Savage Ventmaw

Savage Ventmaw

Creature — Dragon

Flying Whenever Savage Ventmaw attacks, gain . You don't lose this mana at the end of steps and phases until the end of your turn.

Savage Ventmaw Discussion

multimedia on Dragon Reanimator

1 week ago

Hey, Savage Ventmaw when tutored for with Scion before attacking can make mana for three more activations of Scion. This can be used for a reanimation line with Teneb, the Harvester and Bladewing the Risen which you end up with all three Dragons on the battlefield and a Teneb who can attack again and reanimate again on your next turn. Karrthus, Tyrant of Jund gives Dragons you control haste and that's powerful when you reanimate a lot of them at once especially with Utvara Hellkite.

Looks like you forgot Sol Ring? With such a high budget is there some reason not playing any tutors: Demonic Tutor and Enlightened Tutor? Buried Alive is powerful with reanimation strategies because it also tutors. You have ABUR Duals, Shock lands and Trimoes which makes Nature's Lore and Farseek good two drop land ramp spells. City of Brass, Mana Confluence, Cascading Cataracts, Unclaimed Territory are some land upgrades to consider.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • Boros Garrison
  • Gruul Turf
  • Izzet Boilerworks
  • Rakdos Carnarium
  • Dragonskull Summit
  • Rootbound Crag
  • Path of Ancestry
  • Mana Geode
  • Commander's Sphere
  • Genesis Ultimatum
  • Monastery Siege
  • Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire
  • Slumbering Dragon
  • O-Kagachi, Vengeful Kami

Good luck with your deck.

Peoni on White Girls Love Wolves

2 weeks ago

Aggravated Assault and Hellkite Charger can go infinite with Bear Umbra and make the combat phase TRULY relevant. Add in other pieces like Savage Ventmaw (only works with assault) and Sword of Feast and Famine (kinda pricey) and you've got yourself some nasty combat oriented wincons.

I wonder why white girls love wolves. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

1 month ago

Let's re-visit the recent changes made to our Xenagos, God of Revels deck:

Atarka, World Render and Questing Beast have over-performed and have proven to be very valuable and powerful inclusions to the deck. Pairing Atarka, World Render and an activation by Xenagos, God of Revels has been devastating to opponents. Even though there are only six other dragons in the deck, Atarka, World Render has been paired with a dragon at least once every game. This pattern is understandably unsustainable, but this statistic makes the inclusion of Atarka, World Render even better. Questing Beast has been very valuable and has offed many planeswalkers. Its vigilance and deathtouch act as combat deterrents for opponents and has easily out-performed Vivien's Arkbow. No swapper's remorse here!

The switch of Mana Geyser to Savage Ventmaw has yielded unexpected results. Savage Ventmaw has been spot-removed prior to combat every time thus far. Minimally, it's attracting attention and forcing opponents to use their removal spells. It's a good thing.

I have not drawn Deflecting Swat once.

Field of Ruin blew-up a Gaea's Cradle. No chance Inkmoth Nexus would've been able to do that. This exchange is already a victory.

I saved the best update for last. Lurking Predators has been such a valuable addition to the deck that it's embarrassing it wasn't included originally. Although the deck has less than 30 creatures, Lurking Predators hit a creature more than 50% of its triggers. Similar to Atarka, World Render's pairing with other dragons in the deck, percentage-wise, this is an unsustainable statistic. However, I would be remiss not to include the work Lurking Predators has done in game-play thus far. I still think there's a place for Fiery Emancipation somewhere in the deck, but I can't reasonably and/or justifiably replace Lurking Predators with it. It has been too good.

So those are the updates to Xenagos, God of Revels. Let's keep Gruuling!

multimedia on Xenagos? More like Xena-gross!

1 month ago

Hey, there's lots of ramp here which makes 39 lands more than you really need. Consider cutting some basic lands for other cards?

Cards to consider adding:

Cards to consider cutting:

Good luck with your deck.

Profet93 on Xenagos' Dudes goes Face

1 month ago

I also run a Xenagos deck! Lol, what are the chances! I will try to keep cards under $15 per your suggestion....

Enchantments....

  1. Greater Good - BEST card you will ever add, if you listen to ANYTHING I say, this is it. Period.

  2. Lurking Predators - With 1/3rd of your deck as creatures, this is like a sunbirds invocation that does something even if you pass the turn! Highly recomended!

  3. Rancor - Nice to have, makes a 1/1 into a 6/4 trample with Xenagos. Providing trample cheaply and repeatedly is nice

Artifacts

  1. The Great Henge - A bit over budget, but nice to have. Card draw, lifegain and ramp all in 1, usually for .

  2. Gruul Signet - Nothing flashy, but another 2 mana ramp to help bring Xenagos out T3-4

  3. Lifecrafter's Bestiary - Scry and card draw, not bad, definitely worth considering to help maintain gas

Sorcerries

  1. Decimate - 4 cards for 1? yes please! Can also target Xenagos if no other enchantments since he's indestructible.

  2. Hull Breach - Mini decimate, still good!

  3. Life's Legacy - Very useful, sometimes it sucks sacrificing a beater, but its sometimes very very needed, especially if you know they are holding up removal, they cant cast it in response since saccing is additional cost to cast

  4. Nature's Lore - Ramp on T2 that can search up duals and brings the land untapped

  5. Rishkar's Expertise - I rarely advise for risky cards, but the positive far outweighs the negative. Your biggest issue in this deck is getting 2 for 1ed, when you cast a draw/enchantment spell on your creature, they can remove it in response so you lose 2 cards to their one. But the potential of drawing 8 plus cards and casting a spell for free helps with this deck lack of tempo and card draw. I think it fits quite well

  6. Skyshroud Claim - Nature's lore x2. While not necessary, can be helpful in keeping some tempo and ramp is crucial in a big beaters deck.

Instants

  1. Beast Within - Permanent removal. Thats a nice Maze of Ith you got there, ashame if it got destroyed :D

  2. Berserk - A better unleash fury that can on occasionally kill opposing creatures when needed

  3. Momentous Fall - Used in response to removal, removal can't be used in response to cast on the same creature

  4. Return of the Wildspeaker - Used in response to removal

Lands...Obviously none of these are needed, but they make the deck slightly better are relatively cheap. Worth the investment, IMO. You have lots of room in your landbase given you are playing green and already run an ok amount of ramp. Adding even more ramp will really make your utility lands shine.

  1. Dread Statuary - Manlands are helpful as they can be used for draw spells (see above instants/sorcerries) and can be equipped with rancor to deal damage unexpectedly.

  2. Castle Garenbrig - Need that extra mana for that creature? I got you covered

  3. Bonders' Enclave - Decent card draw

  4. Blighted Woodland - Ramp

  5. Myriad Landscape - See above

  6. Raging Ravine - Manland

  7. Sheltered Thicket - Least important of all lands, but nice to draw late game and can be fetched with nature's lore, farseek, skyshroud (although it will come in tapped)

  8. Kessig Wolf Run - Has helped me win here and there. Shouldn't be overlooked, nice to have like the rest of these

Creatures

  1. Atarka, World Render - 12/12 double strike trample flying w/ Xenagos! Too good to pass up

  2. Balefire Dragon - Deals with token decks and can clear a board while dealing heavy damage

  3. Carnage Tyrant - HEXPROOF. I cannot tell you how many times hexproof has saved me in this deck. They cant use their removal they've been holding up, they can't counter it, and it has trample. Stats leave something to be desired a bit, but can pack a punch with Xenagos and is safe to use Rishkar's expertise on

  4. Elder Gargaroth - New card which fuels card draw and has vigilance too!

  5. Fierce Empath - Nice to find the beater you need

  6. Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma - Ramp and provide trample!

  7. Eternal Witness - Nice recursion of a beater or draw spell

  8. Ilharg, the Raze-Boar - A beater that returns itself eventually and helps bring in other beaters (note: ETB triggers and the creature can attack a different opponent). Like a mini sneak attack

  9. Inferno Titan - ETB and attack trigger. Not bad, I find it useful although you might not despite it being better than a lot of your other cards.

  10. Kogla, the Titan Ape - ETB and attack trigger. Can be nice to bounce an eternal witness to give it indestructible.

  11. Lifeblood Hydra - Even if they kill it, you get to draw something. I've found it useful, especially with berserk.

  12. Nylea, Keen-Eyed - Helps make your creatures easier to cast, hard to remove, and helps you maintain gas. I'm still not convinced with it, testing it in my own build TBH. But thought it worthwhile to mention.

  13. Pathbreaker Ibex - A beater that provides trample to other beaters. Puts in some decent work, especially with a rancor!

  14. Reclamation Sage - Cheap artifact/enchantment removal on a creature (ex: lurking predators)

  15. Sakura-Tribe Elder - Another cheap 2CMC ramp spell to ensure Xenagos T3-4

  16. Savage Ventmaw - HUGE TEMPO! Attack and cast Rishkar's expertise or the Great Henge and then return of the wildspeaker/momentous fall/life's legacy or anything else is huge. Getting the attack and tempo in is VERY helpful as our deck struggles with tempo putting all the mana into a big creature.

  17. Shaman of Forgotten Ways - Ramp and an alternate wincon should you need it

  18. Siege Behemoth > Thorn Elemental

  19. Wood Elves.Farhaven Elf - Ramp, wood elves getting untapped duals

OVERALL: The deck is ok. I'm surprised how it has such a low CMC, but given your X spells. Once you replace those with 5+ CMC creatures, it will increase your AVG CMC to "normal". You want your AVG CMC to be around 4. Xenagos works as a sniper, you cast one big creature, give it haste and hope it doesnt eat removal. Given you spent all that mana on the creature, you don't do much else for the turn and then people usually swing at you because they are afraid of you casting another big creature out of nowhere.

As a result, having protection for them is crucial. In the form of heroic intervention, or another card out of budget such as Deflecting swat (which is SO powerful, counter counterspells, redirect targetted removal, targetted draw, targetted extra turns and more FOR FREE, so you can BLUFF INTERACTION). One more idea I'm thinking of is to replace Giant growth with Vines of Vastwood, similar function but provides protection as well. Also see Blossoming Defense for a similar function should removal/interaction is an issue in your meta as much as mine. Given you play against combo, they probably have interaction prior to them assembling their combo.

I got lots of ideas for cuts, so be sure to lmk what you think of each suggestion!

TypicalTimmy on Cards that hold a special …

1 month ago

Do you have any cards that hold a special place in your heart? Perhaps it is of a fond memory from how you acquired it? Maybe it's a card you drafted and you won every game with it? Maybe it's a card that represents something special to you?

I think it is safe to say that all players, from those who have been here for 20+ years to the players who began just now, have at least one card that is special to you.

If you'd like to share, that's what this forum is for. As a community, I think we get a bit too hung up on people being "right" or "wrong", being "competitive" or "casual", being "kind" or "toxic".

We are a community. So let's come together and take a moment to appreciate the game for what it is.


  • Aurelia, the Warleader was one of my very first mythics when I started playing. Between her and Iroas, God of Victory, I quickly grew a deep affinity for combat matters. It's possible that these two shaped the player I am today - wanting to cast giant bombs and attacking relentlessly. Those, with Avenger of Zendikar gave me a deep and fond connection toward token-based strategies and combat-matters based themes.

  • Savage Ventmaw was a Dragon I pulled in a booster pack I found at Walmart. The insane glee I found from such a thing was immense. Being able to attack with a giant Dragon that pays for my next giant bomb is something I honestly still can't get over. Any chance I get, I include this card in my decks. This is probably where I got my Timmy mindset from, if I am being honest. :) Still my #1 favorite Dragon in the whole game. I honestly don't think this will ever change :3

  • Satyr Hedonist and Generator Servant may seem like garbage cards, but in my early days of playing, these cards ramped me into seriously huge plays. I quickly realized that with Generator Servant, nothing says that both mana must be spent on a creature spell in order to give it haste - only one portion needs to. This means you can potentially give haste to two creatures, if you can. The jank I have put together with these two is probably, along with Savage Ventmaw, why I have a passion for Gruul - hence the coloration of my username.

  • Gift of Orzhova is a card that holds an incredibly special place in my heart. My dad was a lot of things, some good and some bad. One thing he was though was an artist, in a sense. He was a craftsman. He knew woodworking, masonry and stained glass. He taught me stained glass and it was a moment of my childhood that helped me get through the hard times. When he passed, I inherited all of his equipment. Now, due to unfortunate economic situations I have been forced to sell it all, but that doesn't matter. Items and money mean almost nothing to me. I have the memories, knowledge and skills. I still know how to do stained glass, and when I buy my home next year I'm going to set up in the basement just like my dad did. He passed away of cancer in 2009, and seeing these angelic wings made of stained glass brings a tear to my eye every time. Love you, dad.

  • One more. I absolutely LOVE Minotaur. It's my favorite tribe, even more so than Dragons. I hope we get stronger representation later on for EDH, but I have a very dirty Modern deck that destroys a lot of opponents. Regardless, when Ixalan introduced us to our first (on cardstock, that is) Minotaur Planeswalker, I can't even describe how happy I was. So, I picked up the Angrath Planeswalker deck, the one with Angrath, Minotaur Pirate one. And I shit you not, the booster pack that came with it had Angrath, the Flame-Chained in it. OH. MY. GOD. I know it might mean nothing to most of you on here, but seriously that made like my entire week. Also gotta give a shoutout to my boy Neheb, the Worthy and his other additions. And yes I know of Sethron, Hurloon General, and he's great and all but... we need more support in the +99, you know? A single Rageblood Shaman, Felhide Petrifier and Kragma Warcaller does not a good deck make.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

1 month ago

So the changes have been made. Here's what I decided:

1) Easily, Atarka, World Render improves the 99 by replacing Rampaging Brontodon. The double strike-enabling for dragons is more valuable than the power toughness buff of Rampaging Brontodon's attack trigger.

2) Questing Beast replaces Vivien's Arkbow. Vivien's Arkbow requires a lot of resources and the deck seems smoother with Questing Beast in its place. Questing Beast is too good to not be included in the deck.

3) Savage Ventmaw replaces Mana Geyser. I actually prefer Savage Ventmaw over Kozilek, Butcher of Truth in this spot. Without any of the spells that used to be included with the previously discussed token package, keeping Mana Geyser in the deck seemed to be an oversight. Savage Ventmaw's attack trigger will help mitigate the loss of this ramp spell.

4) Deflecting Swat replaces Chord of Calling. Chord of Calling is more difficult to cast without the presence of token creatures to help convoke it. In this exchange, a premium for protection was eye-balled. Unfortunately, a copy of Heroic Intervention currently is unavailable, but Deflecting Swat is a great runner-up!

5) I will continue to play-test and game-play with Lurking Predators. In the current deck list it replaces Gratuitous Violence, which was going to be replaced by Fiery Emancipation. This is a work in progress, as Gratuitous Violence has been a great card in the deck for me for a while. I'm open-minded, however, and will continue to give Lurking Predators a chance.

6) Lastly, Inkmoth Nexus is out and Field of Ruin is in. Inkmoth Nexus will find residence in another EDH/Commander deck. Its ability is rarely activated, if ever, by me in this deck. As such, substituting a more helpful land like Field of Ruin and its Maze of Ith-destroying capabilities seems like an easy swap.

And that's the way the news goes. I look forward to continue play-testing and game-playing Xenagos, God of Revels.

TypicalTimmy on Uumaka, Nature's Fury

2 months ago

I was sitting here watching the War of the Spark Brawl episode of The Command Zone and I said:

  • "Timmy, you love Oathbreaker. You love Planeswalkers. You just built a Riku of Two Reflections EDH deck. If you built a Commandwalker specifically tied to how you derive the most glee from a game, what would that Commandwalker look like?"

Uumaka, Nature's Fury is a Human Shaman / Druid. Shamans are beings who are able to call upon spiritual life forces, and Druids commune with nature. Uumaka is skilled and mastered in both practices. She is designed for an Aggro Timmy-style Stompy deck in which you ramp hard and play big creatures to overrun the battlefield - exactly how I like it.

After thinking about it, I'd say Uumaka is from Alara.


Uumaka, Nature's Fury

Legendary Planeswalker - Uumaka

+1 You may search your library for a basic land. If you do, reveal it and put it onto the battlefield tapped. Shuffle your library.

-4 Until end of turn, the next time you cast a creature spell, create a token copy of it.

-8 You get an emblem with "Lands you control become 5/5 Elemental creatures in addition to their other types. Creatures you control gain hexproof, indestructible, trample and vigilance."

{Uumaka, Nature's Fury can be your Commander.}

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The +1 isn't as good as Xenagos, the Reveler nor Domri, Anarch of Bolas, nor is it as overall powerful as Nissa, Who Shakes the World. However, what it does do is thin your deck by tutoring the land. Less cards in deck means better odds of drawing better spells. It also helps fix your mana, allowing you to get the specific color you need at that moment. Basic lands only. While it's not that powerful in some regards, it's also very strong in others.

The -4 is something I am very excited for. You don't need your creature spell to resolve - you merely have to cast it. Think of it like Desolation Twin, in that sense. It means even if you have a large play, such as an Avenger of Zendikar, it's okay if the creature gets countered; You still get the token copy. It also means you can have a buffer on legendary creatures, too. For example, many players won't allow an Omnath, Locus of Rage to resolve. However, if the token copy is created then it doesn't really matter. If the spell resolves, SBA the token out of the game. If the spell doesn't resolve, you still got an Omnath. This also means spells such as Parallel Lives, Primal Vigor and Doubling Season are more impactful. If I cast a Savage Ventmaw, that is some serious board presence. Or I could go unbelievably wide with a Hornet Queen. I'd also still have access to things such as Flameshadow Conjuring and Bramble Sovereign. So the chance to go insanely wide absolutely exists here. Now, personally, with the +1 tutoring out a basic land I would straight up go for creatures with Landfall abilities. Nesting Dragon, Rampaging Baloths, Lotus Cobra, Avenger of Zendikar, Akoum Hellkite, Oran-Rief Hydra, Omnath, Locus of Rage, Tireless Tracker, etc.

Lastly, the -9 sets you up for a huge wincon. All of the lands you've been tutoring plus the lands you've been playing are now 5/5 creatures that are neigh unstoppable (Though not entirely. AEtherize screws you over good.). This also then affects all creatures you control. A giant powerful emblem that should secure you the win immediately, if not putting a hard clock on the game itself.

I lowered the ultimate from -9 to -8, meaning it holds synergy with Doubling Season and is a turn sooner in general. To compensate, I bumped CMC from 5 to 6. Overall, ramping in Gruul is insanely easy so +1 CMC isn't much at all, especially with the land tutor on a +1.

Personally, I think she is immensely over powered, but not broken. I like Planeswalkers that set you up to win, but you still need to put in the effort.

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