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|2012 Core Set (M12)||Common|
|2011 Core Set (M11)||Common|
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Creature — Beast
Trample (If this creature would assign enough damage to its blockers to destroy them, you may have it assign the rest of its damage to defending player or planeswalker.)
Garruk's Companion Discussion
1 week ago
While you are right that Gut Shot is less impactful than most of the board, it's not strictly worse than Dismember since it allows you to curve out while still having some interaction vs opponents that are playing important utility creatures like mana dorks. Can make a world of difference in certain match-ups like elves or sometimes vs affinity. I was turned on to the card by someone else (some pro player/streamer back a year or two ago). I was never a big fan of the card prior to that. But, yea, cards that allow you to still use all your mana AND curve out while still disrupting the opponent work exceptionally well in decks like stompy or little zoo, etc. The random reach is just icing.
However, I do agree with you that it's probably the least impactful (certainly least sexy) of the cards in the board I used up above. I've noticed the meta (both local and online) is quite different than when I last played a lot back in 2016-ish and I haven't been getting as much use out of the card as I once did. I actually don't have it in my paper deck atm. It is replaced by a Prey Upon , but that is only because I do not have a 3rd Dismember. A lot of this is due to how often I run into UR Phoenix and specifically Thing in the Ice Flip.
Thanks for the suggestions. I mentioned Garruk's Companion in the description. I see why some people run it in the super aggressive versions but I feel the extra health on Tusker, esp for evolving Experiment One's but also just for allowing me to attack into more creatures and working better when you have Rancor on the card just makes it a more effective creature overall. I do see why some people still like and run the card, though.
Although I have not mentioned much here, you will see that just the other day I discussed many of your points/suggestions on this deck's comments section - Lushy bushy (as well as a few other points). I also discussed some of these same points with this deck's author - Big Green Daddies.
The ones I don't mention, from Nettle Sentinel down, I believe are not impactful enough to be run in a competitive Stompy list atm. Similar cards would be Prowling Serpopard , Great Sable Stag , Witchstalker , etc. (although these are all 3-mana examples). I believe the modern green Stompy list is just too tight to include cards like that anymore, esp now that Dryad Militant is almost required and we're gonna want at least 2 (probably 3, or even 4 for some people) Collector Ouphe in the board.
Thank you for your comment!
2 weeks ago
Also some notes for possible upgrades that should be pretty cheap anyways.
Ghalta, Primal Hunger as a 2 of will almost always be a 12/12 for 2, and even if it's not it can still easily be a 3 drop.
This isn't really an upgrade, but I would run Garruk's Companion instead of Kalonian Tusker . I'd put it up to preference but the trample you get in exchange for that 1 toughness cut is pretty powerful and can help get some extra damage.
Another card to possibly consider is Nettle Sentinel . While you have to play a green spell to untap it, I think it would possibly run very well in this deck.
Skylasher would be a good sideboard card imo as it's a value creature on it's own.
2 weeks ago
pokejerk20 May I ask why you think that?
Here is why I don't think that's the case. If your arguing for a higher one drop density I don't agree as a major strength of the deck is the ability of it's one drops to grow as the game goes on. If you replace Garruk's Companion then you greatly reduce the chance of your one drops becoming 3/3's at all, let alone on T3.
If you're arguing for the potential bonus in stats that Hexdrinker brings to the table I still don't like it. If you cast your Garruk's Companion T2 you can follow up the next turn with potentially 3 mana available to help in killing the opponent. Now with Hexdrinker you can cast it T1 or T2. Either way, best case is by T3 you have a 4/4, maybe 1 other creature in play, potentially one free mana. All this assuming your opponent doesn't kill the Hexdrinker on the 3rd activation.
And let's face it, if it reaches level 8 your dead anyway.
For these reasons I will be keeping my list as is.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, I'd love to hear your opinion.
2 weeks ago
Btw, I wanted to mention that I traditionally had always liked using more 3-drops in my deck. I always had 4 Baloth, and even after Champion was printed I still liked to keep 1-2 in the deck along with usually 1 other 3-drop like Dungrove Elder. Then, when I recently got back into the game and playing stompy, I even played around with a 1 Rhonas + 2-3 Ghalta build. The move to a more low-down, even more aggressive list took place recently after noticing a few things.
I was looking for successful stompy lists on mtgtop8 (there usually aren't too many) and the only recent list was this one, which actually won the 46-player Hareruya event - https://www.mtgtop8.com/event?e=21669&d=345568&f=MO. I was surprised to see him running good-ol' Giant Growth over Vines and 3 Garruk's Companion instead of Scooze (along with the full 4 Kalonian Tusker ). The sideboard is short+sweet and it's obvious he was just going for full-on aggression. I figured a deck like that can get a lot of free wins when the opponent stumbles just the slightest at the start.
Then, while looking on this website I came across this list ( Big Green Daddies ) and that's when I decided to lower the curve a bit to see how it worked. I have to say that so far it does seem better (for me). You should def give it a try once/if you start playing in a larger meta. Personally, I am even gonna give that hyper-aggressive version (the Japanese one) a shot next week just to see what happens, haha.
2 months ago
10 months ago
Also, this is more personal preference but Garruk's Companion, is sometimes seen as a better sub for Kalonian Tusker since it has trample and only 1 less toughness. So in mid/late game when you get your buff spells, you can slap them on companion and it will trample.
1 year ago
If your going for a devotion type build having more mana symbols as early as possible would be good. So cards like Garruk's Companion, Strangleroot Geist, and Steel Leaf Champion could all work really well in here.
1 year ago
Like many green decks I see, this one has the problem of being pulled in too many different directions. Cards like Garruk's Companion, Rancor, and Leatherback Baloth hint at a very aggressive stompy strategy. Nissa, Voice of Zendikar, Essence Warden and the Wild Beastmaster + Elder of Laurels combo would be better in a dedicated go-wide token deck. Llanowar Elves, Wild Growth, Primeval Titan, and Elderscale Wurm fit better in pure ramp. I would dedicate more resources to a single one of these strategies, maybe having a second as support. This will improve synergy and consistency by lessening the chance of drawing cards that don't work optimally together. For example, if you have some 7 drop bombs in hand, you'd much rather draw Wild Growth than Boar Umbra, and the reverse would be true if you had a hand of cheap beaters.
Some cards I'd recommend for stompy are Steel Leaf Champion, Dryad Militant, Experiment One, and Strangleroot Geist. Some cards for tokens are Parallel Lives, Mycoloth, Centaur's Herald, and Call the Scions. Cards for ramp include Arbor Elf, Voyaging Satyr, Garruk Wildspeaker, and Genesis Wave. And since you're mono, Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx will almost always be great.
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