Ghalta, Primal Hunger

Ghalta, Primal Hunger

Creature — Dinosaur

Ghalta, Primal Hunger costs less to cast, where X is the total power of creatures you control.

Trample

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Set Rarity
Jumpstart (JMP) Rare
Game Night 2019 (GN2) Rare
Magic Game Night (GNT) Rare
Rivals of Ixalan (RIX) Rare
Explorers of Ixalan (EO2) None
Promo Set (000) Rare

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Format Legality
Block Constructed Legal
Frontier Legal
Pioneer Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Penny Dreadful Legal
Vintage Legal
Casual Legal
Highlander Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Modern Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Historic Legal
Unformat Legal
Magic Duels Legal
2019-10-04 Legal
Commander / EDH Legal
Legacy Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Leviathan Legal

Ghalta, Primal Hunger occurrence in decks from the last year

Standard:

All decks: 0.24%

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Green: 0.35%

Ghalta, Primal Hunger Discussion

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

11 hours ago

Lot's of play-testing and game-play has led to the following changes:

Quartzwood Crasher is in. Avenger of Zendikar is out.

Godo, Bandit Warlord is in. Chancellor of the Forge is out.

Ghalta, Primal Hunger is in. Craterhoof Behemoth is out.

Giant Adephage is in. Living Hive is out.

Malignus is in. Gaea's Cradle is out.

Momentous Fall is in. Altar of Dementia is out.

Return of the Wildspeaker is in. Comet Storm is out.

Reap the Past is in. Moldgraf Monstrosity is out.

The Great Henge is in. Temporal Aperture is out.

Skyshroud Claim is in. Thaumatic Compass  Flip is out.

Also, on a whim, I decided to swap in Etali, Primal Storm for Stalking Vengeance. Yeah, that took about one attack trigger to make this exchange permanent.

Etali, Primal Storm is in. Stalking Vengeance is out.

Observations: Godo, Bandit Warlord, The Great Henge, Etali, Primal Storm, Return of the Wildspeaker and Quartzwood Crasher were absolute all-stars in game-play and play-testing. Bonafide all-stars. I recommend adding these cards to every Xenagos, God of Revels EDH/Commander deck.

All changes have been made to the current deck list. Thank you for the feedback and comments!

BRG24 on Mono Green Stompy

1 week ago

Really nice deck. Just a few things that you might want to consider, God-Eternal Rhonas I find can be a brilliant finisher, especially with stuff like Ghalta, Primal Hunger and Rhonas the Indomitable providing trample. Also, this deck seems very light on removal, so maybe a card like Ram Through would be good here. Not only is it removal, but can also sometimes just win games out of nowhere with the trample damage. These may not be what you want to include in the deck, but maybe they could be some things to consider. Hope this is helpful.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

1 week ago

Upon reading your comments:

1) I did swap out Migration Path for Skyshroud Claim. Fetching-out Stomping Ground and Cinder Glade with Skyshroud Claim feels really, really good.

2) I agree with you about Altar of Dementia. I initially failed to realize that it was included as part of the token package. Once the token package was removed, Altar of Dementia was ineffective and a waste of a card slot. Without a bunch of token creatures and Craterhoof Behemoth, Altar of Dementia is easily expendable in this deck.

3) I do like Etali, Primal Storm and am considering its inclusion in the deck. Etali, Primal Storm's attack trigger can be really powerful and add another element to our plan, as you mentioned above.

4) I don't want to be "that guy" with this deck. I do have a copy of Blightsteel Colossus for the purposes of eliminating any unfair or unfun players from the table. I once had the Savage Ventmaw and Aggravated Assault combo in this deck, but took it out. I didn't want to go infinite with this deck.

Upon perusing my collection, I did not find a copy of Bonders' Enclave. When I get one, it will replace Mossfire Valley.

I also did not have a copy of Nylea, Keen-Eyed. I was bummed-out about that, but once I acquire a copy she'll fly right into Xenagos's waiting arms!

I play-tested the following ten changes:

1) Quartzwood Crasher in and Avenger of Zendikar out.

Quartzwood Crasher made some big trampling creature tokens. Its presence was noticeable in the deck and did more in combat than Avenger of Zendikar ever did.

2) Godo, Bandit Warlord in and Chancellor of the Forge out.

This was the biggest difference for me during the initial play-testing of these changes. Godo, Bandit Warlord fetched Embercleave every time. Once, I entwined Tooth and Nail to put onto the battlefield Godo, Bandit Warlord and Worldspine Wurm. The Embercleave came into play and then was equipped to Worldspine Wurm. At combat, Xenagos, God of Revels gave Worldspine Wurm +16 +16 to enable a 32/32 trampling and double-striking beat-down. In another game, Xenagos, God of Revels was cast on turn four followed by Godo, Bandit Warlord on turn five. After he fetched Embercleave and it was equipped to him, combat ensued and Godo, Bandit Warlord got +4 +4 and haste, enabling an 8/8 trampling, double-striking and hasty attacker. Then, after the additional combat phase, Godo, Bandit Warlord attacked as a 16/16 trampling double-striker. This 48 damage knocked the opponent right out of the game. Godo, Bandit Warlord is awesome in this deck!

3) Ghalta, Primal Hunger in and Craterhoof Behemoth out.

As hoped, I was always able to cast Ghalta, Primal Hunger for a handful of mana, and often for just . With a couple of bigguns in front of him, getting Ghalta, Primal Hunger into play with Xenagos, God of Revels on the battlefield was game-ending.

4) Giant Adephage in and Living Hive out.

I did not draw Giant Adephage once. I did not tutor for it either.

5) Here's where it gets a little complicated. I failed to record a change I made to this deck list when I swapped out Malignus for Rampaging Brontodon prior to posting on tappedout. So, technically, Malignus was not in the deck and Rampaging Brontodon was. It just wasn't reflected in the deck list. As play-testing began, I decided to leave Gaea's Cradle in the deck and not make a change. However, after multiple times of putting into a play a useless Gaea's Cradle (that hurts to say!) or one that only taps for , I decided this card deserved a deck more fitting for its level of power. So, I eventually replaced Gaea's Cradle with Malignus and was happy I did. During one of the games I Malignused one of my opponents out of the game on turn five. Malignus is back!

6) Momentous Fall in and Altar of Dementia out.

I did not draw Momentous Fall once during play-testing.

7) Return of the Wildspeaker in and Comet Storm out.

I did not draw Return of the Wildspeaker once during play-testing.

8) Reap the Past in and Moldgraf Monstrosity out.

I did not draw Reap the Past once during play-testing.

9) The Great Henge in and Temporal Aperture out.

As predicted, The Great Henge is bonkers in this deck. In one game, I was able to cast The Great Henge for and then cast Ghalta, Primal Hunger for on the same turn! Having Ghalta, Primal Hunger enter the battlefield with a +1 +1 counter and drawing a card was awesome. Aside from Godo, Bandit Warlord, The Great Henge was the most noticeable game-changing addition made to the deck during this initial phase of play-testing.

10) Skyshroud Claim in and Thaumatic Compass  Flip out.

As mentioned earlier, fetching-out Stomping Ground and Cinder Glade with Skyshroud Claim felt good. It felt really, really good. These lands are unfetchable with Thaumatic Compass  Flip or Migration Path. Good suggestion!

Additionally, the overall speed of the deck was noticeable as well. I was threatening opponents by turn four or five every game.

I plan to continue play-testing until I have been able to play with all of the potential new inclusions. I appreciate your suggestions and your kind words regarding my responses. The Magic Community is important to me and it becomes stronger with positive communication. Thank you for being a part of that.

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

2 weeks ago

Yes, definitely. I don't want to be misunderstood. I know eliminating one higher CMC creature (Moldgraf Monstrosity) and replacing it with a lesser CMC creature (Quartzwood Crasher) will not lower the overall CMC of a deck in any noticeable way. That potential swap was in conjunction with the other suggestions made for the purposes of lowering the overall CMC of this deck.

I like the suggestion of Bonders' Enclave. Every creature in the deck has power four of greater, so activating this land to draw a card should be easy.

Lifeblood Hydra is an awesome card. I've wanted it for a while but it's forever out of stock.

Nylea, Keen-Eyed seems like a great addition. Reducing the CMC of creatures and digging through the top of a library are aces!

The Great Henge is an automatic inclusion.

I hadn't thought of Godo, Bandit Warlord. It makes sense to include him in order to fetch Embercleave, equip it to him, activate Xenagos's ability, attack, activate Xenagos's ability again and then attack again. Godo, Bandit Warlord curves from Xenagos, God of Revels perfectly. At , under the scenario mentioned above, Godo, Bandit Warlord can attack for a total of 48 damage in one turn. With early ramp that's an early turn knock-out of an opponent. Great suggestion!

I plan to task myself with attempting to include the following cards:

Momentous Fall or Return of the Wildspeaker (card draw)

The Great Henge (card draw and ramp)

Migration Path (card draw or ramp)

Bonders' Enclave (card draw)

Nylea, Keen-Eyed (card draw and ramp)

Reap the Past (graveyard recursion)

Godo, Bandit Warlord (Embercleave-fetcher, opponent-eliminator)

Quartzwood Crasher (big trampler, makes other tramplers)

Giant Adephage (big trampler, makes other tramplers)

Ghalta, Primal Hunger (really big trampler)

My initial thoughts are to eliminate the following ten cards in order to include the aforementioned ones:

Avenger of Zendikar

Chancellor of the Forge

Living Hive

Craterhoof Behemoth

Comet Storm

Gaea's Cradle

If some of the creatures utilized for the token package are going to be eliminated, might as well eliminate the entire package.

Moldgraf Monstrosity

Temporal Aperture

Thaumatic Compass  Flip

Mossfire Valley

Again, these are my initial thoughts. I'd like to play-test in order to realize the benefits of these changes. If we proceed with these lists, the potential swaps would look something like this:

Quartzwood Crasher in. Avenger of Zendikar out.

Adding another trampling creature that can create other trampling creatures seems like an improvement. Additionally, the mana investment is reduced by two.

Godo, Bandit Warlord in. Chancellor of the Forge out.

Without an army of tokens and/or other creatures, Chancellor of the Forge is weak. Godo, Bandit Warlord is a great fit for Xenagos, God of Revels and Embercleave. Plus, we save a little on the CMC. This is a lethal addition!

Ghalta, Primal Hunger in. Craterhoof Behemoth out.

Without an army of tokens and/or other creatures, Craterhoof Behemoth is not as effective. Choosing Ghalta, Primal Hunger as a replacement seems acceptable. A 12/12 trampler that will most likely never cost is a great addition to the deck. With almost any of our creatures under our control, Ghalta, Primal Hunger will cost less than Craterhoof Behemoth. Another reduction in CMC.

Giant Adephage in. Living Hive out.

Living Hive was another piece of the token package that seems out of place without the rest of the pieces. This change provides another slight reduction in CMC. Giant Adephage also can create big copies of itself with trample.

Bonders' Enclave in. Gaea's Cradle out.

If the token package of this deck is eliminated, Gaea's Cradle is more beneficial in decks that provide armies of creatures. Adding Bonders' Enclave provides card draw.

Return of the Wildspeaker or Momentous Fall in. Comet Storm out.

Without the presence of a token army and Gaea's Cradle, keeping Comet Storm as a finisher is not optimal. Supplanting it with a form of card draw seems like a reasonable replacement.

Reap the Past in. Moldgraf Monstrosity out.

This is maintaining some form of graveyard recursion while reducing the overall CMC of the deck.

The Great Henge in. Temporal Aperture out.

The Great Henge simply does more than Temporal Aperture.

Migration Path in. Thaumatic Compass  Flip out.

Migration Path provides quicker ramp and the potential for card draw if it's cycled.

Nylea, Keen-Eyed in. Mossfire Valley out.

Nylea, Keen-Eyed provides ramp and card draw on the body of an indestructible creature/enchantment. Replacing Mossfire Valley, which admittedly is one of the weaker lands in the deck, is a massive upgrade.

I will mull over these potential changes. Originally, the token package was included in order to provide an additional win condition (Comet Storm). Eliminating this option will put the onus of victory through combat in nearly every game, aside from Altar of Dementia. Perhaps these changes will be effective and additional win conditions are unnecessary. I want to learn more through play-testing before making any official changes to the deck list. We shall see.

Thank you again for your suggestions! I appreciate your time and effort!

MTGBurgeoning on Gruul Stompy Featuring Xenagos, God of Revels

3 weeks ago
  1. Yes, the average converted mana cost of this deck is high, as the big, beefy creatures inflate the average CMC (average CMC of creatures equals seven). Due to this, I tried placing a bit of a premium on ways to cheat these creatures onto the battlefield with cards like Quicksilver Amulet, Sneak Attack, Selvala's Stampede, Summoning Trap and Tooth and Nail. There are also additional spells that are more resource-intensive than the aforementioned cards (Vivien's Arkbow, Temporal Aperture, Finale of Devastation and Chord of Calling). With nine ramp spells/mana rocks in the deck, casting spells has not been difficult. As for eliminating some more expensive creatures, I've been thinking about swapping out Moldgraf Monstrosity for Quartzwood Crasher. Additionally, I'd like to include Ghalta, Primal Hunger and planning never to pay to cast it.

  2. I agree about card draw. Currently the only card draw in the deck is Greater Good. I want to include Guardian Project but must acquire a copy of it. Adding Momentous Fall and/or Return of the Wildspeaker would strengthen this weakness.

  3. Yes, there is little chance of completing the Avenger of Zendikar and Chancellor of the Forge combo without Tooth and Nail or Shared Summons, and hard-casting each of these creatures on the same turn by investing 14 mana is not optimal. Yes, in the majority of games I have played with Xenagos, God of Revels this combo is enabled less than half of the time. These statements are undeniably true. I will consider removing Chancellor of the Forge, Living Hive, Avenger of Zendikar and Gaea's Cradle and replacing them with Momentous Fall, Return of the Wildspeaker, The Great Henge, Ghalta, Primal Hunger or Migration Path. When a copy of Guardian Project falls into my ever-waiting arms I will add it to the deck.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about our Gruul God! I look forward to more back-and-forth in the future!

MrBoombastic on

1 month ago

You're totally right mate. That came out worse than intended. Sorry.

Let me start over:

Love the dinos, love the name.

A few things to consider:

  • For competitive play, decks like this want a strong and efficient curve. For most decks, that usually means to lower the curve. Yours starts at 5, which is too slow in many cases. Even with some ramp and removal. Some good options could be Ripjaw Raptor and Marauding Raptor - this is obviously best with Enrage creatures, but definitely outshines Otepec Huntmaster at that point. Regisaur Alpha and Ghalta, Primal Hunger are also great cards, that happen to follow your trample theme. Both should be stronger than Yidaro, Wandering Monster and Zilortha, Strength Incarnate. The latter doesn't really synergize with anything in the deck.

  • You've gone hard on the spot removal to make up for the curve. Going one for one doesn't always cut it though, when you have no early pressure or card advantage. You'll run out of juice or just get outclassed. I'm a greedy guy myself, but I've run into that same problem myself several times before.

  • I think Commune with Dinosaurs is a must in dino tribal. It just adds some good consistency + it lets you play fewer lands without fear of mana screw. 4 copies + 22-23 lands should be enough, depending on your curve.

  • Charging Tuskodon is a decent limited card, but I wouldn't play it in a competitive deck. It doesn't do enough for the cost. The sideboarded Shifting Ceratops is a lot stronger.

I'm not saying to build exactly like in this video, but she goes more in detail about deckbuilding and card choices in the first 5 minutes, so it might be of help -

Hope that helps. Good luck!

TriusMalarky on Why Have There Been So ...

1 month ago

Righteous Aura costs life. The only time it is actually useful is when it's targeting something that deals a ton of damage. I mean, if it's 3 or 4 damage you're literally paying to prevent 1-2 damage. The amount of damage has to be 5 to even be considered Healing Salve, and even then repeatable conditional Healing Salve isn't that great. So really, it's garbage unless your opponent is playing Eldrazi Titans, Dark Depths, Ghalta, Primal Hunger, Titanoth Rex, etc.

slashdotdash on 5 color no theme deck

1 month ago

Dear Kronhamilton

Golos, Tireless Pilgrim is my favorite commander, and I've been brewing around him ever since he was teased. Let me just say you've chosen an excellent commander.

(I’ve written quite a lot in an attempt to make a sort of guide for you, so if you want the short version, check out the Suggestions panel)

Golos can be tricky to build around since he can do literally anything pretty well. The easiest way to make an effective Golos deck is to lean into Golos's 7 Mana Rainbow Wheel Of Death. Before getting into that though, we need to cover some EDH deckbuilding basics.

I think the most useful advice I can give someone who is just beginning to explore the deck-building territory of EDH is to structure your deck and mind your Ratios. By this I mean it is useful to categorize the cards in your deck according to the role they fulfill.

We’ll begin by looking at some core categories that you’ll want to make your deck function effectively. Then I’ll present the Ratios (how many of each category of card) you will want to make a generic Golos deck function effectively. Next, I’ll include a detailed (but not totally complete, because I’d be here all day) catalogue of cards within some of those categories. I’ll also offer up some suggestions and input about some of your specific card choices. Lastly, since I’m about to unpack a lot of information, I will include a brief list of suggestions (see the bottom) for a generically good Golos ‘Shell’ that should be able to support most Golos strategies.

Categories

  • Draw

  • Ramp

  • Removal

  • Sweepers

  • Threats

  • Support

  • Land

Draw Show

Ramp Show

Removal Show

Sweepers Show

Threats Show

Support Show

Land Show

The art of Ratios is all about determining what combination of cards from each category makes your deck run the most smoothly.

Please note that these Ratios will not total to 99 cards. This is because you will invariably have extra flexibility to choose how your deck behaves even after establishing functional Ratios. Also keep in mind that although these Ratios do recommend you adhere to the minimum number of cards in each category, you still can choose which cards will fill those slots. The point is not to restrict your options, but instead to create a ‘Shell’ that is reliable enough to power your Threats cards, Support cards, and other cards. Whatever you do, make sure you have at least the minimum number of Draw and Ramp cards. THE MOST IMPORTANT CARDS IN THE DECK ARE DRAW AND RAMP!!!

While I ultimately suggest Ratios resembling the Basic Golos Shell, I will lay out the Ratios for several different Shells;

  • Template: a sort of baseline beginner’s guide which is commonly promoted as a place to start.

  • Basic Golos: a modified version of the Template that suites most Golos decks.

  • Control: a version tailored for a slower game with many Sweepers.

  • Aggro: a version designed to act quickly and deploy Threats before the opponents are prepared.

  • Big Mana: a version invested heavily into Ramp with the goal of deploying many end-game Threats.

  • Mega Mana: an even more extreme version of Big Mana with extremely expensive Threats.

Template Show

Basic Golos Show

Control Show

Aggro Show

Big Mana Show

Mega Mana Show

Draw Show

Please remember that any suggestions I make are because I am trying to help. Ultimately, the choices you make with your deck are up to you, and I can only provide constructive criticism based on my own experience and opinions.

Good luck :)

Ratio Fixing

The most effective change to your deck would probably be adjusting the Ratios, especially with regard to your Draw cards. Applying the most basic Template Shell, you want to have at least these three quantities nailed down for a smoother and reasonably powerful deck;

  • Lands – 36 --> You have 40 Lands (Cut 4 Lands)

  • Ramp – 10 --> You have 5 true Ramp cards (Add 5 to 8 Ramp cards)

  • Draw – 10 --> You have 3 true Draw cards (Add 7 to 10 Draw cards)

What I counted in your deck Show

Mutate

Depending on how strong your Mutate subtheme is, some of your Mutate inclusions may act as engines. However, I must state that Mutate is a VERY risky and even fragile strategy since your Mutate ‘Pile’ of creatures will all be destroyed at once if your opponent uses a Removal spell or a Sweeper. For that reason, I recommend leaning out of the Mutate theme (unless the Mutate card is just straight-up insane, as in the example of Nethroi, Apex of Death).

With that said, playing a Mutate theme is your decision and I totally respect that and if you want to stick to a Mutate theme then by all means do so. I just want to be sure you know that Mutate is a risky strategy that you cannot depend on to fulfill your Ramp and Draw slots (so you’ll just need to supplement it with other cards).

Cut or Include?

At a glance your deck seems like something you have created using just your collection – and that’s great! However, if you want to incrementally upgrade your deck, then I recommend replacing most of the cards in your deck with more powerful options over time.

Here is a list of cards you should probably keep playing: - Barrier Breach (Removal, because exiling 3 enchantments is helpful in some situations)

In my opinion, there are other, better options for all of the other nonland cards in the deck, however it is up to you to decide on how you would like to proceed so I won’t intrude.

I strongly recommend cutting the Planeswalkers though – Calix, Destiny's Hand doesn’t seem to synergize much with the deck and I feel that Lukka, Coppercoat Outcast is not very potent.

Lands

Just as a recommendation, I would suggest the following spread of Basic Lands;

  • 8 Basic Forests

  • 3 of each other Basic Land

The remainder of your lands could be either more basics (which is really, really, risky if you don’t have tons of Ramp – think like 15 Ramp cards and about 12 Basic Forests) or Color Fixing Lands (see the Catalogue for more options). It is rough to have your lands enter the battlefield tapped, but unless you want to either lean into Green or spend a lot of money on lands, you will just have to live with it (I play around 5-10 tapped lands in a normal Golos deck and it isn’t really that bad).

In this section, I will list out an example of the Basic Golos Shell complete with the necessary Ratios and some examples of good/fun cards in each category. I’ll try to keep it relatively Budget sensitive and most of these cards will be relatively random – this won’t be based on any particular theme so don’t expect it to be optimal.

As a reminder:

Basic Golos Show

The Shell

Ramp – 12

Draw – 13

Removal – 7

Sweepers – 2

Threats – 12

Support – 7

Land – 36

Good Luck :)

-Slashdotdash

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