Raised by Giants

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Format Legality
1v1 Commander Legal
Alchemy Legal
Archenemy 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
Planechase Legal
Quest Magic Legal
Vanguard Legal
Vintage Legal

Raised by Giants

Legendary Enchantment — Background

Commander creatures you own have base power and toughness 10/10 and are Giants in addition to their other types.

jarncards on Sleeping Elves Kill

4 months ago

Collected Company is one of the better cards in a deck like this.

If you run Green Sun's Zenith, I think you should run Dryad Arbor 100% of the time. Having the option to 1 mana ramp tutor as needed is the best in the game, even if it's fragile.

If you want to do the whole tap ten elves thing Benefactor's Draught, Vitalize, and Mobilize are useful. And as long as you're using mana dorks, they are good throughout the game. Birchlore Rangers is also a good mana dork for getting either color as needed if it matters. Like some of the others you have it can use creatures with summoning sickness.

Add Regal Force, you'll have the mana, and it draws infinity. Toski, Bearer of Secrets is also amazing at this.

Consider Patriarch's Bidding for when your ridiculous board state earns the response it will deserve. Also Gerrard's Hourglass Pendant

I cant build a green/black deck without Gaze of Granite and Pernicious Deed. They are great

Timberwatch Elf for the commander, or maybe Gempalm Strider might be better than Overrun. Trample isnt so important with so many creatures that will likely outnumber blockers, and the extra card from cycling and utility of another creature is worth considering. Ezuri, Renegade Leader is already in your deck and he's definitely the best option though. Beastmaster Ascension also works like a really inexpensive overun and turns on really easily.

Some of the green and black backgrounds area awesome Criminal Past, Cultist of the Absolute, Haunted One and Raised by Giants will stick around for the next cast even after your commander gets removed.

Consider Constant Mists or even instead of Fog, however I really don't think you need any of the fog effects. Honestly, you might actually need to worry about other people's fogs instead. Questing Beast is the only card that is capable of piercing though a Teferi's Protection or The One Ring in these colors. THrow in a Natural Order and you can get that, or a Craterhoof Behemoth when it matters most

Viridian Zealot, Reclamation Sage, Nullmage Shepherd, and Elvish Lyrist are useful for removal. You already have Glissa, but I dont think she's enough.

Elvish Champion might be your best lord. Pair it with Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth. Also definitely want to add Shizo, Death's Storehouse. Having lathril connect is important.

If you keep the tyvar planeswalkers, Harald Unites the Elves does a lot.

Kithkin Mourncaller might draw cards to use with your excessive mana. Leaf-Crowned Visionary, Skemfar Avenger, Miara, Thorn of the Glade do too, at a cost.

consider Crop Rotation. It can get nythkos, yavimaya.

Looking at your list you have almost nothing that turns on lathril in combat. look at Alpha Authority, Familiar Ground, Alpha Status, Gift of Doom, Rancor, Spider Umbra, Alpha Authority, Canopy Cover, Vorrac Battlehorns. Fallen Ideal is possibly my favorite with the die/sacrifce synergies you already have. Im not a fan of token doublers. I think youd be better off powering up lathril to make more tokens in the first place.

I would dump any ramp card that costs more than 3

DreadKhan on BBEG Deck Ideas

6 months ago

If you want a more control oriented Goad deck there is Baeloth Barrityl, Entertainer, he's really silly with Raised by Giants as his Background. Baeloth's 'show' was to kidnap random people and force them to fight in his gladiatorial matches, it's not especially hard to raise Baeloth's power even higher, and as long as everything is Goaded he becomes fairly hard to block, and with Raised out he's a fairly hard hitter, though probably smaller than Thantis with the same amount of effort.

shock7123 on The Refined One

9 months ago

Since Wilson has "Choose a Background," you can move Raised by Giants into your command zone. That would allow you to more consistently pump the best bear boy during your games. Just mark RbG with the same tag you used to mark Wilson as your commander.

raincoat on Wilson, Refined Grizzly

1 year ago

Played a couple of rounds with this deck & I'm a big fan - for casual pods this is a very reliable/consistent Voltron commander. For a budget deck, I was pleasantly surprised with how effective it is. Well done!

Thoughts on running Raised by Giants in the 98? Six mana for +8/+8 on Wilson sounds like a pretty solid deal.

KBK7101 on What to do with Sisay

1 year ago

One take on Sisay I've seen a few times on here is having her be a Background voltron commander. It's kind of like a shrine deck but with backgrounds instead.

Inspiring Leader

Dragon Cultist

Raised by Giants


Gidgetimer on Renata, Called to the Hunt …

1 year ago

The CDA is applied first and then the P/T setting effect from Raised by Giants, meaning that the commander is a base 10/10. Layer 7 is the layer in which P/T changes are applied. CDAs are applied in layer 7a, base P/T setting effects are in layer 7b.

613.4. Within layer 7, apply effects in a series of sublayers in the order described below. Within each sublayer, apply effects in timestamp order. (See rule 613.7.) Note that dependency may alter the order in which effects are applied within a sublayer. (See rule 613.8.)

613.4a Layer 7a: Effects from characteristic-defining abilities that define power and/or toughness are applied. See rule 604.3.

613.4b Layer 7b: Effects that set power and/or toughness to a specific number or value are applied. Effects that refer to the base power and/or toughness of a creature apply in this layer.

613.4c Layer 7c: Effects and counters that modify power and/or toughness (but don’t set power and/or toughness to a specific number or value) are applied.

613.4d Layer 7d: Effects that switch a creature’s power and toughness are applied. Such effects take the value of power and apply it to the creature’s toughness, and take the value of toughness and apply it to the creature’s power.

Turu on Renata, Called to the Hunt …

1 year ago


I was playing an EDH game in local game store, when a guy that was playing Renata, Called to the Hunt played Raised by Giants and we did not know how it works exactly. And in that matter, how does Raised by Giants works with any other commander with "*" in its power or toughness like Ashaya, Soul of the Wild

Thank you for your answers

Abaques on Background pairings

1 year ago

I'm in the process of brewing a deck with Wilson, Refined Grizzly and Shameless Charlatan with the idea of turning Wilson into a copy of whatever is the best creature on the battlefield. Wilson's cheap to cast and has some baked in protection and nice abilities in case there's nothing great to copy. I'll be putting a bunch of +1/+1 and ability counters on Wilson. Kind of a build my own voltron.

I also built a background tribal deck with Tana, the Bloodsower and Tymna the Weaver at the helm called You Came From Where?. Its pretty low budget (I just bought some cards to slightly improve the mana base) but it can be surprisingly powerful. Its not surprising, but Noble Heritage and Raised by Giants are really, really good with Tana and Tymna. I've made tons of saprolings and gained a whole lot of life very quickly. Basically partner commanders are very strong with backgrounds.

Overall I really like what they did with them. They meet the need that Battle for Baldur's Gate had for the draft environment without really breaking things like the partner mechanic kind of has.

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