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Artifact Creature — Masticore
As an additional cost to cast this spell, discard a card.
: Lesser Masticore deals 1 damage to target creature.
Persist (When this creature is put into the graveyard from the battlefield, if it had no -1/-1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a -1/-1 counter on it.)
Lesser Masticore Discussion
4 days ago
xixyz, thanks so much for taking a look at my list and for your feedback! I agree Blasting Station would be great and end games. I do want to make a case for Lesser Masticore however, since its discard provides reanimation targets in a pinch. Discarding with Fauna Shaman enables the same strategy. Perhaps there need to be more reanimation spells to make masticore feel worth it, but I'll keep playing the deck and make a decision as I get more experience with it. Regarding the hulk, I put it in there because I thought about playing it with Flash, but that felt too linear! Thanks for commenting and I'll stay in touch about new directions for the deck.
3 weeks ago
currently Protein Hulk is more for redundancy than combo. I think a better pile might end up being Torch Courier + Lesser Masticore + Goblin Engineer which tutors for any sac outlet. Sac the courier to give engineer haste, (assuming you have 1 red) sac masticore to return the sac outlet, then combo off masticore. A little bit more resource extensive but it wouldn't take as many card slots and courier can also be used to give dorks haste at his worst. Thanks for the help though, I originally never intended to combo off hulk, to me he was more just a tutor but having him as a wincon can be very powerful.
3 weeks ago
I like the deck so far, the birthing pod line is very efficient and I will probably play test it in my list. Currently I think the biggest issue in the deck is speed which comes down to two things, ramp and redundancy.
First off is ramp, I would highly recommend running Dryad Arbor as it is absolutely insane in the right setup. First off at its worst its a summoning sick land, at its best its a turn one ramp spell off Green Sun's Zenith . It has insane synergy with Natural Order , Eldritch Evolution , etc. Additionally you could consider some fast single turn ramp with cards like Lotus Petal , Elvish Spirit Guide , Simian Spirit Guide , Rite of Flame , Seething Song With the spirit guides you also have the added benefit of being able to Survival of the Fittest / Fauna Shaman them for your combo pieces.
Now onto redundancy, especially with different typing. First off I think you could use redundant sac outlets, the best of which would be Thermopod who is a creature tutorable Phyrexian Altar (only for red) which doesn't seem all that good but just the creature typing and mana ability makes him worth it, especially with Lesser Masticore who at least in my build is by far the most efficient way to win. Cards like Thunderblust Protein Hulk also help redundancy but aren't fully necessary due to their inefficiency but can be pretty good with Sneak Attack and Elvish Piper . I also would highly recommend Ashnod's Altar as an additional sac outlet.
A few minor issues I had play testing this deck: Frequently getting mana screwed when trying to use Blood Moon effects. They are insanely good stax effects if dropped early, however you would probably need to drop some utility lands to use them efficiently.
Goblin Engineer lacking an artifact to sacrifice. This is an issue I had in my deck as well and hasn't gotten better and 6 artifacts just isn't enough to consistently use it.
Not having a wincon with Greater Good . This one is easily remedied yet again by adding fast mana. the issue is that drawing your deck off greater good does not always yield enough mana to play an actual wincon such as Goblin Bombardment . This issue happens when Mana Crypt is already in play.
Overall a very good shell but it just needs to increase the speed or go deeper into stax to really create value out of the combo. Hope this helped a bit.
3 weeks ago
This guy is super dope, it is just too bad he isn't jund and/or 1 cmc cheaper.I thought up a couple hulk piles with this guy on board. One is Arcbound Ravager , Lesser Masticore , and Walking Ballista . Sac lm to ravager until ravager is arbitrarily large and then sac ravager to put counters on ballista.
The other is Skirk Prospector , Scuzzback Marauders and Walking Ballista . Same concept with different method. Sac scuzzyboi for an arbitrarily large amount of mana and sink it all into ballista and ping down your opponents.
1 month ago
Any love for Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit ? nonbo with geralfs, amazing for the rest.
Altar and feeder's payoffs mean you aren't as reliant on an etb like madcap, so Lesser Masticore / Putrid Goblin / Safehold Elite are options. Another interesting option is Melira, Sylvok Outcast , and in green Young Wolf offers a t1 creature to combo with.
1 month ago
Any sort of persist creature can be really broken when there's any sort of etb add a +1/+1 counter effect, I especially have been liking Lesser Masticore as the discard just helps with any sort of reanimation strategy. Viscera Seer and Carrion Feeder are both also really good as cheap sac outlets you can reanimate or creature tutor for.
3 months ago
3 months ago
more persist creatures like Lesser Masticore can help fuel your strategy when you have some ways to reset the persist counter.
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