Varolz, the Scar-Striped

Legality

Format Legality
Tiny Leaders Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Pioneer Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Dragon's Maze (DGM) Rare

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Varolz, the Scar-Striped

Legendary Creature — Troll Warrior

Each creature card in your graveyard has scavenge. The scavenge cost is equal to its mana cost. (Exile a creature card from your graveyard and pay its mana cost: Put a number of +1/+1 counters equal to that card's power on target creature. Scavenge only as a sorcery.)

Sacrifice another creature: Regenerate Varolz, the Scar-Striped.

Varolz, the Scar-Striped Discussion

GhostChieftain on Green/black commander

3 months ago

Honestly if you want a deck to grow with you, Meren of Clan Nel Toth is easily one of the best commanders to start with. It makes your deck very resilient and forgiving to your mistakes as a more casual/beginning player and later can be upgraded to a competitive level.

Another one that is relatively good casually and has a high ceiling for growth is Varolz, the Scar-Striped . His abilities can make for quite a few types of decks including aristocrats style (sacrificing creatures for value), voltron style (making your commander as big as possible), or even playing huge creatures to either reanimate or scavenge. As you get into the more competitive realm he becomes a Protean Hulk deck that can win pretty wickedly fast despite not having access to Flash .

No doubt The Gitrog Monster is the strongest gb commander competitively, but I would advise you avoid him like the plague as a new player. He takes a lot more knowledge of the game and of his specific strategy to be any good. Wait to play the frog until you are more comfortable with gb cards and have done some studying on how the deck works and it's strange but extremely effective win-cons.

BMHKain on I thought about it. I'll ...

3 months ago

(CAUTION: A Huge List of CMDRS dead ahead. If you can't comply, remember that I apologized for the huge wall.)

Well, I was just told how to do a Folder, but to choose what for decks is another thing entirely. Especially if such decks are either:

A: What Everyone Plays B: Are good, but have since been outdated by a year C: Are Tribal Leaders in a Specific Sense (No Morophon, the Boundless please.) D: Not Underdog CMDRs. E: Other.

Let's Just assume we use that cEDH Deck Tier List One-by-One; but w/ a new rule for Playtesting such decks so none of the cEDH Decks win out of overall ratios ~100% of the time; CHANNELFIREBALL-style. That said, From using the Tier List, I require the following CMDR Decks to not have cEDH Level Power, but are these:

Tier 0:

Thrasios, Triton Hero & Tymna the Weaver Partners

Tier 1:

Kess, Dissident Mage

Kraum, Ludevic's Opus

Najeela, the Blade-Blossom

The First Sliver (Not as a Sliver Tribe Leader)

The Gitrog Monster

Urza, Lord High Artificer

Vial Smasher the Fierce

Yisan, the Wanderer Bard

Zur the Enchanter

(NOTE: Unknown if Kraum, Ludevic's Opus & Vial Smasher the Fierce need to be Parters to be of this level.)

Tier 2:

Animar, Soul of Elements (Morph Decks not allowed.)

Baral, Chief of Compliance (Get your Counterspells Ready!)

Brago, King Eternal

Breya, Etherium Shaper

Circu, Dimir Lobotomist

Derevi, Empyrial Tactician

Edric, Spymaster of Trest

General Tazri (Mandatory Ally Tribe Leader)

Ghave, Guru of Spores

God-Eternal Kefnet

Godo, Bandit Warlord

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim

Grand Arbiter Augustin IV

Jace, Vryn's Prodigy  Flip

Jeleva, Nephalia's Scourge

Jhoira, Weatherlight Captain

Kykar, Wind's Fury

Meren of Clan Nel Toth

Mizzix of the Izmagnus

Momir Vig, Simic Visionary

Narset, Enlightened Master

Niv-Mizzet, Parun

Niv-Mizzet Reborn

Oona, Queen of the Fae

Prime Speaker Vannifar

Prossh, Skyraider of Kher

Ramos, Dragon Engine

Rashmi, Eternities Crafter

Scion of the Ur-Dragon (Possible Dragon Tribe Leader)

Selvala, Heart of the Wilds

Sidisi, Brood Tyrant

Sidisi, Undead Vizier

Sisay, Weatherlight Captain

Taigam, Ojutai Master

Tana, the Bloodsower

Tasigur, the Golden Fang

Teferi, Temporal Archmage

The Mimeoplasm

Varolz, the Scar-Striped

Xantcha, Sleeper Agent

Yarok, the Desecrated

Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder

Tier 3: WIP

But, yeah, you get the picture, right? Since I can't find such decks on my own to put in such a folder for decks worth testing against your own. Rules are as follows though:

  1. It needs to be up to date, prior to the Iona, Shield of Emeria & Paradox Engine bans & Painter's Servant unbanning/CMDR 2019's release; or just not include any of those at all.

  2. Each deck must not be of cEDH-level power; just imagine how much hell I'd have to playthrough against something just to beat a Thrasios/Tymna Partners deck just to have my claim on this notion nullified.

  3. Decks must include CMDRs that are Popular, were Popular as well as Tribal Decks w/ Good Tribe Leaders (For example: The First Sliver & Sliver Queen do not fit this category where Sliver Overlord does fit the Sliver Tribe Leadership. Scion of the Ur-Dragon & The Ur-Dragon can both count as Dragon Tribe CMDRs. Atraxa, Praetors' Voice is actually a bad CMDR to use in Superfriends, but Shines in all Counter Life. Make good use of that instead of making a 4< Color Walkers Deck. The rulings go on...)

I know this is too much for now, but I'm making a folder for Playtesting w/ decks as everyone kept telling me to do so; now I want to hold my end of the Bargain. But I seriously need help from you to do this. If you can find any decks here to add to such a Folder, put it on the comments below.

(& no, It's not like it's a personal thing! Anyone is allowed to use it when it's finished!)

_Putrefax on Skullbriar's Slap-o-rama

3 months ago

I tried building a Skullbriar a while ago, couldn't get it to kill fast enough on his own. But had a lot of success with Scavenge using him. Varolz, the Scar-Striped lets you scavenge Skullbriar when he is in the graveyard to beef up your other threats for only , then you can put him back in the command zone and cast him again. While Varolz is out you can also scavenge your other dead threats onto Skullbriar to beef him up quicker, like Death's Shadow which is a crazy buff for just .

Also you need more ramp to get to the lightning speed you want this deck to run at. Its all well and good playing your commander on t2, but its kind of terrible unless you get enough mana by t3 or 4 to pump him up to crazy levels. Ditch some of your slower and more unsuccessful cards and put in some more ramp and mana rocks.

jonmaior on Illusionary Horror (Torpornought)

3 months ago

I feel like Varolz, the Scar-Striped should definitely have a place in the mainboard. it kind of doubles the number of Phyrexian Dreadnought 's. a 12/12 for 3 mana is still very good.

ZendikariWol on Meren: Golgari Theme deck

4 months ago

Okay I hate to be that guy, but Meren should definitely not be the commander for a golgari commander deck. Massive flavor fail. You have every single Golgari guildmaster in recent memory to choose from- in order: Sisters of Stone Death , Savra, Queen of the Golgari , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , and even Vraska, Golgari Queen (it’d have to be Oathbreaker but whatevs).

You also have several prominent members of the Swarm to choose from; Varolz, the Scar-Striped (the Swarm’s chosen Maze Runner), Mazirek, Kraul Death Priest (a significant mover and shaker among the Swarm’s Kraul population), Izoni, Thousand-Eyed (Matka of the Devkarin), Storrev, Devkarin Lich (also a prevalent Devkarin, and a stronger and more interesting commander than Izoni, in my humble opinion).

Meren, by contrast, is from Jund. While she feels like she could be a member of the swarm, she is not- as she is busy not being on the same plane. This means you have seven commanders and an oathbreaker general (choose any one of her FIVE golgari-aligned printings) to choose from for a mote flavorfully appropriate pick.

In the end, though, it’s your choice. And I wouldn’t honestly blame you if you dropped some flavor for power here. In fact, I’m not sure what’s so “Golgari” about this particular brew. Normally the Swarm opts for an Aristocrat strategy... this just seems like two-color goodstuff (though some of the stuff may not be all that good?).

GhostChieftain on Competitive Golgari Commander help

4 months ago

The Gitrog Monster and Varolz, the Scar-Striped are the tried and true. Both act as always accessible combo pieces. Varolz runs as a Protean Hulk deck and gitrog is looking for Dakmor Salvage and a free discard outlet to dredge through the entire deck.

As far as the above suggestion for muldrotha, I have actually seen that he is much stronger in the 99 of a cedh deck than he can be as commander due to tutor and Reanimate effects being able to get him out and going much faster than from the command zone. I would actually suggest instead going for Tasigur, the Golden Fang or Thrasios, Triton Hero + tymna or vial smasher if you want to play muldrotha.

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Varolz, the Scar-Striped occurrence in decks from the last year

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