Elemental Bond

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Elemental Bond

Enchantment

Whenever a creature with power 3 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card.

SaberTech on The Charnel Army

2 weeks ago

I also like the idea of having Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord and Yargle and Multani in the deck to go along with the Lord of Extinction. It gives the deck a backup win condition outside of commander damage to help close out the game through a clogged up board.

I think another card worth considering is Titanoth Rex. Draw a card and permanently give your commander trample for just 2 mana while putting an 11 power body into the graveyard.

A lot of your creatures have 3 or more toughness so Elemental Bond/Tribute to the World Tree would be effects ways to draw more cards. Greater Good would also be a strong choice.

If you end up adding more sac effects as you develop the deck then Ghouls' Night Out might be a card worth considering. Being able to get up to 4 creatures for 5 mana is a good deal, even if they don't stick around after attacking with them. Sac them off for value or just don't attack so that you can make use of their abilities. If you end up reanimating Sepulchral Primordial as the card from your graveyard then that would end up being up to 7 creatures total for just 5 mana.

KayneMarco on Yuma, Shepherd of the West (Desert Primer)

3 weeks ago

Anger for Need for Speed since part of your goal is getting lands into the yard. I’ld pull Sand Scout since it only triggers once per turn. Drop Elemental Bond, shouldn’t hurt any since you have a number of others with the same effect or better. These are bout the only things I can suggest right now till you get a little more of an idea bout which way you wanna take the deck. Also, I wasn’t suggesting you make your deck like my Hazezon deck. Was just using that deck as an example of how many lands you could possibly be playing per turn. I get wanting to make unique decks.

AThiccNacho on Say Hy(dra) to Your Grandma For Me

1 month ago

I would very much recommend:

Garruk's Uprising as it gives you trample for the big bois, can cantrip AND gives you draw power on ETB. If you cast a hydra with > 3, you get to draw 2 cards, assuming Zaxara is on the field.

Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner Gives you ramp AND ETB triggers. Same as G's Uprising above.

Elemental Bond Have you noticed a pattern yet? More expensive than the others because of the Power 3 trigger vs 4; but still a really sick card to have.

Simic Ascendancy Alternate wincon and pretty easy to get twice since, if a hydra enters with 6 counters, you get 12 if you control Zaxara due to the token getting the +1/+1 counters.

Open Into Wonder Straight up ends the game if a creature is big or your board state went unchecked for too long. Won me plenty of games. If it can't end the game, you can still draw plenty of cards to play on main phase 2.

Finale of Revelation Essentially just an X draw but with additional benefits for going all in. Obviously, Zaxara is needed to get a 10/10, but it's way better than Even the Score; the extra 2 cards drawn is meh and you lift the 4 card restriction. Blue Sun's Zenith is technically better being at instant speed, but you get WAY more value in EDH out of Finale, especially with mana doublers/triplers.

Herald of Secret Streams A more $$ card, but makes your creature with +1/+1 unblockable; usually allows you to kill 1 or 2 players that turn and end the game if it goes unanswered, buying your other threats more time.

Curse of the Swine To exile high prio threats. Giving opponents 2/2 creatures doesn't matter. Gets around indestructible or creatures that are overly powerful such as voltron creatures. I would honestly swap this for Spinning Wheel Kick as that relies heavily on your commander; which Zaxara is already a high prio target.

Those are all the suggestions i have for budget; most of the others i'd make for budget are counter spells. My Zaxara deck should be on my profile if you're interested in higher $$ cards.

Profet93 on My 3-headed baby girl

1 month ago

austintayshus

Tokens are outside my wheelhouse, but I'll do my best to help. Also, I see you run the Emeria Shepherd + Sakura Tribe elder synergy, nice!

Shamanic Revelation - Draw with a side of lifegain

Alhammarret's Archive - Double lifegain, double draw!

Harmonize - Simple draw

Elemental Bond - Steady draw

Skullclamp - You run a decent amount of mana dorks.

Reliquary Tower - Maybe not needed yet but once you add more card draw, it should definitely be considered. Currently, Creeping Renaissance could warrant this inclusion.

Greater Good - Such a good card for draw. Also helps prevent exile and theft tactics.

Momentous Fall - Used in response to removal. Beware of the blue player! Also note Life's Legacy.

I understand that tokens are secondary, but have you considered at least adding one token doubler card such as Doubling Season? Not necessarily doubling season itself given the price constraint but any one of it's close cousins can fit the bill.

Winding Canyons/Emergence Zone - Flash would help primarily with Felidar Sovereign, Sunblast Angel and combat tricks. It also helps you from over-extending your board

Castle Garenbrig - Ramp

markbeloit on Kura

1 month ago

You wrote me an essay Profet93, so I took awhile to respond. Will try and address your question comments one-by-one.

Regarding Null Rod: It was in the prototype of this deck, but Collector Ouphe was cheaper, so I opted for the ouphe.

Regarding Snow-Covered Forests: Would probably be better, but I'd rather not pay the $.

Regarding Elemental Bond/Garruk's Uprising vs Colossal Majesty: In 90% of decks I'd agree with you that those two are better, but in this deck, I think Colossal Majesty might be better. I don't have that many creatures ETBing, and sometimes I have a big creature around for several turns. In those scenarios, I think Colossal Majesty generates more value.

Regarding Hour of Promise: Good, but not sure I need it.

Regarding Pir's Whim: Good, and not a card I knew of. Will have to keep an eye out for something to cut.

Regarding Yavimaya Hollow: Too much $. I don't think I need it enough.

Regarding Miren, the Moaning Well: I don't like Miren very much. True it's a second sac outlet, but I consider it vastly inferior to High Market. I really don't like having to pay . And while I'm in trouble if someone blows up High Market, that hasn't happened yet.

Regarding Castle Garenbrig: Should probably cut a forest for this, and probably will when I get one.

Regarding Mirrorpool: Worth considering. There's only a few instants and sorceries I'd want to sac a land to copy, though, and I have to pay . Also, I'm trying to be a bit careful about how many utility lands I have in the deck, specifically lands that don't make . If you have too many colorless lands you can get screwed.

Regarding Greater Good: Was a card I was seriously considering when building the deck, but saccing Kura to it is not that great. Bottom line, though, I thought for sure Greater Good would get destroyed immediately if I played it, which is why I decided against it.

Regarding Nylea's Intervention: Ok, but not sure I need it.

As always, a problem is what to cut. This deck does fairly well, and when that's the case, I'm always leery of cutting a card unless I see something strictly better.

Regarding Abundance + Sylvan Library: Drawing 3 cards per turn with no down side is fine, though it doesn't happen often :)

Regarding Abundance, it actually has some additional tech to it. In this deck I've been able to put every land in my deck into play once or twice. With Abundance, you put the revealed cards you don't get on the bottom of your library in ANY order, not a random order. So if I Abundance to get a land and don't have any in my deck.... I can rig the order of my deck. At that point your basically tutoring instead of drawing. Doesn't happen often, but is powerful when it does.

You also can't deck yourself if Abundance is in play, though that hasn't come up yet. A fun piece of tech, though not for every deck.

Sorry for taking so long to respond. I put it off since I knew I'd have to write a lot. Thanks for the suggestions, and I'll think of them, though again the problem is what to cut.

Profet93 on Selvala

3 months ago

Elemental Bond/Guardian Project - Draw

Legolas's Quick Reflexes - Utility

Vines of Vastwood - Protection + buff

Heroic Intervention - Protection

Profet93 on Kura

3 months ago

markbeloit +1

I like your fight + stax pieces. Have you thought of adding redundancy for collector ouphe with Null Rod or do you believe it's not necessary? It only shuts off the activated ability of conduit of worlds.

You should swap out half of your forests for snow-covered to trigger field of the dead more easily.

Elemental Bond/Garruk's Uprising > Collasal majesty.

Hour of Promise - Land tutor

Pir's Whim - Land tutor + politics and/or removal.

Yavimaya Hollow - Protection + politics. I get you want stuff to die most of the time but it's nice to be able to protect something or be political when you want to.

Mirrorpool - Copy important instants and sorceries

Miren, the Moaning Well - Sac outlet for commander. can also sac the token it makes to gain life in a pinch.

Castle Garenbrig - Ramp

MAYBE Greater Good - It's main purpose is to be a sac outlet for your commander. It is also nice against theft decks. Not to mention it can put lands in your grave for you to recur. Lastly, it can make your token created by your commander a fuel for additional draw.

MAYBE Nylea's Intervention - While your commander does allow you to tutor, sometimes it might get exiled, or maybe you want the token more than the land tutor. Not to mention it can destroy fliers which this deck seems to be weak against.

How is the abundance + sylvan library combo been treating you?

Looking forward to your response for each suggestion. I like this deck, I've been thinking of adding Kura to my Azusa list.

Profet93 on King Stranger, Make Me Strong! *PRIMER*

3 months ago

NV_1980

First and foremost, I enjoyed reading your description. Do Note that Sword of Feast and Famine means your commander cannot target it to increase it's stats due to the "pro green."

Greater Good - THE MOST IMPORTANT CARD IN XENAGOS, HANDS DOWN. IF YOU LISTEN TO ANYTHING, THIS IS THE ONE SUGGESTION. Used in response to removal or equip activation, or just in a pinch. This card forces them to use removal lest they die to your overwhelming card advantage. DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS CARD.

Harmonize - Simple draw

Momentous Fall/Life's Legacy - While weak against blue, could warrant an inclusion depending on how much draw you want in the deck. The former is used in response to removal and the lifegain is icing on the cake.

Rishkar's Expertise - I'm normally against cards like this but in Xenagos, there is way too much of an upside to ignore. Used post combat most of the time, allows you to draw without missing out on tempo.

Skullclamp - Cut little idea to use on mana dorks, or force interaction pre-commander ability/combat.

Return of the Wildspeaker - Used in response to removal. Overrun option is nice as well

Elemental Bond - Draw, also see Guardian Project (although they can remove ur creature in response to the trigger to deny you a card)

Ancient Tomb - Ramp

Raging Ravine - Manland that can get bigger.

Dread Statuary - Manland that can get to 8 power with Xenagos. I usually use manlands as fodder for one of the draw spells listed above. Worth considering

Castle Garenbrig - Simple ramp

Cragcrown Pathway  Flip - Red or green, whichever you need.

Elder Gargaroth - Draw, lifegain or token production

Somberwald Sage - Ramp

Berserk - Super fun! Use before the damage step. Or better yet, use on your opponent attacking another opponent and force op 1 to lose a creature while op 2 takes lots of damage. Fun fact, I killed an animar this was (lol). You can also use it on Selvala for extra ramp!

Xenagos decks typically go one of 2 ways. Either lots of dorks and some land ramp like your deck to bring threats out more quickly, or to forgo dorks and focus solely on land ramp. Your deck is the former while mine is the latter. Do note that even with the dork route, Xenagos decks go tall, not wide. So there are some creature choices that I do not believe are as efficient as other choices could be and would love to discuss them with you if you're up for it. Xenagos decks are like snipers, usually one big creature at a time, sometimes more if you have the right set up. They also fold to spot removal as spending 5+ mana on a creature just to have it removed by 1 - 3 mana removal spell really sucks. I know you're against bolt bend/deflecting swat (despite them being my favorite type of spells) but perhaps something like Vines of Vastwood or another spell might potentially warrant an inclusion to save an important creature. At the very least, having more than 2 instants, only 1 of which acts as protection, could be used as a bluff and keep opponents guessing.

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