Creature — Spirit
Defender, reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Traproot Kami's toughness is equal to the number of Forests in play.
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Traproot Kami Discussion
1 month ago
So in other words brawn is kind of out of place now because of those enchantments? And I agree with the Traproot Kami and Spearbreaker Behemoth . I have struggled with the mana a bit and then even wanting to play the enchantments I have in my hand.
Both decks genuinely seem fun to me, but I feel like with an exile deck that it would be tough because there aren't too many creatures I can put in that kind of deck. What kind of deck would you say is the best you've made? Because now I genuinely want to make all kinds of decks.
1 month ago
If you were dropping lure, then Sedge Scorpion and Deadly Recluse would probably go with. Otherwise, Brawn seems unnecessary with enough trample auras like Unflinching Courage or Rancor in the deck. Also, Traproot Kami is too defensive for a deck that wants to play a bogle on turn one. As for Spearbreaker Behemoth , it is a great card, but it would be very out of place in this deck in particular. Just getting enough mana to cast it would be a struggle and its activated ability can't target any of the creatures in the main without first buffing them with an aura or two. Ramp and bogles aren't all that compatible as strategies so I'd stick to only one.
When it comes to exile vs. elves, I think you should build whatever sounds fun. You can always just build both in the editor and then make trades and purchases for the one you enjoy goldfishing with the most. I build a lot of decks online and only end up purchasing about 20% of them in paper.
1 month ago
I have never use Wilt for the cycling ability. Yavimaya is weaker than Lotus but offer a better synergy by adding more land and skimming the deck and Traproot is a better blocker than the chumpblockers provided by Beacon of creation and it also help to cover the fying weakness.
1 month ago
Again, ramp and aggro deathtouch don't have all that much overlap, so I'd start by cutting anything that costs more than 5 (except maybe Engulfing Slagwurm ) along with anything that is meant to fetch more lands. Defensive cards like Traproot Kami and "tall" cards like Heroes' Bane also don't have great synergy with that strategy, but they might still be fine if you're going for some sort of hybrid. The more aggressive you are, the better you're likely to fare in 1v1 but the worse you're likely to fare in multiplayer, at least in theory. Making two decks that are specialized for either mode of gameplay is definitely a decent idea if you can afford to do so. I'd also make sure that your playgroup doesn't mind you playing a casual deck built specifically with multiplayer in mind if that's something you intend on doing. Having the only deck filled with cards like Hydra Omnivore at a table full of obviously single-player decks could be awkward.
Regardless, I will admit that I'm very biased in favor of token decks on account of running them in every color in almost every format for a decade now. Selesnya is definitely the color combination you'd want to start in if you're looking to go as wide as possible. They also tend to be great candidates for multiplayer because they facilitate repeated chump blocking, lifegain, and explosive finishes. My EDH deck Get me an Army, on the Double is a decent collection of token cards that work well in casual. I do need to update it post-Covid, but hopefully it still serves as a demonstration of how Selesnya tokens can function.
2 months ago
So if that's your strategy, then dump a lot of your low cost creatures and build a ramp package. There's two ways I've found that work with that - Elves, or Defenders. As Vectornaut mentioned, the Axebane Guardian , Overgrown Battlement , and Traproot Kami (also can add in Vine Trellis if you need more) ramp package multiplies quickly. A few elves like Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves plus Elvish Archdruid (or Karametra's Acolyte for a cheaper option)go nuts fast. Arbor Elf plus ramp land auras like Elvish Guidance can also do the trick. Another option is Gyre Sage with the larger creatures.
Tell me where you feel like going in terms of ramp package, and I'll start making a proposed list for you.
2 months ago
I'll just go through the mainboard cards I would personally cut first. Ancient Ooze : very big but requires trample or the like to actually do anything at 7 mana. Copper Myr : almost objectively worse here than most green mana dorks. Ezuri's Archers : not impactful enough in the main without a devotion or elf theme. Ghoultree : your creatures are too big to be dying that often and you want them alive anyway. Lumberknot : similar story to Ghoultree. Spawnwrithe : needs to be built around. Wall of Tanglecord : wastes the benefits of any Overrun effects. Predator's Rapport : more of a sideboard card unless burn is really popular. Reclaim : very slow and lacking enough good targets. Serpent's Gift : redundant and inefficient if you just run enough deathtouch creatures. Tower Defense : are there really enough flyers going around to have this in the main? Windstorm : see above. Spider Spawning : if this is what you're running Transguild Promenade for, it's not worth it without more GY synergy. Accorder's Shield : vigilance isn't impactful enough with no exert, tap abilities, or much else to abuse it. Brawler's Plate : very costly for the buff. Golden Urn : much worse than even the Rapport. Staff of the Wild Magus : staffs aren't even strong enough to do well in dedicated lifegain decks, unfortunately.
I'd say all of your maybeboard picks are better than the aforementioned cards. I'll list some other alternatives that come to my mind though. Primordial Hydra and Kalonian Hydra are some budget-unfriendly but highly dangerous beaters that you can get out relatively early. Joraga Treespeaker (or maybe Elvish Archdruid ) would make your archers much better by letting them double as mana dorks. Otherwise, I like Arbor Elf with Utopia Sprawl type auras on your forests to help ramp. If you prefer the vigilance idea, Champion of Rhonas is a budget Elvish Piper that likes not tapping in combat. If you like walls, Overgrown Battlement and Axebane Guardian can get ridiculous mana going. They also benefit from Assault Formation which synergizes with Tower Defense. In terms of small creatures with reach, Traproot Kami is my clear pick for mono-green, especially in multiplayer. If you need to add trample, Rancor is excellent value. If you need recursion, Eternal Witness should be near the top of the list. If you're struggling with flyers, maybe try Gravity Well . If you need more life, Engulfing Slagwurm likes forced blocks while Verdant Sun's Avatar likes playing beefy guys.
Given what you have already, I think shifting to include more deathtouch creatures and Lure s would be the most optimal plan. Viridian Longbow and Thornbite Staff are some other equipment that benefit from that strategy. For the creatures, Ohran Frostfang is a casual-only option that's completely busted in commander, and I'm always a sucker for Wasteland Viper 's versatility at only 1 mana.
7 months ago
I have a lot of experience with mono-green Assault Formation in modern and legacy casual, so I'll toss in some of my thoughts.
Perfect curves certainly aren't necessary, but you should be able to accomplish something on each of the early turns of the game. More than just playing any old card, it should be something that fits in with your overarching gameplan. I agree with cutting Adventurous Impulse as a 1-drop for this reason. It can't get you Formation, Bow, or any other noncreature combo piece you happen to be running. I'd usually run a Llanowar Elves style dork instead in a ramp list. Still, in walls, I think there are even better options than that. My personal favorite is Traproot Kami since it adds an early defender to the pool and can become a serious threat with Formation if the game goes long. Plus, it works well with the lands-matter strategy that Oran-Rief Hydra is also part of. Other options I've had less success with are Jaddi Offshoot for life, Portcullis Vine for cards, and Saruli Caretaker for slow mana. On 2, Sylvan Caryatid, Gatecreeper Vine, and Wall of Roots are all ramp options, but you're probably fine with just Battlement and Vine Trellis. Wall of Blossoms, however, I view as a must-have if you want to maximize your mana without running out of gas. The ability to up the defender count while replacing itself is so good that I even run a playset of the slower Carven Caryatid too, but this could be excessive depending on the deck. The last defender I'll mention is Tree of Redemption. It's more expensive, both in CMC and in dollars, but it is an undeniable threat with Formation. Higher toughness also makes better use of tricks like Sheltering Word and Feed the Pack.
For the top end of the curve, you might actually be underestimating how much mana the ramp walls can net. With your current setup, you only need 2 of either Guardian or Battlement and 1 other wall to have 9-11 mana on T4. Removal is obviously the biggest obstacle to this being a reality but it seems like you're preparing for a counterspell-heavy meta in a big way. Either you use your protection on the walls and win with Formation when they stop your bombs, or they wait to remove the bombs and you have protection saved up to stop them. Honestly, it feels like you might have too much defense in the mainboard but I'll touch on that later. My point here is that you are likely to have more than enough mana to cast threats much more substantial than the Hydra, and that's without modifications to your suite of defenders. In the current version of my deck, it isn't strange to have a game like: T1-Forest+Traproot Kami, T2-Forest+Overgrown Battlement, T3-Forest+Wall of Blossoms+Axebane Guardian, T4-Forest+Genesis Wave for x=9. Oran-Rief Hydra is a totally fine card to top off at if you build around it, but right now I don't even see it being better than Terra Stomper in a lot of games (and Stomper even has built-in counter protection now that I think about it XD). To get more value out of the Hydra, I'd swap the cycling lands for cheap fetches like Evolving Wilds to double up on landfall triggers, and I might also consider some +1/+1 synergy cards in the vein of Hardened Scales or Hydra's Growth. On the subject of landfall, Vinelasher Kudzu is an interesting option that fits with the plant/wall cards, at least thematically. Mechanically, Undergrowth Champion, Rampaging Baloths, and Avenger of Zendikar are all probably better. I've already mentioned Genesis Wave, but some other options for finishers that I've seen are Archetype of Endurance, Hydra Broodmaster, Primordial Hydra, Vigor, End-Raze Forerunners, Colossus of Akros, pretty much any eldrazi, and any red x-spell that can target players. If you choose something with x in the cost, having Umbral Mantle or Freed from the Real to generate infinite mana is beneficial.
The last thing I'd like to talk about are your noncreatures. As I mentioned before, 4 countermagic blockers seems a little excessive in the main 60. I personally struggle much more with Path to Exiles, Fatal Pushes, and Searing Bloods than Counterspells on most days, so I'd usually prefer the Vines of Vastwood or the flexible Veil of Summer. However, I don't know what your meta looks like. If countermagic is a big problem, another way to get around it is to add in plenty of redundancy. Instead of running only 4 bombs, run 8 so 1 is more likely to slip through. Savage Summoning and Insist are fine answers, yet they run the serious risk of becoming dead cards if your opponent isn't playing blue. Of your instants though, Subdue seems to be the weakest to me. It looks like it will usually be a bad Awe Strike or an inverted Berserk that can't contribute to damaging the opponent. If you had cards to benefit from toughness outside of combat like Kin-Tree Invocation, it could at least serve a similar role to Glyph of Destruction in Wall of Blood/Rite of Consumption decks. The final card I might reexamine is Bow of Nylea. generally, mass deathtouch is at its best when you either have a way to force damage (like Lure or Thornbite Staff) or when you want to create a disincentive for your opponent to block (like when running a Curiosity deck. The thing about a high power is that it already allows you to kill multiple blockers and the thing about trample is that it already discourages single blocking. Deathtouch on such a creature is therefore a little redundant. Sure, it's better to have it than not have it, but it might not be worthwhile if it comes at the cost of 3 mana and a card. I'd want some concrete way to take advantage of the Bow's activated ability to justify running it. For example, my G/W enchantment lifegain deck from Theros standard used the gain 3 life ability to buff Ajani's Pridemate. In your case, the +1/+1 might be the best choice to build around since it can overlap with the Hydra's trigger.
9 months ago
Some potential adds: Amaranthine Wall Angelic Wall Basilica Guards Bonded Fetch Colossus of Akros Consulate Skygate Doorkeeper Dragon's Eye Sentry Drift of Phantasms Charix, the Raging Isle Fog Bank Glacial Wall Golden Guardian Flip Grave Bramble Guard Gomazoa Jaddi Offshoot Kaijin of the Vanishing Touch Ludevic's Test Subject Flip Murmuring Phantasm Necropolis Order of the Stars Sprouting Phytohydra Steel Wall Sunscape Familiar Traproot Kami Tree of Redemption Wall of Hope Wall of Junk Wall of Kelp Wall of Nets Wall of Reverence Woolly Razorback Guard Duty Zephyr Net Belbe's Armor Dragon Throne of Tarkir Peregrine Mask