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Tap: Add (1) to your mana pool.
Tap, Sacrifice Petrified Field: Return target land card from your graveyard to your hand.
3 months ago
I wouldn't swap any cyclers for Castle as they play important role in a deck. You see I made Azusa to play as a tempo deck where every turn matters. Cyclers are T1 or T2 plays which can be returned with Loam to draw more cards or reanimated with Crucible effects. Shigeki is T2 play which ramps turn later and returns something (usually 2-3 cards depending on boardstate and hand) later on. I think its first ability is better as I can use it more times by replaying him especially when I have more important stuff in hand to use mana for.
Getting back to Petrified Field I think it's less important the more land-return effects we play. I use 3 of them currently (not counting Witness and Shigeki) and there is Ancient Greenwarden to try although I found him clumsy and unnecessary most of the time (and it's a nombo with lands like Lotus Field and Glacial Chasm).
3 months ago
Boundless Realms - This spell can only find basics which are not that plenty (especially when drained with fetches), they ETB tapped and overall it's not I'm focused on. Using it for Scute or Avenger is just overkill as I only need to crack a fetch 3 times to get 64 insects or 6/7 plants to finish the game. I'd rather play Reshape the Earth which has game ending potential on its own (Field of the Dead + 9 lands) even if it costs 2 more mana.
Scapeshift - I'm considering this but I would need to find room for mass-land returners (World Shaper) to make it more of the ramp spell than quality one. Azusa with Crucible effect may not be enough to return all sacced lands in short period. Obviously would be much better with Cradle which I don't possess though.
I've been playing Genesis Wave for a long time with great success (Turn 4-5 wins happened) and it was hard decision to cut it but I need to keep big-spells count as low as possible especially I can play combo now. As for Sol Ring I'd rather use Mana Crypt for T1 Azusa but still it gets negated by Ouphe, destroyed by Bane and doesn't trigger landfall effects.
Rude Awakening - I don't see it as part of the combo as it requires 3 parts (only 2 can be tutored for) and 11+ mana to run (which is a lot) and there are cheaper effects to untap lands. As for wincon it doesn't generate that much pressure as even 20 2/2 land-creatures can only kill one player and I'm not eager to lose any of my lands in combat.
Petrified Field - I did run it for a long time but needed to cut less important utility lands for Forests as I found myself color-hungry too many times.
Regal Force - it's definitely a powerhouse but I need to keep rigor in amount of cards in each mana slot. CMC 7 has 3 creature slots already occupied by Avenger (wincon), Hulk (combo) and Wurm (pet card). It's definitely viable for people not fond of Diune series (Shai-Hulud) or Wurms as a species ;)
Garruk, Primal Hunter - I did play him back in a days but I prefer cheaper (Life's Legacy) or repeatable (Greater Good) effects for card draw (even if I lose a creature in a process). Its ability can be weakened by killing biggest creature and Return of the Wildspeaker is better anyway.
Castle Garenbrig - it's good indeed except for occassions when I don't have Forest or a fetch in my starting hand which happens from time to time. It's obviously better with mana doublers but can be ok in my build as well. I don't have it currently but I will and test it.
Sensei's Divining Top - I've tested it already. Sure it ordered my top for Augur and friends but fetches "do" it anyway and sometimes I wished it way another card - that could ramp me for instance. I'd rather play Winding Way than it.
Elvish Aberration - I'm currently testing it. The thing is it can be cycled Turn 2 to keep the momentum for next turn Azusa and can produce infinite mana with Ashaya + Quirion combo. The second one didn't happen yet but it's possible. Anyway this slot is still interchangeable as there are so many 6 CMC creatures to use in a deck that finding a perfect one is hard. It can be Duplicant, Ulvenwald Hydra, Kogla, Sweet-Gum Recluse or even Orchard Strider as long as it won't clog a hand and can be tutor target in some occassions.
Panglacial Wurm - It's a pet card of mine and effective one to boot. Combat trick/End Step fatty is one option but more often than not it's used for power-matter draw effects. Mana flood is not that scary when you can cast it from library by cracking a fetch. Bonus points for Shai-Hulud esque.
Shigeki, Jukai Visionary - it's perfect T2 play before T3 Azusa and can be used right after dropping 2 bonus lands to ramp. Channel ability is super useful even if little costly.
3 months ago
+1 . an initial look at your decklist got me confused but after reading your detailed description, I sincerely find it unique and enjoyable! As a fellow Azusa player, I have a couple of ideas I wanted to run by you.
Boundless Realms - Ramp and deck thinning, landfall effects (scute), etc...while i understand you are trying to keep the average cmc lower as to make it more competitive, I believe this warrants a spot as it "doubles" your mana without the risk of mana reflection for example
Scapeshift - Similar to above and facilitates landfall (ex: field of the dead), titania , etc... scute
Why no Genesis wave or sol ring, because of teeg and collector ouphe? I read your description but I feel sol ring is usually very helpful and almost always the best turn 1 play
rude awakening - This card is great with nykthos, ashaya , a ritual, a wincon, all in 1. (Imagine Cradle, if only). Not to mention that it can be part of a combo ....
Rude Awakening + Eternal Witness + Kogla, the Titan Ape - First and foremost, it acts as artifact + creature removal, has survivability through 3 humans in the deck + commander, most notably being eternal witness. Using the 3, you get infinite mana. Rude awakening untap all your lands, eternal witness get back rude awakening and recast, kogla to return eternal witness.
Petrified Field - Synergy with realms uncharted, recursion of important utility lands, synergy with titania.
Regal Force - Tooth and nail synergy with avenger + titiania + scute
Garruk, Primal Hunter - I like him, he's not necessary but a solid card. He adds devotion for nykthos which may or not be an issue for your mana base. He provides a solid blocker which he can utilize his second ability on. He's a permanent version of soul's majesty at his worst. Ult is rarely relevant
Castle Garenbrig - Swap a forest or unimpactful nonbasic land.
Sensei's Divining Top - Set up topdeck with oracle, courser, augur, kozilek distortion, instant spell top deck (or you have flash, digging 3 cards is powerful even more so). If you are worried about bane or collector, just put it back on top and draw a card.
How have the following cards worked out for you....
Elvish Aberration - Expensive ramp or forest search in a pinch? Doesnt seem worth it
Panglacial Wurm - How many times have you cracked the fetch mid combat, thats so funny. Always bluffing, I like that. Aside from seedborn muse, how often do you have 7 mana to cast him? I feel 7 mana would be better spent on boundless realms for example. I understand the searchabiltiy factor is cool, but is it not overcosted?
Shigeki, Jukai Visionary - Super cool card, how has it been working for you? I like the second ability. Tell me more about your experience with this.
8 months ago
Changes, 20 March 2022: -1 Forest, +1 Boseiju, Who Endures. It's a super useful spell in my hand and a land everywhere else? I can get it back with Petrified Field as many times a turn as I have land drops to use (assuming a Crucible effect is in play)? Sign me up! I've played one game since slotting it in and it was a game changer already. The only downside is I lost one basic land, and running out of basic lands to fetch has been one issue with this deck. Regardless, the disenchant tree is awesome and belongs in here.
8 months ago
Lands is always a magnificent archetype, and it is one to which I may offer some insights.
The second deck I have ever constructed, remaining my favourite to this day is Hazezon Tamar lands matter. After six years of tinkering, I can say with confidence that I know the strategy quite well.
As for The Boundless Sky, she opens up some splendid possibilities.
Given Green's affinity for finding specific lands, you have the ability to run combos with specific cards and lands.
Let us begin with the creative cards.
Lifeline looks to be terrifying with Kura, for she will return to play at end of turn if she dies. If you have a sacrifice effect at instant speed, or even just an untapped High Market, this can make a monstrosity whenever it pleases.
Due to Field of the Dead, you should split your basic to be both snow and nonsnow. This will offer more names for the idoneous progenitor of zombies.
For ramp, Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Rampant Growth, Cultivate, Kodama's Reach, Sakura-Tribe Elder, and Skyshroud Claim are some of the best cards of acceleration in the format, thereat being on-theme as averse to Basalt Monolith.
As much as it may not seem, interaction is rather important. Beast Within hits everything and Primal Command is lovely utility. Scavenger Grounds is a helpful piece of hate to find in dire circumstances.
Bounce lands can make for disturbing lines of play, such as tutoring with Crop Rotation for a Boros Garrison, thereupon returning a Gaea's Cradle to hand, playing it and tapping it for even more mana. For your strategy, I recommend Guildless Commons.
Thence is all I have time to type, but Kura looks a scourge in the command zone.
If you care to peer upon my own masterpiece in the lands archetype, you may find it here:
May all of fortune betide!
1 year ago
Played a bunch today and here is results of changes.
- -1 Apex Devastator to sideboard, moved to sideboard to swap out with blightsteel/eldrazi for newer players
- -1 Temur Sabertooth, removed due to the amount of cardraw available. I feel I would rather draw than bounce.
- +1 Blightsteel Colossus to maindeck, Blightsteel is a counter to my local playgroup. We've got a lifegain deck and one deck running Pariah and Pariah's Shield. Along with Akroma's Memorial and Finale of Devastation this is my nuclear option.
- +1 Bala Ged Sanctuary Flip, land and recurrence is very valuable.
- +1 Mirrorpool, ehh fine seems ok to drop a copy of a big creature that does something,, what's the worst that can happen? :)
- -1 Mana Crypt to maybeboard, don't have one is the only reason. If I can get one,, maybe?
- +1 Jeweled Lotus, replacement for mana crypt... Now let me tell you,, jeweled -> azusa --> lotus cobra --> two fetches --> Tooth and nail.. That was a quick game!
- +1 Maze of Ith, This is at tech, really aggressive in my area! There are some cases it's death to not have an air blocker!
- +1 Petrified Field, Testing it at this time, not sure how to abuse it yet
- +1 Momentous Fall, Does not feel as bad as I initially thought. Use this defensively often times.
- +1 Cryptic Caves, niche card testing it out. Turns your crucibles into three draw for 3 mana + land drops.. 3 mana draw 3 cards... seems decent
- +1 Thespian's Stage, what does it do? answer: yes
- -1 Beast Whisperer, I have enough creatures, but the costs are too high
- +1 Zendikar Resurgent, replacement for beast whisperer, has the potential to double mana while going off
- -1 Guardian Project, same problem as beast whisperer
- +1 Return of the Wildspeaker, another large draw effect to combo off of to replace guardian
- +1 Inkmoth Nexus, bad habits die hard, keeping one in deck for "that guy" at the table.
- -1 Field of the Dead -> maybeboard, only reason I'm taking it out is I don't own it. Dropping it into maybe board
- Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger is here to stay. When you go off with a large draw dropping him is amazing. He will give you enough mana to combo off and finish on the stop at times. He's also a good target for Natural Order.
- After drawing 10 cards and drawing into Rude Awakening,, it has a new place in my heart, seems to be a keeper
- Once I hit 25 basics, I think I can just win the game. The amount of basics should stick between 24-26 and 45 lands in total to facilitate the engines. If we're slightly under half I think we're good.
- Kodama of the East Tree was potentially good enough to combo off a large draw with vorin, need to test this more!
Thinking of Cutting:
- Beacon of Creation --> , requires more testing due to new landbase
Why the sideboard was added:
- Core creatures for swapping on the sideboard are Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger, Kozilek, Butcher of Truth, Kozilek, the Great Distortion, Blightsteel Colossus, and Craterhoof Behemoth.
- Each of these creatures fills a different role. voice of hunger is a creature to combo off with on a large draw or to slow down my opponents. Butcher of truth fills your hand then wins by sacing against a single opponent or threating multiple attack if they don't sac a specific permanent (politics yeeehhh). Blightsteel teaches people that lifegain decks don't work against green edh.... craterhoof teaches people that lifegain deck's don't work against green in edh (AZUSA SMASH!!)... please stop playing lifegain decks in edh... Great Distortion draws and controls the game if your ahead.
If I'm playing against my friends then these are great. If we're trying to include someone I will swap them out for cards in the sideboard and leave in a couple.
1 year ago
I like a lot of the includes you have in the deck. I have my own Rhyss deck that I keep trying to push the power level on. I don't think it's quite cEDH level due to our meta having a significant amount of board sweeps. I've built my version to focus on achieving critical mass at instant speed as often as possible and to better withstand board sweeps. Have you thought of running Natural Order to combo with Regal Force (because card draw isn't great in green/white)? It can also get you Craterhoof Behemoth as a win-con. Since you are already running Cradle, what about also running Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip? Also, you may want Petrified Field as cradle insurance (I don't have a cradle yet). I've also been playtesting Eldritch Evolution because it will fetch Priest with a token or Archdruid with a mana dork. Seems to be working out well in my build.
Hope the feedback helps.
1 year ago
I love the folksy flavour of this deck — I have the sitting version of Folk of An-Havva and an An-Havva Inn on hand, so tried this out, and actually won a few games! It was perilous, and it came down to setting up a wall of defenders, and slowly through attrition, Wanderlust saved the day.
As far as tweaking the deck, I was trying to think of similar ways to set up a solid defence, that would also work with the overall theme and fair-tale aesthetics — had me looking up cards by Rebecca Guay, and various artists instead of the usual methods.
I was saved a few times by the flashback on Moment's Peace , and it made me wish I always had a "fog" on hand to slow down my enemies. One idea was to run Constant Mists , prevent all combat damage that would be dealt this turn, and to counter the buyback effect of sacrificing a land, recruit the help of Groundskeeper . (Preferably with the older artwork by Alan Rabinowitz) He's a 1/1 green druid, which will take advantage of the Pendelhaven Elder ability and the artwork is painterly in execution. This way you could perpetually keep the attacking creatures stuck in Constant Mists loop while Wanderlust drives your enemy crazy.
Along a similar theme, Diligent Farmhand is another 1/1 druid, (Pendelhaven worthy) and fits in with the artwork aesthetics. For: 1Green, Sacrifice Diligent Farmhand: Search your library for a basic land card, put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle. A pretty straightforward Rampant Growth sacrifice effect, but the second part of his text got me thinking, "If Diligent Farmhand is in a graveyard, effects from spells named Muscle Burst count it as a card named Muscle Burst." Muscle Burst ? Never seen it before, but it's a 2 cast instant that has the potential to outdo Giant Growth , Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is 3 plus the number of cards named Muscle Burst in all graveyards. I can imagine if the graveyard is cluttered with Diligent Farmhand , it could start compounding, and possibly replace Evolutionary Escalation if looking for room in the deck.
If there's advantage to having cards in the graveyard with Muscle Burst , and we're pulling lands out of the graveyard for a constant mist around the An-Havva folk, there might be room in the deck for a Life from the Loam , (preferably with the crow artwork), Return up to three target land cards from your graveyard to your hand. and it's got, Dredge 3 (If you would draw a card, you may mill three cards instead. If you do, return this card from your graveyard to your hand.) , which will pour that Muscle Burst into the dirt, and keep your mist fodder in hand.
Anyhow, thanks for the flavourful deck idea, Kudos!