Life from the Loam
Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand.
Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, instead you may put exactly three cards from the top of your library into your graveyard. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand. Otherwise, draw a card.)
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|Secret Lair (SLD)||Rare|
|Ultimate Masters (UMA)||Rare|
|Ultimate Masters Promo (UMAP)||Mythic Rare|
|Modern Masters (MMA)||Rare|
|Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ)||Rare|
|Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV)||Rare|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Life from the Loam Discussion
1 week ago
Profet93 Interesting idea on Fauna Shaman - I will say, it's been very ok, and I don't think it's a necessary card for the build. Ancient Greenwarden looks too good to pass on, so I'll probably try that out.
Birds of Paradise is one of my pet cards, but you're probably right. I think I'd include some more card draw over Titania, and Birds in the late game is a sad time.
Simply put, I really like Annihilator. Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger is a fantastic card, but Gyre's Annihilator text is what attracts me the most.
Regarding Life from the Loam - it's undoubtedly a cool card, though I just can't recall a situation where I felt like I needed that effect. If I want to play lands from the grave, I just tutor for Ramunap Excavator. As it stands, I have 10 effects that can get Excavator, so he's never far from reach.
1 week ago
Awesome stuff here, man. If my Azusa deck was a small child, this would undoubtedly be it's angrier, bigger brother. What I like most is the confidence this build exudes, you're very clearly stating "I am going to ramp, you won't be able to stop me, and then I'm going to cast massive spells." Green is my favorite color in Magic, and this list is Green to a T.
Personally, I'd like to see a little more interaction here, but it's worth noting that I was scarred by Winter Orb and Static Orb early on in my EDH tenure, so I'm usually over-prepared to blow one up. That said, Nature's Claim is (in my humble opinion) one of Green's best spells, and worth consideration here.
- Scute Swarm. We already talked about this little guy, and if you're adamant on the number of lands you run, I'd recommend cutting Seek the Horizon or Thaumatic Compass Flip (otherwise I'd say cut a Forest).
- Allosaurus Shepherd. It makes 90% of your spells uncounterable, and that effect is impactful at nearly any stage of the game. It allows you to play greedily and sink a ton of mana into your spells, which seem important in this build. I'd think about it and consider cutting my above suggestions, or Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip.
- You can't go wrong with Worldly Tutor. Tutors = consistency.
- Scapeshift is a wonderful spell that will make your friends hate you. It's dangerous in my deck, and I think it'd be even more dangerous here given the number of lands you're running. Sacrifice any number of lands, go pull the best lands out of your deck, and make sure one of them is Field of the Dead. Suddenly, you've got an army of zombies, Gaea's Cradle, Strip Mine, Deserted Temple, Eye of Ugin, etc. I think you'd be fine to cut Life from the Loam, as you've already got plenty ability to play lands from the grave.
- Castle Garenbrig is a strictly better Forest in a mono-Green list.
- Dryad Arbor is surprisingly diverse. You can GSZ where X = 0 and go get Dryad Arbor, it taps for mana, it counts towards Gaea's Cradle, and it gets beefed by Finale of Devastation.
- Temple of the False God is actually pretty good in Azusa. I know, I know, it's a grossly overplayed card in our format, but as you already know, Azusa has no problem getting to 5 lands, and from that point on, it's a better Ancient Tomb.
- Petrified Field is neat with Realms Uncharted (if you don't already have the ability to play from the grave) and offers the ability to instant-speed get a land out of your yard. I find it to be pretty versatile.
- Wasteland isn't as good as Strip Mine, but it punishes multi-color decks. If you're like me and play in a tri-color meta, I think you'll find that it treats you well.
Hopefully I provided some decent food for thought. Either way, I think you have a great build here; I'm sure it's a blast to play!
1 week ago
I love this deck! A couple suggestions...
Fit Beastmaster Ascension in there somehow
Vivien Reid mostly for the ult, but her first ability feeds the theme somewhat as well.
That's all I got for now.
1 week ago
Btw I forgot to mention, even though I build my decks on average with some differences from the norm, if I had to choose another Azusa deck I've seen, it would be this one. Similar to mine but has more interaction and still some really good synergy. Great work!
Your point on explosive turns is well taken. While I play differently, the few Azusa's I've seen with explosive turns are really explosive and memory jar is a great facilitator.
I would cut Khalni garden for blighted/myriad. Khalni comes in tapped and gives you a token you can't really use aside from Natural order and Avenger.
I would cut Fauna shaman for ancient greenwarden. I would argue the 3x redundancy of land recursion takes priority over creature tutoring as you always run survival, worldly, natural order, pact, etc...
Given what you said about Scute, I would love your opinion on what to cut in my deck for it? I've been considering seek the horizon as a cut. The lands are nice but scute seems too powerful to ignore Deck. Be sure to note the future edits section for the updated list.
- You mention in your description you only play birds as your dork, in the hopes of getting Azusa out earlier, otherwise they are dead draws (unless used as fodder for Fauna Shaman or Survival). Why not cut a dork for Titania or any other card you find could assist you. Is the potential of T2 Azusa outweigh the risk of a dead draw later on?
- Why Infinite Gyre > Ceaseless Hunger? I used to run both but cut Gyre because the main purpose of the eldrazi was targetted removal. I'm assuming it's anti-grave hate with survival and fauana shaman but am unsure?
- Life from the Loam - Tell me more about why its in your mayeboard? Not that you need it, just curious.
3 weeks ago
So, some cards that would be good in Oakhame Adversary, Eldritch Evolution, Neoform,Nature's Claim, Life from the Loam, Sakura-Tribe Scout, Exploration, Burgeoning, Kenrith's Transformation and Crucible of Worlds
3 weeks ago
Constant Mists with a Crucible of Worlds + Life from the Loam package is fairly thematic and effective. A Crop Rotation to snag up your Glacial Chasm will do wonders when facing down those pesky aggro decks. I'm also a big fan of Wilderness Reclamation and Quest for Renewal (assuming you can add in more dorks) Noble Hierarch, Elvish Mystic, Llanowar Elves, Priest of Titania, Fyndhorn Elves and Avacyn's Pilgrim typically get the ball rolling consistently :)
1 month ago
Thanks Profet93 :). I like your questions! They makes me reconsider card assessments formed long ago. Let’s dig into our new ones:
- Yavimaya Hollow: a card I like and play in other decks. I also considered it for this deck several times. However, every time I do I feel it just does not belong in this deck. I think the reason why I feel that way is because it’s not the creatures that need protecting most of the time (or that I don’t want to focus on protecting them). Opponents could kill Mina and Denn, Wildborn sure. But they are just an enabler for the deck. Not a key piece, like in decks where I do run Hollow. The deck does not really have many vital pieces like that. On certain moments, yes, hollow will save that one creature you needed for the explosive play, so I do agree it would be a useful include. I just don’t think it is necessary or used very often. A bit like Kessig Wolf Run maybe. To be honest, the threshold of getting one in FOIL also contributes to a feeling of resistance nowadays. However, I can totally see anyone swapping out Spikefield Hazard for Yavimaya Hollow if they feel differently. It might be a good idea to test this one again just to see what happens.
- If I’d cut Retreat to Kazandu now - which I won’t ;) - I’d probably go for another 2-mana ramp piece or put Krosan Tusker back in. I did just put in Rampant Growth in the last update, so I’m already up a ramp piece (5 now) to skip a turn for M&D. Sol Ring is a no go for me because of the total lack of synergy. Life from the Loam was cut in the last update for Ancient Greenwarden and the deck does not need a 4th effect like that I think. Eternal Witness is nice to have, especially with all the green creature tutors, so that is also a valid choice. Has creeped up on my maybe list rank recently because of Valakut Exploration. Depending on your meta, you can also consider something like Vexing Shusher for the spot.
- Ancient Tomb: I have a similar opinion on this land compared to hollow and kessig wolf run. They all provide a little something for the deck, but creating a spot for them is just terrible. Apart from Spikefield Hazard there are no lands I am willing to cut atm. Blast Zone has been a strong answer on a land so far that’s easily found. Khalni Garden has a lot of applications and synergy, Radiant Fountain I like for the same reasons as Retreat to Kazandu. Cryptic Caves and Temple of Abandon get you out of dead situations, which I value more than the benefits of the competition. Most other lands feel like they are kind of set in stone now.
1 month ago
BenWin: Sorry for the delayed response! I think there it is important to note that including worse versions of a card in a deck is alright while the "better card" is in the list as well. Evolving Wilds and Fabled Passage are perfect examples. Why not run both if you can? Hitting landfall at least twice a turn is a key feature of this deck. That is why we run 42 lands to begin with. I don't blame anyone for omitting Wilds, I just don't see the need to do so at this point.
The key reason I swapped in World Shaper is the crazy amount of creature ramp this deck runs now. I slotted in Dryad Arbor which turned Green Sun's Zenith and Finale of Devastation into great ramp spells early game. This increase in tutors paved the way for the Shaper change.
When it comes to my thoughts on Doubling Season, yes it is just a worse Parallel Lives, but that's ok. Just like the Wilds example above, and like DasTree and Rasaru said, redundant effects are great for us. You have no idea how happy I am that Terror of the Peaks is a card now! I will take all of these effects I can get. In fact, I find myself winning off non-combat damage A LOT more now!
My Om_rath deck is sitting at 10 draw spells, Return of the Wildspeaker being the weakest one. That being said, it is on the short list to be cut from the deck if a better draw ability is released. I do however think it is better for us then Life's Legacy and Momentous Fall do to its flexibility and also being instant speed.
Personally, I have won way to many games with Genesis Wave to cut it. Hitting even a bunch of lands is a great thing in this deck. I would also say the same thing about Command Beacon, it has to be my favorite land in the deck. Being able to skip commander tax for a commander as feared as Om_rath is amazing!
I hope you don't feel like am knocking back your ideas. The great thing about this commander is the vast amount of card options that are out there for us to pull from. I don't think a single card to added is without merit, I just like the way my deck is functioning right now. Thank you for the feedback!
Savag3B3ast: I think the deck is at a critical mass when it comes to wincons and sac-outlets so that is the only reason why those two cards are not in my list. They are great for sure, and can see why you would run them!
Savage1988: Congrats on upgrading the list! I am also a bigger fan of Life from the Loam however, Exploration is at a very low price right now do to the recent reprint, so it might be wise to get that now. Nevertheless, that effect exists on many cards, although not 1cmc, so there are many ways to fill in that gap at a budget. I would as strongly suggest grabbing an Azusa, Lost but Seeking right now! It nuts how cheap she is right now! OH, and you won't have to wait long for Lotus Cobra to be really cheap!!! (I will definitly be getting the new fancy one in foil!)
Also, if your going the Snow-land route, I can see Into the North being a good include for sure!
We got a couple spicy spoilers from the new Zendikar set for sure. Valakut Exploration seems cool, but putting a deadline on the cards drawn makes me unsure. Roiling Regrowth is a worse Harrow that might be worth looking at though!
AND just in case anyone doubted, I am for sure making a Omnath, Locus of Creation deck! To make it different then my other three Omnath decks, I am building him as a "multi-color creature tribal" deck, focusing on the second landfall trigger to get big splashy creatures out. I am also making a sideboard of any cool gold framed creatures I get hands on, sorted by cmc. Before a game I will pick randomly set amount from each cmc and fill out the deck. It seems like a fun new way to add some variety to games!