Bennie Bracks, Zoologist

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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
Quest Magic Legal
Vintage Legal

Bennie Bracks, Zoologist

Legendary Creature — Elf Druid

Convoke (You may tap your creatures as you cast this spell. Each creature you tap while casting this spell pays for or one mana of that creature's colour.)

At the beginning of each end step, if you created a token this turn, draw a card.

Metalcop on Dennick

2 months ago

Hi igniteaxiom

Would you consider Jinxed Idol, Bennie Bracks, Zoologist, Nimble Obstructionist, Lion Sash, Read the Runes, Golden Guardian  Flip or spellshapers like Toymaker, Mageta the Lion... for this deck?

The idol is a cheap sacrifice outlet to put Dennick in the graveyard. On every opponents turn, it assures you creatures going into the graveyard since the other players won't like taking damage for a long time. Plus, if it comes back to you, you can tap it with shimmer dragon and then sacrifice one of your cheap creatures to give it back before taking damage.

@suarkdivad :

Can you unattach an equipment if you don't have another target to equip it? Cause if not, you won't be able to "sacrifice" if Dennick or your creature is alone on the battlefield.

Don't get me wrong. I really love Grafted Wargear but I would rather use Mortarpod here.

DreadKhan on Bohemian Rhapsody

3 months ago

Black Market Connections can do a lot of work for a 3 drop, and you've got access to White for random life gain to make it less of a problem. It's clunky but Axis of Mortality is a really fun/interesting card that can make it an asset to pay life, and you can also use it to just switch two opponent's life totals if yours is the highest. If you want something lower to the ground, there are also the Soul Sisters, Soul Warden and Soul's Attendant, or Lunarch Veteran  Flip. One or two of those coming out early can mean a ton of life if nobody is wiping.

I think Welcoming Vampire might work, but you probably want to have tokens enter on other people's turns, not sure if you can pull that off readily. There is also Bennie Bracks, Zoologist, which doesn't care what kind of token you're making and can be cheap to cast, he's really nice with Pitiless Plunderer and a sac outlet or Smothering Tithe.

Not sure if you get walled very often, but if you're usually going wide Angel's Trumpet can create a ton of chaos for unprepared decks.

Max_Hammer on These silly hoomans - Need Help

3 months ago

Well hello there! I had way too much time on my hands, so here’s this. By the way, it’s all ordered best to worst. (:

Pay less to play more.

  • Circle of Dreams Druid is going to drop loads of mana, assuming you can pay the three green.
  • Fallaji Wayfarer is going to give all of your stuff (including your commander) convoke! Not all, but a lot.
  • Hamza, Guardian of Arashin is going to make a lot of your creatures cost a lot less.
  • Herald of War makes all of your humans dirt cheap if he gets counters. But, oh, what’s that? This deck loves making counters for creatures? Perfect.
  • Nissa's Expedition is just Cultivate but it potentially costs a lot less.
  • Gaea's Cradle is perfect if you have a small fortune laying around and you’re in need of mana.
I need more! More!!!

  • Bennie Bracks, Zoologist every time you make a token? So every turn? Alright, sick.
  • Ulvenwald Mysteries lets you investigate the murder of your entire army. A board wipe kills this deck, but this (plus loads of mana) could help bring it back.
  • Season of Growth lets you scry a lot, letting you look for pretty much whatever and just pull it out.
No, you’re not allowed to have that! Because I said so! Exile it! Now!

  • Devouring Light, Conclave Tribunal, Hour of Reckoning are all removal spells but if you’re on a mana budget with a lot of 1/1’s.
  • Elspeth Tirel is a board wipe, if you manage to keep her around for long enough. If that’s not what you need, though, she’s got plenty of utility otherwise.
  • Coordinated Barrage, Kabira Takedown  Flip, and Outflank aren’t super powerful, but can destroy pretty much anything that comes your way. If it’s not hexproofed, shrouded, or indestructible, it will be killed.
  • Devout Chaplain says “The power of Christ compels you! Begone!” but this time it actually works.
  • Sanctuary Lockdown lets you say “Not this combat phase, Satan,” and if you have enough mana, you can do that again and again and again. Plus, if you decide you can’t, then it’s still a big boy.
  • Kamahl's Will will destroy just about anything in sight and can give you extra attacking force, if you can manage a way to keep all of your lands safe.
Gotta keep your stuff safe, yeah?

  • Loxodon Hierarch is going to save your deck (which is very sensitive to board wipes) from a board wipe, judy once. Use wisely.
  • Scapegoat won’t save your tokens, but it will save everyone else, commander included.
  • Kindred Boon can slowly but surely make literally every creature you own indestructible.
  • Ephemeral Shields is extra protection that can easily be pulled out of your back pocket.
  • Basri's Lieutenant isn’t going to save your deck, but it will buy you time or give you a chance next turn at a kill, if the board wiper was low.
Make all of your stuff bigger!

Make more stuff! The theme of these suggestions is Give me more, if you couldn’t have guessed.

Might of the Masses is always fun in a creature deck, one green for a massive “Fuck you” at instant speed is great. Now here’s a bunch of Might of the Masses style cards.

I was looking for cards with the keyword “Human” and a million Gideon cards came up, so here’s all of the Gideon Planeswalkers. None of them are bad, per se, but all Gideon cards are not made equal.

  • Gideon, the Oathsworn just happens to slip and give all of your creatures an absurd number of counters. Not to mention the big body (noticing a pattern yet?) and the one-sided board wipe! He’s got a weird face again, sadly, pass.
  • Gideon, Champion of Justice is a board wipe and a big, bad creature all wrapped into one. 7/10, he can dominate me.
  • Gideon Jura can goad and destroy stuff. Perfect for removal and instigating fights when you know you’ll win. Not to mention the big scary 6/6 lurking beneath. Also a weird face, pass.
  • Gideon of the Trials reads “Fuck your biggest creature, he’s not going to do anything, and also, as long as I’m around, fuck you more.” Nothing crazy, but can definitely make you public enemy #1 for having an effect like that. Pretty normal face, but that ability makes him a dick. 3.4/10
  • Kytheon, Hero of Akros  Flip is just some kid. Ignore him. This is a child, pass.
  • Gideon, Battle-Forged!? Where did you come from? Nothing super interesting here, but for one mana not bad. Weird face, pass.
  • Gideon, Martial Paragon can give buffs to all of your stuff, which is definitely not bad at all, and your opponents are automatically dead if he gets that ten ability off. That said, this Gideon can get it. 10/10.
  • Gideon Blackblade is eh. He’s okay. He can get it, though. 7/10.
  • Gideon, Ally of Zendikar can do some generic Gideon stuff. Make tokens, give buffs, be a 4/4. Eh. 6.7/10.
This is just stuff I couldn’t find a specific panel for, so yeah.

Your deck is pretty spotless, so unless some of these are direct upgrades or you know what you want to take out, then this is all I have for you here.

  • Thraben Doomsayer’s first ability can be easily beaten by other cards, and his second ability is mostly useless, since you’re pretty screwed at 5 HP either way.
  • Heron's Grace Champion Lifelink is cool, but not something you super need. It’d be worth it if it was permanent, but it’s not, so pass.
  • Maja, Bretagard Protector just feels a little expensive for such a lackluster ability, Idunno.
  • BigBadE on Wabbit Season (Cadira, Caller of the Small)

    4 months ago

    I'd suggest:

    Killer Service swapped for Battle for Bretagard because you'll at least get better tokens with the latter.

    Bennie Bracks, Zoologist for Welcoming Vampire because less mana cost, even if you have convoke, because early-game you won't have the creatures and late-game you won't struggle to pay the mana.

    Remove Craterhoof Behemoth. You already have trample on your commander, and go-wide won't struggle to get the combat damage in. This card will likely be a dead card for most of the game, and by the point it'd win you the game, a board wipe/buffer should be able to do it anyways.

    Add Search the Premises. Getting a token whenever someone swings at you heavily discourages attacks.

    Abzkaban on Oops I Win | OVER 250 INFINITE COMBOS!

    6 months ago

    Cliffordwarner10

    Yeah it’s been a minute since I’ve looked at this list. The main list is what I have put together for myself while any variation is theory crafting. I’d say anything that draws cards can and should be in this version since draw power replaces the tutoring ability of the main deck. Specifically Bennie Bracks, Zoologist and Esper Sentinel were added to the main deck since I put together this list. I don’t know when I’ll get around to updating this list, though. It takes a lot to keep several decks updated. It remains a good starting point, though.

    Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

    8 months ago

    kirbysan Housegheist You've convinced me! I included Bennie Bracks, Zoologist in the most recent update. I did actually forget that convoke can reduce to 0 mana, which is even more upside. With how many little creatures we have sitting around in the early game, we should be able to cast him pretty consistently.

    Khyheauts Lethal Scheme seems strong, but I don't think it's better than any of our existing removal. We run Vanishing Verse, Anguished Unmaking, and Swords to Plowshares as tutor-target removal in 3 different mana costs. I'm not sure how much utility we gain by running a creature/planeswalker only removal spell that we need 2-4 creatures to cast efficiently. Swords is the most obvious comparison, but it has a much lower casting requirement. Conniving 4 times is nothing to scoff at, but we have no way of taking advantage of the looting other than the inherent card quality. The one utility scheme does have is that it removes planeswalkers. If you find yourself up against superfriends often, it could be a good include.

    kirbysan on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

    8 months ago

    Masterful, I think Bennie Bracks, Zoologist could be very useful if you have Smothering Tithe or Smuggler's Share out, since he says token, not just creature token. It might cover the gaps if we don't want to sacrifice a creature for a token that turn and I've run away with Smothering Tithe many a time before.

    Masterful on Necronomicon | Teysa Karlov | Primer

    8 months ago

    Foster_I_Am Just released the update, sorry for the lateness! I got caught up in school and work.

    • Hidden Stockpile is slow for token generation, but it does a good impression of Bitterblossom. As a sac outlet, it's inefficient since you have to pay mana. The real strength of the card is that it does both. Personally, I like my token-makers as death-triggers, and my sac-outlets as cheap creatures or artifacts that grant me mana. It's not a bad card though, so play it if you like it!
    • Tithe Taker: I'm more a fan of the mana utility provided by Carrier Thrall than the Grand Abolisher-lite effect from taker. If you find your playgroup constantly disrupting you on your turn, it could be worth it.
    • Bennie Bracks, Zoologist: He's great at 1-mana, but I think our current draw suite is stronger with a higher ceiling than 1-card per turn. And while we have token makers in the deck, we're not all in on a token strategy, so other decks have more to gain from his effect than we do.

    Let me know what you think of the update and thanks for the suggestions!

    kirbysan Black Market Connections is a super interesting card. It's definitely better than Phyrexian Arena which is its closest comparison at the moment. The versatility is strong since we can generate fodder, mana, or cards whenever we're lacking them. Making all 3 is a crazy strong option that can pull us ahead in the early game for 6-life per turn, which isn't the most when we have lots of lifegain potential in the deck. I'm pretty enthusiastic about this card right now, but I'm gonna sit on it for a bit until my next update when the full Baldur's Gate commander lists are released. Thanks for the suggestion!

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