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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Creature — Insect
At the beginning of your upkeep, if you control five or more lands, put four +1/+1 counters on Scute Mob.
1 month ago
Hey paperhead! Thanks for the upvote and suggestion! Scute Mob hasn't been suggested yet, but it's an interesting option. I've gone with Scute Swarm in the main to this point because the go-wide strategy is great for stalling the game. I find Scute Mob's potential size to be intriguing though... I think there are definitely times where a massive blocker would be nice!
1 month ago
I read everything in the description but not the comments since I'm very tired. Has Scute Mob been suggested? I love the feeling when my one drop chump blocker can kill just about anything that isn't flying.
3 months ago
I like it, seems strong and on point and is probably better than mine.
Personally I think Scute Swarm / Scute Mob / Rampaging Baloths and Zendikar's Roil are actually pretty decent and can explode quickly if you like going wide and big. Also, Bane of Progress might be better or equivalent to Structural Assault because it gets enchantments and counters. You already have that wipe in addition to Blasphemous Act, having two might be better, but Star of Extinction is stupid with Vigor. Tilonalli's Summoner is more on theme than the beast or insect tokens and is better with Locus of Rage but you could theoretically use Arcane Adaptation if you really want to commit.
Eh just some thoughts, its obviously strong, but you have an easy chance to go wide for a few changes.
4 months ago
Fenrixx I would suggest at least ditching Beacon of Creation as it doesn't really synergize with anything you're doing, and is generally just a bad spell. I also think you're running too many cards as 1-ofs and 2-ofs, which is going to limit your ability to have a consistent plan, most of your deck should be playsets of those cards that matter most.
I still think going all-in on insect tribal is a bad approach here, especially as the only card that even remotely benefits from this tribe-restriction is Grist, and as said before, she'd benefit more from having a deck that can present other threats and supports her staying on-board for a long time, rather than just buffing her +1.
Around your Persist plans, it's interesting, but I think you're lacking the ability to reliably pitch cards into your grave. It feels like a lot of the time you're going to be stuck with these cards in hand indefinitely if they're drawn. Added to this, Persisting creatures is a lot of effort and really you want to get some massive payoff for doing so - like bringing back an Archon of Cruelty. I personally don't see the benefits being worth the hassle of bringing back these swole insects. Importantly, none of them do anything on the turn they enter, which is a big downside for their required investment.
A direction to try take this where insect-tribal might feel more relevant would be in some kind of land-ramp package. Combining Scute Mob, and Scute Swarm with lots of card that can let you play multiple lands each turn, could end up netting you some large rewards, and actually help validate these creatures being in the deck (it also might help validate Giant Adephage and Living Hive). I think if you're bringing any insects at all into a deck, you want it to be where those cards are actually decent choices to include, and then incidentally help Grist, as opposed to only existing in the deck because of their creature-type. At the moment it feels like your choosing cards based on their creature-type alone, which feels like a bad idea.
4 months ago
4 months ago
I think the big issue here is that you’ve built around Grist to an extreme, where most of your other cards become terrible on their own. Giant Adephage, Hornet Queen, Scute Mob and Scute Swarm all need to live in a deck able to dump a LOT of lands into play quickly to be useful, with only 22 lands and no ramp, these cards are either uncastable or nigh-on-useless. There’s alao ny synergy in your deck to make use of any of Hex Parasite, Hornet Nest, or Mortician Beetle.
It feels like you’ve focused your deck too heavily around the assumption that Grist will be in play, which puts you in a really terrible spot when you don’t draw it. Furthermore, Grist doesn’t need it’s +1 to trigger multiple times in a turn to be good - what Grist wants is a deck that can support her by providing other strong threats and distractions while she slowly out-values the board. That’s something you’re not providing her here.
10 months ago
Thanks for your feedback! I threw this together to get an idea of how it would play against my group with the cards I have since I haven't built anything simic in a long time, however you're totally right. The main issue I had was with draw. Initially I was focused on the ETB trigger value but as I was playing I was thinking of other ways I could balance the deck out. I also think it might be good to add another wincon like Laboratory Maniac/Jace, Wielder of Mysteries + Blue Sun's Zenith was well. Simic Ascendancy almost won a game as well with the Scute Mob combo.
I'm certainly going to add a few of the cards you recommended (The Great Henge is a bit expensive for my blood right now) and fine-tune things.
Thanks again Hav0cD3m0n!
1 year ago
Hey, nice deck. Is it new, or are you on a budget?
I have played Vorel for several years, take a look at my deck. I'm not a fan of those simic mana artifacts. You cold use Vorel's ability on Everflowing Chalice and Astral Cornucopia to generate lots of mana.
There are definitely some cards that dont do much that are worth cutting off your deck. Like Elvish Mystic, Krasis Incubation, Dragonscale Boon, Nature's Panoply, Quirion Elves, Thrive...
It's nice to have some "win" cards, like Overwhelming Stampede and Triumph of the Hordes to beef up your creatures and swing them all at once. Also Blue Sun's Zenith works perfectly as card draw, that can also force an opponent to draw his or her whole deck if you have the mana late in the game.
And aren't you running too few lads?