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Return target green card from your graveyard to your hand.
1 month ago
Eternal Witness , Finale of Devastation , Creeping Renaissance , Deadwood Treefolk , Genesis , Greenwarden of Murasa , Hatchery Spider , Moldgraf Monstrosity , Nature's Spiral , Noxious Revival , Paleoloth , Praetor's Counsel , Regrowth , Reincarnation , Revive , Seasons Past , Skullwinder , Verdant Confluence , and Wildwood Rebirth are all reasonable options and I am sure I am missing a few since I was going through this quickly at 2 am.
With mono g I would say get 3 or 4 of these and focus on keeping a full grip of cards even if it means cutting a few of your worst wurms to make it so you get to your good wurms faster. A Duskwatch Recruiter Flip is more helpful to you than something like Duskdale Wurm . Good draw and tutors make a deck much stronger than one just jam packed with big dudes.
There are also a few indestructible creatures that can be used if there are far too many board wipes to recover. Spearbreaker Behemoth , Impervious Greatwurm and Nylea, God of the Hunt are pretty fitting cards for wurms imo.
6 player games can be fun, but you are right, some decks don't really function well with that many. I always prefer 4 player games.
2 months ago
I suggest you cut Arbor Elf and Birds of Paradise, and instead just ramp with enchantments: Utopia Sprawl, Fertile Ground , Weirding Wood . My reasoning is two-fold: 1) "Bolt the Bird" - your turn 1 dorks are removal targets, and can end up becoming a mana-drag instead of ramp. Additionally, those dorks are slotted as creatures, which means you're going to end up blocking with them. And while that defensive strategy seems rational, what it ends up being as often as not is that you get unreliable ramp, and tapped would-be blockers. 2) I don't think you need as much mana as you think. One of the cool things about Hydras, in my humble opinion, is that even though they're often thought of as giant, scary threats, many of them have fairly low CMCs with "x" in their casting cost. Additionally, they often have pretty powerful and unique abilities that make them valuable creatures even at a low initial cost. If it was really that important to make them huge, you'd just go for an infinite mana-ramp combo and drop them all as 500/500's. But we only need to deal 20 damage (in most games) to get a win. It's better to swing for 18 with 3 6/6's than one big 18/18 - harder to block, less susceptible to removal, etc. So play those lower CMC Hydras right away for reasonable CMC's and build up your boardstate with less concern for scary size. That is, I don't think you need as much mana as you're making. As a side-note, Arbor Elf encourages you to double or triple enchant a single Land. That makes that Land a target for removal. I suggest you resist that urge, and enchant separate Lands. The idea is that you don't give opponents any obvious and advantageous targets.
Cut Asceticism. 5 is way to much to pay for a little creature protection. Additionally, it can be removed at instant speed, which can leave you vulnerable when you least expect it. On average in 1v1 games, you're not going to see more than 2 removal attempts against your creatures. You don't need protection all the time, you need it at the right time. And finally, if you cast creatures for less mana and opponents are still removing them, it's likely you've got tempo on your side and they're on the defensive. So it will be fine to let them remove a smaller Hydra, and instead protect a bigger creature later on when they'll really rely on a removal spell. Therefore Heroic Intervention is just way, way better. It might even be good enough to drop Lightning Greaves, too.
Cut Solidarity of Heroes. All your creatures can get plenty big on their own. This spell is taking up a full slot of valuable real estate. I think the same is probably true for Doubling Season. It's just making a good card ridiculous. Like putting oversized tires with gaudy rims on a BMW.
Beast Within is a solid spell. You can run up to 4x in the mainboard. Then sideboard them out if Return to Nature (<-sideboard suggestion) will do the job.
I don't think either Garruk is the best option for draw, tutor, cheat, ramp, or pump. Yes, it's nice that you can get so many utilities in one place, but I think you can get what you need for less mana, and thus faster. Of all the abilities, Garruk Caller of Beasts first ability is the best, but without lots of creatures, it's probably better to tutor a creature for 2 mana once, instead of for 6 mana a few times.
I've suggested you make a lot of cuts. Here are some spells I suggest in their place:
There is no question in my mind that you should run 2x Gargos, Vicious Watcher . You should probably also run 2x Rosheen Meanderer . If you add this creatures, then Time of Need will allow you to run less of them, so you don't end up with dead cards from the Legendary Rule. These two creatures together are extremely powerful. With a full set of Time of Need, you can be sure to get at least 1 of them consistently.
Hungering Hydra . For starters, the name of this creature fits the name of this deck perfectly. I was honestly surprised it wasn't already included. But to make it better, for a low-minimum CMC, it has evasion AND a means to get bigger on its own. So this is a creature you could cast for 3 or 4 on T3.
Protean Hydra - another low-minimum CMC creature with its own pump ability. I haven't checked, but I believe Heroic Intervention (Indestructible) would mean that even if it was reduced to 0/0, it would stay on the battlefield until it regained even more +1/+1 counters on the End Step.
Hydroid Krasis . This one is probably a little more of a stretch here, but I think the case for it makes it hard not to seriously consider. The minimum casting cost is pretty low, AND it draws you cards, AND it gains you life. Draw+lifegain is game-winning utility with a scary body. The big downside is the blue mana cost. I'm not a big fan of 2-color decks, but I am a fan of splashes. To clarify this position: 2-color decks are a slippery slope into 3,4, and even 5 colors. If the synergy between spells is strong enough to warrant adding a color and fixing mana against inconsistencies, odds are there are other color synergies just as good. Splashes, on the other hand disrupt mana-bases much less, and in many cases don't require any changes at all. If you add additional enchantment ramp, I think you'll be able to add 1 blue mana for this one creature. I don't suggest adding any other blue spells, though, as tempting as that might seem.
I'll leave off on creatures with the suggestion that you try to include as many Hydras with "x" in their casting cost as possible.
Other spells that might be useful:
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood - a lot of Hydras get counters, so more is probably useful. I don't know that it's needed here, but tucking some pump into the mana-base makes more room in the deck for draw-card, protection, removal, etc. While I suggest cutting pump from the mainboard, if you're going to use any, a little pump in the mana-base seems like the best place to put it to me.
Harmonize - 3 card for 4 mana is one of the best draw deals in Modern. Usually people use Collected Company , but with big creatures and creatures with "x" in their mana costs, CoCo is worthless here. Harmonize vs Garruk, Caller of Beasts: Harmonize gets you 3 cards, while Garruk only gets you creatures. Sometimes you need a land, or protection, or removal. When you use G,CoB's first ability, you're ordering your deck, potentially putting a lot of the spells you need into the Graveyard. So Harmonize seems like a decent option here.
Fog - A low-CMC spell that can win a lot of games.
Something that gets your creatures back from the Graveyard might be useful. Revive would do. There are quite a few other options I'm sure you can find with a little searching.
Scavenger Grounds - 1x in the mainboard won't disrupt your mana-base, and you'll gain some valuable range.
Field of Ruin - Same reasons as Scavenger Grounds.
I hope some of this has been helpful!
3 months ago
4 months ago
Thank you so much for your feedback! It is all really great perspective on many cards I’ve thought about or haven’t even considered for the deck.
I too, like Sylvan Advocate and have yet to really punch anyone in the face with his +2+2 land pump but I cannot wait. Seems like overall great value, especially as a druid.
The feedback i probably appreciate the most is what you’ve said about Craterhoof Behemoth and Decimator of the Provinces . It’s, for lack of a better word, comforting to hear that they aren’t needed for a few reasons... 1) because it’s a relatively “easy” and common way for decks like this to win like and it’s cool to not have to depend on that as much. I may still keep End-Raze Forerunners in as the only creature to supply that kind of ability.
I will have to play some games with Paradox Engine before I decide to take it out. I hear you about the how big of a target it is but I feel like it’s one of those cards that can be that card—a gamechanger. Especially with the recursion I have in Restock and Revive to have it get some second chances.
I really like your point about Helix Pinnacle . It seems really really awesome, but you’re right, how practical is it really? Probably not very often to not at all.
I also hear you on the druids... I actually have Woodfall Primus , Treefolk Harbinger and Voyaging Satyr floating around and I will put them in for sure. I like what they can bring to the table. I still need to get my hands on Priest of Titania .
And wow, I also have Throne of the God-Pharaoh and that kind of synergy never clicked in my head before. So thank you! I’m also going to try that one out.
I will also get my hands on Benefactor's Draught and Mobilize . I really like those suggestions as well as taking out Restock for Wildest Dreams . Roar of Challenge over Bloodscent makes complete sense to me as well, as does Harmonize over shapers.
Thanks so much for the comment!
4 months ago
Flusterstorm : Possible more cheep countermagic?
Force of Vigor : Free blow up RIP LoTV (Not the planeswalker) and other problems.
Exclude : Not too promising, but it can stall and cantrip.
Fact or Fiction : More card advantage? Probably not, because we want to be casting gifts instead. But maybe.
Ice-Fang Coatl : We want to be playing Basics anyway, the floor is a cantriping Flash creature, so I'd say it's worth it.
Thats it for now, can't wait for the full set.
7 months ago
I thought about Leveler and Laboratory Maniac but with Jace, the Living Guildpact for a deck reset as well as Revive I was hoping there would be enough control to not worry about completely milling myself. But Laboratory Maniac is still in the picture; worry not :)
8 months ago
8 months ago
Revive occurrence in decks from the last year
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All decks: 0.0%