Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

Land

This enters the battlefield tapped.

: Add .

: Put a +1/+1 counter on each green creature that entered the battlefield this turn.

TheoryCrafter on The Madness of Fractal Being Manifested

4 weeks ago

The biggest threat to your deck is Solemnity. I'd recommend some counterspells including, but not limited to, Decisive Denial, Quandrix Command and Voidslime.

If you can't prevent Solemnity from entering the battlefield, Fecundity and Soul Net will turn your 0/0 Fractals into a boon until cards such as Fade into Antiquity and Naturalize can be used. Your commander's static ability will also feed into it.

You may also wish to consider cards that affect or are affected by +1/+1 counters. These include, but not limited to, The Ozolith, Swarm Shambler, Bramblewood Paragon, Herald of Secret Streams, Vigean Graftmage, Experiment Kraj and Plaxcaster Frogling.

Scavenging Ooze can give your deck some much needed graveyard hate.

Have you considered Simic Ascendancy with all these cards creating creatures with +1/+1 counters on them? You can move growth counters from Simic Ascendancy to Paradox Zone by means of Nesting Grounds.

Other lands to consider for the deck are Cave of Temptation, Forge of Heroes, Littjara Mirrorlake, Llanowar Reborn, Novijen, Heart of Progress, Opal Palace, Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, Temple of Mystery and Tyrite Sanctum.

Other cards to consider for your deck are Altered Ego, Bioshift, Clone Legion, Hardened Scales, Jiang Yanggu, Wildcrafter, Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner, MirrorBox, Repudiate / Replicate and Slippery Bogbonder.

I hope this helps. Thank you for reading me out. Happy Hunting!

Tur on Hidden Power - Crop Rotation

1 month ago

Hello everyone! This will be a trial forum post for a "Commander - Hidden Power" series. My goal is to show relatively inexpensive cards which are often overlooked by commander players in semi-competitive and casual play. (This post is not designed for competitive play.) If you enjoy the topic, please provide positive feedback and I will consider creating similar posts.

The powerful card I plan on discussing here is Crop Rotation.

This card under five dollars and is one of the most powerful mono-green tutors. Period. Yes, I'm counting all mono-green tutors. This includes: Worldly Tutor, Finale of Devastation, Green Sun's Zenith, Survival of the Fittest, Chord of Calling, Natural Order, Tooth and Nail, Sylvan Tutor, Time of Need, Scapeshift, Hour of Promise, Tempt with Discovery, Reshape the Earth, Boundless Realms, Traverse the Outlands, Rampant Growth, Harrow, Cultivate, Harvest Season, Explosive Vegetation, etc.

It's one color, one mana, instant, searches for any land, you can sacrifice a tapped land, and puts the land onto the battlefield untapped (unless otherwise specified).

Although, Crop Rotation is often overlooked by players because of the very expensive cards it can search and not being "flashy" enough. Yes, Crop Rotation is ideal with any of the following cards: Gaea's Cradle, Mishra's Workshop, The Tabernacle at Pendrell Vale, Serra's Sanctum, Bazaar of Baghdad, and Diamond Valley. However, suppose we don't have a one thousand dollar mana base and cannot play the land cards above. Is Crop Rotation worthless? No. It is still one of the best mono-green tutors. There are so many utility and theme lands which are excellent targets. Ramp lands and color-fixing are also viable options. Here are a few categorized ideas:

Utility Lands:

Theme Lands:

Ramp Lands:

Color-Fixing Lands:

There are many more unlisted cards in each category which could fit your specific deck.

Some of the cards listed above have some pretty cool synergies with Crop Rotation here are a few:Urza's Saga, you can let the saga get to chapter III, then with the ability on the stack sacrifice it to Crop Rotation to get both the artifact and land. Field of the Dead is ideal in every two or three color commander deck with a sufficient mana base (in fact some of my win conditions are given by Field of the Dead). You can also use Field of the Dead as a combat trick. Scavenger Grounds and Bojuka Bog are fantastic for graveyard combo disruption. Maze of Ith and Glacial Chasm will hurt your lands, but sometimes it is needed to stay alive.

Simply having the ability to greatly effect the board state using a one-mana instant speed spell is impressive: life gain, damage prevention, removing steal effects, getting around blockers, denying counterspells, combo stoppers, unlimited hand size, sacrifice engines, haste, recursion, ramp, creating token blockers. The list goes on-and-on-and-on. If fact, if you're playing 3-4 of the lands listed above you should really consider Crop Rotation in the ninety-nine.

All in all, I'm always surprised the number of deck lists which do not play Crop Rotation. This is a fantastic card and one of the best mono-green tutors. It has so much hidden power. Ask yourself if there is a nonbasic land which you are playing (or would play) that would do well with Crop Rotation.

Max_Hammer on Instant Lottery

2 months ago

I have some land suggestions for you! Not all of them are great, but some of them could be pretty snazzy.

Slashdance on Don't Let Em Breathe (Quick)

4 months ago

Thank you so much for the speedy reply!

I did pull Narnam Renegade's for some Young Wolf already in my list, simply because I had Young Wolf already, so now I feel better about trading in the fetch lands for some forests. That was good tech that I didn't even see, lol. I do have some fetch lands I was planning on possibly adding to thin the deck if I felt I needed it, but now I'll consider Narnam more seriously for his ability than I did before and think about it all together.

To replace some of the land, I'm thinking of 2x Llanowar Reborn, 1x Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, 1x Pendelhaven since I had them. Right now I'm unsure, because some come into play untapped and feels slow for this deck, but I see your recommendations also have some that come in tapped.

Thanks for the ideas on the sideboard!

I'll take all of that into consideration as I tinker with the deck. I hope you don't mind, I listed my own version here but linked back to you and this deck for credit, so I hope more people find yours. =) Woodland's Wrath

AromontTheDruid on Kodama’s Tinker Shop

4 months ago

Grind if I can find Oran-Rief, the Vastwood most definitely will be replacing Cave of Temptation! Thank you for the suggestion

Grind on Kodama’s Tinker Shop

4 months ago

Cool deck!!
Any thoughts on Llanowar Reborn or Oran-Rief, the Vastwood?

NocTurtle on Shalai's Ascension

5 months ago

Strength of the Tajuru for an instant speed kill sometimes.

Fungal Behemoth garunteed counter's over time that can't be interacted with easily.

Nesting Grounds, Llanowar Reborn, and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood to put/move counters with your lands.

The Ozolith imperative in a counter deck, protects your counters from creature based board wipes. Resourceful Defense does the same as Ozolith but more controlled.

Heliod, Sun-Crowned allows you to put counters on whatever needs them, and provides lifelink (plus a big indestructible body to save from board wipes).

Spike Weaver Turbo-Fog if you get a slow start

Cytoplast Root-Kin allows easy moving of counters onto new creatures

Hexapod on Kyler Human Tribal

5 months ago

Hello!

I took a long hard look at this deck, and I wanted to formulate helpful comments. I had so many things to say, I eventually figured I would try my hand at a similar deck, and see where they would diverge.

The main point is the Commander. I have found that Katilda is faster, versatile and more reliable, as turning all your humans into mana dorks will allow you to deploy your strategy and also recoup from a potential wipe much more easily. Her last ability is also great mid to late game, making her a real powerhouse.

The second point is I would get rid of any creature that is not a Human. There are many fantastic Humans that you can include and would synergize to bring you exponential tokens and +1/+1 counters that you are missing out on.

Recursion is nice, but I would rather concentrate on keeping the upper hand and not losing permanents to removal. Thank you for the discovery of Silkguard and Your Temple Is Under Attack, these are perfect for this deck, and I have adopted them for my list.

The mana base could use some tweaking; you do not need Yavimaya in here, it may end up helping your opponents more than yourself. Oran-Rief, the Vastwood and Gavony Township would be very valuable.

So all things considered, here is my take on this deck. Obviously it is not in the same budget range, but I do hope you find some helpful inspiration in my build.

The Village | Katilda, Dawnhart Prime

Cheers,

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