Growing Ranks

Growing Ranks

Enchantment

At the beginning of your upkeep, populate. (Create a token that's a copy of a creature token you control.)

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Set Rarity
Commander 2019 (C19) Rare
Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1) Rare
Return to Ravnica (RTR) Rare

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Legality

Format Legality
Vintage Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal
Limited Legal
Leviathan Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pioneer Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Legacy Legal

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Growing Ranks Discussion

EldraziOfRavnica on Ooga Booga Garruk

3 months ago

Eight creatures see low for a playset of Garruk's Harbinger, although it does also hit your Walkers. Replacing Overgrowth with some dorks(Birds of Paradise) could fix this. Izoni, Thousand-Eyed feels weak without cards to fill the yard. Cutting her for Murderous Rider, which can be hit by Harbinger, or Rampaging Baloths, which fulfills a similar role and is better with Growing Ranks.

Ziabo on Trostani’s Tantalizing Voice copy

4 months ago

Has Growing Ranks or Song of the Worldsoul done much for you in this deck?

They seem kinda hefty for a lackluster ability IMO

IrateWarrior on Ghired's Pound Town, Siege Mode Edition [C21 Adds]

6 months ago

I’m going to swap some lands soon and Growing Ranks I have Mimic Vat on the list but I’m going to do some testing as Bramble Sovereign and Flameshadow Conjuring have been my token makers for non token creatures so I’ll have to see if it’s over kill.

Divine Visitation and Arasta of the Endless Web would be pretty potent

IrateWarrior on Ghired's Pound Town, Siege Mode Edition [C21 Adds]

6 months ago

Poly_raptor

Hey! Thanks for the advise, I actually cut Druid's Deliverance solely because my group contains the spell slingers while I’m the aggro outcast but I do like the card.

As for Song of the Worldsoul I do run it already and love it, it’s funny you mention Growing Ranks as I’ve battled back and forth with it as I see the same problem it appears you experience with it rly not doing a whole lot for me. I was thinking of cutting it but I fear I’m cutting to many populate cards but ghired is always out so maybe I’m worrying for nothing.

Mimic Vat I love and cut solely on people suggestions it might be to slow. Maybe this is the cut I needed to slip it back in haha

JustCalPlease on Markov budget altered

7 months ago

I really like the list but I do think Growing Ranks is illegal. It's CI is GW and Edgar doesn't include G in his CI.

raspberryfish25 on The Rooted Sisterhood

9 months ago

So I really like this deck and it seems like it is fairly resilient. A few things I would consider adding would be more cards that synergize with your life gain strategy and Trostani’s populate ability such as:

  • Angelic Accord More tokens for gaining life in a deck that wants to make tokens and gain life seems like a win to me.

  • Well of Lost Dreams Fantastic way to turn that additional life gain into card advantage.

  • Ajani's Pridemate I saw you already included Ageless Entity which this card functions very close to it so might be worth running both.

  • Congregate This is a nice card that works extremely well in Commander if you need a quick boost in life. Note Congregate reads target player gains 2 life for each creature on the battlefield. Many times, when I would use this card in a commander game I would easily gain 20 plus life off it.

  • Serra Avatar One way to read this card is play Serra Avatar with Trostani, Selesnya's Voice in play and double your life total. Even if you don’t have Trostani out you are still getting in most cases a creature that is well over a 7/7 most games for 7 mana which is a good deal.

  • Aetherflux Reservoir Can function as a secondary WinCon that you can pull out of nowhere. Trust me, play this card when you have an excess life total then instantly activate it taking the player that is the biggest threat out of the game. Also, don’t write off the first ability on the card. You would be surprised how quickly you gain life by just playing spells.

  • Growing Ranks A free populate at the beginning of each of your turns can be extremely strong in this deck.

  • Rootborn Defenses , Sundering Growth Both cards are similar to cards you are already running they just also include populate to further increase your board.

  • Advent of the Wurm 4 mana for a 5/5 trample is straight value plus this will work really well with populate.

  • Armada Wurm 6 mana for a 5/5 trample that also creates a 5/5 trample wurm token. 10 power for 6 mana plus gaining a token works with populate.

  • Glare of Subdual In a deck that wants to go wide this can quickly shut down opponents from attacking you.

  • Blade of Selves and Herald of the Host Both of these cards work extremely well with Trostani, Selesnya's Voice . How they work is you attack with either Herald of the Host or the creature Blade of Selves is equipped to and let the myriad ability activate creating a copy of the creature that is attacking your other opponents. Normally the tokens created off the myriad ability would be exiled at the end of combat but, if you use Trostani, Selesnya's Voice ’s populate ability during your combat phase you can create an additional copy of the token that will stay in play after the combat phase is over because, it was created using the populate mechanic and not the myriad mechanic. Even if you don’t populate the tokens that were created Trostani, Selesnya's Voice ’s life gain ability will still trigger off the tokens gaining you a lot of additional life. The myriad ability also works extremely well with creatures that have enter the battlefield abilities. Imagine this line of play, you equip Blade of Selves to your Terastodon then attack. The myriad ability triggers and you put two additional token copies of Terastodon into play attacking your other opponents. When those Terastodon tokens enter the battlefield they trigger their enter the battlefield ability allowing you to remove up to six other noncreature permanents (three from each of the Terastodon’s that came into play). Also imagine Blade of Selves attached to Serra Avatar you would be tripling your life total each time you attack as long as Trostani is out.

A few cards I would personally consider removing Thrun, the Last Troll , Primal Surge , Godsend , Strionic Resonator , Woodfall Primus , Rout (maybe consider replacing Rout for Martial Coup which seems more on theme for a token deck) Felidar Sovereign , (I get why you added him but winning with Felidar in commander seems like a cheap way to win.)

A lot of these cards really don’t seem on theme for either gaining more life or creating tokens. Personally, I would look at replacing a lot of these creatures with creatures that make tokens when they come into play like Armada Wurm that you can use to populate or cards that synergize with your life gain like Ajani's Pridemate .

One last thing your combo of Darien, King of Kjeldor + Trostani, Selesnya's Voice does not work exactly as you think. For Darien to trigger the damage has to resolve meaning that if a player deals more damage than your life total at once then you would die before Darien could trigger. As long as you have at least one life after damage resolves and both Darien and Trostani are on the field then your combo works, you create the solider token from Darien and, Trostani gives you the life from the token coming into play.

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