Essence Warden

Essence Warden

Creature — Elf Shaman

Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.

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Essence Warden Discussion

StoryArcher on Damned Elves!

2 days ago

mindset905,

Thank you for taking the time to come over and check out the deck - I really do appreciate your comments. Board-wipes are a pretty common threat for Elves - this one is just the rare version that is actually capable of doing it back. If I wanted a way to defend against that, wouldn't Heroic Intervention serve better than trying to mix in a whole new color?

I never really post serious sideboards on this site, the meta varies too wildly from one place to another, BUT having said that, apart from the ever brutal Blood Moon, I specifically selected elf options as a toolbox. Sure, they might technically be inferior to many of the sideboard options that you mentioned, but on the flip side, a sideboard card you never see is worthless. By selecting elves that I can hit with off of Collected Company, Realmwalker AND tutor up with Elvish Harbinger, I'm a lot more likely to actually get the inferior option on the board than any of your more popular suggestions. Some others that I've kicked around are Essence Warden, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Lys Alana Scarblade, Imperious Perfect and Fauna Shaman.

I know that Nettle Sentinel is a popular choice for elf decks and can be very effective, but it just doesn't work for me. If I were to work something in, it would more likely be Quirion Ranger.

Again, thanks for your comments.

carpecanum on EDH Lathril Elves

3 weeks ago

You already have an Essence Warden. Presence of Gond is moderately useful. Then throw in a Lurking Roper for infinite elves and life.

Vitalize and Awakening could end the game a bit faster (and Mobilize but that is pricey now)

DawnsRayofLight on ANGELS!

1 month ago

Given Your Mana Curve, 32 lands may not be enough, 34-35 will be better and keep you from getting land screwed.

Some cards that can be dropped for others

Divine Visitation: You don't have enough token generators to get value out of this, it will be a dead draw more often than not. --Replace with land

Soul Sisters (Soul's Attendant, Soul Warden, and Essence Warden They are okay, but there are better options: Authority of the Consuls ...errr not as many as I thought, but I am iffy about those in an EDH list. Maybe Serra Ascendant?

Regrowth and Recollect: you have enough reanimation with some of you angels. You can drop those for lands and put you at 35.

Leyline of Sanctity may be a bit much? unless your group plays a lot of burn and target player cards, those aren't too common in commander.

Maybe think about The Book of Exalted Deeds?

Hope this helps!

wallisface on Modern Competitive ELF Deck

1 month ago

I think the current weak spots are

  • both the planeswalkers should be the first to go, imo. Neither help advance your plan in any meaningful way. Nissa is only really gaining you life (you’re an aggro deck, so who cares), and Garruk just provides inadequate ramp & 3/3s (by the tine you cast him, you should already have tons of mana, and the 3/3s aren’t useful)

  • Elvish Promenade and Harmonize aren’t hugely great either, imo. Good elves are preferable to tokens, and Harmonize is kinda clunky.

  • Lys Alana Huntmaster & Imperious Perfect are both slow and not hugely impactful, imo. Also the first one gets missed by Collected Company so that doesn’t help.

  • Essence Warden - you’re an aggro deck life doesn’t matter

  • Copperhorn Scout doesn’t really help all that much

TypicalTimmy on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

Livio's Blessing

Legendary Enchantment

Whenever you exile a creature, it's controller draws a card and you gain 1 life.


I'm not entirely certain, but Livio seems to want to be built around ETB effects. Exile your own creatures, then bring them back into one massive drop; For example, Luminate Primordial would be an incredibly strong blink creature. Sure your opponents gain a ton of life, but you remove their biggest threats permanently. Additionally, as he has Partner, you can add in for something such as Woodfall Primus or Terastodon . You could even use use Meteor Golem . If you run Selesnya, you're already in extremely strong ramp territory as green loves to ramp with creatures and white loves to make creatures. Suddenly your Itlimoc, Cradle of the Sun , Gaea's Cradle and Cryptolith Rite look astounding. Not to mention Circle of Dreams Druid and, if you use enchantments to protect yourself such as a Prison / Stax deck, Serra's Sanctum . There's also Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx , Nyxbloom Ancient and Mana Reflection .

Hone in the strategy with Trostani, Selesnya's Voice and similar life-gaining creatures such as Suture Priest , Soul Warden , Soul's Attendant , Angelic Chorus and Essence Warden for a massive gap between you and your opponents.

I mentioned prisons; Norn's Annex , Ghostly Prison and Ensnaring Bridge are obviously staples. There's more, but I'm tired and not feeling the best today.

Anyway, there ya go. A skeleton for a down and dirty Selesnya deck. Go have some fun with it.

Since you are going for extreme ramp and board presence, I'd recommend Partnering with Halana, Kessig Ranger so that when they enter you can pay and have removal-on-a-stick, too.

Kodama of the East Tree would be nice but that's a trap. You'll be outed as the archenemy at the table on Turn 0. Sure you get to cheat a bunch of things into play, but that doesn't help advance your wincon. I'd rather see Halana in the Command Zone for that removal option, so that the creatures we are playing around with can get through and finish the game off quickly. You're going creature-heavy, so use them.


Wild.

carpecanum on

3 months ago

The more I see this card the more I believe it's going to be a $20 card in a year or two. Chatterfang is crazy. You could go with zombies (straight black) or Populate or damn near anything you wanted.

Stoneforge Masterwork or Blanchwood Armor + Lush Growth = Commander damage win

Love the infinite squirrel combo with Ivy Lane Denizen and Scurry Oak you have there

Presence of Gond might be worthwhile here. I already plan to combo it with Lurking Roper and Essence Warden

Phyrexian Swarmlord maybe

Polaris on Does card:Ancient Greenwarden cause all …

3 months ago

Yes, Essence Warden will trigger twice in this scenario. While Essence Warden 's ability is looking for creatures, the creature that triggered the ability was a land, so it counts as a land entering the battlefield having triggered an ability.

This is also mentioned in the rulings for Ancient Greenwarden :

The trigger event doesn’t have to specifically refer to “lands.” For example, an ability that triggers “whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control” would trigger twice if the entering land is also a creature. (2020-09-25)

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