I'm looking to build a Garruk tribal deck. Any input for the Commander?

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Posted on Nov. 16, 2022, 8:17 p.m. by TypicalTimmy

Title says it all. There are technically 10 Garruk cards available to the game if you search on Gatherer, but one is not able to be used in EDH (Online only), and then there is Garruk Relentless  Flip and Garruk, the Veil-Cursed which are really one physical card.

This brings the total of "card slots" for Garruk Planeswalkers down to 8. Which, obviously, is not a lot. But, it's what I want to do.

Any suggestions as to what Commander would work best for this? No, I don't want to "Just do Atraxa". That's no fun.

Vorinclex 2.0 won't work as I need black mana.

Thoughts? Or should I go Jund and throw Domri into the mix, so that I have Garruk Planeswalkers making creature tokens and Domri Planeswalkers making those tokens chonky?

There's only 4 Domri, so that brings the total to 12. I suppose I could add Xenagos, the Reveler for more tokens and mana. That'd be 13, which isn't too terrible for a light superfriends deck.

If I do that, would Lord Windgrace be fair? Then I can draw 2 cards per turn if I am discarding lands, I can get those lands back essentially at any time, and I can get tokens who Domri and Garruk can synergise with?

griffstick says... #2

I immediately think Glissa, the Traitor because she has first strike and deathtouch make her a superb blocker for you walkers

November 16, 2022 8:51 p.m.

legendofa says... #3

Carth the Lion is general planeswalker goodness.

If you go with the Domri approach, and want something a little different, Wasitora, Nekoru Queen gives you another source of creatures to beef up.

November 16, 2022 9:37 p.m.

griffstick says... #4

Yea Carth the Lion seems perfect legendofa nailed it.

November 16, 2022 9:53 p.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #5

Gonna be honest, completely forgot about Carth the Lion, lol.

All great suggestions! Thank you

November 16, 2022 10:06 p.m.

KBK7101 says... #6

Thoughts on just running Garruk Relentless  Flip as the commander as a Rule 0 thing? I doubt the deck would end up being anything terribly competitive (not a knock on your deckbuilding skills but just more because of the narrow theme), so why not just have some fun with it and make it a Rule 0 deck? If not, or if people give your grief over it, Carth the Lion is probably the best choice.

I'd say Garruk, Apex Predator but that one seems like it might be a bit too strong to have in the command zone with his emblem ability and all.

I've been debating doing the same thing with Ajani, probably with Ajani, Mentor of Heroes or Ajani, the Greathearted. Possibly another one with Jaya Ballard (RIP).

November 17, 2022 4:38 p.m.

Epicurus says... #7

legendofa is absolutely correct. However, I had at one time thought it would be interesting to build a Golgari deck with Reyhan, Last of the Abzan and Slurrk, All-Ingesting. They might work here also, though Carth the Lion is a better choice. I mention it because I was trying to figure out a partner combo that would get you into Jund, which there isn't really anything that would be better than Carth. The best I can figure would be either Kamahl, Heart of Krosa with Vial Smasher the Fierce, or Tana, the Bloodsower with Krav, the Unredeemed. Either would be viable options (albeit much different deck designs) if you wanted to add Red to the identity. Of course, using Krav would stretch the rules, since Tana is not actually its partner.

November 20, 2022 10:27 a.m. Edited.

griffstick says... #8

Black blue green would be a good idea too. With all the good clones blue has to offer including ones that copy Legends and ones that copy anything. I think blue is a good inclusion. Not to mention counter spells.

November 20, 2022 4:42 p.m. Edited.

MensRightsFTW says... #9

if you're just trying to make a planeswalker deck, i think The Prismatic Bridge  Flip is the best commander.

November 23, 2022 2:51 p.m.

Epicurus says... #10

Shattergang Brothers would make a very interesting Stax commander, if you have the cards to build it. Having said that, you'd be leaving out two of the best colors to use in Stax, but it wouldn't be impossible.

Is Jund Superfriends Stax even a thing? I don't know. But it sounds like something I'd personally try to build. Probably not even close to the best way to accomplish an Every-Garruk deck, but you know how I roll ;)

Combination Turbo Fog, Land Hate and Toxic Battleground, with the various Garruk incarnations providing the endless supply of tokens. Not a lot of Tax power without white or blue, but you could add all the classic artifacts, like Trinisphere, Defense Grid, Sphere of Resistance and so on. Add in Tangle Wire, Smokestack and so on. Black is by far the best Stax color anyway, and Jund is the second best land hate color combination next to Naya. This could totally work.

And then nobody will ever want to play against it. Ever.

November 23, 2022 6:20 p.m.

griffstick says... #11

Yea I was thinking turbo fog as well

November 23, 2022 6:41 p.m.

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