Zetalpa, Primal Dawn
Legendary Creature — Dinosaur
Flying, double strike, vigilance, trample, indestructible
|Want (2)||szerek , lightninshrooms|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
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Zetalpa, Primal Dawn Discussion
1 month ago
OdricAllyofZendikar thanks for the comments! Zetalpa, Primal Dawn is such a heavy beater in this deck - with 5 keywords, Akroma gives +5/+5, making Zetalpa a bare minimum of 18 damage with no blockers. Add in lifelink from one of the various sources and Zetalpa alone does 20 damage which comes right back to me. The cmc is high, but so is the payoff, imo. Heliod's Intervention also puts in work. Since this is a lifegain deck, this card gives me two really strong options with an easy to manage X cost - and straight up artifact and enchantment removal. That is hard to pass up!
I agree on Cavalier of Night - overall while it is a great card, I don't think it fits. However I'm not certain how Read the Bones, a sorcery, is a better option than Phyrexian Arena. The Arena sticks around and provides continual card advantage. Read the Bones is a solid card, but I wouldn't replace one with the other.
Thanks again for the feedback! I am also excited for this pairing.
1 month ago
I would add a few more lands to make space I'd remove Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, Heliod's Intervention, and Cavalier of Night the mana curve looks a little high for the land count. I also prefer Read the Bones over Phyrexian Arena I find it to be quicker. I really like the direction of these two partners!
2 months ago
Very Nice list, I've always though an Egg build would be a lot of fun. Thornbite Staff is a great include as it can chain you multiple egg triggers plus she's a shaman. Irregular Cohort will give you 2 eggs also look into other changlings. I would cut some of your non creature permeants, you don't really need bag of holding since your Commander is pseudo card draw, I would also cut the Sentinel totem, Cathartic reunion, pyroblast, once and future just because all these cards while fine cards are relatively weak in EDH. You honestly I think just need more creatures in general, Quartzwood Crasher, Sakura-Tribe Elder, Ghalta, Primal Hunger, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, Mirror Entity, Taurean Mauler, Sun Titan, and Regisaur Alpha would all be relatively cheap upgrades.
2 months ago
So Hellkite Courser is will be a menace in Ur-dragon decks. And it's an ETB ability to boot so you can continuously trigger it.
New Akroma is pretty awesome. Notably, she allows a naked Zetalpa, Primal Dawn to hit for 18 on one swing and Aurelia, the Warleader can one shot someone if you give her double strike. Odric, Lunarch Marshal is probably still slightly better due to the fact that it is 3 mana cheaper and granting abilities across the board is stronger than pumping creatures, but then again Akroma has partner so we can expect her to be a little watered down. On that note, I like all of the mythic mono-colored legends and I think they each do cool things. Kamahl gets the nod for strongest of the bunch as he will more often than not win the game the turn he is played and his mana cost isn't too prohibitive for mono green.
I agree with folks that Kwain not having red is a little odd. They could've easily just made him Boros, slapped haste on him, and made him loot instead of draw. That would've been a perfect contrast to Archelos.
Jared is definitely an obscure reference, but very cool card design.
Court of Ire, like the blue court, will be really good in specific decks, but pretty mediocre outside of those few. I think the black court wins strongest of the bunch as it is so disruptive and deals a ton of damage.
2 months ago
I see. What I've found as countermeasures to common removal options that I try to squeeze in are:
- Savage Summoning - instant speed, uncounterable Kathril cast before your turn is technically with haste. Also additional +1/+1 counter helps.
- Pull from Eternity - it's great if you care only about getting back that exiled Zetalpa, Primal Dawn or something unique like Oketra the True.
2 months ago
Oh, and btw: Sunblade Angel + Oketra the True + Bassara Tower Archer provides 8 keyword counters, which can be used as a secondary line for Buried Alive, just in case Zetalpa, Primal Dawn gets exiled.
3 months ago
fatalzintomyum Oh wow. I totally forgot about Iona, Shield of Emeria. That's a great suggestion because we effective way to lock out our opponent on turn 4. It wouldn't deal with the board at the moment, but preventing almost any further action could often win the game on the spot. If I were aiming to make the deck as competitive as possible, I'd probably cut Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite, Zetalpa, Primal Dawn, and 1 Angel of Invention. For a 3 and 3 split. Honestly, 4 Iona isn't out of the question. However, since I am trying to play this among fellow budget friends. I'd rather not hard lock them out of the game if possible. Unless, they anger me of course. Then I'll need a playset. >:D
I agree Modern is likely outside the power level for God-Pharaoh's Gift or at least in this shell. Unfortunately, I typically play Modern with my group so I wanted to essentially upgrade a Pioneer deck. I'm making that attempt, but that might be the final conclusion.
Balaam__ Ya... I agree the main weakness of this deck is just how easy it is to side board in both artifact and graveyard hate against it. To be perfectly honest, I don't think there's a perfect solution. For Leyline of the Void the best answer I currently have access to is Deputy of Detention or Brazen Borrower, but like you said that's only a temporary solution. I agree counterspells are the best potential solution for artifact hate. Essentially, becoming a jank UW Control with a GPG. I could see playing Dovin's Veto, Aether Gust, and Spell Pierce. Or maybe even some lesser used ones like Hindering Light/Keep Safe or Hypnotic Sprite. If I had the budget Force of Negation. What would you suggest?