Krosan Tusker

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pauper Legal
Pauper Duel Commander Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Krosan Tusker

Creature — Boar Beast

Cycling *(, Discard this card: Draw a card.) *

When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. If you do, shuffle your library. (Do this before you draw.)

Balaam__ on Pauper Topdeck Manipulation

1 year ago

Thanks Spell_Slam, those are good suggestions. I’ve not seen Fiery Fall before, but I’m not sure how I overlooked Krosan Tusker. I’ll add them to the Maybeboard for now. Thanks again!

Spell_Slam on Pauper Topdeck Manipulation

1 year ago

Cool deck! I've seen this concept before, but never in GR.

I think Krosan Tusker deserves some consideration. It has the 7 cmc cost and is an uncounterable 2-for-1 that guarantees land. This is definitely worth paying an extra mana for.

You might also like Fiery Fall. It cycles for land, has a high cmc, and can also be removal in the late game.

keizerbuns on Jurassicycle Park

2 years ago

Thanks ClockworkSwordfish!

I thought about using the Krosan Tusker over Shefet Monitor but I like that Monitor can grab deserts as well as basic lands and that's really handy to grab the Hashep Oasis so I can buff my Yidaro when it comes in. However I am still in the testing stages of this deck so I could swap them out and see which one I like better, and I like your idea of swapping out Beneath the Sands for Krosan Tusker so I will give that a test too.

Somehow I didn't actually see Drannith Healer when I was putting this deck together but you're right, that is a way better card for early-game survivability so I think I'll put Drannith Stinger in the side board and put that in its place.

I did also think about putting in more ETB creatures to combo with the Astral Drift but I would have to remove some cards with cycling to fit them in and I don't wanna lose the cycling synergy the deck has, otherwise I would.

Thanks for all the suggestions, I really appreciate them! :D

ClockworkSwordfish on Jurassicycle Park

2 years ago

I always did wonder how to build a deck around getting the 4+ cycles on Yidaro... this looks like a pretty good way to go about it, though!

A couple thoughts come to mind when looking at your build, though. Shefet Monitor being able to put a land right into play is lovely, but paying four mana for the privilege is awfully steep... I can't help but wonder if he (and Beneath the Sands?) wouldn't be better off as Krosan Tusker! Three mana to draw two cards is arguably as good and not quite as slow.

The other thing I'm left wondering about is your early-game survivability. Dedicating several turns to cycling a card creates one heck of an opening, and I'm skeptical that you have enough defenses to throw off a dedicated foe! For instance, Drannith Healer could serve as a better deterrent than the Stinger - since it can only nail your opponent directly, how often will it deal enough damage to make a difference when you're planning to end up swinging with an 8/8 trampler? Maybe you've had some good results with it, but just from looking at the list I was curious!

Another route you could take things is to lean more heavily on Astral Drift. If you run a handful of creatures with helpful comes-into-play abilities, such as Lone Missionary, Wall of Blossoms or perhaps best of all, Stonehorn Dignitary, then you can easily bolster your position every time you cycle!

ClockworkSwordfish on What are some ways to …

2 years ago

Three mana to bring a guy back is a little hefty, but if you're really looking for options you can run guys with Cycling (or Landcycling) to redirect your card advantage into something else. Deadshot Minotaur is a soft piece of removal and is easy to cycle at one hybrid mana. Undead Gladiator improves your card filtering by letting you trade other cards for him while you're at it. (Anger, anyone?) Igneous Pouncer and Valley Rannet let you grab shocklands or other nonbasics like Dryad Arbor or Witch's Cottage. Some critters tack an extra ability onto their being cycled, such as Jund Sojourners, Sanctuary Smasher and Void Beckoner - giving you a mana-intensive but reliable option each turn if you have nothing else to bring back.

Perhaps the best example is Krosan Tusker, who grabs you another card and a land when you cycle him, putting you up another card each time. Shefet Monitor requires even more mana but puts the land right into play untapped, giving you a reliable way to ramp and draw cards during a standstill.

seshiro_of_the_orochi on Hoof-Hearted

2 years ago

Krosan Tusker is another pretty good boar. Animal Sanctuary is an on-flavour land. Yasharn, Implacable Earth is powerful and combines nicely with Ilharg. Capricopian invites everyone to a little game of hot potatoe, and Pathbreaker Ibex is just insane.

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