As an additional to cast this spell, sacrifice a creature.
Search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost equal to 1 plus the sacrificed creature's converted mana cost, put that card onto the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it, then shuffle your library.
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|War of the Spark (WAR)||Uncommon|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
1 day ago
Love this deck. Definitely a +1 from me. I love the idea and the uniqueness of it.
It seems like the stars of the show are the Nephilem. That being said, I'd recommend more creature tutors that can out them into play like Tooth and Nail, Green Sun's Zenith,Chord of Calling, Eldritch Evolution, Neoform, and Wild Pair.
All the kindred cards as well as the banner will help you multiply those Myr as well as gain value off of them before you can land a couple Nephilem!
1 day ago
Alright, so right off the bat it's a pretty strong deck with lots of synergy but is lacking big payoffs or interaction which means you'll struggle to do much against combos. As a creature-based deck you're also naturally weak to board wipes and removal.
We can start by improving the mana base: 24 is probably the right number considering the Reefs, and looking at the stats it looks like what you want early are Forests and Mountains. I'd definitely recommend Cinder Glade/Sheltered Thicket due to their having the basic subtypes, so can be utilised alongside both the reveal (Game Trail)) and check (Rootbound Crag/Hinterland Harbor) lands. Unclaimed Territory gives you all three colours but will get slightly worse if you start including more non-creature spells, while Lumbering Falls seems pretty good for you what with being an Elemental and all. Finally there are the shock lands and a strict upgrade to Evolving Wilds in Fabled Passage but they cost money. Ps you want to put "ZEN" in the square brackets after the lands of you want them show up as those lovely original Zendikar ones.
Ok, with that out of the way, we can take a look at the creatures. I maintain that a single Omnath, Locus of Rage is the best top end you can have here, as he'll do silly things with all your lands entering and if anyone tried to wrath your board they'll probably just end up killing themselves! Also two copies of his latest incarnation (Omnath, Locus of the Roil) again gives you some damage to ping around and some card draw. Undergrowth Champion is a beast, and the Cavalier cycle might be worth looking into as well. I think you can easily afford to cut some creatures in order to get other spells in - maybe down to 28? Stuff I'm thinking of would be Temur Battle Rage, Growth Spiral, Neoform, Hadana's Climb Flip, and Retreat to Kazandu.
Finally there's your sideboard, if you want to get into that for the paper version. Here you'd probably want to consider Plasm Capture, Broken Bond, Cindervines, Shapers' Sanctuary, Rhythm of the Wild, 2 Pithing Needles or Sorcerous Spyglasss and maybe a single Chandra, Awakened Inferno.
6 days ago
Great deck! Has long been my favorite of the lab maniacs decks and I have been developing my own version parallel to yours for a long time except I still run Freed from the Real combos and it is more budget friendly. My question is why I haven't seen you test Reap before which I have found to be very impactful at any point in the game. Also, what kind of combo density is appropriate for the goals of this deck? I also run Phantasmal Image and Palinchron as the tutors such as Neoform run parallel between that combo and freed lines, but I wonder if I have lost focus from the control elements to create more winning conditions. Lastly, Any news on more from you guys? Busy lives I know, but are you going to be playing Tasigur, the Golden Fang more this season?
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2 weeks ago
poorpinkus, I just recently made a Kraj deck for the same reason, to see it grow beyond control because it was designed to choose its own evolution. Doi. I have been having the same results at the moment (alpha version of the deck) and that Kraj kicks off by turn 6 or 7: I am trying to cut that down to a turn or two sooner. One thought I had was increasing creature ramp. I saw you have a 'Transmute' card, I use that mechanic heavily in another deck (Nekusar RBU) specifically to get my combo items within the 2, 3 and 4 CMC range.
Here is my deck: Kraj-Maga Tap Dancing
You'll see about 3 or more versions of the same mechanic within the deck, especially with creatures. One of the fastest guarantee win items is the tap-to-ping creatures. Just tap once, deal damage to creature or player (must include player) and there you have it. At this point I have been considering just adding more creature ramp, transmute spells, creature tutor and counter spells.
Creature ramp is the big money money of the deck and gives you a chance to bring Kraj out sooner and as you noticed, the moment Kraj is in play it just goes off. For the creature ramp though I have been trying to stick to the 2-or-more mana per tap creatures. Gyre Sage, Gyre Engineer, Incubation Druid are great since the last two can give easier access to infinite untap andthough the Engineer will produce infinite colorless/green mana if you have a single blue untap ability ready. Ilysian Caryatid is another good option for potentially having 2 blue mana (with Kraj in play) to grant true unlimited mana for all colors. But I see you've already solved the mana conversion problem with Orochi Leafcaller and Pili-Pala (sick card for this deck).
Transmute and Tutor will get you what you need (obviously) and I've added as many ways as I can to do just that. I understand though you're using a budget to keep this deck real and some tutor spells are really pricey. Chord of Calling, Green Sun's Zenith, Birthing Pod are good but are probably out of budget, but Prime Speaker Vannifar has dropped considerably and Neoform is a similar outlet. Vannifar could be a superior solution to a Kraj deck because with a +1/+1 counter on her you could have infinite untap-access to her ability, but only in sorcery speed. Another star contender is Momir Vig, Simic Visionary but for Momir to really be effective he relies on both green and blue creature spells. A way around this is using spells that "change the text of target permanent" cards like Trait Doctoring or Whim of Volrath which also has a buyback but that already has too much work involved around a 'guest star' creature. Cool thing about Momir and Vannifar: they are both elves, so if yo have a sac outlet you can add Wirewood Herald that will tutor one of them to your hand. Transmute is also a good way around your deck, simply find your win condition creature combos by CMC and get the Transmutes you need. My deck's winning combos are almost all between 2 and 4 mana, I honestly don't think I need anything over that cost, one being Endbringer at 6 CMC because there are more tap-ping guys that cost less but honestly I am considering dropping it for another ramp creature or counter spell, granted its also a draw-card source.. On to Counter spells...
I am seeing a lot of "trample" and "unblockable" but honestly this experimental blob needs to just sit and make magic happen: no need for attackers. It is far too easy to get what you need in play and use the activated ability to achieve victory; that being said, enter the counter-turtle! Infinite mana seems to be the fastest thing I can get rolling for this guy, once that happens its a matter of time before the other shoe drops for a win, a strategy is to play safe and deny as many things as possible coming your way or in the way of a boardwipe. Rake up as many counterspells as you can, especially the 'split second' ones like Last Word. Another route for spells is kicker, multikicker and strive since mana 'ain't no thang' to Kraj.
All other spells or abilities that give more +1/+1 counters and such I feel are wasted placement cards because once Kraj gets untapping things get out of hand immediately. But, Grafting is definitely the way to at least get that started so it can save you a step if you're looking for the budget route. For example, Doubling Season: sweet card but we don't make tokens and all I need is one +1/+1 counter, not double. But, I do have Vigean Hydropon to distribute +1/+1 counters to my homies entering the battlefield. In several cases the 'Graft' option can work with Momir Vig if he's in play since some are blue/green creatures.
These are all really just ideas and options I've seen work for me but I'm also bouncing them to get feedback and find that chunk of fat that can be trimmed to make a leaner and meaner Experiment Kraj deck. Essentially all my cards involve the greatest of the greatest that I am assuming I have infinite mana, untaps, etc. instead of the 'once per turn'. I want everything, all the time and without end. Good ol' "Nah brah thanks, I'm here to break the game not have tea" attitude.
Thanks for sharing and thanks for reading the great wall-o-text!
3 weeks ago
Hey, you're welcome. I like the changes.
Good choices to cut mill because not taking enough advantage of self-mill and opponent mill is subpar. Without an infinite mill combo, opponent mill is risky of a strategy when graveyards are a huge resource in Commander. Opponent mill isn't worth it unless winning the game with infinite mill combos from Altar of Dementia or Altar of the Brood where you mill all your opponents libraries on your turn and then each opponent one at a time on their turn dies because they can't draw a card. More self-mill is something to consider later on if you want to take more advantage of Muldrotha with Yarok. Causally Yarok and Muldrotha is a great a team.
I think you can cut some of the high CMC threats. There's some that are not as good as the others. Oblivion Sower, Oran-Rief Hydra, Rampaging Baloths, The Gitrog Monster. Out of these Gitrog is the better one, but I don't think it does enough here because not comboing with it and you cut Excavator. Some cards that could replace these are Diabolic Intent, Fierce Empath, Neoform, Lotus Cobra. With Yarok Empath can tutor for your best two 6+ CMC creatures.
There's too many basic lands in the manabase to support Field of the Dead without having Scapeshift. Flooded Grove, Exotic Orchard, Twilight Mire, Llanowar Wastes, Yavimaya Coast are some options. Flooded is good with the Shrieking + Cloud combo because it can make .
3 weeks ago
Not bad. I do have a few suggestions though (some combo oriented stuff mainly).
The main thing I'm seeing is 13 spells that cost +. You have Fauna Shaman, Worldly Tutor, and Fierce Empath (and more suggestions below)... you can lower your density of fatties.
Survival of the Fittest is amazing (available in gold border for MUCH cheaper). Neoform, Imperial Recruiter, and Spellseeker are great tutors here that are part of this decks' most efficient infinite combo (you'd also need Walking Ballista). The combo only needs Imperial Recruiter in hand, 4 life, , and 2 counters on Animar.
Imperial Recruiter looks up Phyrexian Metamorph. Metamorph for 2 life copies Recruiter and looks up Spellseeker. Spellseeker looks up Neoform. Neoform sacs Spellseeker to look up Ancestral Statue. Statue over and over until Animar is double your opponents' life totals and use Statue's final bounce to return Phyrexian Metamorph to hand. Metamorph for 2 life again copies Imperial Recruiter to look up Walking Ballista for the win.
Feel free to check out my list for ideas. Mine started out a lot like yours but it's slowly evolved into a pretty dedicated combo list. Upvotes on any of my decks are appreciated. Animar, Gaea's Hemorrhoid