Target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains hexproof until end of turn.
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Blossoming Defense Discussion
2 days ago
Hey! If you aren't necessarily running a Bear subtheme, maybe you should swap some of them for vanilla elves. You can strengthen your Elf synergy with Cylian Elf and Elvish Warrior , for example. Maybe a card like Nullhide Ferox works too. Your opponents may hesitate to activate its ability (if they activate, it loses hexproof but becomes unblockable), but I don't know if it is good or fun enough.
I think that other token generators can work very well with your commander. Avenger of Zendikar is a very strong creature that puts a lot of 0/1 tokens without abilities, so they are buffed by your commander. Deranged Hermit and Deep Forest Hermit can be very powerful in your strategy because they swarm the board, and G likes creatures on the field (you can use card draw like Shamanic Revelation or buffing effects like Beastmaster Ascension with better results). For card draw, maybe you should use Regal Force or something like it (benefit from tokens) or Guardian Project (tokens won't trigger it, but other creatures will).
If you go more for a token strategy, token doublers can help you a lot (that is, if you already have them or Quandrix commander from C21 didn't spike them). I don't know if the "return creatures from graveyard to your hand" is that strong. If it doesn't, maybe a token strategy works better. If you think that it goes against the idea of the deck (using cards forgotten in our boxes for ages), then really it's the case of running a lot of vanilla creatures (although I think that you should use them in the ideal quantity).
Don't know if it's worth, but you aren't running any boardwipes. Maybe Oblivion Stone helps you reset the board if opponents' boards become a problem. Other problem I see is recursion. I think that Eternal Witness is a green staple and maybe you should use it. Maybe swap a land for Bala Ged Recovery Flip. To deal with graveyards, maybe Scavenging Ooze is a great addition.
I don't know if cards like Blossoming Defense or Autumn's Veil worth the slots. If you go for a token, more go-wide strategy, maybe lose a creature or other does not affect your game thaaat much. Maybe you should swap them for card draw or recursion cards.
That's all I can think for now. Hope it helps :)
4 weeks ago
Sorry I'm a little late responding, but I didn't see you had created an entirely new version yesterday. As a follow-up to my prior suggestions, it looks much stronger without so many vanilla creatures. I will say that I'd probably have kept the Young Wolf . Having creatures to curve out with is pretty important, even in slower midrange decks. Young Wolf specifically is also much better than it first appears and can often be treated as a sticky creature that's a 1/1 and 2/2 bundled together. The games where you can play T1 wolf, T2 wolf, T3 Partisan are much better than the games where you play nothing on turn 1 (except maybe a Bolt) and then only have 2 wolves to target on T4+. If I had to swap something for it... I'd maybe pick Lone Wolf . Its effect is functionally similar to the cheaper Wandering Wolf and both cards have gotten weaker with the removal of Wolfir Silverheart and Might of Oaks . Or, you could move the Asceticism to the sideboard depending on how much creature hate you're expecting to run into. If you need earlier defenses in the main, I'd look into Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood . As for adding more targeted combat tricks, the first card I'd cut would definitely be Moonlight Hunt since unlike a more standard Prey Upon fight spell, it doesn't actually target any of your own wolves. In the absence of Partisan, the Hunt is probably better. But, I'd say the potential to generate an overwhelming number of tokens shifts the delta in the favor of multitarget spells. Technically, you could also run Zada, Hedron Grinder to go crazy with Might of the Masses , Confront the Unknown , Temur Battle Rage , etc., but I assume that you don't want any goblins polluting your tribal purity.
1 month ago
I've generally found Searing Blood to be better than Searing Blaze in most cases. There's some edge cases like vs blink decks where people will flicker their creatures in response to Blood so they don't take any damage, but that's super rare (you're more likely to run into something like Blossoming Defense that will mess up your day to be honest). Blaze requires a land drop to be fully active and actually get that 1 mana for 3 damage you want so even if it's an Instant it's not hitting for full on their turn...
That is unless you run a fetchland for mountains. The mountain will come in untapped unlike a shockland and you'll be able to trigger that land drop whenever you want. You're basically paying 1 life to unlock 4 more damage and a guaranteed 3 damage on the opponent, but you also have to withhold a land drop for it which can be annoying if you needed that mana on your turn.
1 month ago
Aside from Outcast tokens and the Mimic, you only have 4 dragons to top out at. Most Gruul dragon packages I've seen run in the 8-12 range. Some popular inclusions are Thunderbreak Regent , Glorybringer , Harbinger of the Hunt , Scourge of Valkas , Mirrorwing Dragon , Terror of the Peaks , Lathliss, Dragon Queen , and the odd Steel Hellkite . Personally, I'm a fan of going for multiple attacks with Hellkite Charger and Savage Ventmaw . The new Leyline Tyrant might have some role in such a strategy, but I haven't had the chance to test it. The first two cards I'd cut would probably be Wolfir Silverheart and Grim Lavamancer . The former is undeniably powerful soulbonded to a double-striking dragon, but for 5 mana, it may as well just be another double-striking dragon itself. As for the wizard, I get the impression its ability will act like a 1 mana tax that distracts from casting your bombs. Even if you can afford to activate it often, a lack of fetchlands (even if they're budget alternatives) will limit its potency.
Otherwise, you have a couple of cards that have stronger replacements in modern. Titanic Growth is worse than Phytoburst at least some of the time, although I'd prefer 1 cost versions like Might of Old Krosa , Groundswell , Blossoming Defense , or Vines of Vastwood anyway. Similarly, Run Amok could probably be Rancor if the trample is important. As long as you're still interested in playing around with the graveyard, Traverse the Ulvenwald could be a neat replacement for Track Down that lets you literally track down your singleton dragons. Adventurous Impulse and Oath of Nissa are less powerful but less demanding options. Shackles of Treachery likely represents a mechanic you don't even need in the deck, but if you want an Act of Treason , I've had pretty decent success with Kari Zev's Expertise . The last cards I'll suggest are just some other dragon synergy tools. Draconic Roar is an amped Lightning Strike , Dragon Tempest can be a much cheaper Warstorm Surge if you're pumping out enough reptiles, and Frontier Siege offers flexibility between ramp and control. Finally, there are the spirit dragon lands if you think those would be useful.
Let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your build!
1 month ago
2 months ago
Fertilid is good with the counters but is too slow whenever I run it. I think you should run something like Blossoming Defense over Kaya's Ghostform, Kaya's Ghostform will make it drop all the enchantments that are on it. Mask of Avacyn can be another card in a similar role. The Ozolith seems so good in this deck that I would think about adding some equipment in and maybe a few other artifacts to try and get Inventors' Fair to work. Sarulf, Realm Eater may be a board wipe that will synergize, though a bit finnicky. Obsessive Skinner seems too difficult to get working early with little pay off if it does, Evolutionary Escalation may fit well into that deck, making counters, and friends, early and often. Mighty Emergence can probably do some work as the game goes on, Necropolis Regent seems like the perfect curve topper, Retribution of the Ancients might be a good removal engine. I do think that trample is the most important keyword early, so Ring of Kalonia is a good choice, Dragon Fangs or Vorrac Battlehorns may be good additions as well.
3 months ago
Your mana curve is so low that you don't need that much land (or ramp even really). Try swapping out a couple lands (and maybe a signet) for the following: Mentor of the Meek, Abzan Beastmaster, Sylvan Reclamation
Bring your price down, consider some cheap, instant-speed protection for your commander! You're drawing a billion cards anyway, you'll always have the mana to spare and probably will draw into at least one when you need it. I'm thinking of cards like: Blossoming Defense, Simic Charm, Mizzium Skin, Sheltering Light, Gods Willing, Valorous Stance
4 months ago
great deck. But you need some protection against removal/boardwipes as they are extremely common in commander. maybe.. Champion's Helm, Neurok Stealthsuit, Swiftfoot Boots, Blossoming Defense, Heroic Intervention, Fierce Guardianship just to name a few.