Creature — Dryad
, Tap an untapped creature you control: Gain one mana of any colour.
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|Ravnica Allegiance (RNA)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Saruli Caretaker Discussion
2 weeks ago
Murphy77 so I made a bant walls deck. I still need testing, and once I get more results I might decide to post the deck list.
I disagree with God-Eternal Oketra being to high of converted mana cost. This is to me a bomb. currently i am running 2. they are the 2nd win con. he is possibly a 6/6 doublestrike that poops out 4/4. If not exiled he is recurring. sure he is a turn 5 or 6, but you are literally a def deck. you have plenty of turns to draw him. this is not an aggro deck. it is ok to run higher cmc.
so there are some cards in your deck that are to me, underwhelming.I will name a few Concordia Pegasus and Roc Charger. take these out and look at green.. Looking at my list i only kept 2 creature cards in my bant version.the two are turtle and wall of runes.
However, for green ramp, i wouldn't use Arboreal Grazer, but instead use Saruli Caretaker and Incubation Druid. Now my deck runs Primal Empathy. kinda a weird card if you ask me, but i think i like it. it makes our walls bigger and possibly block and kill stuff mid game, and best case, you draw a bunch. Drawing is so important in this deck i feel, BUT we need a creature heavy deck imo. therefore, Parcelbeast makes a great card to filter, and 4 toughness.
This is my take on everything. I still need more testing atm. If you play mtga we could test or what not.
1 month ago
A few suggestions to improve your list:
You don't need mana ramp in an aristocrats deck such as this. Just lower your curve with some good early creatures that can double as sac outlets, such as Cauldron Familiar, Hunted Witness, Gutterbones and the like. Alseid of Life's Bounty is also a good combo with Lurrus of the Dream-Den.
Take out the green, it does nothing for your deck. Saruli Caretaker is a bad card and Dryad of the Ilysian Grove does next to nothing, as you're playing too few lands to reliably be able to play two a turn. He also doesn't help fix your mana, since green is your splash. Given you don't have any green mana in the deck, I assume this isn't a finished list though.
As is, you don't have any way to draw a bunch of cards. If that's one of your goals, you probably want to add something like Midnight Reaper. Also combos well with Cat+Oven.
Hope that helps.
Good luck brewing.
6 months ago
If you're going to do a Wall (Defender) Deck, I'd recommend switching your colors from Green-Blue-Red to Green-Blue-White.
Arcades, the Strategist isn't a super-expensive card to purchase & he adds immensely to Defender builds.
Wall of Roots can help you out quite a bit with Mana Generation, especially if you need a bunch of it in a hurry. The same is true of Saruli Caretaker Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive is a must-have too I'd say for when you can shed Defender abilities & attack.
If you do decide to splash White, then you have a number of other really decent (and inexpensive) Defender options such as Wall of Essence , Novice Knight , Resolute Watchdog , and many - MANY - more.
1 year ago
Hi multimedia, thanks for your suggestions. This was the first commander deck I've ever built, kind of like my little baby, haha. I have a few cards on the way for it, Tree of Redemption , Land Tax , Slagwurm Armor and Brave the Sands . I had Saruli Caretaker in the deck previously, took it out for some land search cards to get Rampaging Baloths going. I've previously searched for Wall of Denial at a decent price, but limited availability made me give up. Postage to Australia from the US or Europe is another factor, hahaha. I will keep your suggestions in mind for future acquisitions, as many of them would work very well.
As far as my cut list goes, Fountain of Renewal , Chaos Wand , Deep Freeze , Worldsoul Colossus , Suspicious Bookcase and Guardians of Akrasa are there because they do stuff, but not great stuff if that makes sense? If you have other suggestions on what to cut, I'm all ears!
1 year ago
Hey, looks good, nice start. Is this one of your first Commander decks you've made? Really nice pull on the IMA packs especially since you only bought two packs and got the best/most valuable card in the whole set :)
Arcades can benefit a lot from creatures who have defender who can make ramp. These help to make mana to be able to play Arcades faster which helps your overall deck because you want Arcades on the battlefield before you can really get going in the game. If you draw them when you don't need ramp then that's fine because they still draw you a card because they have defender.
- Overgrown Battlement
- Axebane Guardian
- Sunscape Familiar : has defender, "walls can't attack" was printed on older cards before it was officially called defender.
- Sylvan Caryatid
- Wall of Roots
- Saruli Caretaker
- Vine Trellis
Battlement and Guardian can make a lot of ramp because they both care about how many creatures with defender you control. As you play more defender creatures the better their ramp becomes. Either one can for instance trigger a lot of activations for Assault Formation .
Wall of Blossoms is good, it's a green Wall of Omens . Wall of Denial and Geist of the Archives are three drop flying defender creatures and Denial is among the best Walls in Commander. Jeskai Barricade has flash and it can bounce another creature with defender back to your hand so you can play it again and draw again with Arcades.
Reveillark is good reanimation with Walls since they have 0 power. Lark also combos with Barricade for lots of reanimation since Lark triggers when it leaves the battlefield this includes bouncing it with Barricade. Arcades cares about when a defender creature ETB (enters the battlefield) therefore if you reanimate defender creatures you get to draw for each one that enters. Brave the Sands is good with Walls, vigilance with Arcades lets Walls attack and also defend.
Budget lands ($4 or less each) to consider adding:
- Command Tower : staple land for multicolored Commander decks.
- Exotic Orchard
- Yavimaya Coast
- Fortified Village
- Port Town
- Canopy Vista
- Prairie Stream
If you like some of these suggestions I offer help to make cuts. Good luck with your deck.
1 year ago
From the sound of your meta, there seems to be a lot of group card draw going on. Make sure to overload on ramp, so you can play the extra cards you draw. Loam Dryad and Saruli Caretaker could be decent turn-1 plays in this deck, since you can tap Emmara the turn she comes down. Wirewood Lodge could also be cool. For low-cmc card draw, I would check out Mask of Memory and Selvala, Explorer Returned for your build. I would also skim the EDHREC page for Emmara.