Zirda, the Dawnwaker

Zirda, the Dawnwaker

Legendary Creature — Elemental Fox

Companion — Each permanent card in your starting deck must have an activated ability. (You may reveal this card from outside the game before you start and declare it as your companion. If you do, your deck must follow the companion's restrictions. You may pay to put this companion from your sideboard to your hand at any time you could cast a sorcery. This action can't be interacted with or countered. You may only choose one companion for your deck before the start of each round.)

Abilities you activate that aren't mana abilities cost less to activate. This effect can't reduce the mana in that cost less than one mana.

, : Target creature can't block this turn.

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Arena Legal
Block Constructed Legal
Brawl Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Leviathan Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Pioneer Legal
Pre-release Legal
Standard Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Unformat Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Custom Legal
Quest Magic Legal

Zirda, the Dawnwaker Discussion

kasprl on Lecture by Prof. Osgir: how to handle artifacts

17 hours ago

Hey Saiyamax,

thanks for your suggestions and the upvote. Zirda, the Dawnwaker is a card I had in mind too. After the first few games I noticed that most of the time i dont realy need the cost reduction for Osgir on a body (except for cards like Darksteel Forge ). It would be nice to have but i need to keep Zirda for at least 2 Osgir activations to life. Otherwise i wont get any value out of him. With Basalt Monolith u are totaly right. I think I try to get one Zirda and give it a try.

Pia's Revolution has the downside that an opponent can prevent me from putting artifacts into my graveyard. For some plays and to get the full value out of Osigr i need them to be in my graveyard. Most of the time it would be quite good, but in some situations it can prevent me from doing cool stuff.

Saiyamax on Lecture by Prof. Osgir: how to handle artifacts

2 days ago

Nice build for this commander. One card I'll recommend is Zirda, the Dawnwaker , since the cost reduction can be really nice for Osgir and even goes infinite with your Basalt Monolith . Pia's Revolution could also make for some good chip damage / recursion in the additive.

libraryjoy on Fun Commander

3 days ago

I think my favorite fun commanders are Mayael the Anima for big guys, Yisan, the Wanderer Bard for a fun mono-green (I like elves), or Kenrith, the Returned King with Zirda, the Dawnwaker as companion and cards with cycling. Here are a few budget decks I've put together with them, although I have dozens and dozens of others on my profile you can look at.

Mayael the Anima Stompy EDH $35 Budget

Yisan's Elvish Sing-Along - $100 budget EDH Not as budget, but definitely could be built more that way

Kenrith Returns with Zirda by His Side *Got this idea from Commander's Quarters and ran with it.

corndiggitydog on Boros Equipment

2 weeks ago

Dope deck! I have some suggestions you might find useful

Armament master will not consistently bring you value. Replace with something like Fervent Champion

Brass Squire seems good, but for 3 mana Zirda, the Dawnwaker will provide more value

IMO, Jor Kardeen and Resolute Blademaster could be replaced with mana rocks like Arcane Signet and Talisman of Conviction to get more mana for equip cost and to lower the average CMC of the deck substantially.

Enjoy!

Corndog

libraryjoy on Who dat boi - please help

2 weeks ago

And this may be more than you were looking for, but here's actually how I deck build. I start with ONE card that I want to use. In the case of the deeper cut, it was Novablast Wurm . Then I figure out what it needs to do - in this case, destroy everyone else's creatures - but not mine! So how do I make mine survive? Make them indestructible. There are other options for this ( Shield of the Oversoul is my favorite), but Dauntless Escort seemed an inexpensive and good option for keeping my whole field alive. But it only works for one turn, so what do I need? Recursion. Preferably repeatable. Enter Sigil of the New Dawn . What if I don't have Dauntless Escort? Then I want to be able to get benefit out of all my creatures dying. There are obviously other ways I could do this, but sacrifice abilities seemed a good option. I could have added black to beef up the sacrifice aspect, but as a general rule, I stick with 2 colors unless there is a compelling reason to do otherwise. Plus, sacrifice has synergy with recursion. At that point, it was just a matter of a Gatherer search to find green and white creatures with sacrifice and recursion abilities that would not break the bank. And fill in to make sure I include artifact/enchantment removal, card draw, etc. Last, I put in 2 Zirda, the Dawnwaker because I wanted to make it cheaper to recur as much of my board as possible at once, and it also discounts other activated sacrifice abilities. I wished I could use it as the companion for the deck, but there was one card at that point that didn't have an activated ability - the Wurm! And getting rid of it would nerf the whole deck, so it just has to ride it out in the deck. There's probably room for tweaking in there (more Sigil? Artifact removal? Anti-flying?), but I feel like it's a good start that can be adjusted after playtesting. I do feel like this deck would draw a lot of hate, so not something I'd play. I prefer a to innocently build a boardstate until I Overrun my opponents. Did I mention I play a lot of Selesnya? ;)

BransBranflakes on ∙|(⤟ Gigantes Historiæ 1.0 ⤠)|∙

2 weeks ago

Thanks for the upvote! I just finished my Osgir deck earlier and this looks like a much more tuned version of mine :o

Few cards that might be worth lookin into are the bauble cycle ( Mishra's Bauble and Urza's Bauble ). Not super powerful, but getting a few more draws for free can't ever hurt, right? I slid in an Ashnod's Coupon in mine as a proxy for Urza's Bauble, but like cmon, you just gotta! That's 3 drinks!! You def are lookin more to be fun, but if you wanna be degenerate sometimes, Osgir is a great place for Zirda, the Dawnwaker and Basalt Monolith to play :D You already got the zirda, chuckin in the monolith and Staff of Domination plus a good ol Mycosynth Lattice means you just get to cast your whole deck and copy every artifact in it! I'm always a fan of all in strategies like that, but whackin somebody with big meaty golems never feels bad..

Keep up the good work!

enpc on MDFC Sorcery in Strixhaven

1 month ago

RambIe: No matter what format it is though, the average player is going to try and optimise their deck (to varying levels).

Functional reprints of cards exist, you can't hold it against someone for running both Nature's Lore and Three Visits in their deck. And these reprints have existed for a long time, so this isn't some sort of new argument.

And on top of that, while these cards provide value in their non-creature form, there is a very limited number of these effects that poeple are able to pick from. This isn't the same as just gluing a Demonic Tutor to the back of your favourite commander. We as players don't get to choose these effects, unlike formats like Oathbreaker where your choice is two separate cards.

If they start printing MDFC cards which are a broken creature on one side and a mana efficient tutor on the other, then by all means I could understand your concern. But that's not what we've seen thus far.

The whole point of Commander is that it's a social format. Unlike basically any other format, there exists the social contract which should be the number one thing used to regulate a play group's experience.

At the end of the day, cEDH doesn't give a crap about how you feel about a card. If it's legal, the cEDH community will use it to win, as that's the primary driver for cEDH. But everybody is on a common understanding there.

In casual, if you have a deck which is causing problems for the rest of the group because it's too consistent or it's making commander unenjoyable fo the rest of the group, then the social contract exists to help deal with that situation. You may not like having to have hard conversations but that's part of life.

I'm just failing to see the issue here. You talk consistency, but we had that via functional reprints already. Since day dot we have had this. And on top of that, we have seen slews of commanders who, without employing mechanics like companion, partner, etc, have still had stigmas associated with them because of their consistency. Take Najeela, the Blade-Blossom . Or Prossh, Skyraider of Kher . These card both hold reputations, yet still fit within the mold of "traditional commander". And as far as your concerns with companion goes, we just aren't seeing it. For all the hype that was made, peopel aren't just jamming companion cards in their decks left, right and centre. Maybe we see a few Kenrith, the Returned King decks with Zirda, the Dawnwaker but that's it. And they're not exactly at the forefront of cEDH.

RambIe on How Can I Build Kenrith/Artifact …

1 month ago

blightsteel wont work because he only shuffles himself
you want something that shuffles the entire graveyard into your library that can be triggered when you discard

the key to consistency is redundancy
the least amount of redundancy for early game is 15 copys
example Grim Monolith + Zirda, the Dawnwaker + Prismite

you will need 14 other cards that can perform like Grim Monolith example: Basalt Monolith
14 other cards that can reduce the activation
and 14 other cards that can color correct

now you cant always find or afford that many that's were tutors come in

if you find 8 cards that can color correct and 7 cards that can tutor any one of them you have the 15 minimum
downside is tutors put you 1 turn behind in casting the combo
but this is the only way to make it consistent

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