Vines of Vastwood

Vines of Vastwood

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Kicker {{G}} (You may pay an additional {{G}} as you cast this spell.)

Target creature can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control this turn. If Vines of Vastwood was kicked, that creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn.

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Vines of Vastwood Discussion

TheVectornaut on Revised RG wolves

3 weeks ago

ryangemus, Lightning Bolt is an insane card, to be honest, and is more of a mainboard play than Vines of Vastwood in most cases. If you had deathtouch from something like Wren's Run Packmaster or Garruk Relentless  Flip, I'd consider dropping red from the deck entirely since DT turns every Fight into a Murder and Immerwolf isn't that insane in a world dominated by Metallic Mimic s. As it stands though, Bolt is providing possibly your most efficient answer to enemy threats. For Giant Growth vs. Vines, it really depends on how much removal you're dealing with. More removal means Vines, Defense, Apostle's Blessing , and Mutagenic Growth become better. More creatures mean Growths, Might of Old Krosa , Groundswell , etc. become better. If you do choose more combat tricks, I'd definitely run the full 4 of Partisan.

All that being said, I think I'd rather remove Howlpack Resurgence before either instant. It's typically a worse lord than Immerwolf , and like the unblockable wolves, its trample benefit becomes worse the wider your deck goes. More than anything though, there's now a bit of a glut on 3-drops here, and dropping some for more 1's and 2's could smooth the curve. You can always sideboard in extra lord effects in games where you're getting hammered by Anger of the Gods sweepers or just need the extra damage to overcome a stalemate.

ryangemus on Revised RG wolves

3 weeks ago

TheVectornaut Thanks so much for the help once again buddy! I've taken a bunch of your suggestions and love how it's looking. I was thinking about taking out both copies of Prey Upon out and adding another copy of Setessan Tactics , and use the other space to start making some room for like 3 copies of Vines of Vastwood . To fit in the vines I was going to put one in place of one of the other Prey Upon and then remove one copy of Asceticism , then either one copy of Lightning Bolt or Giant Growth . I'm kind of stuck between which one to remove, because bolt offers good versatility, but I also would not really missing the effect of the giant growth because I would still have three copies of it and could also kick the vines. Maybe drop a copy of bolt to sideboard and bring it in for instead of a copy of vines if I feel I won't really need it?

TheVectornaut on Revised RG wolves

4 weeks ago

Sorry I'm a little late responding, but I didn't see you had created an entirely new version yesterday. As a follow-up to my prior suggestions, it looks much stronger without so many vanilla creatures. I will say that I'd probably have kept the Young Wolf . Having creatures to curve out with is pretty important, even in slower midrange decks. Young Wolf specifically is also much better than it first appears and can often be treated as a sticky creature that's a 1/1 and 2/2 bundled together. The games where you can play T1 wolf, T2 wolf, T3 Partisan are much better than the games where you play nothing on turn 1 (except maybe a Bolt) and then only have 2 wolves to target on T4+. If I had to swap something for it... I'd maybe pick Lone Wolf . Its effect is functionally similar to the cheaper Wandering Wolf and both cards have gotten weaker with the removal of Wolfir Silverheart and Might of Oaks . Or, you could move the Asceticism to the sideboard depending on how much creature hate you're expecting to run into. If you need earlier defenses in the main, I'd look into Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood . As for adding more targeted combat tricks, the first card I'd cut would definitely be Moonlight Hunt since unlike a more standard Prey Upon fight spell, it doesn't actually target any of your own wolves. In the absence of Partisan, the Hunt is probably better. But, I'd say the potential to generate an overwhelming number of tokens shifts the delta in the favor of multitarget spells. Technically, you could also run Zada, Hedron Grinder to go crazy with Might of the Masses , Confront the Unknown , Temur Battle Rage , etc., but I assume that you don't want any goblins polluting your tribal purity.

TheVectornaut on Christmas Dagrons

1 month ago

Aside from Outcast tokens and the Mimic, you only have 4 dragons to top out at. Most Gruul dragon packages I've seen run in the 8-12 range. Some popular inclusions are Thunderbreak Regent , Glorybringer , Harbinger of the Hunt , Scourge of Valkas , Mirrorwing Dragon , Terror of the Peaks , Lathliss, Dragon Queen , and the odd Steel Hellkite . Personally, I'm a fan of going for multiple attacks with Hellkite Charger and Savage Ventmaw . The new Leyline Tyrant might have some role in such a strategy, but I haven't had the chance to test it. The first two cards I'd cut would probably be Wolfir Silverheart and Grim Lavamancer . The former is undeniably powerful soulbonded to a double-striking dragon, but for 5 mana, it may as well just be another double-striking dragon itself. As for the wizard, I get the impression its ability will act like a 1 mana tax that distracts from casting your bombs. Even if you can afford to activate it often, a lack of fetchlands (even if they're budget alternatives) will limit its potency.

Otherwise, you have a couple of cards that have stronger replacements in modern. Titanic Growth is worse than Phytoburst at least some of the time, although I'd prefer 1 cost versions like Might of Old Krosa , Groundswell , Blossoming Defense , or Vines of Vastwood anyway. Similarly, Run Amok could probably be Rancor if the trample is important. As long as you're still interested in playing around with the graveyard, Traverse the Ulvenwald could be a neat replacement for Track Down that lets you literally track down your singleton dragons. Adventurous Impulse and Oath of Nissa are less powerful but less demanding options. Shackles of Treachery likely represents a mechanic you don't even need in the deck, but if you want an Act of Treason , I've had pretty decent success with Kari Zev's Expertise . The last cards I'll suggest are just some other dragon synergy tools. Draconic Roar is an amped Lightning Strike , Dragon Tempest can be a much cheaper Warstorm Surge if you're pumping out enough reptiles, and Frontier Siege offers flexibility between ramp and control. Finally, there are the spirit dragon lands if you think those would be useful.

Let me know if you have any questions and good luck with your build!

RNR_Gaming on FYNN-ISH HIM!!!

1 month ago

I've brewed up a mean pauper list - which you've seen but definitely intend on brewing up a normal optimized list eventually. Here are some of my notes.

1) Get Fynn out either asap or wait until you've developed your board and use him as a pay off. Getting him out on turn 1 can be done in a few ways... Lotus Petal and Elvish Spirit Guide are the go to budget options. Mana Crypt and Mox Diamond - are always a solid include but I believe you noted that was out of price range. So, I'm not exactly sure if Chrome Mox , Mox Opal and Jeweled Lotus are out of the question too.

-A side note Mox Amber is really good with this low cmc commander. As it helps enable keeping up protection like Vines of Vastwood and Veil of Summer

2) Ohran Frostfang is a beast do not remove this card. Even if granting deathtouch is redundant, this is an excellent curve topper and draw engine. Also, you may not get full value out of Bow of Nylea ; if you ran some Birthing Pod , Eldritch Evolution or a go wide token lines its probably more worth it.

3) a few draw more draw engines make a world of difference Toski, Bearer of Secrets , Sylvan Library and Runic Armasaur are awesome.

MagicMarc on The State of the Format

2 months ago

Could try Mono Black Control or Boros Aggro or Mono Green Aggro.

Lots of Lightning Bolt or other burn. Or lots of stuff like Vines of Vastwood . Or Gray Merchant of Asphodel and monarch stuff.

MapPsycho on RAMos THE GATE

4 months ago

Love this build! As for protecting Ramos, Timely Ward, Darksteel Plate, Alpha Authority, and Vines of Vastwood are great for creature protection depending on the circumstances. Hope this helps!

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