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Drover of the Mighty
Creature — Human Druid
Drover of the Mighty gets +2/+2 as long as you control a Dinosaur.
: Add one mana of any colour.
4 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:
- Thran Dynamo -> Mirari's Wake (also pump your creatures)
- Gilded Lotus -> Mana Reflection (it makes Castle Garenbrig generate 12x)
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):
- Kinjalli's Caller -> Myriad Landscape
- Drover of the Mighty -> Krosan Verge
- Atzocan Seer -> Blighted Woodland
4: Some card draw:
- Commander's Sphere -> Fellwar Stone
- Knight of the Stampede -> Return of the Wildspeaker
- Huatli, Warrior Poet -> Garruk, Primal Hunter
- Atla Palani, Nest Tender (only good when the deck revolves around her) -> Rishkar's Expertise
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:
4 months ago
I love dinosaurs but there's alot of hype since they just printed a bunch of new ones. Your deck has to many 1 of and 2 ofs. You are going to need more 3-4 copies of less different dinos for more consistent game play. Since your deck is based around the enrage ability that is what I will focus on. For starters I'm going to suggest taking these cards out.
Zetalpa, Primal Dawn - too expensive and has no relevance other than being a dinosaur
Wakening Sun's Avatar - too expensive and there's much cheaper board wipes than an 8 Mana dinosaur. This guy is extremely good in commander but not very good for 1v1 60 card decks.
Verdant Sun's Avatar - again he's a good card but there's no relevance to the strategy other than he's a dinosaur and he's a 7 Mana drop.
Rampaging Ferocidon - you are running a creature heavy deck so his ability will hurt you way more than it will your opponent. If you are adding him for the lifefain there's another dinosaur that cost the same but doesn't have that same drawback.
Gishath, Sun's Avatar - extremely good card but he's very expensive for what your trying to build. He will go back down in price eventually but for now I'd suggest taking him out.
Gigantosaurus - he's to Mana expensive. In a 3 color deck trying to get 5 green is going to be more of a challenge than he's worth. If you were running mono green he'd be a great add but for right now I'd take him out.
Bellowing Aegisaur - for 6 Mana the game would gave to continue to go on for a few more turns to get any real value out of him.
Cards you should add more of
Marauding Raptor - one of the best cards in an enrage deck for an immediate activation and makes your dinos cheaper
Ranging Raptors - great for early game and consistent Mana ramp throughout the game.
Raging Regisaur - great for enrage triggers and offers you some removal
Ripjaw Raptor offers consistent card draw which cannot be understated.
Forerunner of the Empire he offers consisten board enrage triggers and you get to search for whichever dino you want
Cards I'd add you don't have listed Drover of the Mighty - offers cheap Mana ramp and is a 3/3
Last thing is with a deck like this your running too few lands. You need at minimum 23-24 lands for running large creatures that you are hard casting. I know this is alot but I hope this helps.
4 months ago
What is the context of the deck. Do you play it 1v1? Or it is multiplayer 60-card deck?
Since you have a lot of 1-offs in your deck, you're not far from an EDH/Commander deck: Budget Dinosaur Tribal EDH, Dino Budget, Del's Dirt-Cheap Dino Deck for Destroying EDH. It is the most played format as of now.
If you want to stick to 60 cards, these are some focused builds: Budget Dinosaur, Budget dino. From what I saw, Drover of the Mighty and Otepec Huntmaster are crucial for ramping into your mighty dinos.
5 months ago
Cards to consider cutting:
Volcanic Fallout, Skyshroud Claim, Heaven / Earth, Wayward Swordtooth, Sun-Crowned Hunters, Raging Regisaur, Kinjalli's Caller, Druid of the Anima, Drover of the Mighty, Burning Sun's Avatar, Cacophodon, Star of Extinction
Cards to consider adding:
Kodama's Reach, Regisaur Alpha, Chain Lightning, Blasphemous Act, Carnage Tyrant, Deathgorge Scavenger, Etali, Primal Storm, Annoyed Altisaur, Apex Altisaur, Giant Cindermaw, Harnessed Snubhorn, Sheltered Thicket, Scattered Groves, Sacred Peaks, Kinjalli's Sunwing, Kogla and Yidaro, Quartzwood Crasher, Rampaging Ferocidon, Runic Armasaur, Topiary Stomper, Tyrranax Rex, Wakening Sun's Avatar, Elemental Bond, Taurean Mauler, Unbreakable Formation, Vanquisher's Banner, Coat of Arms, Door of Destinies, Herald's Horn, Path of Ancestry, Pillar of Origins, Pyre of Heroes, Secluded Courtyard, Stoneforge Masterwork, Unclaimed Territory, Vanquisher's Banner
the add section kinda got out of hand, but they are all worth considering
9 months 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.
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.
1 year ago
You’ve actually done a really good job for your first decklist, so big props there.
The only things i’d suggest is ditching Sheltering Ancient (your main advantage is big creatures and this card is actively arming your opponent), Topiary Stomper (i don’t see a game ever going long enough to have 7 lands in play) and Wayward Swordtooth (feels a bit clumsy, though not terrible). In their place i’d suggest using the full playset of Ripjaw Raptor and Drover of the Mighty, and then getting some interaction to mess with your opponent (letting your opponent do what they want is never a good idea). Both Lightning Bolt and Primal Might seem really good here.
But overall, what you have here looks really solid, especially for a first-brew. Keep it up!
1 year ago
Xtough - Thanks for the compliment and upvote. Always nice to have some feedback!
You are not wrong about the deck struggling when the opponents sets up Ghostly Prison or even worse, multiple of those kind of cards as the deck does struggle against heavy artifact/enchantment decks. Dinos just do not have the best removal for those which is sad.
The thing I love about Kinjalli's Caller is how it speeds up the deck. Dropping it on turn 1 allows me to cast 3 CMC dinos on turn 2 and speed is something dinosaurs need as they usually are pretty expensive. Dropping Kinjalli's Caller for either of those two would essentially push me back one or two turns as Atzocan Seer and Drover of the Mighty would fill...similar rolls but are just more expensive.
Atzocan Seer has a little more upside with the graveyard yank but at 3 CMC, it is a high price to pay for what you get. I talked with Radiant_Draconis who runs a similar themed deck (Prehistoric Rumble!) about Atzocan Seer as he used to be in that deck and that helped me rule him out.
Is Aura Shards legal in modern? According to cardhoarder and cardkingdom it is not; otherwise, I would be running maybe 1-2 copies in the deck and adding the rest of the full playset to the SB.
Thanks again for the feedback!