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Koth of the Hammer
Planeswalker — Koth
+1: Untap target Mountain. It becomes a 4/4 red Elemelntal creature until end of turn. It's still a land.
-2: Add to your mana pool for each Mountain you control.
-5: You get an emblem with "Mountains you control have 'Tap: This land deals 1 damage to target creature or player.'"
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Koth of the Hammer Discussion
4 days ago
Whats the point of Koth of the Hammer if you have no mountains in the deck? with no mountains in play he does nothing.
1 week ago
I play Zurgo a lot in 20 life, and I know that the format is very different, but in general we want to be doing the same things. In 20 life you can very reliably go for a heavy burn plan and have it work out well. This strategy is in my opinion very sub-optimal at 30 life. I think you basically want to be as heavy on the beatdown plan as possible. 30-life zurgo was basically a meta-gaming deck, if you see a lot of control decks, this is were you want to be, Green meta-game = not so much. From what I understand of the format for 1v1 commander online, it is heavily slanted to control(vial smasher etc), and somewhat combo (baral). This means that Zurgo is in a good spot, however if the Nissa/Azusa decks get very popular, or more hate bear style decks come up Zurgo will get much worse.
Here are my suggestions for your deck, cut the following:
- Bomat Courier
- Chandra, Fire of Kaladesh
- Countryside Crusher
- Grenzo Havoc Raiser
- Hazorent the Fervent
- Jaya Ballard Task Mage
- Legion Loyalist
- Sin Proder
- Dangerous Wager
- Faithless Looting
- Kari-Zev's Expertise
- Lava Spike
- Molten Rain
- Wheel of Fortune
Some of these are too slow(Wheel of Fortune, Skullclamp), some of there just aren't efficient enough for 30 life(Lava Spike), and some are just outright bad (Bomat Courier, Sin Proder etc.).
What you want to look for in your cards is the following; repeatable sources damage (mostly in the form of creatures though artifacts and enchantments are great sources as well) or the ability for your instants/sorceruies to kill creatures as well as deal damage to players.
Here is what I would add to the deck:
- Lightning Mauler
- Mardu Scout
- Mudbrawler Cohort
- Speedway Fanatic
- Valley Dasher
- War-Name Aspirant
- Thriving Grubs
- Hellspark Elemental
- Eidolon of the Great Revel
The deck's best hands are turn one zurgo, turn two 2-cmc creature (preferable hasty) so I've tried to maximize the number of 2-cmc creature to ensure this happens as often as possible. If you end up wanting more 2-cmc creatures I suggest looking towards Ember Hauler or Goblin Bushwhacker
Next lets add a little beef to your threats:
Hero is essentially, Hellrider # 2 so it is great. Heelcutter is great at allowing you to spend you mana every turn, and also Superb against single blockers. Koth is just an outstanding card that allows you to diversify your threats in the face of wraths and can win games single handedly.
Instants and sorceries you should add:
These are efficent and you are already playing effective copies of 3 of the cards. If you find yourself running into more blockers, or the meta game is more green, I would look to the following cards: Flametongue Kavu, Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Flame Slash, Mizzium Mortars, Roast. These are great at clearing paths for your creatures to get through uncontested.
Personally I am not a fan of either Chandra, Pyromaster or Outpost Siege as they feel tough to maneuver around counterspells and are very slow against combo. As a result I would cut them and play Flame Slash and Forked Bolt (which feels great against many of the x/1 of the format).
In terms of your mana base, if you are playing grim Lavamancer, you should be to play all the red fetches. Encroaching wastes should be wasteland (I'm sure budget is a big concern here but even still I would just cut it), Rishadan Port is another great land you aren't playing. Mutavault is excellent to help with flooding. Hellion Cruicible seems a little underwhelming, and honestly most of the creatures in the deck have hast so Hanweir Battlements seems like a pipe dream to try to meld, however I think it is mostly a free roll if you are dead set on playing it. Barbarian ring is another card you could be playing, and so is teetering peaks. I also tend to play 37 lands as it is roughly equivalent to 22 lands in 60 card decks, and you are trying to cast 4 drops in this deck but 36 should theoretically work.
Best of luck!
1 week ago
Also possible cards if I add red:
2 weeks ago
Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, Dack Fayden, and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar are all really good. Chandra, Torch of Defiance, Kaya, Ghost Assassin, Koth of the Hammer, Teferi, Temporal Archmage, and Sorin, Solemn Visitor are also really good. I would cut your venser, elspeth, sorin, and ashiok at the least. While they're good in modern I don't think they'll hold up in Archmage. You can only play 1 summer bloom. I would cut Nicol Bolas, and play at least 16-18 lands, even with rocks. Also Oath of Jace.
2 weeks ago
Great cards that have helped me in my own HH build:
Koth of the Hammer, Vessel of Volatility and Seething Song: Their ramp abilities are amaaaaaazing in a pinch, and if you do somehow get Koth to his ultimate, you can play around with everyone's life total and get rid of small threats.
Staff of Nin: MOAR CARD DRAAAAW
+1 for a good deck.
4 weeks ago
@ Kragmork Glad you appreciated my advice and suggestions! However, I do have a few more tiny suggestions to make. After the addition of Sarkhan, the Dragonspeaker, the deck seems to be a little bit slower and has a tougher time establishing a board presence on turns 1 and 2. To solve this, I would suggest lowering you curve a little and adding a few different cards. These are mainly budget options, although they might increase you deck's overall cost to around 60$. Anyways, the first suggestion I am going to make is to cut Purphoros, God of the Forge and replace him with Koth of the Hammer. While Purphoros is definitely a great card, once you get him out and reach enough devotion to turn him into a creature, I feel like you have usually won the game and you would much rather be playing another Flamewake Phoenix and Lightning Bolt or a Fanatic of Mogis to deal the last few points of damage. If you still want to have the option of playing Purphoros, you could always move 1-2 copies of him to your sideboard! Koth of the Hammer on the other hand is a staple of mono-red midrange decks and immediately threatens your opponent with a 4/4 elemental as soon as he comes down. His -2 can be a devastating ramp effect late game and his ultimate is amazing for ending stalled games! The next suggestion I would make is to cut 2 Molten Rains and both of your Fanatic of Mogis in exchange for 2 Kiln Fiends and 2 Rift Bolts. Kiln Fiend is a great creature that can trigger ferocious after one instant or sorcery, and Rift Bolt is a great spell that is second only to the original Lightning Bolt (imo). Two more cards that warrant some consideration are Browbeat and Firedrinker Satyr. I don't know what you would cut, but they both seem like they may be good in this deck. You seem to have very little 1-drops, so Firedrinker Satyr would fix this problem and provide you with an efficient 2/1 beater that is ready to attack on turn 2! Browbeat on the other hand is a great form of red card draw that forces your opponent to choose between a rock and a hard place. While the downside is that it does give your opponents a choice, both options are almost always good and it might be worthwhile to see how it compares to Tormenting Voice! Your sideboard is also looking pretty good as well! The only thing I would suggest is cutting 2 Peak Eruptions and a single Dragon's Claw for 1 Stigma Lasher and 2 Flames of the Blood Hands against life game matchups. Other options include more Molten Rains or Sowing Salt for tron, Tormod's Crypt/Relic of Progenitus for reanimator/dredge and Exquisite Firecraft or Vexing Shusher for counter-heavy control matches! Good luck!
1 month ago
Thats why majority of my dragons are low and weak. Makes the Dragon Tempest more useful. Multiples makes the one or 2 dragons per turn more effective. The Koth of the Hammer makes Utvara Hellkite possible as soon as turn 5... I pulled it off a couple of times. Crucible of Fire makes all my weak (and lowcost) into power houses for good defence and offense. I get alot of doubt on it until someone plays me. But thanks for the input i will keep your advice in mind.
1 month ago
seems to be it bro ! thx for advices, i've been trying Koth of the Hammer since there is 4 moons in main deck but not that much a fan even if it's good, i also think that an extra Thoughtseize would be better instead of the single Cruel Edict in side. it's incredible to see this Chandra carry games, gonna try new sideboards soon probably. cya :D