I realize that Griselbrand is banned in EDH, but I made a big investment in him (even before the ban) and I would hate to put him out of play. However, I do take into consideration the people I play against, and therefore play Griselbrand with considerable discrepancy. In fact, I only play EDH in a casual setting among a good group of friends. In the spirit of EDH, I believe fun should come first rather than domination and power. While this deck holds incredibly synergy between it and Ghave, the best thing about this deck is that each creature can hold its own without need of combo. However, when paired with any number of cards, powerful effects can be produced. It is easy to set up a lot of potential combos considering many of them happen with one card and Ghave himself who is, in my humble opinion, a very powerful and versatile Commander.



Silver23 says... #1

you need Doubling Season and Parallel Lives for the perfect combo

June 14, 2012 5:52 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #2

I'm saving up right now for the Doubling Season. :)

June 14, 2012 8:18 p.m.

Silver23 says... #3

since you have Mikaeus, the Unhallowed in your deck, go for Feed the Pack and the 2 cards above and some fatties and you got a deadly deck. And if you need the counters, go for Contagion Engine to double poliferate

June 15, 2012 6:36 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #4

Feed the pack would be a great combo. I'll think about that one. Contagion Engine is really a must have and it's easy enough to pick up and when it's on the field, it doesn't need any other kind of combo piece to make it really deadly.

June 16, 2012 12:43 a.m.

Maxread says... #5

Fecundity would be a good addition to this deck.

June 16, 2012 1:14 a.m.

Paradoxator says... #6

card:Cathars' Crusade is great with Ghave

June 16, 2012 1:40 a.m.

jameswoody21 says... #7

Thanks for the advice, guys. :)

June 16, 2012 1:57 a.m.

Silver23 says... #8

wait until m13 ajani caller of the pride and it is awesome go to to see prevews of new cards

June 16, 2012 5:46 p.m.

GopherKing says... #9

Get Grave Pact man, it has amazing synergy with Ghave. Whenever you sac anything to ghave, each of your opponents also has to sacrifice a creature.

June 19, 2012 11:38 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #10

I love the Grave Pact idea! It'll go on my "must get" card list now.

June 20, 2012 12:01 a.m.

GopherKing says... #11

I know it works well cause I had it used on me. It sucked. :P

June 20, 2012 10:05 a.m.

Silver23 says... #12

Teneb, the Harvester happily accepts that card because someone used that card in multi player teams and i had Sheoldred, Whispering One so it worked out for the best

June 20, 2012 1:30 p.m.

BossLeiser says... #13

Since you have Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter and Mikaeus, the Unhallowed , you should have Loyal Cathar  Flip for the ability to destroy all of your opponents' creatures and have an infinity/infinity Flying Lifelinker.

July 18, 2012 11:19 a.m.

jameswoody21 says... #14

I like the idea of an infinite Gatling gun off of the combo, but Loyal Cathar's individual power level in a commander deck makes him a bit hard to use. Thanks for the idea. :)

July 18, 2012 12:47 p.m.

gop2002 says... #15

If you only have one slot for it, card:Martyr's Bond is a better Grave Pact since it can force sacs of more than just creatures (your thopter tokens hit either creatures or artifacts). Juniper Order Ranger also works well with Ghave, as does Twilight Drover .

Blood Artist can also do a lot of damage with Ghave's ability to cycle guys on and off the field.

July 20, 2012 1:07 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #16

@gop2002: Thanks for the advice on the cards. Thanks especially for the Juniper Order Ranger idea since it is a great card for combo potential- with a +1/+1 counter on him, he turns into a saproling generator for however much mana you have. Crazy good.

July 20, 2012 3:01 p.m.

If you put in a Ranger of Eos , it could fetch up Mikaeus, the Lunarch and Protean Hydra . Maybe also a Scute Mob or Feral Hydra .

Of course Doubling Season is the only card you'll ever need with Ghave, Guru of Spores ... but it's a pricey card... (but Parallel Lives isn't a bad start either, of course it doesn't interact as well)

card:Mirari's Wake is a very useful card in here.

July 21, 2012 6:07 p.m.

All I can really add is get an Earthcraft it was one of the best additions I ever made to my Ghave deck. As mentioned above Juniper Order Ranger is a saproling generator for however much mana you have, well with Earthcraft you have infinite mana. Add in Skullclamp for infinite draw and then drop a Craterhoof Behemoth to do infinite/infinite trample damage to an opponent. Concordant Crossroads lets you use those infinite saprolings you just made as well to wipe out however many opponents you are playing against.

July 22, 2012 5:37 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #19

Thanks for the advice, guys. @deathbtgiraffe- I wish I could pick up a copy of Doubling Season, and Mirari's Wake since that would top off the deck really well.

@MrEveryNamesTaken- I like the synergy of Earthcraft too, since it would be really easy to overwhelm an opponent with that on the field.

July 22, 2012 5:48 p.m.

bdrichar says... #20

Griselbrand is actually banned in edh

July 29, 2012 5:07 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #21

I know. I play this deck casually among my friend group. I would feel bad taking it out since I spent good money on him before the ban announcement went out.

July 29, 2012 6:08 p.m.

bdrichar says... #22

Oh yeah, I understand that absolutely.

July 29, 2012 6:11 p.m.

Silver23 says... #23

Griselbrand is banned yet Omniscience is not. Omniscience would be more likely to be banned than Griselbrand

July 29, 2012 7:38 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #24

I would agree. If that hits the table, it's game over for everyone. The game wouldn't even be that much fun anymore for even the person that drops Omniscience.

July 29, 2012 8:03 p.m.

Silver23 says... #25

i pulled that card out of a pack of cards. i would be mad if they took it away. my deck Sin Triplets (copy and paste on search) is the cards i have in the deck.

July 29, 2012 8:15 p.m.

the fact is Griselbrand in this format gets you an unfair card advantage. Whereas Omniscience on its own does nothing. Omniscience is way of letting crazy stuff happen, provided that you have the crazy stuff set up alongside that enchantment. Griselbrand on the other hand is a way to ensure you won't run out of gas, finding your combo, or just stay on top of everyone else card-wise... I don't think Omniscience should be considered for banning at all... It really is a card that should built around, unlike Griselbrand (every black EDH deck welcomes that amount of card advantage).

July 30, 2012 7:18 a.m.

jameswoody21 says... #27

@deathbygiraffe: Very true. When I do play Griselbrand, I take into consideration the others around me. I enjoy a well rounded game of EDH and don't like it when one person completely dominates the playing field. Personally, I spent $15 on Griselbrand before the announcement for his ban, and I don't want to put him on the sidelines. Rather, I don't play like a complete jerk when he's in play. I would NEVER play him as a general either.

July 30, 2012 4:40 p.m.

deedeedee401 says... #28

pretty decent looking deck, but ghave works into so many broken combos with him, such as card:Cathars' Crusade and Earthcraft . this make infinite tokens and an infinite power/toughness ghave. i recent made a ghave deck that has alot of these combos that you can check out

only i can have nice things

August 7, 2012 11:28 a.m.

Johnngrimm says... #29

The deck looks like it uses some great synergy. +1 from me.

Just wondering, are you were trying to turn this into a combo deck? If so I run a combo Ghave deck called Fungus Humungus that you might be interested in looking at. Also please +1 if you like it.

September 22, 2012 1:59 p.m.

Johnngrimm says... #30

card:Ashnod's Altar and Phyrexian Altar could be really great in this deck. Here is why:

card:Ashnod's Altar + Doubling Season + Ghave, Guru of Spores = infinite tokens/colorless mana

Phyrexian Altar + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed + Ghave, Guru of Spores = infinite tokens/colored mana

September 30, 2012 11:45 p.m.

Maxread says... #31

Johnngrimm when a token leaves the battlefield under any condition it is removed from play, therefore Mikaeus, the Unhallowed giving tokens undying means nothing.

Also, Corpsejack Menace would be a lovely addition to this deck.

October 1, 2012 12:07 a.m.

Johnngrimm says... #32

@ Maxread you are right about the tokens, my bad. The combo would be Ghave, Guru of Spores + Doubling Season + Phyrexian Altar + card:Cathars' Crusade

October 5, 2012 11:46 a.m.

BerserkWin says... #33

Could Blade of the Bloodchief be good here?

October 19, 2012 1:42 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #34

It's good in a vacuum, but as a versatile card and answer, it just isn't flexible enough.

October 19, 2012 1:47 p.m.

jameswoody21 says... #35

Thanks for the suggestion though.

October 19, 2012 1:48 p.m.

BerserkWin says... #36

Seems to me that Blade of the Bloodchief could be another +1/+1 counter doubler when attached to your general. Sac a creature and Ghave gets 2 counters instead of one. Or Ghave gets one and target another creature with the second. Doubling Season and Parallel Lives are much, much better, but it would add redundancy, which might be good in a deck with no tutors (e.g. Demonic Tutor ).

October 19, 2012 2:05 p.m.

oloff3 says... #37

I use to recomend the following combos:

Phyrexian Altar or card:Ashnod's Altar + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed or any creature with undying + Ghave, Guru of Spores = Infinite Saproling tokens and +1/+1 counters

Phyrexian Altar or card:Ashnod's Altar + card:Geralf's Messenger or Blood Artist and a undying creature+ Ghave, Guru of Spores = Ping all opponents for leathal damage

Phyrexian Altar or card:Ashnod's Altar + Mikaeus, the Unhallowed or any creature with undying + Ghave, Guru of Spores + Bitter Ordeal = Sacrifice your undying creatures or tokens the same amount as the number of cards in your opponents libraries. Then exile all cards in all opponents libraries.

January 16, 2013 6:41 a.m.

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