Ganax, Astral Hunter

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Arena Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Commander: Rule 0 Legal
Custom Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Gladiator Legal
Highlander Legal
Historic Legal
Legacy Legal
Leviathan Legal
Limited Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal

Ganax, Astral Hunter

Legendary Creature — Dragon

Flying

Whenever Ganax, Astral Hunter or another Dragon enters the battlefield under your control, create a Treasure token. (It's a colourless artifact with ", Sacrifice this artifact: Add one mana of any colour.")

Choose a Background (You can have a Background as a second commander.)

Alearin on Magda of the Maskwood [[Guide]] Updated for DMU

2 weeks ago

Update Dominaria United: This expansion did not add much to this deck. No cards were added to its main board; however, a few cards printed between the last update and now have been added to the Maybeboard.

  1. Descent into Avernus
  2. Ganax, Astral Hunter
  3. Guild Artisan
  4. Marching Duodrone
  5. The Reaver Cleaver

All were added and would be useful in certain builds of the deck but did not synergize with the main deck to make the cut.

seakow on Hellboy

1 month ago

To Acquire: Replace Thieves' Tools with Multiclass Baldric or Swiftfoot Boots Replace Ganax, Astral Hunter with Goldspan Dragon Replace Dragonlord Kolaghan with a huge artifact or Anger or somethin idk

Slashdance on A Thunder of Dragons

2 months ago

@ MyFETTish

Yeah, Triumph of the Hordes could def do some work in here, but I'm just not a fan of winning by infect sometimes. I don't think it's fun, and not really thinking it fits "dragons" so much.

But it is a good idea, for sure ... we could easily take out 1, 2, or even 3 players with it. Not sure if my local meta would like that, but it's a fine add for anybody else with this deck. =)

And, about the commander, I go over that in the primer above. In fact, it's the first accordion block available to click on: "Wait, what? Why no DRAGON for our commander?"

It says:

"Glad you asked!

Our original Commander was Thrakkus the Butcher. He is actually the original inspiration for the deck and our choice of colors. But his 5 mana CMC with at least 1 of red and green feels a bit high as a removal magnet.

After some thought we are leaned more towards Ganax, Astral Hunter with Acolyte of Bahamut as the Background so we can not only play with the new mechanic but also get some mana relief earlier and repeatedly into the game. This plays perfectly into a deck with many high-cost fatties!

Unfortunately, though we can get Acolyte into play sooner than our commander, we cannot use Acolyte to help pay for our commander since it transfers the ability TO the commander ... and he's not in play yet. Making matters worse, once we summon our commander, we STILL cannot use the ability from Acolyte because our commander would have been the first dragon cast that turn. Thus, to use Acolyte to save mana, we must wait until our next turn and hope that our commander is still alive to provide mana relief for our next "first" dragons. This is NOT ideal, as now our commander is a HUGE target even more than before, and we're taking up two cards to play our commander. Ugh.

To tell the truth, the BEST commander for our dragon deck is actually going to be Karlach, Fury of Avernus, with the background Acolyte of Bahamut. Karlach has the awesome ability to give us 2 combat rounds each turn to really push our damage output to the max, AND we get the bonus of using Acolyte's mana reduction for a dragon every turn, even the first turn we put our commander into play. Even better is that she, herself, doesn't need to attack in order to trigger a 2nd attack phase, which most of creatures with similar abilities do, so we can keep her protected by not attacking if it is strategically sound to do so.

Yes, she's going to be an even larger target for removal, but justifiably so. This is okay, she's worth it. She's one of those creatures you want out early and often, and being a Commander her allows her to return a lot, and we'll have plenty of mana to spend. Plus, we can drop Thrakkus in behind her, and getting double damage in 2 attack rounds ... BRILLIANT!

That all said, this doesn't exactly play into our "ultimate" dragon theme deck as well, as Karlach is NOT a dragon. But what she lacks in creature type she gains in a background, and in the spirit of D&D, being an "Acolyte of Bahamut" means she worships dragons near religiously, and so thematically we can play her as a devoted practitioner of dragon summoning.

So, if we want the MOST effective and dangerous dragon deck there is, Karlach, Fury of Avernus is our go-to commander, imho. She's pretty badass!

See further down below for some other commander options!"

Thanks for stopping by!

Forkbeard on Miirym, Sentinel Wyrm: Double Dragon

2 months ago

Thanks DareiJuxis. Strionic Resonator is a great card and I had it in the pile of cards I wanted to include, but choices and cuts were getting really tough so I opted for the static ability of Panharmonicon rather than the pay to activate option of Strionic. Also, there's a few more ETB effects beyond Miirym + the 2 you mentioned: Astral Dragon, Ganax, Astral Hunter, Obsidian Charmaw and Thundermaw Hellkite. Still! There's a bunch of attack and death triggers I could take advantage of with Strionic as well so I might try to sub it in to give it a try.

Coward_Token on Commander Legends: Battle for Baldur's …

3 months ago

For izzet Dragon tribal, I feel like Lozhan, Dragons' Legacy immediately got its thunder stolen by Ganax, Astral Hunter + Feywild Visitor, which is kinda sad

KBK7101 on So what are the Background …

3 months ago

I haven't done too much research into pairings, but I do think a few had some potential (for me, at least) :

Folk Hero, Clan Crafter, Vhal, Candlekeep Researcher, Criminal Past, Dragon Cultist and Cloakwood Hermit all seem pretty cool, too.

I will admit, I do like CLB's background partner system a lot more than the dungeon mechanic that AFR gave us. It feels much more "DnD" to me. (as someone who's never played DnD)

legendofa on So what are the Background …

3 months ago

Haven't built any of these yet, but here's a few that caught my eye.

Erinis, Gloom Stalker + Scion of Halaster for that pauper dredgey goodness.

Burakos, Party Leader + Folk Hero might have to stretch a bit on the Wizards, but it could be doable.

Karlach, Fury of Avernus + Haunted One for a pretty good representation of my current D&D character.

Ganax, Astral Hunter + Feywild Visitor because Dragons like Treasure.

Nonary27 on Best Commanders in EDH [Tier List] Part 1

3 months ago

Thanks, Sephyrias, currently I'm thinking about making a Jaheira, Friend of the Forest deck, this card makes many underplayed cards like Gingerbread Cabin become very good, still picking the background, there is no background really impress me, Cloakwood Hermit seems decent but mono green means the fewer option

Also, I'm planning on getting a Captain N'ghathrod deck and making some small change, is there any good cheap cards should put in that deck?

At last, I wonder how is Ganax, Astral Hunter like Galazeth Prismari? I thought Galazeth is more like make artifacts rather than use etb

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