Man-o'-War

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander 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
Premodern Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Man-o'-War

Creature — Jellyfish

When Man-o'-War enters the battlefield, return target creature to its owner's hand.

legendofa on Card creation challenge

3 months ago

Epicurus Good history, thanks. I don't want to bog down this thread, but biology hasn't ever been a major concern of creature types, unless they're cute or impressive mammals. There's no taxonomically convincing reason to separate Bronze Sable and Joven's Ferrets but group Clinging Anemones and Man-o'-War as jellyfish, and it gets even worse outside of the animal kingdom. Plant and Fungus are as narrow as it gets.

EVENcast on A Monster’s Guide to Volo [Primer]

5 months ago

rwn1971 I think Triumph of the Hordes is great in all creature based decks... but I'm stubbornly trying to keep all of my overrun-style effects on creatures rather than sorceries. Ultimately, that may not be the wisest decision... I'm frequently tempted to run Overwhelming Stampede, and I could see Triumph being just as good or better.
Have you had much luck with the landfall sub-theme? Ruin Crab, Wayward Swordtooth, and even Scute Swarm have only had minimal success in the games where I've played them. Scute is probably the best of the three, and works will even without the swordtooth... but I wonder if Hornet Queen is a better insect for us. I'm leaning towards cutting the Junk Winder for Myr Battlesphere, which I've seen on other Volo lists but I haven't tested it in this deck yet. I'm also looking at swapping Man-o'-War for another counter spell, as my playgroup agressively goes after Volo now.

Last_Laugh on Oops! (Almost) All Creatures

7 months ago

5.13 avg. cmc is astronomically high even for Animar. Your first few counters are going to be slow and inconsistent.

I'd suggest more low drop creatures like Cloud of Faeries, Destiny Spinner, Shrieking Drake, Dream Stalker, Man-o'-War, Phantasmal Image, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Stratus Dancer, Walking Ballista, Wild Cantor, Imperial Recruiter, Glimpse of Nature, and Utopia Sprawl. I'd also suggest Neoform and Weird Harvest to help look up combo pieces.

Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid ⫷PRIMER⫸

Last_Laugh on

9 months ago

I don't mean to sound overly critical, but 5.48 avg. cmc is astronomically high. As things stand, you'll have a slow time getting those first few counters on Animar to get things rolling. I would also recommend significantly lowering the amount of non-creatures you run to maximize Animar's discount.

Sakura-Tribe Elder, Wood Elves, Cloud of Faeries, Beastcaller Savant, Shrieking Drake, Man-o'-War, Dream Stalker, Bloom Tender, Birds of Paradise, Dockside Extortionist, Wild Cantor, and many many other options will help you get out your big Eldrazi much sooner.

Beast Whisperer, Soul of the Harvest, Primordial Sage, Glimpse of Nature, and Vizier of the Menagerie deserve spots for card draw also.

Feel free to check out my list for ideas. It's more combo oriented but the early game plays still apply regardless of your endgame. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid ⫷PRIMER⫸

ScionsStillLive on Nicol Bolas, the Ravager

10 months ago

After looking at the decklist, I have some suggestions:

Cards to take out: Hellkite Punisher costs too much and is only a slightly bigger Shivan Dragon

Lathliss, Dragon Queen could work well in a more dragon-based deck, but it is unlikely to create many tokens in this deck

Liliana's Steward is too underwhelming of an ability to be used effectively. Same with Phyrexian Rager

You already have a lot of bounce spells, so Man-o'-War is not necessary and doesn't serve much else function as a creature

Boros Signet doesn't work in this deck because of commander colour identity

Mishra's Bauble is also a quite underwhelming card and not that useful

Rakdos Locket, Izzet Locket, and Mana Geode have better alternatives, as far as mana cost goes

Switcheroo also has better alternatives, ability and mana-wise

There are a few other cards that could be taken out, but I'm mainly highlighting the ones that should be taken out.

Cards to put in:

More removal like Cast Down and Terminate could replace a couple of bounce cards

Cards like In Bolas's Clutches and Control Magic could be considered if you want to have some more options for stealing creatures

The lockets and geode we took out earlier could be replaced with cards like Izzet Signet and other cheaper rocks

Try adding some more lands, 26 lands is not enough for a Commander deck. It is recommend to have around 35-38 lands, depending on your curve

Other than that, the deck seems fine. This deck has a lot of potential, if done right!

Last_Laugh on Animar Commander (Big Eldrazi)

1 year ago

Trying to keep your budget in mind I have several suggestions. I'll try to break it down by category. My main advice is if an effect is available on a creature, use it over other versions (i.e. Stratus Dancer over Negate).

Turn 2 Animar: Birds of Paradise , Wild Cantor , and Utopia Sprawl are all options.

Ramp: Lose your artifacts and look into several options like Rattleclaw Mystic (doubles as a combo piece with bounce enablers), Cloud of Faeries , and Peregrine Drake .

Bounce Enablers: Equilibrium and Temur Sabertooth for repeatable bounce. Shrieking Drake , Dream Stalker , and Man-o'-War for single target (including self).

Feel free to check out my list for inspiration. It's not cheap overall but Animar has several good options for reasonable prices. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid

multimedia on Yarok, the Desecrated

1 year ago

Hey, well done on a budget, but what's with the manabase?

I understand this is budget, but you can't possibly think that 36 basic lands for a three color deck is any where near competitive; deck is in the competitive hub. Where's Command Tower ? The majority of rest of the deck other than Disentomb and Raise Dead is built with a competitive mindset therefore I know you have good card sense with the budget that you have. Even on a low budget you can include playable dual lands:

My advice is if budget is a concern cut some expensive price cards to add some playable dual lands. Grim Tutor and Heroic Intervention are two cuts to consider since these cards can be replaced by lower price options Lazotep Plating and Profane Tutor . On a budget Fauna Shaman is not worth it since it could be replaced with a less expensive price tutor Shared Summons .

Consider a backup win condition that doesn't require that you draw your entire deck and hope that Oracle or Maniac live/resolve? Gray Merchant of Asphodel , Venser, Shaper Savant and Gonti, Lord of Luxury can be infinitely blinked or cast for three different win conditions. Peregrine Drake + Venser, Shaper Savant + Yarok, the Desecrated is another infinite mana combo.

Consider budget backups to all your main combo creatures? Backups are helpful because without them the combo is very fragile, easy for an opponent to disrupt.

Good luck with your deck.

[email protected]_only on Thassa Blinks

1 year ago

Duplicant is a great removal tool - exiling creatures in mono-blue is strong

Meteor Golem offers another removal tool as needed

Glen Elendra Archmage is a good counter tool, that is good with flicker effects but isn't dependent on them

Merfolk Trickster and Jeering Homunculus are good creature cleanup tools

Man-o'-War and Nevermaker are good all around for bounce

Orvar, the All-Form lets you clone flicker targets from instants

Nephalia Smuggler acts a backup flicker effect

Voracious Greatshark is a decent countermagic effect

Tempest Caller can lock out a dangerous opponent without needing to target specific creatures

Shipwreck Dowser is another return instant effect

Slithermuse is great for card draw, and Watcher for Tomorrow digs 4 cards deep

and finally, Overtaker becomes downright abusive if you stack the EoT triggers - you take creature's permanently

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