District Guide

District Guide

Creature — Elf Scout

When District Guide enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land or Gate card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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District Guide Discussion

Orange+ on Johan and Friends

1 year ago


Since i'd rather have less efficient land fecthing creatures (ETB effects) than more efficient land fetching sorceries, Im making the following update:

OUT: Sakura-Tribe Elder, Explosive Vegetation, Kodama's Reach, Skyshroud Claim, Sylvan Scrying

IN: Jungle Wayfinder, Ondu Giant, Wild Wanderer, Civic Wayfinder, District Guide

CommanderNeyo on Selvala Big Bois

1 year ago

Out of curiosity, why would you have District Guide over a card like Sakura-Tribe Elder? Cards that put lands onto the battlefield are better than ones that put them into your hand, because it can mean you play multiple lands a turn (one from your hand, and one with the card). I would drop District Guide for Sakura-Tribe Elder or at least Wood Elves.

Sedohr on Rioting against Humans

2 years ago

Yeah after the last update adding planeswalkers I removed 3 more creatures, and it does feel a little tight in play if I don't get enough momentum quickly or they clear the board. I might remove one of the Gruul Guildgate and/or a Mountain for another creature or 2 for starters. I was then considering dropping one Jaya's Greeting to bring it to 3x, and potentially one of the Domri, Anarch of Bolas for 2x total to replace with creatures. Lastly I was also considering removing a Grumgully, the Generous to bring the total to 3x and open up the deck for other creatures.

I was looking for creatures that can help with mana ramp since End-Raze Forerunners are my most expensive cards and can be a finisher for the game. For that I was browsing standard cards and found a few that might fit in.

Leafkin Druid Is nice since it's a 0/3 and has decent toughness if needed to block, and can tap for a green mana to help ramp up. Bonus if I somehow get 4+ creatures on the field it gives 2 green instead. This doesn't help if I need red mana, but most of the cards in the deck don't require more than 1 red mana anyways.

Paradise Druid allows me to pick either color instead of just green, and has 2 power if I wanted to use for attacking instead. The hexproof part would likely only affect it when I first drop before riot is in play since it would likely be tapped for mana or attacking after.

Incubation Druid seemed like a mix between the previous two mentioned. It allows to tap for any mana (That I can make already) but has no power and less defense when comparing to the previous ones. On the flip side if it has a +1/+1 counter it makes 3 mana when tapped. Since I have a few ways to get counters on creatures when playing them, I could potentially have that trigger somewhat reliably. It also has the ability to adapt for counters, and since I'm trying to lean more towards mana ramp I will likely be able to pay the 3GG cost reliably later in matches if I dropped it early before I could get Rhythm of the Wild or Grumgully, the Generous out.

District Guide Is a 2/2 creature that also lets me fetch a land/gate from deck to my hand. This helps fill up my creature slots, while also helping with mana ramp to later game to make sure I can drop my expensive cards. I've been using this in a few of my mana heavy decks in arena with success, so this might be one I pick since it fills two roles without sacrificing field presence (while the others previously mentioned would have to be tapped to get me mana ramp)

Rosethorn Acolyte Was one I considered. The adventure would let me get red mana if I somehow can't get mountains in my early game, and the creature itself would allow me to tap it for mana ramp. It's a 2/3 though so I feel more like it should be on the field attacking or defending instead, and I feel at 2G it's a bit pricey for what it does. That said because it is a 2/3 I could still use it for attack/defense and only use the mana ramp when I need it, but I feel there are better 3 cost cards.

ShadowAblaze on Niv-Mizzet Reborn (into poverty)

2 years ago

Haha, thanks for tagging me here. I think land base shouldn't stop you and I believe you can find your way into a solid mana base here.

Danielisaias is certainly right is the idea that guild gates may be a good approach but there are certainly many ways to get the mana base right. IF you want to go the guildgate path, here is the cards you want for that build.

Guildgate Build

Lands Now I am not entirely sure, but I believe that around 10 gates is the best way to build this. Since our ramp and mana fixing is primarily green, we will include 1-2 copies of all gates that include green. Then add 0-1 of the other gates as relevant. IF you were to run all of the following ramp, you will most definitely not need more than one copies of most gates. In addition Gateway Plaza is a great gate that effectively taps an additional land when it enters. You can probably run 4x Evolving Wilds and put in mostly forests and 1-2 of each of the other basics if you want.

Land Fixing

Open the Gates - A land of your choice that you can play the next turn. Like a wildcard land

District Guide - Will build a board presence and get you a extra land of choice

Circuitous Route - Terrific ramp straight onto the battlefield and includes gates

Support creatures and spells

Gatebreaker Ram - Powerful when 2+ gates are in play

Gateway Sneak - Ok card draw, guaranteed when gates are played

Gates Ablaze - Great for board stalling. Should never kill Gatebreaker Ram

Guild Summit - Great way to refill hand late game and good set up in the early game

If THAT wasn't enough, here's more!

If you don't want to build a gate deck, you are already almost there. All the "land fixing" cards from the gate build are still relevant here but not as good without the synergy.

Mana Geode - This is a simple card, effective for ramp into any color and scry can fix your draw.

Beanstalk Giant - Not only is he mana fixing/ramp but he is also a giant threat!

Deathsprout - Harder to build in, but is a awesome combination of removal and ramp!

Whisper Agent - in this deck would simply be a pseudo-removal while draw fixing

Faeburrow Elder - I haven't played with him before so I don't know how good he is. Seeing as he can only ramp you mana you already have access to he is hard to judge. However, know that cards like Whisper Agent or Sphinx of the Guildpact will give Faeburrow Elder substantial bonuses.

… I think I went overkill with suggestions. Sorry ;)

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