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
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Commander Anthology Vol. II (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.

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Ghave, Guru of Spores Discussion

Kederekt on How to link combo

2 days ago

Ghave, Guru of Spores+Slimefoot, the Stowaway+Parallel Lives+Pitiless Plunderer Nope. That’s what I thought would happen. It links to the cards and not a combo page. Thanks anyway.


1 week ago

Ghave, Guru of Spores! I can’t believe he’s not in here yet.

If I could pick a second, it would be Doubling Season. I also can’t believe this one is missing, too.

ducttapedeckbox on Cuts in Budget Ghave

1 week ago

Hi all, I've settled on Ghave, Guru of Spores for my next EDH deck. I've gone with a generic tokens and +1/+1 counters good-stuff theme over tribal and avoided going infinite. My starting budget for cards I don't own is anything less than $5. I'm trying to make some cuts to get my down to 100 cards, so any input is appreciated!

Budget Ghave

Commander / EDH* ducttapedeckbox


landofMordor on FesterGully

1 week ago

Unfortunately, an activated ability is one that involves a colon, like this: Ghave, Guru of Spores. Your Faeries all have triggered abilities, that use "at", "whenever", and "when" to signal the trigger. So, in this version of the deck, NOoze has 0 possible abilities. Maybe try Nighthowler or Bonehoard instead for a similar flavor that will actually be effective?

Ghostshaman33 on Survival of the Fattest

2 weeks ago

Genesis Hydra comes to mind as a decent and budget way to utilize Your commander. Hardened Scales could be of value here, as well. Retribution of the Ancients is great for removal in a deck that produces mass counters but it’s not on color, have you considered putting someone like Ghave, Guru of Spores at the helm? I suggest this because for a counters matter deck he excels. Ive ran iterations of both and found ghave to be far more enjoyable in This kind of deck. Also, I second most of the choices the previous post made and Cyclonic Rift is an auto include for me in blue.

goldlion on Marchesa, the Black Rose EDH: Steal Yo Gurl!

3 weeks ago

Wow, Expropriate is wild! That'd go nicely in my Lazav, Dimir Mastermind deck. Definitely expensive though. I might prefer Insurrection in your deck, for the fact it needs creativity to permanently steal their creatures (I like that challenge) - but they are both nuts in there. I see what you mean about Razaketh, the Foulblooded, and the lag to play one of those other two after you search for them...

...If that's the win-con package, maybe some passive ramping could help? A couple examples of what I mean would be Pitiless Plunderer and Black Market. I run both those in my Ghave, Guru of Spores to great effect. A Ruthless Knave, rather than the plunderer, offers a sac engine while creating two treasure tokens. Not efficient enough for this deck I think, but more for inspiration :). He offers a mana sink if you find yourself with extra mana in the first 5-6 turns and helps you position yourself for 1 big turn.

Maybe, after playing this version a bit, swapping your high cmc for Grave Betrayal and some one sided board wipes like Plague Wind could be an interesting take to try out?

I put an Unspeakable Symbol in mine as well. Seems like it was made for her, taking your life below your opponents while putting on the counters. I dream of having it out in this "Steal Yo Gurl!" style, with a Champion of Stray Souls on the battlefield. If the sequencing and mana could work... Value town.

In regards to the version I'm working on: We have a lower level player in our playgroup who doesn't quite have the cards or the know-how for stronger deck building. I wanted to make something less powerful than Kresh and Ghave, for playing him while still enjoying myself. Madness is a really fun mechanic I'm building around with a lot of trigger opportunities through the draw, discard to cast, and different recursion. Such great value, just not the power. Madness fits naturally with the Innistrad vampires that get +1/+1 counters for dealing damage. Great synergy with Marchesa and it's letting me play interesting cards, including some sweet old commons, that I probably wouldn't play otherwise (ex: Bog Witch). Cards like Archfiend of Ifnir and Squee, Goblin Nabob become elite. I'll let you know when a version is online.

One jankyish build I was thinking for Marchesa: If I can find a more ways in her colours to put +1/+1 counters on creatures, I could run Highway Robber type cards with Blood Artist triggers.

goldlion on Google Ghave, Search Engine of Doom *Help Wanted*

3 weeks ago

Ohhh, yes! Settle the Wreckage, so cheap for an instant wipe because it can have a strong upside for the opponent - but not with the search engine of doom in action! Excellent call Nrdman, that'll be a great addition.

Heliogabale, good tip on Teferi's Protection! That'll definitely go on the one-day-list for when/if I feel it's time to spend the $ to tune this deck up another level. It'd be a great card to have anyway, and I think it's strength would really shine here with the combo pieces all in play. For example, with Ob Nixilis out, if I have Avatar of Growth and Fertilid on the battlefield I can activate their ETB's again - in which case it'd be not just good for protection, but for re-triggering deck searches. Sweet!

I'm hoping for a little more perspective on Fanatical Devotion. I have it in my primary Ghave deck because I can pay 1 to turn a +1/+1 counter into a saproling, then use that as sac fodder to regenerate key creatures. I saw this as stronger than most aura/equipment options because I can protect any creature with it when necessary, with Ghave, Guru of Spores fueling it. Do you think it's worth keeping in, with that in mind?

Either way, the cards you mentioned will also be important additions. Thanks!

goldlion on Daedalus19876

3 weeks ago

Dear Mr Daedalus19876, Janklord Supreme,

I have a Janky deck with a fun win-con I'm working on and your help would be appreciated.

I'm using Ob Nixilis, Unshackled's abilities to make people search themselves to death. Ghave, Guru of Spores is being used as the front man and an enabler with his colours and sac abilities.

Google Ghave, the Unshackled Search Engine of Doom

Commander / EDH* goldlion


It's half built right now, but I think the core is there. It needs some filling out, maybe offering an interesting alternate win-con and side combos and some other ways to make it fun to play.

I appreciate a lot of your feedback I see on other people's decks and I hope this one's fresh focus might interest you and other talented deck builders you know.

Thanks for your time!

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