Gristleback

Legality

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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Set Rarity
Guildpact (GPT) Uncommon

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Gristleback

Creature — Boar Beast

Bloodthirst 1 (If an opponent was dealt damage this turn, this creature enters the battlefield with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

Sacrifice Gristleback: You gain life equal to Gristleback's power.

Gristleback Discussion

lagotripha on

1 year ago

Servant of the Scale/Simic Initiate? Sits a little better with the hardened scales plan in my testing, but still solid.

That said, this deck is a lot more midrangey than my brews. I'd honestly feel worried playing it without a stronger disruption/lifegain package. Perhaps Gristleback/Aven Riftwatcher and maindeck Scavenging Ooze/Spike Feeder

Araignee on God ham-it!

1 year ago

I was wondering: if you cast Boar Umbra on Gristleback, can you choose to sacrifice him to gain 5-6 life (depending on if he had the bloodthirst counter or not? Because "destroyed" does not mean "sacrifice"?

Lame_Duck on This Little Piggy Went to War

2 years ago

Despite appearances, Gristleback actually is a Boar. It was printed as a Beast but creature subtypes are something that get changed from time to time, so it's now a Boar Beast for some reason.

divinagon on This Little Piggy Went to War

2 years ago

Interesting idea, but you do realize that Gristleback isn't a boar, but a beast. That puts your boar creature count at 16.

lagotripha on Saproling Kozilek

2 years ago

Ok, I see a few ways this could turn into a solid teir 2.5 modern deck: a saproling/fungus or eldrazi(Kozilek's Predator/Nest Invader swarm running stuff like Obelisk of Urd,

A Cryptolith Rite/Life and Limb/Utopia Mycon/Psychotrope Thallid/Vitaspore Thallid type 'I play my library through mana/sacrifice combo shenanigains,

A Bloodbriar/Tukatongue Thallid/Rot Shambler/Emrakul's Evangel beatdown/sacrifice/bulk up build with a bunch of token producing critters, sac outlets, and stuff that gets bigger when you sac stuff.

Sakura-Tribe Elder and Utopia Mycon could also assist a ramp style sacrifice deck.

Theres also the possibility of an Eldritch Evolution/emerge combo deck running creatures like Root-Kin Ally/Tangle Golem for a cheap Decimator of the Provinces Mockery of Nature and convoke token generators like Scatter the Seeds or similar.

A 'stall for big spells' is also a thing- Thelonite Hermit doesn't use the stack for morph, so running a control setup aiming to get him morphed on the battlefield with Aspect of Mongoose on him is possible.

Fog/Blunt the Assault/Brindle Boar/Gristleback etc to stall to midgame then cast some high value eldrazi or beating down with Moldgraf Scavenger/Undergrowth Scavenger and similar delirum will work. Harrow will help a lot with this.

Splashing blue could allow for Prophet of Kruphix shenanigans, and that blue/green return to hand emerge eldrazi, along with combo options.

Splashing black could also allow Distended Mindbender and Nezumi Bone-Reader for hand control.

If you decide the archetype you want to play (aggro, midrange, control) I'll try to come up with cards to help support it. Building something strong normally involves emphasising its strengths as much as possible- meaning some cards get silly expensive, but cheaper cards with synergy to almost match them exist. Good luck and happy brewing.

lagotripha on Step Up from Stompy (budget midrange)

2 years ago

Gristleback/Brindle Boar/Kitchen Finks/Feed the Clan/Momentous Fall for that bonus life through earlygame? Nylea's Disciple/Obstinate Baloth. Infect is tricky, but Dismember is usually practical, and Ratchet Bomb works well set to one or two, and murders tokens. Elixir of Immortality/Sun Droplet is a thing. Pulse of Murasa could help facing mixed discard/aggro. Asceticism makes people hate you.

lagotripha on Forest Zealot

2 years ago

Take a look at mono-green stompy, its a stable competitive modern architype that runs very similarly. Leatherback Baloth provides some more hard hitting power and Vines of Vastwood provide protection. I'm a fan of Asceticism. Avatar of the Resolute will outperform Wild Beastmaster, especially run alongside Strangleroot Geist. Not a fan of seige or scalelords compared to some other value-generating enchants at that cost or less- Durkwood Baloth is way easier to cast than terra stomper, and Paleoloth/Spearbreaker Behemoth provide more lategame presence. Gristleback and Brindle Boar can be strong sideboarded against burn. Renegade Krasis can do work with the +1/+1 counter theme. Alpha Authority could be useful as well as Inspiring Call for protection. Anyways, good luck and happy brewing.

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