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Enchantment — Aura
Whenever enchanted creature deals damage to an opponent, you may draw a card.
3 months ago
As you're playing on a budget, I'd recommend building the deck in 2 or 3 main colors (including green) while using specific ramp & lands like the 'vivid' cycle to hit all five colors for your commander.
You seem to be wanting to play an aura voltron deck, did I get that right? If so, I'd recommend looking at selesnya enchantress decks for a solid basis for card draw & some value enchantments. Many also got a lot cheaper since modern horizons 2! Those won't interrupt with your plan for The Prismatic Bridge and help count towards powerful enchantments like Ethereal Armor.
With your 'slower' gameplan (I don't know how your playgroup is, but this deck seems to want to play the prismatic bridge before it's able to become a threat) it might be valuable to use cards like Ghostly Prison to help protect you.
I understand you're passionate about using Evershrike as your 'actual commander', but with your current decklist The Prismatic Bridge will only do one thing, once. That seems a little tough. In addition to 'always having protection for it in hand for exile' as you mentioned, you'd also need protection from edict effects like Plaguecrafter. Because of this, I'd strongly recommend running not just one, but a few creatures that all support the aura voltron strategy as strong as evershrike does. A few suggestions for those, with reasoning:
Uril, the Miststalker has hexproof and gets bigger fast, helping speed up the voltron aura strategy
Sigarda, Host of Herons has hexproof and completely protects you from edict effects.
Bruna, Light of Alabaster is in itself an amazing recursion engine for all auras that could end up in your graveyard.
Of these, I'd definitely recommend Sigarda and Light-paws. With a selesnya manabase, those two and Evershrike can easily be cast if they ever end up in your hand, and really support the aura voltron strategy, while still making sure you have Evershrike in at most three turns after resolving The Prismatic Bridge.
Other cards that would help you survive, give time for you to deploy your game plan and help control the board would be boardwipes. There are several that allow you to save 1 creature from it, and even if you destroy all creatures your Evershrike can be easily returned to the battlefield.
I also see you have a lot of low mana value auras. Those are nice and cost efficient, but I don't think they fit very well with a deck that has at least WUBRG mana available before it has it's first aura target on the board. I'd advise to lean into the more 'effective' cards, that either allow you to draw (Unquestioned Authority, Keen Sense, Snake Umbra) or provide significant benefits (Bear Umbra, Daybreak Coronet).
I understand that some of these suggestions may be a bit high in the budget range, but you could ask your playgroup if they're fine with you proxying a few cards.
4 months ago
Hey, well done first attempt on a budget.
Something to consider is taking more advantage of Ukkima being unblockable for repeatable draw when it does combat damage to an opponent and the draw takes no additional mana which is key. These kind draw options could replace some of the mutate creatures since they're only consistently going to trigger once when you mutate Ukkima.
Yes, you could mutate Ukkima again, but you don't have enough mutate creatures for that to consistently happen and most mutate takes a lot of mana which is really not worth it. You're more likely to do combat damage to a player with Ukkima then to mutate since all you have to do is attack. Some mutate creatures are better than others such as Sea-Dasher Octopus and Gemrazer.
- Keen Sense --> Mindleecher
- Curiosity --> Pouncing Shoreshark
- Sea-Dasher Octopus --> Dreamtail Heron
- Mask of Memory --> Cavern Whisperer
- Whispering Madness --> Auspicious Starrix
- Reconnaissance Mission --> Souvenir Snatcher
- Gemrazer --> Insatiable Hemophage
To take advantage of mutate with Ukkima you really want ways to return Ukkima to your hand since that will also return all the mutate creatures if they're mutated to Ukkima such as Crystal Shard. This lets you cast all the mutate creatures again to get the mutate effects again. I don't think it's worth including these effects, but they're options to make Ukkima better with mutate. Repeatable draw gives you more card advantage without having to jump through hoops or spend a lot of mana.
It's helpful in Commander when you have at least 10 draw sources and at least 10 ramp sources to make gameplay smoother. I tend to have more than 10 sources of each of these, but start with 10. Sources that are repeatable are most important. Some more ramp could be added replacing some of the lesser creatures.
- One with Nature --> Vorapede
- Incubation Druid --> Master Thief
- Farseek --> Masked Admirers
- Fertile Ground --> Treeshaker Chimera
- Woodland Chasm --> Jungle Hollow
- Rimewood Falls --> Woodland Stream
Woodland Chasm and Rimewood Falls are budget lands that Farseek can search for, it can also search for Sunken Hollow. It's nice when 2 mana land ramp can get a dual land rather than just a basic land.
Masked Admirers is draw and it can be repeatable, but it's draw one card the first time for 4 mana and then combined for 6 mana each time after which is very lackluster. Treeshaker Chimera is also draw, but it's also 7 mana who wants to attack and hopefully die to draw, that's too much to draw three cards.
You could expand on the theme of +1/+1 counters with Forgotten Ancient. Who repeatedly puts a counter on itself each time any player casts a spell and then at your upkeep you can move any amount of counters from it to other creatures you control. The act of moving counters is the same as putting the counters on other creatures which triggers Simic Ascendancy.
- Forgotten Ancient --> Glowstone Recluse
Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
Also, I am pumped about the creativity & wackadoodle things they are doing with some more stale color pairs in their commander products. has had little love & has gone pretty stale & is king stale... Vehicles & opponent auras/goad are creative directions for those color pairs. Having played a TON of forced combat decks though, they would need to add an assload of support to make opponent auras playable - it is already hard enough to win Voltron style, to win via combat... but then relying on building opponents with the current auras out there, that is a tough run. There needs to be more auras with a payoff to the card owner like; Shiny Impetus or Keen Sense to make this feasible.
6 months ago
I really struggled to incorporate Red into my own Rin & Seri deck so I like the turn you took on this commander.
While I tried to keep my deck very flavourful, one of the changelings I DID include is Realmwalker since the card advantage is really nice.
Keen Sense also works really well with this commander as it triggers with any damage, not just combat damage.
One of the cards I'm always happy to draw is Prowling Serpopard not only because the art gives me the fuzzies but also because of the protection it grants.
When a commander is crucial to the deck strat I like to include Command Beacon in case it gets too expensive to cast otherwise.
Personally, I really like Akroma's Will as an additional finisher or if needed protection.
Glad to see Rin & Seri still getting some Love :)
7 months ago
I personally enjoy the follow, lesser known combos:
Hermetic Study and equivalent variants on it have a ton of enchantment combos, but they mostly require some creature, to use Curiosity, Keen Sense, Ophidian Eye, Snake Umbra, and my favorite combes as Sigil of Sleep or Charisma, and you can use Pemmin's Aura/Freed from the Real.
8 months ago
Cool concept! It's clear you're telling a story with your deck and I think you've done really well in representing it through your card choices. I'm not to familiar with the Power Rangers myself, so I'll give some advice but I'll also expect you to only listen to what makes sense to you! ;)
Your plan seems to be to get Siona on the table and start playing big auras to suit up several creatures and make them scary threats - fitting the theme you're going for. That's gonna be pretty hard and costly in many games since you will need to spend a lot of mana to play these auras and won't have much resources (mana, cards, protective spells) to keep your rangers alive, while those rangers dying to a kill spell will cost you several cards if you've played the auras on them. I'd look on a few options to give your rangers more chances to shine.
- Cheaper auras that you can play earlier. They will not have as much of an impact, but they will give you everything you need most of the time and will do so many turns earlier. (Angelic Gift, Alpha Authority, Daybreak Coronet, Gryff's Boon, Bonds of Faith etc.)
- Auras that don't lose you resources. By drawing a card on entering the battlefield, letting your creature draw cards or returning from the graveyard you can keep your momentum goingeven if a ranger bites it (this also makes it less attractive to kill them in the first place). (Rune of Might, Rancor, Conviction, Keen Sense etc.)
- Introducing more interaction, mainly in the form of protection. (Veil of Summer, Heroic Intervention, Rootborn Defenses etc.)
Perhaps losing the bigger spells would feel like the deck loses its identity - and then they should stay in. But if it feels like they arrive too late or get stuck in your hand, then maybe the card in your hand should be some other card that does more for you when you need it? Try things out and see what sticks, perhaps something I said has caught your eye! :D
9 months ago
I got a KICK out of your primer! :D I have limited experience playing gruul, and even less so playing a burning, spell slinging deck, but it looks great!
Nothing to upgrade, just alternatives and things to think on as you keep playtesting the deck! Things that come to mind are: Glint-Horn Buccaneer is a combo with Keen Sense to deal a lot of damage and draw yourself out. Also you mentioned the Zendikar lands, Kazuul's Fury Flip seems good in a deck going tall and burning, could help get that last burst damage in! Pir, Imaginative Rascal is a hardened scales with legs. Ring of Valkas could be something to look at, though it could be a little slow. Would be a decent trigger for getting even more +1/+1 counters. I run Inspiring Call in my bears deck. While it won't gain you as much card advantage, it is protection that replaces itself! The Explore and Riot mechanic would also work in tandem with your gameplan! Something like Path of Discovery or Rhythm of the Wild could also kickstart the counter train. Also, weird card choice, but Wort, the Raidmother could also be an interesting 1 of in the 99! Admittedly a utility land, Kessig Wolf Run was recently reprinted, and is an oldie but a goodie way of getting in that last bit of damage! Also, while not really a kicker matters card, Hull Breach is a good 2 for 1 removal!
10 months ago
Cards I would cut: