Nissa, Steward of Elements

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Historic Brawl Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Nissa, Steward of Elements

Planeswalker — Nissa

+2: Scry 2. (Look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on top or bottom of your library in any order.)

0: Look at the top card of your library. If it's a land card or a creature card with converted mana cost less than or equal to the number of loyalty counters on Nissa, Steward of Elements, you may put that card onto the battlefield.

-6: Untap up to two target lands you control. They become 5/5 Elemental creatures with flying and haste until end of turn. They're still lands.

eliakimras on Menacing Aura

1 year ago

Hello! May I step in to give you some recommendations? Since you're on a budget, all cards suggested are 2 dollars or less.

Part 1: Ramp

In: You probably want aura ramp and cost reducers over standard land ramp: Wild Growth, Transcendent Envoy, Hero of Iroas, Jukai Naturalist and Stenn, Paranoid Partisan (choosing Enchantment). These will allow you to storm through your deck casting Auras ad nauseam.

Out: Elvish Mystic, Farhaven Elf, Arcane Signet, Nature's Lore and Cultivate are all great ramp cards, but you can do better (and more thematically) with the cards I mentioned above.

Part 2: Card draw

Just as important as ramp is card draw: Galea won't always be available to you.

In: Sage's Reverie, Enchantress's Presence, Satyr Enchanter, Mesa Enchantress.

Out: Coiling Oracle, Curious Obsession (unreliable), Curse of Verbosity (unreliable), Eel Umbra.

Part 3: Removal

Swords to Plowshares is GREAT, no doubt. But, in this kind of deck, you can spice it up with the great Auras that has for removal.

The objective is, then, to use the cheapest Auras that can hit more than one permanent type, with emphasis on "loses its abilities" in the text box.

In: Mortal Obstinacy, Ossification (synergy with your basic land fetchers).

Out: Reclamation Sage, Swords to Plowshares.

Part 4: Boardwipes

In: I believe you should run more boardwipes that leave your board mostly untouched. Austere Command is one such example. You almost always will clean all artifacts and the half of creatures that are more dangerous to you. Curse of the Swine is another selective wipe.

Out: Time Wipe (not one-sided), Plains.

Part 5: Protection and Evasion

In Voltron, tempo is crucial.

Now to the Auras:

Following the same logic as with removal, I'm using auras over instants to protect the Voltron.

Part 6: Tutors

Without Hammer of Nazahn, Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith is just a more expensive Open the Armory.

In: Open the Armory, Heliod's Pilgrim, Moon-Blessed Cleric, Light-Paws, Emperor's Voice and Invasion of Theros  Flip (bonus that all those tutors also change your library's top card).

Out: Nazahn, Revered Bladesmith, Celestial Archon, Heliod's Emissary, Hypnotic Siren, Curse of Unbinding (7 mana is a lot for an Aura).

Part 7: Win Conditions

In: Since you're going all-in with auras, All That Glitters and Ethereal Armor do wonders.

Out: Bruna, Light of Alabaster is slow and telegraphed in this build. People won't let her stick to the field. Nissa, Steward of Elements is tough to protect in a Voltron build, while she only offers scry, which your lands can already do.

Part 8: Lands

In:

Out:

  • Thriving Grove, Thriving Heath and Thriving Isle are neat fixing, but the Temples are superior since they play into Galea's strategy.
  • Path of Ancestry is great if you're in a 5-color deck or in a tribal-heavy creature deck. This build is neither.
  • Lumbering Falls is good for suiting Equipments on, but Auras will just go to the graveyard when this land stops being a creature.
  • Azorius Chancery, because you don't run the other two bouncelands.
  • Razorverge Thicket. You'll soon realize that the later turns are more important than the early ones in EDH. This land is a beast in Modern, but it is far from worth it in Commander unless you're playing a turn-3 win deck.
  • Forest and Forest to give room for the two remaining Panoramas. (With all the land searching above, you're probably more likely now to have a target for Utopia Sprawl than before.)
  • Seaside Citadel. I know, I know: tri-lands are great and all, but, in this build, I'm trying to bake the top-of-library manipulation into the manabase so you have more free spell slots for your Auras, similar to what I did with Yennett, Cryptic Oddity (to a great success): each land in it has to either enter untapped somehow or change the top card of the library.

If you read this far, congratulations! Here is the list of the deck with all the suggested alterations, in case you want to test it: Galea, Menacing Aura. Good luck and have fun!

birder444 on Zaxara high power, non-competitive

1 year ago

Hi! New user here. I really like this deck. Zaxara is my main squeeze ATM and I'm trying to optimize her. I've got a couple questions/comments: - I'm assuming End-Raze Forerunners is just a budget Craterhoof Behemoth? - How has Nissa, Steward of Elements been for you? It's on my maybe list. - I took Mistcutter Hydra out of my list. Protection from blue didn't seem good enough to add when my board was already full of x/x hydras. - What do you generally look to copy with Altered Ego? I prefer Entrancing Melody since it lets me potentially steal someone's commander and Spark Double if I want to copy mine. - I love the Thornbite Staff addition! Just ordered that piece for my deck.

Overall, a very cool deck. Thanks for sharing!

Arturotat on Land Tribal? (Experimental)

2 years ago

TheoryCrafter First of all, I have no idea how I forgot awaken. Zendikar is the block I started playing in, so I feel kind of dumb there and thanks so much for bringing it up. Emergent sequence is great and a card I shouldn't have forgotten as well. As I do play my fair share of Arena. Considering the amount of Nissa's I have, I'll probably just swap one out for Nissa, Steward of Elements as she is fantastic. I was definitely looking for some instants to add, and Decisive Denial and Voidslime really caught my eye. I can probably budget in some more stuff so all of your land suggestions will go to use too. I'll throw in a Scavenging Ooze to use as a mana dump if need be too. Thank you for commenting! I'm kind of a beginner to commander so having a comment on my deck really made my day

TheoryCrafter on Land Tribal? (Experimental)

2 years ago

Have you considered spells with the Awaken ability? All you'd have to do is pay a little extra mana and they become land creatures with +1/+1 counters on them, Spells with Awaken include, but are not limited to, Earthen Arms, Rush of Ice and Scatter to the Winds.

One card you may want to consider is Emergent Sequence. It's essentially a more powerful Rampant Growth.

Also, May I also suggest adding in Nissa, Steward of Elements? Not only can you scry with it, but if you already know what card is on top you may be able to use the second ability to put it straight onto the battlefield.

For targeted Removal, I think a proactive approach is what you should work with. Spells to accomplish this with include, but are not limited to, Counterspell, Decisive Denial, Dissolve, and Voidslime.

As for lands, you may want to consider lands that allow you to search your library. These include, but are not limited to, Bant Panorama, Fabled Passage and Terramorphic Expanse. This, combined with Ramunap Excavator, will give you a basic land card search every turn. They will also feed the landfall abilities. Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth will give Nissa, Who Shakes the World some mana support. It is a tad expensive so make sure you add it to your to buy list for a later date.

For Metagame the only thing I can think of at this point you need is graveyard hate. Such cards you may want to consider for that include, but are not limited to, Scavenging Ooze and Tormod's Crypt.

Thank You for reading me out. I hope all this helps.

Happy Hunting!

RaidenShogun69 on Bant Spirits Pioneer

2 years ago

I run 4 geese and 2 glasspool, but im also using 2 Nissa, Steward of Elements .

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