Valakut Exploration

Valakut Exploration

Enchantment

Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, exile the top card of your library. You may play that card as long as it remains exiled.

At the beginning of your end step, if there are cards exiled with Valakut Exploration, put them into their owner's graveyard, then Valakut Exploration deals that much damage to each opponent.

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Format Legality
Modern Legal
Limited Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Historic Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal
Pioneer Legal
Legacy Legal
Arena Legal
Custom Legal
Gladiator Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Brawl Legal
Casual Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Highlander Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Unformat Legal

Valakut Exploration occurrence in decks from the last year

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Valakut Exploration Discussion

kingc0rn on Squirrel Breathing Dragon

1 week ago

Peoyogon Thanks for the kind words and for spotting the errors. I just picked up a green spell collection ($55 on hareruya! I live in Japan...) so I may try sylvan library but I definitely do like the Valakut Exploration rec. Might be room for both to be honest, I just need to figure out what to remove. The actual tossing hasn't occurred yet in the 20-30 or so games so maybe I remove Brion Stoutarm and Soul's Fire.

Ehsteve on Lord Windgrace Sits Behind A Chasm

1 week ago

Stop the presses!

Public service announcement: infinite land ETBs available for the easy price of:

Kodama of the East Tree + Bounce Land + any landfall token producer (such as Field of the Dead, Scute Swarm, Sporemound, Zendikar's Roil, Omnath, Locus of Rage or Rampaging Baloths).

Stack the triggers so that the Bounce Land returns to hand, the token ETBs from the landfall trigger (from the Bounce Land), and then the Kodama trigger resolves from the token entering the battlefield (CMC 0) allowing you to put a CMC 0 permanent (the Bounce Land you returned to hand) onto the battlefield to start the loop again. The beauty is that this can be stopped at any time.

Unfortunately you can't gain infinite mana without an Amulet of Vigor or Lotus Cobra but this is a big step for the deck. Probably not the most timely seeing as this has probably been out in the open for a while now but it's a chance to look over the focus of the deck and possibly look at adding more tutor or creature tutor effects to try and bring out Kodama of the East Tree or potentially try to find ways to cheat it out as quickly as possible.

Things to be excited for:

Things to be careful of though: Valakut Exploration may cause you to exile your entire deck if you go too deep, but you should be winning on the turn you go off, but don't go for it unless you have the mana to do it.

Either way, Kodama of the East Tree is making its way into this deck. Main thing will be finding the optimal strategy/timing to go off, and how much of a pain it will be to stack the triggers outside of paper magic. Protecting the Kodama will be key to the strategy.

Part of the power is the many ways you can find/play the bouncelands in this deck. I'm still not convinced Rakdos Carnarium is worth it because of the slow mana and colour fixing, two bouncelands should do with the number of tutors, but the question will be whether it is worth it for the MILL value, the chance that you might just flip it into the graveyard and play it from there to go off. Either way it will require some deep thought on how to best balance out this new horizon of potential for Lord Windgrace.

Peoyogon on Squirrel Breathing Dragon

1 week ago

Very unique deck! I like it :D

Valakut Exploration might help you 'draw' into your combo pieces early game! It works so well with any green ramp too! You just have to be careful you don't accidentally toss something important into the bin...

It looks like you might have 2 Utopia Sprawls in this current list? It also seems that you only have 99 total cards.

Ehsteve on Lord Windgrace Sits Behind A Chasm

1 week ago

Commander Legends review for Lord Windgrace and Thoughts

Missed out on looking at these cards the first time so another look at cards that can synergise with this deck or with more general Lord Windgrace decks after actually testing them out.

Reshape the Earth This card looks like it may just slot right in but I would caution against just jamming this in. It is very powerful to be able to just pick out ten lands from the library and slam them on the battlefield, no sacrificing or any real downside but there are a couple of issues to consider:

  • The card is 9 mana, and requires triple green. This is not difficult to do with mana fixing but because the lands enter tapped from Reshape the Earth and the spell is sorcery speed, this is pretty much your entire turn. This means that you better be planning to win the game with this spell on the turn you play it because your green mana will be heavily depleted when you do. There are pretty much two options: Field of the Dead or Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle for ETB triggers, but this can also be a trap. If you fetch Vesuva with this ability, you have to have one of the above lands already on the battlefield. This is because when Vesuva enters the battlefield at the same time as another land, due to timing it only checks land already on the battlefield. There is a similar issue with Thespian Stage as when the land enters...it has already had its ETB. This means that you can't just fetch Field of the Dead or Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle along with the two copy lands from the library and try to stack the triggers, it just doesn't work. This card just can't immediately win you the game in most circumstances. You could look at Dread Presence dealing a good 20 damage or getting a sweet Valakut Exploration turn, but you can't just straight up 40 someone unless you already have a very specific boardstate. I just don't think this card is worth including in this archetype.

Dawnglade Regent

I was surprisingly up on this card when it was first spoiled because of the Glacial Chasm synergy (never take combat damage, never lose the Monarchy). Now on top of being the eternal Monarch, you get the benefit of all your permanents being hexproof, which includes your land. Now you have protection against opponents removing your key lands! The issue is that it is still a creature body, doesn't really have any land-synergistic abilities and is 7 mana. I dropped Avenger of Zendikar for being expensive to play, and this just draws you a card at end step, not terrible, but not the most exciting thing to ever happen. Maybe this card is just too 'win more' to be an inclusion, but it has a sweet interaction with this deck.

Kamahl's Will

Honestly not terrible but not exciting either. The key thing is that it doesn't untap your lands, and there's no real benefit for them being creatures, if you have a Glacial Chasm out they can't even attack...and they're 1/1s so you need something to buff them up before they attack. That's several steps more complicated than dumping a Torment of Hailfire or Exsanguinate on the board.

Court of Bounty

Now I'm usually very up on enchantments in commander. They're usually (in my experience) more difficult to interact with compared to artifacts. This is a way to just ramp or cheat out creatures. If you're planning of dumping big creatures on the board: this is a great card if you're running Glacial Chasm because you will never stop being the monarch, but it's an upkeep trigger. In this particular deck I don't think it has enough value to justify cutting another card to fit it in, it's just too slow.

Rootweaver Druid

This card isn't great unless you have Opposition Agent out. If you have Opposition Agent out, then they can elect not to search. This is not a good card. Moving on.

Kodama of the East Tree

Interesting value engine: play a land, you get to cheat in another land. Would/should you pay 6 mana for this? Well only if you have a bunch of lands in hand, which is generally not where this deck wants to be (usually they should be being discarded so you pull them back onto the battlefield). Any ramp potential is stymied by the mana cost. Powerful effect, just doesn't seem to quite work in this deck.

Three Visits

Not bad: find forest, put on battlefield, solid cheap ramp, consider adding it in if you have the space. There aren't that many great forests, so this isn't as much of a utility spell tutor, just plain ramp.

Yurlok of Scorch Thrash

Meh.

Azeworai on Land Twins

1 week ago

Alright, let's do this.

Good day to you, FacetiousFanboy. Now, I have a mere one lands-matter deck, whereupon 'tis the extent of my knowledge upon the strategy, but 'tis something I have meticulously tinkered for quite the meiny of years. Therefrom, I may offer my enlightenment.

Upon the very intrinsic parts, we have the categories of a commander deck: removal, wraths, card draw, ramp, lands, recursion, and engines. Being a legendary creature in the modern era of Magic, Mina and Denn grant a splendid engine from the command zone. Allow me to touch upon the basics within the decklist.

In order aforesaid, removal:

I mayn't have ever seen Relic Crush, but I do not like it. Five mana to kill two things is far too inefficient, thus I would recommend you take this out of the deck. Force of Vigor is better on most accounts.

Storm the Citadel requires you to have a board state, and requires a sorcery-speed deployment. Removal is best utilized in surprise, and being a sorcery negates such a factor. I do not like this card.

I would add Chaos Warp, for it hits any permanent at an efficient cost and at instant speed. One I much like is Hull Breach. Two-mana, two targets. It does not get much better than that.

Unto wraths:

I have noted a supreme lack of wraths. I have also noticed some inefficient X-spells for which you intend to use twelve or so mana. Try removing Banefire, Clan Defiance, Spitfire Lagac, Tunneling Geopede, and Living Twister. The pinging effects matter little until the opponents are sitting at seven life. Living Twister is one I have tried and disliked. Banefire and Clan Defiance hit the opponents' face, but do near to nothing in terms of furthering your board state. These are great when you are ahead, but you currently have no options for when you are behind.

Try Blasphemous Act, Chain Reaction, Molten Disaster, and Savage Twister. In the event of you finding one, do add Ezuri's Predation.

Upon card draw.

If you so desire X-spells to utilize, I would add Commune with Lava. It may be cast upon the endstep before your turn, and thus offers many more option without requiring you to tap out.

Escape to the Wilds offers a new hand and an additional land drop, whilst being a mere $0.25.

Well, Valakut Exploration has impressed me. It is essentially another Horn of Greed, which bears much dint. I would add these both for the endless engines they offer.

Similar yet potentially better, Tireless Tracker. Clues are fantastic, and are a splendid devotion of mana for use at any time. By this argument, I would kill Seer's Sundial. I have attempted the Sundial, but it requires a mana dump immediately as averse to any time.

Courser of Kruphix is just better than Grazing Gladehart. It may be half of the life gain, but the card draw off of the library's top is fantastic.

Outside of land-related draw engines, there are the basic ones of Outpost Siege, Elemental Bond, Guardian Project, and Harmonize.

Ramp, of course.

Notably, you are in Green, the very pinnacle of ramping. I would add the basics of Rampant Growth, Farseek, Harrow, Nature's Lore, Three Visits, Skyshroud Claim, and SOL RING.

As to what should be removed, Rootweaver Druid ramps you for one and an opponent for two. It could ramp you for two and your opponents for four. You always come out behind in this exchange, and thus I would see this fit for exclusion. Far Wanderings is great, but best if you have a full graveyard. This deck cannot achieve Threshold too easily, thence this effect may be improved.

Returning from the grave, recursion it shall be.

This is an optional field, but it is nice to have an option or two. I see but Seeds of Renewal. Seven mana for two things returned? I nill. Bala Ged Recovery  Flip serves as a land early and a win condition late. Eternal Witness is just always fantastic.

Start your engines.

What in heck is this Sporemound Nonsense? A five-mana 3/3 that spawns 1/1s. Quite lacking indeed. I do not see any justification for having this in the deck.

Crash of Rhinos is cute, but does not accelerate your gameplan by itself. Large, but not unbeatable. I am not fond of Akoum Hellkite myself, but it is better than others of what I would remove.

Primeval Bounty is always lovely, but not requisite. I believe it to be more powerful than current options in your deck.

Zendikar Resurgent doubles the mana and offers much card draw, winning the game once you untap. Beast Whisperer is similar, but an early-game card.

Given the number of tokens you create Purphoros will drain the opponents' life apace. In the same avenue, Evolutionary Leap can offer defense if someone attempts to kill a creature, or it can find a better use for your tokens.

Comet Storm is a far more efficient version of the X-spells you had opted to include, for it can remove problematic threats or multiple problematic players.

Unto finality, Genesis Wave can plop out most of your deck upon the table, and it is difficult to lose from there.

Conclusion.

Thus is the end of my babbling. Pardon the overlong comment, but I do hope it was of some aid.

I do have my own list, as forementioned, built around the lovely Hazezon Tamar. If you would so deign to peer upon its glory, that would be splendid.

The Lands Restored

Fare thee well.

multimedia on Joe Land matter/ stompy gruul [need Help]

2 weeks ago

Hey, now that you've changed to these partner Commanders instead of Radha consider replacing cards that were good with Radha with cards that are good with Rocks and good with the Bounce land combo?

Radha is a good attacker, Toggo isn't. Now you lack a good attacker from the Command Zone therefore some cards that help Radha attack or get benefits from attacking could be cut.

Exploration and Quicksmith are draw engines with the Bounce land combo to find a win condition. Statuary turns Rocks into mana rocks for ramp.


Omnath, Ashaya, Quartzwood, Ulvenwald, Rampaging, Moraug, Thunderfoot, Multani is a large package of high CMC creatures. You don't really need any more then these because others aren't going to be as good for the mana cost and you also have 6 CMC Kodama. My advice is cut several 5 CMC or higher creatures for lower CMC support cards.

Crop and Map are one drops that can tutor for a Bounce land for the combo. Excavator has interaction with DFC cards that have a land on the backside since you can play them land face up onto the battlefield from your graveyard. Wildborn, a Bounce land or Multani can then bounce the DFC back to your hand to cast the spell again.

Good luck with your deck.

king-saproling on Joe Land matter/ stompy gruul [need Help]

2 weeks ago

Have you considered Toggo, Goblin Weaponsmith and Kodama of the East Tree as the generals? They have nice landfall synergy and can combo off with a Gruul Turf or Guildless Commons.

These come to mind as well: Stone-Seeder Hierophant, Animist's Awakening, Kamahl's Druidic Vow, Sporemound, Fertilid (has nice synergy with Retreat to Kazandu), Reap and Sow, Pir's Whim, Sylvan Scrying, Elvish Rejuvenator, Scute Swarm, Tunneling Geopede, Spitfire Lagac, Valakut Exploration

Steven89 on Perv”R”Us, the Fat Sling (EDH)

2 weeks ago

Thank you for your thorough explanation. I guess I missed some cards while writing down my comment (indeed, you have many more wheel effects than I initially thought), sorry for that^^

That clone shell play you described is indeed very elegant. I never thought about in that way, thank you.

My comment on the mana rocks was not meant to say that you need to play more manarocks. I just wanted to point out, that I like the rocks more as they give you mana continually. Which is extra helpful after wheeling the hand. But after having a look at your list, I would recommend Hedron Archive. It cost 4 mana and it probably won't help you cast Purphy B. sooner. But it gives you more reach in the lategame. Another option would be Lavabrink Floodgates. I tested the card and I was pleasantly suprised. Again, at 4 mana, it probably wont help you casting your commander on turn 4. However, it is a nice political tool which might drastically change the way your opponents play. Any deck that runs creatures is hesitant to further develop the board because they cannot be sure if the other 3 people will put a counter on it or not. Granted, your friends can and will talk about it and they might find a way to never let it blow up (which is also fine, it still nets you RR). However, if the board gets wiped by some other card you will lose the floodgates very fast. Nevertheless, I really really like this card as it is so much fun dropping this and seeing how your opponents play around or with it. And your board almost always will be unaffected by the 6 damage. Though, both of those recommandations do not go very well with your gameplan of turboplaying Purphy B. on turn 3 :/

Have you ever considered War Room or Bonders' Enclave? These lands also give you more reach in the lategame essentially for free regarding card slots in your deck.

The "best" line happens very, very rarely, but is very satisfying: turn 1 Mana Vault, turn 2 Purphy B. and on turn 3 swinging Blightsteel Colossus :D Apart from that, getting that 2 cmc mana rock on turn 2 is great and always desirable. I usually aim to get Purphy B. out on turn 4. Next turn I also pass with Purphy B. to either be able to interact (e.g. Chaos Warp, Abrade, Mirage Mirror) or to potentially cheat to block) or to cheat the creature at EoT just before I get my next turn. And from then on, it is all about reading properly the politics and the dynamic of the table to navigate around the hate of the opponents. I always seek to side with the table to hopefully take someone out (the less opponents the better our deck gets). This is why it is so important to not become the archenemy. With our commander being so resilient I try to squeeze every inch of value out of my Purphy B. activations and to have them be as effective as possible. I consider it normal to not activate Purphy B. at all, when I dont get anything useful done with the activation. This barely backfires as the thread of activation usually prevents my opponents to attack me. And this leads to the best case scenario I want to be in: The best case scenario is when the opponents use their resources/attacks among them and not at me which happens naturally. Opposing counterspells are less effective as I mainly use the mana and cards in the activation of my commander. This alone leads to more counter spells of my opponents targeted at spells of my opponents. The same is mainly true for any creature removal spells. Granted, the removal can hit my creatures to prevent damage, but if the damage of the creature is not life threatening, what usually happens is that the creature won't get hit by the removal if it would die anyway. This leads to removal spells being spend at opposing creatures.

One final word on Valakut Exploration. Even without fetches, this card provides needed value in monored. It also synergizes niceley with Fires of Invention and more importantly the cards end up in the grave and not in exile while pinging the opponents face. Having the cards in the graveyard is not that bad, as we can reccur many cards in the graveyard.

Here is my list: https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/sneaky-purphy-b/?cb=1609782125

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