The Gitrog Monster
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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

The Gitrog Monster

Legendary Creature — Frog Horror

Deathtouch

At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice The Gitrog Monster unless you sacrifice a land.

You may play an additional land on each of your turns.

Whenever one or more land cards are put into your graveyard from anywhere, draw a card.

nbarry223 on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

6 hours ago

So yeah, thinking about it logically, Savor the Moment isn't the worst card on its own. It's also pretty good with an Amulet of Vigor out, and not a lot of lands in play (one of the scenarios where Scapeshift is bad). It basically translates into "draw a card, take an additional combat phase, your land plays for the turn reset" - which seems pretty good for only 3 mana. If I have nothing going for me already, I would basically be paying 5 mana to draw a card, when finding this off of Bring to Light, which doesn't sound all that great. However, I do think it may be a step in the right direction, since it is a lower CMC and is actually relevant in a lot of situations where Scapeshift isn't. I can also find Dryad of the Ilysian Grove as a backup if I'm in a position where it's just a glorified "draw a card."

The main thing I can think of that is a potential downside I need to play around is casting Summoner's Pact during the normal turn, then being unable to pay for it during my extra turn without an untap step, if I am silly enough to forget (completely my fault if I end up losing that way).

I think I'm going to make the switch, thanks for the idea! I'm hopeful it will be a more relevant card than The Gitrog Monster was. I may tweak my manabase and sideboard alongside the swap, because I am thinking 2 copies of Bring to Light is feasible now that there's a failsafe option that's relevant enough (Savor the Moment can always go out in games 2/3 for more powerful and narrow targets).

NotSquishedYet on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

18 hours ago

Eh, I feel like Cavalier of Thorns is very little value for 5 mana compared to what a lot of cards in this deck can do with a lot less. It might be better than The Gitrog Monster but what I liked about Silverback Elder was that with creatures it is a fairly powerful land-fetching engine, and it can be used to delete Blood Moon. Long shot because I wasn't sure how often you actually play multiple creatures, especially at a point which would be after you can get a 5-drop on the field. I'm not surprised if triggering on creature casts is a dealbreaker.

I just looked through a few other options like Silverback Elder and Cavalier of Thorns, considered basic search land to battlefield sorceries, felt they didn't measure up against Scapeshift, and landed on Wrenn and Seven. I don't like that he isn't searchable or that it takes two turns to really get a lot of value out of him, but I think he offers more to the deck than Cavalier of Thorns. I could be totally wrong.

As another long shot... Chance for Glory?

nbarry223 on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

1 day ago

… which is probably better than The Gitrog Monster now that I think about it. Thoughts?

nbarry223 on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

1 day ago

Yeah, basically the card is treated as it’s front side until you play it, and when playing it you pick which side to play.

The same for adventure cards too (always treated as the creature), which I haven’t really looked at beyond Fae of Wishes. Looking into them, Flaxen Intruder seems like a decent idea for The Gitrog Monster's slot. It's the same total power/toughness, and I can find it with only 2 colors. I'll have to keep it in mind moving forward. Too bad it needs to connect for the enchantment hate, or I'd probably slot it in without playtesting for the coincidental Blood Moon hate.

NotSquishedYet on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

2 days ago

Gotcha, didn't see Glittering Wish mentioned so I figured I'd ask just in case. If Bring to Light works entirely better in practice, that's totally valid. I'll think on possible alternatives to The Gitrog Monster.

Gotcha. I figured having a searchable creature approximation of Amulet of Vigor could be worthwhile, but I can definitely see how another, less powerful one doesn't necessarily benefit the deck.

I see. I wondered if Wargate might be useful since it can get either a land for 3, an Amulet of Vigor for 4, neither of which Bring to Light or Eladamri's Call can do, while also getting creatures with enough mana. If those two upsides don't have enough payout, though, it's more expensive and not really worth it.

nbarry223 on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

4 days ago

I ran Glittering Wish for a while (1 yr+ or so), but I found Fae of Wishes was a better wish option, since it had synergy with Turntimber Symbiosis  Flip and had more options when found with Mosswort Bridge. I ultimately cut it for Bring to Light in the current version. I definitely agree on The Gitrog Monster but I need a target for Bring to Light when I don't have Amulet of Vigor in play, and that was the best I could come up with. I am more than open to suggestions of an instant/sorcery or creature that does more at <= 5 CMC (4 or less would be ideal, as 5 CMC pushes it).

Lotus Cobra is also a card I ran for quite a while, and is okay, but doesn't really do much when we don't have lands in hand, and is less powerful than an extra land creature in most cases. If you can cast a titan, it is a free creature, since you get your mana back on the first land fetch, so it is pretty good. I view it as a less powerful Amulet of Vigor for all intents and purposes.

Wargate is a clunkier version of Bring to Light or Eladamri's Call (depending on CMC you want to find), so I prefer one of those two for the deck currently.

NotSquishedYet on Viga-BOOM! (Turn 2)

4 days ago

The Gitrog Monster and Turntimber Symbiosis  Flip stick out to me as maybe the weakest links. Grain of salt since I've never played with or against the deck. Thoughts on Glittering Wish, Lotus Cobra, Wargate? No idea if any of them would actually be good.

Slashdance on Land of the Lost

1 week ago

Update!

Land Removed: Bojuka Bog, Forge of Heroes, Khalni Garden, Mountain

Land Added: Forest, Vivid Crag, Vivid Grove, Vivid Marsh

Creatures Removed: Borderland Explorer, Emissary of Grudges

Creatures Added: The Gitrog Monster, Elvish Rejuvenator

Enchantment Removed: Retreat to Valakut

Sorcery Removed: Worm Harvest

Sorcery Added: Pirate's Pillage, Regrowth

Instant Removed: Fury Storm

Instant Added: Unleash the Inferno

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