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1 week ago
Hey jamesmac42, thanks for the suggestions! I actually already have Nature's Lore and I've thought about Three Visits , and Three Visits is a good run over Rampant Growth for sure but, throughout my playtesting the ramp has actually gone quite well, but I'm still playtesting and curating the deck. I have looked at Lifecrafter's Bestiary but decided that generally my spells cost enough as is without big creatures like Klauth, Unrivaled Ancient , Grand Warlord Radha and Savage Ventmaw , but it is still worth considering! personally, given how giving everything Trample and Deathtouch works, I think I more highly value Bow of Nylea potentially giving all of the big creatures huge pumps, trample and deathtouch so that more damage tramples over. Shamanic Revelation is a card I had in the deck at one point, but it feels like a card that just gets you more ahead, instead of helping you come back from a board wipe or something, I think I would personally consider Harmonize instead of Shamanic Revelation for more consistent card draw and a slightly cheaper cost. Radha Heir to Keld is a card I have been moving back and forth on constantly and it's actually a card I put in the Budget list for this deck, maybe I'll keep it around. I'd love to look over your deck list and see if there's any kind of inspiration I could take! I think this could be my favorite deck if I can get it in paper
2 weeks ago
Well said! I've seen some really great lists that take advantage of the natural synergy between Essence of the Wild and mana dorks. This is a recipe for synergistic, snowbally gameplay, especially when coupled with green card draw effects like Harmonize . While I acknowledge that an elf-ish direction is probably the way to make a deck like this work at a speed remotely suitable for modern's competitive scene, it doesn't appeal to me as much as trying to make Essence work (admittedly quite jankily) in an Abzan Midrange or ValueTown-style build. The goal here is to design a deck that does pretty well in the early and mid-game due to overall card quality and synergistic play such that it doesn't actually require the combo to win, but can do so with other means if necessary. Hence, this project is more an exploration of Magic design history and potential than an attempt at (re)introducing a new/old deck into the Modern meta, though I certainly appreciate your ideas and critique.
3 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome.
- Eldritch Evolution
- Natural Order
- Chord of Calling
- Summoner's Pact
- Shared Summons
- Solve the Equation : to get Rift or Triumph.
- Whir of Invention : to get Staff.
1 month ago
free-kolja some replies to your bullet-points. I've also made a list for comparison.
I agree that Arboreal Grazer is a bad late game draw, but to be fair, this is a combo deck and so being in the late game to begin with is a bad place to be - the game should have already been over. I get that you want card quality, but speed is often important when you're against the clock. You already have a lot of cards that would be "bad" to draw second copies of, for example - but they're in the deck because speed and consistency is valuable (i.e. I can't imagine drawing a second copy of Star of Extinction , Basilisk Collar , or Brash Taunter is ever a good sign).
It's very interesting that your group doesn't run sideboards, because that will mean that there are going to be lots of various matchups that any deck just doesn't stand a chance against (I imagine anyone playing a dredge build would just be very oppressive). Saying that, i'm still struggling to work out what card Return to Nature actually helps you against... the only card I can think of is Platinum Emperion ? Your deck is in a very safe spot in a sideboardless world, where it just has to do its thing, and its up to other decks to stop you, or out-race you. I just don't get what Return to Nature is helping you against?
So the one big bonus of Blasphemous Act , is that even if there's only one creature in play, it's still going to cost the same as Star of Extinction . SO, at its absolute worst, you can still get by with it. I do concede, that it obviously doesn't hit walkers, or get the instant kill.
Dealing with non-creature decks better is going to be really hard in a format without sideboards, especially being a combo deck that has to be aiming to win before its beaten down. I have some thoughts, though you're probably not going to like them. It involves changing the deck quite a bit. Below I have a list i've just spun up, which utilizes Karn, the Great Creator . That card will let you fetch up Stuffy Doll to do your combo whenever you need to, but also fetch up whatever hate cards you need at the time (i'm thinking Wurmcoil Engine , Walking Ballista , Ratchet Bomb , Ensnaring Bridge , etc.). Now, obviously i'm not suggesting you change your list to whatever nonsense i've brewed up below, but hopefully it gives you some thoughts for consideration.
- 4x Abundant Harvest
- 2x Harmonize
- 3x Star of Extinction
- 2x Blasphemous Act
- 4x Overgrowth
- 4x Utopia Sprawl
- 4x Arbor Elf
- 2x Brash Taunter
- 2x Courser of Kruphix
- 3x Hornet Nest
- 3x Voyaging Satyr
- 4x Karn, the Great Creator
- 2x Garruk Wildspeaker
- 4x Cragcrown Pathway Flip
- 11x Forest
- 2x Mountain
- 4x Rootbound Crag
The above, as an example, gives you a relatively low bad-draw count. Karn, the Great Creator means you don't have to run Basilisk Collar mainboard, but can still get this card if needed for Brash Taunter . He can also get your combo via Stuffy Doll , and lets you grab specific answers for your opponents decks, so you don't need mainboard Return to Nature . The ramp package changed slightly to allow for a much more explosive path to 4 mana (you can easily have 5 mana to play with turn 2), which allows you to run these higher cmc cards, but also keep the land count low.
1 month ago
Ohran Frostfang has a fair bit of synergy with what you're trying to do I think. It plays much better than something like Harmonize usually would, and can offer decent card draw if nobody wants to block deathtouch creatures. If you actually have Trample on those creatures too, they only need 1 damage to 'kill' whatever blocks them, so even a 2/2 trample deathtouch will hit the opponent for 1 and draw a card if blocked.
You might want a Sol Ring to find with Urza's Saga, in case you need mana badly.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Hey TwentDoggo, glad you like the deck. Normally I wouldn't have trouble finding ways to upgrade my decks, but this one in particular is kind of inherently flawed in that there simply isn't much support for its plan. That said, there are some things you could do to make the deck more functional in general.
Probably the easiest upgrade you could make is include the Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl ramp package. These two make it possible to have four mana on turn two (turn 1 Arbor Elf, turn 2 Utopia Sprawl on an untapped Forest) which makes higher cmc ramp spells such as Hunting Wilds , Explosive Vegetation , and Nissa's Renewal more viable. It also makes the deck's combo turn come around much sooner since being able to make four mana off of one land gives you more untapped lands to attack with after casting Sylvan Awakening .
If you do this, you'll need to rework the deck a bit--this ramp plan is better with a lower land count, so Arboreal Grazer and Rites of Flourishing would be cut out, and since you have more mana early on you'll want to add some higher impact ramp spells (the aforementioned Hunting Wilds etc). You would also be able to play Rude Awakening , a card that I excluded from the original draft of the deck because 8 mana is a lot.
So these are the changes I'd make:
- -4 Arboreal Grazer , -4 Llanowar Elves , -2 Rites of Flourishing ; +4 Arbor Elf , +4 Utopia Sprawl , +2 Wolfwillow Haven
- -3 lands, -2 Nissa's Pilgrimage , -2 Harmonize ; +4 Hunting Wilds , +2 Rude Awakening , +1 Search for Tomorrow
- -4 Rampant Growth ; +4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
I'm not sure what you're budget is, but that's really the best you can do if you want to stick to the man land plan. I suppose you could also upgrade the mana base, but you can get by with all basics since you've got a lot of color fixing ramp spells.
2 months ago
Yeah, Multani ist super strong imo and kinda underrated af.