: Seem to have gone up in smoke.
: As the name implies, our two available demigods (demigoddesses, really) are both legendary and thus awkward with Volo. I give the nod by a lot to Renata, Called to the Hunt
who you can sneak an extra counter onto (copy resolves first) and who can add a lot of extra power to your doubled critters. Callaphe's ward looks a whole lot less impressive in comparison but might be the pick specifically in the Enchantress version of a Volo deck.
: Guess we'll have to leave these to the Fiendish Folio, as no Demon has ever been printed in Simic colors.
: Yep, them too.
: From extinction to 47 representatives in Simic, Dinosaurs are so hot right now.WotC has been pretty committed to getting the tribe to be relevant in EDH and Standard, too, so between Ixalan and Ikoria (plus random appearances in Core and Masters sets) we've got a bevvy of options and surprising flexibility from these old bones. The most played Dino in Volo is Keruga, the Macrosage
, and I guess I get it - compared to say Owlbear this is trading overall stats (due to the legend rule) for at least one more card even in a worst-case of only controlling Volo. I'm actually sorta underwhelmed though; Dinos offer so much that I'm not sure Keruga would be my go-to, as the actual worst case here compared to Owlbear is draw 0 after a boardwipe. My pick for sleeper is actually Runic Armasaur
(which isn't even on Volo's EDHRECs page!), a card that can draw a ton of cards especially in multiples. If you are looking to get cards out of your Dino-might, I'd take Armasaur over Keruga 99.9% of the time. But, if you want something else from Dinos…
: No djinn appears in Volo's EDHREC page now despite the quest for wishes being a staple of adventures. A quick look reveals why - the best Djinn in EDH, Tidespout Tyrant
, is showing its age these days and doesn't combo great with Volo. If you are looking to have some power in your corner, some ammunition in your camp, I recommend Soulblade Djinn
which can definitely get out of hand quickly in a more spell-centric or enchantment-centric Volo deck. To just mention a 3rd place finisher (I guess Tidespout is my second place; it's still really powerful in a slower meta!) - Sage-eye Avengers
is mostly just worse than Soulblade in a deck that can reliably trigger prowess, but they ain't nothing. Mostly though, I'm wishing we had a Djinn a bit more playable in Volo.
: Man's best friend may not be Volos - Dogs haven't quite caught up to Dinosaurs on the "making them EDH playable" train. The only remotely playable dog that doesn't have a secondary typing is Wild Mongrel
, and while this good boy is one of my favorite cards in all MtG history he's just not awesome in EDH or a Volo deck. If you really want your Volo deck to go to the Dogs, I guess I'd look at Ainok Survivalist
(Scout isn't too competitive as a secondary typing) as a cheap Pilgrim's Eye
fixing effect that can grab lots of lands in the mid to late game. I don't hate Blues Clues
in a dedicated "token junk" Volo deck or Abzan Beastmaster
in a vacuum, but both have obnoxious secondary typings. Overall, I'd probably leave these Dogs in the doghouse for a Volo deck.
: Red's iconic is so popular that a whopping 31 are available for play in Simic, to ensure Volo's Dungeon can have some proper Dragons. I favor Keiga, the Tide Star
despite her legendary status and obnoxious secondary Spirit typing - you get a 5/5 flier and an immediate stolen creature, making this in my opinion the best Control Magic creature Volo can hope for. If you want removal with more bodies on board though, Steel Hellkite
and Foe-Razer Regent
are both acceptable alternatives to Keiga. Shimmer Dragon
also holds some value in an artifact-centric deck, maybe moreso than Steel Hellkite - multiples don't matter for the card draw ability, but can't complain about getting a second 5/6 flying hexproof for free. None of these dragons break the bank, but if you are on the most extreme of budgets I'd recommend Destructor Dragon
as my budget candidate of choice. Dragons are practically mandatory for any serious D&D deck so definitely include one!
: Diet dragons are still a great fit for a Volo Menagerie. The most playable and played Drake is Peregrine Drake
which is great to "go off" with- it's effectively a 4/6 flier and a 5 mana ritual at a minimum with Volo out, allowing you to really empty your hand and flood the board. Loyal Drake
is also popular as a card draw critter. I imagine the only reason these two are ahead of Gilded Drake
is budget, but of course the ol' fool's gold drake is still amazing. There's a few good alternatives - Tide Skimmer
is a nice alternative to Loyal Drake, Angler Drake
is another bounce effect if you feel you need it - but with a good mix of budget versus not options I'd definitely take one of the top 3.
: Currently, only Phyrexian Dreadnought
has the type, and that's a too-spicy-for-me card for this deck - I'd rather not.
: Most drones are also Eldrazi, and that's a bummer. Volo makes Brood Watcher
, Nest Invader
, or Kozilek's Predator
"free" and that's...fine, but not that exciting since you're just left with vanilla dudes. Mirran Spy
could be good in an artifact deck otherwise, as a "Pure" drone. I think my favorite drone is actually Hoverguard Sweepers
, which doubled should be effectively a River's Rebuke
attached to a pair of massive fliers. But all of this stuff is pretty weak, and only good for wanting to have the obscure typing.
:I'm surprised to see that there's only 34 dryads but it's a stacked list. The two most popular are Tendershoot Dryad
and Dryad of the Ilysian Grove
. Tendershoot is a slam-dunk; doubled by Volo this is a 4/4 that spits out 10/10 of power every upkeep once you get rolling which is stupid. That's so insane that I scratch my head at Illysian being in the deck - it's an explore on a stick, sure, but Wayward Swordtooth
seems like a better explore. Meanwhile, I think Sanctum Weaver
is more exciting in an Enchantress take on the deck. The top two are both $15+, so if you are on a bit more of a budget I really like Yavimaya Dryad
as a Wood Elves
+ with a less competitive typeline. These Dryads are all good, so good that I think they choke out the next best options like Bramble Sovereign
and Conclave Naturalists
(another "Naturalize on a stick" option if you want it). Bottom line, I'd run Tendershoot if you have it, Yavimaya Dryad if you don't, and Sanctum Weaver in specific builds - but you should definitely be running a Dryad.
: The only on-color dwarf is Reveka, Wizard Savant
who is A)a wizard who can't be copied by Volo, B) a legend so even if she could be copied she'd dieto the legend rule, and C) is a terrible terrible card. Maybe we'll see some Green or Blue Dwarves in the next D&D set?