Silklash Spider

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Legality

Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Premodern Legal
Vintage Legal

Silklash Spider

Creature — Spider

Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)

: Silklash Spider deals X damage to each creature with flying.

DreadKhan on Xyris just wants to Make Snakes

2 months ago

If you want to mill people and can count on having a pretty big army of blockers, Court of Cunning can put a lot of cards in people's graveyards, and Monarch is a fun mechanic in most games.

If decking yourself once in awhile sounds fun, Kindred Discovery was recently reprinted, and you can name 'Snakes'.

If you really like the idea of seeing your opponents draw a ton of cards, you might like Teferi's Puzzle Box. I use it as a lock piece with effects that skip my own discard phase (and limit card draw), but if sowing some Chaos and making snakes is your goal, this card does serious work in that regard. A lot of decks like to sculpt their hand to varying degrees, so the effect can also be valuable in a deck where your Commander itself does so much work, and isn't dependent on any specific cards being in your hand.

Mikokoro, Center of the Sea is a land that can feed people cards, Geier Reach Sanitarium can also feed cards without growing people's hands. Really weird idea I just had, but Silklash Spider might be useful to clear any smaller flyers that can block Xyris, and can do it as necessary, without killing any precious snakes. Less weird, but Arcane Denial might be a nice interaction option that feeds a few cards. 1U to Counter anything is pretty decent, and people often like running it because it's not really a 1 for 1 play, it's much closer to neutral. I see you run none atm, not sure if one would be one too many! If your snakes can't get in, you could use Kyren Negotiations to sneak damage in.

Slashdance on Forest Tribal, LoL

2 months ago

Thanks for the comment, SmirkyDog593. =)

For Mortarpod to work, it seems we'd need to also add haste. In order to equip it to a land, it would have to be a creature, in order to sacrifice it, it needs to be a creature, and in order for our commander to bring it back, the land has to be a creature. So, if we have a continuous effect that turns our lands into creatures to do all that, then come back into play with summoning sickness. Thus, we are unable to tap the new lands for mana to continue to equip Mortarpod and going near-infinite enough to kill everybody. Unless, of course, we initiate an infinite mana effect prior to do doing so, so there's a lot more moving pieces to get that concept working. Unless I'm wrong, lol.

Spitting Spider honestly doesn't excite me for the cost, and it absolutely requires our basic commander/enchantment combo in play in order for it to work. That's not necessarily bad, but if I were that concerned about flyers I'd rather the removal not be as conditional. I think I'd prefer a good old fashioned Hurricane or maybe Arashi, the Sky Asunder that's the same cost as the spider. Silklash Spider is pretty efficient, too.

I do like your suggestion of Perilous Forays, thank you!

I also like Nemata, Grove Guardian, but the cost is high. I know we can get a ton of mana, but it's at the expense of maybe not doing something else. I'll have to think on it, but I like it!

Evolutionary Leap is pretty great, yeah! Thanks!

Altar of Dementia was already in the Maybe pile, so I agree. ;)

Kamerot on The Cheating Green Monster

5 months ago

Sorry it took longer to respond than I intended. I love the premise and have a couple suggestions.

  • Silklash Spider - great blocker and has a X damage ability to wipe out fliers
  • Ram Through - this card is amazing and can work as a surprise wincon/player removal
  • Pathbreaker Ibex - if you're not opposed to winning via combat, this will be a powerhouse with ghalta as your commander.
  • Temur Sabertooth - this is awesome for reusing creatures with etb effects. Eternal Witness is the big one so you can keep grabbing those damage spells and reusing them.
  • Kodama of the East Tree - I see this is already on your maybe board. And I highly suggest it. You can use as ramp or to fill your board, basically doubling your rate of play. It really is a fantastic card.
  • I don't know if you want to get heavy into combos or not, but if you do, a buddy of mine has an awesome deck you should check out. It's a mono green deck that plays like a blue deck. I can throw you a link if you'd like.

    DreadKhan on green machine

    7 months ago

    Elves of Deep Shadow are a bit more money than Elvish Mystic, but give you access to Black mana instead, if you're concerned your ramp is mostly in Green.

    Vs flying heavy metas, I do like Spidersilk Armor, but I also like Silklash Spider and Squallmonger as repeated answers to as many flyers as they have. I also run Sandwurm Convergence, and am back and forth on Katabatic Winds, which is much less mana but is a Reserved List card, the makers of Magic have 'promised' way back they wouldn't reprint any Reserved List cards (they stopped putting cards on the Reserved List in 1999 IIRC). I haven't fit Winds in anywhere yet, but it's a strong enough effect to look at. If you like the effect, I'd buy it sooner rather than later, it's price could 'spike' hard at any time, because there are so few copies of it that were printed compared to any Modern playable cards. Most Reserved List cards aren't super-good, but the odd effect was underpriced enough to be playable.

    Still, Dreadlord is pretty neat, and if you can hit 7 mana it's a pretty good wipe to have around. I think that's a stronger card than Findbroker, which feels really bad when you have no synergy pieces out.

    Guerric on The competitive meter wont acknowledge awesomeness

    9 months ago

    yeaGO

    Thanks for reaching out and for running this great site! The meter thing is a bit weird. I was honestly playing around with a single card to see how it affects the competitive meter. It was at 65% competitive, which is probably about right (I don't play cEDH, but its a super fast deck at the top end of casual, which they usually say is at 70%). I took out Silklash Spider, which is definitely not a competitive card and replaced it with Thorn Mammoth, which would be better removal for the deck and more relevant. Then I switched that with Natural Order, which should be a more competitive card. I put Silklash Spider back in, but at some point it dropped to 29% competitive, which is a huge swing for one card, and, of course, it is back to the place it was when it consistently listed the deck as being at 65%. The deck is here- Elfpocalypse Now! (Under Construction). I disabled the meter for now, which is what I usually do when I don't think its accurate, but I can turn it on if you need me to. Thanks so much! I do feel its been pretty good for more of my decks lately, and while it would be impossible to hit every deck perfectly (since its hard to rate synergy and theme), this does seemed a weird shift. Thanks again!

    DreadKhan on Saryth, natural partner of Fynn

    11 months ago

    Not sure if I'm missing something, but why do you have 45 lands? That is as many as I run in my Tatyova Lands deck, which wins the game via lands mostly, specifically my Commander offers a payoff for landfall. I see you have a few payoffs for landfall, but it still seems like a lot. Anyways, a few thoughts!

    First thought, Multani, Yavimaya's Avatar would probably work well in here, maybe even as a Commander. He often end up quite big, and he comes with Trample and a recursion effect. You can still run Ohran Frostfang and Bow of Nylea for Deathtouch, and you could run Saryth in the 99 still. Just an out there thought to start off with, not trying to be negative.

    I think Isochron Scepter probably wants more potential 'hits' (you have 2 afaik, I find having quite a few more, and some tutors for Instants and Artifacts still doesn't set it up very often).

    Crucible of Worlds seems odd in here too, for one Ramunap Excavator does similar work and is a more useful type (and your Commander can get the creature Hexproof), and on the other hand your deck runs enough lands that you'll hit drops to turn 6 usually. I'm going to list a few utility lands that might help by giving mana sinks or card draw to help when you get flooded: Bonders' Enclave and War Room might work out, offering a mana sink and card draw to help smooth out bad draws. You could consider Geier Reach Sanitarium and/or Mikokoro, Center of the Sea, but these help everyone. Tyrite Sanctum is a good utility land in more casual play, offering +1 counters or Indestructible. Temple of the False God can blow up in your face a bit with a terrible hand, but it's usually a ramp land if you run this many lands. Inkmoth Nexus might work well with +1 counters, and it dodges wipes usually. Tower of the Magistrate is useful vs Voltron, you can give an opponent's creature protection, dropping all it's equipment IIRC, which can be pretty funny the first time. Homeward Path can be nice in Green, if people steal your better creatures it feels pretty bad. Any of the G lands with Cycling like Slippery Karst or Tranquil Thicket can be nice with a higher land count. Blighted Woodland or Myriad Landscape offer ramp, but are slow or use a lot of mana to do it. I actually like Opal Palace in a deck that can benefit from it in 1v1, and you should have lots of mana on hand to make the tax pretty insignificant. If you can recast your Commander a few times, they end up reasonably beefy.

    Time of Need can find Fynn or Toski. Have you thought about more removal, mostly for artifacts and enchantments, but Green has access to some creature removal, so-so stuff like Kamahl’s Will exist at this point, or the reasonably useful Transmogrifying Wand for repeated Destroy. Silklash Spider or even Squallmonger can help deal with Flying decks, which are frustrating. I also run Sandwurm Convergence in my mono G deck, otherwise I consistently lose to faster flying decks like Talrand (a very nasty 1v1 Commander), ymmv though.

    DreadKhan on Beledros Witherbloom's Pest Control

    11 months ago

    Nantuko Elder is a mana dork insect if you're interested. Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest is a good insect in Golgari creature decks, especially if you can make a few tokens. Demon of Dark Schemes can go infinite with your Underworld Hermit (or other Hermit family cards), but it would wipe out your smaller creatures (and get energy for it, with your Commander you could then reanimate at your leisure) when it's played. It's ability to grab stuff from any graveyard is quite notable though. Ohran Frostfang is amazing in anything aggro.Ogre Slumlord is pretty good with rats, and it can be triggered a lot if other people run creatures.

    For control I have a few ideas, if you want some flying hatred that's on flavour, Silklash Spider is a repeatable flyer wipe, scalable to protect your Commander as needed. If you want some Golgari control options, you could consider Null Rod (or Karn, the Great Creator), Root Maze, Hall of Gemstone which hates on multicoloured decks hard, Defense Grid, Manglehorn, maybe Tangle Wire, Winter Orb and Freyalise's Winds because you can untap your lands as needed. Even Static Orb could work for you, not sure if you have enough life gain as is, but you probably won't need to use the ability a ton of times if nobody else can untap.

    Hope this stuff helps, cool deck! I built a rat deck using the Drop rat cards, Harmonious Celestial Rat Farm, neat to see some other ways to use these cards.

    twechsler on Insane ramp idea - please help

    1 year ago

    Okay, quick update. I decided not to get Seedborn Muse because I would rather get some other cheaper cards instead. Maybe I will get it in a few months because it can work in almost any green deck I feel like. Still waiting to get Ghalta, Primal Hunger Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma and 4 Utopia Sprawl . Ive just been adding in a bunch of high mana stuff in the meantime because it fun with all of the mana generated. Also, I changed the sideboard to all of the cards I actually have that I think could work well and the maybeboard for wishful cards. Even when I do get those other cards, there are still 3 open spots because I feel like the Prowling Serpopard aren't always necessary. Currently, I put Artisan of Kozilek Elvish Piper and Vivien, Monsters' Advocate just to promote putting out creatures and getting one back if needed. Im not sure about keeping these 3 though so I was wondering if anyone thinks there are better options among my sideboard. I like the idea of using non tap activated abilities because of the excess mana so because those 6 cards arent here yet, I have been playing Ant Queen and Scavenging Ooze , also I just found a Savageborn Hydra that follows the same concept of using massive mana. Also could swap Silklash Spider with one of those so I can ease the flying in some cases. Polis Crusher Ruric Thar, the Unbowed are kind of more defensive cards for preventing the scary instants/enchantments/sorceries my friends have. The only thing holding me up about this is that annihilator will get rid of this stuff anyways eventually but polis targets it faster and ruric makes them doubt using it at all. Ulamog's Crusher Breaker of Armies are just other huge things but not sure they beat out the other 8+ mana creatures in the deck already. Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig is another one I am on the fence about because it could be huge if I get it early but its unlikely that will happen and I would almost always rather get a different legendary with Time of Need . Endbringer is kind of a nice one because of the constant damage and/or draw ability. Toski, Bearer of Secrets can also be used for drawing cards but I think I may have that covered at this point. ALSO, thinking of either trying to throw together a pauper or edh deck. Never tried edh but it seems really fun with the extra life and just having more variety because of the diversity of cards. Pauper also just seems like a fun and cheap way to balance the playing field so you never know what's going to happen. Also, I feel like it would eliminate really overpowered stuff so that would extend games too. Im sure Ill need help again so look out for that! Thank you guys again for the feedback :)

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