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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Mana Bloom enters the battlefield with X charge counters on it.
Remove a charge counter from Mana Bloom: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. Activate this ability only once each turn.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Mana Bloom has no charge counters on it, return it to its owner's hand.
3 months ago
3 months ago
For our main win, I would make sure we max out our draw and mana fixing, see if there's anything we can add in the budget that protects our enchants on board and/or adds recursion redundancy, and enables us to use their effects more. Ramp and fixing like Abundant Growth, Urban Utopia, Mana Bloom, and Fertile Ground may look unimpressive, but they are very helpful. Sanctum Weaver is an obvious call-out for this spot. Card draw/tutoring will be helpful to find the correct mana and the right shrines. We're missing a few relatively budget enchantresses Yavimaya Enchantress and Enchantress's Presence. Moon-Blessed Cleric is a cheap tutor to smooth things out as well. Protective pieces can be pricey (Privileged Position and Greater Auramancy, I'm looking at you) but there are a few good budget options we missed like Destiny Spinner, Resurgent Belief and Alchemist's Refuge. Finally, there are a few creative ways we can duplicate some of our triggers that we missed. Paradox Haze and Sphinx of the Second Sun will duplicate the effects of many of our 'old' shrines that trigger at the beginning of our upkeep. If we can get rid of legendary with Mirror Box (or a few more pricey options like Sakashima of a Thousand Faces, we can duplicate our shrines with Estrid's Invocation, Mirrormade, and Clever Impersonator.
Secondary win, I would find things that make our creatures more effective. Cards like Bastion of Remembrance and The Meathook Massacre (though this may stay simply because it's a board clear as well) are going to be less impressive without sacrifice outlets. You could add a few...but those don't synergize well with your deck I feel. I would go with enters triggers instead like Impact Tremors and Purphoros, God of the Forge if you happen to have one. A pump or two may be nice as well...my vote goes to Dictate of Heliod since it can be a surprise...and buffs both your enchantment and non-enchantment creatures.
For cuts, then, I would look to higher-mana things and/or things that don't fit into these categories such as Pharika, God of Affliction, Bastion of Remembrance, Felidar Retreat, Callaphe, Beloved of the Sea, Muldrotha, the Gravetide
6 months ago
Hey! You have a lot of great stuff in the deck. I have a couple of questions and thoughts on it though.
I took a quick look and didn't notice many landfall triggers. Being mono green I wasn't sure about the inclusion of Evolving Wilds?
You have a few enchant land cards and I thought the addition of a Arbor Elf may be worth a look.
Also along the lines of mono green, the land enchant New Horizons is a great card for mana fixing in a multi colour deck, but you might want to take a look at Overgrowth. It's the same mana cost, but will provide more green mana for you.
I also play Library of Leng in my Nekusar, the Mindrazer deck, but I find it's really well suited for a deck that has a lot of discard effects or wheels (discard and draw) that target myself as well as the table. I think Lifecrafter's Bestiary as a budget card would fit nicely and Vanquisher's Banner for a better more expensive option.
I was also curious on what your focus/win strategy is? Are you wanting to do an elf and wolf hybrid deck? Or a more focused elf deck, along the lines of elf ball? Or ramping with elves to get out big creatures? I think if you focused the deck more it would synergize better and ultimately be stronger.
Also, Mana Bloom has very limited usefulness for a mono green deck and particularly one that can't add counters to it without paying into it. Maybe just add another land enchant like Wild Growth. Or even another Vernal Bloom kind of effect. Plus your commander already pumps out mana producing creatures.
9 months ago
Hey, one drop green mana Elves are really good, a big reason to play Elves. They aren't just ramp with Lathril they're also fuel for her activated ability when you don't need them for ramp and lets you get more Elves onto the battlefield quicker.
- Elves of Deep Shadow: can tap for black mana which is helpful with a lot of Forests.
- Fyndhorn Elves
- Elvish Mystic
- Llanowar Elves
- Arbor Elf: combos with Elvish Guidance when it's enchanted to a Forest.
- Birchlore Rangers: lets you tap Elf tokens the turn they're created to make mana, even black mana.
Staff of Domination does everything as a mana sink for Elves and can be an enabler for Lathril to be a win condition. With Staff you first make infinite green mana by tapping and untapping one of Archdruid, Marwyn(with 5 or more power), Priest of Titania, Circle or Wirewood Channeler. When you have infinite green mana then Staff is the mana sink to draw and cast enough Elves to control 10 or more. When you have 10 or more Elves then Staff can be the mana sink to repeatedly untap Lathril and each one the 10 Elves as the win condition.
Quest for Renewal is another enabler for Lathril and 10 Elves to be win condition. When Quest has four counters which is not difficult especially with more mana Elves, you can untap all creatures you control during each opponents turn. With Lathril each opponent loses 10 life on each player's turn, resulting in all opponents losing 40 life in one cycle of all player's turns if you have three opponents.
Chord of Calling is a helpful instant creature tutor since can tap Elves to help to pay for it's convoke, with enough Elves it's a free spell to cast and it puts the creature you search for onto the battlefield. It has nice interaction with Elf tokens since can tap them to convoke the turn they're created. With Chord get Ezuri or Miara, Thorn of the Glade in response to removal, get Archdruid so you can tap him on your turn, get Magistrate so you can tap her on your next turn, get Varragoth so you can attack with him on your next turn, etc.
Patriarch's Bidding is among the most powerful tribal spells for quick recovery. For five mana it reanimates all Elves in your graveyard. Play a Regrowth just to have another potential Chord or Bidding or recur any other card.
An area to consider improving to help with competitiveness is the manabase by upgrading to Golgari dual lands that ETB untapped.
- Undergrowth Stadium --> Foul Orchard
- Llanowar Wastes --> Golgari Guildgate
- Overgrown Tomb --> Jungle Hollow
- Unclaimed Territory --> Darkmoss Bridge
- Twilight Mire --> Cabal Stronghold
- Woodland Cemetery --> Skemfar Elderhall
Cabal Stronghold only works with basic Swamps and there's only 9 here which is not enough to really get much if any ramp making it consistently only a colorless source of mana.
Some cards to consider cutting: Blightbeetle, Mana Bloom, Terramorph, Serpent's Soul-Jar, Return Upon the Tide, Masked Admirers, Wild Pair, Golgari Guildmage, Korozda Guildmage, Rhys the Exiled, Blanchwood Armor, Dowsing Dagger Flip, Harvest Season
If Blightbeetle is tech in your playgroup than nice, but if it's not then it looks out of place. Most if not all mana ramp sources can come from actual Elves instead of other sources like Mana Bloom or land ramp like Terramorph. I would even play one drop mana Elf or Farhaven Elf over Cultivate or Harvest Season.
Serpent's Soul-Jar is not a good card, exiling an Elf when it dies is not a may you have to do it and hoping to be able to cast many Elves later, one at a time with Jar is not going to consistently happen. Instead most if not all your exiled Elves will be stuck in exile for the rest of the game because Jar will be destroyed or removed another way.
Good luck with your deck.
9 months ago
Courser of Kruphix doesn’t have enough hate. Our other draw engines will often times net us multiple draws per turn. More creatures also fills the symmetry break of Out of Time. Spinner and Sythis are equally vulnerable but far more versatile.
If Mana Bloom weren’t limited to once per turn, I could consider it. Even then, it’s a repeatable cantrip. What hate to cut? Alas, the limitations.
That is not how sagas work. That would be pretty strong value if it was.
Starfield of Nyx has always been a trap finisher for the deck. It’s very tempting and sounds like anti-hate to get a thing back every turn. But there’s a lot of nuance that goes against Starfield. Once your enchantments are creatures, they are not only weak to creature removal but combat as well.
9 months ago
how about Courser of Kruphix for artificial card draw by playing lands from top of library?
Mana Bloom is one that looks like ramp, but you could also make x = 0 and just bounce it back to your hand when you don't need ramp, triggering your draws as needed.
The Birth of Meletis nets you 3 plains and 2 blockers before blowing itself up.
Starfield of Nyx could be a win-con if you have the shroud/hexproof things out, as you could basically weaponize all your enchantments that are blocking you. I wouldn't play it against decks likely to have wipes, or if you don't have some kind of protection out though.
1 year ago
1 year ago
Looking at that list, I got another one: Primal Order does a LOT of damage if you're used to play against 3- or more colored decks.