Commander 2018 Nature’s Vengeance Review and Much Needed Upgrade

It’s that time of year again, known as Commander Christmas! I want to start by informing the reader that Wizards of the Coast has raised the MSRP of the commander pre-constructed decks by $5 this year, while the reprint value has been reduced from previous years. I am excited to get my hands on them, and to start, lets take a look at the Nature’s Vengeance deck list.

Nature's Vengeance
Designer: Wizards of the Coast
Commander (1)
Lord Windgrace

Lands (43)
Swamp
Mountain
Forest
Akoum Refuge
Barren Moor
Blighted Woodland
Bojuka Bog
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Forgotten Cave
Golgari Rot Farm
Grim Backwoods
Gruul Turf
Haunted Fengraf
Jund Panorama
Jungle Hollow
Kazandu Refuge
Khalni Garden
Mountain Valley
Myriad Landscape
Rakdos Carnarium
Rocky Tar Pit
Savage Lands
Temple of the False God
Terramorphic Expanse
Tranquil Thicket
Warped Landscape
Forge of Heroes
Creatures (29)
Charnelhoard Wurm
Avenger of Zendikar
Soul of Innistrad
Flameblast Dragon
Budoka Gardener
Centaur Vinecrasher
Moldgraf Monstrosity
Rampaging Baloths
Scute Mob
Rubblehulk
Acidic Slime
Baloth Woodcrasher
Borderland Explorer
Farhaven Elf
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Yavimaya Elder
Zendikar Incarnate
Gyrus, Waker of Corpses
Thantis, the Warweaver
Bloodtracker
Emissary of Grudges
Nesting Dragon
Crash of Rhino Beetles
Turntimber Sower
Whiptongue Hydra
Xantcha, Sleeper Agent
Loyal Subordinate
Loyal Apprentice
Loyal Guardian

Instants and Sorceries (22)
Ruinous Path
Chain Reaction
Decimate
Gaze of Granite
Lavalanche
Worm Harvest
Stitch Together
Cultivate
Explore
Explosive Vegetation
Far Wanderings
Hunting Wilds
Savage Twister
Moonlight Bargain
Consign to Dust
Grapple with the Past
Harrow
Grisly Salvage
Putrefy
Fury Storm
Reality Scramble
Windgrace’s Judgment

Other Spells (5)
Seer’s Sundial
Sol Ring
Retreat to Hagra
Khalni Heart Expedition
Deathreap Ritual

Now I wouldn’t consider the deck is bad, but I’m fairly disappointed as it’s not what was expected or advertised. This is by far the weakest deck right out of the box this year and doesn’t really fit the name. A real pitfall of the deck is the lack of being able to weaponize your lands, as well as it trying to pull the player in many directions with none of the possible commanders sharing any play style. Lord Windgrace is a value engine centered around lands. Gyrus, Waker of Corpses wants creatures with great “Enter the Battlefield” triggers to be loaded into the graveyard for it’s attacking trigger. Thantis, the Warweaver leans in the direction of a punishment deck by forcing people to attack, into you in particular. All of this will lead to a slightly confusing “play out of the box” experience. Most had a mental image of what the deck would do before it was fully spoiled, myself believing we’d be more in the realm of Molten Vortex or Borborygmos Enraged, with value cards like The Mending of Dominaria or Ramunap Excavator. Overall, if you plan on getting a full set of the precons to play against each other, I’d recommend it. I’d also suggest picking it up if you have the intent and desire to make your own upgrades. Outside of those reasons, if you just had interest in some of the cards in the deck, I recommend just buying the singles you need.

I plan to take this deck into a more competitive direction, highlighting my choices here. First, creatures we are able to take advantage of that let you play additional lands.

  
 

Next we can look at creatures that care about lands. Whether they’re in play, in hand, the graveyard, or in the library.

   
 

Now we want spells that care about lands. Getting lands and bringing lands back from the graveyard. We also want ways to weaponize our lands. This includes instants, sorceries, artifacts, enchantments, and planeswalkers.

        

Now that we’ve decided on a theme, I feel like we are lacking something. Powerful spells to take advantage of all this mana we have access to. Mana sinks are great when having excess mana and I wanted to put a Bentley spin on the deck, so lets look at spells with an X in their cmc.

 
  

Now we’re cooking with fire. After considering all of these options, here’s the full decklist.

Lands, A study
Designer: Andy Bentley
Test Deck
Commander (1)
Lord Windgrace

Lands (40)
Dakmor Salvage
Barren Moor
Tranquil Thicket
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
Terramorphic Expanse
Strip Mine
Wasteland
Bojuka Bog
Windswept Heath
Verdant Catacombs
Wooded Foothills
Bloodstained Mire
Polluted Delta
Marsh Flats
Arid Mesa
Scalding Tarn
Myriad Landscape
Canyon Slough
Sheltered Thicket
Mountain
Swamp
Forest
Creatures (29)
Nesting Dragon
Sylvan Safekeeper
Avenger of Zendikar
Yavimaya Elder
Sakura-tribe Elder
Farhaven Elf
Scute Mob
Eternal Witness
Acidic Slime
Courser of Kruphix
Budoka Gardener
Rampaging Baloths
Azusa, Lost but Seeking
Mina and Denn, Wildborn
Oracle of Mul Daya
The Gitrog Monster
Wayward Swordtooth
Borborygmos Enraged
Omnath, Locus of Rage
Omnath, Locus of Mana
Ulvenwald Hydra
Multani, Yavimaya’s Avatar
Ramunap Excavator
Tireless Tracker
Wood Elves
Titania, Protector of Argoth
Apocalypse Hydra
Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
World Breaker

Instants and Sorceries (23)
Journey of Discovery
Crop Rotation
Splendid Reclamation
Sylvan Awakening
Life from the Loam
Worm Harvest
Cultivate
Kodama’s Reach
Realms Uncharted
Explosive Vegetation
Harrow
Putrefy
Grisly Salvage
Windgrace’s Judgment
Banefire
Blaze
Bonfire of the Damned
Cut // Ribbons
Comet Storm
Exsanguinate
Reality Scramble
Torment of Hailfire
Grow from the Ashes

Other Spells (6)
Sol Ring
Crucible of Worlds
Zuran Orb
The Mending of Dominaria
Burgeoning
Nissa, Vital Force

Now feel free to let me know how you would change the deck. What would you run that I’m not? You can pick my list apart and use pieces, and develop your own unique take on the deck. I know I didn’t really include a budget cap here, but feel free to throw together a budget list for yourself. Have fun with it because, after all, it’s just a game.

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About The Author: Andy Bentley

I'm a semi-competitive magic player. I like playing jank and fun decks. I'm a fun-loving layed back guy. I play EDH, Standard, Modern, and Legacy