Garruk, Apex Predator

Garruk, Apex Predator

Planeswalker — Garruk

+1: Destroy another target planeswalker.

+1: Create a 3/3 black Beast creature token with deathtouch.

-3: Destroy target creature. You gain life equal to its toughness.

-8: Target opponent gets an emblem with "Whenever a creature attacks you, it gets +5/+5 and gains trample until end of turn."

Garruk, Apex Predator Discussion

Strangelove on Big lifegain, big creatures - Willowdusk

1 month ago

Hey Walrighti, +1!

@your post

Congrats on your first deck! You have a lot of fun cards in here and it looks great! I imagine you want to tune and make it even more efficient so here are some ideas...

Add 3 categories: #Combo, #Lifegain, and #Evasion; and then sort your maybeboard the same way you've done your mainboard to easily rank your choices within a category (By "combo" I mean all your "if-then" cards like Trudge Garden that are slower and don't work by themselves). Remove #Creatures (most of them are #Combo).

Avoid most cards above 4 cmc... Willowdusk is fast and fragile, so play into that... Also, prioritize cards that can do 2 or more things or that give value on ETB... If you have pet cards that don't really fit and that hurt to cut, put them in a "I'll build that theme later" list.

(All under $3)

+1 Devoted Druid ... this card is a beast

+1 Rampant Growth

+1 Arcane Signet

+1 Golgari Signet

+1 Talisman of Resilience ... #Ramp

+1 Elves of Deep Shadow

+1 Elvish Mystic

+1 Fyndhorn Elves

+1 Llanowar Elves ... #Ramp... the elves enable Willowdusk combos on turn 3.

+1 Marwyn, the Nurturer

+1 Viridian Joiner ... #Ramp... #Combo

+1 Boompile ... its a gem (hint: don't tap it on your turn) +1 Nightmare Unmaking

+1 Killing Wave

+1 Massacre Girl ... #Wipe

+1 Kenrith's Transformation

+1 Beast Within ... #Removal

+1 Swiftfoot Boots

+1 Inspiring Call

+1 Oblivion's Hunger

+1 Rush of Vitality

+1 Sheltering Word

~1 Slippery Bogbonder

+1 Golgari Charm ... #Evasion

+1 Haunted Cloak

+1 Chariot of Victory

+1 Charge Through

~1 Tuskguard Captain

~1 Rancor ... Trample and haste are important... #Evasion

~1 Destined ... the choices are really good.

+1 Deepwood Ghoul

+1 Mischievous Poltergeist

+1 Soul Channeling ... #Combo with Willowbark and stick to the board...

~1 Phyrexian Processor ... fun?

~1 Lurking Evil ... maybe?

~1 Solidarity of Heroes ... #Combo

~1 Ooze Flux ... tokens at instant speed?

~1 Retribution of the Ancients ... removal?

+1 Garruk, Primal Hunter

+1 Mindless Automaton

+1 Thought Gorger ... (leaves)

+1 Life's Legacy

+1 Return of the Wildspeaker ... #Draw

~1 Essence Harvest

+1 Bloodspore Thrinax

+1 Triskelion ... #Combo

+1 Nighthawk Scavenger ... #Fatty

...Always play at least 10 ramp spells under 3 cmc.

...Playtest and make sure Willowbark consistently makes a fatty (with evasion) before turn 6-7.

Here's another Willowdusk thread.

Happy building :)

RicketyEng on None

1 month ago

Some clarification of Obby's timeline:

1) Ob Nixilis of the Black Oath conquered his home plane then sparked.

2) On his travels/conquests of other planes at some point he was attracted by The Chain Veil 's power. However he was cursed by it when he touched it and started becoming a demon.

3) He travelled to Zendikar in hopes of using its powerful and wild mana to stop or reverse his demonic transformation.

4) Upon his arrival on the plane its protector, Nahiri, the Lithomancer , implanted a hedron in his forehead which robbed him of his spark and caused his wings to wither and eventually die. Ob Nixilis, the Fallen

5) After a few thousand years Jace, the Mind Sculptor was trying to figure out how to help Garruk, the Veil-Cursed . He extracted the hedron from Ob Nixilis's forehead and managed to implant it in Garruk's arm. In both Ob Nixilis and Garruk the hedron had the effect of subduing the veil's curse. It brought some clarity to the mind of Garruk, Apex Predator .

6) I remember reading a story where Ob Nixilis, Unshackled was buried alive and he very gradually dug his way down and toward a power source he could sense. This is how he found the Khalni Heart which he first tried to use to reignite his spark before Nissa, Voice of Zendikar stopped him.

7) Utterly sick and tired of Zendikar at this point, and buried alive once more after his duel with Nissa, Nixilis vowed vengeance on the entire plane. He hijacked the Aligned Hedron Network when the Zendikari momentarily managed to trap Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger . Ob Nixilis Reignited managed to siphon off enough power from Ulamog to reignite his spark. He then broke Ulamog out of the hedron prison and summoned Kozilek to the surface. He took the time to easily defeat Nissa, Gideon, and Jace before leaving, but Chandra showed up in time to rescue them. At that point it wasn't worth the effort to stick around for any more petty vengeance so he left.

8) Ob Nixilis, the Hate-Twisted took part in the War of the Spark. He joined Karn, Samut, and Dack Fayden on their mission to close Tezzeret's Planar Bridge from the Amonkhet side (they travelled through the portal itself because of The Immortal Sun ). Tezzeret didn't put up much of a fight. Nixilis burned large swaths of the remaining Eternal army before planeswalking away.

enpc on How powerful is this deck? …

3 months ago

legendofa: Quality should always be your guide. If you were using all 10 planeswalkers on a single (non-superfriends theme) like for example if they all pumped out tokens and then buffed them, that would be fine. But here you effectively have:

Looking at the planeswalkers, that's kind of what I see here. And don't get me wrong, repeatability is great. But you have to weigh that up against mana cost and frequency of repeatability.

ElendVenture on Five Color God Stuff

3 months ago

Ataraxey There are four dedicated board wipes ( Cyclonic Rift , Ruinous Ultimatum , In Garruk's Wake , Elspeth, Sun's Champion .). For targeted removal I run the following: Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker , Garruk, Apex Predator , Valki, God of Lies  Flip(Tibalt side), Erebos, Bleak-Hearted , and as a last resort Cyclonic Rift .

These have been sufficient for most games I've played. I tend to be in slower playgroups that don't combo off on turn 2 or 3. But I'd be happy to include more if you have some suggestions on what to remove for them.

Azeworai on Kaldheim's Walkers

7 months ago

Destroyerbirb - Interesting theory on Kaldheim being the home plane of Garruk, as his homeplane remains unnamed. He certainly has the figure to fit the clichés of Vikings. The one bet against his appearance is that he has shown up rather recently. With the story culminating at War of the Spark, WOTC has stepped away from cross-block storytelling for the time being, and he  Flip was just in Eldraine.

Due to Zendikar Rising's odd layout of its lands, being a cycle of Dimir, Boros, Selesnya, Izzet, Gruul, and Orzhov. Wizards has always had cycles of lands completed over two Standard blocks, so the rest should be in Kaldheim. Rakdos, Golgari, Simic, and Azorius should be present, and these combinations may lead to what archetypes will be prominently present, and which planeswalkers align with such archetypes. The Rakdos planeswalker above makes sense with this.

TLDR: I think Kaya is getting another colour combination and that Garruk shan't appear.

Sidenote: Raid is definitely returning as a mechanic. Calling it here.

Neotrup on None

11 months ago

Planeswalker abilities (be them plus abilities, minus abilities, or ultimates) can be responded to with things that affect abilities. As other's mentioned, destroying the source of the ability won't stop the ability, but countering the ability with something like Stifle will, as will making the target illegal (responding to Garruk, Apex Predator's ultimate with Gilded Light), or even ending the turn with Discontinuity.

Caerwyn on Can You add a Plainswalker …

1 year ago

This will work with Estrid's +2.

To start, Loyalty Abilities are activated abilities. Like all activated abilities, you pay a cost as part of putting the ability on the stack. In the case of a Loyalty Ability, that cost is adding or removing loyalty counters from the planeswalker.

Estrid's first ability does not target, so you can pay the cost (adding 2 loyalty) and put the ability on the stack, regardless of whether that ability is going to have an effect or not. The ability resolves, and nothing happens, but that's irrelevant to your question--by that point the loyalty has already been put on Estrid.

Notably, however, this will not work if the planeswalker ability requires a target AND there are no legal targets for that ability--you cannot activate a targeted ability (and thus cannot pay the cost of gaining loyalty), unless you are able to satisfy the targeting requirements.

In practice, however, that's not going to be a big deal--Wizards went out of its way to ensure the + loyalty abilities will almost always have a sufficient number of valid targets. This is done in four ways:

  1. The + loyalty ability will say something like "Up to one target" meaning you can choose 0 targets. This allows you to activate the loyalty ability with 0 targets, so you can still "pay" the cost of adding loyalty to your walker. Example: Huatli, Dinosaur Knight .

  2. The planeswalker's ability will always have a target because it can target itself. Example: Ajani Vengeant .

  3. The planeswalker might not be able to activate one of its + loyalty abilities due to lack of valid targets, but will have a second + loyalty ability that can be activated in the absence of targets. Example: Garruk, Apex Predator

  4. The target of the loyalty ability will be an opponent, since you'll always have an opponent. Example: Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver .

So, the only situation where a player can't activate at least one + loyalty ability is going to involve a loyalty ability that requires a target and a complex boardstate rendering all those targets unavailable. For example, if Leyline of Sanctity gives your opponent hexproof, you will not be able to activate Ashiok, Nightmare Weaver 's +2 ability due to a lack of valid targets.

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