Creature — Elf Shaman
, , Tap an untapped creature you control: Create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.
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Selesnya Evangel Discussion
3 months ago
Looking good! I tried a Pauper EDH deck built around Sigil Captain in the past, and it's fun seeing what undercosted bruisers you can get by looking at all of the 1/1s with funky abilities. I feel like you got most of the heavy hitters, but sometimes some creatures that aren't 1/1s can help your cause!
I think the most impressive of these is Safehold Elite - since Persist brings her back with a -1/-1 counter and +1/+1 counters and -1/-1 counters cancel each other out... no matter how many times she dies, Sigil Captain will let her come back as a 3/3! An unkillable 3/3 should be even more impressive than the various 1/1s who give you a replacement on their death. Another handy creature to keep around is Ainok Bond-Kin - though his 2 power might keep him from picking up the Captain's boost, giving First Strike to all of your other creatures makes them even more of a pain to deal with in combat. They become even more fearsome when gang-blocking, letting three innocuous creatures take down a rampaging Ulamog's Crusher - your foe's creatures won't stand a chance! Sporeback Troll likewise gets in on the +1/+1 counter love, letting you regenerate any of your other creatures for a measly two mana.
As far as other handy 1/1s go, I think it might be worth considering Deftblade Elite , Faerie Guidemother , Hungry Spriggan , Selesnya Evangel , Shinewend and Soltari Trooper . Having some extra removal never hurts, and some of these creatures can hit a lot harder than their size suggests!
10 months ago
You might like these: Flurry of Wings, Glare of Subdual, God-Pharaoh's Statue, Storage Matrix, Uba Mask, Tomorrow, Azami's Familiar, Mimic Vat, Proteus Staff, Empowered Autogenerator, Coalition Relic, Thraben Doomsayer, Imperious Perfect, Pride Sovereign, Steward of Solidarity, Selesnya Evangel, Mangara of Corondor (untap him while the ability is on the stack to use the ability multiple times before the effect resolves!)
11 months ago
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1 year ago
1 year ago
For a token deck, you don't make very many tokens.
The very best token producer in Pauper is Sprout Swarm. This card is often a win condition in even non-token decks because of how powerful it is. I cannot recommend this card enough.
Battle Screech makes many tokens for very little effort. Fliers are a great bonus, too. This is another one of the best token producers out there.
In terms of card advantage and having a sticky board, Cenn's Enlistment is extremely powerful. It can turn all your late game lands into 1/1s to reinforce your board.
Other decent token producers are Icatian Crier, Maul Splicer (good top-end), Miming Slime (good with pump effects), Penumbra Spider, Raise the Alarm, Scatter the Seeds, Selesnya Evangel, Slime Molding (good with populate), Sporemound, Triplicate Spirits, Wake the Reflections and Walker of the Grove. There are few other good ones, but these see more play.
Ivy Lane Denizen is a great choice for you. Most of the tokens you'll make will be green, which will in turn grow whatever creature you want (or it basically turns all your 1/1s into 2/2s, which is huge).
Rampant Growth could easily be Sakura-Tribe Elder, which is basically the same card but with a 1/1 body for free that you can attack and block with.
I understand you want to maybe cycle them, but Safe Passage can be a big blowout in your favour.
In terms of cuts, I would think about cutting a lot of the non-token stuff. The cards that tap down creatures seem like a good place to start, since ideally you are going wider than your opponent anyways. Ardenvale Tactician and Expose Evil are easy cuts. Next, some of the more vanilla creatures that would be better served as more token producers, like Aven Skirmisher, Healer's Hawk, Faerie Guidemother, Pilgrim's Eye (you don't need this when playing Green), Sedge Scorpion and Voracious Typhon. Then, in your enchantments Bonds of Faith and Squire's Devotion seem like weaker options. For protection spells, you could be doing much better than Flicker of Fate.
I hope some of this helps you!
1 year ago
I was actually just designing a deck much like this a few days ago, although I was looking at GW because I considered Pallid Mycoderm to be superior to Deathspore Thallid (-1/-1 one of their creatures vs. +1/+1 all of mine). White also gives you access to Selesnya Evangel , although Night Soil may be better in many situations.
If you do stay with black, I would consider adding Fungal Infection as a cheap chump blocker removal that also gains you a Saproling, vs. Deathspore which costs you one. I would also consider Tukatongue Thallid as an early two-for-one.
As far as lands, dual lands should help make your mana base more reliable. I’d recommend Jungle Hollow or Golgari Rot Farm . If you’re looking for ETB effects, you could try Khalni Garden , Turntimber Grove , Fertile Thicket , Gingerbread Cabin , Bojuka Bog , Mortuary Mire , and Witch's Cottage .
2 years ago
Thanks for commenting again Poly_raptor, I really appreciate it. I see your point with Paradox Engine and I'll definitely think over it and playtest it a few times to see if it's worth the money it costs. I think you're probably right about Selesnya Evangel and Essence Warden so I'll cut them and put From Beyond and Felidar Sovereign in. Felidar Sovereign I think is just a general improvement to the deck because he's another win condition that I could potentially flash in if I get lucky with Mosswort Bridge . I have to disagree with you about Divine Visitation for this deck in particular since it completely negates the effects of Helm of the Host , Bramble Sovereign , and Mimic Vat as well as cuts me off from some decent tokens such as the indestructible horse tokens Crested Sunmare makes as well as the deathtouch flying insects Hornet Queen makes.
2 years ago
SuperSoldier240 I get what you mean about Paradox Engine , but it’s also just a very powerful card. Let’s say you build a wide board, you swing at someone with all your tokens and then after damage cast Swords to Plowshares and untap ALL of your creatures for just 1 mana.
It’s also a key way to fire your commander off multiple times per turn, infinitely if you have Cryptolith Rite
You could cut Selesnya Locket , I think artifact based ramp is slightly not needed in this list as you have so many options for creature ramp, which synergises very well with your commander.
You could also cut Essence Warden as it’s life gain ability is just a powered down version of Trostani, I’ve realised recently that too much life gain is pointless and have recently cut a fair bit out of my decks, especially when it’s on your commander.
Selesnya Evangel could be cut too, From Beyond is much better, I appreciate it’s a higher cmc but to activate selesnya evangel you’ve got to pay to start with and then pay and tap two creatures each turn to make a 1/1.
Divine Visitation is also very good.