Sterling Grove

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Premodern Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Sterling Grove


Other enchantments you control have shroud. (They can't be the targets of spells or abilities.)

, Sacrifice this: Search your library for an enchantment card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top.

Gleeock on Tutorless Commander?

2 months ago

Crow-Umbra funny you should mention Sterling Grove as an example of what type of tutor I keep around, because that was one of the other ones I left in that same deck for that exact reason :) . I rarely pop it for its' tutor ability.

Hard to say card draw compensation occurs hard (maybe a little), hard card draw is one thing I see popping up in our low-tutor total meta, but we actually usually see more: "to the battlefield" bombs to make up for suboptimal setup-fixing at times.

Last outing, I won about 3 games of 6 with suboptimal min-tutor decks & they were mostly back-&-forth affairs which could have gone either way (the best environment for little incremental damage pieces). One game I won after an Obliterate by the skin of my teeth by opting to pull Kroxa, Titan of Death's Hunger instead of another land & then gambling that my opponent would discard his last 3 life :) . The other game I caught up in a big way with flashback on Storm the Festival & that put me over-the-top to overcome early game enchantress removal. Lastly, my Breena deck somehow ran roughshod over everyone with Heliod vigilance-ing all my white weenies. So a lot of aggro & midgame fun in that playgroup with a smattering of catchup spells instead of tutors.

Crow-Umbra on Tutorless Commander?

2 months ago

I don't think tutors are inherently bad or OP, especially if your play group knows to anticipate them. Even then, I think that with the variety of tutors available, they aren't necessarily created equally and offer a fun decision making space in terms of selection for speed and tutoring specificity. My friends say that I am the "tech-y" player of our meta in terms of running tutors and meta specific removal/interaction.

I'm not running Demonic Tutor in every deck that can run it, and use my one copy in my Anhelo, the Painter deck, which can make it even more pushed. For other decks, I tend to use slower, more specific, and generally sub-optimal tutors. In my old Alesha deck, I utilized Goblin Matron to grab Murderous Redcap or Sling-Gang Lieutenant to help complete a combo loop. Eventually that got upgraded to Imperial Recruiter once the price dropped after reprints.

I do like "tutors" that also present modal uses in their utilization, so they aren't necessarily a tutor 100% of the time. Muddle the Mixture and Sterling Grove are both tutors that have other primary uses, and force me to evaluate which mode will be more beneficial in the moment.

All that being said, I think my meta adjusted to anticipate my occasional use of tutors, and either started packing more counterspells, or learned to save their removal/interaction for whatever got tutored up. Some of the tutors I previously mentioned have multiple built-in drawbacks, such as having to reveal what I tutored for, giving my friends the opportunity to anticipate whatever was coming next. Every time I've used a tutor, I usually get focused pretty hard by everyone else at the table, especially if I have to reveal what I found.

A tutor-less format would likely place much more emphasis on draw power and midrange strategies, and would likely make all of the strongest draw engines that much more necessary.

Squee_Spirit_Guide on Budget Enchantress

2 months ago

Making a deck from cards you have laying around is always the best! If you're looking to pick up anything additional, how about Sterling Grove and Gaea's Touch? And Auratog could be a fun finisher!

Macaronigrill5150 on

4 months ago

Maybe you can add some force life gain into this deck for example Heroes' Reunion, and Healing Hands to make them lose life weather they like it or not. Also some enchantment protection Greater Auramancy, or Sterling Grove. Greater Auramancy is very expensive so I would definitely go with Sterling Grove

NV_1980 on Go-Shintai - Shrines, Gods & Gates [Primer]

5 months ago

Interesting concept. I think Omniscience is not really required in this deck, as your mana base is more than sufficient to play whatever you want any time you want. Sterling Grove on the other hand, would fit in really well (and/or Greater Auramancy, though that one's a bit expensive). Also, I would expect a few more creatures that allow you to draw cards whenever you cast an enchantment.

Grind on satsuki living lore

7 months ago

Cool deck!!!
This looks like a ton of fun to play.
Have you considered Sterling Grove, Restoration Specialist, Canopy Vista, or Krosan Verge?
Sunpetal Grove and Overgrown Farmland are also good.

Squee_Spirit_Guide on Magus of the Owls

7 months ago

This is great! I love how totally different our decks turned out. I tried to speed it up as much as possible and you're trying to slow it down. I like your thoughs on the enchantments idea with Sterling Grove as well. I'm excited to see how it ends up!

Andramalech on Magus of the Owls

7 months ago

Thanks Balaam__! I still have a lot of development to detail about how I constructed this deck, but yeah the maybeboard is a great way for us to discuss my thought process. I have thought about this process previously, but the joy to base it around a Magus really tied it together for me.

Outside of using the Magi, I admittedly might go for in order to provide maximum control state. Although, I'd rather go for Enchantment Johnnies in would be much more my style. Sterling Grove is arguably one of my favorite enchantments for the synergy it could provide with this build.

Same could be said for Jukai Naturalist, Generous Visitor, Kami of Transience.

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