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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Choose two —
- Target player gains 7 life.
- Put target noncreature permanent on top of its owner's library.
- Target player shuffles his or her graveyard into his or her library.
- Search your library for a creature card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
4 days ago
The problem with Blood Artist and Kitchen Finks is that protean hulk has a cost limit of 6 and with the other cards they just cant fit into gap. I ruled out Smothering Abomination a while ago because I don't always have something that I want to sac to sac at my upkeep. Rhystic Tutor has always been filler for another tutor, I think Traverse the Ulvenwald could fit well here, because even if we already have the hulk, we can still tutor up a land to make sure we hit our drops. Wishclaw Talisman has always been interesting. You could target whoever has the least interaction, use a different tutor if you can find one, or really just pray to god that your opponents are too selfish to want removal and rely on one of the many backup win-cons. As for the first two tutors you mentioned, too slow for a turn 7 win or earlier. Primal Command is a good suggestion but I have tried to cut back on 5+ tutors cuz I don't wanna have my tutor countered right before turn 6 (The most important turn ). Only reason Final Partings in here is because it tutors up the infinite turn combo very nicely. Grim Backwoods costs 4 mana and a creature to draw a single card so I don't think it'll be included here. Burnished Hart is just more ramp that I don't exactly depend on and Morbid Curiosity is an intriguing card that ill continue to consider. Does the protean hulk trigger go on top of the stack or does the morbid go first?
4 days ago
I love your deck! It looks really cool and fun to play, and you certainly do a better job of explaining how your deck works than I do with mine.
Citanul Flute could work, but Protean Hulk costs seven mana, so it'd take longer than other tutors. Corpse Connoisseur is another possibility, but again, Protean hulk costs seven mana so it'd be difficult to get with your commander. Primal Command could work well, as well as Traverse the Ulvenwald. Morbid Curiosity, Smothering Abomination, Grim Backwoods, and Burnished Hart all might work.
Now for cards to remove. I will say that Rhystic Tutor is a staggeringly bad card, and if your opponent knows how your deck works, they will almost always pay the. Wishclaw Talisman allows you to search for your combo pieces, but could also allow opponents to search for just the right card to counter your combo. I haven't really playtested your deck much, so I can't really see any other weak cards just by looking at the decklist.
I'll also say that I'm not as experinced a Magic player as I made myself sound, so be careful when taking my advice. And you know your deck much better than I do, so you probably know that some of the cards I sugggested won't work.
1 month ago
Have you thought about tossing Harrow in? It's usually better Roiling Regrowth, as long as nobody counters your ramp spells. Stone-Seeder Hierophant has to tap to ramp you, but if you can hit multiple landfall per turn it can be a lot of mana.
This is pretty out there, but Simic Growth Chamber and Guildless Commons are interesting cards, they offer access to an extra land drop as a floor, but technically you can bounce the land itself and replay it if you've got ways to do it, like Skyshroud Ranger for example (there are others, not all low budget, but several are), it can let you hit potentially infinite land drops using a card like Retreat to Coralhelm, which is pretty powerful in Tatyova. Retreat also interacts positively with Tatyova and Dreamscape Artist, which is pretty budget and is a source of tons of landfall over time even without Retreat. Oboro Breezecaller is a nifty way to keep hitting land drops, even if you're not really gaining ground you still draw cards. She can ramp you nicely if you have lands that tap for more than 1 mana, which can be via the Growth Chamber, Commons, or via an aura like Wild Growth or Overgrowth or Fertile Ground, and they are some of the more efficient ramp as long as people don't run enchantment hate/wipes, you can enchant an untapped land often and gain that ramp the same turn, which is usually better/safer than a ramp rock. I also like Soratami Mirror-Mage and Meloku the Clouded Mirror, all three can readily go infinite with Retreat to Coralhelm and a creature that taps to put a land into play, and all 3 make it very easy to hit your potential land drops. Not really sure why, but while everyone agrees Thrasios is amazing, very few people seem to care about Parcelbeast, but it's a good card in Tatyova. If you have Retreat out obviously you can untap when you hit a land, and if you have extra landfall available, you can use a separate landfall to untap the Parcelbeast so you can keep trying for another land, but it's not like 1 mana and tapping your Parcelbeast is a big ask. Also, if you can manage to put a Parcelbeast (or any other Mutate creature, including something like Sea-Dasher Octopus could be decent, there are some huge bodies) onto a Scute Swarm, you'll clone the mutated creature, which can be a 7/7 potentially. Most Mutate creatures seem to just give you a buff when they mutate, but some offer useful abilities that you'd like cloned. This will weird people out, but it's a nice play in budget I suspect.
A bit random, but Tatyova decks should usually be running the card Gush, you might not even mind bouncing the lands, the card draw is a nice perk, with the cost being the main upside of the card. It interacts nicely with Mystic Sanctuary and the aforementioned land-into-play dorks and Retreat to Coralhelm to draw as much as you want, and have other landfall benefits. Even if all you do is draw 2 cards and hit 2 more land drops you would have missed, that's a huge payoff for literally no mana IMHO.
I like having Primal Command in budget Green decks, it's a lot of mana but it can do a lot of stuff technically. If you throw in anything that can recur it, you can keep reshuffling your graveyard back in, which can be useful. Curse of the Swine is a nice juicy removal spell for Simic, it not only exiles, it can hit tons of targets, allowing you to compete with recursive decks more readily.
Cool deck, hope some of this is interesting/helpful!
2 months ago
I have replaced Shared Summons with Second Harvest, which decreased the average converted mana cost of this deck from 3.94 back to 3.92, because, as awesome as it would be to copy the former card and search for four creatures, I believe that Primal Command is sufficient for this deck, plus, copying the latter card would be amazing.
2 months ago
What kind of decks are you working on? If you have the resources available, it seems to me like you'd be better served by customizing the tutors to the decks.
Depending on budget and needs, Primal Command, Fierce Empath, or Eladamri's Call work in a creature deck, and the Harbingers and Forerunners and similar cards work for specific tribes. Call the Gatewatch and Enlightened Tutor work for their respective card types.
Unless there are extenuating circumstances, I'm not sure that looking for a one-card-fits-all is the most efficient option.
2 months ago
If you're expecting to get Staff of Domination out, I feel like even a single Ezuri, Renegade Leader is probably about as much 'brute force' offense as you need, this would also free up cards vs using x4 Forerunners that could be too small vs life gain decks, infinite mana and Ezuri is infinite trample damage off of even 1 untapped elf. I also run Blossoming Bogbeast as an infinite finisher, but I have x2 Primal Command to recycle my graveyard while gaining life, making the Bogbeast potentially infinitely big. Primal Command is a really, really versatile card, even if it's a 5 mana spell, it's a great tutor if you've got tons of mana, it can remove annoying things, gain some life and even as noted recycle a graveyard, yours or someone else's. I use a Instill Energy as both an untapper (can be huge ramp) or as a haste source, at which point Bogbeast itself can swing to close.
It usually feels pretty good to have Once Upon a Time in an opener, it can burn you but rarely enough that it turns a lot of otherwise bad hands into solid keepers.
I'm also not sure about Steel Leaf Champion, I feel like you'd be better off with some Joraga Warcallers, these can protect your board from things like Plague Engineer, and are another potential payoff for infinite mana (though it won't give trample). I actually ended up running x2 Jagged-Scar Archers, which can be bigger than Champions while also hating on flyers like Murktide Regent, Delver of Secrets Flip, or Dragon's Rage Channeler.
I don't love Gelatinous Genesis in here because I don't see any way it can win the turn you cast it, so I'd cut them for something that can do so. I run Terastodon as a big clunky beater option, it can put out up to 18 power for 8 mana (costs me lands, but who cares in Elves?), or it can give my opponent some chumps if they have stuff I want removed (useful if they have exact mana and you expect a Wrath, this can make that Wrath uncastable in time for it to matter). If you use Genesis with 9 mana up, you make 4 4/4 bodies, I'm not sure that's as good as making a 9/9 and blowing up stuff (or just taking the obviously better 9/9 + 3 3/3s), but unless people in your meta do not use Wraths or Ensnaring Bridge type effects, it's worth taking a look at over Genesis. In the event you have infinite mana, you'd have been better off with an Ezuri, which can close that turn, or a Terastodon if you couldn't swing for some reason to clear the field/prevent a retaliatory wipe.
Interesting take on budget Elves! Hope some of my ideas are in your range
4 months ago
Since you've got a decent number of ways to play extra lands, Soratami Mirror-Mage might be a nice dual purpose card, bouncing lands and removing problem creatures of your opponent. Like Meloku, it's a 1:1 ratio (lands bounced to activation cost), so it's fairly easy to repeat without using extra resources, and can generate them with Stone-Seeder Hierophant type cards. Not sure how you feel about tutors, but Time of Need can find a relevant creature for you, Shared Summons can find two, and Primal Command is perhaps the most versatile tutor ever printed, and worth a look in a deck trying to save card space. Field of Ruin is a nice land destruction effect that triggers Tatyova when it replaces itself.
Just an outside opinion, but have you thought about running more lands? Tatyova benefits from drawing lands and hitting drops, with 37 I fear you'll run out early. I run 45 in my Tatyova deck, and I often suspect it should go a tad higher still, nothing is quite as bad for Tatyova as not hitting your land drops consistently, and you've got multiple 'extra land into play' effects. All that said, your deck looks like it should be interesting to play, nice work!
4 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!