Defense of the Heart
At the beginning of your upkeep, if an opponent controls three or more creatures, sacrifice Defense of the Heart. If you do, search your library for up to two creature cards and put those creatures into play. Then shuffle your library.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Defense of the Heart Discussion
1 month ago
You're easiest way to mill your opponent is by simply getting two Kodama of the East Trees onto the field with your commanders alongside Ruin Crab then play a karoo land like your Simic Growth Chamber. To maximize the odds I'd add Hedron Crab and Guildless Commons for redundancy as well as tutors. I suggest Crop Rotation and Sylvan Scrying to find your lands and Chord of Calling and Defense of the Heart to find your crabs.
2 months ago
Yennett, Cryptic Sovereign-being able to play things for free, plus having some of the best colors for removal and countermagic
Rhys the Exiled-elf tribal for a lot of good creatures, plenty of removal and ramp options, plus options for tutors
2 months ago
Peligrad while difficult to envision, I can imagine scenarios in which Land Tax, Defense of the Heart and Mana Crypt wouldn’t do very much; even then, it can be argued that they still provide indirect advantage by redirecting the attention of your opponents and their interaction. However, can you please explain to me the event in which Sylvan Library would do nothing? I cannot grasp it.
2 months ago
LeaPlath I disagree. This is a 4 drop. You ramp on 2 and drop it on 3 and it is highly likely that there are no creatures on the board able to swing on turn 3. If you lost it at all, it is probably lost to a mana dork.
Palace Jailer is ruined by the wording. If it said that it remains exiled until THAT player becomes monarch then it would be a good card. But the fact that any player taking monarch returns the creature to play means the removal is very weak. He has no key words and his body is weak.
Palace Sentinels has no abilities at all and again an under-stat'd body.
Court of Grace is a less vulnerable permanent. White and Green are the only two colors that can efficiently remove enchantments at all. It grants value every turn that it is in play. The fact that the 1/1s fly mean that you will be able to get monarch back regularly.
There are a lot of decks out there that just are not equipped to compete for monarch. Many of the decks that are combat oriented take so much time to setup that you'll have accumulated a lot of value off Court of Grace before they are ready to contest for it.
Are there going to be games where drop it and it gives 1 card draw and then gets destroyed? Sure. There are games where Sylvan Library Land Tax Defense of the Heart even Mana Crypt do nothing. You have to look at the consistent average value that a card gives you for the cost. If you have a deck that can make good use of the tokens and can compete for monarch, Court of Grace is extremely good
2 months ago
These are all staples of the format.
2 months ago
I'm not sure, but my thought process is why play this particular deck if you aren't looking to abuse the Transmute/Ramirez interactions, right? So why not just build around a package that you can find with those tutors? That's my thought process. Defense of the Heart into the Praetors is definitely a boardwinning position.
2 months ago
abby315, Thanks! All of those suggestions look great but A few of those cards are a bit out of my prices range lol. I'll try to work the deck aorund that with less countermagic and more cards to set that up. What do you think of a wincon thats Defense of the Heart and Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger and Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur? Should I cut the most of the less useful answers and go more just around the transmute cards?
3 months ago
The amount of utility cards that facilitates for a large-creature/stompy deck (like giant tribal) is completely unparalleled and unrivaled. There are things--both budget and expensive--like Garruk's Uprising, Soul's Majesty, Hunter's Insight, Snake Umbra, Triumph of Ferocity, Lead the Stampede, Garruk, Primal Hunter, Return of the Wildspeaker, Abundance, Rhythm of the Wild, Selvala's Stampede, Shamanic Revelation, Elemental Bond, Colossal Majesty, Guardian Project, Rancor, Primal Rage, Heroic Intervention, Wrap in Vigor, Golgari Charm, Lifecrafter's Bestiary, Canopy Cover, Aspect of Mongoose, Alpha Authority, Asceticism, Defense of the Heart, Lignify, Lurking Predators, Bow of Nylea, The Great Henge, Eerie Ultimatum, Reap, Creeping Renaissance, Seasons Past, Reap the Past, Genesis Ultimatum, Beastmaster Ascension, Overwhelming Stampede...
The list is huge, and it grows every year.
This is on top of the superior ramping ability of Green and it's above-average removal options. One big advantage of Green's land-based ramp is things like Planar Cleansing, Hour of Revelation, Play of the Game, Bane of Progress, Creeping Corrosion, and Merciless Eviction can't send you back to the stone age by destroying all your mana rocks.
Everything you will want to be doing with Giant Tribal, Green supports and supports well. I cannot stress this enough. Not to mention the good green giants that keep getting printed.
Black doesn't provide too much in the way of utility specific to giant tribal or stompy decks other than recursion and good card draw like Greed, Phyrexian Arena, and Erebos, God of the Dead. Personally I like cards like Damnable Pact, Read the Bones, Ancient Craving and Ambition's Cost but if you're running Green and/or Blue you shouldn't need to lose life to draw cards. Painful Truths might still be useful due to it's great rate (three cards for three mana is good). Syphon Mind is a great rate and has the upside of making your opponents discard.
Obviously Black specializes in removal (but so does White!) so you could run things like Mortify, Despark, Utter End, Vindicate, Anguished Unmaking, Dreadbore, Terminate, Bedevil and Ruinous Ultimatum. In Garruk's Wake and Decree of Pain are probably good in your giant deck since you're ramping so hard. Since you're running White you shouldn't need Black's wraths, but those two stood out.
Things like Phyrexian Reclamation, Animate Dead, and Reanimate are great for creature decks. Palace Siege is all right on a budget. So is Twilight's Call. It's no Oversold Cemetery or Meren of Clan Nel Toth or Rise of the Dark Realms but those are pricey. Recovering from boardwipes will be important.
Blue has some interesting removal options like Curse of the Swine, Pongify, Rapid Hybridization, and Reality Shift. You have some Cyclonic Rifts in your trade binder, right? That alone is a great reason to run Blue in your deck (it's literally one of the best cards in EDH straight-up). Do it!
Blue also has all the card-draw--from per-turn stuff like Kumena's Awakening and Mind Unbound; chunks of cards like Concentrate, Treasure Cruise, Fact or Fiction, Fathom Trawl, and Tidings; huge hand-refillers like Overflowing Insight, Mind Spring, Stroke of Genius, and Pull from Tomorrow; and some sneaky stuff like Windfall, Keep Watch, Drawn from Dreams, Verity Circle, and Insight. Green has some amazing card-draw already but it wouldn't be a terrible idea to supplement it with Blue cards. Rush of Knowledge would be REALLY good in a giant-tribal deck--especially with Morophon, the Boundless at the helm.
Counterspells are very much not Giant/Stompy but I have a few aggro decks that run a silver-bullet copy of Negate or Swan Song just as anti-boardwipe tech. Not necessary though. Boros Charm, Golgari Charm, and Wrap in Vigor work well in that capacity. There are lots of 3-cmc options too but the mana difference between 2 and 3 is huge.
Temur Ascendancy would be reason alone to run five colors and be utterly fantastic in this deck.
Garruk's Uprising alone is reason to run at least Green.
Merciless Eviction is one of the best removal spells in the game. Four or five colors would allow you to run that.
You get the idea.
As you can see, there is a myriad of reasons to run more colors. Honestly, I really can't recommend it enough if true Giant-Tribal is the goal--whether Naya giants or five-color giants.
One extremely important thing for large-creature decks is to consider how you're going to recover from board wipes. Superior card-draw from Green, Black, and Blue cards will help immensely. Card advantage like Phyrexian Reclamation, Palace Siege, Seasons Past, All Suns' Dawn, Reap the Past, Reap, Creeping Renaissance, Eerie Ultimatum, and abilities like Mayael the Anima's, Golos, Tireless Pilgrim's, and Kenrith, the Returned King's reanimate ability will help you recover. These are things that Red and White simply can't do well. Sure there's Resurrection and Reya Dawnbringer, but they aren't great.
Brion Stoutarm is a legitimately good general--he really is!--but not for giant tribal. He brings nothing to the table for giant tribal other than being a decently-statted Giant himself and pigeonholes you into the worst color pair in EDH for essentially no benefit. As I mentioned, Iroas, God of Victory and, to a lesser extent, Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas would make better commanders if you are dead-set on Boros colors (which I do not recommend if you want to play maximum giants). If you were building around Brion's ability and had some giants around as support that would be one thing, but it seems that's not the goal. As such, please consider switching commanders :) I think that if you want Brion Stoutarm as the commander, you should make a Brion deck.
I really do think you'll be happier in the long run with a different commander It doesn't have to be expensive. Most of what you would need I can trade to you, including Morophon, the Boundless, and most supplemental cards I don't have are in the 25-cent to $1 range (Realm-Cloaked Giant, Mayael the Anima, etc). I actually have a shitload of this utility stuff on-hand, and you have some great staples like Cyclonic Rift on-hand--and probably more! I want you to be satisfied with your deck! It doesn't have to be competitive to be fun, but it doesn't have to be expensive to work better and smoother and be more competitive.