Survival of the Fittest

Survival of the Fittest


, Discard a creature card: Search your library for a creature card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

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Survival of the Fittest Discussion

alexjustdoit on Muldrotha, the „Fun“ in „Funeral“ *Primer*

3 weeks ago

Actually, reviewing the differences between our lists (few), I'm curious why you aren't playing Survival of the Fittest anymore? I thought you used to.

I also removed Mana Crypt but thats more just a personal choice, might end up putting it back in. It's been in and out a few times. I don't really feel like my meta warrants it, it draws a lot of attention/aggro in an early hand, and the dice rolls are finicky to me (personal gripe).

Profet93 on Ruric Thar Primal Stax

1 month ago


Regarding Svella....Both activated abilities, while ramping towards and cheating primal surge, each are subpar abilities. Given such, IMO, it makes the card subpar. You view it as "not eating removal as a benefit." For me, I would want each card in my deck to be as threatening as possible (as a control player particularly but in general) that way the removal is on that card rather than another. Also nice to bait counterspells.

Goblin Bombardment and Tajuru are meta calls, got it. I was looking into player hexproof cards but aside from Witchbane orb, there isn't much in your colors. If Azami is really and issue, then have you considered swapping gobling bombardment with either Phyrexian Revoker (Tutorable through woodland bellower), or perhaps even a Damping Matrix . Damping matrix hits 9 of your creatures (10 if Svella stays) and 3 of your artifacts. I think that's a fair trade, although I prefer Phyrexian Revoker as you can name Azami. Note it says "As" it enters the battlefield so they can't respond, unless they respond to the cast, which won't do them much aside from putting permanents that would have been on the field to your hand. I know revoker is only specific to the Azami card and not the draw spell that player has in their hand at instant speed which can target any player, but stil, worth mentioning.

Regarding Klothys, God of Destiny, I can see that now that you mention it. Still, too slow for my tastes personally even with what you have described, but I love that cycle of G-d's so I love seeing them. Shivan and Heartless are cute, still not worth it IMO as bloodmoon/magus really make you be picky with your nonbasics (not to mention your dorks) but if it works, it works.

Regarding Maybeboard, I'm biased with my suggestions... Skullclamp for draw. You need to draw into primal surge, drawing a bunch of cards is the best way to do so. Sylvan Library for desperate draw but more importantly, topdeck manipulation to ensure you don't miss land drops. Not needed, but nice to have. Survival of the Fittest / Fauna Shaman - Tutoring for almost half your deck is so powerful, genesis synergy is nice to have. I see Zealous is in your mayeboard, can combo with Kiki Jiki mirror breaker to ensure a way to win through combat with primal surge? Not sure if you like combos, both are expensive CMC. While unlikely to be added, thought it was worth mentioning.

My meta is littered with land decks, so a Strip Mine goes a long way for me. Would you rather have a strip mine or shivan against the cradle, urborg, coffers, field or nytkhos you will inevitably be up against?

You seem to have A LOT of anti-blue already, is price of glory really needed when everyone but the green player is ramping through artifacts? I feel you already have so much anti-blue redundancy in the deck, that removing price of glory (for whatever) would behoove you. I would add in another ramp piece, whether thats another dork or artifact.

Profet93 on Ruric Thar Primal Stax

1 month ago

+1 Good work

Survival of the Fittest - Synergy with genesis, gets rid of late game dorks

Cavern of Souls > The land that can make ur commander indestructible. It seems like your deck is very anti-blue, having a land that can tap for a color and stop your commander from getting countered without anything else on board seems like a good payoff. I get the need for actual physical protection but I think this swap should be considered depending on your meta

Stoneshaker Shaman - Just seems weak for what it does. I know there is a red enchantment (can look up if needed) that does something similar for a similar cost. It would be a better fit than this card, surprised to see it. It seems like it's main purpose is anti-blue and interaction. But most non green players ramp with rocks and green ramps with dorks, so unless you get collect ouphe out with it simultaneously, I don't see how impactful this really is. How has your experience been with it? Are you choosing the creature version simply because of your commander?

Gratuitous Violence - Seems expensive for what it does, you already have various forms of redundancy. Is this needed? I could easily see Skullclamp in it's place to help you draw, get payoffs off of dorks, and deter your commmander's death or at the very least, give you some benefit from it.

Ilvise on Ghave That Bitch an Infinite Combo [Primer]

2 months ago


I cutted Survival of the Fittest due to its high price in last month for Grim Tutor but I don't really like it cause 3 life is too much. I think I'll bring Rushed Rebirth as soon as I can buy it!

Great deck btw, really enjoy!! Can't wait to try it in some events! Thanks

FounderX on Cunning Dark Elves

3 months ago

Hahaha raspberryfish25 now you mention it, it does sound funny :-). If answers are needed in your meta these are definitely good choices, the Golgari colors have lots of answers to play in the form of targeted and mass removal. Abrupt Decay could also be included. Eyeblight Massacre could also get rid of tokens, without harming your own board state. Lys Alana Scarblade in combination with untap abilities could also perform well to get rid of pesky creatures. You can always recur the discarded creatures with several black cards out there, though not really my style of play. Cover of Darkness is sitting in my binder, trying it out, great evasive tech. Genesis Wave , now that is a digger I do like, definitely agree with you on that one.

As for the cards you are willing to try, they are indeed very strong, but strong comes with a price tag, if budget isn't an issue definitely worth upgrading.

Chord of Calling budget one-time use Zenith, Crashing Drawbridge cheaper crossroads, although usable the next turn, but only haste on your side of the board. Fauna Shaman is already the budget version of Survival of the Fittest , but Evolutionary Leap is the cheapest closest card with more or less the same effect. Song of the Dryads combo sounds like a lot of fun indeed. With enough counters on Champion of Lambholt you can achieve the same for the price of a bag of crisps. Seeker of Skybreak is a great "untapper", maybe you like Quirion Ranger and Scryb Ranger too.

Time Spiral remastered comes with a few nice reprints like Slaughter Pact , Summoner's Pact , Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth and Damnation . Still on the steep side, price-wise, but way cheaper than the currently printed versions.

Doombeard1984 on All hail...The Overlord

5 months ago

So, some opinions would be nice. I am thinking of dropping the Survival of the Fittest and putting maybe a Worldly Tutor in there instead? Means I am not pitching creatures to the graveyard then. Whilst the SotF looks really nice etc, think the tutor would be better, and another possible turn 1 play to maybe get that all important piece of the puzzle. Opinions?

I_Want_To_PlayAllTheDecks on The Ghost Of Cards Past

6 months ago

Thanks! I had considered Survival of the Fittest, but its a bit expensive, my combo cards aren't creatures, I don't play a lot of creatures, and most of my answers are not creatures. I might add it if I ever get my hands on one or need it or it becomes good with the combo. I really like Slice and Dice because a friend plays prosh, so its good there. I'm not sure about Krosan Tusker but I'll drop a land for it and throw the deck in the playtester. Daedalus19876

Daedalus19876 on The Ghost Of Cards Past

6 months ago

I love where you're going with this list, the focus on Transmute is really clever. Have you considered running Survival of the Fittest as another repeatable discard-then-recur option? :D You could potentially also make Krosan Tusker very good, as a repeatable cantripping land-tutor, or Slice and Dice to wipe away mana dorks/tokens (depending on your meta).

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