Creatures you control get +1/+1.
Whenever you tap a land for mana, gain one mana of any type that land produced.
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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Mirari's Wake Discussion
1 week ago
Replacing Commander's Insignia with Mirari's Wake Replacing Tectonic Hellion with Armada Wurm Replacing Scaretiller with Rampant Growth Replacing Voice of Many with Garruk's Uprising Replacing Cliffside Rescuer with Swiftfoot Boots Replace Roc egg with one of these ghoofprints of the stag, luminarch ascension, moonsilver spear,seraphic greatsword, serra the benevolent, starnheim unleashed,
1 month ago
Every dual color up until now has been some sort of aggressive, negative experience for other players, and Selesnya certainly has the potential to be no different. Combining Green’s predilection for quality with White’s penchant for quantity (AND stacking board buffs) makes for a lethal pairing in the combat phase. Rhys the Redeemed, Captain Sisay, and Gaddock Teeg are just a few commanders with justifiable appeal for power gamers. And don’t forget the enchantments: Aura Shards, Mirari's Wake, and Hunting Grounds all have singularly disruptive board presence, and that’s just a few on a stellar list.
And yet, undeniable potency aside, this is an almost grandmotherly pairing: you don’t so much play Selesnya to ruin someone else’s day as to ensure you have the best one. A properly built deck in these colors should wrap around its pilot like a blanket fresh out of the dryer, basting you in a pervasive feeling of shelter, growth, and self-promotion. Another good analogy might be a garden tended by someone with an emerald thumb, game-breaking fertilizer, and the patience of Saint Francis. In summary, players running these are very much there to do their own thing without interruption: the problem is, once they’ve done their own thing, opponents find out that the “game-breaking fertilizer” is typically their own mulched remains.
It’s also oddly human-centric.
Ok, enough poetry. Now to the really fun bit: we’re here to talk thematic commanders, so let’s dive into that roster. Today, we’re discussing the Selesnya themes of Lifegains, Counterplay, and “Don’t Look at Me!”. As always, please bear in mind that our focus here is not necessarily competitive but rather on thematic, archetypical commanders. Just don’t judge me harshly for including a lot of beasts.
I spelled with an "s" for a reason. Yes, as covered in a past article, Black has a more intimate relationship with the life total. Yes, Black both drains life and spends life. BUT… there is a profound difference between eating cookies and baking them. Black is the undisputed cookie monster (and a bit of a baker, to be fair), but Selesnya could, to continue the analogy, take any bake off by storm. Prize money, people: Selesnya’s about not only baking that cookie, but getting prize money for it. In other words, crossbreeding these colors gets you a thematic trend toward gaining life AND triggering something whenever you do. Think combotastic crap like the Accomplished Alchemist and Rhox Faithmender, or Heliod, Sun-Crowned and Spike Feeder. The possibilities are… well, a little scary.
The Oprah of lifegain. Who needs general damage when you can drown your opponent in creatures the approximate size of your life hack? Smack them with the Angel of Destiny, or… wow, there are a lot of relevant angels. Gather it. Just bring your lifelink and enjoy.
… Sheesh. I mean, I’ve had this built on and off, but… still, sheesh. If you’ve never heard of the Phyrexian Processor, enjoy the pearl I just gave you. Green-White is token central: hell, their own private keyword about it is right on this commander. This is a definite instance of the Green penchant for chunks being over-synergized with the white predilection to breed like rabbits. Or, in this case, Phyrexian Minions.
I’ve covered stax twice by this point, once in White and once in Azorius. I don’t deny that the potential for oppression is there: one of my favorite cards in Selesnya is Glare of Subdual. However, I can’t help feeling that it’s coming from a different direction in this slice of the pie. While Blue and White are geared toward inflicting stagnancy, Selesnya’s stax are angled toward preventing thematically negative effects, kind of a mercy mission for your opponent’s resources. I think Quakers would like it here.
Mind control pervasive in the local meta? Not anymore! Second Trostani is actually a rather inoffensive commander for everyone who’s not a thief, offering both board support and considerable political clout. Other players may even go out of their way to keep her up and you in the game, just to screw over that one guy.
Ah, the man himself. I never found him especially oppressive, leaning more toward creatures by disposition. Not everyone will feel the same way. He cuts most conventional boardwipes out of the mix, and God help super-friends. You can almost picture the little hobbit raising his hands and saying “Let’s have a nice, simple game, shall we?” Which isn’t something you expect in a typical game of Commander, now that I think about it.
Land fixing is nice, but this is where things are downright hostile. Those may look like tusks, but those are really two giant middle fingers pointed at black decks.
“Don’t Look at Me!”
When we were little, my brother would build cereal box walls between us as we ate breakfast, then stare at me over them. Whenever I eyed him like the nutcase he was, he’d scream “DON’T LOOK AT ME!!!”
I don’t think I need to explain the point.
I always liked the aesthetic of Dosan the Falling Leaf, but not enough to make him a commander. Dromoka, meaty beast of two colors that she is, has a bit more appeal. All but guaranteeing an uninterrupted turn, combo players could do worse.
A 5/5 with flying for five would be nice. Hexproof on a general is competitive. Putting a kibosh on all offensive-sacrifice decks ever tagging you? Downright savage. I like this card a lot.
So… commander damage is a tried, true plan. Lots of people try it. Lots of people won’t be particularly offended by Mirri’s soft push for it. All the token-fiends out there, though, are going to flip their collective gourds when they find out the Silent Arbiter got legendary and started playing favorites. Word of advice: NEVER give her vigilance.
And, for a personal favorite:
As readers know, I like ramp. However, even I think this is broken. I genuinely feel guilty whenever I think of building it again. While she doesn’t approach the misery of Zur the Enchanter or Purphoros, God of the Forge, the power dynamic here is shattering. One turn with a Whitemane Lion or anything similar will secure you a lead. One turn with whitemane lion and a Lotus Cobra? Amulet of Vigor? Tireless Provisioner? God have pity on your tiny, shriveled soul, because your opponents won’t. At least, if they ever manage to catch up under what I assume will be a deluge of ETB and blink effects. There are so many degenerate, savage combos encouraged by this reaping wench that I couldn’t list them all and reasonably expect anyone to finish the article. Let me just close this by saying she turns any card with landfall into a gamechanger, and there are a LOT of good landfall cards.
That's it for this round. Thoughts and questions are welcome. I hope you enjoyed it, and will come back soon for Simic!
1 month ago
The decks I want to play those Nissa's in, already play mostly basics, which is why Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth is not going to add much. Because you want the planeswalkers to be good even if you can't find Yavimaya.
Don't get me wrong, it's a powerful synergy on paper, but the tools to find a Nissa, Who Shakes the World after you've found your Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth seem not that great, not worth the trouble for a many-colored deck that could just as well play something like Mirari's Wake. Combine that with the fact that it's hard to keep your planeswalkers alive in multiplayer EDH, and it doesn't feel that practical to assemble & maintain, even though it feels very powerful when in play.
If only your commander would be able to find one of the pieces... but Golos, Tireless Pilgrim was banned because it makes plans like that too easy '^^
TL;DR: decks in which Nissa, Who Shakes the World is good, don't need a Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth to make it good, and planeswalker-tutors are usually not allround good enough in EDH to make this combo worth to assemble.
1 month ago
My first thought is “How does this deck manage to function on barely 31 Lands and a total of 5.5 Ramp spells and 3 Mana Rocks?!”
Archons are a VERY expensive tribe to run; I would be cramming as mana Land tutors and mana rocks into this deck as I could, along with at least 37 lands.
I tried running an Elf tribal deck with 30 lands and always found myself wanting more lands after the first board wipe, and Elves average 1-4 mana each—I bumped that deck up to 36 and it’s much smoother nowadays. The Archons here average 5.8 mana each.
It’s not fun to sit there wishing you had more mana to play your big, bomb-y creatures while your opponents are doing stuff the whole game. I’ve been there more times than I care to remember.
If you don’t want to add more ramp and mana fixing, the other option is to go more heavily into stax and tax effects to slow down your opponents to give yourself more time to build up to your big spells. You have a couple in the deck already, but there’s tons of options, especially since you’re playing 4c and Archons just happen to be primarily in White and also just so happen to love creating stax effects of their own, AND they DO like Enchantments!
There’s obviously more than this, but I’m on my phone and these are what came to mind.
2 months ago
3 months ago
Hey, the best thing about Starfield of Nyx is the card art.
I'm sorry that it was a first expensive price card you got, but it's not a good card or one that's really needed. I'm not a fan of Starfield, it's too slow as enchantment reanimation compared to other cards and it's second effect doesn't work with auras, even if you control Enchanted Evening since auras are still auras.
If you control Starfield of Nyx and Enchanted Evening at the same time then all your lands are destroyed as being 0/0 creatures. You'll also have to control Mirari's Wake since you need an anthem effect that affects all creatures you control for your lands to live. This takes three 5 drops all being on the battlefield at the same time for Starfield to not to have a drawback. Adding less CMC anthem effects for all creatures you control is not something you want for the rest of your deck.
3 months ago
So if you want Zirda, the Dawnwaker as your companion (in the sideboard and always accessible to put in your hand for ), then every card you start with has to have an activated ability. If you just put him in the 99, then you don't have to worry about that requirement.
If you don't have Gilded Drake, I would take it out. There are lots of other ways to take opponents' creatures. While it has awesome value, I don't think it makes a $400 difference in your deck. I'd drop Lili temporarily and maybe put her in the maybe board for later when you can get her in. I'd look at adding more ramp. I really like Jegantha, the Wellspring with Kenrith. Something like Chromatic Lantern is a huge benefit in a 5 color deck. A budget option is Pulse of Llanowar, but not sure that will jive well with your manabase. Something like Kruphix, God of Horizons would help you carry over mana. Mirari's Wake and Zendikar Resurgent are one-sided mana doublers, like Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger. Good luck!
4 months ago
Since playing this deck, I've already decided to cut Privileged Position and Satyr Enchanter since they're just not good fits for this deck and, like you said, they're worse versions of cards or redundant. I'm going to put 1 copy of each in my commander deck.
I completely forgot about Hall of Heliod's Generosity ; that boy is going in.
The reason I've been running Glorious Anthem , Mirari's Wake , and Archon of Sun's Grace is just because I'm trying to put more creatures in here for pressure. I know it's not the best strategy, but it's what I'm going with for now.
I'll have to consider switching my basics to snow boys and put in On Thin Ice .