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This is my second attempt at a Gruul deck. Theros is monsters, monsters and more monsters and R/G is just right up its alley!
Xenagos, The Reveler is great for more mana ALL THE MANA. With my flood of little mana creatures, it can give me more options on playing multiple spells or creatures.
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed is my main baddie. He's big, he's tough, and he gets some impact.
Ghor-Clan Rampager is just an overall beast (literally) He can be a good tough body or a great combat trick.
Domri Rade is my other planeswalker that gives me my necessary creatures quickly.
Savageborn Hydra A good double striker considering the amount of mana I can generate and beef it up.
Any advice and criticism is greatly appreciated!
Also, I need super help on developing a sideboard. The whole idea of a sideboard is still hard to me to grasp for any of my decks. Help wanted!
Finally got a hold of Nylea, God of the Hunt as well as some other cards.
Really, Voyaging Satyr is only good if you have Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx in your mainboard. I'd drop 3 basic lands for 3 Nykthos, if you have them--or at least put any that you have in there. With devotion out, you can tap Nythos to produce a lot of mana, then use Voyaging to untap and do it again. It adds up to a lot of mana for you to dumb into a Hydra or Clan Defiance, or just to throw your hand on the field.
I'd also put in the Garruk that's in standard right now, but I can't remember his exact name. With all the creatures you are running, he would give you some much needed card draw with his +1.
And every gruul deck needs a Wrecking Ogre . If someone decides not to block, you can cast this on that creature and hit them with more damage plus double strike. This wins games(has beaten me a few times, too).
I'd take out the Rubblebelt Raiders for Wrecking Ogre.
I'd remove Ruric Thar, the Unbowed for Polukranos, World Eater . Ruric can go into the sideboard--he's only truly good against control matchups or someone who uses a lot of spells. Whereas Polukranos gives you another place to dump all your mana, and can act as a much needed boardwipe.
So, in the end--
-2 Rubblebelt Raiders-2 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed-2 Boon Satyr-2 Forest-1 Mountain
+2 Wrecking Ogre+2 Garruk, Caller of Beasts+3 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx+2 Polukranos, World Eater
+2 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed --this can be placed in way of Polukranos against control matchups.
+2 Pithing Needle is always good against control or other planeswalkers.
+3 Bramblecrush This is green's way to destroying opposing Nykthos, Underworld Connections, or Planeswalkers.
And honestly, after this--I'm not sure what else you might want to toss in. I don't play Gruul much--I've just learned from what I've seen people play. Red/Green are my least favorite color combinations. =x
slinkyshadow You're the best man! Thank you for taking the time to list all of this, it really is just super helpful to get me thinking on why cards go in the sideboard and what doesn't belong.
I definitely need Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx I have one but can't get a whole lot of cards atm. Same goes for Polukranos, World Eater though he definitely plans on making an entrance if I can get a few of him. I'm definitely down for most those suggestions, Wrecking Ogre being my only questionable. He's good, no doubt about that, but maybe just too costly for a 3/3. Will definitely have to check that out.
Wrecking Ogre is almost never cast as a creature. He's only used for a mid-late game bloodrush ability. Literally, you can swing in with a 2/2 Burning-Tree Emissary and your opponent might not block it, because it's only a 2/2, right? So after your opponent says they declare no blockers, you bloodrush Wrecking Ogre onto Burning Tree, making it a 5/5 with Double Strike which hits for 10 damage. And on top of that, you can blood rush Rampager onto him--adding +4/+4 and trample. So he's a 9/9 with double strike and trample--which can potentially win you the game. With all the mana ramp you have, this could easily be done.
If you have one Shrine, toss it in anyway. If you happen to draw it and have a good bit of devotion out, then yay! There's no reason not to run the one you have.
But really, sideboards are just used to make yourself better against certain decks. Sideboards usually consist of something that's running your current meta(what people often play at your local shop/FNM). If you are having problems with control, Savage Summoning is always good, along with Ruric Thar. That way he'll be able to land without being countered--causing them to take at least six damage to get rid of him.