Garruk, Apex Predator

Garruk, Apex Predator

Planeswalker — Garruk

+1: Destroy another target planeswalker.

+1: Create a 3/3 black Beast creature token with deathtouch.

-3: Destroy target creature. You gain life equal to its toughness.

-8: Target opponent gets an emblem with "Whenever a creature attacks you, it gets +5/+5 and gains trample until end of turn."

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Set Rarity
War of the Spark: Mythic Edition (WARMED) Mythic Rare
Magic 2015 (M15) Mythic Rare
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Format Legality
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Vintage Legal
Limited Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Modern Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Leviathan Legal
Pioneer Legal
Block Constructed Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Legacy Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Highlander Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal

Garruk, Apex Predator Discussion

DeinoStinkus on Vincent, Jarl of Fjalir

2 months ago

Oooooooh, that's broken. Doubling damage already has so many cards that its not completely necessary to add another. But if you increase the mana cost it should be fine. Increase it by two.

Also, you basically compacted the abilities of Saskia the Unyielding, Gideon of the Trials, and Garruk, Apex Predator.

Neotrup on Responding to a Planeswalker who …

2 months ago

Planeswalker abilities (be them plus abilities, minus abilities, or ultimates) can be responded to with things that affect abilities. As other's mentioned, destroying the source of the ability won't stop the ability, but countering the ability with something like Stifle will, as will making the target illegal (responding to Garruk, Apex Predator's ultimate with Gilded Light), or even ending the turn with Discontinuity.

Caerwyn on Can You add a Plainswalker …

11 months ago

This will work with Estrid's +2.

To start, Loyalty Abilities are activated abilities. Like all activated abilities, you pay a cost as part of putting the ability on the stack. In the case of a Loyalty Ability, that cost is adding or removing loyalty counters from the planeswalker.

Estrid's first ability does not target, so you can pay the cost (adding 2 loyalty) and put the ability on the stack, regardless of whether that ability is going to have an effect or not. The ability resolves, and nothing happens, but that's irrelevant to your question--by that point the loyalty has already been put on Estrid.

Notably, however, this will not work if the planeswalker ability requires a target AND there are no legal targets for that ability--you cannot activate a targeted ability (and thus cannot pay the cost of gaining loyalty), unless you are able to satisfy the targeting requirements.

In practice, however, that's not going to be a big deal--Wizards went out of its way to ensure the + loyalty abilities will almost always have a sufficient number of valid targets. This is done in four ways:

  1. The + loyalty ability will say something like "Up to one target" meaning you can choose 0 targets. This allows you to activate the loyalty ability with 0 targets, so you can still "pay" the cost of adding loyalty to your walker. Example: Huatli, Dinosaur Knight .

  2. The planeswalker's ability will always have a target because it can target itself. Example: Ajani Vengeant .

  3. The planeswalker might not be able to activate one of its + loyalty abilities due to lack of valid targets, but will have a second + loyalty ability that can be activated in the absence of targets. Example: Garruk, Apex Predator

  4. The target of the loyalty ability will be an opponent, since you'll always have an opponent. Example: Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver .

So, the only situation where a player can't activate at least one + loyalty ability is going to involve a loyalty ability that requires a target and a complex boardstate rendering all those targets unavailable. For example, if Leyline of Sanctity gives your opponent hexproof, you will not be able to activate Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver 's +2 ability due to a lack of valid targets.

Monitor on Fuel for Kresh's Cause [PRIMER]

1 year ago

I'm really liking the focus you have here -- duplicate effects for Grave Pact / Dictate of Erebos and the trifecta of Doubling Season , Primal Vigor , and Parallel Lives is great redundancy. In my build I went less redundancy (apart from both Primal Vigor and Doubling Season included) and more card draw, through Fecundity and Smothering Abomination .

My thoughts on your most recent change log: Tana is a valid cut for you, I think. I'm able to get her out on Turn 3 every now and then, turn 2 once so far, and turn 4 almost every game, so there is almost 100% chance someone is getting hit with her. If everyone gets their board state up quick, then she sits back and waits until Reyhan can dump counters on her head or I can give her fear/pump. I'm almost 100% of the time okay trading her into a ton of saprolings after a Kessig Wolf Run pump to kick start my token engines.

Your whole manabase I actually envy, mine has proven to not always give me the red I need so I'm looking at tweaking it a bit here soon.

Yahenni, Undying Partisan is an interesting take-out, he's on my testing list, I think. Gift of Doom looks great, I look forward to hearing out it hold up in testing. Looking elsewhere there isn't much else that would come out instead of Yahenni, Undying Partisan , though, so I think that's the right cut.

Let's be real, Garruk, Apex Predator is a house. I run him in my Vraska Oathbreaker.

I'm gonna be interested to hear how Mana Crypt plays out -- 3 life is not insignificant when it ticks every turn, but I bet the speed really makes up for it. I dislike durdling in my builds when I can help it, so don't run Chromatic Lantern in my current build.

As always, a great source of inspiration here, for sure.

time_master on The oathbreaker commander ideas forum

1 year ago

Garruk, Apex Predator best planswalker for oathbreaker. that plus one loyalty is the best

TypicalTimmy on Oathbreaker Discussion Thread

1 year ago

LittleBlueHero, it is in my completely non-professional opinion that Garruk, Apex Predator is among the strongest of Oathbreaker possible as he literally has a +1 to destroy other Planeswalkers. He also builds deadly walls between himself and your opponent, gets you life, and makes all of your creatures basically win conditions. And since he is in Golgari, you have access to some of the nastiest tricks in the game. Effectively, if built right, you can have two libraries (Graveyard synergy).

Partner him up with something powerful like Assassin's Trophy and you have yourself an incredible force.

Having said that, all of the others seem great in their own right if built around. But I think GAP is the most competitive of them.

TypicalTimmy on Vraska, Breaker of Oaths

1 year ago

Although may I make an honest suggestion?

You are already building in ramp. And you need a Golgari Oathbreaker.

Might I suggest instead Garruk, Apex Predator ? You'd be able to cast him, albeit a turn behind, because he is just mana more. Then, you have access to arguably the most powerful Oathbreaker as his +1 is literally to destroy another Planeswalker. If your opponent doesn't run enough removal, you have constant access to 1-shot kills. Then, if your opponent gets a bit too far ahead in life you always have access to his emblem.

Not to mention if you pair him with Cryptolith Rite , his second +1 nets you dorks.

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