Commune with Dinosaurs

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Commune with Dinosaurs


Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a Dinosaur or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

mrweaselman on Stompy Boys (EDH)

1 week ago

Since you're in green, you have some pretty good options for ramp for two mana. Oketra's Monument, Rhonas's Monument, Invasion of Ixalan  Flip and Thought Vessel seem to be the weakest. Three Visits, Nature's Lore, and Skyshroud Claim are all very solid options that are much harder to remove. Selvala, Heart of the Wilds can also make a ton of mana and draw you cards.

Cards that seem weaker:
Wayward Swordtooth: You only run 33 lands, I am not sure how often this is going to trigger. With a lower land count you have a lesser chance of having multiple lands in hand.
Akroma's Will: This may be overkill. A better option may be Return of the Wildspeaker because it can also draw you a lot of cards.
Bite Down and Ram Through: Requires you to have a creature of the board. Something either cheaper or more flexible like Swords to Plowshares or Touch the Spirit Realm can be beneficial.
Boros Charm: Unless you play in a token heavy meta, there may better options like Flawless Maneuver or Tyvar's Stand. Both can protect your commander the turn you get it out for cheap.
Virtue of Strength: This card does say basic land and you do only run 18 in the whole deck. Take a look at Mirari's Wake, or you could run Bala Ged Sanctuary  Flip and another ramp spell for basically the same slots.
Kinjalli's Caller, Knight of the Stampede, Marauding Raptor, Otepec Huntmaster, and Atzocan Seer: These cards are definitely thematic, but I'm not sure if they're all better than Delighted Halfling, Birds of Paradise, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Bloom Tender, and Sylvan Caryatid. Especially if you're only casting one big dinosaur a turn. Same for Commune with Dinosaurs < Once Upon a Time

Valengeta on Triassic Trample

11 months ago

thank you for your suggestions so far!

I can see Commune with Dinosaurs working better here

Ripjaw Raptor and Tail Swipe both look good. Moved Boros Charm to the Sideboard

I'd still like to keep Hunter's Insight because it can draw many cards, is Instant and avoids playing with an empty hand. More cards means more ramp, removal and dinosaurs

I would like to find a good alternative to Cryptolith Rite for a ramping card, but it does look decent here nonetheless

wallisface on Triassic Trample

11 months ago

From your latest version:

  • the Commune with Dinosaurs that you used to have is waay better than Commune with Nature because it importantly lets you also grab much-needed land. I would say Commune with Dinosaurs is worth playing but Commune with Nature is garbage.

  • i’m really not sold on Giant Cindermaw, its just a pretty forgettable threat. If you really want a midrange dino i’d suggest playing Ripjaw Raptor instead, as its waay more threatening and can be awkward for your opponent to play around.

  • I would suggest to stop being so focused on card draw, and ditch Hunter's Insight. Your deck is that of an aggressive stompy build, so every card should be applying pressure to your opponent. Taking a turn-off to draw cards just lets the opponent time to stabilise. A deck like this shouldn’t need dedicated card draw, if it feels like it does thats instead an indication your threats aren’t good enough to close a game out _(so you need better threats).

  • Boros Charm is clunky here, as it does almost nothing to interact with the board, which is something you still more of. I’d suggest swapping it out for Tail Swipe as this acts as a pump spell as well as removal. Additionally it makes Ripjaw Raptor far more dangerous is yiu end up running that.

  • i’m not convinced Cryptolith Rite serves as a valid card here, but its a close-call so worth playtesting (personally i’d swap it for 2 more lands).

eliakimras on Dinosaurs go Rawr!

11 months ago

Great build! Dinosaurs are such a fun experience for newcomers.

Some points you might want to consider regarding your ramp package:

1: Ramping with creatures or artifacts is riskier than with lands (boardwipes usually leave lands alone). Also, has many mana doublers that benefit from land ramp:

2: If you're willing to include Cinder Glade and Canopy Vista (or their expensive siblings Stomping Ground, Temple Garden and Sacred Foundry), you open up some more options for you:

3: Then you might want to increase your land count. 33 is too few for Temple of the False God to realiably function.

I recommend swapping out your mana dorks for lands that ramp you (you can never have too much mana with kill-on-sight Gishath, Sun's Avatar):

4: Some card draw:

5: Better combat tricks

6: Broader utility

I'd suggest removing Reliquary Tower. If you have more than seven cards in hand as Gishath, you're already winning hard. In its place, consider one or more of the following:

kamarupa on speedy Ghalta

1 year ago

One thing about having a lot of mana dorks is that you tend to run out of spells pretty quickly. I think it might be worth it to drop 2xCommune with Dinosaurs and add in 2xHarmonize. Or drop Commune with Dinosaurs altogether in favor of 2xHarmonize and 2xForerunner of the Empire. You never need a dinosaur on T1, and barely one T2, so the 1MV cost of Commune isn't really helping, per se. I'll also throw out Time of Need as a possible tutor for a few of your threats at a lower cost, but you might want to reconsider your creatures to add in a 3rd Legendary to make such a spell 'worth it.'

You need some kind of interaction with your opponent, as wallisface already said. In order to make room for non-creature/non-land spells, you have to cut either creatures or lands. Given some of the high MVs of spells here, I think it's safe to say, you can't afford to cut any lands, so you'll need to cut some creatures. I suggest dropping 1x of each of your elves. 6 is still quite a lot and 3 of each makes their removal less effective for opponents. I'd also cut 2x each of Otepec Huntmaster and Raptor Hatchling. I realize you need dinos for Drover of the Mighty to get buff, and obv Ghalta's discount, but I think you'll be just fine with those numbers and it opens up 6 slots for some utility spells. 28 creatures is still quite a lot. Additionally, having non-creature / non-land spells makes it a lot easy to swap spells with your sideboard.

Beast Within is pretty useful as it hits pretty much everything, but of course, comes with a downside. And of course, I'm 100% with wallisface on Lightning Bolt and Primal Might.

Some sideboard spells I really like: Return to Nature - sometimes getting rid of artifacts, enchantments, and graveyards is crucial.

Elixir of Immortality - just say no to mill

Ratchet Bomb - just say no to tokens.

Lands: Scavenger Grounds could be useful in some matchups.

Castle Garenbrig seems relevant

Field of Ruin is nice against tron and more

Boseiju, Who Endures is really nice.

1xYavimaya, Cradle of Growth might allow for one less forest and one more mountain.

lhetrick13 on Gishath's Jungle

1 year ago

SunoKasai - I like the deck list. Very similar to mine (Gishath Spared No Expense!!!). I like the addition of Song of Freyalise and Overwhelming Stampede. I had not thought of those cards and they pair well with Gishath.

You might consider Commune with Dinosaurs or Thunderherd Migration over Adventurous Impulse. Topiary Stomper is also pretty sweet in terms of establishing a presence on the field and also providing some early ramp.

keizerbuns on I'm so angry - I'm Enraged.

2 years ago

Commune with Dinosaurs and Drover of the Mighty are both really good early game Dino mana ramp/mana fix cards. You might have some luck trying those out as well.

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