Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the Fittest


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Set Rarity
Tempest Remastered (TPR) Mythic Rare
Vintage Masters (VMA) Rare
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Format Legality
Duel Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
MTGO Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Noble Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Survival of the Fittest occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.04%

Green: 0.21%

Golgari: 0.16%

Survival of the Fittest Discussion

Bulwer on Spy Cat (with Primer!)

9 hours ago

XaiLo: Savannah is a pure budget decision-- I simply haven't got one. Survival of the Fittest, though, I just had my one copy in another deck, but that deck isn't presently together. I'm going to be fitting that in as soon as I can. Good call.

As far as tuning the deck more, reducing the ramp curve and adding cheaper interaction, I dunno. I want to make sure I can play it at a regular table without running everyone over. If I find the right meta, I might find room for Mana Crypt and Mana Vault.

TriusMalarky on Modern Lurrus Prison

1 month ago

So, here's what I'm thinking:

Spreading Seas

Pyroclasm(2 copies or so)

Fatal Push(duh)

Lightning Bolt(duh)

Galvanic Blast

Aether Spellbomb

Necrogen Spellbomb and Scroll of Griselbrand

Nihil Spellbomb

Seal of Fire

Seal of Removal

Pyrite Spellbomb

Some Signets

Maybe Duress

Lantern of Insight and the mill friends, specifically Ghoulcaller's Bell

Thought Scour for consistency

Artificer's Intuition is a literal Survival of the Fittest here.

Whir of Invention

Ratchet Bomb because repeatable specified wraths is fun.

Shrine of Burning Rage and Shrine of Loyal Legions might be interested but their value is dubious.

Grave Peril can also control the board.

Locket of Yesterdays can help reduce mana costs of reanimating spellbombs.

I wonder if I can cast Lotus Bloom from my yard or if Lurrus of the Dream-Den doesn't allow that.

Os Mox Tantalite worth running?

Pithing Needle seems great.

Renegade Map for land draw?

casual_competitive on Lich Lords Nuke (competitive)

1 month ago

DankMagicianD just for the simple fact that Survival of the Fittest isnt affected by summoning sickness makes it 100% better then Fauna Shaman! i deffenitly will be adding it to my deck, just at the moment im making a new deck so the 100$ bucks will be going to that instead.

DankMagicianD on Lich Lords Nuke (competitive)

1 month ago

While it is expensive, Survival of the Fittest is great here.

spludgey on Golgari Extinction

1 month ago

What about Survival of the Fittest? Quicker than your elf as it has no summoning sickness and can be used multiple times a round.

XaiLo on Spy Cat (with Primer!)

1 month ago

I noticed you don't run Savannah. Is that a budget call or a strategic one? Also not running Survival of the Fittest. Is that because of budget?

How is your early ramp? Most competitive decks run things like Wild Growth, Utopia Sprawl, Carpet of Flowers, other 1 cmc dorks etc, rather than Skyshround Claim, Cultivate, etc. (Three Visits is another nonbudget card that I think is better than Cultivate in a competitive combo deck. There's also Arcane Signet, Talisman of Unity, Fellwar Stone, Mana Crypt, etc)

Would it be possible to shave off some combo lines, focus on only the best ones, and free up more slots for ramp and maybe removal/interaction like Nature's Claim or Veil of Summer or Rebuff the Wicked.

I totally get why this deck doesnt run hate bears like most competitive GW decks would. But on the other hand, I worry about it not having enough removal for OPPONENTS' hate pieces which could stifle the combo.

multimedia on Grindy Phyrexian Meren

2 months ago

Hey, your deck is really good, but if you're looking for some upgrades here's some suggestions.

Some expensive cards within the budget of $600:

Viscera Seer + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Walking Ballista is a creature infinite combo with Ballista as the win condition. In my opinion by adding just one infinite combo as a win condition it makes a deck better. Because all the cards of this combo are creatures then they can all be reanimate or recurred by Meren. I'm suggesting this combo because you already have Mikaeus and Seer.

Some less expensive price upgrades:

Ideally adding these 10 cards would improve your deck. Fauna Shaman is the budget/less good alternative to Survival of the Fittest.

Cards to consider cutting:

  • 1x Swamp
  • Evolving Wilds
  • Pawn of Ulamog
  • Shriekmaw
  • Greenwarden of Murasa
  • Noxious Gearhulk
  • Black Sun's Zenith
  • Gilded Lotus
  • No Mercy
  • Sudden Spoiling
  • Rune-Scarred Demon
  • Dictate of Erebos

Many of these suggested cuts are high CMC redundant creatures which you don't need with Meren.

Good luck with your deck.

CaptainKraw on Xenagos: Party in a Can

2 months ago

Yeah man. Worldspine Wurm is there for a couple reasons. I can pitch him to Survival of the Fittest and he just shuffles in. Or like you said I cheat him in. He basically kills a man. The 5/5 wurms you get when he dies are no joke, and they don't add to devotion.

I'm not running Yavimaya Hollow only because i don't have one.

Blightsteel is a fantastic creature to run as one of your top end guys. Personally I love infect, I think its a great way to close out a game quickly. I know some people dislike it, but I'd rather play like 3 or 4 quick games than 1 that's really long and drawn out.

So tutoring. I almost always tend to grab Atarka, World Render if I can get away with being greedy and trying to put someone on the back foot. It's the most bang for your buck. If there's a storm or spellslinger deck at the table grab Ruric Thar, the Unbowed. Grabbing Destiny Spinner isn't bad against opponents who might try to counter your Big Men. Really depends on the situation. In a casual deck like this I don't tutor for the same wincon every game, it's just what I think is right for the situation.

Also, I still have 5 cards that draw me stuff. It's not like I'm just raw dogging it. But I've been playing Xenagos for 4 years. I've played a ton of stuff, and this is where I've landed. Having low cmc utility spells to help with mana efficiency at the end of the turn is something I prioritize. Its very reasonable to have 2 mana left after playing a 6 or 7 drop. Sylvan Library and The Great Henge fit well here. Rishkar's Expertise allows me to play one of what...47% ish of my deck for free.

Hopefully that helps explain my reasoning for running what I do. I know that's why people even read primers and comments.

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