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Gahiji's Creature Token Swarm

Commander / EDH

trey12321


Description

Builds lots of creatures fast and big, with a lot of "enters the battlefield-hit all creatures" effects.

Some of the synergies and iconic cards in this deck:

Mycoloth+Cathars' Crusade

Realm Razer +Assemble the Legion/Cryptolith Rite

Doubling Season+Garruk, Primal Hunter for instant ult and doubled wurms.

Phytohydra +Pariah redirects all damage to Hydra, making him massive!

Champion of Lambholt

Shaman of Forgotten Ways

Impact Tremors

Eldrazi Monument

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Comments

Dredgar says... #1

Awesome deck +1

November 30, 2016 2:02 p.m.

trey12321 says... #3

Thanks for commenting, wlbreda! I really like Plea for Guidance and I hadn't considered Ashnod's Altar until you mentioned it, but it seems like it'll fit in really well!

There are two reasons I would prefer Essence Warden to Angelic Chorus; one is that Warden comes out early game or late game for a low cost, and the main purpose of the lifegain is more to delay death long enough to build up, and gaining too much life paints a massive target on your back. The other reason is that most of my creatures are small enough to start with anyways, so it roughly comes out to be only a small boost to my lifegain in the long run.

Druids' Repository works well with Doubling Season, which is a bonus if they both come out, but your suggestion of Earthcraft is something I would love to trade it out for! The only problem is money, of course! I got my most expensive cards for cheap in various ways, such as my Doubling Season which I got for 18$ while I was in Japan. I'll look in to getting it, though!

Squirrel Nest is one I'll have to look in to getting as well, although I don't know if the spider will be the one getting replaced. And Blade of the Bloodchief is great for that combo you mentioned, but unfortunately I don't focus a whole lot on my creatures dying, and most of them only go down with board wipes... plus my only sac outlets would be Ashnod's Altar once I toss that in, Mycoloth and Bloodspore Thrinax. Oh, and Plaguemaw Beast. But yeah, fun card, tho!

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I got a couple of ideas from you, and even some ideas for decks I'm working on/have yet to be made!

December 10, 2016 11:35 p.m.

trey12321 says... #4

And I just realized now, but Ulasht, the Hate Seed+Cathars' Crusade+Ashnod's Altar is also infinite, but it's infinite colorless mana and enters-the-battlefield triggers, and since Crusade is already involved it makes infinite +1/+1 counters on all of your creatures except Ulasht.

Parallel Lives would add infinite, infinitely large saprolings, and Doubling Season instead would do all that plus Ulasht would also be infinite, so you could activate his damage ability to kill all other creatures.

December 12, 2016 4:52 p.m.

Regoober says... #5

Love it! +1! There's tons of infinite combos in RGW. Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker + Restoration Angel (Kinda pricey, I know, but both combo on their own with your ETB creatures like Trostani's Summoner) You'll also find that Earthcraft pays for itself in a couple of games even without the combo: worth the 25-30 you spend to get it (I might buy another one soon!)Another one is Midnight Guard/Sunstrike Legionnaire + Presence of Gond/Elemental Mastery. This one has a lot of early staying power because not as many people are familiar with it unless they've played your colors or deck style.

Valor in Akros is an underrated card: No, it doesn't do what Cathars' Crusade does, but it fulfills the same effect in a turn you drop in 4+ creatures.

Sweepers are your Q_Q face. Consider Make a Stand, Dauntless Escort, Selfless Spirit for indestructable as well as Caller of the Claw or Fresh Meat for returning in the face of destruction. I really like Faith's Reward, too since you run so many permanents along side your tokens.

If you're gung-ho about +1/+1 counters, Consider Pyrohemia + Vigor

Gisela, Blade of Goldnight is a huge swinger late game, too and goes with your commander's theme of opponents attacking other opponents.I am a fan of March of Souls over Phyrexian Rebirth just because of the high chance you'll come out with more tokens AND advantage when commander rejoins them.

December 15, 2016 5:24 p.m.

trey12321 says... #6

Thanks for commenting, Regoober! I tried to respond to you earlier, but my computer freaked out and deleted my entire response when I went to post it...!

I like Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker and Restoration Angel, but my 2 problems with Kiki is one, the RRR, and two, he gets shut down almost instantly in my play group. People know exactly what he can do. I'm more inclined to run the Angel, I think, but at the same time, most of my ETB isn't relevant to WHAT creature enters, just that it's a creature. That Trostani's summoner combo is nice though, I will admit! I just thought of this as well, but would Kiki's tokens be exiled if you populated them? I don't think they would, but I could be wrong. He's much more viable at that point!

Yeah, I just recently got a couple of valuable cards for cheap, so trading for Earthcraft is a much more viable option now.

I have similar reservations about Midnight Guard and Sunstrike Legionnaire, although they make Cryptolith Rite amazing, a similar effect with Earthcraft, and it also works well with Glare of Subdual. I like the permanance of Presence of Gond and the creatures-in-relation-to-size idea of Elemental Mastery, although out of the two I'm more inclined to run Mastery, although if I ended up putting the other two cards in I'd consider Gond as well.

I could see how Valor in Akros could be extremely useful burst damage, but I have the same problem with that as I do with Mastery; I like permanence. It's gotta stick around to bother opponents every turn of the game that they don't do something about it!

You mentioned Make a Stand and I bought it that night! I was planning on replacing [[]] with Dauntless Escort anyways, as it is in every way better, it was just a matter of getting it. Selfless Spirit is a bit too high for me, price wise, when I can just run cheaper mass indestructible.

Caller of the Claw is kinda a bummer as it doesn't work on tokens, but Fresh Meat is going in now thanks to you! Faith's Reward is also going in.

I gasped and started laughing when I saw the Pyrohemia + Vigor combo. That thing is just nasty, plus Pyro is one of my favorite red burn cards, like a cheap Pestilence Demon. If I can manage to find a copy of Vigor for trade or such he'll most definitely be going in. Unfortunately I had considered and tested Pyro, and more often than not it came out to be counter-productive, although if I threw more graveyard and death triggers in there it'd be much more viable.

I also considered Gisela, Blade of Goldnight, but by the point she'd come out in our games she was just a massive target and I was either already shut down or overwhelming.

I picked Phyrexian Rebirth over March of Souls mainly because of my populate cards. If I have to board-wipe and can't afford or can't manage to make my creatures indestructable, Growing Ranks looks much more entertaining, doesn't it?

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And another quick question for everyone; know of a cheap mass-haste card? I've seen a couple and have one or two, but I want to see as many options as I can, because I feel like there are ones out there that fit this deck better than just haste, like a second ability on the same card.

The reason why I'd like haste is because it makes combos like Cryptolith Rite+Doubling Season/Parallel Lives=Ant Queen so much more common and easy to run, but it's still at least a 3 card combo, so not my main method of winning.

December 18, 2016 3:05 p.m.

Regoober says... #7

Fine reasoning for all cards! Selfless Spirit will come down a lot when it gets out of standard. Keep an eye on that.

I run Concordant Crossroads and Thousand-Year Elixir for that type of haste. Also, Lightning Greaves does the job in a pinch and doubles as protection. Sacred Mesa is another card that spits out tokens for 2 like Ant Queen.

December 19, 2016 9:06 a.m.

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Legality

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 4.07
Tokens 0/1 Insect, 1/1 Elf, 3/3 Centaur, 1/1 Squirrel, 0/1 Plant, 5/5 Wurm, 3/3 Beast, 2/2 Knight, 1/1 Spirit, 1/1 Saproling, 1/1 Elf Warrior, 1/1 Soldier, 2/2 Satyr, */* Horror, 4/4 Rhino
Folders EDH
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