Desert of the Indomitable
Land — Desert
Desert of the Indomitable enters the battlefield tapped.
T: Add G to your mana pool.
Cycling 1G (1G, Discard this card: Draw a card.)
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Desert of the Indomitable occurrence in decks from the last year
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Desert of the Indomitable Discussion
3 months ago
Here are some cards you might like: Beast Whisperer, Broodhatch Nantuko, Colossal Majesty, Deep Forest Hermit, Druid's Deliverance, Evolution Sage, Explore, Full Flowering, Gaea's Blessing, Garruk, Primal Hunter, Generous Stray, Giant Adephage, Gilt-Leaf Archdruid (pushing the budget, I know. Just thought I'd throw it out there),Hunter's Insight, Paragon of Eternal Wilds, Rampaging Baloths, Runic Armasaur, Sandwurm Convergence, Second Harvest, Selesnya Eulogist, Seton, Krosan Protector, Shapers' Sanctuary, Snake Umbra, Temur Sabertooth, Verdant Rebirth, Voice of Many.
Figured I'd give you a lot of different choices and you can pick through them for the ones you like.
What I would recommend you do with this deck is turn its focus into a cat and druid tribal deck that incorporates a lot of card draw and token generators along with populate effects. I feel it would bring a lot more synergy to your deck without increasing the price.
IF you ever wanted to break budget a little bit for this deck, I'd suggest maintaining the whole cat/druid/token themes and incorporating a little more of an enchantment focus with cards like Argothian Enchantress, Verduran Enchantress, Yavimaya Enchantress, Eidolon of Blossoms, and Setessan Champion. This would both boost your druid count a bit and your card draw significantly. These combined with enchantments like Beastmaster Ascension, Parallel Lives, Season of Growth and auras such as Keen Sense, and Sixth Sense, would net you a lot of value and power.
You might also consider cutting some of your lands like Blighted Woodland, Desert of the Indomitable, Slippery Karst, and maybe 1 or 2 forests, and adding in more ramp cards. I'd suggest maybe a Kodama's Reach and some artifact ramp like a Mind Stone, but I think you should focus most of your ramp on land auras like Wild Growth, Fertile Ground, Wolfwillow Haven, and Overgrowth. They'd be really nice if you ever decided to go down the Enchantress route.
I knooow this is long I'm sorry but I just see a lot of cool fun and potential in this deck of yours. :^) I tried to keep my recommendations budget but a few pricier choices might've slipped through. I hope this helps!
4 months ago
You could consider adding a Desert package (Desert of the Glorified, Desert of the Indomitable, Grasping Dunes, Endless Sands, and possibly a few of the more minor ones) in order to enable Ifnir Deadlands. If you do, I might consider cutting Opal Palace as your colorless landcount is perhaps a bit on the high side.
Nesting Grounds seems fun in this list.
Tectonic Edge doesn't really fit the current meta, since nobody's running any of the broken lands that would actually warrant getting destroyed.
Your swamp count is only at...9, if you count the budget fetchlands and Urborg. That's a bit low to make Tainted Wood work.
Generous Patron, Seshiro the Anointed, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician, Skullclamp, Moldervine Reclamation, and Driven / Despair are your only ways to accrue much in the way of card draw. It's over the minimum threshold I'd set to run Reliquary Tower, but I'd keep in mind that the Tower is rarely going to do much for you, so cutting it wouldn't be the worst.
7 months ago
multimedia Thanks! Your observations are indeed very astute and taking serious. I just decked myself out yesterday. Plus my friends all run Bojuka Bog in any relevant deck so if I don't combo win I can be screwed. I don't want to combo win with infinite combos aside from Nim Deathmantle but that offers good value too. More land and putting back Sakura-Tribe Elder is wise. Probably should have 3 of each. I like cycling a lot but I am thinking the Desert of the Glorified amd Desert of the Indomitable could he cut and aren't super flavorful art wise anyway and have the worse cycling costs too. I like all the other cards you suggested. Many are a matter of time if you will. No Trike though. Only good enough if you combo with it in my opinion and I don't like the flavor either. But still the smart choice no doubt. Thanks again!
8 months ago
Hey, saw your post on reddit and couldn't help but check it out. I love me some elfball, so here's what I've got for you. Everything is of course my opinion and to be taken with ample helpings of salt. Hope it helps!
Lands: Mosswort Bridge is a trap, though I haven't tried it in elves yet. Reliquary Tower is a trap, when you fire off in an elfball deck you can usually cast what you draw. I'm okay with your tapped cycling lands bc they cycle, so that's fine, and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood is sneaky good. It's the only tapland I tend to run. Your best land by far is Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx and the best way to get it is Crop Rotation. When you already have it, you'll want to use it for an instant-speed Wasteland/Strip Mine or Wirewood Lodge. I don't usually run Ancient Tomb in elves but there's nothing saying you can't, and it helps when you have plenty of things with generic costs, as you do, along with some lifegain.
Potential Cuts and Swaps: Harmonize out, Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip in: Harmonize is a classic, but Growing Rites never disappoints. Even if it whiffs, you probably have a gaea's cradle at end of turn.
Overwhelming Stampede out, Finale of Devastation in: You already have the Ibex, and the Finale is far more versatile than the Stampede can ever be. Can grab all sorts of things instead of being a single pump and dump. Considering it could double Marwyn's mana output for a turn could earn its keep, though.
Wellwisher out, Essence Warden in: Incidental lifegain, if you want to use it, might be more reliable than being able to tap the Wellwisher for its effect reliably. Also, the Warden triggers on all creatures, including opponents.
Desert of the Indomitable out, Veil of Summer in: This card is just too good. Also, 33 lands is too many (I know, but you'd be surprised!) and this one ETB taps AND cycles for 2 mana instead of 1, so I'd cut it.
Doubling Season out, Asceticism in: I'm not sold on Doubling Season here, honestly, as Hardened Scales could serve the same purpose in most cases regarding the way this deck puts +1/+1 counters on things one at a time (mostly). If you REALLY want to lean in on the token doubling from Lys Alana Huntmaster, Elvish Promenade, and Imperious Perfect then it might could stay.
Genesis Wave out, Kindred Summons in: This counts tokens...it is ridiculous and casting it when you only have 3 or 4 elves out still feels great, whereas if you flip Praetor's Counsel with a nasty Genesis Wave you're a sad panda.
Dwynen's Elite needs a home here, its 2 mana for 2 counters on Marwyn, among other benefits. Not sure on what to pull out, but I've never been a big fan of Dwynen, Gilt-Leaf Daen herself, really. You don't want to stack too deep on lord effects when its so easy to tutor them out or draw them for an explosive growth instead.
The last thing I will note, is that any non-Elf REALLY needs to earn its keep. Each and every elf in your list makes it stronger, be it with more mana, more tokens, more counters, all of those things.
The reddit thread has some great recommendations on cards to check out as well, so you've got a lot to sift through. Good base though!
Rhys Up is my current GB list, there might be some ideas for you in the main and maybe boards. The deck is mostly green but plays my favorite black stuff, and most of the cost difference between these two lists lies in the manabase.
9 months ago
-1 Reliquary Tower. I found I don't often find myself drawing so many cards that reliquary tower is needed.
-1 Tranquil Thicket was replaced with a cycling desert for some synergy with scavenger grounds.
-1 Wildest Dreams is nice for rebuying cards, but that's not really what this deck needs.
-1 Descendants' Path is fine for an extra snake every once in awhile, but doesn't really help the aggro plan. Plus, I found myself wanting some non-creature cards that this puts on the bottom sometimes.
-1 Asceticism is a really, really great effect. However, you have to leave so much mana open to utilize its full effect, and many sweepers in the format ignore regeneration anyways.
-1 Time of Need is a fun card to go tutor up one of the many legends in the deck, but it was just a little too slow in an aggro deck like this.
-1 Shisato, Whispering Hunter. I found myself never really having a big enough board where it would feel ok sacrificing a few snakes. When he does his thing, he's busted, and he'll be moving into my new Xyris deck where he should be much more comfortable.
+1 Scavenger Grounds, +1 Desert of the Indomitable I replaced a couple lands with this small concession to keep graveyard decks honest.
+1 Return of the Wildspeaker Two very relevant modes which are both great in creature-based green decks.
+1 Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip Cheap cradle which may net a card in the process.
+1 Honored Hydra, +1 Noose Constrictor, +1 Moss Viper. A few ok creatures that all provide a little utility. Some will probably be upgraded to better creatures later on. The slightly higher creature count also allows for Itlimoc to hit more often, thought that is almost negligible.
9 months ago
10 months ago
Keeping in mind that this is a casual budget deck, I think there are still a couple of utility lands you could use in place of a few of your basics that you might find useful, and they aren't too expensive.
I notice you have some land destruction in there: Ghost Quarter can be used to take out a a different utility land from another player. Field of Ruin is similar, but targets nonbasics specifically - ditto for Tectonic Edge and Encroaching Wastes
Ice Floe can keep any one creature without flying that might otherwise pose as a problem.
Barren Moor, Tranquil Thicket, Desert of the Indomitable, Desert of the Glorified, Drifting Meadow and Polluted Mire are also some other land options. They're slow since they enter the battlefield tapped, but you can cycle them if you don't need the mana at that time. Ash Barrens might also be interesting.
A number of the suggestions are from this list; others are anything I could think of at the time that could be helpful while being inexpensive.
1 year ago
Thanks for noticing! I should really document my reasons for deck list updates, but I haven't in a long time.
I removed Blast Zone because the card has never done what I wanted. I thought the card would be a great form of recursive removal with Titania at the helm. Instead, Blast Zone is over costed, doesn't remove tokens, and as a colorless source, hinders the early gameplay by restricting my access to colored sources. I replaced it with Desert of the Indomitable as a place holder for now because cycle lands help to dig for better cards, but sucks that it enters tapped. I'll probably replace it with Harmonize or a Forest in the future to be honest.
I removed Natural Affinity because it was more of a gotcha card. It wasn't a bad card. There were several times that it won me the game. Other times, you use it to fuel a Craterhoof Behemoth or have instant speed blockers. I've had my fun with Natural Affinity , but I would rather have more recursion in the deck, and removing it doesn't hurt my deck. That's why I replaced it with Reclaim .
Thank you for your suggestion of Noxious Revival ! I didn't know that it worked on any graveyard. That makes it a lot better than I thought. I'll most likely swap it into the deck when I get a hold of one, which I just did through TCGPlayer after reading your comment!