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Whenever Rust Scarab becomes blocked, you may destroy target artifact or enchantment defending player controls.
Rust Scarab Discussion
4 months ago
Rust Scarab is a particular favorite creature of mine that works very well with combat buffs like Berserk or Xenagos, God of Revels . It creates a situation where opponents don't want to block the buffed out beetle. However, it might be too slow for a deck as tuned as yours.
9 months ago
1 year ago
Looks pretty solid. I think the biggest downfall is graveyard hate. Most of that that i can think of is enchantment or artifact. Tormod's Crypt, Leyline of the Void, Grafdigger's Cage, Ground Seal, Nihil Spellbomb, Crook of Condemnation. I would run more hate for it. Krosan Grip is a staple, but something recurring like Rust Scarab or creatures that add to your strategy like Thrashing Brontodon or Viridian Zealot could be good too. You unfortunately are not in the colors for Aura Shards but i think that your strategy is solid, it just lacks protection for it.
1 year ago
Substitutions I would make all depend on your collection really. But in terms of good creatures, theres a litmus test (sort of).
Does it have a major impact on the board? Lets compare your Rust Scarab to Indrik Stomphowler. They both destroy something, but one does it right away, and one is situational that your opponents can play around. Theres very few situations where the Scarab is gonna be better than the stomphowler, and very rarely do you want to play around niche situations. So basically, does the creature add value to your deck, and are there better options, and if the answer is no, that creature is probably good.
Does it serve a purpose outside of the theme? Elvish Mystic probably falls in this category. Its a good ramp card and is probably worth running. Sakura-Tribe Elder is another good one. They help you thin your deck and ramp to the mana you need to explode all over the place. Theyre good to go. Coal Stoker and to some extent Burning-Tree Emissary? Not as impactful and sometimes the mana isnt getting used. So those could probably be cut.
Is it a great card? Seems simple enough, but some cards are just fucking great, like Bloodbraid Elf. Its a 3/2 haste for 4, which is okay, but that cascade... so hot. Free cards are value trains to ride all day. 2 for 1s, creatures you can play by themselves and just sit there being badass (think Geth, Lord of the Vault type cards), those are great shit for edh.
Does it fit your theme? Obviously you dont have to necessarily have a theme or follow one tightly, but some people like to, and Im one of those people, so this is a huge part of my decision making when it comes to card inclusions. For your theme, youre beating face all day every day, whippin out that damage and not giving a fuck. Your creatures should follow suit. Rubric Thar does that just fine.
Thats a basic way to figure it out.
Also, Krosan Grip.
1 year ago
TheGeneralAdvisor I completely forgot that my sibling was looking for Ruric to be their commander and not Atarka. I compiled this list while I was at work and just defaulted to her. Apart from Rust Scarab, what other creatures would you consider for swapping out? I greatly appreciate your advice, by the way. Usually when I create a deck from scratch, it performs very much subpar and I have to ask someone else for help, so youre doing me a big favor.
1 year ago
Manamorphose isnt really ramp so I wouldnt run it. Those are good cards to add, but I probably wouldnt cut Clan Defiance or a couple of the other good creatures you listed. Theres worse creatures in your pool like Rust Scarab.
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed might be better for you here if youre looking to whip out damage. Cheaper too. But theres even cheaper dudes in gruul, plus the new Radha is good. You should go to gatherer and find one that fits what you wanna do best, and try and keep your creatures that synergize well.
2 years ago
7 to 2.0
2 years ago
@turnedexpery81: Thanks for the comments! Swarmyard is in the upgrade section due to its price. Nantuko Vigilante was in an original build of this but I already had Caustic Caterpillar, Caustic Wasps, Rust Scarab and Viridian Corrupter which I think are all better, so it found the cutting room floor.
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