Crested Herdcaller

Crested Herdcaller

Creature — Dinosaur

Trample

When Crested Herdcaller enters the battlefield, create a 3/3 green Dinosaur creature token with trample.

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Crested Herdcaller Discussion

TCK_Green on TempesT's Smash face dinos

8 months ago

Nice work - big dinos rock! :D I think your mana ratio is pretty good, well done with the lands.

I think the sweet spot in your deck is probably hitting those 2-land ramp spells on T4. If you can usually guarantee 6 mana on T5, then you're in a good position to even have Gishath out and possibly swinging to win on T6. There are a couple of useful card probability calculators out there to tell you how like you are to hit the draws you want, and I've plugged your numbers into one of those to check your odds. With 36 lands you have a ~40% of not having 4 lands on turn 4, meaning that everything else would be delayed by at least one turn. It doesn't sound like much, but putting two more lands in the deck drops that to ~32%, meaning there are ~1/12 more games where you hit that T4 plan. (Going up to 40 drops it to ~27%, but this is where the balance between dinos and non-dinos comes in!) It's not directly correlated, but I reckon that would increase your win rate by ~1/12 as well.

Trying to hit that optimal T4 also means you want to take advantage of that free mulligan that you get each game. Since you're playing Gishath I'd mulligan all hands with less than 3 lands, and I might even be tempted to keep a 7-land hand, as well as looking for that all-important ramp spells. Your deck needs a lot of mana to get roaring - there's no point having a hand full of spells if you've not got mana on the table to cast them! So, what can we drop to get a couple more lands in?

  • Territorial Hammerskull - this doesn't feel like it adds much to the deck plan
  • Wayward Swordtooth - looking at your deck, in practice you're almost never going to have 10 permanents before T6, meaning that you this card doesn't do much in the deck. Don't get me wrong, it's a good card, but it doesn't help you get get Gishath out, and it's not the best card to see when you're pulling dinos off the top of your library.
  • Sarkhan's Unsealing - I'd be tempted to take this out as well. In practice this deck wants to cheat out the expensive creatures using Gishath - you're probably only going to be actually casting 3-4 big dinos each game. This is where the Warstorm Surge in your deck works much better - it triggers on ETB, so all your new dino buddies from Gishath will trigger it!
  • Ravenous Daggertooth - similar to my comment about Imperial Ceratops above, I don't think the 2 life gain is going to help much in the long-term plan
  • Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip - by the time this flips you'll probably already have Gishath out
  • Blasphemous Act - mind if I ask why this is there? I get that it damages your own creatures, but it'll probably also kill them! Thoughts on something like a Harsh Mercy instead?
  • Primal Command - doesn't feel hugely impactful in the deck
  • Gravity Well - you've got some flyers, so this is a little bit of a non-bo. If you're worried about people swinging at you with flyers - just get your dinos to eat them out of the sky with their abilities :D

Make sure not to remove too many dinos though! If you want to hit at least 2 dinos with Gishath's 7 damage (4 if you've got double-strike out) then you need ~28 dinos in the deck (excluding Gishath of course). You currently have 29, so perhaps it might be worth cutting some of the non-dino non-land cards instead of the ones I suggested further up. Oh - Crested Herdcaller has a decent ETB for the deck and brings two trampling bodies, which works nicely with the Quartzwood Crasher that's now in the deck :) haha, I could go on making suggestions all day!

Looking back through the deck again, I see that we're pretty low on non-creature interaction. Your dinos do a good job of taking out problematic creatures, but there's not much to deal with artifacts/enchantments. Maybe look at some flexible removal like Beast Within, Generous Gift, or Return to Dust?

Hope that's given you some more food for thought. Do feel free to ignore my suggestions - I'm just chucking my thoughts onto the page for you to pick what you like from :) what matters most at the end of the day is that you enjoy playing your deck!

selfhighfive on Grimlock- Cadillacs and Dinosaurs EDH

1 year ago

Testing out Rampaging Brontodon in place of Thundering Spineback . I'm currently trying to decide if this is a deck that wants to go more tall (in which case Charging Tuskodon could be added) or wide ( Crested Herdcaller gets a consideration then). Grimlock's front promotes going wide while the back wants to go tall. I feel like a lot of other tribes are much better than dinosaurs at going wide, and so Thundering Spineback is taking a back seat to the very large Rampaging Brontodon for now.

AkaAkuma on Gishath | Into The Jaws Of The Beast

1 year ago

the__odysseus ow yes that guy has been on my radar for quite a while, but what is worth replacing him? I mean of course Crested Herdcaller and Needletooth Raptor are lackluster edh creatures, but they actually function all right.

Do you have any experience with the Regal Behemoth? I'm afraid I'll just be overrun by weenies and lack the evasion to retrieve the monarch status.

stensiagamekeeper on TRY JUND! [M21]

2 years ago

Sweet deck. Have you considered Regisaur Alpha over Biogenic Ooze . While the latter is clearly better for the late game you already have a decent amount of grind slots and if you're going beat downs the ooze is basically a glorified Crested Herdcaller . GRA standard was a grind fest however RNA looks like it's going to enable some more gold-fishy strategies thanks to Wilderness Reclamation and the half-dozen probably modern playable burn options. Being fast or reactive seems better than card advantage (or at least moreso than in the past).

Speaking of which you could probably benefit from finding a way to work Llanowar Elves into this. Obviously in the current configuration that would be unwise (looking at you Bedevil ) but assuming you tweaked the mana and cut down on the and costs it could enable some real explosiveness.

Nitpicking aside, it's a strong concept and well executed. You clearly know your stuff.

greyninja on A Calamity Aproaches

2 years ago

+1 from me! If you were going for a gimmick deck then dinosaurs is a pretty awesome option! I wanted to build pirates; but honestly dinosaurs got so much more support wowww

Honestly, if your ultimate gameplan is to "cast commander, beat face" then many of the other dinosaurs are just going to slow you down. Gishath, Sun's Avatar is arguably better for a dedicated dino deck imo

I feel like the dream play is Zacama, Primal Calamity immediately into Akroma's Memorial/Xenagos, God of Revels and swing... or just wiping everyone of problematic enchantments/artifacts/creatures lmao

It might be smart to run 30+ creatures because how often are you really casting a 9CMC commander?! Depends on where you take the deck. Do you want beaters or rampers? Wood Elves, Solemn Simulacrum, Kor Cartographer, Oracle of Mul Daya, etc etc. I assume you don't want it to feel exactly like Darigaaz Reincarnated/Maelstrom Wanderer which is why I suggested Otepec Huntmaster&friends. Just Brainstorming

You have a bunch of mana doublers which is awesome, including the updated Regal Behemoth that's a mf dinosaur! Plus sorcery ramp. There's a decent spot removal package and some of the auto include boardwipes. A couple dinos have removal tacked on as well. Spellbreaker Behemoth is sweet. I love Samut and the haste enablers. Fervor is meh. You have a lot of really cool stuff here tho. You even snuck in Craterhoof & Avenger. There's a light token theme here which doesn't fit. Idk.

If you're trying to thin some of the fat it would be the rando 5-8 cmc spells. Crested Herdcaller, Thundering Spineback, Raging Swordtooth, Godsire, ... It's so hard. Probably lose two enchantments and two instants/sorceries and you'll only have to cut seven creatures XD

The crossroads for me is the Gishath dino aggro or Zacama goodstuff combo. It'll be cool to ultimately see what your mind imagines!

Danielj111 on

2 years ago

I would recommend, if you want to keep green, use it more for ramp than you are atm. I would also recomend replacing Slash of Talons with Lightning Bolt, Crested Herdcaller with Regisaur Alpha, Two Huatli's Snubhorn with Temple Altisaur's, Everdawn Champion with Atzocan Seer, balance the land a little more, maybe some Dual Shots and Ranging Raptors for ramp and enrage triggers, maybe one Ravenous Daggertooth instead of an Imperial Ceratops so you can get enrage lifegain earlier, it's also more of an earlier bait target for removal which will benefit you. Also Regrowth, Destructive Revelry for your sideboard. Otherwise removing green, adding in more red like Silverclad Ferocidons, Raptor Hatchling and Charging Monstrosaur and the white and red Ixalan Avatars, if you cut out the green you could also lean into more of the lifegain aspect with some give lifelink spells on your fliers then you can chump block small boys with either face or enrage dinos.

lagotripha on Grow and destroy!

2 years ago

How competitive and aggressive do you want to be in modern?

You can consistantly manage 12 budget 1 drop manadorks in G/W (Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves (I don't know why the price listing is broken), Avacyn's Pilgrim), followed by very efficient creatures in the 3/4/5 slot. Its best if those creatures let you stabilize, having an immediate board impact- Obstinate Baloth is loved for that reason, but there are plenty of alternatives.

If you want to run that an aggro deck to cast dinos, then look at Crested Herdcaller, Deathgorge Scavenger, Runic Armasaur, Siegehorn Ceratops and Thrashing Brontodon. However, as a lot of them are in standard, you might want to wait for rotation before building it in modern as it will be substantially cheaper.

Modern cards that are good for any tribal in G/W are Mirror Entity and Chameleon Colossus - one for its power when you go wide, and the other due to its surprising resilience in midrange.

GW hatebears has some older budget lists which can be plundered for ideas, and some new card printings (notably Vizier of Remedies ) allow for very powerful interactions even with budget cards (Safehold Elite looks a lot stronger).

There are also lists built around Knight of New Alara that, while long in the tooth, have solid ideas.

The strongest way to build in budget is to spot a theme across a lot of sets (that means a lot of similar cards have been printed), and grab the cheap ones that work well together (in price and cmc), so that while no part of your deck is spectacular, you can consistantly win a lot of matchups.

Green also has the benifit of access to a lot of card fixing in the form of things like Adventurous Impulse- there are like eight variants, which makes building around card interactions a lot smoother, whatever you pick.

Good luck, and happy brewing.

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