Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, if it doesn't have the same name as another creature you control or a creature card in your graveyard, draw a card.
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|Ravnica Allegiance (RNA)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Guardian Project occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.1%
Guardian Project Discussion
4 days ago
Let’s go through each one by one.
Fiery Emancipation is the most viable recommendation. It would be a welcome addition, were it one-sided. Unfortunately, with a deck as slow and cumbersome as this, we don’t want to give any resource that doesn’t break parity to the opponent. He or she will certainly outclass us with it.
Oracle of Mul Daya is the second most viable addition, however this deck only runs 34 lands. It is less-likely to top deck a land or have extra lands in hand than those decks that benefit most from her. This deck would be more likely to run more immediate land acceleration such as Farseek or Migration Path (which is strictly better than Explosive Vegetation, which we already run). Another mana dork would also be in order.
Beast Whisperer is a house that dominates builds that pump out creature spells. This deck, however, pumps out creature tokens and sparse creature spells. The average CMC is 4-5, so we can only expect to cast a beefy boi every couple of turns. As a result, we won’t be drawing much off of it.
Guardian Project, again, focuses on non-token creatures.
I do really appreciate all of your recommendations. The deck just needs a different treatment. That said, if you have any more recommendations, I am grateful to hear them.
4 days ago
4 days ago
I would remove Narset, Parter of Veils. Her static ability may come in handy, but her loyalty ability doesn't work with your deck since only 33% of the deck is noncreature, nonland. Instead, try running Guardian Project so you can get some more card draw.
I would remove Deconstruct and replace it with Beast Within. A free artifact removal spell sounds nice, but you lack serious removal spells. Beast Within offers flexibility and is fairly inexpensive. Unravel the Aether is another solid option that can remove indestructible artifacts/enchantments.
Next, take out Pelt Collector. It will take awhile for him to get big enough to become a serious threat, and even when he does it will be easy to kill him. Even a Fatal Push would kill him. Try replacing him with Evolving Wilds. This will raise your land count and also help with deck thinning.
You should consider removing Folio of Fancies. This really just helps all players and doesn't necessarily further your own agenda. Yes, it will give you card draw but it also helps give your opponents more opportunities to mess with your board. And with so much removal in the format, creature=based strategies can be fragile at times. Everyone is running board wipes. I'd substitute it with River's Rebuke. It's not a Cyclonic Rift, but can help still remove problem boards. Ensnare is a sweet option that you can play on someone's end step so you can swing in with beefed up elves.
Replace Planewide Celebration with Reap. The proliferation is nice, but you want at least some ways to get back key pieces from the graveyard. Reap can potentially be a whiff, but black is a popular color in Magic so it's possibly to get back a lot of cards with this cheap spells.
Finally, I would recommend removing Ezuri's Archers, Quest for Renewal, Personal Tutor and Hypnotic Sprite. The archers is an okay turn 1 play, but won't stack up to some flying threats. Quest for Renewal is an okay card, but in this deck it's kinda useless. You don't have instant speed ways to take advantage of the mana you are cashing in on other than Folio of Fancies. You run very few sorcery spells that really won't impact the game, so Personal Tutor is pretty underwhelming. Hypnotic Sprite is nice since it offers some flexibility as a counterspell, but the counter side is only good in the early game. If you're in the late game and someone plays a Damnation, you will want a Counterspell more than a Hypnotic Sprite. I would recommend replacing these with x3 Forests and Counterspell.
Hope this helps.
1 week ago
If you were to infinitely cycle through your deck with Guardian Project to get to Splinter. Then if there is a way to play Splinter infinite number of times with Wheel of Sun and Moon. If you had Mycosynth Lattice in the deck, and in play . You could remove your opponents libraries from the game. This is assuming you have a ways to generate infinite mana.
1 week ago
For those who're following the thread, Uzeep's questions were answered via Discord. However, the main thing I wanted to address in his comment is his mention of tutoring Shaman of Forgotten Ways. It is NEVER in our gameplan to tutor this, so we never care about where this card is until we've established Infinite Mana and an Outlet, only then do we look for kill loops which is also when the sky's the limit.
Due to his region certain cards were unavailable, so we also brewed up some changes to rectify this. His variation will be exactly the same with the following exceptions:
1 week ago
1 week ago
Really fun idea!
2 weeks ago
Hi. Saw you asking for advice on the Animar Discord but didn't want to clog up the channel so I figured I'd leave some comments here. I'll try to focus on more budget friendly changes since you already know about the more expensive recommendations.
The first thing that stands out to me is that you've doubled down on a lot of redundancy of similar effects to make your combo options more consistent. Since you don't have Imperial Recruiter and Weird Harvest, I can see why you would do that for a more casual meta. What has happened though is that you have filled up slots that would normally go to the other cards that help Animar function faster. A number of cards could be trimmed out to put in important lower-curve cards.
To start with, you actually have too many combos in the deck that are clogging up cards slots. You already have Ancestral Statue + Walking Ballista, which is Animar's bread and butter. Competitive decks generally focus on assembling that as quickly as possible and protecting the combo.
The typical secondary combo line in cEDH Animar is the Kiri-Onna loop, but that requires you to put a lot of money into your mana base to make sure nearly all you lands produce blue mana for maximum efficiency, so lets skip that for now.
Another backup combo is Barrin, Master Wizard/Temur Sabertooth + Dockside Extortionist, which you already have. Barrin is generally favoured because of its versatility, but the Sabertooth works too and the combo can potentially produce infinite mana without Animar. The combo works well in the cEDH meta because of all the cheap mana rocks and enchantments that get played, but there's a chance it won't be as consistent in more casual metas.
In addition to the main combos, you often see Purphoros, God of the Forge as a backup kill condition. Since you have that too you are fairly well set for win-conditions.
On top of that though, you also currently have the Kiki/Twin combo package, Cloudstone Curio with a couple morph creatures and eldrazi, Deadeye Navigator + Peregrine Drake + Acidic Slime, and Oracle/Labman to win by decking off of "enchantress" effects like Beast Whisperer. You honestly don't need all of that. Some people may run Thassa's Oracle as an option for when damage might not win the game, but the rest could be heavily trimmed to make room for other important ramp and interaction.
So, cards to cut:
Deadeye Navigator is an easy cut. The higher cmc creatures clog up opening hands and force more mulligans. Cloudstone Curio can't be tutored for in your list, which makes it unreliable. Taking that out makes Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger unwanted. That leads to taking out Nettle Drone and Thought Harvester because they are just redundant effects that you already get with Ballista and Purphoros. Laboratory Maniac can come out because it will generally be a more fragile Thassa's Oracle. You could take the oracle out too because there are ways to just bounce and kill with Ballista, even when you are being forced to draw cards off of Glimpse of Nature or Beast Whisperer. I can see why you might want to leave that one in though.
The Kiki/twin package takes up a bunch of slots with cards that don't really do a whole lot on their own except for Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, which some people think is too unwieldy to cast consistently because of the RRR in its casting cost. Splinter Twin isn't tutorable in the deck, so it's unreliable. Bounding Krasis and Breaching Hippocamp are just redundant bodies that don't even have the same versatility in their effect that Pestermite and Deceiver Exarch, and even those can be a little lack-luster.
If you aren't looking to take all the unnecessary combos out, I can see leaving some of the Kiki stuff in as a 2-card combo that isn't reliant on Animar. Just Kiki, Pestermite, and Deceiver Exarch on their own is enough. If you want to double down on it a bit though, you can consider putting in Zealous Conscripts. With the Conscripts, you can open up a 1 turn combo line with Vannifar.
- Tap Prime Speaker Vannifar -> sac Glen Elendra Archmage -> Archmage returns to the battlefield because of persist -> get Zealous Conscripts and untap Vannifar -> tap Vannifar and sac the Archmage again to get Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker to combo with the Conscripts. Birthing Pod can also work in place of Vannifar.
Other cards worth cutting are Guardian Project (can't be tutored or cost-reduced), Soul of the Harvest (expensive and Primordial Sage is better), Vigean Graftmage (don't have enough +1/+1 counter synergies for this to be worth the slot), Farhaven Elf (better off with a 1 CMC mana dork), Solemn Simulacrum (better off with a 1 CMC mana dork), Tidal Barracuda (it may protect you from counterspells on your turn, put there is just too much risk with letting your opponents cast all their stuff at instant speed on every other turn). There are other cards that could be cut, but those are the ones that really stand out.
To replace the cards you take out, you'll be wanting the 1 cmc mana dorks and mana acceleration that was recommended on Discord, some more card draw/cantrip creatures like Mulldrifter and Generous Patron, and some cheap/free counterspells.
Anyway, I know this is a long wall of text but I hope the feed back helps give you a place to start making tweaks to your deck. And, of course, the people on the Animar Discord are always happy to offer advice.