Tendershoot Dryad

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Vintage Legal

Tendershoot Dryad

Creature — Dryad

Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)

At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.

Saprolings you control have +2/+2 as long as you have the city's blessing.

IHATENAMES on slimefoot saprolings

2 months ago

I'm unsure what direction you are planning as you seem to spread out a bit. Here is my suggestion though.

Focus on aristocrats and tokens(preferably saprolings))

Token doubler Parallel Lives Second Harvest Doubling Season

Token Makers Bramble SovereignFungal Plots Tendershoot Dryad Fungal Sprouting Golgari Germination Jade Mage Sprout Swarm Saproling Symbiosis Korozda Guildmage

Free Sac outlets are essential Viscera Seer Carrion Feeder

Ramp Growing Rites of Itlimoc  Flip Circle of Dreams Druid Cryptolith Rite Ashaya, Soul of the Wild Rishkar, Peema Renegade and kinda Gala Greeters

Saprolings synergies if you want Psychotrope Thallid

Toski, Bearer of Secrets maybe for additional card draw

Wincon ideas Aristocrats like Blood Artist Overwhelming Stampede Pathbreaker Ibex Yedora, Grave Gardener combo. I don't remember what the other pieces are atm. Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth + Life and Limb + way to profit off of every land dying or at least get ahead.

My golgarideck

TheVectornaut on Old Fungus Deck

4 months ago

Since you're in casual, there's a lot of heavy hitting cards you could add (budget permitting). Doubling Season improves the turnaround rate of spore counters and gets you more tokens, although it is itself expensive. Something cheaper with proliferate like Evolution Sage could accomplish a similar goal. Aura Shards is a potent alternative to single-use Naturalizes for Selesnya, with Nullmage Shepherd being a more budget pick. Skullclamp is an insane draw engine if you keep your tokens at 1 toughness. Or if you don't want to, Intangible Virtue can stack with Sporecrown Thallids to get out of hand quickly. As far as creating tokens, there's Aura Mutation, Dreampod Druid, Fungal Sprouting, Korozda Guildmage, Saproling Migration, Thelonite Hermit, and the powerful lord Tendershoot Dryad. If you want generically good Golgari removal, cards like Assassin's Trophy and Fatal Push tend to see a lot of play. Personally, I like Crippling Fear for tribal decks and Tragic Slip for decks with sacrifice synergy. Speaking of sacrifices, I know from experience in commander that both Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest and Ghave, Guru of Spores make for nasty combos with Mycoloth. Such a strategy would also make creatures like Tukatongue Thallid more valuable than spell counterparts like Sprout or Fungal Infection.

The cards I'd look to cut first would be Rending Vines, Wear Away, Wrap in Vigor, Wurm's Tooth, Mwonvuli Acid-Moss, AEther Web, and possibly Fists of Ironwood unless you add more cards like Dreampod.

AstroAA on Should I Keep Luminarch Ascension …

4 months ago

Luminarch Ascension is just slow. I used to run it in my Sythis, Harvest's Hand enchantress prison deck as a backup method to get beaters out, and most of the time I'd play it and it'd just sit there as I'd use my mana for other things. It's not worth it most of the time.

I do not know why you aren't already running Esper Sentinel. In your deck you're running a bunch of anthems, and Esper Sentinel can easily draw you a ridiculous amount of cards rather quickly if his tax gets up to 4~5 mana. He's easily one of the best white cards in Magic, and your deck seems likely to support him. Plus he's only one mana, and you have an absolutely ridiculous CMC of 3.87 with only seven mana rocks - two of which are 4+ CMC.

My advice? Fuck Smothering Tithe. I personally think the card is overrated and is one of the most "kill on sight" cards in Magic. A quarter of the time you play it and it's countered. Another quarter of the time you play it and it gets blown up immediately. Another quarter of the time you play it and it does nothing. The last quarter of the time it does something. If you wanted to play some cheaper "kill on sight" cards to bait out counter magic and kill spells, Food Chain, Survival of the Fittest, and even something like Grafdigger's Cage against certain decks. But, take what I say here with a grain of salt - I just don't like Smothering Tithe, and I think the CMC of it won't help you that much since you don't run a lot of ramp. I'd honestly rather run Yasharn, Implacable Earth over Smothering Tithe in your deck right now.

Now, you asked for feedback and suggestions, so here are my main suggestions. I'm not sure your budget, but considering you're asking us to decide between two $20~$30 cards, I'll assume it's higher than the average Magic player's. Here is a basic list of things you can do to improve your deck:

  • Go through your deck and individually look at every card in it. Think to yourself "How often do I play this card? Does this card make an impact whenever I play it? Is it just immediately answered? How does this fit into my game plan?" etc. Cut cards that you think aren't up to par or properly fit into your deck.
  • Your deck seems to lack a proper direction. You say you want to pillowfort and focus on building up an army. Cards like Windborn Muse and Ghostly Prison can help you prevent people from swinging at you. If you wanted to prevent people from swinging at all, Crawlspace and Dueling Grounds can work, and you can just pop them with a Nature's Claim or something before you want to start attacking. If you wanted to focus more on the army aspect, you could go with stuff like Avenger of Zendikar, Rhys the Redeemed, or Tendershoot Dryad.
  • Lower your Converted Mana Cost. You currently have a CMC of 3.87, which is rather high. In addition, you are only running seven pieces of ramp - all mana rocks - and two of them are four or more CMC, which does not help you much. Cut cards that don't do much and replace them with either cheaper mana rocks or mana dorks. A few that I immediately see that I would cut are cards like Treva, the Renewer, Skyward Eye Prophets, Empyrial Archangel, and Archon of the Triumvirate. Cards you should add are like Avacyn's Pilgrim, Birds of Paradise, Sylvan Caryatid, and Noble Hierarch. This will lower your CMC and provide additional mana ramp.
  • Lands. You are currently running 38 lands, which is definitely on the high end. However, I think this is a product of having a CMC of 3.87. I think should you end up reducing your CMC to around 2.75 to 3.00 while adding in at least ~7 sources of mana acceleration you can go down to 32~33 lands, which is much more reasonable. However, I also want to talk about your land choices. You aren't running any fetches and many of your lands have a chance to enter tapped. I would look at adding in more fetches such as Prismatic Vista, Windswept Heath, Misty Rainforest, and Flooded Strand at least. In addition, I'd also look at lands such as City of Brass, Mystic Confluence, and the Battlebond lands such as Bountiful Promenade, Rejuvenating Springs, and Sea of Clouds should you reliably play with 3+ people pods. Cut cards like Seaside Citadel and the check lands, as they're kind of feelsbad turn one plays.
  • Removal. You aren't running much removal to deal with threats. Cheap removal such as Nature's Claim, Swords to Plowshares, Path to Exile, Return to Nature, and On Thin Ice are all super good in EDH. I would definitely look at improving your removal suite outside of 3+ mana counterspells. Also, look at cheaper counterspells. Cards like Mana Drain would be super good here as it provides you mana acceleration while stopping your opponents.

There is more I would like to add, such as talking more about card advantage, but I've spent damn near close to an hour typing this so I'm gonna call it here. Now, take what I've said with a grain of salt. I'm a high-powered player; I like to optimize my decks, and with optimization comes homogenization. I.e; your decks become less unique. You've got a pretty unique deck here, and if you like it then you like it. Ultimately it's up to you on making that call of whether or not you want to optimize and change everything. If you need more help, feel free to ask. Good luck, and sorry for the wall of text.

Goobfellow on Spores Galore

8 months ago

Oh man, I played Fun with Fungus back during Timespiral and I loved that deck so much. It requires a lot of build-up to really get rolling so it's not very competitive and no fun against control decks, but then again what is? When it works right and you are putting tokens down everywhere though? Hooooo boy that's fun. Here are some of the things I ran back in the day:

I have some specific thoughts on your build too:

  • Consider what you want this deck to do really well. Are you trying to generate as many saprolings as possible to overwhelm your opponent? Or to sacrifice them to the Priest/Zulaport/Slimefoot? You could even make the fungi the real beaters themselves. It seems like your deck is doing a little bit of everything right now when it could benefit from focusing on one or two.
  • If you want to focus on making many saprolings, Mycoloth is extremely powerful in this deck. Just because he's a big target for removal doesn't mean you shouldn't play him at all. He costs the same as your Tendershoot Dryad and generates twice the number of Saprolings per turn for only sacrificing one when he enters the battlefield. Sacrifice two and he's giving you back four every turn. And with Heroic Intervention to protect him you should be good to go. Definitely a mainboard card. I lost my mind when this card released.
  • If you're looking to pump up your saprolings more Sporecrown Thallid is a great pick and may I also suggest Thelonite Hermit.
  • If you want your fungi to be real threats then Thelon of Havenwood is your guy. Get some Sporesowers out and then watch the Spore counters pile up, making your guys absolutely massive.
  • Consider switching out some of your cheap-cmc cards for things with more meat on their bones. This deck could stand to be a lot more top-heavy. A couple shell-dwellers can get you to the late-game but they are terrible late-game cards. I personally ran a set of Deathspore Thallids because I like their removal effect but none of these other fungi with 1 or 2 mana cost.
  • Consider some traditional mana ramp like Rampant Growth instead of Utopia Mycon if you want to get your Sporesowers out earlier. It's less vulnerable to removal and you don't have to wait to generate your first saproling to get an extra mana.
  • I love Priest of the forgotten gods and Winding Constrictor in here. I think they are both super effective for this deck.
  • And lastly it should be spelled "galore" ;p

Best of luck and have fun with your fungus!

m4rs on Ghired - Precon Primal Genesis - Heavy Upgrade

8 months ago

Hi eliakimras,

I was now able to do some playtests with the current set. I still changed some more cards.

Added:

Feedback to new or rarely played cards:

  • Quartzwood Crasher is insane good. Thematically, and also its easy to get like a 10 or 15/15 Token, which you can copy with ghired, after that its gonna be snowball. Surely one of the best cards in this deck. Similar with Elder Gargaroth
  • Selesnya Eulogist: Surprisingly good card, I rarely drew it beside the fact thats it a day 1 card of this deck. But targeting creatures from other graveyards (or the own) to prevent reanimate or similiar, and getting blockers is very good!

Cards I am uncertain:

Still the deck has a lot of protection, and I am not sure if it too much, but as Ghired is quite expensive, I will right now, not cut a indestructible spell.

About your utility Lands. yeah Gavony Township might be a cool manasink. But Right now I dont have it, as I put it in another deck. also i have a lot of utility lands right now. Kessig wolf run I removed, as having Trample seems no problem in my last plays.

eliakimras on Ghired - Precon Primal Genesis - Heavy Upgrade

9 months ago

Hey, m4rs, I'm back with some spicy tech for your deck, this time regarding the big tokens themselves:

My suggestion, whenever possible, is to run creatures over other spell types for the same effect: they synergize better with your deck, despite being more vulnerable to boardwipes. (It makes you more explosive, which is better the higher you go on power level).

Now, as always, I want to suggest some removals:

  • I love Mimic Vat in battlecruiser games, but it doesn't pull the same weight on quick games. (It hurts to write it, but my beloved Soul Foundry might also only belong to Christmasland, since, if you don't have the mana to cast AND copy the creature right away, your opponents might see the danger incoming and remove the artifact before you get any value off it.)

  • Flamerush Rider requiring an attacking creature target right away means that your options are too limited. In my opinion, Delina, Wild Mage and Rionya, Fire Dancer are better cards for the effect.

  • Tendershoot Dryad might not belong here, since Ghired cares about quality, not exactly quantity of the tokens.

  • Esika's Chariot. I understand it already comes with its tokens for crewing, but getting a token copy of TOKEN creatures AFTER combat is too narrow for my taste (and you don't have noncreature tokens). Again, Rionya and Delina are better suited for this job.

  • Sword of Hearth and Home is good protection stapled to decent blink and ramp effects, but the ramp comes too late for Ghired to care, the blink is unreliable and the protection can be better executed by Shalai, Voice of Plenty, Saryth, the Viper's Fang (trample + deathtouch is nasty), Privileged Position or Asceticism.

  • Response / Resurgence is single-use. Aurelia, the Warleader's effect is repeatable.

  • What are your experiences with Warstorm Surge? I usually leave it out of my deck if I have access to Terror of the Peaks, since 6 mana is a lot in my games and the Terror is tutorable by cards you already run.

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