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Mouth / Feed
Create a 3/3 green Hippo creature token.
Aftermath (Cast this spell only from your graveyard. Then exile it.)
Draw a card for each creature you control with power 3 or greater.
2 months ago
This looks really impressive! I still have some suggestions for you:
Gaea's Touch is a very underplayed card. For you, it's another way to play additional lands that can function as a ritual effect if needed.
You have not a lot of land bounce, but otherwise, Yedora, Grave Gardener would a really powerful addition.
For card draw, Return of the Wildspeaker, Shamanic Revelation and Rishkar's Expertise would obviously be powerful. If you want to stay under the radar, Mouth / Feed is similar, but doesn't have the reputation the other three have.
Ayula's Influence works neatly with your ability to play lands from the grave.
I hope this helps. Have fun piloting the deck!
8 months ago
For Ruxa, a lot of your tokens have incidental abilities like flying and reach, and it has no interaction with any nontoken creatures. Once something like Combine Chrysalis or Esix, Fractal Bloom comes out, it's a generic 4/4.
For the other one, this is conditional on how often you have available to counter a spell vs. how often you have 3+ creatures with power 3 or greater, and whether countering is more important than drawing in this deck.
1 year ago
Hey! Kinda late, but I would like to suggest some stuff:
(Disclaimer: I have a budget way lower than yours, but I've been tinkering with Ghired for almost two years - he's my favorite commander. I'll break the suggested upgrades down into categories for better organization.)
- You need them for Ghired and his tokens to attack right away, as well as to use your creatures with tap abilities on demand. Please consider Hammer of Purphoros in addition to Lightning Greaves and Fires of Yavimaya. The Hammer can even create tokens if needed.
Ramp: Run at least 15 ramp cards to make your deck flow smoother and faster.
As an aggressive deck, speed is fundamental. Fellwar Stone, Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Skyshroud Elf, Bloom Tender, Faeburrow Elder, Chromatic Lantern, Coalition Relic, Wood Elves, Skyshroud Claim and Mirari's Wake can ramp and heavily fix your mana, taking the place of Gyre Sage, Solemn Simulacrum, Rampant Growth, Sakura-Tribe Elder and Xenagos, the Reveler - the latter is a win-more ramp, and his 2/2 token is not large enough to synergize with the power-based card draw, while the other four fix for a single color of mana (Ghired decks can sometimes be color-hungry), and this deck can't abuse the sad robot for value.
In the land department, Krosan Verge and Blighted Woodland pull their weight, and synergize greatly with Avenger of Zendikar and Rampaging Baloths. Maybe remove Cascading Cataracts? (Your spells are not THAT color hungry.)
Have you considered Warstorm Surge and Terror of the Peaks as a mean to do damage even before attacking? The dragon can even be cloned with Flamerush Rider, Flameshadow Conjuring and Soul Foundry for extra copies of the same effect (the game ends quiiiickly after that). I'd remove Dragonmaster Outcast for that, since its effect is slow (albeit amazing if he lasts on the field).
Extra combats: You don't have to worry about your opponents' answers if they never get to their turn, so...
- Moraug, Fury of Akoum, Aurelia, the Warleader, Combat Celebrant, Scourge of the Throne (I believe there is an infinite combo involving those two), Savage Beating, Response / Resurgence, Breath of Fury (always attach it to your disposable tokens to keep attacking).
Winds of Abandon might replace Hour of Reckoning. I don't really like to lose Ghired on a boardwipe, since he costs 7 mana to recast. Winds of Abandon also works as evasion for your creatures, since your opponents won't have creatures to block. As for the ramp it offers, an opponent can't do anything with the extra lands if he/she's dead, right? :-)
Card draw: Alongside ramp, it is my main concern with Ghired. I want to be able to rebuild my board after a boardwipe.
I believe that Camaraderie can be substituted for Shamanic Revelation as the latter cost less mana. Mouth / Feed is another option that creates its own big token. Return of the Wildspeaker can either draw cards or buff creatures for an alpha strike.
Keeper of Fables triggers all other power-based card draw, while giving easy draw triggers to all your trampling creatures. Elder Gargaroth is a buffed, more versatile version of it. And remember: both can be cloned for extra juicy draw or extra tokens.
Sylvan Library is an overall great card filter for your regular draws. It gets better with shufflers like fetchlands and tutors.
Since your deck is focused on attacking and getting extra combat steps, Etali, Primal Storm might be a fun way to play your opponents' cards while lowering their life points.
Some cards I suggest you to remove:
- Sundering Growth: you already have enough flexible removal. You will almost never be in a situation in which the token to copy and the artifact/enchantment to remove are optimal choices. Since you're running Eladamri's Call, Reclamation Sage might be worth including (and cloned for the enjoyment of your friends).
- Starnheim Unleashed: one token is too little for a whole card slot in the deck. If you're foretelling, it costs a lot of mana to be worthwhile. The game might be over before that.
- Growing Ranks: waiting a whole rotation to get a token which does not even have haste is not ideal.
- Ghired's Belligerence, Full Flowering: good for a late game play, mostly dead until then. I like those, but I removed them in favor of more mid-game cards, since I might not last until 9+ mana.
- Trostani, Selesnya's Voice: while on-theme, it does little to advance your win condition.
- Thunderfoot Baloth: not an amazing buff. Your creatures are big already, and Garruk's Uprising takes care of the evasion.
- Feldon of the Third Path: all-star when there is a lot of graveyard filling - there is none in this deck. (I really tried to keep him on my deck because I like the card, but most of the time there was no creature in my graveyard.)
- Eldrazi Displacer: are you using it for a combo? I couldn't identify it.
Some cool lands for you to try out: (landbase is my favorite part of deckbuilding)
- Castle Garenbrig: how easily do you have access to a Forest for it to be worth including in your deck?
- Rogue's Passage: can sometimes help you to finish an opponent.
- Scavenger Grounds: if you face graveyard-centric decks (you don't seem to use your graveyard much).
- Hanweir Battlements Meld: another haste enabler.
- Gargoyle Castle: sometimes you need a flying token. (I rarely use it, but I like to have the option.)
- Gemstone Caverns: a turn-0 ramp when the first turn is not yours.
- Bonders' Enclave: card draw on a land (easily accessible).
- Mana Confluence, Battlefield Forge, Karplusan Forest, Brushland, Horizon Canopy, Sunbaked Canyon, Prismatic Vista, Cragcrown Pathway Flip, Branchloft Pathway Flip, Needleverge Pathway Flip: more untapped dual lands.
I hope I've been of some help to you. I didn't suggest many token-related cards because I believe that, as long as you have decent ramp, draw and removal in your deck, you can win to your heart's content. Wanna throw in a Godsire? Do it. Prefer to clone your opponents' creatures with Hate Mirage? Go ahead. But the fundamentals of the deck is what makes it flow consistently. Have fun and smash 'em all (and run Doubling Season for extra fun) ;-)
1 year ago
Hey, nice version with such a low budget. Only 40 cents or less for each card is an interesting idea.
Even though you're building a very low budget deck still consider some basic deck building guidelines to structure your deck? A basic structure is helpful when building any causal Commander deck to give you a good start.
- 36-38 lands (Exotic Orchard)
- 20-25 creatures (Angel of Sanctions)
- 10 ramp sources (Cultivate)
- 10 draw sources (Garruk's Packleader)
- 10 removal sources (Phyrexian Rebirth)
The numbers in this basic structure are just a start, not all areas are covered and the final numbers may be more or less for each part. A basic structure doesn't need anything but the basics, you can add other cards to make up other areas that you want specifically with your Commander after. 10 ramp and 10 draw sources help to make a smoother gameplay experience. The balance of extra mana from ramp with the draw sources theoretically helps to have mana and cards in your hand to cast with the mana. Creatures can be part of the numbers and cards that have more than one effect that can go in many different areas are excellent and should be priority for cards to play.
Compare the above example to your current deck structure:
- 33 lands
- 26 creatures
- 16 removal sources
- 3 ramp sources
- 1 draw source
The amount of creatures is a fine number, but there's disproportionate amount of removal compared to other areas. 33 lands with only 3 ramp sources, two of which are 4 CMC and 5 CMC are risky numbers because you can potentially get land screw (not drawing lands) as well as mana screwed (not having enough mana to cast spells). Having major potential for both of these to happen in a game can be really frustrating and is really bad for gameplay.
I believe you can never have enough draw in Commander since draw keeps the game going for you making gameplay much more fun. Harmonize is a good card, but only having it for draw is not enough.
Ghired and the other impactful cards here are high CMC and you want to get to five mana for Ghired quicker than only relying on your land drops. More ramp can help and the best ramp to add such as Sol Ring and Arcane Signet are budget cards. Unfortunately, they aren't 40 cents or less though, here's some to consider:
3 CMC or less ramp is preferred to have these plays in the early turns of the game which is best time to cast ramp since then it helps you to cast Ghired and all the other high CMC cards you want to cast later on in the game. You don't want to be casting 5 CMC or even 4 CMC ramp instead you want to use that amount of mana along with ramp that you cast before it to cast other more impactful spells.
Lots of draw especially repeatable draw sources are important to have in Commander. Unfortunately, because of the budget restriction for cards doesn't give you a lot of options, but here some to consider:
- Garruk's Packleader: repeatable draw any time a 3 or more power creature you control ETB including creature tokens. Rhino's have 4 power.
- Voice of Many
- Zephyr Boots: repeatable draw, can also give equipped creature flying evasion.
- Mouth / Feed: only can cast Mouth first to create a 3/3 Hippo then Feed can only be cast from your graveyard.
- Mask of Memory: repeatable draw, equip any big creature you control who has evasion such as trample or flying.
- Shamanic Revelation
Creatures who can draw are nice with Flamerush Rider to make a copy of them to then populate with Ghired. This interaction is very good with Garruk's Packleader since the more Packleaders you control the more draw you get especially when you populate a Rhino as well as each Packleader triggers to draw from the other. Three of these suggestions care about the amount of creatures you control which is good when playing tokens.
I've given you a lot to think about, but I offer more advice in another comment if you would like, including cuts to consider. Good luck with your deck.
2 years ago
Jarrik, the Apex Chosen
Legendary Planeswalker - Jarrik
You may pay rather than pay the mutate cost of creature spells you mutate.
Whenever you cast a creature spell, put two loyalty counters on ~.
-3 Reveal a creature card from your hand. If it has a mutate ability, add three mana in any combination of its colours. If it doesn't have mutate, it gains mutate until end of turn. Its mutate cost is equal to its converted mana cost.
~ can be your commander.
Create a hippo creature that enables me to build a synergystic 60-card hippo tribal deck. This includes researching which hippos at which cmc in which colours already exist, and what their abilities are. Also, bonus points if you make Mouth / Feed worth running in there.
2 years ago
I feel I need to remind I do not run Omnath but Mina and Denn, so take my advise with a grain of salt as usual.
Most of these cuts look very reasonable. Totally agree with Akroma’s Memorial, Elvish Reclaimer, Explosive Vegetation and Evolving Wilds. I agree less with Traverse the outlands but it’s not a vital card to have. I would also rate Terror of the Peaks more highly in this build.
The card I would not cut for sure is Rishkar's Expertise. That is because the amount of carddraw you run is already on the low side imo. I count 21 ramp spells and only 7,5 draw spells. I would gladly trade in 3-5 ramp cards for 3-5 draw spells in your list. The cool thing about card draw is that it will draw you into more cards that ramp anyway. But more importantly: it will also draw you into things to do with all that ramp! I personally do not want to ever be in the situation where I’m all ramped out with no more gas.
- Explosive Vegetation
- Finale of Devastation
- Green sun’s Zenith
- Kodama’s Reach
- Nissa’s Pilgrimage
- rampant growth
- Ranger’s Path
- Skyshroud Claim
- Tempt with Discovery
- Traverse the Outland
- Perilous Forays
- Azusa, Lost but Seeking
- Lotus Cobra
- Mina and Denn, Wildborn
- Sakura-tribe Elder
- Springbloom Druid
- Mana Crypt
- Sol Ring
- Rishkar’s Expertise
- Shamanic Revelation
- Wheel of Fortune
- Elemental Bond
- Greater Good
- Sylvan Library
- Oracle of Mul Daya (counted as 1/2)
- Tireless Tracker
Cards I would add for sure are Garruk's Uprising and Regal Force (which turns your creature tutors into massive draw spells when required). I would also consider Garruk, Primal Hunter, Courser of Kruphix, Nissa, Vastwood Seer Flip and perhaps Return of the Wildspeaker and Mouth / Feed.
But I would for sure not cut a draw spell for Garruk's Uprising. I woud at least look at it this way: you are adding another ramp spell with this set of changes by adding Finale of Devastation, so that justifies removing a different ramp spell for Garruk's Uprising imo.
2 years ago
There's a really nice promo of it available too. Not an important upgrade. Just good for flavor or if you keep a sideboard for this. Would be great against smaller tribes.
2 years ago
Mouth / Feed can be another good card for some card draw as well as a 3/3 token which could be useful for a budget match up.
Harmonize can also be useful for a nice draw 4
Bellowing Tanglewurm doesn’t match up with the snake and shaman theme but he will help your creatures swing in.