Ghave Guru of Spores: The Savior of the Fungal Forest

Ghave’s Story:

When monsoons devastated the land of Drakkus, the herds drowned and the harvests washed away. The humans there were forced to the fungal forests to find sustenance, and find it they did—in the form of the mycoids and their saproling offspring. What the humans saw as salvation, the mycoids called genocide, and they declared war on the invading mammals. Mages tore through the sporeborn troops with fire and steel. Only when the mycoid hero Ghave, Guru of Spores emerged did the tide finally turn. Gifted with mystic influence over the sporeborn, Ghave sculpted the fungal matter of his people into an ever-mutating army and reclaimed his forest home.

Ghave’s History:

Ghave the Guru of Spores was released in the Magic The Gathering Commander Deck: Counterpunch. The deck was marketed as:

Use Ghave, Guru of Spores to create a strangling tangle of vines and vegetation that will crush all who oppose you! The all-consuming power of growth turns your creatures into monstrous behemoths while Saprolings fuel your increasing might.”

Ghave Guru of Spores

Counterpunch

Lands (39)
Barren Moor
Command Tower
Evolving Wilds
10 Forest
Golgari Rot Farm
Orzhov Basilica
Plains
Rupture Spire
Secluded Steppe
Selesnya Sanctuary
Swamp
Temple of the False God
Tranquil Thicket
Vivid Grove
Vivid Marsh
Vivid Meadow

Creatures (26)
Aquastrand Spider
Celestial Force
Chorus of the Conclave
Dark Hatchling
Deadly Recluse
Fertilid
Golgari Guildmage
Hornet Queen
Karador, Ghost Chieftain
Monk Realist
Nantuko Husk
Penumbra Spider
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Scavenging Ooze
Selesnya Evangel
Selesnya Guildmage
Shriekmaw
Sigil Captain
Spawnwrithe
Spike Feeder
Squallmonger
Symbiotic Wurm
Teneb, the Harvester
Vampire Nighthawk
Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter
Yavimaya Elder

Other Spells (34)
Acorn Catapult
Afterlife
Alliance of Arms
Attrition
Aura Shards
Awakening Zone
Bestial Menace
Cobra Trap
Cultivate
Darksteel Ingot
Death Mutation
Doom Blade
Fists of Ironwood
Footbottom Feast
Golgari Signet
Harmonize
Hex
Hour of Reckoning
Lightning Greaves
Mortify
Necrogenesis
Nemesis Trap
Oblivion Ring
Orzhov Signet
Selesnya Signet
Skullclamp
Sol Ring
Soul Snare
Storm Herd
Syphon Flesh
Tribute to the Wild
Vow of Duty
Vow of Malice
Vow of Wildness

This was a decent starting point for one of my favorite Commander decks I have ever built. The deck I constructed won me a series of Commander tournaments and has provided some of the most interactive games I have ever played.

The deck was built to have a number of combos to allow me to win when the time was right.

The Savior of the Fungal Forest

Land (38)
Ancient Tomb
Bojuka Bog
Cabal Coffers
Command Tower
Dark Depths
Deserted Temple
Forest
Godless Shrine
Golgari Guildgate
Golgari Rot Farm
Isolated Chapel
Oran-Rief, the Vastwood
Orzhov Basilica
Overgrown Tomb
Plains
Rupture Spire
Selesnya Guildgate
Selesnya Sanctuary
Sunpetal Grove
Swamp
Tainted Field
Temple Garden
Temple of the False God
Thespian's Stage
Transguild Promenade
Twilight Mire
Urborg, Tomb of Yawgmoth
Volrath's Stronghold
Woodland Cemetery

Creature (34)
Blood Artist
Butcher of Malakir
Corpsejack Menace
Deathrite Shaman
Elesh Norn, Grand Cenobite
Eternal Witness
Genesis
Ghave, Guru of Spores
Grave Titan
It That Betrays
Ivy Lane Denizen
Juniper Order Ranger
Karmic Guide
Kitchen Finks
Massacre Wurm
Melira, Sylvok Outcast
Mikaeus, the Unhallowed
Mirror Entity
Oracle of Mul Daya
Pentavus
Puppeteer Clique
Rampaging Baloths
Rune-Scarred Demon
Sheoldred, Whispering One
Sigil Captain
Solemn Simulacrum
Spawnsire of Ulamog
Sun Titan
Sylvan Primordial (now banned)
Triskelion
Vish Kal, Blood Arbiter
Vorinclex, Voice of Hunger
Woodfall Primus
Yavimaya Elder

Other Spells (28)
Boundless Realms
Cultivate
Explosive Vegetation
Kodama's Reach
Tempt with Discovery
Tooth and Nail
Harrow
Garruk Wildspeaker
Aura Shards
Awakening Zone
Black Market
Burgeoning
Cathars' Crusade
Doubling Season
Earthcraft
Exploration
Grave Pact
Mirari's Wake
Parallel Lives
Spawning Grounds
Squirrel Nest
Survival of the Fittest
Sylvan Library
Ashnod's Altar
Blasting Station
Chromatic Lantern
Skullclamp
Sol Ring

Author: Chris Stephen

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