Branching Evolution

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Branching Evolution

Enchantment

If one or more +1/+1 counters would be put a on a creature you control, twice that many +1/+1 counters are put on that creature instead.

KBK7101 on Lathiel, the Bounteous Life Giver

1 month ago

I will always have a soft spot for lifegain decks. They may not be the most competitive but they remind me of when I started playing the game with the M19 Ajani planeswalker deck. They just make me smile. :)

I do have some recommendations, though:

Trostani, Selesnya's Voice might be worth looking into. Works really well with all the big creatures in the deck.

Branching Evolution is probably a "win more" kind of card but it still could be worth checking out, at least.

Sigarda's Splendor might offer some more card draw if needed. Might be a bit of a pain to keep track of on paper, though (I mainly use it in Arena).

Test of Endurance is another lifegain wincon. If you wait another month or so, its price will come down because it's getting reprinted in Dominaria Remastered. There's a borderless, full art version, too!

Steamroll on Grumgully Tribal

2 months ago

-Consider getting rid of Blood Moon cause everyone hates that card as it just ruins the fun at the table lol.
-Branching Evolution, Hardened Scales, and Master Chef allow you to double counters and get really out of hand if you have 2 or 3 doubling effects on the board at once.
-Primal Vigor is another Doubling Season and is great but is a double-edged sword as it also effects your opponents.

My version of this deck I just updated just to give you some ideas...
(I don't run any infinite combos because I loath them, just a fyi.)


Very Generous Goblins

Commander / EDH Steamroll

SCORE: 3 | 162 VIEWS | IN 1 FOLDER


Triton on Korvold Counters

2 months ago

Any Fleshbag Marauder effects would be powerful. Harrow and Roiling Regrowth are great for ramp and suits your theme well. If money allows, The Ozolith and to a lesser extent Reyhan, Last of the Abzan would help preserve those counters.

Wildwood Scourge is an all-star in my Mowu, Loyal Companion deck. Speaking of doubling, Corpsejack Menace, Branching Evolution, and Hardened Scales to add more +1/+1 counters.

Hope this helps! :)

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.
  • MilesHiles on Send Nids.

    3 months ago

    I totally see where you're coming from since Branching Evolution doubles the counters instead of adding an additional. With the way I've been seeing the counters go, it's not a bad add. With Doubling Season the token generation portion is a little more abusable than it seems due to cards like Tyranid Harridan and Tervigon. Even Old One Eye making two 5/5s isn't bad. The other huge downside for this deck in particular with Branching Evolution is the lack of a foil version as well lol but still something to consider a bit more in the future

    glhfJKiHax on Send Nids.

    3 months ago

    I am still figuring out how I feel about Defiler of Vigor myself but so far I feel that it is a real powerhouse and can do wonders in decks like this. Regarding Branching Evolution, my thought was that it does effectively the same as Doubling Season albeit more aggressively costed as I don’t see the token benefit of D.S being a huge focus of the deck but I can see what you are saying about too much redundancy

    MilesHiles on Send Nids.

    3 months ago

    I meant to add Defiler of Vigor! Thanks for the reminder! As for Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider and Branching Evolution, I found with cards already in the deck like Unbound Flourishing, Hardened Scales and even my Commander, they were kind of redundant. I may add Vorinclex, Monstrous Raider at a later time (depending on more play testing) but Branching Evolution just seemed like a worse Hardened Scales for me

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