Ghave, Guru of Spores

Legality

Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Vintage Legal
Pauper Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
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.

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Ghave, Guru of Spores Discussion

SteelSentry on Anyone Else??

1 day ago

oops, I forgot to include the suggestion before posting :/

Based on your last paragraph, might I suggest looking at Ghave, Guru of Spores as a starting point? Your favorite cards you listed (and similar cards) are in his colors, and he's a good grindy commander that has the potential to just combo off when you get the chance. Most of the cards that make him broken are pretty cheap too, so it won't cost you an arm and a leg for a good deck.

DemonDragonJ on Does WotC Ever Purposely Withhold ...

4 days ago

Anyone who has played this game for any significant duration will know that it can be very expensive, which directly contradicts its main purpose of being fun and entertaining.

Typically, WotC will make an effort to ensure that this game remains affordable by reprinting expensive cards, but I cannot help but wonder if they occasionally deliberately do not reprint cards to keep them expensive, despite such a tactic being very unprofitable for them.

One of the best-known and most infamous examples of this idea is Damnation which because very expensive due to not being reprinted for so long, despite there being many excellent opportunities for it to be so (most notably From the Vault: Annihilation). Other examples are Rhystic Study and Privileged Position, both of which are far more expensive than they should be, in my mind. Also, WotC has never reprinted the "filter lands" from the Shadowmoor block in a normal set and reprinted the "shock lands" from Ravnica only once, despite those lands being some of the best in the game and always desired by fans, making them terribly expensive. Yet another example is that both Kalonian Hydra and Ghave, Guru of Spores were reprinted in Atraxa's deck in Commander 2016, but Archangel of Thune was not, despite the fact that she would have been perfect for that deck, not was she reprinted in From the Vault: Angels, where she also would have been perfect, but she was reprinted in Iconic Masters, however, so that is a rare instance of WotC actually reprinting an expensive card. They also did reprint both Doubling Season and Bitterblossom, but those cards are still far too expensive, so they definitely need further reprints, in my mind.

What does everyone else say about this? Do you believe that WotC ever deliberately withholds reprinting cards to keep them expensive?

K34 on Counters Count

1 week ago

Ghave, Guru of Spores might be a better commander for a 1/1 counter themed deck.

Joumba on There is Honor in Sacrifice

2 weeks ago

Concerning the older comment, I would cut out Iona, Shield of Emeria for Mycoloth ; shes very hard to cast, not so synergic with your deck and either very evil versus a mono coloured deck, or not that useful against multi-coloured ones.

Another card that would be awsome is Archangel of Thune. pretty bunkers if you can afford it. Also, it pairs into a infinite combo with Spike Feeder ;-()

Good luck! and btw, if you are curious, take a look at my EDH Mycomancy, a moist magic.. its a similar deck mate, based on Ghave, Guru of Spores.

DukeSteele on Mistress of the Forest (Infinite Enchantress)

1 month ago

Thank you tetsuothecat those some great suggestions, I think I'm going to switch to Ghave, Guru of Spores soon. Teneb and Anafenza have been largely irrelevant so far, and I often feel like I need chump blockers!

I've taken your advice on card suggestions, the only one i'm really not sure about is Monastery Mentor, but i'll give it a try :-)

LeBeerCat on Token Spellslinger list?

1 month ago

Ghave, Guru of Spores might be a choice for commander. gives you access to the colors that are strong token makers while making tokens, but it may take away the spellslinger side of the deck

enpc on Just Stay Dead: cEDH Edition

1 month ago

SFCD: I'm glad you like it. Saffi is one of those accidental combo commanders (like Ghave, Guru of Spores) so I figure why not just take it to its logical end point :P

As for the reason for the different deck lists - there are two main reasons. The first is that I own the main Just Stay Dead list as it is represented and that I don't have a few cards like Mox Diamond (in fact, mainly Mox Diamond), but some others like Lotus Petal/Fyndhorn Elves.

The other is that the play styles of the two are slightly different. The main list is slightly more synergistic, but slower. It has a few draw engines like Eidolon of Blossoms / Heart Warden + Gift of Immortality or Crucible of Worlds + Dryad Arbor + Skullclamp which this list has decided to drop either partially or in full in favour of cheaper card advantage to help dig for the combo faster. It has also dropped cards like Titania, Lotus Cobra and Nissa which are more land focused. Again, while they are good cards and all add value, they are not a direct line to combo and so where cut. The only exception is the addition of Aven Mindcensor who just does so much work in tutor heavy metas that he was given a slot.

The reason for starved rusalka is that it provides a creaure sac outlet on a creature. Creatures are easy to tutor (especially green ones) and being able to sacrifice stuff at will is super important, whether it's to protect a piece from exile or to get extra value from an Elvish Visionary or to assist a creature dying to Skullclamp (since Wall of Blossoms won't natively die from it), rusalka just adds value. And while Martyred Rusalka's ability is probably better, being green means she is GSZ tutorable and I can sink an entire Gaea's Cradle activation into it if I want. The other thing is that while you have to spend mana on her, as long as you have mana open she can do her thing, unlike High Market which is once a turn.

While she probably does more work in the other list (as I have stuff like Titania to recur and ther eis a janky combo that she forms), she is still worth a spot here.

I hope that gives you a bit of an idea behind the reasoning. I get that neither description talks about her (I will get around to redoing the primer one day) and she's a bit of a fringe choice. But please, I love when people question cards as it makes me have to think about why I run them, so I have no problems with others pointing out stuff they don't like.

Konglicker on SAC FO DAYZ. Looking for ...

1 month ago

I'm having a hard time choosing between Shattergang Brothers, Anowon, the Ruin Sage and Prossh, Skyraider of Kher. Ghave, Guru of Spores seems sick too...

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