Creature — Elf Scout
When Viridian Emissary dies, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle your library.
Printings View all
|Commander Anthology (CM1)||Common|
|Planechase Anthology (PCA)||None|
|Commander 2015 (C15)||Common|
|Planechase 2012 Edition (PC2)||Common|
|Mirrodin Besieged (MBS)||Common|
|Mirrodin Besieged: Phyrexia (MBP)||Common|
Combos Browse all
|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Latest Decks as Commander
Viridian Emissary Discussion
1 month ago
Hey man! so far I really dig your list and it's already looking pretty good. Some suggestions I`d make are:
Adding more low CMC creatures who can sac themselves especially activated for no mana cost are good with Meren to get experience counters faster without needing a sac outlet. Especially Dawntreader Elk and Diligent Farmhand are more optimal than Yavimaya Elder or Viridian Emissary. Other options are Blood Pet or Apprentice Necromancer.
I see you're running the Mike + Trike combo, so I'd add some protection like Sylvan Safekeeper, Heroic Intervention or Veil of Summer to prevent interuption. If you're going for a more controlly attempt I'd further more add some instant speed interaction like Krosan Grip, Beast Within or Assassin's Trophy.
All in all I'd try to lower the average cmc a bit, by cutting some of the high cost cards like Butcher of Malakir to speed up overall game play.
Good luck and stay safe!
2 months ago
, thanks for the comment. I won't be adding anything too far out of budget, costing more than 3, or too many instants and sorceries, since those were the design constraints I placed on myself for this build. With my playtesting, I've found that having the right options in the graveyard is more important than having many options in the graveyard or the right options in hand. Buried Alive has been the most successful card in the deck by an extremely large margin while cards like Nyx Weaver and Chronicler of Heroes (which I had in earlier revisions) showed that more standard mill and card draw tend to underperform, respectively. So while Satyr Wayfinder was successful, I often preferred Sakura-Tribe Elder, Viridian Emissary, or Wood Elves for the speed. Also, generally speaking, I'd prefer to have more ways to protect Tayam than redundant options like Sevinne's Reclamation, and you're correct that I should add more. I'll add Selfless Spirit to the maybeboard as a non-budget stretch goal and toss in Dauntless Escort now. I also like Ramunap Excavator since I find it tough to get myself to choose a Forest out of the bin when Abzan Ascendancy or something is seducing me away. Plus, it would synergize with another of my favorite cards in Sylvan Safekeeper for more commander protection.
3 months ago
I agree with bushido_man96 that Molderhulk is too expensive for what you get, though a 6/6 for 2 isn't terrible late game. If you just need more land then I would suggest Farhaven Elf and Viridian Emissary. If you need the creature then Ghoultree is simply a stronger alternative. As for mill cards I can't recommend Grindclock and Stitcher's Supplier enough. The value you get for such low mana is too good to pass up. I would say the same for Kaya's Ghostform. If you are willing to spend a bit more money then take a look at Greater Good, Doom Whisperer, and Fraying Sanity.
4 months ago
Given that you are playtesting this deck against other cEDH decks, I am going to assumer you are also building a cEDH style deck. This is sort of hard to do on a budget and will cost a pretty penny. I only am wary because your deck is only ~$400 right now. I am not a cEDH player but I do understand enough to make these suggestions...
For a cEDH build you want low 30's in lands. For example, some you would want right now: Gaea's Cradle, City of Brass, Mana Confluence, the fetch lands, and the shock lands. Almost no land can enter tapped in competitive (take out the temples). The ramp would include some rocks but also mana dorks because they synergise well with the Cradle. Examples of ramp: Arbor Elf (really good for enchanted forests), Llanowar Elves/Elvish Mystic, Noble Hierarch/Birds of Paradise, Mana Crypt, Mana Vault, Carpet of Flowers (this works because in multiplayer one player almost always is in blue and it is also an enchantment!), Chrome Mox, and Mox Diamond.
Two Bant cEDH decks on tapped out that I would look at for examples are The Bant Hammer [cEDH] and Estrid Stax cEDH. The Rafiq deck is very similar to yours and you could probably use from cards from that list.
If you aren't planning on cEDH, ramp is much more forgiving since games last longer more often. In that case I like creatures like Wood Elves, Yavimaya Dryad, Viridian Emissary, and Sakura-Tribe Elder because land destruction isn't as common and lands usually survive board wipes.
I hope this is more helpful!
4 months ago
Thanks for the suggestions lonesentinel and Podkomorka.
To make room for Ambuscade, Band Together, Lignify, Ram Through (which is strictly better than Pounce), and Unnatural Aggression, I decided to drop the Primal Druid as suggested, as well as the Viridian Emissary (which does basically the same thing).
Not feeling comfortable going down to 35 lands, I opted to only drop Khalni Garden, and both Forge of Heroes and Opal Palace (as I rarely need to recast my commander).
5 months ago
Thanks, I was planning on removing Viridian Emissary once I sort the manabase out and remove more basic lands for hermit druid. I do like the idea of changing to Sadistic Hypnotist to get an additional sac outlet as I thought I might not have enough. Think I've got one so once I get the chance I'll give it a test!
5 months ago
Viridian Emissary and Satyr Wayfinder are slow and inconsistent. Especially the Emissary. I also see a lot of lists using Mindslicer as a way to disrupt opponents but I have found I like Sadistic Hypnotist more in a deck that uses Reveillark. It can be a target for reanimation from the graveyard with the trigger and it doubles as a sacrifice outlet. It can only function at sorcery speed but if you have a decent board when cast then you can remove the cards in your opponent's hands while still keeping your own. You could even target yourself and only discard the cards you want in the graveyard and keep the ones you don't want to discard.