Chord of Calling
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its cost by or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost X or less and put it onto the battlefield. Then shuffle your library.
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Chord of Calling Discussion
4 days ago
Hey folks, I'd like to discuss a card we've seemingly overlooked and is quickly becoming an auto include in a lot of edh decks I am running into. It is pure value and versatility. I Am talking about the Lithoform Engine. This card is nuts in so many decks and on paper it actually is a really strong enabler in Omnath too as it can copy our triggers, spells or become a permanent. The potential is huge from becoming a second copy of any permanent, double Fiery Emancipation? double Warstorm Surge or why not have 2 Ancient Greenwardens on the field? It synergises with almost everything we're doing. How about copying a fetchland activation or copying Chord of Calling and searching searching twice? it seems really worth considering with the sheer volume of value it can provide. The casting and activation cost seems easily achievable in our deck too. Thoughts?
1 week ago
Hey BenWin, thanks for the shout out. As you wrote a long post I thought it fair I do the same in reply.
I want to respond to your comment as I think there is a lot you are overlooking in your analysis, most of which is on point. However, you mentioned a few cards now a couple of times so I want to break these down a bit as you have gone to the effort to write an extensive comment.
Firstly I'd like to address your comment on Burgeoning + Ghost Town which you've shown your self to be an big advocate of. These are great cards and on paper seem to be great additions to the deck as they appear to enable one of our main objectives which is landfall triggers. However, the reason I think these cards have fallen out of favour is because they're very situational. Let me expand on that. If you do not have an opening hand with Burgeoning and a number of lands and a way to refill your hand (a very specific situation) the card is lackluster. Yes it is great if our opponents are constantly playing lands and we have Ghost Town and Burgeoning but this is honestly rarely the case. They are a weak draw 90% of the time. Even with Burgeoning in our opening hand as we do not have built in card draw we stall. Even with the increased draw effects provided by Zendikar Rising I do not think it is worth the spots.
Calling the removal of Perilous Forays crazy talk seems strange to me. The CMC of this card is 5, ideally we want to wait until Omnath, Locus of Rage is out before we play it so dodge removal. Even more ideally we want Amulet of Vigor in hand/on the battlefield too. My second gripe with the card is that once we have ramped a couple of times, played land each turn and then got into a position to 'combo off' with Perilous Forays most of the time the number of basics in our deck barely makes it worth while as it effectively switches off all our remaining ramp spells. There have been so many times I have 'gone off' with Perilous Forays and not killed a single opponent and left myself in a worse position. In my experience as this deck has evolved, and I have actually been playing it weekly since BFZ launch this card no longer packs the punch it once did.
I agree with you on Force of Vigor, this deck is extremely lean on interaction and removal as it is. This card is too strong to exclude.
Regarding Ancient Greenwarden and Doubling Season being enablers for 'overrun' type strategy I can't disagree with you more on this. We want to make 5/5 tokens on mass as we want to either trigger Warstorm Surge, Terror of the Peaks or Where Ancients Tread and/or we want to sac then to Omnath, Locus of Rage to bolt our opponents to death. We need a critical mass of 5/5s so that we can deliver enough damage to face. Mass elemental tokens also gives us sudo protection from board wipes. I know you're playing devils advocate here but no, in my opinion these cards generate huge value for Omnath generally not for a specific strategy.
Your comment on Nahiri's Lithoforming I find interesting as this is exactly my point on Perilous Forays and Burgeoning but my opinion is that Nahiri's Lithoforming is a great card almost all the time whereas the other cards I have mentioned are not. This card is gas with Titania, Protector of Argoth on the battlefield, if we have a decent hand already we are 80-90% certain to have lands to replay or draw into a land recursion effect like Crucible of Worlds or Splendid Reclamation. Not as good as Scapeshift obviously but I think you are underestimating the power of the card. Of course, play testing will tell us either way and I'll be interested to see if this card doesn't work out, which is might not, but I think until another land-centric draw card comes out this one is going to do Omnath just fine.
I haven't decided whether I am going to play Roiling Regrowth yet but I don't agree with your pros and cons analysis. The assumption that is worse than Springbloom Druid I don't think is accurate. Instant speed is a premium and shouldn't be under valued especially if you're playing with a pod with interaction etc. Getting Omnath triggers at instant speed is great and you can dodge opponents interaction. Your comments on the 4cmc ramp spells, I think these cards are just fine and fair. Not exceptional but not bad, Migration Path with cycling is a nice bonus. If these 4cmc ramp spells were instant, what would you think then?
Moraug, Fury of Akoum might just a be great additional line this deck can take. If the board state allows for it Chord of Calling this beast into play on an end step might be game winning. I am really on the fence as I'd really want a haste enabler to really break the card but honestly it might be fine by itself.
I ran Tooth and Nail for a long time with various different finishers and yeah it wins but it is not that fun a victory unless you count the time I have Omnath and Titania out and entwined It That Betrays and Keldon Firebombers into play, that was fun! It really depends what you want from Omnath. Omnath isn't my competitive deck. It is my pubstompy deck to pull out when people are bitch about one thing or another. If I want to combo to win I play one of my other decks. Each to their own though. Tooth and Nail wins games its just not for me and Sekki, Seasons' Guide is pretty weak the rest of the times you draw it.
I think your comment on non basic land search is spot on, we need more. I just don't think that there is currently any ones good enough for the deck other than Crop Rotation and Scapeshift, we just need to wait for better non basic search to be printed. A 2cmc Crop Rotation would be nice.
My issue with Skullclamp and Sensei's Divining Top is that they are not actively winning the game. If I were to include Top in my deck it would more often that not end up being a 2 mana brainstorm as I would likely shuffle it away with a fetch. Green Red doesn't have the draw that other decks have that can really abuse Top, it ends up slowing us down. Skullclamp is great value but I just don't think we'e a Skullclamp deck. I'd rather the slot for something that is enabling a win by synergising with the rest of our deck, Skullclamp doesn't, it is just value. Sure you can play it but it is detracting from what Omnath is trying to do in my opinion. You're also going to get a lot more hurt from Null Rods and Collector Ouphes out there. We have an advantage that a lot of hate doesn't really effect us. Apart from Humility of course which kinda hard counters Omnath most of the time :(
All of this discussion is what makes Omnath such a great general as there are so many viable build options.
2 weeks ago
Savage1988, I appreciate your recommendations of what to change in my deck. You may not have seen Compost in the list because I am making little changes all the time. I'm aiming to build my OmRath list as competitively as possible, and that requires maintenance and play-testing!
Khalni Heart Expedition, Devoted Druid, and Summoner's Pact are all great cards for you to use in the list. For these it's important to note that a lot of people don't neglect these cards because they are bad, but choose to use others because they think others are a slightly better fit. For example, because Omnath, Locus of Rage benefits from landfall triggers, it is usually advantageous to prioritize ramp spells over mana dorks like Devoted Druid.
Gruul Turf is a fantastic card, but doesn't make the cut for the same reason other come-into-play-tapped dual lands don't. It is advantageous to have 1) as many double land drops like Fabled Passage as possible and 2) as many basics as possible for Perilous Forays should you draw it. While Gruul Turf is a great include, it is neither of those 2 things and gets cut from competitive lists. It is worth noting that these two conditions are meant to be for mana fixing lands, not those like Reliquary Tower.
Eternal Witness allows you to recur anything from your grave with any of your creature tutor cards: Green Sun's Zenith, Finale of Devastation, or Chord of Calling. This also means you can recur non-creature cards like enchantments with creature tutor cards. It is important to understand that by adding 1 Eternal Witness to the deck, you yield up to 4 outs in the deck should you ever want to recur something from your grave. While it may not always be your choice, it vastly increases your range of options with creature tutor cards.
Hope this helps!
3 weeks ago
precociousapprentice: All valid points. Removing Umbral Mantle was certainly something I was against.... and since no changes have been absolutely final, I will be looking to keep it in. However, as it stands, it is the only sorc speed wincon which could lock us out of wins if it is all that Genesis Hydra flips. That and it gets hit by Collector Ouphe which is annoying.
Root Maze'still doesn't affect our game plan adversely. Only maybe shutting out Chord of Calling lines on storm turn, but the lands coming in tapped doesn't mean much, since nothing we cast can be immediately tapped for mana anyways.
Multiple dorks are being looked, I should be streaming and testing soon, so I will make sure to point out what works and what doesn't. I don't like Llanowar Tribe because it's fixed on three... for that I for sure should run Elvish Archdruid.
3 weeks ago
That is pretty cute. I really like the idea of holding up Chord of Calling if I suspect the blue play is going to Cyclonic Rift me, currently we don't really have an answer to this short of thing. Getting landfall triggers from our utility creatures is pretty nice too. I am just not sure it is worth the slot unfortunately.
I'm currently thinking:
3 weeks ago
SynergyBuild: Correct. Which is why things like The Great Henge and Guardian Project are being looked at. Also on the radar are Joraga Treespeaker and Elvish Archdruid in place of Karametra's Acolyte and Caustic Caterpillar. The deck is slowly morphing into a Faux Farm, FlashHulk, and IsoRev hybrid where we're trying to assemble a "2 card combo" with Ashaya, Soul of the Wild and one of the rangers (Quirion Ranger/Scryb Ranger) taking advantage of literally any dork under the right circumstance; a 2 mana producing one being the ideal choice, hence the Treespeaker consideration.
- Rush a dork, draw, and/or stax
- Cast Yeva, before our turn
- assemble 2 card combo for 6/7 mana, wait on the prowl to shotgun blast the table.
- NEVER shoot for win, just build while keeping options to win open once 6/7 is reached.
- 4 creatures means free Allosaurus Shepherd with Chord of Calling or one mana with Summoner's Pact
- Bonus points if you can create THE BUBBLE: Casting Veil of Summer into the obvious counter, storm off some more into Allosaurus Shepherd.
We have our pretection, we just need to look for the opening and streamline. Weigh in how easily it is to go infinite with Ashaya and NEED a mana sink or need a Glimpse effect.
3 weeks ago
- Card draw:
- Sylvan Library : Card draw.
- Elvish Visionary : Cheap, cantrip, shaman.
- Mosswort Bridge : Pseudo cantrip.
- Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip : Pseudo cantrip. Flip = better Gaea's Cradle.
- Blighted Woodland : Comes into play untapped. Ramp card mid-lategame.
- Path of Ancestry : Potential card filter.
- Strip Mine : Utility land.
- Gingerbread Cabin : Forest with minor upside. No reason not to play it in mono green.
- Fauna Shaman : Tutor, shaman.
- Noxious Revival : Manaless. Allows another shot for wincons.
- Scavenging Ooze : Manasink. graveyard disruption.
- Card draw:
- Lifecrafter's Bestiary : Card draw.
- Beast Whisperer : Green conditional card draw.
- Guardian Project : Green conditional card draw.
- Runic Armasaur : Card draw (meta dependent).
- Compost : Card draw (meta dependent).
- Sakura-Tribe Scout : Early game shaman. Mana acceleration.
- Genesis Wave : Pseudo card advantage.
- Arch of Orazca : Card draw.
- Win more:
- Myojin of Life's Web : Too expensive. Very likely that you do not have enough cards in hand to make this worthwhile lategame.
- Patron of the Orochi : Quest for Renewal is cheaper.
- Gigantomancer : Cute, but 8 mana is too much for this kind of effect.
- Archetype of Endurance : Win more card. No real synergy. Asceticism Is better (although also not recommended).
- Trolls of Tel-Jilad : This is a bad card.
- Soul of the Harvest : Beast Whisperer / Guardian Project, cheaper. Almost same effect.
- Sakiko, Mother of Summer : Too expensive. Doesn't do enough for mana cost.
- Sage of Ancient Lore Flip : Very likely that you do not have enough cards in hand to make this worthwhile mid-lategame.
- Wildheart Invoker : This is a bad card.
- Sakura-Tribe Springcaller : This is a bad card.
- Loaming Shaman : Not enough card draw that allows you to get your desired cards in you hand.
- Essence Warden : This is a bad card.
- Vines of Vastwood : Very situational card.
- Squall Line : Not very good card. Situational.
- Krosan Grip : Expensive situational removal.
- Gilded Lotus : Unnecessary ramp.
- Tranquil Grove : Unless your meta plays a lot of enchantments, not really necessary. Otherwise, recommmend Back to Nature instead.
- Beastmaster Ascension : Your creatures are not big enough for this to work consistently.
- Spidersilk Armor: No tutors, not enough card draw to obtain it. Unreliable flyer prevention. Silklash Spider Will hold off flyers with tutors.
Staple cards are cards I recommend obtaining and using, since they are almost always good cards to have in any green deck. The rest is up to preference and should be taken with a grain of salt. I hope I could be of some use to you.
4 weeks ago
Nice to see another list on this. I just "finished" drafting a Zaxara deck myself.
If I may suggest some things. I would try to clean up your land manabase a bit. Personally I don't like running tapped lands unless they generate some real advantage, otherwise you're just losing initiative. Path of Ancestry is one tapped land that might be worth the include here since you'll get the scry when casting hydras, as well as its manafixing. But I would drop the guildgates and the bounce lands. Also some potential cuts/swaps: Hinder for a Disallow or Dissolve, swap Chord of Calling for Green Sun's Zenith or Finale of Devastation, swap Bonder's Ornament Everflowing Chalice and Golgari Cluestone for Dimir Signet Golgari Signet and Simic Signet.
Let me know if you'd like feedback or not.