Guttural Response


Format Legality
Noble Legal
Leviathan Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Vanguard Legal
Legacy Legal
Archenemy Legal
Planechase Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Duel Decks: Mind vs. Might (DDS) Uncommon
Shadowmoor (SHM) Uncommon

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Guttural Response


Counter target blue instant spell.

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Guttural Response Discussion

StopShot on Queen Marchesa: Politics, Aikido, and Control

23 hours ago

@precociousapprentice, Well, I was going to suggest that if you insisted on keeping Vampire Nighthawk that Thornbite Staff makes a strong synergy with it.

If you're going to use only one copy spell I'd suggest using Fork over Reverberate. While they're very similar and neither is strictly better or worse than the other one common scenario Fork has over Reverberate is when copying counter spells and turning them red. This can be significant, because in past times when copying counterspells I've had cards like Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast, and Guttural Response used to counteract my Reverberate when copying a blue counter spell or draw spell. Most non-blue decks that can run those cards will likely run them more-so than not and Fork bypasses that issue easily when needed.

It seems your meta is thoroughly diverse. Hand and deck disruption can be a strong asset for taking down a combo deck, but I wouldn't consider Praetor's Grasp or Wheel of Fortune strong enough effects since combo decks can always run back-up combos to rely on. What really hits combo is repeatable effects and some of the strongest you could probably run would be Mind Slash and Bottomless Pit which a lot of combo players would find nasty. (Painful Quandary is a close third place and can stop storm decks pretty effectively as well.) Also if you're going up against non-graveyard strategies Mesmeric Orb is a ballistic nightmare in any singleton format it's put in which would be the only effective mill card I'd ever recommend when hurting combo.

Do note graveyard-based combos are a little more resilient to the card suggestions I've given above, but so long as you have something like Rest in Peace and/or Planar Void you can easily avoid this issue without giving them any fuel to burn.

Given your meta I would imagine Torpor Orb would lift a lot of weight for you especially against Purphoros, God of the Forge, Palinchron/Deadeye Navigator, and whatever ETB effects the Muldrotha, the Gravetide deck is probably abusing.

One aspect about blue I've never liked was it's use of counter spells. If you find Reverberate helpful I'd recommend also using cards like Seal of Cleansing, Sinister Concoction, Gate to Phyrexia, Aura Fracture, Aura of Silence, and Umezawa's Jitte. Not only do they serve as good rattlesnake cards that deter your opponents from just putting their bombs on the field, but I've noticed blue decks only hold up counter spell mana on turns they might need it on. If you drop one of these early when they're not ready their counter spells won't be able to stop the card effects, and I can verify from past experiences that the blue players I go up against when using the cards I just mentioned hate them fondly because they know I save them for their combos which makes their job of combo-ing out much more complicated. In fact one card I've found more success with than I'd ever give credit to is Molten Vortex, because the number of utility creatures and win-cons it hits without needing to use prime removal spells is pretty big and as I said before it's another one of those spells that if resolved the blue decks are going to have troubles playing around with. The Vortex can remove Mizzix of the Izmagnus, Laboratory Maniac, Norin the Wary, Hermit Druid, Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker, etc. and even when I don't have a land to pitch to it I've found it's presence alone is enough to deter plays entirely. Shattering Spree also plays well against blue, because not only can it hit multiple targets, but you can hit the same target twice or three times which would require more than one counter spell to stop a key combo piece being removed if needed.

As for multiple combat steps or a super massive army being swung your way you already can use Ghostly Prison, but if you need more options Norn's Annex can also work as well as Orim's Chant which not only stops combat but can also be used but can also stop storm or certain combos if you cast it at the right moment. It should also be noted that Rule of Law as well as the aforementioned Damping Sphere also does a marvelous job of stopping storm as well. Lastly if your opponents gaining life is an issue I think Rampaging Ferocidon makes a good option, because it can also punish your opponents if they try to build an army, so it fits two functions rather well, and I find the menace handy if you ever need to punch into a super-friends deck.

VETJasper on Gishath vs cedh

1 month ago

You could try Leyline of Lifeforce.

Crop Rotation would help you get your Cavern of Souls.

Pyroblast,Red Elemental Blast, andGuttural Response will give you a response to counterspells and Cyclonic Rift.

clayperce on Mono-Green Combo

1 month ago

Oh, this looks seriously fun! Please let me know how it goes in testing!

I know you're still pulling together the sideboard, but I wanted to mention a couple things:

Draw well!

Maaagic on

2 months ago

Pyroblast or Red Elemental Blast is better than Guttural Response, as it can hit more. Also add at least one Walking Ballista to the mainboard so you can tutor it out in case you don't have Impact Tremors. I also think that a one-of Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker would be good as once you have infinite mana you can make a copy of Imperial Recruiter to go get Walking Ballista to kill your opponent. Or just get value out of it in some strange game that can happen in.

I think this archetype has some serious potential to be a legitimate competitive deck. In matter of fact I will probably end up brewing my own list.

Smokus_Krakus on How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

3 months ago

My suggestions are

Since you want to keep player's mana under check with land destruction Static Orb would help with that

Rubblehulk since you have lots of land ramp could easily commander damage someone unexpectedly before you blow up everyone's lands ('So you don't block???')

Guttural Response and Conqueror's Flail depending on your meta, since pretty sure there is no reason not to counter a Bust if you can.

Anyway looks like you are already way on your way to losing all your friends good luck

Onlytruereject on Ghetto Flightless Ghidorah

3 months ago

HorseFist Haha I think Im just on this website too much. Ive been researching Zacama quite a bit and trying to find the best recipe for calamity lol (see what I did there?) I need to update my own deck a bit. Theres quite a few directions you can take the deck. Im avoiding tribal and infinite combos, but Im trying to keep the deck semi competitive. Just put in a Cavern of Souls and a Guttural Response. Need more ways to deal with counterspells. Anyways, just rambling lol. Hope you enjoy the deck, and Id love to see what you come up with here.

Oh and sorry for any typo, my phone doesnt like to save any of the punctuations on this site.

Lastly, sending an upvote for your deck. Pretty decent for what you have so far!

Onlytruereject on Calamity is coming...

3 months ago

LVL_666 Been thinking of my deck a bit and realize my biggest issue is counterspells. Having someone counter Zacama is harsh. The most I paid for Zacama one time was 17 mana just to have it countered. So, Ill update the deck later, but wanted to let you know what cards Ill be adding. Not sure what I need to remove just yet, but look into getting a Cavern of Souls, Guttural Response, Red Elemental Blast, Pyroblast, and maybe Null Brooch (pretty decent if you have no hand)

Heretic_Dragoon on Looking to build a budget ...

3 months ago

I have my stompy deck fully tuned to my meta, rhonas really pushes the deck further imo. and I'm that asshole who has 4 Guttural Response in my SB. Kinda a pet card of mine tbh. Idk merely a suggestion. You can build mono black devotion, but in the current meta may be too weak. Have you looked into decks that can use BBE yet?

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