Otepec Huntmaster

Otepec Huntmaster

Creature — Human Shaman

Dinosaur spells you cast cost 1 less to cast.

T: Target Dinosaur gains haste until end of turn.

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Ixalan (XLN) Uncommon

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Format Legality
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Historic Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Modern Legal
Duel Commander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Highlander Legal

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Otepec Huntmaster Discussion

MrBoombastic on

3 months ago

You're totally right mate. That came out worse than intended. Sorry.

Let me start over:

Love the dinos, love the name.

A few things to consider:

  • For competitive play, decks like this want a strong and efficient curve. For most decks, that usually means to lower the curve. Yours starts at 5, which is too slow in many cases. Even with some ramp and removal. Some good options could be Ripjaw Raptor and Marauding Raptor - this is obviously best with Enrage creatures, but definitely outshines Otepec Huntmaster at that point. Regisaur Alpha and Ghalta, Primal Hunger are also great cards, that happen to follow your trample theme. Both should be stronger than Yidaro, Wandering Monster and Zilortha, Strength Incarnate. The latter doesn't really synergize with anything in the deck.

  • You've gone hard on the spot removal to make up for the curve. Going one for one doesn't always cut it though, when you have no early pressure or card advantage. You'll run out of juice or just get outclassed. I'm a greedy guy myself, but I've run into that same problem myself several times before.

  • I think Commune with Dinosaurs is a must in dino tribal. It just adds some good consistency + it lets you play fewer lands without fear of mana screw. 4 copies + 22-23 lands should be enough, depending on your curve.

  • Charging Tuskodon is a decent limited card, but I wouldn't play it in a competitive deck. It doesn't do enough for the cost. The sideboarded Shifting Ceratops is a lot stronger.

I'm not saying to build exactly like in this video, but she goes more in detail about deckbuilding and card choices in the first 5 minutes, so it might be of help -

Hope that helps. Good luck!


4 months ago

Great list! Always nice to see another Pioneer Dino fan.

While not exactly what I prefer, Dinosaur Hub/Primer is a little different in that I don’t use mana dorks. I think either way has pro and cons but one with dorks is certainly explosive.

Have you tried Flame Sweep and/or Ranging Raptors in any capacity?

Otepec Huntmaster is a little too important IMO so I keep him at 4. Still possible to get that Turn 4 Hasty Ghalta, Primal Hunger and actually a Turn 3 Hasty if using the mana dorks.

Ghalta is sometimes win-more but I don’t feel that way since she often comes out so fast. I like 3+ to really make sure I get it if that’s a big part of the game plan. She’ll certainly eat removal so following up with a second (at hopefully) is quite demoralizing.

drummerboy22 on Dinosaur Hub/Primer

4 months ago

Also, you're extremely close to having Kaheera, the Orphanguard as a companion. Cutting Otepec Huntmaster would be unfortunate, but is it worth it for having +1 cards in your hand every game?

I have Kaheera as my Cats companion, and it's been incredible.

Profet93 on Etali Primal STorm

7 months ago

Otepec Huntmaster is the card!

Maybe Sandstone Oracle

You have no enchantment removal, maybe add a Blast Zone?

Dragon Breath?

I would say OG Ugin, as its saved my ass in mono red when shit goes south, as shit eventually does and you need a reset button. Plus it gets rid of enchantments. You have no wipes so I thought it was something to note.

ArfiGames on Dinosaur Hub/Primer

7 months ago

Oh that was you with the suggestion?! The card popped up for me and I thought it was some random Tappedout thing.

I love Forerunner of the Empire! I just have shifted away from him for the moment but I could see myself going back to it. I especially like it with a follow up swing from Etali, Primal Storm for a neat combo.

I don’t think you’re missing anything. It certainly is and has been a great way to trigger Enrage for me. Regisaur Alpha has been so great for getting two triggers. It works so well with Forerunner and if you wanted to give Haste to Regisaur, tapping Otepec Huntmaster before he dies from the second ping is an option as well.

I definitely would not use Forerunner in a list that also had Mana Dorks. Of course you could always tap them in response before the damage is dealt but I’d want my dorks to stick around as much as they can I think.

Twinflame is one of my favourite new additions that I'm strongly considering. It would naturally work well with Forerunner to get more pings. Getting a Regisaur copy and Dino Token for then the two pings would awesome.

I think one of the main reasons I have shied away from Forerunner was due to the introduction of Marauding Raptor. Bringing Ranging Raptors down to 1, I often like to leave it up for blocking and would forgo the ping that turn. Really hurting his usefulness. Then any Dino Token would also die with those combined pings.

Overall I feel I’d be passing up on pinging everything too often that it’d start to feel like not such a good choice. I think I’ll start seeing what it’s like and work him in again though.

Thanks for the reminder!

jam736 on Dino DNA

8 months ago

Cut Eerie Interlude . Go to two colors, red and green. Replace with Reckless Rage . Reckless Rage triggers enrage for most of your creatures.
If you have a Marauding Raptor out, it will kill Otepec Huntmaster . Replace with Wild Slash or other low cost removal. This will help remove creatures and planeswalkers and gets better after you play the big creatures.
Remove Domri, Anarch of Bolas and replace with 2x Shifting Ceratops and 2x Flame Sweep .

Think about how to deal with the following for sideboard cards:
1. Planeswalkers
2. Gain life against burn
3. How to exile anything

Abrade in the side that can deal with both creatures and artifacts.
Thrashing Brontodon is good in the side.
Run 2x Rampaging Ferocidon in the side. Good against life gain weenie decks.

the__odysseus on Jund Dinosaurs

10 months ago

I think another Ripjaw Raptor would be good in this deck, especially with your Marauding Raptor . I would replace the Otepec Huntmaster s with Thunderherd Migration s, or maybe cut the Attune with Aether s? I think 3 copies of Once Upon a Time are really good in this kind of deck. Rampaging Ferocidon is seriously underrated and a very solid card. I think 2 copies of Regisaur Alpha would be strong. Other than that, I love your deck!!!

kamarupa on Jurassic Jank

1 year ago

Verdant Sun's Avatar would gain you a lot of life, lol.

Knight of the Stampede and Otepec Huntmaster could help ramp and establish board presence.

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