Xyris, the Writhing Storm
Legendary Creature — Snake Leviathan
Whenever an opponent draws a card except the first one they draw in each of their draw steps, create a 1/1 green Snake creature token.
Whenever Xyris, the Writhing Storm deals combat damage to a player, you and that player each draw that many cards.
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
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Xyris, the Writhing Storm Discussion
3 months ago
Step 1: Protect yourself. Cards like the ones EleshNornsFs and plakjekaas suggested are very solid. I might also suggest Leyline of Sanctity and Privileged Position , depending on budget. Goad cards and the Vows from Commander 2011 prevent people from attacking you. A token swarm is a good excuse to break out a Supreme Verdict or similar effect.
Step 2: Help others. You don't want want to be too threatening, so give people what they want, but not too much. If one person is able to take advantage of your gifts and dominate the table, you become guilty by association. Spread the love evenly. Add some cards that help you more than they help your opponents, like Xyris, the Writhing Storm or Fiery Justice .
Step 3: Pick a win condition. These decks are typically pretty slow and defensive, so you may be able to set up a combo win. Otherwise, keep yourself healthy and everyone else targeting each other until you can establish enough board presence to take over.
3 months ago
I have a Xyris, the Writhing Storm deck..Snakes on a Planeswalker - Xyris EDH swarm its one of my favorites to play. I like that you have gone heavy into mill. Altar of the Brood ends up being one of my favorite win cons...
Either way, I love seeing another snakes deck.. I will be stealing a couple of your ideas i think :)
4 months ago
Hey, good budget upgrade of the precon. Nice upgrades of Ral, Return of the Wildspeaker, Archmage, Hullbreacher, Counterspell, Saheeli, Prismari Command.
Some creatures are good with Kalamax especially when you can cast them before Kalamax, but having just as many creatures as instants is not taking enough advantage of the power of Kalamax as Commander. That comes from being able to copy an instant on each player's turn, but you want instants in your hand to cast not creatures.
More low mana cost instants that draw are good with Kalamax since when you copy them for free they give you great draw for the mana cost. These budget draw spells, each less than $1, can also help to find lands in the early game to be able to cast Kalamax or other creatures.
A $5-$7 card at TCGPlayer that's excellent with Kalamax is Narset's Reversal . Reversal is a unique effect and you can take advantage with Kalamax of return the spell you copied to owners hand. When Kalamax copies Reversal the copy targets the original Reversal which sends it back to your hand. This makes Reversal a repeatable copy any instant or sorcery effect that can copy your opponents spells. Reversal is even better with your own sorceries because if you copy your own sorcery it will then return to your hand along with Reversal if Kalamax copied it, but the copy of the sorcery still resolves along with Reversal. This makes any sorcery you have repeatable with Reversal.
Storm-Kiln Artist is another creature with magecraft and these creatures are worth playing because of the amazing interaction with Kalamax copying and instants cast. Artist interacts really well with Narset's Reversal because it creates enough treasures on each player's turn to cast Reversal again and keep doing this as long as an opponent cast instant or sorcery. With Kalamax, Artist creates three treasures just by casting Reversal and copying a spell which equals a lot of ramp.
Reclaim + Regrowth is a budget interaction for three mana to repeatedly recur cards in your graveyard. Reclaim is copied by Kalamax which returns Regrowth + any other card to the top of your library. Draw Regrowth then recur Reclaim and repeat.
Some cards to consider cutting:
- Surreal Memoir
- Nissa's Renewal
- Soothsayer Adept
- Spectacle Mage
- Maelstrom Muse
- Goblin Dark-Dwellers
- Tanazir Quandrix
- Xyris, the Writhing Storm
Some other cuts to consider are the 6 CMC creatures. Niv-Mizzet, Parun is better than all the other 6 CMC creatures therefore you could cut the others for more instants.
Good luck with your deck.
5 months ago
Echoing Equation: Brudiclad is very sad that this card has a simic color identity (cough Thousand-Faced Heroics cough). Anyway, point this at Najeela, the Blade-Blossom or Ezuri, Claw of Progress and you'll likely threaten to kill someone. Xyris, the Writhing Storm can produce an absurd amount of sneks for similar results on the turn after, while Edric, Spymaster of Trest can probably make you deck yourself with a source of evasion
6 months ago
With the way it's written, Xyris, the Writhing Storm triggers separately for each card drawn. Those triggers resolve one at a time, creating one Snake each. Mystic Reflection will only affect one token in your example.
6 months ago
If I deal combat damage to an opponent with Xyris, the Writhing Storm and say deal three damage making him draw three cards Xyris, the Writhing Storm triggers and I get three snake tokens. My question is do all three snakes enter at the same time, or does Xyris, the Writhing Storm trigger three times and I get three snakes one at a time.
Also what I'd like to know is for example if I cast Windfall and each opponent draws say five cards. If I have three oponents, then do I get fifteen separate Xyris, the Writhing Storm triggers or three triggers for five snakes or one trigger for fifteen snakes?
Why I'm asking is if I cast Mystic Reflection in response to the Windfall and choose for example Psychosis Crawler , how many snakes enter the battlefield as a copy of Psychosis Crawler ? Mystic Reflection cares about the next time one or more creatures etb, so it matters if they all come at the same time, or one at a time.
7 months ago
Update: Xyris, the Writhing Storm is now the Commander. Dropped Kraum, Ludevic's Opus and moved Kodama of the East Tree to the 99. Also dropped Regrowth and put in Cryptolith Rite . Still looking for room for Nyxbloom Ancient and Mina and Denn, Wildborn .
7 months ago
Cool deck! I really like the idea of adding blue to get more value out of Borborygmos Enraged . Xyris, the Writhing Storm might work better as your commander though, since it can give you card draw and some bodies on the field. Since it seems like the lands or mostly there to fling, instead of actually using, you got probably use some more alternative ramp sources- like Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger , Nyxbloom Ancient , and/or Cryptolith Rite (which would also go well with Xyris), budget permitting. Mina and Denn, Wildborn also seems like it would be worth looking into. This deck has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see how it continues to improve!