Devoted Druid Combo

Since there are constant new pieces for this infinite mana dork we may as well have an article devoted to breaking down some of the combos. While Devoted Druid is a simple 2 drop tap for green 0/2 elf it can untap itself by placing a -1/-1 counter on itself. Now that should mean an extra mana perhaps once right? Well, that’s not how it went, and now we have all sorts of infinite combos. Let’s go through some shall we.

Card Name: Devoted Druid. Mana Cost: {1}{G}. Card Oracle Text: {T}: Add {G}.Put a -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid: Untap Devoted Druid.. Power/Toughness: 0/2

Originally a common from Shadowmoor it had an infinite combo within the same block in Eventide with Quillspike. Mind you it’s more of a Quillspike infinite power combo than a Devoted Druid combo but still.

  • Quillspike and Devoted Druid on board
  • Tap Devoted Druid for G
  • Untap Devoted Druid by adding -1/-1 counter on it
  • Pay G to Quillspike and remove the -1/-1 counter on Devoted Druid
  • Repeat for infinitely big Quillspike

Now that’s not exactly a Commander combo. For Commander it started being dangerous with Mikaeus, the Unhallowed who’s Undying ability would infinitely recur Devoted Druid. It was seen in graveyard decks such as Karador, Ghost Chieftain. What can we do with that? Well let’s run through a couple examples with both Blood Artist and Lightning Greaves.

  • Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Blood Artist, and Devoted Druid on board
  • Put -1/-1 counters on Devoted Druid until it dies
  • Blood Artist triggers, target player loses 1 life and you gain 1 life
  • Undying triggers, Devoted Druid returns with a +1/+1 counter
  • Put -1/-1 counters on Devoted Druid until it dies
  • Repeat for infinite life and life loss for opponents
  • Mikaeus, the Unhallowed, Lightning Greaves, and Devoted Druid on board
  • Tap Devoted Druid for G
  • Put -1/-1 counters on Devoted Druid to untap it and tap for G until it dies
  • Undying triggers, Devoted Druid returns with a +1/+1 counter
  • Equip Lightning Greaves
  • Tap Devoted Druid for G
  • Put -1/-1 counters on Devoted Druid to untap it and tap for G until it dies
  • Repeat for green mana

There was not many new pieces up until Amonkhet where Vizier of Remedies was printed. With another set which had an ability mechanic revolving around -1/-1 counters it found an effective counterpart. With Vizier of Remedies replacement effect the cost to untap Devoted Druid became free.This combo saw some effective play in modern to sink infinite mana into Duskwatch Recruiter and kill with Rhonas the Indomitable. Every piece was within range to hit with Collected Company and became quite the deck for awhile. It was a couple of years later that we started getting all sorts of pieces.

There was not many new pieces up until Amonkhet where Vizier of Remedies was printed. With another set which had an ability mechanic revolving around -1/-1 counters it found an effective counterpart.

Vizier of Remedies replacement effect the cost to untap Devoted Druid becomes free. In case you need instructions it’s tap for G then untap for nothing, repeat for infinite green mana.

This combo saw some effective play in modern to sink infinite mana into Duskwatch Recruiter and kill with Rhonas the Indomitable. Every piece was within range to hit with Collected Company and became quite the deck for awhile. It was a couple of years later that we started getting all sorts of pieces.

The next card was actually shown first as a Mystery Booster test card Enchantmentize. With One With The Stars enchanting Devoted Druid it was no longer a creature but still kept both it’s mana ability and it’s untap ability. Not being a creature anymore means it doesn’t have a power or toughness and will not be able to die from State-Based Actions. This became increasingly common as an effect and with each new card doing so gives Devoted Druid another infinite combo in the same vein, so let’s run through it.

Card Name: Enchantmentize. Mana Cost: {3}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Enchant creature or enchantmentEnchanted permanent is an enchantment and loses all other card types. (It still has its abilities, but it's no longer a creature.)
Card Name: One with the Stars. Mana Cost: {3}{U}. Card Oracle Text: Enchant creature or enchantmentEnchanted permanent is an enchantment and loses all other card types. (It still has its abilities, but it's no longer a creature.)
  • Devoted Druid on board
  • Enchant Devoted Druid with One with the Stars
  • Tap Devoted Druid for G
  • Put -1/-1 counters on Devoted Druid to untap it
  • Tap Devoted Druid for G and repeat for infinite green mana

We’ll repeat the same syntax for the the following which is removing the limitation of being a creature both by not being effected by the -1/-1 counters and being free of summoning sickness. Rather than going over how to tap and untap let’s go over some of the benefits of each of the next cards.

Myrkul, Lord of Bones works as a Commander homer for Devoted Druid. It creates an enchantment token when it dies which is easy because it can add the -1/-1 counters to kill itself. Once on board it’s difficult to stop short of a Stifle on Myrkul.

Swift Reconfiguration is the lowest cost combo piece for Devoted Druid. With Flash it can become an unexpected infinite mana play. Also great as a pseudo removal piece.

Captain Rex Nebula may not fit easy for colours and is only temporary but it is easy to repeat the attempt again if disrupted, unlike if you lost one of the aura cards for instance.

Machine God’s Effigy is a clone effect that remains an artifact. You get to keep Devoted Druid while gaining an artifact that taps for either infinite blue or green.

Card Name: Myrkul, Lord of Bones. Mana Cost: {4}{W}{B}{G}. Card Oracle Text: As long as your life total is less than or equal to half your starting life total, Myrkul, Lord of Bones has indestructible.Whenever another nontoken creature you control dies, you may exile it. If you do, create a token that's a copy of that card, except it's an enchantment and loses all other card types.. Power/Toughness: 7/5
Card Name: Swift Reconfiguration. Mana Cost: {W}. Card Oracle Text: FlashEnchant creature or VehicleEnchanted permanent is a Vehicle artifact with crew 5 and it loses all other card types. (It's not a creature unless it's crewed.)
Card Name: Captain Rex Nebula. Mana Cost: {1}{R}{W}. Card Oracle Text: At the beginning of combat on your turn, choose target nonland permanent you control. Until end of turn, it becomes a Vehicle artifact with base power and toughness each equal to its mana value, and it gains crew 2 and
Card Name: Machine God's Effigy. Mana Cost: {4}. Card Oracle Text: You may have Machine God's Effigy enter the battlefield as a copy of any creature on the battlefield, except it's an artifact and it has

So there’s definitely a few ways to get Devoted Druid to get you infinite green mana. Some are more temporary than others. Going back to removing the counters as an option for instance Tayam, Luminous Enigma has a lovely combo of using those counters and mana to mill your whole deck and recur every permanent 3 cost or lower. We just need to give Devoted Druid a little boost. It only needs +0/+2 technically but Tayam uses Giant Growth effects like Hashep Oasis or Seal of Strength. I personally like using Swords of X and Y such as Sword of Feast and Famine though so let’s do that.

Card Name: Tayam, Luminous Enigma. Mana Cost: {1}{W}{B}{G}. Card Oracle Text: Each other creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional vigilance counter on it.{3}, Remove three counters from among creatures you control: Mill three cards, then return a permanent card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to the battlefield.. Power/Toughness: 3/3
  • Devoted Druid equip with Sword of Feast and Famine
  • Tap Devoted Druid for G
  • Put -1/-1 counters on Devoted Druid to untap it
  • Repeat 3 times
  • Spend the 3 mana to activate Tayam
  • Mill 3, return a permanent with cost 3 or less to the battlefield
  • Repeatable to return your whole deck
  • Return win con?

Equipment feel more stable to me as you can equip again if needed. As is with the case of the New Capenna combo piece Luxior, Giada’s Gift. Another card that doesn’t require much instruction. When equip to Devoted Druid for each -1/-1 counter on it Luxior grants +1/+1 to effectively negate them. Of course removing Luxior will have the counters kill Devoted Druid but that can be said of the auras as well.

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The amount of ways to get infinite value from Devoted Druid goes on and on. Boosting it’s power, removing the counters, stopping it from being a creature, this is without going into copying the ability (sorry Necrotic Ooze maybe another time). Like other combos it boils down to the untap ability and it’s abuse. So let me know any thoughts on this combo, if you run it, if you like it, etc. Until next time go combo off and happy shuffling.

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The editor-in-chief and creator of Command Beacon. They started playing Magic during the Scars of Mirrodin block and hasn’t been able to stop since.

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