Birthing Pod

Birthing Pod

Artifact

( may be paid for with either or 2 life.)

, , Sacrifice a creature: Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library. Activate this ability only any time you could cast a sorcery.

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Birthing Pod Discussion

ChaosClaws on Yarok, the Desecrated

1 week ago

Lord_of_Cardboard I'm pretty sure sideboard is incldued in the cost, so ignore that. I never pay attention to the tappedout price because it's usually inaccurate and averages the price of a card based on all its printings. Don't worry about a land base, given it's very easy nowadays to budget one efficiently. In a deck based around ETB, it's very easy to budget. If there's a card that's a little pricey, like Craterhoof Behemoth, there are budget alternatives. While landing a hoof with two triggers nearly always ends the game, using a similar card like Decimator of the Provinces or End-Raze Forerunners works just fine. Even just using EDHrec and filtering the most popular cards to be cheap will give you a better idea of what other people do to budget their lists. Do what you can to ensure you have a consistent mana base, a way to ensure your mana base stays efficient with cards like Farseek or even Skyshroud Claim, a decent amount of removal (preferably in the form of ETB from cards like Reclamation Sage and Ravenous Chupacabra), and having ETB effects on nearly every creature or even every permanent in your deck. In my opinion, if you were to buy a nicer card or two for this deck above the $10 range, Birds of Paradise is a must-have mana dork in a multicolor deck, and Field of the Dead will give you an insane amount of creatures with little to no effort. Keep in mind this list is based around Birthing Pod, so that card and the others like it are a bare necessity. If you want to push your list more towards blink or landfall, by all means, go crazy. This is just my iteration of a very popular and flexible commander.

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

3 weeks ago

Another Birthing Pod? Alrighty.


Liquimetal Foundry

Artifact

, , sacrifice an artifact: Search your library for an artifact with mana value equal to the mana value of the sacrificed artifacts plus 1, or less. Reveal it and put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle your library.

The difference between perfection and scrap is merely the intent.


Wonder if we will ever get colorless phyrexian mana? I bet we will.

I think making a 4-color card is significantly harder than a 5-color card, because with 5 colors you can basically just do whatever the hell you want. 4 really reigns in those restrictions.

Easiest way to design one is to ask what it CAN'T do, and start from there.

Make for me a 4-color Planeswalker with your choice of;

  • 3 activated abilities + 1 static ability
  • or 4 activated abilities and 0 static ability

For added challenge, do not make each ability a representation of just one or two colors, but try to blend and show multiple colors at work.

Protip: Establish your Planeswalkers power and build off of that, rather than cobbling together some random stuff that sounds cool. For example, a Planeswalker who's power is corrupting souls.

maverin on Tasigur cEDH Brew

1 month ago

There is a Pod version of this deck focusing on trying to fill up your graveyard to use Neoform, Eldritch Evolution, Fiend Artisan and Birthing Pod to sac your creatures (especially Tasigur) for spicy tutors. This build would need far more creatures and a lot less spells and might not be cEDH power level.

Creatures: Devoted Druid, Scavenging Ooze, Collector Ouphe, Bloom Tender, Destiny Spinner, Fiend Artisan, Bone Shredder, Manglehorn, Opposition Agent, Yisan, Wanderer Bard, Oakhame Adversary, Tendershoot Dryad, Phyrexian Delver.

7 mana payoffs for sacrificing Tasigur: Hullbreaker Horror, Nyxbloom Ancient, Protean Hulk 8 mana payoffs for sacrificing Tasigur: Tidespout Tyrant, Razaketh, the Foulblooded

Scheer218 on New hubs to be added

2 months ago

I dont know if this thread is still active but I think Birthing Pod should have its own Hub, If you call it something generic like 'Pod' it will also apply to other cards like Prime Speaker Vannifar, Fiend Artisan and Oswald Fiddlebender

Kamerot on Titania

2 months ago

Ashaya, Soul of the Wild will net you Titania triggers off any creature deaths, you could pair it with Birthing Pod for another tutor.

World Shaper would be a solid addition for getting lands back.

RNR_Gaming on Should I Put the New …

4 months ago

Dovin is less usful than narset functionality wise but it's not like it's by a huge margin. If I were playing this commander my approach would be much different. I'd be running Arena Rector, Academy Rector all the cards like Birthing Pod and Deepglow Skate - being able to loop a Jace, Architect of Thought into an Ugin, the Spirit Dragon and whatever degenerate stuff your opponents have is just back breaking. You seem to be trying to pull punches/play more fair magic.

Oof_Magic on Banlist Open Discussion

4 months ago

TriusMalarky

I think the notion that cards should be banned primarily for being unfun is against the spirit of the format. That takes away agency from players. There are plenty of annoying cards and decks. Maybe I find Mox Opal annoying but Mycosynth Lattice to be rather fun. Banning a card for being unfun is going to frustrate those that find it fun and the best explanation that could be given is ‘Well your opinion is in the minority.’ Bans should have some sort of backing with data to support it. Maybe it’s the consistency of speed. Maybe it’s the ubiquity of play. The only ban I know of that Wizards did primarily for being unfun would be Aetherworks Marvel. Wizards chucked more data into that announcement than any other to my knowledge. CYA That article was so long because that’s what happens when you turn over every stone and find the only explanation left is ‘y’all don’t like it.’ Any other article would just spit out the data to support the ban and be done with it.

I think it’s dismissive of combo decks to say a card should be banned if it only exists to do broken things. There should be a speed/consistency threshold. To say you can’t make infinite mana? You can’t cheat a big creature into play? Who’s using Ad Nauseam to do anything fair? Is anyone running Vizier of Remedies without Devoted Druid? Puresteel Paladin? Amulet of Vigor? Goryo's Vengeance? Blazing Shoal is, in my opinion, the most unbannable card. Lattice would be but admittedly, Karn would have to take its spot on the bus. Bridge was a strong component of Hollow One when it had Faithless Looting. Then Hogaak, Arisen Necropolis and Altar of Dementia came along and broke it wide open. They tried to weaken it with a Bridge ban but ultimately hit Hogaak anyway. I think they should have unbanned Bridge when they banned Hogaak. Or at least Golgari Grave-Troll?

I suppose a repeatable artifact tutor is okay even if a creature one is not? I stand by saying if something wasn’t a problem until X comes along, X made the problem. Lattice made Karn a one card combo. Karn falls into the same space as Stoneforge Mystic and Birthing Pod. To that end, if Pod means WotC has to check every creature they make, doesn’t Karn mean they have to check artifacts and Mystic mean equipment?

The more I think about Jitte, the more inclined I am to say it should stay banned. Giving every creature deck Jitte is not as conducive to format health as giving white creature decks Stoneforge.

You know what’s unfun to sit across? Urza's Saga. Unban Field of the Dead.

Oof_Magic on Banlist Open Discussion

4 months ago

SynergyBuild I can’t say I really understood how the Trickery deck worked. Could you enlighten me?

Oko, Thief of Crowns is certainly annoying but with Arcum's Astrolabe banned, perhaps in a Modern where Mishra's Bauble is banned, Oko may come back? Perhaps it’s not a matter of what is in the format right now or banned. Regardless of what changes could make it happen, I think there are cards next to Oko, like Birthing Pod and Splinter Twin which are cards I believe fall into a category of being worthy of discussing. Then you have cards like Gitaxian Probe, Hypergenesis, and Chrome Mox which fall firmly out of said discussion as far as Modern is concerned and can probably stay banned on consensus forever and always.

Karn/Lattice is certainly a powerful late game for Tron and I agree that it shouldn’t exist in the format. We already see consistency as the rationale for most bans Ponder, Preordain, Birthing Pod, Green Sun's Zenith. It strikes me as weird that it was not the tutor that got banned but the target. I think that Karn needed the boot. I believe Mattice was doing nothing until that came along.

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