can play it as a 6/6 with Beastcaller Savant or Sylvan Caryatid (Im not sure which to use but i do like the haste and being able to attack if needed). back then Temur Battle Rage was insane and always won games so Im thinking about adding another since it has still done great, and Im thinking about replacing Opt with Anticipate (also what i played in the original deck) since it can dig deeper for answers or dudes.

Bonecrusher Giant is also a beast. especially with goreclaw out. 3 mana for a shock and a 4/3 is really nice. same with goreclaws trample anthem affect with rhonas' deathtouch.

lagotripha on Rally To Me!!!

5 days ago

Rally the Ancestors is on-theme, while Zulaport Cutthroat / Kalastria Healer enables an aristocrats theme.

This lets you lower the overall CMC of the deck- in modern playing more creatures quickly is basically mandatory unless you are packing a lot of powerful disruption.

Skipping that, lets look at flat upgrades and options from modern. Unearth is better than raise dead. Honor of the Pure will almost always be better as another ally creature. Ordeal of Heliod is cute lifegain, but since most lifegain is intended for burn, it getting countered by a Searing Blaze hurts bad. Ondu Cleric will perform its role excellently.

Drana, Liberator of Malakir is the most efficient ally 'lord', even if they aren't a lord. Flying is super relevant too. Still, it being good makes it expensive.

Past that, naming ally for tribal lands is good. Unclaimed Territory and fixing like Beastcaller Savant gives access to the rest of the cheaper allies and will be the most efficient way to spend your budget- Jwari Shapeshifter and Oran-Rief Survivalist will go a long way to taking it from 'casual funstuff' to 'strong casual stuff'.

Chhris on Mayael's Thunderdome

2 months ago

This is pretty sweet. Have you though about Beastcaller Savant instead of the Satr? Works good for me. What do you do if you Mayael your combo pieces to the bottom of the library? Or are they not that big of a deal?

I have my own list I'm always looking to improve: The Safari Zone {Primer}

KongMing on Green Dragon Pump

2 months ago

Does this deck have problems getting enough red mana? Seems like it might. Something I think might help would be going truly tribal with it, removing some of your more restrictive dorks for better elves. Specifically, I'm thinking remove Druid of the Cowl, Elvish Rejuvenator, Leaf Glider, Orochi Leafcaller, and Vine Trellis. You could even remove the Draconic Disciple if you want to go hard elf tribal.

My recommended replacement cards include Beastcaller Savant , Elvish Harbinger , Lifespring Druid , Paradise Druid , and Elvish Archdruid .

SharpRaptor on Omnath: Locus of landfall & combos

2 months ago

Hi, I hope that at least some of what i'm going to put here will be useful, and even if you don't use any of my advice then maybe you will be able to see where I am coming from and use the logic to find your own improvements :)

Ramp

As the previous commenter has suggested the amount of ramp spells that put lands in to play in your deck is a bit to low for a ramp deck especially one that has subthemes of landfall. Typical commander deck building suggestions say that you should have 10 pieces of ramp to tide you into the midgame. This goes for any deck, not just ramp decks. In ramp decks you will want more. At my count you have 12 ramp cards that are reusable (ie, aren't the one shot sacrifice elemntals) this will want to be more really, with a focus on them being ones that put lands in to play. Another of note, is that cards like Zendikar Resurgent don't really count as a ramp slot, as by the time we can cast it, we have a lot of mana already. 'Ramp' cards are ones that you want to see in your opening hand to get you into your game plan faster.

For this reason I would look into replacing some of the creature based ramp and some other low impact cards with this ramp that will get us executing our main game plan faster and better.

These can all be easily replaced with land based ramp spells as they don't get you any further ahead on mana than 1 land, or are one shot abilities when we want to be dropping big things multiple times over multiple turns.

Smokebraider Is unique because it produces 2 mana for only 2 investment, but only if we focus in on elemtals so can be left on a short list to be evaluated. We'll list other potential cuts later when looking at more over all deck evaluation.

The previous commentor has provided a list which at first glance seems to be comprehensive enough to provide some ideas for what to add.

Removal

More conventional commander wisdom suggests that you have at least 5 ways to directly interact with your opponents game plan. I personally nearly always play more than this, but you should have at least 5. This direct interaction is preferred to be the targetted simgle response cards that can remove threats in any shape or form. Of note, this removal count is seperate from the count of mass removal. At my count you have Song of the Dryads , the down tick of Domri, Anarch of Bolas and Ingot Chewer as easily accessable removal. Things like the trigger from your commander or things like Magmatic Force are more incedental as you can't rely on them doing what you want when you need it.

Cards that could be added in this slot are many. But it is a good idea to have as many as you can being generic answers to anything, but also you need to make sure that they are ones you can realistically weave into your game plan instead of leaving up those answers at all times. This is mostly a balncing act that is where fine tuning comes in from playing the deck. But potential recommendations for all purpose would be Beast Within and Chaos Warp . After that they become more specific but can be cheaper in mana,

Wrath

This may seem counterintuitive, seen as you are planning on being the big creature deck that wants the board presence. But sometimes the opponents boards just need answering (Not to mention that you might end up getting a lot of elemental death triggers from Omnath). As such having 2 or 3 creature wraths might be worth trying. And having 2 or 3 artifact and enchantment wraths will be good to have access to aswell. Something you already have so I assume you already know.

Creature wraths to consider in green red include

You already have the cards for mass removing artifacts and enchantments so I won't bother listing any more.

Card Draw

One of the most common recommendations I have to make to people about their deck is to up the amount of card draw or selection in their decks. There is no point in having sweet cards and synergies in here if we never get to see them! Normally I recommend having 10 ways of drawing cards in your deck, with some of them being repeating and some being one shot. At my count you currently have 7 (Or 8 if you count Praetor's Counsel which can do effectively a similar job), so you are nearly there but I would recommend adding a couple mr just to smooth out the deck running.

  • Harmonize is the most obvious recommendation withit being notorious for its colour pie break with not haveing a restriction based on creatures or similar.
  • Horn of Greed is universal, but we should be getting more value from it.
  • Greater Good is amazing if you keep having big creatures to sacrifice. Thankfully due to our commander triggers, we do!
  • Chandra, Flamecaller can cover multiple bases of what we need, it can be counted as both a wrath AND a card draw engine :) IT also even makes elementals (of note, they get exiled at end step instead of dieing so you won't normally get Omnath triggers. Sacrificing them to Greater Good though....... )
  • Rishkar's Expertise can be great card draw as you don't need to take a full turn off to refuel, you still get to cast something that costs less, which could be that removal spell or something you needed!

These overview sections are recommendations for generic cards that could go in. From here on, we will be looking at more specific card options, and possible cuts from the existing deck

Deck Applications

Now, again as the previous commentor mentioned, there are multiple ways you can take an Omnath deck. My take on them being

  • RG Big thing Ramp. No specific synergies in mind except for incidental ones like, I need land to cast my big spells, and this card cards about land. Not a bad deck by any means, just less commander or theme focused.
  • Elemental Tribal Ramp. This seems to be closer to what you are currently going for. Similar to the RG ramp deck, just with tribal synergies from elementals
  • Landfall / Lands Matter. Here we are focusing on many landfall triggers, and keep cycling our lands round and round to get them. This deck will likke having access to things like Crucible of Worlds and many effects like Exploration

Here, i will suggest some cards for each of them and maybe later on if you want we could look more into one or a mix of these strategies.

RG Ramp

  • Ruric Thar, the Unbowed This card is very very powerful. Expecially as the decks around you get more and more powerful and wanting to do more combo and storm bsaed strategies.
  • Gruul Ragebeast A good way of keeping the board under control when you play your 'large and incharge' creatures
  • Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger We have mana, they don't. Enough said really. Just beware that with this creature, sometines the adage If you can't remove the problem, remove the player can be applied to just killing you.

Elemental Ramp

Other than ones recommended here, perhaps a good idea would be to use Gatherer or mtg.wtf to find elementals in your colour. Or cards which reference elementals in your colours, the example in wtf would be this

  • Chandra, Acolyte of Flame can rebuy your ramp spells and can make elementals that will die to trigger Omnath.
  • Chandra, Awakened Inferno A wrath that doesn't kill elementals and can provide a reasonable clock on the game with her uptick.
  • Omnath, Locus of Mana Store mana for a rainy day. Or for hitting your opponents upside the head with it. Both work.
  • Parallel Lives Double the tokens, double the elementals, double the damage. We like.
  • Tornado Elemental clears out any things like Dragons, or Flying Slivers or similar. Also good at picking of planeswalkers as it has sudo unblockable.
  • Liege of the Tangle we can go REALLY all in on making all our lands elementals and meaning that if someone wraths us we can basically kill everyone from Omnath triggers
  • Budoka Gardener Ramp early game, big guys late game.

Lands Matter

This deck idea might have elements that are closer to a combo deck than the others, but will still mostly be a midrange deck.

Possible Cuts

Cutting Criteria

I won't re-list the cuts recommeneded in the ramp section. I will be evaluating cuts in the assumption that the deck is wanting to be a combination of an elementals ramp deck and a lands value deck. A lot of these recomendations for cuts will have very similar reasonings, which I will elaborate on first to be able to be brief later on. These recommendations will possibly sound rather brutal, however I find that it makes it a lot easier to have too many cards that are on the cutting block rather than not enough.

  • Too Slow. If the card takes too many turns to start pulling its weight then it could be replaced with something that does what we need sooner. This is common in cards which have 'at the beginning of your upkeep' effects as they will normally have to wait an entire turn cycle to start doing something. Enters the battlefield triggers or similar things that have an effect the turn you play them are often preferred.
  • Too expensive. This should be self explanatory. If the card costs too much mana, especially if the same effect can be achieved for less mana then it should be exmined.
  • Doesn't do enough. While the effect might be interesting and maybe something we actually want in the deck, The card just doesn't pull its weight in whatever role it is supposed to be doing
  • Doesn't contribute to our game plan This might be a good card, maybe even a great card in other decks. But perhaps the effect just isn't one we need in this deck

Cards

Creatures

  • Cytoplast Root-Kin Too slow. Doesn't contribute to our game plan.
  • Dragonmaster Outcast Too slow. Doesn't do enough
  • Grazing Gladehart Doesn't do enough. While we like landfall triggers. The life gain is small enough to be negligable unless we are massrecycling all lands from our yard multiple times.
  • Magmatic Force Too Slow.
  • Magmaw Doens't contribute to our game plan / Doesn't Do enough. We can run other sac outlets if we want ways to sacrifice our elementals
  • Scute Mob Possibly too slow. But I love me a scute mob so I'm fine with this staying in :D
  • Spawnwrithe Doesn't do enough. However this one can stay in if you have found that you realistically get to connect with it at least twice to have four of them
  • Tendershoot Dryad Doesn't contribute to our game plan. Though it is very good at gummin gup the board
  • Tyrant of Discord Doesn't do enough. However if you change to having some ways to knock your opponents off of lands then the chances of this hitting multiple nonlands go up and its value does too. However there are enough control players where the onlything this will do is destroy a land at random
  • Undergrowth Champion Deosn't do enough. It's got all the right keywords but thats about it

Enchantments

  • Retreat to Kazandu Doesn't do enough. THe landfall idea is good, but putting 1 counter an a guy once or so a turn isn't worth the slot really

Artifact

  • Sword of the Animist Too Slow. We want this effect, but we aren't attacking multiple times in one turn so there are better effects to get lands from our deck. We don't neccessarily even have than many small creatures to equip this too to get it active early enough for the ramp to be that useful as ramp

Sorcery

  • Animist's Awakening As much as i want this spell to ever be good. It's just not really at all.
  • Journey of Discovery Too slow. For this to be actual search out ramp you need to entwine it which is then 6 mana. Any of the 4 mana double basics would be better here. Or just Explore type effects that cantrip too.

Planeswalker

Turns out there is only slightly too much Nissa. (And not enough Chandra ;) ) All of the Nissas' contribute to our gameplan well except for Nissa, Voice of Zendikar . The general rule of Planeswalkers in commander is to assume that you will only get two activations if you are lucky. So with this one you will at best buff your team a little. Consider Garruk Wildspeaker instead maybe?

Other random Card Recommendations

Closing

Well I hope some of this helped at least a little :)

SharpRaptor

Last_Laugh on Shhhh.....Its just a statue

3 months ago

Cloud of Faeries , Peregrine Drake , Great Whale , Stadium Vendors , Morph creatures, colorless Eldrazi, and Beastcaller Savant all go infinite with Cloudstone Curio. Curio is worth its weight in gold here.

Equilibrium is another option for a bounce enabler. It's harder to remove, not as efficient, but much cheaper.

You're also pretty heavy on non-creatures for an Animar list. Optimally you'd want about 10 less honestly.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. My curves not as low but the list is pretty optimized and a blast to pilot. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

wisegreenbean on Drawing cards

4 months ago

I like! Some cheeky choices.

Most glaring issue is that your mana count isn't where it needs to be. 28 lands and 5 mana dork won't let you cast your spells consistently. You won't even be playing half the time. This article talks about it a little: https://articles.edhrec.com/superior-numbers-land-counts/ Basically, you're running a mana count appropriate to a deck that's like 40% lower CMC than you. Your high capacity to draw does help a little bit in making land drops, but any trims you can make will dramatically improve your consistent ability to play freely. 5 more mana sources would be a decent start, but I'm not sure even 10 more would be unreasonable, PARTICULARLY because you have X spells that are skewing your average CMC to appear falsely low.

Suggested cuts: Divination is very low impact and low efficiency. Mine Excavation is also likely overkill; you can just dig to a new wincon if you lose one. Beastcaller Savant is also probably not where you want to be; you don't have a lot of creatures, so his restriction is a major downside, particularly when you're storming off.

I'd also strongly recommend cutting the soul sister life gain package. I get that it plays into your alternate wincon strategy for Felidar Sovereign , but you don't have quite enough to power that out consistently, and it has no synergy with your main strategies associated with drawing cards and playing instants and sorceries. You have plenty of other strong win cons without going that route; it dilutes your game plan. The 3 life gain creatures + felidar sovereign would let you nicely round out your mana, maybe add more dorks to support the Jeskai Ascendancy plan.

Selvala, Explorer Returned and Heart Warden might be 2 dorks on your radar, as they fulfill both your ramp needs and your card draw needs.

multimedia on Animar, God Of Hydras

4 months ago

Hey, your deck looks good except the manabase. You've neglected the manabase in favor of the rest of the deck :( This manabase is for a $100-$200 budget deck not a $400+ deck. If deck price is a concern then cut Primal Vigor since it's a redundant five drop because of Doubling Season and one of Palinchron or Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger ; use the $56+ to improve the manabase. Palinchron can be cut and replaced with less expensive price Peregrine Drake .

I would start with getting one of each of the Pain lands and Shock lands, more dual lands that ETB untapped which are wanted to cast Animar on curve. Shock lands, Pain lands and Check lands manabase is fine with basic lands. 21x basic lands is a lot for a $400+ three color deck that wants to make difficult mana cost turn three/four consistently.

Lands to consider adding:


Ancestral Statue is the only creature enabler for Animar here. Consider more than Statue?

Upgrades to consider:

Other upgrades to consider:

Creatures who ramp give you more with Animar because if cast before can help to cast Animar and then afterwards if cast can add counter to Animar. These mana dorks who can make any color of mana for Temur can help the manabase, bringing consistency of color fixing for playing Animar faster. The same can be said for creatures who can put a land onto the battlefield because it's then ramp who can be bounced and played again. There's already more Forests than any other lands which is good when playing green mana dorks. Good luck with your deck.

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