Converting My Deck
Posted on Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m. by toxicliam
My friends and I have recently gotten into commander, and because of me haviong the largest selection of cards they have all been borrowing my cards. Since we are playing out of my collection, we don't always have access to the best cards in each color but we can trade/buy towards better cards over time. In playtesting, the white splash in Big Boy Beatdown has felt extremely underwhelming. As such, my friends and I are looking to make it either mono-green or some sort of gruul stompy for the newer players in our group to be able to compete with a simple strategy. My question is
A) What mono-green/Gruul commander options that aren't trash are there?
B) What creatures can I put in this deck that would have a large imnpact in winning the game (my group doesn't really care about bans since one of us has Worldfire and wants to use it so Primeval Titan is game.
For mono-Green, I would recommend Selvala, Heart of the Wilds . Selvala provides some card draw and ramp, but, more importantly, does not require any specific synergistic cards to be effective--you can put together a deck that at least works just using cards you have on hand.
Grand Warlord Radha is a decent Gruul commander that also can be slotted into most any deck. She works a bit better with wide strategies, but large creatures need ramp as well, and every little bit helps.
February 7, 2019 5:02 p.m.
A pretty simple mono-green beatdown commander to play is Kamahl, Fist of Krosa . Gruul offers all kinds of good commander options for creature-based strategies; Xenagos, God of Revels , Ruric Thar, the Unbowed , just to name a few.
February 7, 2019 5:08 p.m.
cdkime: I like
suggestion a lot, thank you very much! Also
seems like an incredible addition to a gruul deck, thank you! What creatures would you suggest I add as huge beaters? I think I have enough ramp as of now (I'm working on getting better artifact acceleration).
bushido_man96: Kamahl seems like an incredible commander in a deck that likes to spam creatures and swing big with Overrun or Triumph of the Hordes , definitely the direction I'm moving for my next commander deck, I will keep him in mind. Also, I own Ruric so that works extremely well, and Xengaos seems incredible. Thank you for the suggestions! What cards would you suggest for huge creatures? I don't think the ones I have are effective enough for ending games quite yet.
February 7, 2019 5:19 p.m.
There are lots and lots of big dumb animals out there in the world of MTG, too many for me to mention here. You could go to EDHRec and punch in your commander, and get plenty of good suggestions that pop up.
February 7, 2019 5:23 p.m.
A friend of mine is running a Ghalta, Primal Hunger voltron list and it's been really good for him so far.
February 7, 2019 5:29 p.m.
I also suggest Xenagos, God of Revels .
Some good budget cards with him as Commander:
- Etali, Primal Storm
- Hydra Omnivore
- Ghalta, Primal Hunger
- Greater Good
- Chandra's Ignition
- Fauna Shaman
- Somberwald Sage
Some expensive options:
February 7, 2019 9:27 p.m.
I am very biased, but I too suggest Xenagod. Here is my list for a good, relatively budget version of the deck.
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February 7, 2019 9:58 p.m.
Azusa, Lost but Seeking is in there just so that I had a place to put them after titanbloom got banned. It isn't really that good of a card for the deck. So, you can drop the price by $30 by replacing her with Draconic Disciple and have a better version of the deck.
February 7, 2019 10:02 p.m.
Craterhoof Behemoth is one that comes to mind when I think "strong large Green creature." Scavenging Ooze is great as well, providing graveyard hate and potential to grow quite large. I'll admit, Green is not my forte, so I am sure others have better suggestions for creatures.
Rather than just considering creatures, it might be a good idea to purchase some staples of Green. Here are some good options:
Sylvan Library - deck filtering with the possibility of paying life for cards is outstanding.
Defense of the Heart can be used to cheat out large creatures early in the game.
Green Sun's Zenith - allows you to find and cheat your best creature onto the battlefield.
Worldly Tutor - tutoring is always nifty.
Genesis Wave is a good way to flood the board with permanents.
February 8, 2019 12:15 a.m.
Maybe I'm still living in the past, but I still love Omnath, locust of mana for mono green. His ability to store mana allows you to ramp up to large creatures very quickly, especially if your group is allowing things like Primeval Titan that can help ramp him up even faster. Combine him with some mana doubling cards like Caged Sun , Extraplanar Lens , and Gauntlet of Power & go crazy.
Boost the guy to 21 power, make him unblockable, and wreak havoc.