: Regenerate target Insect, Rat, Spider, or Squirrel. (The next time it would be destroyed, instead tap it, remove it from combat, and heal all damage on it.)
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Swarmyard occurrence in decks from the last year
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3 weeks ago
@ MTGZero, yeah it's unfortunate... A discussion that'd I'd for sure have with your playgroup is if they allow proxys, and as long as EVERYONE is on the same page, it can be fun! Consider this an advertisement for legacy too, as the $5,000 mana base gatekeeper bars a lot of people from playing a really interesting and fun format!
That being said, working on a budget also is like a balancer of sorts, and is a way to keep the "power level" or whatever you'd like to call it similar! Swarmyard price should also go down as more timespiral is opened (maybe...)
All in all, play how you'd like and play the cards you enjoy, whether competitive or janky! You're on the right start by brewing your first edh deck! And for sure playtest and add/subtract accordingly. Half of the fun of EDH is always tweaking your decks and looking for fun/good cards to add! When evaluating cards, it helps to look at it from the perspective if the card actively wins the game or helps do what I want to do. That being said, sometimes playing jank cards can be extremely satisfying, and people talk about flavorful or cool decks moreso than they do any cEDH turbo decks. All in all, both kinds of decks are fun to play with and against as long as everyone is on the same page! For sure encourage you down the road to brew both ways and give it a try! Good luck!
3 weeks ago
BrassLord Thanks a lot for the help! I've always heard how expensive EDH could be but sheesh. Luckily i was able to put this list together for just over $100. I would love to add an Earthcraft into the list at some point, but i'd say Swarmyard is the next addition for sure.
3 weeks ago
Hello fellow squirrel lover! Looks like a good start! Your legendary squirrel boy’s ability incentivizes a few things. For one’ evasion attacks turn into consistent card draw. Things like Hot Soup (with your indestructibility it negates the downside... and come one, squirrel soup man,!), Trailblazer's Boots and Prowler's Helm are all equipment that can ensure you get one or more activations of your commander every combat. The other direction is that he triggers on EACH creature that deals combat damage to a player, meaning you could also play little guys with evasion, kind of like an Edric, Spymaster of Trest deck... but more furry. Hope of Ghirapur , Treetop Scout and the like are all janky little guys that can help draw you more cards.
In terms of general squirrel support, Swarmyard is a utility land that can make things like Squirrel Mob a beast in combat, and it’s a bit expensive, but Earthcraft is an infinite combo with Squirrel Nest that’s sure to make your opponents go nuts (pun intended)
2 months ago
Ok, so as a beforehand this may be a longer post because I'm debating turning my casual Orvar list into a cEDH list myself. So it'll be a bit of out loud brainstorming :P Hope it's helpful and not TLDR...
Lands: Tolaria West as an additional tutor for Mystic Sanctuary or Nykthos (or in a pinch a mana rock or pact of negation on a combo turn)
Swarmyard can provide some incidental protection for Orvar
Things I'm considering that aren't on your list Creatures:
Spellstutter Sprite With Orvar out it hits any two drop. being able to gradually increase it's effectiveness with one mana cantrips seems good, especially when you are also playing cloud of fairies... which leads me into
Glen Elendra Archmage is a little high on the CMC side, but we're already running lots of 4 drops and a six drop as a potential win con. So I think at first glance the downside is negligible. Plus it plays into the inadvertent fairy theme...
Artisan of Forms is literally the best creature on the field. Both hers and Orvar's ability trigger's on cast. So you just stack her trigger first then copy whatever she becomes and get that as the token. Instant speed Dockside Extortionist ?
Vedalken AEthermage Literally only running for wizard cycling. Most of our outlets are wizards. In your current list you have 8. all worth tutoring for IMO. I'm currently running like 9-10 so it's pretty impactful
Venser, Shaper Savant Acts like spellstutter sprite, but hit's anything. And you can just let the copy go away upon resolution of the legend rule.
Spells: For sake of brevity I'll just list the cards you don't have on your list that I'm considering and why I'm considering them...
Glamerdye can target lands (which is probably one of Orvar's strongest abilities) and it has retrace, so it's recurable, and instant speed. all plusses.
Dizzy Spell tutor or copy trigger. essentially a modal spell. very good.
Cerulean Wisps cantrips and untaps a creature, potentially very useful depending on cedh meta. I have Kraum and Pako in mine so having a blocker is often needed. Also can help slow annoying tymna.
Rescue is interesting, still not sold on it. But it does give you a copy of a creature, and allows you to save/replay an etb critter. Orvar is able to mitigate losing creatures by making copies of them usually, but he can't save himself and copying into a board wipe does nothing.
Blink of an Eye target's permanents, can draw you a card and there is another card with a different name that does the same thing
Flood of Recollection Pet card of mine, single use but I like it on turns I want to go off with High Tide and don't want to exile it with JVP or Snapcaster. works well with Narset's reversal too...which I'm not running lol.
Run Away Together considering this as a way to deal with a threat and copy one of my creatures.
Cards I love:
Energy Tap this is great. didn't even consider it. solid inclusion.
Time Spiral and transmute artifact... mentioning these just because I'm jealous...
Treachery Ditto ^
Sakashima of a Thousand Faces love the silly synergy with Nykthos. Ridiculous.
Pyre of Heroes This is silly, didn't even see this spoiled. Birthing pod in colorless? are they crazy!
Cards I'm "meh" on:
Memory Crystal You're only running (I think) two buyback spells. So most of the time it's a dead card. I see Drift of Phantasms, but id rather be tutoring for the buyback card or something more impactful. Also copying sapphire medallion helps buyback and other non buyback spells.
Drift of Phantasms very linear tutor in cedh imo. I get that it hits hullbreacher, spellseeker, etc. I think I would personally rather slot additional control. But if you love the card run the card.
Inga Rune-Eyes Not impactful enough for me in a 4 drop slot. scrying one statistically is akin to drawing half a card, so three is one and a half?. You could run the 3 drop fairy that draws you a card for more fairy synergy lol... sorry, maybe I have a fairy problem. Also, I'm not sure how often you'll get her second line to happen. I don't see how you trigger that without investing multiple cards to copy her? unless I'm missing something? does it happen often for you?
Grim Monolith without an infinite mana outlet I don't think it does enough. Also I didn't Sol Ring in your list easy swap?
Extraplanar Lens In general I think this is a bad card. ramp it out early and someone smashes it, your down a land and probably a turn. Plus you have to imprint a land every time you make a copy of it. so the downside for their removal becomes even greater in my estimation. Orvar already ramps well enough to not need this card. but high risk high reward I guess.
I'm also soft on the tribute/trinket mage. They're good for the thing they grab but they're not ultimately what I want to be copying. you could run Shipwreck Dowser and Salvager of Secrets instead and lean into the Archaeomancer synergies, but then our cost is getting higher, and obviously you could copy what they tutor for... back to the balance of creature targets vs permanent targeting spells...
I think that's it... If I missed why you are running something let me know, like I said I'm brainstorming myself so the discourse will be super helpful for me, hope this was helpful for you! Also I should go back and read comments... yeah I'm that guy...
Thanks for posting the list!
3 months ago
Mirage Mirror, Pattern of Rebirth, Garruk, Primal Hunter, Return of the Wildspeaker, Kenrith's Transformation, Chord of Calling, Gemrazer, Ohran Frostfang, Sawtusk Demolisher, Force of Vigor, Obscuring Haze, Ram Through, Rampage of the Clans, Thwart the Enemy, Vines of Vastwood, Tribute to the Wild, Rancor, Swarmyard, Monstrous Onslaught, Overwhelming Stampede, Roar of Challenge, Jeweled Lotus