Genesis

Genesis

Creature — Incarnation

At the beginning of your upkeep, if Genesis is in your graveyard, you may pay . If you do, return target creature card from your graveyard to your hand.

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Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Block Constructed Legal
MTGO Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

Genesis occurrence in decks from the last year

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Genesis Discussion

SueMe on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

2 days ago

Hello korlicday!

I think your Mesmeric Orb idea is interesting. I've recently put in Hermit Druid after much deliberation, and now I know why it has been recommended so much. Sometimes, it just helps to have twenty cards in the graveyard. I should have an open slot in the deck available for some more of that.

I actually had Necrotic Ooze in the list for some time, and this was when I also had Razaketh, the Foulblooded. I think I ended up taking them both out of my list because I never actually got them in paper, but it's definitely solid. I agree on your sentiment with Triskelion and Phyrexian Devourer. Any deck could use those cards. Also, I'm not sure I want to dedicate another two slots to cards that are only useful 5-percent of the time. In fact, because of that exact reason, I think I'll move Desecrated Tomb to my Maybeboard. It can have its uses, but 90-percent of time, it's a dead card.

Genesis doesn't seem like a bad card. I think I had it in my first iteration of this deck. It's just since then, Hogaak has slowly become reserved as my combo deck for my collection. I've ended up taking out cards that were a bit slower than others, and those included Genesis. But if you want to put it in to your list, please be my guest. Again, it's a good card, just a little slow.

Oh yeah. The Gitrog Monster is a must-include for my discard subtheme shenanigans. Also combos off with Dakmor Salvage and a discard outlet.

Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your ideas! Believe it or not, it helps me build my Hogaak deck. As for me, it's always been my pleasure to share my ideas, and to spread the Hogaak energy.

korlicday on Hogaak: My Favorite (Infinite) Combo Deck

4 days ago

Hi SueMe,

I like this deck and building a version myself.

A couple of suggestions:

  • Mesmeric Orb Fills up your graveyards pretty fast; It has some more risk to it. For self milling. But it also combos very good with Syr Konrad, the Grim. To be evil, you could combine it Mana Web; the latter also has an impact on the tempo of others.

  • Necrotic Ooze Might help you out with some of the activated abilities you want to have on the table, but have been milled to the graveyard. Like the discard outlets or ability of Korozda Guildmage. You could be disgusting by including a combo like Triskelion and Phyrexian Devourer; In my opinion, this might be boring.

Did you think of including Genesis to return valuable creatures? Like the Eternal Witness or Riftsweeper. If so, why not?

And is the The Gitrog Monster worth it to include?

I love the deck and your thought process. Thank you for sharing! It helps me build my Hogaak deck.

bushido_man96 on Woo Girls Unite!

2 weeks ago

Genesis would be good, too, and maybe Squee, Goblin Nabob? Gamble for him (or some other tutor) and you can repeatedly top deck and dump your hand, knowing you'll get two cards a turn.

Pray_for_Snow on Uro Commander

4 weeks ago

I'm going to sort my recommendations by type for now since the deck is still below 100 cards; once we get to a full deck list, I'll come back and suggest some upgrades if you still want some help.

Artifacts

The Great Henge is very easy to cast once you have Uro on the board, and continues to draw you cards/gain life for you as play more creatures.

Sol Ring is a classic card in every commander deck, unless your playgroup bans it.

Simic Signet is a cheap mana rock that helps you use any colorless lands you have to make some colored mana.

Arcane Signet gives you cheap mana in either of your colors.

Thought Vessel for the increased maximum hand size; you'll probably end up with more than seven cards in hand if you can use Uro more than once in a single turn.

Altar of Dementia for milling out yourself or your opponent. You can use the stack to sacrifice Uro if you cast him from the command zone.

Panharmonicon will double your Uro triggers when it enters the battlefield, plus a few of your other creatures or artifacts like Springbloom Druid.

Crystal Shard will let you re-use your enter-the-battlefield triggers on your creatures

Blackblade Reforged will help you deal lethal damage once you get your ramping done.

Lightning Greaves protects Uro or other creatures you want to keep around while also hasting them.

Creatures

Sakura-Tribe Elder will ramp you and end up in your graveyard at the same time.

Arbor Elf will untap a land you need instead of adding {G}, which is better if you're playing with nonbasic Forest cards.

Wood Elves gets you a Forest from your library, and can even get a non-basic one. You can use it to chump-block someone later on as well to add another card to your graveyard.

Llanowar Elves and Elvish Mystic are the same card but still useful to help ramp.

Birds of Paradise is a classic commander card and can help you block flying creatures when you don't need it anymore.

Hedron Crab mills as you ramp, and you can choose to mill yourself if you're trying to win that way.

Satyr Wayfinder mills you while also grabbing a land card to put into your hand.

Eternal Witness brings back a card you want from your graveyard.

Golgari Grave-Troll will help mill you while also being a rather tough blocker/beater thanks to its regenerate ability.

World Shaper will mill you and also get back lands you milled when it dies.

Laboratory Maniac will secure you a win if you're milling yourself enough.

Misthollow Griffin can be cast from exile, allowing you to use it to cast Uro with escape repeatedly, and it will even block flying creatures for you.

Genesis helps you recycle creatures as long as it stays in the graveyard.

Tatyova, Benthic Druid makes your ramp spells (and Uro) better.

Rampaging Baloths gives you tokens for land drops, helpful for trying to close a game with combat damage.

Roil Elemental steals creatures as you play lands.

Reclamation Sage hits dangerous artifacts/enchantments you don't want around.

Enchantments

Bear Umbra protects a key creature while also untapping all your lands.

Song of the Dryads and Imprisoned in the Moon are both excellent at removing a dangerous threat.

Zendikar Resurgent is excellent for this deck for the extra mana and the card draw.

Elemental Bond will draw you cards for your big creatures.

Crop Sigil will mill you when you want to mill, and get back something important.

Retreat to Coralhelm helps you scry cards or tap/untap creatures for playing lands. If you have a way to mill exactly one card, you can mill your top card after scrying it if you want it in your graveyard.

Wilderness Reclamation untaps your lands for later use, especially useful if you want to leave mana untapped during your opponents' turns.

Instants and Sorceries

Cyclonic Rift is your best board wipe.

Beast Within is your best single-target removal.

Counterspell, Swan Song, and Negate are good counterspells to leave open.

Voidslime is great and is a very useful and board tool for stopping combos.

Life from the Loam gets back lands from your graveyard, and mills you with Dredge.

Windfall hopefully refills your hand and can disrupt your opponents.

Cultivate and Kodama's Reach ramp you. So does Circuitous Route.

Finale of Devastation is a win condition, tutor, and reanimation spell all in one.

Lands

Alchemist's Refuge gives you flash on all your spells.

Reliquary Tower fixes any issues you might have with drawing too many cards at once.

Field of the Dead gives you tokens to block with, and is extremely easy to activate in this deck.

Arch of Orazca draws you cards with extra mana.

Blighted Woodland ramps you up.

Command Tower is a staple for a reason. The reason is that it is good. Play it.

Breeding Pool helps fix your mana and is a Forest card for your ramp spells.

Simic Growth Chamber fixes your mana and bounces back a land for any Landfall triggers you might want to reuse.

Flooded Grove fixes your mana.

Waterlogged Grove fixes mana, draws you a card, and ends up in the graveyard when you don't need it anymore.

Simic Guildgate is a gate that can be fetched out with Circuitous Route.

I left out some big money cards, since those can be upgrades for later. I didn't check if these additions would put you over 100 cards, but you can throw in anything else afterwards and just try out whatever seems fun.

Profet93 on Beat Down//Grind Out

1 month ago

Dolphin_Jesus - Love the name

I play Xenagos but not with an MLD package. You have a low land count and a relatively high AVG cmc. If you're going to be wiping landbases and opponents wiping your creatures, you will not be left in an advantageous position. Why not add more artifact ramp such as Mana Crypt, Sol Ring, Talisman of Impulse, and The Great Henge? These will ramp you and will help you break parity.

Alternatively, you can run Collector Ouphe instead to shut down opposing artifacts as blue mages (as well as white, red and black players) will almost always be using artifacts to ramp and the small anti-synergy is worth it IMO should you choose to go that route. City of Solitude might be worth considering over or in addition to Price of Glory.

If you're still worried about blue, Veil of Summer acts as a cheap cantrip and anti-blue/black card. You're already running Pyroblast so specific color hate doesn't seem to be an issue for you.

You are trying to make deals but in my meta, if you play MLD, people will target you. There's nothing wrong with MLD, but most people don't like losing their lands so I'm curious how/if you have actually been able to politic your way out of a situation, unless the combo player is gonna win. '

Survival of the Fittest/Fauna Shaman might be worth considering with all your creatures. Not to mention the synergy with Anger and Eternal Witness. A Genesis might be worth considering should you go that route.

My honest opinion is that this deck lacks enough card draw, lands and meaningful ramp to be able to compete in a semi-competitive meta (no idea what your meta is like, but this wouldn't hold up in mine). You only run 6 pieces of ramp that allow you to get Xenagos out earlier.

Return of the Wildspeaker > Soul's Majesty - You don't want them to use removal in response to majesty, but rather, use wildspeaker in response to removal.

Rishkar's Expertise - Similar to above but with added benefit of not losing tempo

Greater Good - The most powerful card in a Xenagos deck. If you listen to anything I say, this is it.

Lifeblood Hydra - Even if it dies, you gain value. Pair it with another card you should add, Berserk (which goes exceedingly well with Malignus)

Life's Legacy/Momentous Fall - Yes, additional cost to cast sucks, but its very helpful to draw and it helps get around spot removal.

Beast Within - Good old instant speed permanent removal

Decimate - 4 for 1, amazing value

Voracious Hydra - Beater and removal in one

Dosan the Falling Leaf - Anti blue, anti spot removal if blue is a thorn in your side

Bolt Bend - Redirect removal, counter counterspells, redirect some draw as well as some extra turns. Very useful for 1

If you would like ideas for cuts or want to discuss strategy

c0rocotta on Xenagos, God of Fun!

1 month ago

Thanks for the suggestion. Nature's Lore is an easy change. I don't know with Temur Sabertooth , I don't have so many etb, other than the ramp. And with Nikya of the Old Ways I had not much trouble with its restriction. However, I will try it and if I like how it works it can be an inclusion.

Genesis is also good to get value from graveyard, but my style is more aggressive.

multimedia on Xenagos, God of Fun!

1 month ago

Hey, nice version of Xenagos.

You could upgrade Rampant Growth to Nature's Lore since Lore can tutor for a dual land Stomping/Glade/Sheltered. With Temur Sabertooth you can play around Nikya of the Old Ways restriction of not letting you cast noncreature spells. The mana you generate with Nikya can be used to activate Sabertooth to bounce Nikya. This is a trick with Primal Surge to make mana with Nikya then bounce Nikya and cast Surge.

Genesis is good with Fauna Shaman and Greater Good as enablers. Xenagos + Good + Ghalta, Primal Hunger + Genesis: recur Ghalta with Genesis and after combat sac it with Good to draw a tons of cards. Genesis lets you repeat this interaction on your turn.

FadingReality on Animar the biggest boi

2 months ago

Your deck's average CMC is a bit high (even for eldrazi). In addition, you have a low amount of ramp (although a fair amount of the ramp you do have is solid). The combination of high average CMC and low ramp can often result in a higher than average amount of games where the deck will not do anything productive for far too long. So first and foremost, we should find a way to lower the deck's average CMC while simultaneously increasing its ramp/mana acceleration. Secondly, we want to add more removal/disruption to the deck. Finally, we want to upgrade the average card quality. Doing these three things will DRASTICALLY improve this deck's competitiveness, speed, and power. Removal/disruption is crucial at every point of a commander game, but it is absolutely vital in the early turns of the game. This is even more true when talking about a slower deck. Being able to stop an opponent's explosive starts or protect yourself from early threats is very important. Removal allows slower decks to make it to late game where they can then take over and dominate. Animar is an incredibly powerful commander AND his CMC is very low. Casting him early provides you with an ever growing blocker/attacker that also helps you get to your bombs quicker so I think the commander choice here is an excellent one. His protection from white and black will also stonewall early aggro in those colors. So obviously I think this deck's first objective is to get Animar out ASAP. However, Animar is not invincible (although close) and he can also be countered and he is only one card (albiet one that you always have access to). So again, we need to find ways to increase early game pressure and/or protection. Below are a list of cards I'd suggest for each of those categories. I will not consider budget with my suggestions. Not all of my suggestions will be expensive tho. Although some of my suggestions are expensive cards, they will be the absolute best options for the things we are trying to improve. Also, you can always slowly acquire some of these cards over time. Even a $100 card can be acquired in 4 months without impacting your finances. You can set aside $25 bucks a month (or even every two weeks) and get a $100 card in 2-4 months. I will leave most of the swapping of cards up to you, but I will mention certain cards in your deck that I think should be directly swapped with one of my suggestions. Anyways, without further ado: my suggestions.

RAMP

Gaea's Cradle – This card is expensive af (probably my most expensive suggestion) but it is a staple in a lot of commander decks. Animar is one of those decks. Animar thrives off casting creatures and Animar decks generally have lots of creatures on their board. The other ridiculously amazing thing about this card (aside from being able to tap for ABSURD amounts of mana) is that it is a land and thus doesn't consume a precious deck slot.

Ancient Tomb and Mana Crypt are monsters of acceleration and Tomb, like Gaea's Cradle, doesn't take up a deck slot. These two I wouldn't recommend as hard as Cradle and they do hurt you so I could see not including them without a certain amount of lifegain. Life doesn't matter that much in cEDH but in regular EDH life totals are usually quite important.

A fair amount of the one drop mana dorks. Your commander's colors will prevent you from being able to play Noble Hierarch , but you should definitely include Birds of Paradise and some combination of Elvish Mystic , Llanowar Elves , and Fyndhorn Elves . Sylvan Caryatid isn't a bad choice either. I persoanlly think Caryatid is better than Rattleclaw Mystic although I think the Rattleclaw is fine and probably shouldn't be cut. Many people believe artifacts are superior to mana dorks but this view isn't completely correct. Artifacts have two main strengths over dorks: they can tap the same turn you play them and they are (generally) harder to remove. In every other way however (barring specific strategies), mana dorks are better. They can chump block hits that would kill you, swing for damage, can be recurred much more easily than artifacts, and can be used as fodder for cards like Fauna Shaman and Survival of the Fittest . You can't feed a 1 mana artifact to those cards and tutor up an Ulamog but mana dorks let you do this. This is also only speaking generally. In certain decks (ESPECIALLY Animar) the payoff for running them is even greater. Paying 1 mana for a mana dork makes Animar grow even stronger and lets him discount more expensive creatures even harder. With Animar on the field, dorks effectively provide 2 mana. They raise the discount and tap for mana themselves. Animar with 3 lands and 3 dorks can let you cast something for 9 mana on turn 4! If one of those lands was Gaea's Cradle , it would allow 12 mana on turn 4!! Other ramp I'd include would be Nature's Lore , Farseek , and Cultivate . Out of these 3 I just mentioned, I'd defintely cut Explosive Vegetation for one of these. Ramp cards that you have that I would absolutely NOT cut at all are Sol Ring , Arcane Signet , Chromatic Lantern , Kodama's Reach , Skyshroud Claim , and Commander's Sphere . These cards were great choices and I would keep all of them.

DISRUPTION/REMOVAL

URG doesn't have the greatest removal options, but there are some suprisingly good choices. Also, the fact that you have access to blue means that you can run almighty counterspells. Counterspells are just awesome and they are often the only way to beat combo decks. Animar is a very creature/aggro based deck so I am not advocating that this should be a control deck by any means. I would only recommend 3 counters for this reason: Counterspell , Mana Drain , and maybe Disallow because of its versatility. I would NOT cut swan song or negate. These two cards are absolutlely amazing and were very good choices. You don't necessarily need to add all of these counters, but I'd definitely add at least 1-2 more. If you find that you don't want to add any (I'd try not to do this) then I would swap negate with Counterspell or Mana Drain . I run negate in most decks that can run it so, again, I wouldn't cut it unless you don't want to add other counters. Only then would I swap it out.

For removal, I'd recommend Reality Shift , Beast Within , and the dreaded Cyclonic Rift . Reality shift is one of the only good exile creature spells without access to white or black. Beast within will deal with any permanent and the beast it leaves means nothing to an Animar deck. Rift is a one sided INSTANT speed board wipe that can also double as temporary removal for any permanent other than lands. An Animar deck with a full board will pretty much win the game after a successful overloaded Rift. I would NOT cut Ulamog at all because he is freaking amazing and his exile two of anything ability is really nice, especially in URG. I'd also keep Balefire Dragon. He's a one sided creature board wipe. Also with the ramp upgrades he will be reliable to cast. I'd strongly recommend every single one of the three removal options I just mentioned. Steel Hellkite is also maybe good here too but I wouldn't necessarily include it. It can potentially cost 0 mana with Animar and is one-sided.

Upgrading Card Qualtiy

Let me first list all the cards here currently in your deck that I would cut. Then I'll suggest some better cards IMO. For creatures I would cut Ancestral Statue, Avatar of Slaughter (this card looks cool but is more of a fun chaos card then a reliable good card. Its 8 mana and can often backfire on you and get you killed. An 8 mana card shouldn't do this), Bearer of the Heavens , Eldrazi Mimic , Endless One , Forgotten Ancient , Hooded Hydra , Pathrazer of Ulamog , and Tromokratis (he is powerful comapered to some of my other cut suggestions, but as you'll see below, there are superior creatures that cost less mana). Assuming you take any of my suggestions, make sure that if you cut one of these creatures you replace it with a creature I suggested. You have 35 creatures in this deck which is actually a very good number for Animar so you should still try to maintain the 35 creature count.

I like your land base but you need at least 35 lands (maaaaybe 34 if you add a bunch more ramp). Your base and colored mana access is good so I will recommend utility lands here. Also don't forget about Gaea's cradle that I mentioned earlier. Anyway, consider Yavimaya Hollow , Alchemist's Refuge , Oran-Rief, the Vastwood , and Kessig Wolf Run . Hollow protects your creatures, refuge lets you play any nonland card at instant speed (many applications for this!), Vastwood buffs your board and provides synergy with the +1/+1 counter cards, and wolf run will let Animar 1 or 2 shot people for lethal commander damage. Again, here I wouldn't cut any of the lands you currently have. You just need to add a couple more lands, that's all.

Noncreature, nonland cuts I'd make would be Death's Presence (overcosted for what it does and can be played around), Forced Adaptation (slow and gives card disadvantage if the creature its on is killed) Frontier Siege (not actually a bad card but its only worth it if you have lots of fliers and not too great at ramp since its 4 mana), Rage Reflection (this card really isn't bad but I think its kinda expensive at 6 mana and slow), Explosive Vegetation (mentioned this earlier), Guided Passage (your opponnents get to see your entire deck which is BAD and you can't assume they will ever get you anything good unless both of you have a much more dangerous mutual enemy. Its also worthless in 1v1), and See the Unwritten (just severely overcosted and not very good).

Here are my suggestions finally. Note that I won't re-mention the earlier suggestions from my previous sections (ramp and removal), but don't forget those.

Creatures I'd consider including would be Kozilek, Butcher of Truth (I would directly swap this with pathrazer. It is much more powerful, has better stats, a better annhilator AND costs less mana. Plus it draws you cards. Directly making this particular swap will also slightly lower your average CMC), Consecrated Sphinx (I'd directly swap this for tromokratis. It will lower average CMC, and although it's smaller than tromo, its flying will allow it to deal damage more often than tromo. The main reason this card is busted is its draw ability. Even having this live for only two turns will win you the game by burying your opponents in card advantage), Kalonian Hydra (I'd directly replace this with Hooded Hydra as he grows WAAAY faster and buffs other creatures aside from himself provided they also have +1/+1 counters. In combination with Oran-rief, he can start buffing creatures that normally wouldn't have +1/+1 counters on them. Finally he's gross with Animar), Etali, Primal Storm , and Nezahal, Primal Tide (another big card advantage engine and can be infuriating to try to kill). Other good support creatures that help with smoothing your draws, providing various support, and/or removing things would be Keranos, God of Storms , Thassa, God of the Sea , Nylea, God of the Hunt , Genesis (he provides never ending creature recursion and is VERY difficult to stop from the graveyard much like anger, brawn, and wonder), Fauna Shaman (survival of the fittest's lesser creature cousin. Survival and fauna shaman are absolute musts in Animar because they work so well as tutors and Animar decks have high creature densities. They also combo disgustingly with genesis, anger, wonder, and brawn), and finally Eternal Witness . Eternal witness NEEDS a place in this deck. It should be in any deck with green and it is also one of the top 7 most played cards in the whole format according to EDHREC. It also is disgusting with genesis. Also note that Thassa, Keranos, Nylea, and Nezahal all resist board wipes and allow you to retain some semblance of a board state following a boardwipe. Keranos and Nezahal also draw you cards so they even help with the rebuilding after a wipe.

Noncreature stuff to consider would be Survival of the Fittest (already explained why it should be included hopefully. It's a fauna shaman that can be activated any number of times per turn instead of only once and is more difficult to remove), Seasons Past (just an insane value card that goes back in your deck and can even get difficult to recur cards like instants and sorceries), Doubling Season (high $$ card but it works really well in your deck with all the +1/+1 counters) Rhystic Study (this even sees play in cEDH like mystic remora. People will not often pay the 1 mana. If they do, they have taxed themselves. Either you draw more cards or tax your opponent's spells. It's a win/win. Also, unlike remora, it stops all types of spells and doesn't require a cumulative upkeep. Make no mistake however, remora is still AMAZING). My last and final suggestions are tutors. Tutors are so important in commander. Too important too ignore. You aren't running any that I can see. URG doesn't have the greatest tutor options but they have some really good ones. I already mentioned fauna shaman and survival of the fittest. Others I'd try hard to slot in include Green Sun's Zenith , Finale of Devastation , Mystical Tutor , and Worldly Tutor .

Anyway, I hope I have been helpful. I tried to mention the cards that I think should absolutely find a way into the deck, but also keep in mind that not all of my suggestions are a must. Again, we just want to lower the average CMC, increase ramp and removal, and upgrade card quality, (like hooded hydra >> kalonian hydra). Good luck and overall a very cool deck! You have my upvote good sir.

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