Simic Ascendancy

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vintage Legal

Simic Ascendancy


: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control.

Whenever one or more +1/+1 counters are put on a creature you control, put that many growth counters on Simic Ascendancy.

At the beginning of your upkeep, if Simic Ascendancy has twenty or more growth counters on it, you win the game.

Rivel on Hail Hydra - Zaxara Version

1 month ago

I have finally realized one of this deck's critical issues, very few interaction pieces. I am going to be tweaking the deck to hopefully resolve this issue.

  1. Simic Ascendancy replaced with Counterspell. I liked the idea of simic. There have been many occasions where it almost works. But that word there is the key issue. Almost. Every time without fail, the opponent finds a way to remove it before my upkeep. Instead, I would like to have additional interaction, thus counterspell.
  2. Capricopian replaced with Arcane Denial. There have been a few games where I am sitting with capricopian as a dead card in my hand. I never want to play it, as I learned my lesson after being hit with my goat hydra. Time to get it out of the deck and obtain some sweet, sweet interaction in the form of arcane denial.

Tagredor1 on Kros, Contract Abuser

2 months ago

Hey Leonantti,

I've been able to playtest this build for a couple months now, and there's already been a few changes, although I haven't added things like Gluntch, the Bestower mainly because I sort of skipped that set, but will add it in the future.

Overall, I do enjoy this version, but it does come with a few weaknesses, such as my lack of much interaction, i.e. Counterspells and Removal, which I find I tend to lack in all of the decks I build. As an example, yesterday I managed to draw over half my deck by turn 6 and get most of my wincons in hand, but couldn't cast any of them due to one of the players in that pod running Baral, Chief of Compliance.

In my opinion, this is a very good 'come second' deck, but you're right with Simic Ascendancy being a good pick, my only concern with it is it requires both Leech Bonder and Paradise Mantle to function properly. That being said, it is a good pick, and one that I will probably put in the deck when I find one, as even though you do need to wait till upkeep, that isn't a problem as you can just perma goad every other creature to stay safe till then, spend the 1 G U if needed for a +1/+1 counter, then just insta win in the upkeep then.

Leonantti on Kros, Contract Abuser

2 months ago

I came across your deck while building my Kros Bright: Ace Attorney deck and it looks really nice, gave me plenty of ideas for my deck. I got to test my previous decklist during the weekend and it was working ok though I did encounter some minor problems that made me do some more fine-tuning after I got back home. I am still in a process of trying to think how to win with the deck, there does not seem to be many other options that I could think of than the ones you have already listed in your "How to Win" section. Leech Bonder + Paradise Mantle combo would allow to win with Simic Ascendancy but there is the problem that you need to wait till your upkeep for to win with it.

Have you been able to play with your deck, how do you feel about it?

wallisface on Apotheosis

3 months ago

Is there room for The Ozolith in here? Feels like a strong way to keep your counters safe, and also acts as a wincon with Simic Ascendancy by dumping counters onto stuff. I understand it might break deck budget though.

Cheiromancer on Apotheosis

3 months ago

Thank you, Balaam__, for all your hard work on this deck. I appreciate your extensive notes.

I think if I were to build this deck, I would go for cheap lands. Maybe Ash Barrens and Simic Growth Chamber. It'd be casual, though, since Ash Barrens isn't modern legal. It's just that decent lands doubles the cost of the deck! And while spending money on a cool card is OK, it seems lame to spend that much on just lands. It's like having tires that cost more than the rest of your car. Or a mouse that costs more than your computer.

But as for the deck as listed. If you were facing a "fair" deck with little or no removal (a green stompy deck, say,) what would you swap out? I'm clueless when it comes to sideboarding, so please forgive me if this is a stupid question.

Also, what do you playtest this deck against? I noticed that it wants to face a little interaction, so as to use Snakeskin Veil, and it works better if an Iron Apprentice or something dies occasionally. It needs enemy interaction for its wincon to make sense. If you are playing a goldfish, you just kill them with your creatures, not move counters around until your Simic Ascendancy goes off.

Thanks again for a very cool deck.

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