Until your next turn, all lands you control become 2/2 Elemental creatures with reach, indestructible, and haste. They’re still lands.
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Sylvan Awakening Discussion
1 month ago
Hey TwentDoggo, glad you like the deck. Normally I wouldn't have trouble finding ways to upgrade my decks, but this one in particular is kind of inherently flawed in that there simply isn't much support for its plan. That said, there are some things you could do to make the deck more functional in general.
Probably the easiest upgrade you could make is include the Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl ramp package. These two make it possible to have four mana on turn two (turn 1 Arbor Elf, turn 2 Utopia Sprawl on an untapped Forest) which makes higher cmc ramp spells such as Hunting Wilds , Explosive Vegetation , and Nissa's Renewal more viable. It also makes the deck's combo turn come around much sooner since being able to make four mana off of one land gives you more untapped lands to attack with after casting Sylvan Awakening .
If you do this, you'll need to rework the deck a bit--this ramp plan is better with a lower land count, so Arboreal Grazer and Rites of Flourishing would be cut out, and since you have more mana early on you'll want to add some higher impact ramp spells (the aforementioned Hunting Wilds etc). You would also be able to play Rude Awakening , a card that I excluded from the original draft of the deck because 8 mana is a lot.
So these are the changes I'd make:
- -4 Arboreal Grazer , -4 Llanowar Elves , -2 Rites of Flourishing ; +4 Arbor Elf , +4 Utopia Sprawl , +2 Wolfwillow Haven
- -3 lands, -2 Nissa's Pilgrimage , -2 Harmonize ; +4 Hunting Wilds , +2 Rude Awakening , +1 Search for Tomorrow
- -4 Rampant Growth ; +4 Sakura-Tribe Elder
I'm not sure what you're budget is, but that's really the best you can do if you want to stick to the man land plan. I suppose you could also upgrade the mana base, but you can get by with all basics since you've got a lot of color fixing ramp spells.
1 month ago
I think you need to cut a lot of stuff... You'll need 40+ lands for a landfall deck I think. You've got so many cards that allow you to play additional lands. You might not have that many lands to get the value out of those cards, even if you could play lands from GY.
I think in the deck, there's 3 kinds of cards to fit the theme of what you're doing:
- Small/medium stuff which both ramps and boosts landfall at the same time like Oracle of Mul Daya
- Then it's big powerful board state changing stuff that your general will cheat from GY, like Roil Elemental
- Utility for answers to opponent like Ingot Chewer and Demonic Tutor to control the board
Once you have the cards for (1), I think you'll be pretty unstoppable. You'll have the mana base to just throw things out. You shouldn't need to worry about card draw because your general can play off the GY. But, I don't think you have enough cards that puts things into GY. If you have a full GY, your general becomes basically tutor any card and cast it for 5 mana, which is ridiculously cheap. Mayael the Anima 's ability, in comparison, costs 6, and you only get to choose from top 5 random cards. I think exploiting the general's ability is the most powerful thing in this deck, but you can't do it without a graveyard.
I think cards that don't fit that theme you've got going should be cut, even if they're powerful cards, because they clunk up your engine. Except Vigor . Bloody Vigor is the best.
Cards I think you want:
Eternal Witness - this card combos with so much, espectially if you got a way to recur it back. It returns any card from graveyard to hand, not just creatures. Great for searching for answers in your GY which aren't elementals.
Hermit Druid - Populates your GY, and nets you a land in hand. Once it's on the board, for 1 mana, you're guaranteed a basic land, and lots of stuff in your GY. It's crazy good utility. But be careful, because 5 colour means you won't have that much room for basics.
Mana Drain - The much better counterspell
Shriekmaw - Does what your Ingot Chewer and Wispmare can do, but to non-black creatures. Is elemental, so can be reused for general. Completes your board control for artifacts, enchantments, and creatures.
Cards I think you might not want:
Avenger of Zendikar - good card, but not amazing value for money IMO. For 7 mana, I think it needs to be a game changer. I know you wanna build +1+1 counters into it, but I think there's just not enough cards for that engine, and you already have too many cards.
Animar, Soul of Elements - If you have your general out, animar doesn't really do much... If you get Animar out early, it doesn't help you cast your general, and those counters will take time to build up, by which time you might as well use your general.
Kozilek, the Great Distortion - a 10 mana card that you can't cheat out with your general?
Yarok, the Desecrated - you don't really have that many ETB effects for this to be worthwhile imo.
Sylvan Awakening - why for?
Vampiric Tutor - always good to have a tutor... but it might get in the way since this tutors to the top of your library rather than your hand. So it just interferes with your "play lands off topdeck" cards, which you have a few, and then everyone also gets to see what you've tutored.
Nissa, Vital Force - eh...
Path of Discovery - pretty underwhelming... requires a creature to come down, then you might either get a land in hand, or a +1/1 counter to the creature that just came down. So only 40% of the time or so you'll actually get a land in hand. For 4 mana, you have Oracle of Mul Daya, which is just much better.
Exploration - my experience with exploration is that it peters out quickly. If you play it early, you don't have an engine yet, and you run out of land in a turn or 2. If you play it late, it's a little underwhelming. Rather pay more mana for Mina and Denn, Wildborn , Courser of Kruphix or Oracle of Mul Daya which both sources you lands and let you play them. You also have Muldrotha, the Gravetide , The Gitrog Monster , and Zimone, Quandrix Prodigy which also serves similar functions but have other uses.
Growth Spiral - arguably worse than Exploration because it's single use. Effectively does the same thing as farseek because it replaces itself with a card draw, and you get a land on the battlefield in addition to your normal turn land. But worse than farseek because you can't tutor for the card you're drawing, and you need to have 2 lands in hand for it to be worthwhile. Also needs 2 specific coloured mana to play, which you might not have early game in a 5 colour deck.
Icon of Ancestry - costs 3 to use, and needs to tap. You're much better off having something that puts things in graveyard instead because you general only costs 5, and puts it on the battlefield. And you're restricted to elemental cards, which is likely 1/3 or less of your deck. You only get to top deck 3, so it's unreliable and mana inefficient.
Dragonmaster Outcast - it's a strong card, but if you're going to cut something, cut the cards that don't synergize. It's not an elemental, it doesn't put stuff in graveyard, it isn't an answer to something an opponent plays, it doesn't put land on the board or have landfall.
1 month ago
Uncage the Menagerie (x=3, probably)
(could run some number of rituals to "combo out" faster, allow things like Jokulhaups + Combo Piece more quickly.)
Any good, cheap enchantments
Lapse of Certainty (banger)
2 months ago
Definitely an interesting deck. I feel like you have too much mana ramp and then you will be left with top decking. I would suggest some cards like Beanstalk Giant , Return of the Wildspeaker , Sylvan Awakening . There's lots of other good cards with landfall triggers and creatures that can turn lands into beefy land creatures. Maybe even cut out a few lands, you're going to have tons of forests anyways once you get your commander out.
plakjekaas on None
2 months ago
I think all creatures having vigilance makes this a lot less appealing than you think. Combat math is less interesting if everything can attack and block every turn. It's part of the reason Elder Gargaroth is such a ridiculous card. Triggers on both attacking and blocking, combined with vigilance, so there's no cost, no decision about how to use the creature. Don't forget, your opponents' blockers will also never go away, they have vigilance too. It will lead to the biggest boardstalls, not the wildest combats.
Also, why do you untap all creatures during the second combat phase if everything has vigilance? This card would possibly be a combo piece for that extra untap, with stuff like Sylvan Awakening .
Remove the vigilance, and it's probably an interesting card. Debatably, the ability to Goad might need a little steeper cost, if you compare this repeatable ability to the one-shot spell Disrupt Decorum that resembles it most.
2 months ago
A +1/+1 counter version would work very well with this as the big problem is you are only getting 1 use out of your creature and aura enhancers.
Save your board with: Stonehoof Chieftain , Heroic Intervention , Inspiring Call , Kamahl’s Will , Mortal's Resolve , Timber Protector , Outmuscle , Song of Freyalise , Nissa, Who Shakes the World , Vivien Reid , Withstand Death
Indestructible creatures for ya: Bellowing Elk , Icehide Troll , Impervious Greatwurm , Myojin of Life's Web , Nylea, God of the Hunt , Rhonas the Indomitable , Predator Ooze , Thornling , Wily Bandar , Majestic Myriarch
Alternate commander: Anara, Wolvid Familiar
2 months ago
Thanks for the upvote Grind!
I really like the look of Sylvan Awakening ... I'm going to have to test that out. Wish it was instant but that's too much to ask haha.