Somberwald Sage

Somberwald Sage

Creature — Human Druid

: Add three mana of any one colour. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells.

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Somberwald Sage Discussion

GeneralNuman on The Unstoppable Tide

3 months ago

BadLuke Thanks for all of your recommendations and advice for the deck I do greatly appreciate it. In regards to the land count issue you mentioned, the number of lands in the deck has never changed from the creation of the deck but several other factors as to why the lands were that low have. The previous editions of the deck that I had ran many more ramp pieces such as Somberwald Sage , Lotus Bloom , and Jeweled Lotus , to hit my commander faster. However it made the deck to fast for my play group. Thus i ended up taking out all of the better ramp pieces and putting in other more fun cards. I do want to put cards in like Sublime Epiphany however keep forgetting to add it. If you would like to look at it i can create the original deck and link it here. In any case thank you for you advice.

BadLuke on The Unstoppable Tide

3 months ago

28 Lands seem very low for a Deck like this. Even if you consider it to be "Aggro". I found 33-34 to be a good amount for Decks even with Dorks and Ramp. Might seem boring but it brings alot of Consistency to the table. Other than that, I like your attempt on Maelstrom Wanderer . Shaman of Forgotten Ways is a bit questionable to me. Is the Biorhythm Effect ever paying of? Might Somberwald Sage be a better Option here? Garruk, Primal Hunter Can also be replaced by Return of the Wildspeaker since it does the same thing at Instant Speed. You're also pretty low on instants, which is not the worst thing ever. But you might consider atleast some stronger Options, Multiple Choice Counterspells are usually great with Cascade as they provide felxibility and never be a dead "Cascade" such as Sublime Epiphany , Cryptic Command and Mystic Confluence for example. If you like, you can checkout my Wanderer Deck and also leave a comment there. Peace

cows5467 on Kogla Kong

3 months ago

I think the deck looks awesome but I have a couple of suggestions:

34 lands seems super risky. Your commander costs 6 and the deck in general is very mana hungry so you want to be hitting your land drops every turn or you're gonna be in for a bad time.

I get that you want to have humans for Kogla's ability but running Harabaz Druid in a deck with no other allies seems bad. There are plenty of other human creatures that would be better in that slot. For example, Somberwald Sage could help you ramp into Kogla much faster.

Viridian Revel also seems like a do-nothing enchantment most of the time. Sure it might get you a couple cards in a game but if you're opponents aren't running tons of artifacts it's not gonna do much at all. I would cut it for a better enchantment or even just another land.

Overall this seems like a really cool deck and very fun to play!

jamochawoke on

4 months ago

I love this Ape tribal deck!

My only criticism is that you don't have enough human fodder for Kogla, the Titan Ape since he's one of your main forms of removal in your deck. You've only got Eternal Witness.

I was thinking maybe you could replace your Llanowar Tribe with Karametra's Acolyte or Citanul Hierophants ? Not only do they offer the potential for much more green mana per tap than the Tribe, they also are humans for Kogla to toss back.

Elfhame Druid could be replaced with Somberwald Sage which would actually net you 1 more mana for casting Kogla and 2 more mana all the time for other creatures.

You could also replace Sakura-Tribe Elder with Diligent Farmhand . While not as good as a one-off as the Elder it does fill the same chump block and sac for a land niche, it counts as an extra pump for the jank pump spell Muscle Burst which is mega flavor, and is a human for Kogla to toss. There's also Krosan Wayfarer which has the downside of only getting a land from hand rather than tutor or Primal Druid which has to die from the combat but at least lets you tutor.

I know you are probably using Llanowar Elves for an early play and ramp, but if you didn't need that extra (G) per tap you could replace it with Drumhunter which gives you needed card draw, a colorless mana per tap, and is a human for Kogla to toss. Some less good options but still ok since they're lower CMC than Drumhunter is Werebear , Honored Hierarch , Harvester Druid , Sylvok Explorer , or Humble Naturalist .

If you need a ramp creature to combo off with look no further than Hope Tender , Juniper Order Druid , Ley Druid , or Krosan Restorer to untap a land that produces big mana or Hidden Herbalists which would actually combo off of Kogla's tossback if you have something that could benefit from ETB's.

There's also Setessan Petitioner which would allow you repeated lifegain on ETB if you needed it.

TheVectornaut on Death Touch Green Boi

5 months ago

It is true that the deathtouch package will be worse in multiplayer games since you have more threats to deal with. I think siding into a bigger ramp package would be a good idea. I would caution though that it's important to add in more mana dorks or ramp spells to keep pace with any new bombs you include or you'll find yourself mana screwed a lot of the time.

I went ahead and added my creature-based commander deck so I could link it for reference. It was built from a casual 60-card skeleton that's quite similar to your deck, so some of the ramp cards I've had success with over the years might do well here too.
deck: Predator's Toolkit

Prowling Serpopard or Destiny Spinner could be useful tech if counters are flying around left and right. Vigor is definitely strong against board stalls, and I like Archetype of Endurance against a lot of common removal. Somberwald Sage and Elvish Piper would probably be my first picks for dropping haymakers early without much other support. Yeva, Nature's Herald and Seedborn Muse are particularly disgusting in multiplayer since you essentially play on every turn. Some final bombs I love are Whiptongue Hydra for flyers, Polukranos, World Eater for other creatures, and Sylvan Primordial for most anything else.

For your existing ideas, I think Worldspine Wurm is good if your games go long enough to cast it while Tempt with Discovery is good if you don't have opponents who greatly benefit from the mana. I'm still iffy on Lumberknot in a deck not based around token sacrifice, and I'd probably just run Dungrove Elder if you need a midrange hexproof creature. Hydra's Growth is very good with additional +1/+1 synergy, Kazandu Tuskcaller needs more token synergy, and Strixhaven Stadium feels optimistic in multiplayer. For the bigger cards, I think Vigor , Soul of New Phyrexia , Toski, Bearer of Secrets , Verdant Sun's Avatar , and Vivien Reid are all playable. Myojin of Life's Web needs some way to refill the hand or its ability will never do anything that impactful. Impervious Greatwurm is the weakest option since it gets completely stuffed by chump blockers. I used Connive / Concoct to reanimate it in standard and still found it to be too slow. If you had a Warstorm Surge or something, maybe it'd be a different story...

TheVectornaut on Christmas Dagrons

6 months ago

No problem. I enjoy going through the first cycle tab to offer input where I can. I'm used to playing on lower budgets and power levels so I don't usually have much to offer when it comes to long established decks.

Also, on the subject of mana curve, it's worth remembering that the purpose of ramp is to drag the top end back to the left. A bomb most other decks would have to play on turn 6, you plan to play on 5, 4, or even 3 instead. Obviously the more big cards you run, the more ramp will be needed to support them. That's why Gruul dragons also tends to run anywhere from 10 to 20 cards dedicated to acceleration. You have a solid starting package with the set of Servants and the Birds (and Sarkhan actually), but adding a couple more ramp pieces could make it easier to run the critical mass of dragons that Atarka and friends need to shine. It could be untap synergy with Utopia Sprawl and Arbor Elf , landfall with Oracle of Mul Daya (budget: Courser of Kruphix ) and Lotus Cobra , or just more generically good dorks and tutors like Somberwald Sage and Harrow . A turn 1 Bird into Somberwald on 2 potentially lets you cast any creature in the deck as soon as turn 3. If you do want smaller dragons instead, Dragonkin Berserker and Dragon Whisperer can get bodies on the board early and hopefully pay out later. The actual dragon options of Slumbering Dragon and Dragon Hatchling are pretty poor inclusions unless you're trying to go hard with Dragon Tempest .

Here's an article from Wizards' own Gavin Verhey with some tips on dragon ramp strategy. Note that the build in question was made for an old standard meta, so there will be some obvious differences to a modern gameplan.

Dragon Ramp Reconstructed

CaptCreek on Xenagos: Party in a Can

8 months ago

CaptainKraw

How do you feel about Somberwald Sage ? I've been wanting to try out Destiny Spinner and was curious on that one, too. I'm just finding it hard to find cards to cut at this point.

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