Gatstaf Shepherd

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Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Custom Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Innistrad (ISD) Uncommon

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Gatstaf Shepherd

Creature — Human Werewolf

At the beginning of each upkeep, if no spells were cast last turn, transform Gatstaff Shepherd.

Gatstaf Shepherd Discussion

Akromathia on Werewolves are Cool

4 months ago

OK, let us see…

Land creature ratio:

  • Try 22 Lands instead of 20 (trust me on this).
  • 25 – 26 creatures are just fine.
  • 12 – 13 spells.
Note: These numbers are not written in stone, you can add more creatures, but usually you should not go under 24, for this deck strongly relies on critical creature mass. I tried to run a similar deck with 18 – 20 lands, and it did not work very well. 24 were just too much, so I went to 23 and 22 and found that there was not much difference so I kept 22.

Lands:

Creatures:

  • Daybreak Ranger  Flip good card, but usually better as sideboard, whenever you face tons of flyers or when in need for extra removal. I would replace the whole set with Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip, faster, cheaper (in both mana and dollars) and helps a lot to keep your hand and board full of wolves. Another budget replacement, could be Gatstaf Shepherd  Flip, same cmc, goes for like 20 cents the copy and has intimidate.
  • Geier Reach Bandit  Flip another pretty good card, but I would just main 2 copies, more than that is usually not great, and this opens space to great finishers like Kruin Outlaw  Flip.
  • You have a ton of “Lord Effects”, so Reckless Waif  Flip might be a good addition, since she has better body than Village Messenger  Flip. Maybe tun a mix of both? Also could replace some Bandits to make the deck more aggro.
  • Now about Silverfur Partisan . Most people think that you need a bunch of instants to cast on it yourself to justify its inclusion. WRONG! Even though that is a way to make it work, and even thought there a couple of cool combos with Zada, Hedron Grinder , it is not its main role. While in play, the partisan gives you a wolf for EVERY TARGETED WOLF OR WEREWOLF, which means that for every removal spell they cast on your creatures, you get a free replacement, which is great against some heavy removal decks. Remember that Werewolves have 3 main weak points, fliers, removal and mass removal. A great side board card.

Spells:

Hope this helps! Be kind and have fun.

TheDuggernaught on Werewolves

1 year ago

This is a good start! Probably much better than any decks I made when I was a new player! With that being said, I do have a few suggestions. First, I just want to to make sure that you want this to be an aggro deck that aims to win on turn 4-5. I ask because you have a few pieces in here that might lean more towards a midrange strategy in Kessig Wolf Run, Mondronen Shaman  Flip, Asceticism, Moonlight Hunt, and Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip. None of these cards really make you win fast because they have high mana costs or have abilities that cost a fair bit of mana to activate. Which is fine if you want to adjust your deck to fit more of a midrange strategy. You even maybe play a fair number of werewolves that tap for mana so you can tap Kessig Wolf Run for pretty massive swings.

I do however think that an aggro shell works better for werewolves. Some cards I might suggest are:

Aether Vial: not cheap, but works super good with werewolves since putting them into play does not count as a cast.

Instigator Gang  Flip: A little higher on the cmc, but can win games. He can pump those werewolves pretty fast.

Ulrich of the Krallenhorde  Flip: More of a midrange beat stick. But still good enough to mention.

Breakneck Rider  Flip: Another lord-esque effect. The trample is super good.

Reckless Waif  Flip: Another low to the ground creature to put pressure on your opponent early.

Lambholt Elder  Flip: An engine that can give you a lot of card draw when you start to run out of gas. Can also block some of the more popular creatures you might find in modern.

Lambholt Pacifist  Flip: A creature with an above average body for its mana cost -- even in human form. It can attack even in its human form if you have a Mayor of Avabruck  Flip in play or any other similar effect.

Kruin Outlaw  Flip: Gives werewolves evasion.

Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip: Another card that is more meant for midrange, but it is very good at what it does. This actually sees some modern play in various competitive decks.

Village Ironsmith  Flip: fragile body, but the first strike can make it difficult to deal with for your opponent via combat.

Hinterland Logger  Flip: Another fragile body, but the power with trample can normally get a point or two of damage through.

Hermit of the Natterknolls  Flip: Maybe more of a sideboard card against control, but it can also give you a lot of card draw.

Gatstaf Shepherd  Flip: Average body in human form. The intimidate gives it a little bit of evasion.

Kessig Forgemaster  Flip: Maybe more of a sideboard card, but would not be terrible in the main. Its ability will kill almost any creature your opponent tries to chump block it with.

Convicted Killer  Flip There are better options (like lambholt pacifist), but its 4/4 body is worth noting.

Collected Company: Also not cheap. But if you haven't noticed, almost all of the cards I just listed are 3cmc or below. The instant speed also allows you to not cast anything on your turn to get the transforms, and then just cast it on your opponent's turn to grab 2 creatures form the top 6 cards of your deck.

Lightning Bolt: Might be hard pressed to find any red aggro deck without at least some of these.

Holmhollow on War wolf

2 years ago

You could probably swap out the 2 Executioner's Hood, 4 Gatstaf Shepherd  Flip and 1 or 2 Full Moon's Rise. Neglected Heirloom  Flip is a really cool card for Werewolves but I wouldn't run a playset since it doesn't do much on its own.

bioplay on Werewolves of the LGS

2 years ago

I don't understand how your deck is anywhere close to hyper aggressive when you run more 4-drops that any other CMC. The deck I'm describing would have its highest density at 3 drops. It could viably have 5 transformed Werewolves on the board by turn 5.

Okay, I tend to comment before I look at the deck--Rubblebelt Maaka and Ghor-Clan Rampager are 4-drops that are actually 1- and 2-drops respectively. Essentially you only have six 4-drops. Nevertheless, I stand by a lot of what I said. Gatstaf Shepherd, Afflicted Deserter  Flip, Lambholt Pacifist  Flip, and Hanweir Watchkeep  Flip could be replaced by MB Mayor of Avabruck  Flips, Village Messenger  Flips, and Reckless Waif  Flips, adding to your 1 and 2-drop density. There is no reason to not run 4 Mayors in this deck. I'm still gonna say Neglected Heirloom  Flip is slow. I'm still gonna say Arena is bad cuz it doesn't tap for mana and it takes up a land drop, and its three mana for Prey Upon. Granted, it's repeatable, but if it's hyper aggressive, as you claim, it should win before it gets to the point where it needs to use Arena. You could still run Moonlight Hunt in its stead, which doesn't risk trading your own creatures and only costs 2 mana, for the tradeoff of not being repeatable (still better for an aggro deck). Also, cut Descendants' Path--that above all else is a much more tempo card. That could be replaced by Moonmist, which force-transforms all your WWs at instant speed for 2 mana. I don't know how your deck plays, but I get a strong feeling I still have some very relevant suggestions. It's your deck, do what you want with it, but I have seen a Werewolves deck with most of the cards I played. Granted it's not "hyper aggressive", but its board presence becomes very overwhelming very quickly and can definitely crank out wins on turn 4.

bioplay on Werewolves of the LGS

2 years ago

Not to be rude, but this is a weak Werewolves deck. The primary issue is your choice of Werewolves. They are many much stronger Werewolves to run. Here's what I suggest:

Mayor of Avabruck  Flip--A 2-mana lord for all your dayside WWs that flips to a 3/3 lord for all WWs regardless of side. And he makes 3/3 tokens every turn.

Instigator Gang  Flip--This guy should be at the top of your curve, being 4 CMC, but he is well worth it. 2/3 with static battle cry that flips into a 5/5 trample with triple static battle cry. (I notice him and Mayor are SB. Why? They should definitely be MB, being stronger than most of your MB WWs.)

Reckless Waif  Flip and Village Messenger  Flip--Your prime 1-drops. A 1/1 vanilla and a 1/1 haste that transform into a 3/2 vanilla and a 2/2 menace, respectively.

Immerwolf--A 3-mana 2/2 intimidate lord for all your creatures that stops nightside WWs from flipping back. This is a real punisher with Vildin-Pack Alpha  Flip: all your WWs come in flipped and don't flip back.

Moonmist--The best combat trick you could ever put in your deck. A one-sided Fog that also flips all your dayside WWs?! And for 2 mana?!

Moonlight Hunt--The best spot removal you could ever put in your deck. As long as you have enough creatures (doesn't care dayside or nightside), this will kill anything your opponent has that's not hexproof or indestructible.

What I would recommend taking out:

Afflicted Deserter  Flip--SB material at best, and you'd be better off just running Ancient Grudge or Naturalize in its place.

Gatstaf Shepherd--He's not bad, but you'd always rather see a Mayor or a Duskwatch Recruiter  Flip.

Hanweir Watchkeep  Flip--Every 3-drop you will play is better than this guy.

Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip--Don't get me wrong, Huntmaster is good. But the best strategy with him is something that flips him every turn. With you, best strategy is to get WWs on the field, flip 'em and keep 'em flipped. If you really want, you can still run him, but after he flips, he's just a 4/4 with trample that can be buffed by your lords--pretty good, but he takes up room that other cards could.

Lambholt Pacifist  Flip--Same as Gatstaf Shepherd.

Rubblebelt Maaka, Slaughterhorn, and Wasteland Viper--Bloodrush is certainly good and it plays well with the deck, but Ghor-Clan Rampager is the only one good enough to see play here (who should be a 3- or 4-of btw). If you lose all your WWs and have to play these guys, you lost a lot of potency, since your lords don't buff any of these creatures. Wasteland Viper is maybe the only other one that could maybe also see play, but SB please. He only comes in against decks that somehow produce bigger creatures than you.

Arena--Why? This doesn't even tap for mana. More dual lands or Kessig Wolf Run, please.

Hanweir Battlements--Not worth paying the two extra mana for a deck that should already be very fast. It's not horrible I guess. If you want to play it, I would say keep it at 1-of only.

Blood Moon--This doesn't help your strategy (even your combat tricks are WW-themed!) and should therefore only be SB.

Neglected Heirloom  Flip--Nope. This only slows you down. The big bonus when flipped comes at the cost of a lot of mana, because the creature it's on immediately becomes removal-bait.

Garruk Relentless  Flip--He doesn't really do anything for you except make Wolves, which you have Arlinn Kord  Flip for. He's not horrible, you'd probably just rather run more WWs, another Arlinn, or Domri Rade MB.

Descendants' Path--This card is good in this deck, but you'd probably rather have more Collected Company or AEther Vial.

As far as your SB goes, I would recommend:

Ancient Grudge or Naturalize--As mentioned previously.

Full Moon's Rise--I see its there; YOU WANT MOAR. It stops all forms of wrath except for Merciless Eviction, Mutilate, and Terminus effects.

Blood Moon--Previous comments have explained why this card wrecks face in Modern. Gotta be careful with this though--you have a lot of nonbasics yourself.

Silverfur Partisan--He is good. However, you don't use a ton of spells yourself, so you'd rather side him against Control decks with a lot of spot removal--they either kill him first, or if they try to deal with your threats, you at least get an army of buffable tokens.

Witchstalker--I don't know Modern meta that well, but this guy is a 3/3 hexproof that is buffable by your lords and punishes opponents for instant-speed shenanigans.

The rest are ideas based on color hate:

Skylasher

Autumn's Veil

Display of Dominance

Great Sable Stag

Mistcutter Hydra

Mold Adder

Mindsparker

Ricochet Trap

And Savage Summoning is pretty good too.

Sorry, I'm not trying to put you down, I'm just trying to help you improve your deck to a competitive level. I hope this was helpful and not hurtful. :)

TheBlueEnigma on Awoooo!! :)

3 years ago

Instigator Gang  Flip, Lambholt Pacifist  Flip, Village Ironsmith  Flip, Gatstaf Shepherd  Flip, Reckless Waif  Flip, Wolfbitten Captive  Flip, and Full Moon's Rise are some I run in my werepuppy deck. Also Cavern of Souls is a must for any tribal deck, and I find myself partial to Copperline Gorge and Karplusan Forest.

landstalker10 on Huntmaster's Wolf Pack

3 years ago

Scorned Villager  Flip I take it this cards' main purpose is for Wolfbitten Captive  Flip.

Round two you have better drops, Round two you need to be swinging or building pressure. You already lose a round at some point basically Transforming, either by not casting or with Moonmist. So you need a 1 drop dork or something to apply pressure.

Alternatives, any 1 drop mana dork.

Slightly better Alternative Zhur-Taa Druid

Much better Alternatives Gatstaf Shepherd  Flip or Young Wolf I am leaning on the wolf.

Oh and I woulld mention a 1 sidebar Daybreak Ranger  Flip I always found usefull.

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