Xyris, the Writhing Storm
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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard 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.

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legendofa on Hot Wheels

4 months ago

The most and best wheel cards are in and , so you need at least one of those colors, and preferably both. Xyris, the Writhing Storm and

Breaking it down, wheeling has four key parts: you discard, you draw, opponents discard, and opponents draw. This is a very simple, slightly curated list of commander options that care about at least one of these.

"Whenever you draw"

"Whenever you discard"

"Whenever an opponent draws"

"Whenever an opponent discards"

Some side options are reanimator, since you're going to be filling graveyards fast, and spellslinger, since most of the straightforward options are instants and sorceries.

legendofa on How Did Riku Lose Popularity?

5 months ago

The original Commander 2011 commanders were as much defining and refining the color space for enemy trios as they were introducing a new product. The last 10+ years have seen a lot of development, and what was exploratory and experimental then is well-established now. If nothing else, there are simply a lot more options--a deck that might have been headed by Riku of Two Reflections could now be Iluna, Apex of Wishes or Xyris, the Writhing Storm or Surrak Dragonclaw. If you were playing before 2019, you had five options: Riku, Surrak, Animar, Soul of Elements, Maelstrom Wanderer, or Intet, the Dreamer. Now, there are more options, and more specialized options. The four years since then have quadrupled the lost of possible commanders for that color set.

I haven't seen a Ruhan of the Fomori or Damia, Sage of Stone deck for a very long time, but those were popular, too.

Crow_Umbra on Your Cheap Obscure Overperformers?

1 year ago

I've really liked Pulse of the Grid in my Anhelo, the Painter deck. I was able to copy it and return it to hand about 2-3 times in a couple of games. I think it certainly has a place in any Blue decks that also want to play with their graveyards or have a discard subtheme.

I'm going to be testing out Cerebral Vortex in place of Pulse of the Grid, in Anhelo pretty soon. The potential to draw 2, take 2 damage, or draw 4, take 6 damage in a pinch seems okay, especially when people play stuff like Stinging Study. I am also interested in Cerebral Vortex's potential to punish an opponent for digging deep on draws, especially if copied. I have a certain Wheeling Xyris, the Writhing Storm deck in my meta in mind for this scenario

Crow_Umbra on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

1 year ago

Thank you for the suggestions CommanderNeyo, also cool user name. Kind of a shame we didn't see more of Commander Neyo in later seasons of Clone Wars.

You have some pretty interesting suggestions, mixed in with a couple of cards I have played before. I'll do my best to address my thoughts on each. Of your suggested cards, I do have Breena, the Demagogue & Mardu Ascendancy in my obnoxiously convoluted Maybe List. A long response for a long post:

  • Mardu Ascendancy has been on my radar since the earliest days of this deck's creation. I agree that it could fit right on, but haven't been able to decide what to swap it for.

  • Breena, the Demagogue used to be in earlier versions of this deck. I swapped it out for Tymna the Weaver a few months ago. I think I swapped it out because there are 2 Breena decks in my meta that I play against semi-regularly, and I wanted to cut down on potential confusion with multi-Breenas out. Agreed though, I have had rotations in the past where I'd draw multiple cards. Might revisit this and swap Tymna back out, especially since Professional Face-Breaker fills a similar function as Tymna.

  • Fiery Emancipation is cool, but I'm a bit more inclined to play that in something like Tor Wauki the Younger, which is more pinger damage focused. The triple color pip investment is not my favorite for 3 color decks. Cool card though, I can definitely see the value as a rec.

  • Dismantling Wave and Wear / Tear - I've been running both of them in my 99 for this deck since its inception more or less. I like removal options that are versatile, and/or can hit multiple targets at once without necessarily being a wipe. I like both cards. Dismantling Wave feels helpful and relevant each time I've played it, & usually takes care of at least one value engine per board.

  • Death Tyrant is an admittedly funky inclusion. Definitely a more experimental and flex spot that I've changed around the most over the past 10 months. I do play in a pretty token heavy, go-wide meta. I frequently play against the likes of Jetmir, Nexus of Revels, Xyris, the Writhing Storm, Wilhelt, the Rotcleaver, Chatterfang, Squirrel General, and Krenko, Mob Boss. I've seen Death Tyrant pop off for the Wilhelt deck. I've tempered my expectations that it would do a fraction of that here. Definitely a spot I could try something else. Possible landing spot for Mardu Ascendancy?

  • Boros Charm is great. I liked it a lot in my Osgir, the Reconstructor deck when it was still built. I think between Teferi's Protection, Akroma's Will, and Flawless Maneuver I feel pretty decent on instant speed protection. Definitely something I've considered, especially with the other modal options. I love modal spells lol.

  • Ramp overall feels fairly solid. Admittedly, I don't like the Signets as much because of the activation cost. My deck is fairly low to the ground, and rarely have felt the need for it. Zhentarim Bandit and Captain Lannery Storm can really gas things up with 1-2 swings each. Each time I've played Sword of the Animist, I wasn't the biggest threat until a couple turns later, and most of my Basics are on board now.

  • Austere Command is a top end removal option I've gone back and forth on. I recently added Ruinous Ultimatum to the deck as my top end nuclear option. It sat in my hand during a game I played this past weekend where I had the 7 mana, but one of the mana generators was Liquimetal Torque lol. On paper, I like Ruinous Ultimatum as a problem solver, but am not a fan of the very specific color pip investment.

  • Segue to Liquimetal Torque - I run it in most of my decks as just a rock. There's been a couple of occasions where I was able to turn something into an artifact when a Vandalblast went off. Not often, but still cool to know the option is there.

  • Guild Artisan and Veteran Soldier - I honestly hadn't considered them at all. I don't attack with Isshin often. The times I do, he's wearing Boots or Greaves, Dolmen Gate or Iroas are on board, or I have some kind of protection in hand ready to go. I try not to risk him in combat if I don't have to.

  • Combat Calligrapher was in one of the earliest versions of the deck that had more "pillow" effects like Marchesa's Decree. I played it once or twice, but my opponents would swing with it a couple times to get their Inklings, then kill the Calligrapher so they could then attack me with the creatures I gave them. One of the aforementioned Breena decks in my meta runs Calligrapher. They have had similar things happen to them lmao.

Tsesarevich on All Are One

1 year ago

Incoming cards:

Add these to your deck with the correct printing and foiling. I would advise for these switches, but they are purely recommendations.

Crow_Umbra on Musashi's Mosh Pit [Primer]

1 year ago

I forgot to mention in my last comment, but I like the Kazuul recommendation 8netherwind8. I might have a copy in my binders. One of my friends has decks for Chatterfang, Squirrel General and Jetmir, Nexus of Revels, and another friend has Xyris, the Writhing Storm; these 3 are probably the other biggest tokens boards I frequently face in our meta.

Meld is fun and flavorful Andramalech. I've pulled off the Hanweir, the Writhing Township  Meld  Meld meld once in this deck. I was able to attack with it once, then I think someone dropped a board wipe in the turn rotation afterwards. Fun times. I think I would be more inclined to also include Phyrexian Dragon Engine if its base body also had an attack trigger. The melded Mishra is certainly strong and flavorful.

I think I'm most interested in seeing what the CMC will be for that leaked Grand Abolisher token maker. I'm already thinking of possible swaps for play testing once it gets fully spoiled (assuming it's real).

Crow_Umbra on The Jeremy Renner App Experience

1 year 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

2 years 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

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