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Benefaction of Rhonas
Reveal the top five cards of your library. You may put a creature card and/or enchantment card from among them into your hand. Put the rest into your graveyard.
Benefaction of Rhonas Discussion
1 month ago
Cool idea for a deck! I think you could try to build around your commander even more.
In your mana base, a very easy inclusion would be all the cycling lands. Desert of the Fervent , Desert of the Indomitable, Tranquil Thicket , Slippery Karst and Smoldering Crater are great for Gruul decks to have anyways because of the lack of card draw and they work super well with your commander.
All the Dredge stuff would be great in the deck. You already have Brownscale, but you could use Shenanigans (there's always a target), Moldervine Cloak and Greater Mossdog all give you consistent action in the late game that will also power up your damage.
There are tons of self-mill cards that are worth running for card advantage. Lead the Stampede , Beast Hunt , Benefaction of Rhonas , Commune with the Gods , Kruphix's Insight , Scout the Borders all work at varying degrees of efficiency. If you ran a few more enchantments (which wouldn't be hard to do), this could actually be a great way to stock your graveyard and give you tons of action throughout the game.
With that in mind, almost every Flashback card is probably worth running. Same goes with Retrace and Jump-Start. These will give you so many options over the course of the game and be an extension to your hand.
Book Burning Targeting yourself is a pretty good way to stock the graveyard quickly, unless an opponent wants to take 6, which is also nice.
Chainflinger is decent in PDH and would fit nicely in a deck like yours.
Firebolt is very good in general and gets even better if you're milling it into your graveyard.
Fortitude can make a big creature a bigger problem and feed your graveyard lands.
Mother Bear seems like a good fit, like most cards that generate value in the graveyard.
Elven Cache is a great card to have in green PDH. It doesn't cost you a draw like Reclaim does, which justifies the mana cost, in my opinion.
Is Renewal to janky? Cantripping and fixing your mana might not be worth 3 mana, but it does move your gameplan forward somewhat.
A lot of the cards in your maybeboard are cards I think you should actually play. Excavating Anurid is quite strong. A 5/5 vigilance that cantrips at almost no downside for you is really good. Igneous Elemental is comparable to Flametongue Kavu in many scenarios. All your burn and removal that requires sacrificing creatures or lands is also good for your game plan. Quicksand has no downside in your mana base.
In general, I think having more creature-based ramp might be better than sorcery or artifact ones, unless they sac lands. Rampant Growth, Land Grant, Search for Tomorrow, Renegade Map and Armillary Sphere seem like they would be stronger as mana dorks. Zhur-Taa Druid and Silhana Starfletcher are both cards that do a lot of work in PDH, plus all the typical 1-mana ramp creatures in Green.
Otherwise, I think Diligent Farmhand and Muscle Burst is cute, but not very effective overall.
Chain Lightning and Lightning Bolt are oddly enough not impactful enough to play in PDH, in my opinion. I would vastly prefer Staggershock over either one for the better damage output or card advantage potential. These could be easy subsitutes for some of your maybeboard spells.
A lot of your creatures are aggressive, but not enough to really be pertinent in a game with 30-40 life (depending on how you play). Borderland Marauder, Burning-Tree Emissary, Moldgraf Scavenger, Zectar Shrine Expedition and to a certain extent even Scythe Tiger could be better as more resilient, synergistic or more powerful threats that scale better with all the ramping you're doing. Something like Sprout Swarm is a classic game-winning card that is good across the entirety of the game and works well with sac effects you're running.
Last thing: I think you should run more lands. I get that you're trying to be low to the ground and aggressive, but running a low land count hurts you in a lot of ways. It makes less opening hands keepable, it restricts the breadth of finishers you can use, it lowers the efficiency of your commander and cards like Winding Way and can even result in you running out of basics to fetch in the mid-to-late game. I think 38-40 lands would be a more appropriate number.
Again, great idea for a deck and I'm looking forward to hearing more about how you do with it. Is it more for 1-on-1 play or multiplayer?
2 months ago
Also Eternal Witness is an amazing creature to find with Benefaction of Rhonas . I definitely recommend playing a few. Jace, Vryn's Prodigy Flip could also be good since he loots and can re-cast your digging spells.
8 months ago
I like this deck, but I feel like with only 12 creatures, you're going to run into situations where you don't draw any - not too often, but it will happen. Maybe consider Commune with the Gods or Benefaction of Rhonas , since both can also be used to get you an enchantment?
Among your enchantments, you have a lot of First Strike, but very little to avoid blockers, like Trample or Flying. Not sure if that could be a problem.
10 months ago
This is pretty awesome. I've been pondering building starfield as well, but exactly the namesake is a little too expensive for me. I totally get the reason for playing Kruphix's Insight, but there also is Benefaction of Rhonas which might work well here, too. What do you think about it?
11 months ago
Satyr Wayfinder definitely fits very well; I just wanted to focus on having flexible recursion with my self-mill. For example, cards like Grapple with the Past or Sudden Reclamation mill me first, then allow me to choose either X or Y from the graveyard to bring back, instead of being limited to only choosing from the handfull of cards you just revealed.
Even cards like Benefaction of Rhonas and Commune with the Gods are preferable because while you ARE limited to choosing from just the cards you reveal, you're given multiple types of cards you can pick from to bring to your hand.
Satyr Wayfinder CAN still shine though. Its strength is that it's a creature instead of a sorcery/enchantment/ect. This makes it far easier to abuse since most graveyard recursion is creature-based.
I hope that all makes sense and didn't come out as a rambling mess!
11 months ago
I forgot that Starfield of Nyx affects creature-enchantments too; it will cause your gods to be 4/4 or 5/5. The "benefit" is it can turn them into creatures without the requisite devotion, but that doesn't seem especially helpful. It shines when you're running a bunch of utility enchantment creatures, or constellation effects (Eidolon of Blossoms, Forgeborn Oreads).
Your color fixing feels fine when I playtest, the vivid crags might be overkill when coming into play tapped. Consider Jungle Shrine instead? Also the more non-basics you run the harder Duergar Hedge-Mage will be to trigger, particularly for the mode you want. I would suggest +2 Always Watching, maybe -1 Iroas and -1 Starfield to make room? You might also try to slot in some tutor effects to let you customize the anthems you're grabbing, since they're mostly bad in twos but pretty critical to get one.
Commune with the Gods is pretty spot-on for flavor; did you consider Benefaction of Rhonas or Vessel of Nascency? The former is card advantage and the latter grabs your planeswalker. Kruphix's Insight? Reviving Melody is also a good enabler if you run some more self-mill seek effects. Satyr Wayfinder might help keep you on curve mana-wise?
1 year ago
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