Ghave, Guru of Spores


Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology 2018 (CM2) Mythic Rare
Commander 2016 (C16) Mythic Rare
MTG: Commander (CMD) Mythic Rare

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Ghave, Guru of Spores

Legendary Creature — Fungus Shaman

Ghave, Guru of Spores enters the battlefield with five +1/+1 counters on it.

, Remove a +1/+1 counter from a creature you control: Create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.

, Sacrifice a creature: Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

Ghave, Guru of Spores Discussion

ZendikariWol on Strong Non-Infinite builds

4 days ago

Okay. Well with control and aristocrats I can do some work.

Okay so for aristocrats, Meren of Clan Nel Toth is obviously the “tierest” of them all. But for more casual folks like me there are good options too. Queen Marchesa , Sedris, the Traitor King , Prossh, Skyraider of Kher , Sek'Kuar, Deathkeeper , Karador, Ghost Chieftain , Ghave, Guru of Spores , some other guy + Ravos, Soultender (my pick goes to Reyhan, Last of the Abzan ), and as was pointed out prior, Teysa Karlov (along with the many other good aristocrat legends in those colors- my Teysa deck runs 7 potential commanders), but if you want something a lil more out there, Judith, the Scourge Diva , Shirei, Shizo's Caretaker , or a few listed up there (especially the grixis picks) will do ya well.

Now for control? I play this deck with Karlov of the Ghost Council that SLAPS- it basically just puts “drops in the bucket”, casting a bunch of permanents that gain consistent, small bundles of life, and basically exiles anything of consequence that an opponent plays.

Sedris, the Traitor King could actually be a really fun sort of “2-for-1.deck”, focusing on getting a lot of value out of the cards in your grave? Good blockers with death triggers that you can recur, flashback spells, self-mill? Though I suppose that could be said for a few of the above aristocrat generals...

Maybe an aristocrat deck that focuses on wasting enemies’ resources until they peter out? Seems kinda fun in Abzan, Grixis, ... maybe a four-color combo?

DemonDragonJ on How Do Doubling Season, Master ...

3 weeks ago

If a player controls a Doubling Season and a Master Biomancer and then summons Ghave, Guru of Spores , how many +1/+1 counters will Ghave have? I presume that it shall have 14, since it normally would have five from itself and two from the biomancer, for a total of 7, and 7 doubled is 14.

multimedia on Too much? 4-color Smorgasbord

1 month ago

Hey, keep it simple? There's really no reason on a budget to go over the top playing four colors. All this is doing is making the manabase really bad; when for the same amount of funds you spent on a four color manabase you could have a much better two color manabase.

If you want to play casual budget aristocrats I suggest playing two color Orzhov Teysa Karlov with Reveillark and Skullclamp . Another option is three color Abzan Ghave, Guru of Spores with Reveillark and Skullclamp if you want to play green with Teysa. Either of these decks can be budget; deck costs can range from a little less than $100-$200 or more. There's many good expensive price upgrades to make later on. Playing only two colors you can use funds that you would otherwise have to use on dual lands if playing a three or four color deck to instead get other powerful cards such as Skullclamp.

Don't really need red for budget aristocrats. For what red gives you is not worth making the manabase that much worse. Sure red has some good cards, but they're not vital to the strategy if playing Teysa. It's not advisable to try to play four colors with a low budget. A playable four color manabase is going to take too much of the total budget to make. Three colors is already going to be difficult to make. Most likely requiring that one of the colors be a splash.

Woiteck on Haven't played in 10 yrs. ...

1 month ago

With Ghave, Guru of Spores you wouldn’t need to drop anything and it offers you plenty of ways to go. Very fun and strong Commander (speaking as someone who often plays against it).

Last_Laugh on Little Rey of Ishine (Reyhan/Ishai 2.77 cmc)

1 month ago

Ok, made a few changes.

Out: Tymna, Walking Ballista, Worldly Tutor, and Abzan Battle Priest.

In Viscera Seer , Ghave, Guru of Spores , Ayli, Eternal Pilgrim , and Eladamri's Call .

Raised my avg cmc. to 2.86 which I'm still happy with.

AkaAkuma on Little Rey of Ishine (Reyhan/Ishai 2.77 cmc)

1 month ago

I personally run 34 lands with a cmc of 3.64, but sometimes have a game I wished i included one more. You have a few more rocks and dorks in your deck, so perhaps 34 is fine. But the cmc is a bit deceiving, I think your creature cmc cuts around 4, but the tutors and cheap removal you run holds it low.

On cuts, I think your deck looks in a good shape. Just quite spread with good stuff. You perhaps can narrow your focus down some more towards your wincons, especially since you run so much tutors.

E.g. Abzan Battle Priest is a good herald, but lifelink adds nothing to your strategy apart from survival.

Bastion Protector even does a double job here. It's great! But you could've also played e.g. Myth Unbound , Asceticism or Herald of War . I mean show em we don't care about their removal!

How often do you play Necropolis Regent over other stuff? She's good, but I'd probably played something else for 6. You already adopted my Rite of Replication plan, Mirror Mockery does nearly the same thing on Reyhan attacks.

Is Tymna the Weaver the optimal choice for card draw here? It's not that you run bleed effects.

And perhaps you could cut on Nature's Lore for Meren of Clan Nel Toth so you can recur the tribe elder or paradise bird.

I play Cathars' Crusade because i can make some tokens off Chasm Skulker , Mycoloth or Ghave, Guru of Spores and clones. But this does not apply to you so much. I'd cut it.

VietMoneys on The Further Proliferation of Terrible Ideas

1 month ago

Hey Mr.Hight! Toothy is a bit slow and conditional for a deck that doesn't reliably sacrifice anything (though it would be perfect in my imagined supersac version of this deck hosting Ghave, Guru of Spores , Reyhan, Last of the Abzan , etc.). Pir on the other hand I've definitely thought about. It's hard to judge against some of the other counter-increasing effects. I really like that he would add a counter to Walkers and Astral Cornucopia, but he's an extra mana over Winding Constrictor. Less mana than Corpsejack Menace and more versatile, but only adds one instead of doubling. Sigh... I want to play 200-card commander...

chirz2792 on Your Most Complex/Expensive InfiCombos/Game-Ending Synergies

1 month ago

I recently put together a Ghave, Guru of Spores abzan lands matter list and I discovered that if you have Retreat to Kazandu / Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest , Squandered Resources , Life and Limb , and Ghave on the board you can get infinite landfall triggers. Activate Ghave creating a saproling, the saproling enters as a land because of Life and Limb , which triggers landfall on Retreat to Kazandu putting a +1/+1 counter on Ghave. Then sac the saproland to Squandered Resources for a , which you use to activate Ghave again. If you have Lotus Cobra it also nets you infinite mana.

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