Mayael the Anima
Legendary Creature — Elf Shaman
, : Look at the top five cards of your library. You may put a creature card with power 5 or greater from among them into play. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
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Mayael the Anima Discussion
2 days ago
I think my favorite fun commanders are Mayael the Anima for big guys, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard for a fun mono-green (I like elves), or Kenrith, the Returned King with Zirda, the Dawnwaker as companion and cards with cycling. Here are a few budget decks I've put together with them, although I have dozens and dozens of others on my profile you can look at.
Yisan's Elvish Sing-Along - $100 budget EDH Not as budget, but definitely could be built more that way
Kenrith Returns with Zirda by His Side *Got this idea from Commander's Quarters and ran with it.
1 week ago
I actually made an entire deck around this concept that works surprisingly well. Steve Argyle is a particularly great resource for this topic. In addition to Liliana of the Veil and Chosen of Markov Flip, he's also done Deadly Allure , Guul Draz Vampire , Naya Battlemage , and Night Revelers . Other notable artists are Jason Chan ( Deathpact Angel , Fires of Undeath , Kiora, Master of the Depths , Mayael the Anima , Maul Splicer , Treasured Find ) and Volkan Baga ( Elspeth, Knight-Errant , Korozda Gorgon , Stoic Angel , Student of Warfare ). I ended up going with vampires + knights and some other cards I included are Hero of Bladehold , Knight Exemplar , Teysa, Envoy of Ghosts , Elenda, the Dusk Rose , and possibly the most ridiculous piece of Magic art ever created: Soul Collector . Some cards that came close to making the cut are Angel of Despair , Bloodflow Connoisseur , Drana, Kalastria Bloodchief , Knight of Dusk , Magister of Worth , Avacyn, Angel of Hope , Vampire Hexmage , and Veteran Cavalier .
Other cards that I like (sorted by type) include Exava, Rakdos Blood Witch , Lyzolda, the Blood Witch , Kemba, Kha Regent , Sunspear Shikari , Elvish Champion , Gaea's Herald , Quirion Dryad , Nimbus Naiad , Dreamborn Muse , Mistral Singer , Shipwreck Singer , Siren of the Fanged Coast , Akroma, Angel of Wrath , Archangel of Strife , Basandra, Battle Seraph , Razia, Boros Archangel , and Ire Shaman . Looking at this list now, it's clear I've spent far too much time researching this subject.
1 week ago
I think you need to cut a lot of stuff... You'll need 40+ lands for a landfall deck I think. You've got so many cards that allow you to play additional lands. You might not have that many lands to get the value out of those cards, even if you could play lands from GY.
I think in the deck, there's 3 kinds of cards to fit the theme of what you're doing:
- Small/medium stuff which both ramps and boosts landfall at the same time like Oracle of Mul Daya
- Then it's big powerful board state changing stuff that your general will cheat from GY, like Roil Elemental
- Utility for answers to opponent like Ingot Chewer and Demonic Tutor to control the board
Once you have the cards for (1), I think you'll be pretty unstoppable. You'll have the mana base to just throw things out. You shouldn't need to worry about card draw because your general can play off the GY. But, I don't think you have enough cards that puts things into GY. If you have a full GY, your general becomes basically tutor any card and cast it for 5 mana, which is ridiculously cheap. Mayael the Anima 's ability, in comparison, costs 6, and you only get to choose from top 5 random cards. I think exploiting the general's ability is the most powerful thing in this deck, but you can't do it without a graveyard.
I think cards that don't fit that theme you've got going should be cut, even if they're powerful cards, because they clunk up your engine. Except Vigor . Bloody Vigor is the best.
Cards I think you want:
Eternal Witness - this card combos with so much, espectially if you got a way to recur it back. It returns any card from graveyard to hand, not just creatures. Great for searching for answers in your GY which aren't elementals.
Hermit Druid - Populates your GY, and nets you a land in hand. Once it's on the board, for 1 mana, you're guaranteed a basic land, and lots of stuff in your GY. It's crazy good utility. But be careful, because 5 colour means you won't have that much room for basics.
Mana Drain - The much better counterspell
Shriekmaw - Does what your Ingot Chewer and Wispmare can do, but to non-black creatures. Is elemental, so can be reused for general. Completes your board control for artifacts, enchantments, and creatures.
Cards I think you might not want:
Avenger of Zendikar - good card, but not amazing value for money IMO. For 7 mana, I think it needs to be a game changer. I know you wanna build +1+1 counters into it, but I think there's just not enough cards for that engine, and you already have too many cards.
Animar, Soul of Elements - If you have your general out, animar doesn't really do much... If you get Animar out early, it doesn't help you cast your general, and those counters will take time to build up, by which time you might as well use your general.
Kozilek, the Great Distortion - a 10 mana card that you can't cheat out with your general?
Yarok, the Desecrated - you don't really have that many ETB effects for this to be worthwhile imo.
Sylvan Awakening - why for?
Vampiric Tutor - always good to have a tutor... but it might get in the way since this tutors to the top of your library rather than your hand. So it just interferes with your "play lands off topdeck" cards, which you have a few, and then everyone also gets to see what you've tutored.
Nissa, Vital Force - eh...
Path of Discovery - pretty underwhelming... requires a creature to come down, then you might either get a land in hand, or a +1/1 counter to the creature that just came down. So only 40% of the time or so you'll actually get a land in hand. For 4 mana, you have Oracle of Mul Daya, which is just much better.
Exploration - my experience with exploration is that it peters out quickly. If you play it early, you don't have an engine yet, and you run out of land in a turn or 2. If you play it late, it's a little underwhelming. Rather pay more mana for Mina and Denn, Wildborn , Courser of Kruphix or Oracle of Mul Daya which both sources you lands and let you play them. You also have Muldrotha, the Gravetide , The Gitrog Monster , and Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy which also serves similar functions but have other uses.
Growth Spiral - arguably worse than Exploration because it's single use. Effectively does the same thing as farseek because it replaces itself with a card draw, and you get a land on the battlefield in addition to your normal turn land. But worse than farseek because you can't tutor for the card you're drawing, and you need to have 2 lands in hand for it to be worthwhile. Also needs 2 specific coloured mana to play, which you might not have early game in a 5 colour deck.
Icon of Ancestry - costs 3 to use, and needs to tap. You're much better off having something that puts things in graveyard instead because you general only costs 5, and puts it on the battlefield. And you're restricted to elemental cards, which is likely 1/3 or less of your deck. You only get to top deck 3, so it's unreliable and mana inefficient.
Dragonmaster Outcast - it's a strong card, but if you're going to cut something, cut the cards that don't synergize. It's not an elemental, it doesn't put stuff in graveyard, it isn't an answer to something an opponent plays, it doesn't put land on the board or have landfall.
1 month ago
2 months ago
Ok im using Mayael the Anima and just found a use for Yidaro, Wandering Monster so for her 6 cost its better, you cycle then hes still in the deck for her to bring out. I love yidaro but it is hard to use.
3 months ago
I've recently retooled my Karador deck to be less powerful and to focus on more of a toolbox theme. I've constructed this deck to be around 75% (or 7.5/10) mostly to ensure it's not oppressive and to have FUN! Most other decks in my meta are around this power level. I'm using infinite combo's mostly as a backup incase the game drags on too long, so you won't see cards/combo pieces like: Protean Hulk , Boonweaver Giant , Pattern of Rebirth , Academy Rector , etc as they are much too powerful I found out for my playgroup. More on this below -
Link to my deck: Karador Toolbox / Reanimator!
Deck Goal/Objective: The goal of this deck is to be a value-centric reanimator deck. I aims to take over a game with creatures, then grind my way to end and finally reanimating giant monsters to win the game. Again, infitine combos are a means of ending a game that has dragged on for to long, or else can’t be won on the battlefield.
Some background: So Karador was the first deck I created but I realized it was too strong as I based it off of a cEDH deck apparently (minus the expensive land base). It really wasn't fun for anyone to play and not really for myself either. So I've now totally revamped it and included a more reanimator/toolbox route. I'm looking to keep the strength of the deck around 75% - 80%. I'm hoping you guys could give me some feedback on my deck list and let me know if there is anything you think I should cut or suggestions for cards I should add in. Any links to other successful toolbox decks that do not only focus on infinite combos would be great!
About my Playgroup/Meta: So most of the decks in my playgroup are well constructed and I would say are at about 65% - 80% tooled. They are not too powerful but could also do fairly well against more competitive decks if needed. This is mostly to keep everything FUN! lol. From a price point perspective, I would say most decks are anywhere from $200 - $800 in value. Some of the Commanders our playgroup runs are: Zedruu the Greathearted , Atraxa, Praetors' Voice , Atraxa, Praetors' Voice , Korvold, Fae-Cursed King , Lazav, Dimir Mastermind , Chainer, Nightmare Adept , Kaalia of the Vast , Sisay, Weatherlight Captain , Lathliss, Dragon Queen , Sliver Overlord , Mayael the Anima , The Mimeoplasm , and a few others. - So please keep this in mind when making suggestions for additions/cuts to give me an advantage :)
PLEASE ALSO TAKE A LOOK AT MY "MAYBE BOARD". This has cards I cut or I'm unsure if I should include them. Happy to add to the list as well - but any feedback is appreciated!
Please let me know your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks guys!! :)
4 months ago
It's going to be fun and I wonder if this will actually be too powerful? Due to the extensive tutor suite, etc. Though the infinite combo's do take a lot of pieces to pull off. I didn't see it listed but there is also a simple combo you can do w/ Teysa out by having Phyrexian Reclamation, Phyrexian Altar + any of the life drainers (Blood Artist, etc) and sac fodder out (Hunted Witness, Doomed Traveler, etc). Just sac say Haunted Witness and then the tokens it creates (doubled from Teysa), then use Phyrexian Reclamation to put Hunted Witness back into your hand and recast it (from Altar's floating mana) then infinite loop.
Overall, I think it will be strong but not overly strong where I get targeted every game (i.e. target me or I win, etc). Our Meta I would say is anywhere from 50% - 80% optimized (slightly more competitive than straight up "casual"). The general value of decks in play I would say are anywhere from $300 - $800, so this is right around there.
Some of the commander's in our playgroup are: Zedruu the Greathearted, Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Chainer, Nightmare Adept, Kaalia of the Vast, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, Mayael the Anima, Feather, the Redeemed, etc - It will be interesting to see how it fare's against these.
4 months ago
Thanks for the feedback guys! This is very helpful. I think I will start with whatqerty. suggestions.
@TriusMalarky - I think that's good feedback as well. However, my friends do have decent countermagic I would say. However, I can tell my deck is too powerful and it's only way to win is to infinite combo (w/o me barely interacting w/ anyone). This is quite frowned upon in general w/ our play group, ESPECIALLY because i'm literally tutoring for them lol. It plays in the style of a cEDH deck (It's based off one). I do get countered and such but there is always ways to reanimate or just do a different combo - it's mostly just way to quick and powerful.
Some of the Commanders our playgroup runs are: Zedruu the Greathearted, Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, Lazav, Dimir Mastermind, Chainer, Nightmare Adept, Kaalia of the Vast, Sisay, Weatherlight Captain, Mayael the Anima, etc