Creature — Elf Scout
When Sylvan Ranger enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.
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|Commander Anthology (CM1)||Common|
|Modern Masters 2017 Edition (MM3)||Common|
|Commander 2014 (C14)||Common|
|Duel Decks: Ajani vs. Nicol Bolas (DDH)||Common|
|2011 Core Set (M11)||Common|
|Promo Set (000)||None|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Sylvan Ranger Discussion
1 month ago
Based on my first impression of the deck list:
I am not sure about things like Gargos, Vicious Watcher and Apex Altisaur in the deck...Gargos wants spells that target him and you play 7. Altisaur wants to be delt damage, and if you're wasting your fight triggers on that, it feels kind of bad (especially since you're not playing many). That goes double for Stuffy Doll.
You're not gonna like this, but your hardcore focus on 'can't be countered' effects is a bit much. They're super narrow and not as helpful as you think. Most blue decks even play other colors that those cards will do nothing against, or even play relatively few counterspells in total. That slot is then wasted against a.) all your other opponents and b.) 90% of the blue deck. If you really want that style of effect, instead of Gaea's Herald and Destiny Spinner (who don't save your big non-creature spells from counters), I would run the much more versatile Veil of Summer and Red Elemental Blast/ Pyroblast instead.
1 month ago
Keeping all creatures in mind, here are a few classics you're missing for your typical Animar combo deck...
Bond Beetle gets you 2 counters on Animar for 1 green mana.
Since you have 2-3 ways to draw your entire deck, utilize Thassa's Oracle to win on the spot. Laboratory Maniac does the same thing, but Oracle is better since its effect goes onto the stack immediately and it being countered doesn't matter.
Mulldrifter is great card draw for a single blue mana.
Sylvan Safekeeper is a great way to push through commander damage, counter spells, keep Animar safe, etc...
1 month ago
Bojuka Bog is a fantastic addition for graveyard synergy that doesn't affect consistency.
Protecting yarok is important. Something like Lightning Greaves works wonders.
Sire of Stagnation is a fantastic addition to the landfall theme. It draws 8 cards off 1 opposing fetch land.
Sylvan Ranger is an okay addition for grabbing lands from your library. I've been on the fence with him for a few months, but his ability might benefit you more than me.
1 month ago
You’re right. I don’t know why I wrote “artifact ramp” when in fact I meant “artifacts with activated abilities.” Whoops.
It would be foolhardy not to include Sol Ring in any EDH deck.
Now that we’ve got that squared away, the answer to the ultimate question: Because Collector Ouphe is busted.
As for dorks there’s great options that don’t tap for mana (so losing them is less detrimental): Wood Elves Or Yavimaya Dryad would be great. So would Sylvan Ranger, Skyshroud Ranger, and Elvish Pioneer.
Also, I see that you’re running broken bond—-amazing value in that one card!!! It has bailed me out and gotten me ahead in many games :)
1 month ago
Sylvan Ranger the first magic product I bought was a 2011 deck builder's tool kit and out of one of my packs I pulled a foil one. I still have it almost 10 years later
1 month ago
2 months ago
I see a few things problematic with the decklist. First, a distinct lack of ramp. Two, a lack of early game, which can be fixed by ramp. Three, there are a lot of places to fit creatures to die.
So, what I would recommend:
Mana dorks are fantastic in aristocrat decks, for they can be sacrificed if they must. Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves, Elvish Mystic, Fyndhorn Elves, Elves of Deep Shadow, and Boreal Druid each fill the best role at one mana. I've enjoyed Skull Prophet greatly, for it fills the graveyard with fodder.
Other than that, two mana ramp is best. But you're in Green! Get those Arcane signets out of here. Rampant Growth, Nature's Lore, Into the North (try a few snow basics), Cultivate, and Kodama's Reach are all lovely.
Then, of course, there are some includes that should go in most aristocrat lists:
So, Yawgmoth, Thran Physician is the single greatest card for this style of deck. It offers draw, murder, sacrifice, and cannot be tapped by Aphetto Grifter. Run it despite the ten-dollar price limit.
Liliana, Heretical Healer Flip transforms far too eath in strategies such as this. Grisly Salvage can fuel graveyard chicanery. And Once Upon a Time is something I put in literally every green deck I own, for it is most potent.
Alright, now upon what I would ablate:
Chittering Witch is too slow for fodder and the sacrfice ability is not gratis. Thrashing Brontodon is too much mana. Mazirek just doesn't do enow; she wishes to put counters upon creatures that are meant to die. Deathsprout is too much mana. Deflecting Swat seems lacking. Find / Finality is just too much to cast. Taste of Death is actually just useless. Witch's Oven is too limited.
Okay then. That shall be all from me! You may peer upon my list here if you care.
4 months ago
For a budget build, this has a majority of the pieces needed to be competitive.
Other cheap options to include:
Get the bounce lands out of the manabase. Returning 2 lands to hand is not what this deck wants to be doing.
Thassa, Deep-Dwelling will help you further abuse ETB effects. Not exactly dirt cheap, but definitely a staple this deck wants.
Sol Ring belongs in nearly every commander deck. This deck is no exception.