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Gruul ZadaWolves (EMN - Retired)

Casual Combo RG (Gruul) Werewolf



Zada's running with Wolves again, but this time she's got Mirrorwing Dragon backing her up!

Silverfur Partisan + Zada, Hedron Grinder was fun to play in SOI Standard, but just too fragile for my tastes. With EMN though, we have Mirrorwing Dragon + Silverfur Partisan for additional reliability ... I'm really looking forward to seeing how it works out!

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WIN-CON: Go wide with 2/2 Wolf Tokens from Arlinn Kord  Flip and Instants + Silverfur Partisan. Go crazy-wide with Instants + Silverfur Partisan + Zada, Hedron Grinder or Mirrorwing Dragon + Silverfur Partisan .

ALTERNATE WIN-CON: Board stalled? No worries. Go tall on an individual Creature with Might of the Masses, and then punch through with Trample from Arlinn Kord  Flip or Unblockable from Rogue's Passage. Or blast face with Burn from Within or bolts from Arlinn, Embraced by the Moon  Flip .

PREVENT OPPONENT WIN-CONS: Not much here beyond the traditional Gruul responses to threats: Crush, burn, and go fast. Because you don't need answers if your opponent's dead. :-)

MOVE TOWARDS THE WIN: Dual Shot to generate Wolf tokens (and sometimes as a combat trick).Expedite for the card draw (and sometimes Haste). Titan's Strength for a solid pump and some Scry. Vines of the Recluse for flyers of course, but more often for the pump or the Vigilance effect. Nissa, Voice of Zendikar , mostly for the +1/+1 counters.

GENERAL VALUE: Lambholt Pacifist  Flip as an occasional Wall, but (much) more often a plus-sized attack. Sylvan Advocate because it's the best two-drop in Green.



  • Burn from Within is best cast on your Opponent of course. But you can also use it to generate more Wolf Tokens by casting it with =0 and targeting your own team.
  • Dual Shot is kind of the other way around. While it can be used as a combat trick, I think it's best when cast at the end of an Oppoent's turn, targeting Silverfur and another Wolf. 2x 2/2 Wolf Tokens for ? Yeah, I'll take some of that.
  • Mirrorwing Dragon is GREAT against targeted removal, but dangerous vs. decks with combat tricks. For example, if an opponent casts a pump spell targeting only Mirrorwing, all their Creatures get the pump :-(
  • Don't forget that Silverfur Partisan triggers when a Wolf or Werewolf is targeted with an Instant or Sorcery. That is, he drops a token whether the spell resolves or not.
  • There is no crazy interaction if both Zada, Hedron Grinder and Mirrorwing Dragon are on the battlefield at the same time. The key piece is "Whenever you cast [a spell] that targets only ~ ... copy that spell for each other creature ...". For example, if you cast an Instant or Sorcery that targets only Zada, you copy the spell, targeting Mirrorwing. But since the second spell is copied rather than cast, Mirrorwing's ability won't trigger.
  • Confront the Unknown (from the maybeboard) can be a little tricky with Zada or Mirrorwing: When Zada's ability (for example) triggers, the copies are put onto the stack in whatever order you want, with the original spell (targeting Zada) on the bottom. So if there are two other Creatures, you Investigate then one gets +1/+1, then you Investigate again and the other gets +2/+2, then you Investigate again and Zada gets +3/+3.


  • Chandra's Ignition: An insane boardwipe and finisher, but just too expensive for the effect.
  • Clear Shot : It works with Silverfur, but not with Zada or Mirrorwing. The spell has multiple targets, but Zada and Mirrorwing will only trigger when a "spell that targets only ~ ..." is cast.
  • Cryptolith Rite: With all the removal in Standard, it's often just a dead card. And at its best, it's really just a win-more.
  • Waxing Moon : It works with Silverfur, but not with Zada or Mirrorwing. They can't be targeted by a spell that can only target Werewolves.

If you haven't already, I recommend you drop by this thread sometime: All things Wolven. I think you'll find it a fun and helpful community, and there are some REALLY good Werewolf decks in the Hall of Fame! You can also just ...

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Some shout-outs: The original inspiration for this deck came from michael921; you can check out his latest brew at Keywords.deck (EMN Standard). The deck has continued to evolve based on your comments and my favorite Wolf decks here on T/O. And if you want to check out the top-rated Zada-Silverfur deck on T/O, look no further than Wolves who bench Eldrazi: It's Better Than Yours, by Rasanck.

Finally, please don't hesitate to +1 Upvote this deck if you like it :-)


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The matches were ...

  • 0-2 vs UR Eldrazi: Ouch, but a better matchup than the score indicates. I made a bad misplay that probably cost me Game 2 ...
  • 0-2 vs BG Emerge: A terrible match up. The deck went tall fast and I had no answers.
  • 0-2 vs UB Zombies: I thought this would be almost a mirror match ... kind of a "Battle of the 2/2 Token-generators". But it turns out Zombies can go wider and faster than Wolves. Dark Salvation was an absolute beast and I had no answers at all.
  • 1-1 vs Sultai Midrange: Officially I had a bye for this round, but I got in a pick-up match. Game One was a total blow out. No surprise there, considering my janky Werewolf deck was up against the #2 deck from SCG Columbus! But pulling off a win in Game Two was a huge surprise. Spirit of the Hunt did some serious work, and Draconic Roar + Thunderbreak Regent shared MVP honors.
  • 2-1 vs. RB Vamps: Easy wins, post-sideboard. Dual Shot did surprisingly serious work in all three games, and Draconic Roar + Thunderbreak Regent was amazing (again) in Games Two and Three. But the MVP award went to Aerial Volley .

I'll figure out any deck changes later ...

Thanks to everyone for all the help so far! Your previous comments and suggestions are tucked away under the View Archive button.

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27% Casual

73% Competitive

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Date added 3 years
Last updated 2 years
Key combos

This deck is Casual legal.

Cards 61
Avg. CMC 2.27
Tokens 0/1 Plant, 2/2 Wolf, Arlinn
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