Ghitu Lavarunner


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Pauper EDH Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
Frontier Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Casual Legal
Unformat Legal
Pauper Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dominaria (DOM) Common

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Ghitu Lavarunner

Creature — Human Wizard

As long as there are two or more instant and/or sorcery cards in your graveyard, Ghitu Lavarunner gets +1/+0 and has haste.

Ghitu Lavarunner Discussion

eyes2sky on go down in flames... after your opponent

4 days ago

Wow...that'a a ton of burn spells! Have you though of Kiln Fiend ? Remove blockers with your targeted burn and this guys swinging in for 10 or more...might be a nice upgrade over Ghitu Lavarunner and I would def run 4x the Archer.

hollylight56 on Mono Red Burn

3 weeks ago

I would recommend 4 copies of Ghitu Lavarunner instead of the Spear Spewer . It gives you another set of wizards for Wizard's Lightning and can deal twice as much damage considering all your sorceries. Shock costs a third of the price of Direct Current , so you can fit it into your curve much easier, though you will lose that possible second casting.

hollylight56 on My Wife's Casual Red Deck

3 weeks ago

Looks good, I hope ya'll are enjoying Magic so far. Mono-red aggro decks seem perfect for someone starting out, and there are a couple cheap cards that would work pretty well. I personally recommend: Fanatical Firebrand , Ghitu Lavarunner , Shock , Lightning Strike , Viashino Pyromancer , and Skewer the Critics . Fun is the ultimate goal of any well-made game, and I hope that your wife finds some with magic.

SimplyG on Makin' Your Wizz Burn

1 month ago

If I may offer some suggestions. I have played UR Wizard Burn in Modern and currently have a Jeskai Wizards build with Naban, Dean of Iteration , an Izzet Wizard Deck with Adeliz, the Cinder Wind , and a spell slinger deck with Niv-Mizzet, Parun in standard. Each have their own similarities, but mostly play very, very differently. When I look at this list, I feel like you aren't focused enough on one particular area to be effective. You've got some pieces from one game plan and some pieces from other game plans. Consider the following ways you can go:

  • The first variation is a super aggro deck built around Adeliz. You throw down little, aggressive wizards like Siren Stormtamer , Ghitu Lavarunner , and Viashino Pyromancer and get some early damage in. Then, when the time is right, you slam Adeliz, attack with everyone, throw all your cheap burn spells at your opponent's face, and deal like 30 damage in a single turn. Adeliz needs such cheap wizards to go wide quickly and cheap spells to "storm off" with her, that I don't even include Wee Dragonauts and Aven Wind Mage in my deck because I feel like they are too expensive.

  • The second variation is a slower, burn them over time plan using cards like Guttersnipe , Goblin Electromancer , Electrostatic Field , Niv-Mizzet, and Murmuring Mystic . This build is essentially a counter-burn deck which controls the board state and slowly kills the opponent with incremental damage using the creatures above.

  • The third variation is built around Naban. I know you don't have Naban on this list, but have all of his best students: Merfolk Trickster , Viashino Pyromancer , and Exclusion Mage . This is a tempo deck where you gain value off of your wizards and blink them over and over again with Siren's Ruse or, if you're Jeskai, Justiciar's Portal .

  • Finally, this isn't a wizards build, but people keep mentioning them so I figured I should too, and that is a deck using Crackling Drake and Enigma Drake . Aside from having Goblin Electromancer , I don't think it really has anything to do with Wizards perse, but it does play similarly. I played the double drake deck when Ravnica first came out and I did so without Arclight Phoenix because I couldn't afford it. The goal of this deck is just to slam a Drake and make sure it survives while slowly powering it up. There are more tempoy builds which are more aggressive and slower, more control builds.

I hope this helps. Having a single strategy in mind really helps refine decks and give them a ton more consistency. Figure out what style of play you like best and I would hone in on that. Or you could be like me and just build them all! Wizards is my favorite tribe.

redstonebanana on Goblins Cavalcade of Calamity

1 month ago

I just wanted to say, small goblins only trigger cavalcade, and ones buffed by Trashmaster don't get the Cavalcade trigger, so you might want to consider adding smaller creatures for less mana, like Ghitu Lavarunner and Tin Street Dodger .

Boza on Turn 3 Win Decks?

1 month ago

t1: mountain, Ghitu Lavarunner . t2: mountain, Runaway Steam-Kin , attack. Opp at 19. T3: mountain, Cast Shock and 2 Skewer the Critics / Wizard's Lightning , opponent at 11. Attack with both for 6, opp at 5. Remove counters from steam-kin and cast any combination of 2 spells that add up to 5 damage or more (eg Shock and Lightning Strike ).

10 cards on t3 for 20 or more damage.

rdean14 on Brother, That Looks... Infected

2 months ago

This deck doesn't match up with burn. I tested it out, and it just kept having to trade pump spells for bolts, shocks, and was stuck taking a lot of damage, while paying a lot of life. Kitchen Finks would help a lot, as this deck often could get to lethal by turn 4, but wasn't quite surviving that long. The incidental life gain, and blocker will help against Monastery Swiftspear , Vexing Devil , Insolent Neonate , and Ghitu Lavarunner , among other quick red critters common in burn strategies.

This deck deals itself a lot of damage, and that's risky. Also, I find very few good draws, Incubation / Incongruity would help a whole lot, or Commune with Nature if you already have it. Odds that you get an infect creature in your top 12 is pretty good, and playing those odds seems better than having to mulligan until you get an infect creature.

This deck seems extremely linear, and, in my Rakdos burn deck, I'd just add Inquisition of Kozilek from the side board. The deck needs recursion, Evolution Charm seems the best option for that, given the third ability's evasion.

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Ghitu Lavarunner occurrence in decks from the last year


All decks: 0.04%


All decks: 0.31%

Red: 6.72%

Rakdos: 1.64%