Xyris, the Writhing Storm
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Highlander Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Vintage Legal

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.

Crow-Umbra on The Jeremy Renner App Experience

1 week ago

Glad you like the deck Phelgming! I've definitely been on a BR/x kick recently with some of my brews. Tor Wauki the Younger def seems like the type of commander that can be janky, but put a nice dent in everyone at the table.

Rakdos Charm is probably one of my favorite pet cards. I put it in every deck with BR in it. One of my favorite moments with it was a game with some friends, one of them was playing Xyris, the Writhing Storm, and he was about to kill everyone with combat damage via a horde of flying Snake tokens. One of my other friends was playing a Wandering Archaic  Flip, so I cast Rakdos Charm with the damage mode selected, and my friend copied it with Wandering Archaic. It was more than enough to kill our Xyris friend and give everyone else a few more turns to duke it out.

Best of luck on your brew!

JoosetheMuice on Kynaios Actual

3 months ago

For adds, I think you need some finishers as well as ways to make the abundance of resources hurt your opponents more.

Some Ideas: Black Vise Xyris, the Writhing Storm Edric, Spymaster of Trest Blatant Thievery The Locust God Gisela, Blade of Goldnight Hellkite Tyrant Praetor's Council Control Magic Generous Gift

FauxFaux on Card creation challenge

5 months ago

Pocket Serpent

Creature - Snake

Flash, Reach, Deathtouch

You may only cast ~ during the declare blockers step.

If ~ blocked a creature this turn, sacrifice it at the beginning of the next end step.

"Why yes, I do have a snake in my pocket. However, I'm afraid he is far more excited to see you than you are to see him."


Finally, an answer to the age old question: "Is that a snake in your pocket, or are you just excited to see me?". I love Snakes. Like really love snakes. Make me a legendary Shard Snake! It doesn't have to be snake tribal! See for example Xyris, the Writhing Storm

Elasar99 on Xyris, The withering storm

6 months ago

Ignoble Hierarch can't be played in this deck, it dosn't share color identity with Xyris, the Writhing Storm

legendofa on How is Hullbreacher Worse than …

7 months ago

Hullbreacher has a lower cost, lower color requirements, and higher toughness than Notion Thief. Any one of those facets individually would make it a better card, but all three together removes any question. Those incremental improvements add up.

A couple of people have touched on it, but the reduced color requirement really is a big deal. The Thief will never be playable in Xyris, the Writhing Storm or Kami of the Crescent Moon decks, to pull out two specific examples. Hullbreacher also provides general utility to any deck, even if its ability isn't part of a combo.

Finally, it's easier to build a deck that cares about artifacts than one that cares about cards in hand. This isn't to say Notion Thief doesn't provide a valuable resource, but artifact decks exist, big mana decks exist, and Hullbreacher accelerates those as well.

Basically, Hullbreacher provides better stats and more flexible utility at a lower, less restrictive cost than Notion Thief. That's a lot of difference in value.

xram666 on Nokia 6110

9 months ago


I would put the deck under Casual and not Legacy as it is more a build for the kitchen table.

The most popular snake tribal commander are

You can get some input for a deck under https://edhrec.com/tribes/snakes

legendofa on Any group hug experts here?

1 year 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.

Hybrow on Wheel of Snakes

1 year 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...

Depending on how many wheels you get out it might be worth Spark Double , Sakashima of a Thousand Faces , or Sakashima the Impostor . I love having 2 Xyris in play to double my snake drops.

A quazi-wheel, Wheel and Deal could easily replace Wheel of Fate . Its cheap, but I don't like giving my friends 3 turns to figure out how to kill my commander.

Either way, I love seeing another snakes deck.. I will be stealing a couple of your ideas i think :)

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