How should Gruul break stax?

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Posted on April 27, 2019, 2:41 a.m. by bryanedds

I am going to free up 4 slots to deal with a local stax player in my Atarka, World Render deck.

What four cards would you recommend, especially when there are multiple stax pieces to deal with simultaneously?


bryanedds says... #2

Currently, I'm thinking about Vandalblast , By Force , Shattering Spree , and Decimate .

April 27, 2019 3:37 a.m.

Free_Iona says... #3

Decimate will be a great addition. How about Creeping Corrosion for artifacts, to go along with Vandalblast . Release the Gremlins does much of the same but you can sink the mana in and get some 2/2s for it too, but the lower cost cards will be more competitive.

April 27, 2019 3:57 a.m.

enpc says... #4

I'm guessing this is the deck:

Double Dragon

Commander / EDH bryanedds


If so, and I know I say this a lot, but early game ramp is what you need. If you can get your beats online earlier, then Stax will have less effect on you and will allow you to put more pressure back on them.

April 27, 2019 6:36 a.m.

I’d suggest that you don’t add Decimate , as it requires a target of each type to be cast.

April 27, 2019 11:47 a.m.

Fellin22 says... #6

You could add Reclamation Sage to deal with atrifacts & enchantments and also Bane of Progress .

April 28, 2019 11:43 a.m.

bushido_man96 says... #7

terastadon might be useful.

April 28, 2019 6:36 p.m.

bushido_man96 says... #8

April 28, 2019 6:39 p.m.

bryanedds says... #9

I'm just not sure if I'll be able to pay 8 cmc while stax is on the board, tho.

April 28, 2019 9:02 p.m.

DerektheRed says... #10

There are ways to just put your creatures straight onto the board, like Aether Vial , Quicksilver Amulet , and Elvish Piper . Otherwise I second Reclamation Sage for a low-cost option. Also things like Thrashing Brontodon and Seal of Primordium can dissuade stax plays if they don't have an answer in hand. Sometimes that's all the time you need.

April 29, 2019 11:50 p.m.

geekmp3 says... #11

if it's Stax be on the lookout for Torpor Orb or Humility effects so Rec Sage may not be effective. I'm a huge fan of Vandalblast and By Force

April 30, 2019 11:50 a.m.

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