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Carny Ghave, Lord of Leaches [cEDH/In Progress]

Commander / EDH* BGW (Abzan, Junk)


Breaking the Carnival of Souls in Abzan

This is an attempt to break Carnival of Souls and make a unique, subjectively competitive Ghave and is part of the "Breaking Carnival of Souls" project.

What's going on

This is a more concentrated version of Lord of Leeches [Unique Ghave Build], which is a little more casual for my playgroup, using Ghave's ability to create and sac creatures, Carnival of Souls swamp production, and X-spells. It used to have the full "Thespian" suite (ie. all the Blood Artists and Soul Wardens), but I've decided to avoid altogether Blood Artist & Zulaport Cutthroat stuff, as it'd just be like any other more tuned Ghave decks.


The alternatives to blood artist include large for an Exsanguinate type spell, Drain Life, Torment of Hailfire etc. Killing Wave is a more dynamic card than Exsanguinate as you can use it as removal. If you want to make it one step more challenging you could use Bond of Agony as you'd need two Soul Cats out. Crypt Rats is another Janky one that can wipe the board and make it a little more interesting/challenging for you. Shadows of the Past is part of the card advantage package in here, but with infinite it also works as a finisher.

This isn't a 2-3 piece winner. I like that. Ultimately you need: 1. a Soul Cat like Essence Warden, 2. a passive +1/+1 creator like Blade of the Bloodchief or Karlov of the Ghost Council 3. Ghave, Guru of Spores 4. Carnival of Souls 5. X-spell

If you have 1-4 out, or even 2-4, and a Fecundity or Dark Prophecy, you can draw your whole deck looking for the rest. With Insidious Dreams and a card draw combo out, you can speed this up without getting close to milling yourself, while also ditching usable creatures with the discard and making one of those 4 cards an Immortal Servitude.

When tutoring, in most cases you go for the Carnival first.

Final thoughts

This is being honed. It's currently lacking removal. There's a few other things to tweak, but I feel like it's getting pretty quick. Turn 4 is very possible, I managed it with my first trial of it. It could use a couple more recursion spells as well.


Updates Add

I dropped the Carousel combo from this to just focus on straight breaking Carnival of Souls.

I'm still excited about exploring the "Carousel of Souls" as it's something I feel will be really interesting to play. It's being worked on here:

Carny Ghave's Carousel of Souls [Creature Storm]

Commander / EDH* goldlion


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Date added 1 year
Last updated 5 months

This deck is Commander / EDH legal.

Rarity (main - side)

6 - 0 Mythic Rares

46 - 1 Rares

22 - 0 Uncommons

19 - 0 Commons

Cards 100
Avg. CMC 1.97
Tokens 1/1 Saproling
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