Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma


Format Legality
Pre-release Legal
Tiny Leaders Legal
Custom Legal
Magic Duels Legal
Canadian Highlander Legal
Vintage Legal
Modern Legal
Arena Legal
Standard Legal
Leviathan Legal
Legacy Legal
Brawl Legal
1v1 Commander Legal
Duel Commander Legal
Oathbreaker Legal
Unformat Legal
Casual Legal
Commander / EDH Legal

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Set Rarity
Core Set 2019 (M19) Rare

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Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma

Legendary Creature — Bear

Creature spells you cast with power 4 or greater cost less to cast.

Whenever Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma attacks, each creature you control with power 4 or greater gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn.

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma Discussion

Vlasiax on The Ur-Dragon

3 days ago

Seems solid, I've also thought about cutting Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma but this can wait until I get my copy of Bloom Tender :)

From a ramp perspective Three Visits might be better than Farseek simply because of that land coming into play untapped but for me it's very expensive and should cost at most 2x more than Nature's Lore (in case it ever gets a reprint). There's even Spoils of Victory but this might be too expensive at 3 CMC.

I wonder why Conqueror's Flail and Abrupt Decay got cut from here?

In my build I still didn't acquire Toxic Deluge due to high price tag so I thought about getting Fire Covenant in it's place and in covenant's place Anguished Unmaking - do you think that it might get similar

I understand your decision but there are much more variables that make a deck "75%" - I'd actually create most powerful version of a deck (or almost that, you know, ABUR duals are expensive xD) and depending on the playgroup's power level I'd rather adjust my playstyle (e.g. tutor for beater/ramp instead of a straight up win-con).

NeonEndymion on The Ur-Dragon

5 days ago

Hey Vlasiax! Hope you're doing well/thanks for checking in.

I have indeed been tweaking my list a bit, in part to test out a few Eldraine toys and in part to see how the deck plays by leaning closer to Tomer Abramovici's rough deckbuilding guidelines (more in line for 75%-or-below playgroups as opposed to fully optimized or cEDH):

-50 mana; lands and ramp; usually a 38-12 split

-10 sources of "card advantage;" mostly card draw or any spell that nets 2+ nonland cards in hand / directly into play

-6 targeted removal split between creature / artifact / enchantment removal

-3 board wipes

-2 recursion

-2 flexible tutors

-1 graveyard hate

-1 surprise "I Win" card

So a lot of my tweaks were to work in more direct sources of card advantage (hence Rishkar's Expertise and Wheel of Fortune ), at the expense of a slightly slower/higher curve. The deck needs to do so many different things to function, however, that I'm not looking to cut down the tutor package significantly.

As to your questions: Opportunistic Dragon is still being tested. He's usually grabbing an opponent's mana rock, with the added upside of providing sac fodder for Vaevictis Asmadi, the Dire . . . but the latter is very much a corner case upside. I'm not completely sold on the card yet but conditional artifact "removal" at 3CMC stapled to an OK dragon body has been so-so in general——but better against decks with fast starts via mana rocks, especially Sol Ring or Mana Crypt . I'm looking at adding a small sac package with Korvold, Fae-Cursed King , in which case Opportunistic Dragon would perform better, but that's mainly just for fun vs optimization. Might just build a separate deck for Korvold as a commander, though, as that seems a better path to take with the card.

- Rishkar's Expertise has been solid, but again, conditional. It is a dead, slow draw when playing from behind, but given that you'll want to mull to hands with aggressive mana acceleration, you need a big, bomby refill spell to refuel. My list needs this a bit more due to the card disadvantages of the Moxen. And even if you're "just" drawing 3-4 off of it, the free 5CMC or less for free add-on stapled to Rishkar's draw isn't irrelevant (with the downside of not being able to apply the Eminence discount on the 6CMC dragons). Needing to mull to fast-mana start hands is also why I've added Wheel of Fortune , as that card can also help set up big reanimation turns with the right draws/sequencing. For instance, you can tutor to top of deck, cast Wheel of Fortune to bin a few dragons that might be stuck in hand, then reanimate en mass. Or you can simply disrupt opponents' early "keep" hands and refuel your own after a fast mana start that otherwise leaves you nearly empty handed.

-I'd like to include/test Faeburrow Elder , but slots are getting tight and the curve is creeping up. I do like that it can combo with Aggravated Assault , as can Selvala, Heart of the Wilds . It sounds a little wild, but I've thought about swapping out Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma for it, so that the ramp curve tops out at 3 vs 4, and because Goreclaw's buff is dependent on him also being able to attack but he lacks evasion on his own. Faeburrow is definitely is a good placeholder for Bloom Tender , though.

-Good catch on Drakuseth, Maw of Flames . I've updated it. It was just an oversight while I was in the process of tagging each card with the exact printing I have in my personal paper build.

-I cut Fellwar Stone for the strictly better Arcane Signet . Fellwar is definitely still in my large "flex slot" rotation, but at this point the core of the deck feels solid. Minor adjustments will just be to address the speed/nature of local meta shifts (current shift is a result of seeing more creature-focused strategies and less hard control lately, as well as people intentionally powering down a few decks).

Anything I've cut here that you think is worth a second look at adding back? Anything I've added that you think I should look at cutting?

Right now I may have convinced myself on Faeburrow Elder over Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma but would appreciate a second take on that.

bushido_man96 on WUBRG Dragon Tribal

1 month ago

Thanks for the upvote, sexy_microwave! Those are all great suggestions. Urza's Incubator , if I had another, would go in for sure. Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma is the poor man's version for this deck right now. Karrthus is out of my price range, but Morophon, the Boundless is really looking good.

KongMing on

1 month ago

Seems like Supreme Verdict and other boardwipes could be a real headache for you. How about Heroic Intervention to help protect your board?

Maybe remove the Woodland Champion . It's a nice synergy, but really it's too thin with everything else crammed in here. Stalking Drone can get removed, too.

You could add Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma to help get the Forerunners out sooner. If you did that, something like Wolfbriar Elemental would be a lot more feasible too, and give you a way bigger reward for your mana than say Ferocious Pup .

Chhris on The Safari Zone

2 months ago

Hey lifemtg! sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I like Sigarda, Host of Herons as a protector. Seems so good.

I don't want to crowd the top end of my av. CMC with too many huge hitters -- I think I've got the package almost nailed from my 1-5 kinda range (I only really want 1 creature for each mana cost higher than 8). I think adding Zacama may be putting a hat on top of a hat. Void Winnower seems the same. They enter, and turn me into a threat, definitely, but without combo bits, Zacama doesn't really forward my plan (as he would be cheated out and not get the cast benefit.). And Winnower just makes my opponents hate me even more.

Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma was considered, but dropped due to his power not being enough for Mayael to find him, and even if cast, he doesn't affect me immediately, instead I need to untap with him for him to have power for me. Plus, the focus is more on using Mayael's ability, which doesn't have its cost reduced, or from cheaty spell like Selvala's Stampede , so I'd rarely get the creature discount or have it be worthwhile, unfortunately. This just comes from my experience playing this deck a long time.

Balefire Dragon = amazing! I used to run it years ago. Unfortunately, all my friends had a "kill on sight" bounty on Dragon, and she end up cut years back. I've found Skyline Despot to be a great replacement. The monarch card draw can't be understated (As it sticks around if Despot is ko'd) and if I untap, he makes dragons! YAY!

All great suggestions, and thank you for such great feedback -- I appreciate it. I spend a lot of time thinking about this deck, so I apologise if all your suggestions weren't taken onboard this time, but I guarantee I deeply considered them all.

Chhris on Ghalta Dredge

2 months ago

I have just discovered this deck and love it.

Have you considered Surrak, the Hunt Caller as another haste enabler? Or Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma as "ramp"?

Also, how do you deal with threats on the table?

Gscc_iq on Temur Ascendancy

2 months ago

I tested the deck with a more Green version, 4 Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma ± Myr Superion , also Kiora, Behemoth Beckoner it was really powerfull but i was playing 23 lands, I Will use less lands next time.

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Goreclaw, Terror of Qal Sisma occurrence in decks from the last year

Commander / EDH:

All decks: 0.03%

Green: 0.36%