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July 5, 2011


Whispers of the Muse: Si’s Counterpunch (Commander)

by Dredd77

Reader Si has been tinkering around with the Counterpunch deck from Commander, which features Ghave, Guru of Spores and a host of tokens and effects that use or rely upon them. He’d like to keep the general theme of the deck, but wants some suggestions on how to improve upon it.

Here is the deck list as it comes out of the box:

So, Commander players, what are some of the best ways to tinker with this deck? Any thoughts on effects and interactions that Wizards might have missed? Let’s hear your ideas to help Si make this the best deck he can!

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Brad
    Jul 5 2011

    well this has been my pet to tinker with and i happen to love tokens so i tossed in some of these.

    First let me say that if you only made one modification it should be to add a “Doubling season” I’m sure i dont need to explain just drop $24-30 and play the funnest card ever made, also interacts well with plainswalkers.

    *Conqueror’s Pledge- great token generater and modual

    *Savra, Queen of the Golgari- shes amazing since you tend to be sacking stuff all the time she tends to make storm “Storm Herd” even bigger and if you sack black creatures… well you just win

    *lost auramancers- i dont have an “Enlightened Tutor” this was my best option yea is vulnerable but heck sometimes sticking the enchantment is harder then finding it.

    *Butcher of Malakir- i shouldnt need to explain this grave pack is fine too but this can be found with…

    *Chord of Calling – its fantastic even in a mana light hand

    *Endrek Sahr, Master Breeder – because i just love making tokens … did i say that yet?

    just some ideas

    • Brad
      Jul 5 2011

      one more thing of note,
      Ghave + ashnods alter + doubling season/Blade of the Bloodchief is an infinite combo … i know, i get it ahahaa… its not funny or fun for you or anyone else. I’ve said my peace.

  2. Diennea
    Jul 5 2011

    I just love to play Teysa, Sacred Mesa and Twilight Drover togheter, but it’s a little mana intensive. Another card for token is Leyline of the Meek. Sigh, I want Ravnica block back 😦

  3. Alan
    Jul 5 2011

    The only thing I have to contribute is Nomads’ Assembly. A quick way to quadruple the number of creatures on the board, as long as they’re not waiting to counter it on the rebound.

  4. Icehawk
    Jul 5 2011

    There’s quite a few saproling token makers in the Trample Archenemy deck. Check ’em out.

  5. Kirsin Koch
    Jul 5 2011

    Card Drawing:
    Collective Unconscious
    Garruk, Primal Hunter
    Thought Gorger

    Counter Cards:
    Ageless Entity
    Asmira, Holy Avenger
    Blade of the Bloodchief
    Contagion Clasp
    Contagion Engine
    Feral Hydra
    Forgotten Ancient
    Gideon’s Avenger
    Juniper Order Ranger
    Khabál Ghoul
    Mortician Beetle
    Ob Nixilis, the Fallen
    Plaguemaw Beast
    Quirion Dryad
    Sadistic Glee
    Scute Mob
    Sigil Captain
    Titania’s Boon
    Twilight Drover
    Vulturous Zombie

    Counter Creatures:
    Carrion Feeder
    Etched Oracle
    Golgari Grave-Troll
    Mindless Automaton
    Oona’s Blackguard
    Phantom Centaur
    Phantom Nishoba
    Primordial Hydra
    Sekki, Seasons’ Guide
    Skarrgan Pit-Skulk
    Spike Feeder
    Spike Weaver
    Stag Beetle
    Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter

    Creature Pump:
    Akroma’s Memorial
    Concordant Crossroads
    Eldrazi Monument
    Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
    Leyline of the Meek
    Leyline of Vitality
    Mirror Entity
    Muraganda Petroglyphs
    Nemata, Grove Guardian
    Predatory Focus
    Triumph of the Hordes
    Verdeloth the Ancient

    Creature Spot Removal:
    Gideon Jura
    Grave Pact
    Shauku, Endbringer
    Spread the Sickness

    Enchantment Removal:

    Graveyard Hate:
    Entrails Feaster
    Scavenging Ooze

    Gaea’s Cradle
    Llanowar Reborn

    Life Gain:
    Suture Priest

    Mana Acceleration:
    Seeborn Muse
    Sword of Feast and Famine

    Mass Creature Kill:
    Ichor Explosion
    Phyrexian Rebirth
    Savra, Queen of the Golgari

    Golgari Guildmage
    Miraculous Recovery
    Vigor Mortis

    Token Generation:
    Avenger of Zendikar
    Conqueror’s Pledge
    Doubling Season
    Fresh Meat
    Ghave, Guru of Spores
    Grave Titan
    Jade Mage
    Living Hive
    Myr Propagator
    Nacatl War-Pride
    Nath of the Gilt-Leaf
    Rhys the Redeemed

    Diabolic Intent

  6. Icehawk
    Jul 6 2011

    Marshal’s Anthem might be fun too.

  7. Jul 7 2011

    Thanks for all the great input from the community and for putting up the musing Ertai’s, definitely going for the Doubling Season + sac outlet + board control route. Make it hard for everyone to keep creatures on the board except for me.

    Thanks mates, cheers


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