Grand Crescendo

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Grand Crescendo

Instant

Create X 1/1 green and white Citizen creature tokens. Creatures you control gain indestructible until end of turn.

Coward_Token on Phyrexia: All Will Be One …

1 week ago

Tyvar's flavor being about beatdown while his passive and +1 leading themselves to tap abilities is kinda off

Kinda annoyed if Nissa dies, if only because Vivian and mono-green Garuk are mechanically indistinguishable.

Rhuk: For Mirrodin!-tribal I guess.

Not a fan of the mechanical eyestalks that Serum Sovereign and Jace (and Ajani in one version) have, looks too sci-fi

Hoping against hope that Ertai, the Corrupted gets a non-Secret Lair reprint, he's neat.

IDK if they could have skipped creating Mites and just kept going with Germs

Staff of the Storyteller: I've been down on recent white draw enginge attempts, but this is pretty good if you got a deck where the token is relevant so you're not just paying 2+1 mana to draw your first car

Mesmerizing Dose: Kinda misleading art?

Vanish into Eternity: I hope they're not killing of too many cool planes.

Capricious Hellraiser: Not bad EDH mono-red Dragon tribal if you include some rummaging.

Me as usual complaining that things aren't more pushed: Kinzu seems overall worse than Hofri Ghostforge, even if her tokens are basically 4/1s in EDH. I hope there's some cool "corrupted" cards for her to take advantage of.

Annoyed by Mite Overseer because AFAIK white still doesn't have straightforward weenie makers that are as efficient as green's Jade Mage & Ant Queen

Kinda find Atraxa disapointing, her ETB would have been neat as just a stand-alone sorcery

I wish Staff of Compleation cost 1 less life on all of its tap abilities, not as easily abuseable as Staff of Domination anyway.

Roar of Resistance's triggered ability could just cost to make politicking smoother

Clever Concealment: Booo, when are we getting a straightforward Heroic Intervention color shift? (Don't talk to me about Grand Crescendo or And They Shall Know No Fear, they are not the same.)

Otharri: Yeah this is much more appropritate for the color combination than Kalemne, Disciple of Iroas, but unlike the rest of the original experience commanders there's still not a lot of ways to get multiple counters quickly

Necrogen Rotpriest: with e.g. Goliath Hatchery in mind, I don't see why this couldn't just give out Toxic 1 as an anthem.

Resistance Reuinted: Kinda sad that you can basically counter the anti-board wipe part by removing the targeted creature.

thefiresoflurve on Naya Populate True

1 week ago

Welcome to big board state club! (I used to run G/W populate back in the day).

Disclaimer: not sure what your budget is for recommendations, so I'm going to go by what I see here (Dockside, Smothering Tithe, Parallel Lives level of cost for individual recommendations).

I think Ghired, Conclave Exile would make a better commander here than Palladia-Mors, unless you're tied to the latter for sentimentality/flavor/etc.

Next, land base. The single best thing I did for my Esper deck was upgrading my land base. You don't have to go super hard here to see results, but I would put together a list like: 1x Cabaretti Courtyard 1x Command Tower 1x Jungle Shrine 1x Sungrass Prairie 1x Rockfall Vale 1x Branchloft Pathway  Flip 1x Needleverge Pathway  Flip 1x Rogue's Passage 1x Kessig Wolf Run 1x Gavony Township. If you like this route, there are even more cheaper dual lands you can add in like the Temple of Triumph and friends.

There are a few cuts or substitutions that I think the main deck could make really easily:

Ultramarines Honour Guard -> Caller of the Pack. If Ghired attacks with a creature that has Myriad, he can populate the token that Myriad creates, but the Populated token forgets about the exile clause. Thus, you can end up with a theoretically infinite horde of creatures. It's fantastic. :D

Going off that last bit... Wayfaring Temple -> Treasure. Basically a great card in commander anyway, here it's a free win if you manage to clone it.

Growing Ranks is an easy cut. It's way too slow for EDH (compare it to Parallel Lives...) Could replace it with a Talisman of Conviction or friends to help you ramp faster.

I would replace Momentous Fall with Teferi's Protection or Akroma's Will or Grand Crescendo - some extra source of board wipe dodging. I don't think your creatures are really big enough to warrant a momentous fall.

I would also replace Druid's Deliverance with one of the aforementioned board wipe dodges. There are also some cheaper options like Your Temple is Under Attack, Unbreakable Formation, Make a Stand. Reasoning being: you should have enough board state to block things that want to hurt you, as long as you keep your board alive.

As far as making tokens sooner: well, if you want to do that, you're going to have to run some cheaper creatures.... or ramp faster. I'd probably opt for ramping faster, TBH, since your creatures are really cool. If you add the entire Gruul Signet and friends, along with the Talismans I mentioned earlier, that should get you to the minimum ramp package in tricolor EDH to make sure you can play quickly.

Naya Charm -> Artifact Mutation can help make some earlier tokens.

Brindle Shoat and Call of the Conclave are some decent options for turn 3 tokens you might consider, as well. But adding those would also require cutting other stuff.... horrible choice I don't envy you : P

Sorry for the wall of text...Hope that helps, and happy building!

king-saproling on The Newspaper

1 month ago

Sure thing Benjimain! I think you picked a great partner pair. They offer the late-game resilence that Orzhov (WB) decks are known for while also enabling big combat damage which is rare in WB.

Here are some other swaps I would make:

Quag Sickness -> Plaguecrafter
Underworld Dreams -> Bitterblossom
Forever Young -> Black Market
Pick the Brain -> Grand Crescendo
Artificer's Hex -> Lightning Coils
Duress -> Rootborn Defenses
Pit Keeper -> Captain's Claws
Triad of Fates -> Haunted Library
Deathpact Angel -> Mardu Strike Leader
Mark of the Vampire -> Blight Mound
Confront the Assault -> Veteran Soldier
Primevals' Glorious Rebirth -> Spirit Bonds
Soul Salvage -> Militia's Pride
Alchemist's Gift -> Oketra's Monument
Lash of Thorns -> Wand of Orcus
Village Rites -> Grim Haruspex

Last_Laugh on Twice, To Make a Point

1 month ago

The first thing I noticed here is the avg. cmc. of 4.17. That's high for any deck but is particularly high for an aggro deck.

I'll try to suggest some lower cmc stuff and if you're picking up what I'm putting down I can help suggest some cuts. I'll try to keep things budget friendly overall with only a few pricier cards thrown in.

Reconnaissance allows you to attack safely with EVERY creature, deal combat damage in most situations, and have EVERY one of those creatures untapped by the end of combat (ignore the 20+ year old reminder text). This card is triple S tier disgusting.

Devilish Valet doesn't have an attack trigger but he can easily 1 shot a player out of the game. I.e. 6 tokens entering makes him 64 power (I've hit for over 2k with him in Isshin).

Signal Pest/Soltari Champion are really effective here.

Mardu Ascendancy is your best token production here by far. This thing adds up fast.

Boros Charm and other ways to protect your board are pretty integral to this type of strat. Flawless Maneuver, Teferi's Protection, Grand Crescendo, etc. The more the merrier in a deck like this.

Ogre Battledriver is an excellent haste enabler here that'll also buff all your tapped and attacking tokens. 3/1 tokens trade up soooooo much better.

Anyways, feel free to check out my list for ideas. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Isshin - Army of Darkness

Hi_diddly_ho_neighbor on Call of Souls

2 months ago

Cool deck! Thalisse is a pretty fun commander. I am sorry to continue to beat a dead horse here, but I would also suggest the inclusion of Smothering Tithe. It's objectively one of the strongest cards in Thalisse (and most white decks to be honest). I see that you are worried about your opponents paying tax, but I want to re-frame it in this way: Smothering Tithe reads as "Either tax your opponents at least 2 mana or create at least 2 tokens on each of your opponent's turns". And that is just the baseline case. Any additional card draw continues to further tax your opponents mana base or advance your board state. The card is very, very strong.

Similarly, you might consider running Ophiomancer. You have enough sac outlets to reliably make tokens each turn.

I also found instant speed token creation to be very strong in my old Thalisse build. Cards like Grand Crescendo (doubles as board wipe protection), Inkshield (a fog that produces an instant army) and Secure the Wastes were pretty good.

One fun interaction that I used to run was Noosegraf Mob + Cathars' Crusade. It's a lot of mana initially, but it's such a dirty token engine.

Davinoth on Giada's Jihad [Angel EDH]

2 months ago

     PirateCptAstera: Glad you like it, look forward to hearing how it goes! =)

     abstractfive: I have been experimenting with the total volume of lands, and have found that I maybe could afford to cut one - with the volume of cards I'm drawing I've been pretty consistently able to hit every land drop. As for the utility lands, there's really no drawback in a mono-colour deck to running a few with narrow options. Arcane Lighthouse is an excellent political tool for helping the board deal with someone else's problematic creatures, and Hall of Heliod's Generosity is really just there to help me keep True Conviction (and to a lesser extent Folk Hero) around, as it's pretty much due for removal the moment it hits the board.

     As for Starnheim Aspirant - you're totally right that drawing it later in the game doesn't feel great, but even through the mid-game it's still pretty useful as it can free up mana to use for things like equipment, Divining Top or Swords/Path/Grand Crescendo after casting a 7 or 8 drop.

     Sungod: Not yet. It's on the maybeboard pending me finding one, but my Local Shop doesn't have any. I'm probably going to have to order one.

     Thanks for the comments and upvotes everyone! =)

IHATENAMES on Saprolings of the Steel Legion

4 months ago

Few ideas some janky. Some decent.

Rumor Gatherer card selection/draw

Beast Whisperer card draw

Ashling's Prerogative very good with Tanya and token.

Betrothed of Fire buff tanya

Scale Up over run type effect that can be used early.

Cathars' Crusade buff your board on etb.

Good-Fortune Unicorn simular to crusade a bad one. But on a creature.

Basri's Lieutenant makes tokens for rebuild after boardwipe . Also combos with cathar crusade and a sac outlet.

Grand Crescendo protection token maker.

Sublime Archangel a better version of the enchament. Angelic Exaltation Because it's on a creature

Juniper Order Ranger buff itself and etb creatures to include tokens.

Basri Ket launch the fleet effect. With protection for a commander to get in.

Second Harvest token doubler.

I would also suggest at least one Xtra combat spellResponse / Resurgenceperhaps?

Without an eldrazi to tutor I'm not a fan of the From Beyond

I'd definitely put in more ramp. A Sakura-Tribe Elder 2 each Signet or talismans. You have some fun but perhaps clunky at times cards like Tilonalli's Summoner that's wants to be an early drop but doesn't provide much before you have a boardstate. I tried it before but eventually I cut her. Mycoloth as well. Sac your board to double it in 2 turns if it survives. Seems alot to ask. Too glass cannon like.

chivalruse on We All Lift Together

4 months ago

Join Shields is an outdated effect. Hexproof and untapping is nice, but you don't ever want to hold up 5 mana. And it does nothing against a Farewell. Guardian of Faith and Teferi's Protection, however, do. Some other options: Flawless Maneuver, Unbreakable Formation, Your Temple is Under Attack, Grand Crescendo.

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