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|Commander: Rule 0||Legal|
Creature — Giant Warrior
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, you may put X +1/+1 counters on Hamletback Goliath, where X is that creature's power.
5 months ago
You can never go wrong with Bramble Sovereign.
Effects like that of Impact Tremors would also be really good.
9 months ago
Cryptolith Rite, Nature's Will, Druids' Repository, and [Bear Umbra] will give repeatable combats. Nature's Will is a bit expensive, so keep Song of Freyalise instead. You can remove Battle for Bretagard, Goblin War Drums, and Mask of Avacyn to use the other three enchantments if repeatable combats is your goal. Otherwise, here are some other great additions:
Cathars' Crusade will make HUGE creatures very quickly. Brave the Sands gives the vigilance needed to take advantage of Cryptolith Rite or have blockers. Impact Tremors will cause lots of pain over time. Raiders' Spoils card draw on steroids. Something you are SORELY lacking.
Kaya, Geist Hunter a great addition that will mostly be used for her -2 ability. Rhythm of the Wild is a good card to be replaced since most of your creatures will be tokens, anyways. If you don't go with Kaya, Cathars' Crusade would probably be a better replacement for Rhythm of the Wild.
Trollbred Guardian and Hamza, Guardian of Arashin requires +1/+1 counters but you don't have very many +1/+1 counters in the deck to take advantage of this. You can remove them and instead use Mindblade Render and Oakhame Adversary for card draw. You need card draw.
Usher of the Fallen and Imperious Perfect are fairly underwhelming. Imperious Perfect is a little better, but I'd at least replace Usher of the Fallen with Rhys the Redeemed. Honestly, I'd use Ogre Battledriver over Imperious Perfect.
Tuya Bearclaw and Hamletback Goliath get big, but they can be chumped VERY easily. Lovisa Coldeyes will buff all your tokens that are harder to chump. You could maybe keep the Hamletback Giant, but Zurgo Helmsmasher or Samut, Voice of Dissent is a good choice in your deck if you decide not to.
Blaring Captain and Blaring Recruiter are also very underwhelming. Chief of the Edge can easily replace the captain, and the recruit can be replaced be literally anything (my vote would be for Impact Tremors if you haven't added it already).
You have A LOT of mana ramp in your deck, but your lacking card draw and removal. I'd maybe remove the Diamonds and add two or three mana rocks that tap for one of any color. That'll give your deck 10-11 forms of mana ramp. If you add three, that'll give room for two forms of card draw. Reconnaissance Mission, Bident of Thassa, Skullclamp, and Vanquisher's Banner are great options.
Be aware that you're sitting at only 30 lands. If you find your have a mana-base problem, I'd take out Radha, Heir to Keld, Duskwatch Recruiter Flip, or ANY of the previously discussed cards and add 3-5 lands. Out of the lands you should also add, I recommend Savage Lands, Arcane Sanctum, Crumbling Necropolis, Jungle Shrine, Nomad Outpost, Mystic Monastery, Path of Ancestry, and Unclaimed Territory.
9 months ago
((Cathars' Crusade or First Day of Class or Celebrity Fencer or Hamletback Goliath)) + ((Elemental Mastery or Kiki-Jiki, Mirror Breaker or Splinter Twin or Krenko, Mob Boss or Thraben Doomsayer)) + Intruder Alarm goes infinite for tokens and +1/+1 counters. There's no particular synergy with Hinata, Dawn-Crowned, though.
10 months ago
Hey there! Awesome brew! Some recs in case you haven't already thought of them:
Hamletback Goliath janky but fun
Reiterate since you are already running Mana Geyser with the right amount of lands untapped this can net you infinite mana. A secondary rec with this combo in mind would be Sword of the Paruns as a mana sink to continually untap Brion.
Serene Master janky but also fun
Inspiring Statuary to help you with casting spells
1 year ago
I have recently built a Jund fling deck using Yurlok of Scorch Thrash, and am looking for creatures that get absurdly large for their CMC such as Hamletback Goliath, War Elemental, or Mossbridge Troll. Any reccomendations would be great, thank you in advance
1 year ago
I recently made a Giant tribal deck as well, and I highly recommend adding Lightning Bolt . Because of the high mana value of your cards, you need some interaction in the early game to help you not fall far behind. Bolt solves that issue by killing most early-game threats, and is also nice to give you that last bit of reach to close out games.
I also highly recommend cutting Beanstalk Giant and Hamletback Goliath . While they are both fun, they are extremely mana intensive and generally do very little for you compared to the other giants. I think it is better to have more Calamity Bearer , Quakebringer , and Tectonic Giant . Doubling your damage with Calamity Bearer is so good (especially with Surtland Flinger ), and works well with Quakebringer . Speaking of which, Quakebringer puts a clock on the opponent, even in the graveyard (which is where it is likely to be, due to the abundance of removal). Tectonic Giant is a good cheap giant (as giants go) that also provides you some value even if it dies.
Additionally, I also recommend cutting Battle of Frost and Fire along with Reflections of Littjara . I personally love those card choices here, but from my limited experience, you already have great cards at this mana value slot, and with giants you have a hard time trying to get threats out. Adding more high-mana cards only results in a hand full of cards but not the ability to play them. I recommend considering using cheaper board wipes like Pyroclasm and Anger of the Gods so that you have something to do earlier, before you get the mana to play your giants. That way, you aren't having to decide between removing your opponents threats at the same time you are wanting to drop your own.
Lastly, I would recommend adding either Opt or Serum Visions , just so that you have more early-game action. They help ensure you find the lands or giants you need, and have really helped smooth my deck out.
With the new giants released in Kaldheim, I have really fallen in love with the tribe, so I am glad to see someone else come to enjoy it as well!
1 year ago
zapyourtumor haha that's cause it was based off my standard version of this deck, Giant Trouble in Little Standard. I made this into a modern deck just cause I really liked the combo of Hamletback Goliath and Surtland Flinger .
I didn't want to add too many non-creature spells or else I totally would've added a few more burn spells like Lightning Bolt in here. I have thought about cutting out green but I also like how well Beanstalk Giant combos with Surtland Flinger. Plus it enables me to get Hamletback Goliath out on turn 4 by playing Invasion of the Giants turn 2, Beanstalk Giant turn 3, then my big boi turn 4, which is always fun.
I really like Ancient Grudge as a replacement to Sunder Shaman so I'm definitely gonna do that! And I agree that Vanquisher's Banner could be cut, but it's tons of fun when I do get it out and I'm mostly just playing this deck casually, not so much competitively.
Also, I do really like Stinkdrinker Daredevil , however it would end up dying to my own Battle of Frost and Fire so I'm not so sure I would want it in there. Crush Underfoot isn't too bad, but Squash is just a bit more consistent in damage and it combos well with the last ability of Battle of Frost and Fire .
I never noticed Inferno Titan and Frost Titan when I made this deck so they might both be worth looking into! I did have Crystalline Giant in this deck originally but I took it out cause it felt too inconsistent and I needed room for Surtland Flinger and Hamletback Goliath haha. Thundercloud Shaman is also definitely worth playtesting in place of Battle of Frost and Fire so I'll have to try that out too.
Thanks for all of your suggestions, they were really well thought out and very helpful! :D
1 year ago
I love Valduk, he's one of the most consistent mono-red commanders for me performance-wise.
You should check out some of the quirky interactions you can do with Valduk I've got going on in my deck: The Duke's Fortress