Creature — Elf Shaman
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you gain 1 life.
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- Elvish Promenade + Essence Warden
- Essence Warden + Korozda Guildmage + Wall of Blood
- Aluren + Essence Warden
- Bitterblossom + Essence Warden
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Latest Decks as Commander
Essence Warden Discussion
2 days ago
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.
Again, thanks for your comments.
3 weeks ago
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?
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!
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)
Essence Warden - you’re an aggro deck life doesn’t matter
Copperhorn Scout doesn’t really help all that much
3 months ago
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.
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.
3 months ago
Quirion Ranger , Boreal Druid , Regal Force , Return of the Wildspeaker , Dwynen's Elite , Essence Warden , Farhaven Elf , Copperhorn Scout , Vitalize , Freyalise, Llanowar's Fury , Patriarch's Bidding , Joraga Treespeaker , Nature's Claim , Second Harvest , Benefactor's Draught , Harvest Season , Triumph of the Hordes , Three Visits , Natural Order , Rampant Growth , Mobilize , Staff of Domination , Trailblazer's Boots , Centaur Garden
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.
Phyrexian Swarmlord maybe
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)