Destroy target permanent. It's controller creates a 3/3 green Elephant creature token.
|Want (3)||Etinifni , misanthropetappedout , Volkolar|
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|Modern Horizons (MH1)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Generous Gift Discussion
54 minutes ago
Is Nissa, Voice of Zendikar really impactful aside from its Ultimate? And is that even realistic to reach?
3 days ago
Overall the list looks good. A few improvements I would recommend however:
Starved Rusalka is better than Caregiver. You run both Gaea's Cradle as well as the infinite mana line off Devoted Druid, which both produce green mana. Rusalka can use that mana where Caregiver can't.
I would also recommend Yisan, the Wanderer Bard. This guy does some serious work, especially if the game starts getting a bit drawn out.
5 days ago
overall the deck seems pretty solid maybe a Generous Gift
1 week ago
Ah, what is there to dislike about life gain? The deck looks sweet, however, I do have some suggestions.
Whilst Exstort is a lovely mechanic, I feel as if many of these creatures are lacking. Basilica Guards, Kingpin's Pet, Knight of Obligation, Thrull Parasite, and Syndicate Enforcer all just have egregious stats. Similarly, Resplendent Mentor is a five Mana 2/2 that doesn't do something immediately unless you have a board state.
Armillary Sphere doesn't do much. You probably prefer to cast your commander than paying four and finding two basics.
That's all from me. Good luck!
1 week ago
Safewright Quest seems like a weak link here. Have you considered Harvest Season for a massive boost in land ramp? Beyond that, Throne of the God-Pharaoh seems like a great way to get some extra life loss in, and I wouldn't build anything in these colors without Beast Within/Generous Gift. I've run Sylvan Scrying before to find Gaea's Cradle, but I'd also recommend the new Nylea's Intervention for this role (and incidental benefit, too).
1 week ago
Hey, nice work in progress at upgrading the precon :)
I don't know what the meta you play in is like, but what I can give you is overall advice on how to upgrade the precon. What the precon needs is early game ramp, tutors, haste enablers for Ghired and repeatable protection for Ghired in combat so he can safely attack and populate. Rhinos are really the only threat you need as long as you can keep attacking with Ghired.
Cards within the budget to consider adding:
- Ramp: Birds of Paradise, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves
- Ramp: Smothering Tithe, Faeburrow Elder
- Ramp: Arcane Signet, Wild Growth
- Tutor: Eladamri's Call, Finale of Devastation, Worldly Tutor, Fierce Empath
- Tutor: Enlightened Tutor, Idyllic Tutor, Open the Armory
- Tutor: Crop Rotation, Sylvan Scrying
- Haste: Lightning Mauler, Ogre Battledriver, Hammer of Purphoros
- Repeatable Protection: Mother of Runes, Reconnaissance, Eldrazi Displacer
- Recursion: Eternal Witness, Regrowth
- Lands: Temple Garden, Stomping Ground, Brushland, Karplusan Forest, Grove of the Burnwillows, Rugged Prairie, Battlefield Forge
- Removal: Swords to Plowshares, Vandalblast, Cataclysm, Wrath of God, Beast Within, Generous Gift
A problem with the precon is the high avg. CMC which is 3.9. This number means that consistently four drops or higher CMC cards will be in your hand which is very slow. Early game you don't want lots of four or higher CMC cards in your hand because you will not be able to cast them. Adding low mana cost ramp by cutting high mana cost cards can help to reduce this number.
There's a lot of high CMC cards here, in fact there's 36 four or higher CMC cards which is too much. There's a lot of high CMC threats and I don't think you need all of them. Instead of playing so many high CMC threats replace some of them with tutors which can get you the better cards/threats into your hand.
To be more competitive I would expand on combos and use most of the high CMC card spots for more combo cards rather than big creature threats. You have done this some what already by adding Purphoros, Helm for Aurelia and Godo, but consider expanding further. Cards for combos to consider adding:
- Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker
- Aggravated Assault
- Bear Umbra
- Sigarda's Aid
- Savage Ventmaw
- Zealous Conscripts
- Impact Tremors
Combos that go with these cards:
- Kiki + Helm + Purphoros or Tremors for infinite damage.
- Kiki + Conscripts infinite hasty token Conscripts to attack. Add Purphoros or Tremors for infinite damage.
Outside of combos Kiki is good with populate because he can make a token copy of a nonlegendary creature and if you populate the token then that token doesn't go away at end of the turn. Kiki combos with Helm for infinite Kikis since the token copy of Kiki that's created by Helm is not legendary which allows Kiki to copy it.
- Assault + Umbra + five lands for infinite combats.
- Assault + Ventmaw for infinite combats and infinite green or red mana.
More infinite combat combos is good with Ghired because his power comes from him attacking. Outside of the combos Assault is a good card with Ghired because it can give you more attacks which is more populate.
A problem with Helm in all the combos, even Godo, is it's slow because you have to pay the five mana cost to equip it. Aid is a one drop which is worth including for Helm and Selves.
Good luck with your deck.
1 week ago
First of all, looking at it 'on paper', I don't know how this thing works, but it works! Here are my thoughts (whether they amount to anything or not is up to you...)
First, the curve on this is absurd, especially given the mana. Would some more mana production early game be helpful? I noticed the Sarkhan, Fireblood is missing, so it seems maybe not? Still, Faeburrow Elder seems like it might be a busted mana creature for the deck.
I would still look to sub more expensive reanimation for lower CMC reanimation...since then you can activate more other abilities, cast more spells, etc with your mana. Also, more versatile reanimation might be good, considering how often cards like your Sarkhans and your 'gateways' blown up. Perhaps think of replacing things like Fearsome Awakening and Unburial Rites with things like Animate Dead (only 2cmc, can take my things too) and Obzedat's Aid (gets your planeswalkers, artifacts, and enchants back), or even Beacon of Unrest.
Since you're a graveyard-centric deck, some things to salvage your graveyard in case someone decides they need to exile all your dragons might be in order. You have continuous effects like Reito Lantern or Bow of Nylea (bonus points for being cute with Balefire Dragon), or you can do something that serves multiple purpose like Perpetual Timepiece. Cauldron does this somewhat as well. Again, not sure how much of an issue this is.
A few cards I was unimpressed with: Verix Bladewing, Praetor's Council, Sarkhan, Dragonsoul, Darksteel Ingot, Mirror Gallery, Palace Siege, Ephemerate (for this one, I would personally go back to Cloudshift, so Dragonlord Silumgar can permanently steal a creature).
Some ideas: Temur Ascendancy, Assassin's Trophy/ Beast Within/ Generous Gift/ Anguished Unmaking (some very general target removal, hit anything really stupid that's bothering you), Dragonlord Atarka, Dragonlord Ojutai (I think you were working on getting Atarka...)
1 week ago
Hey, good start and budget version.
If you want to be quicker than consider reducing the avg. CMC? It's currently too high at 3.6. Reducing the avg. CMC makes it so you can play cards faster. In the case here getting more creatures onto the battlefield before Marisi. Consider more one/two/three drops creatures? One drop mana dorks are good with Marisi because they make ramp to help to cast him faster and they can also be attackers with or without cards that give evasion.
Creatures who are just attackers and don't do anything else are less good then others that can attack while also doing something else. In Commander you want the creatures you play to give you more value then just being a creature who can attack. The manabase can be much faster since all the dual lands you're playing always ETB tapped.
Some budget cards ($5 or less each) to consider adding:
- Sol Ring
- Avacyn's Pilgrim
- Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves
- Mother of Runes: protection and evasion.
- Swords to Plowshares
- Rancor: trample.
- Sixth Sense: draw.
- Eladamri's Call: creature tutor.
- Hushbringer: flying.
- Remorseful Cleric: flying.
- Loyal Apprentice: repeatable flying tokens.
- Mask of Memory: draw.
- Boros Charm: protection or double strike.
- Regrowth: recursion.
- Luminarch Ascension: repeatable flying tokens, can activate fast since looks at each opponents end step. If your opponents are not able to attack you then this makes it more likely that you will not lose life.
- Spirit en-Dal: shadow or give another creature shadow.
- Aven Mindcensor: flying.
- Soltari Visionary: shadow.
- Champion of Lambholt: make all your creatures unblockable.
- Silverblade Paladin: double strike.
- Duelist's Heritage: double strike.
- Snake Umbra: draw.
- Beast Within and Generous Gift
More creatures with evasion and effects that can improve combat/attacking are cards to consider because you need to do combat damage to a player to goad that player. More creatures with flying and creatures with shadow is evasion to consider adding. Drawing cards with creatures who do combat damage to a player can be helpful to stay ahead. Double strike is a good ability for an attacking creature.
Shadow is a unique creature ability that makes the creature unblockable because your opponents are not going to have any creatures with shadow. Spirit en-Dal has shadow, but the reason to play it is to repeatedly reveal it from your hand at your upkeep to give a target creature shadow until end of turn. For two mana it can give Marisi shadow making him unblockable.
The manabase can be improved because there's a lot of subpar lands which will always ETB tapped. Dual lands that can ETB untapped can speed up game play letting you cast spells faster. Command Tower is a staple land for multicolored decks. There's a lot of basic lands in the manabase therefore consider adding others lands that have good interaction with basic lands?
Good luck with your deck.