Until end of turn, target creature you control becomes a green Wurm with base power and toughness 6/4.
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Scale Up Discussion
3 weeks ago
If you're playing fetches, Landfall Zoo is strictly better than general green stompy. The price difference is in the lands.
Wild Nacatl starts you off as a 1 mana 3/3, then add Steppe Lynx and Akoum Hellhound for some insane beaters. Narnam Renegade gives you a fourth great one drop, and Brushfire Elemental and Plated Geopede put in plenty of work. Add Burning-Tree Emissary and Hidden Herbalists for some better 2 drops. Myr Superion takes advantage of the mana off Emissary and Herbalists.
It's a bit cheaper than this solution as Arid Mesa and Windswept Heath are a lot cheaper than other fetches. Also, you get Path to Exile and Prismatic Ending for removal, as well as other fun tools like Lightning Helix , Lightning Bolt , Light Up the Stage , Ancient Grudge , Smash to Smithereens , etc.
Of course, it's an entirely different deck, so it's completely up to you -- I might have some other stuff in my back pocket.
4 months ago
Though I'm realizing just now that because Scale Up changes the creature type as well, that will remove any buffs from my Elf Lords. Hm. Probably something I should keep my eye on during play and see if I'm better off running Overrun instead.
4 months ago
Hey, you're welcome, nice update. I know the feeling with trying to find enough room. I just made changes to my version adding more evasion for Lathril and it was hard to cut Elves for it. Scale Up is an interesting card choice.
10 months ago
Most of my experience with infect comes from playing simic, but I have played the mechanic in all 5 colors. In terms of power, green is the most effective color to play by a very VERY large margin. You get access to the best infect creature in Glistener Elf (along with the slower and safer option of Blight Mamba), you get trample sources to push through damage with Ichorclaw Myr such as Rancor, Predator's Strike, and Larger Than Life, you get protection bundled with buffs in the form of Vines of Vastwood, Ranger's Guile, and Blossoming Defense, and you get the largest pool of very strong power boosts in the form of Mutagenic Growth, Invigorate, Scale Up, Might of Old Krosa, Berserk, Become Immense, Groundswell, Phytoburst, Noble Hierarch, and Pendelhaven. Since infect is an all-or-nothing sort of archetype, even when running the less aggressive versions, the most important characteristics that you need are speed, protection, and evasion. Green offers two of those things in spades but can struggle with evasion. This is why blue is generally considered the next best color to run. You get the insane threat of Blighted Agent, unblockable buffs with Distortion Strike and Aqueous Form, and protection from spells via Spell Pierce, Dispel, Turn Aside, and the odd Spellskite. Black is the next best. Plague Stinger's flying isn't as good as the unblockable on a Blighted Agent but it's still very powerful evasion as illustrated by the ubiquity of Inkmoth Nexus in every non-budget infect list ever made. Black also nets useful control tools like Thoughtseize, Inquisition of Kozilek, Fatal Push, Dismember, and Assassin's Trophy. White was considered the worst infect color for a very long time since its best option (Apostle's Blessing) can be used in any deck, but the recent introduction of Giver of Runes has breathed some life back into the color. Additionally, I've seen a lot of equipment lists popping up that use Colossus Hammer, Kor Duelist, Sigarda's Aid, and Kor Outfitter to see some success. Unfortunately, that leaves red as the current worst color to run in infect. It has some decent buffs but they pale in comparison to green's offerings. The result is that most red infect decks rely on gimmicks like using Razor Swine's first strike to wither enemy creatures, generating infinite mana to pump into an unblocked Ogre Menial, or putting Phyresis on something like a Spikeshot Elder to bypass combat altogether. Your instant tricks definitely fall in this category. That's not necessarily a bad thing though. If your meta is casual enough, red should still work and it will be much more interesting to play with / fun to play against than a more traditional deck. How competitive you want to be is always up to you.
To answer your specific questions, I would probably start by cutting a few creatures. Most lists run about 12 infect sources (and that's including a playset of Inkmoth Nexus). With Hand of the Praetors on your top end, running 16-20 isn't that unreasonable, at least as long as all of them are good. Infect creatures usually become "bad" when they cost more than 2. That's why I wouldn't usually recommend running Ichor Rats or Septic Rats. Both Necropede and Plague Myr are perfectly acceptable inclusions with very similar power levels. They'll rarely be better than Plague Stinger or Ichorclaw Myr but that's okay if you just want more guys to play. As for Vector Asp, it's honestly a pretty bad choice in most circumstances. While you usually won't need to activate it more than 2 or 3 times to win the game, that mana would be better spent elsewhere, and it doesn't even trigger the Hand. However, given the choice of it and a 3-drop, I'd probably take the snake, especially since it would be your only proactive play on turn 1 (barring the inclusion of Glistener Elf or Inkmoths). Better though would just be to run neither and invest in more buff spells to assist in combat and trigger Livewire Lash. I do like the idea of those spells having cycling in theory, but in practice, the mana needed to cycle can short you of the resources needed to close out the game. Plus, cycling spells tend to cost more to account for the added ability. Cycling lands on the other hand should be fine as long as they come in untapped, although it looks like that only describes Ash Barrens and Blasted Landscape. Just like with creatures, I wouldn't run any spells that cost more than 2 unless they can win you the game like Soul's Fire can. This will also allow you to run 20 lands or fewer, opening up even more slots for gas. I apologize if I'm repeating myself about the low-cost-high-speed thing but that is basically the reason the infect mechanic exists. If you prefer a slow and more controlling style, Rakdos wither built around Necroskitter is a fun option that has some overlap with infect.
10 months ago
Allosaurus Shepherd would be awesome in this deck. One of the best answers to Island ever printed. I think Ashaya, Soul of the Wild could pull a lot of work in this deck, too. It's gigantic for its mana cost, and it even combos with Quirion Ranger and Scryb Ranger for infinite mana while protecting you against Cyclonic Rift. With the number of fetches you're running, Dryad Arbor would work great. It's useful tech against sacrifice effects and is a good turn 1 Green Sun's Zenith target. My last comment is just a thought, since I don't know how well your deck runs, but Scale Up could be your green version of Dark Ritual, especially if you use it the first time you untap with Selvala.
I would keep Worldly Tutor. You never know when you need to tutor for Walking Ballista because you have no outlet for infinite mana, or games when you need Craterhoof Behemoth to win, or tutoring any number of other cards for other reasons.
11 months ago
The most straightforward way of thinking about Mannichi is that you apply its P/T switching ability last.
P/T is determined in Layer 7, which has a number of sublayers. We have to apply all the effects from one sublayer before moving to the next one. Luckily, Layer 7 is the easiest Layer to understand. In the first sublayer, we consider characteristic-defining abilities (CDAs), like that of Tarmagoyf. In the next sublayer, we consider P/T setting effects, like that of Scale Up. In the third sublayer, we consider all buff/debuff effects, like your Slagwurm Armor as well as counters. In the fourth and final sublayer, we consider P/T switching effects.
Let's run through an example. Let's say your Ancient Crab is out with 2 +1/+1 counters, has Slagwurm Armor equip, and is affected by Mannichi. Nothing happens in the first two sublayers. In the third sublayer, there are 3 effects to apply. We apply all of these effects in "timestamp" (roughly chronological) order. Let's say the counters happened first. So, the Crab will go from being a 1/5 to a 3/7 to a 3/13. In the last sublayer, you switch the power and toughness, and the Crab becomes a 13/3. Should you unequip the Armor, the Crab will be a 7/3.
Hope this helps!!