Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves
Legendary Creature — Elf Scout
When Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves enters the battlefield, create Voja, Friend to Elves, a legendary 3/3 green and white Wolf creature token.
Whenever a Wolf enters the battlefield under your control, you gain 3 life and you may have that creature fight up to one target creature an opponent controls.
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Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves Discussion
1 month ago
I build a lot of budget decks. My playgroup plays mostly 60-card casual multiplayer. I'm looking for ideas of interesting build-around cards, especially from sets in the last couple of years (I started 7-8 years ago, and have not paid as close attention to recent sets). Some cards I have used in the past are Angelic Accord, Sephara, Sky's Blade, Armament Master, Hoofprints of the Stag, Blackblade Reforged, Nova Chaser, Faerie Swarm, Enduring Scalelord, Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves, Swans of Bryn Argoll, and Rimefeather Owl among others (especially elf decks). Today I started to build Crested Sunmare, only to find out they're $7 each! I had a similar problem when I started building around Behemoth's Herald and Godsire and then realized how much the price had jumped. I'm looking for cards that average less than $1 and provide an interesting building space. I do not play black but am open to any other color or combination of colors. I lean most heavily to Selesnya generally but also enjoy exploring other spaces. Deck lists are welcome, but mainly looking for card suggestions.
3 months ago
I just wanted to say that just because a Commander has not been literally just released, does not mean it has been "solved".
What I mean is, there are some older Commanders (both in and outside of these colors) which can be fun, competitive, adaptable, AND fairly unexplored.
The best example in my mind is Dragonlord Dromoka.
He can be built simply as a beatdown strategy and work fairly well, but, you can instead try building him as a heavy-handed infinite combo deck as well.
Effectively having Grand Abolisher as your Commander allows you to do your infinite comboing without any pesky interruption and win every single time you have the mana and cards.
And to boot, I've never actually seen anyone do it before. (I wanted to, but never did.)
And even if a Commander has been built by many people, many times, they may not have done it in all of the possible ways (styles of play).
Many people have made a Wolf-Tribal deck for Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves, but I haven't seen many people make a heavy blink/flicker deck for him, abusing the life gain with cards like Well of Lost Dreams and saccing the extra tokens with Phyrexian Altar.
Point is, I don't think the Commander has to have just come out to be unexplored/have unexplored avenues.
(A personal favorite of mine is Yasharn, Implacable Earth blink/lands matter.)
5 months ago
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6 months ago
You seemingly have a lot of cards that have some lifegain, but don't do much for your plan in the long run, i.e. Light of Hope, Consecrate / Consume and Revitalize. Ajani's Pridemate and Bloodthirsty Aerialist want continuous ways to gain life, which is best achieved with early lifelink creatures such as Alseid of Life's Bounty and Speaker of the Heavens - the last of which also cares about you gaining life.
Luminous Broodmoth is a strong card, but it usually wants sac outlets to really shine and it adds no synergy to the lifegain theme.
Ethereal Absolution is another juicy card, but again, it has no synergy and often times doesn't impact the board enough for a 6-drop.
I get that you want as many lifegain triggers as possible, but playing a ton of lands that enter tapped might make the deck too slow. Having a good mana base and strong synergy between your spells should be sufficient. I'd swap them for shock lands, unless you're running on a budget.
Having an avg. cmc of almost 3.5, you normally want 1-2 more lands for the sake of consistency, or lower the curve.
Honestly, most of the good lifegain cards are in white right now, so using that as a base and "splashing" the other colors in would probably be the way to go.
Hope that helps. Good luck with the deck!
7 months ago
I have a Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves commander deck and was wondering if the Voja, Friend to Elves legendary creature token he makes still counts as a legendary creature for purposes of using Konda's Banner on it. Would I be able to use it on Voja, Friend to Elves because it's still a legend creature or does the fact that it's a token stop me in some way?
8 months ago
If I have Tolsimir and say, flash in a wolf (most wolves have flash) (at least in green)
You have 3 wolves, out of 7 creatures, in your Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves deck.
and then also blink Tolsimir with an Ephemerate
You have ~4 effects that blink a creature as a response.
The important mill cards are Grindclock and Otherworld Atlas.
I see a total of 5 mill cards in the whole deck. Have you thought about just how much mill you can actually do? Is it enough to actually win in, let's say less than 12 turns? Does it only win with mill if you draw 3 specific cards that ARENT wolves?
In my opinion, diluting both Mill and Wolves by trying to force them together. Am I saying its impossible? No. Will it be a mish-mash, pile of cards that never quite gel together? Almost certainly.
When you try to force two different archetypes together, you have to find the common ground they both share and build on that. That is the essence of Synergy! I see one synergistic card in the deck: Altar of the Brood. An OK mill card, that triggers well off playing lots of wolves/tokens and blinking.
You give up spaces in the deck for mill cards and take away from the Wolves element, weakening the deck. Or you give up spaces for mill for more wolves/fight, thus limiting how much mill you can do and calling into question Tolsimir as the commander.
Either both work together or both fail together.
8 months ago
I really like Flickerform, Gift of Immortality, Ephemerate, and Conjurer's Closet with Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves. Great ways of protecting him and getting reuse out of his enter the battlefield (ETB) ability!
I also really like Sword of the Paruns. Tolsimir usually wants you to play lots of wolves so that you can use his ability. You can use Sword of the Paruns to boost your wolves on defense when they ETB and fight!
I would recommend maybe replacing Gods Willing, Blessed Breath, Realms Uncharted, Unexpectedly Absent, Inspire Awe, & Stand Firm with Make a Stand, Unbreakable Formation, Rootborn Defenses, Brave the Elements, Swords to Plowshares, & Path to Exile
Heraldic Banner fits the deck really well! Some other good cards in that vein would be Marshal's Anthem, Leonin Sun Standard, Adaptive Automaton, Spear of Heliod, or Vanquisher's Banner. You could replace Shriekhorn, Mindcrank, Conjurer's Bauble, Ghoulcaller's Bell, & Grindclock with the recommendations.