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Pioneer Peak: GolGarruk Stompy


Stompy has always been fun because of the playstyle of big green creatures for a relatively decent price. Combine that with a few of the new Garruk cards from M21 and you get this...

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Gameplan

This version of stompy has a few cards that aren't normally in stompy decks.

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The main reason we're in black is for Scrapheap Scrounger which gives us a threat that can help us keep our foot on the gas even after removal and board wipes. The best part is the fact that we can activate the ability at the end of our opponent's turn so we can dodge sorcery speed removal. Another card that isn't normally seen is Collected Company, The reasoning for this card in the deck is really because of how many good green creatures exist in green that are three mana or less. This of course means we have to keep a high creature count and we lose out on cards like Questing Beast. I'm not sure if company is worth losing Questing Beast but it's worth a shot ...

Speaking of some sweet new creatures and why this deck has Garruk in the name ...

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A card I've been in love with is Garruk's Harbinger. It has hexproof from black which means it dodges black removal and if it connects, the card advantage will start to spiral out of control. Especially if we get to cast this card on turn two off of a mana accelerator. Not only can it find creatures but it can find Garruk, Unleashed. Garruk gives our creatures a big boost in stats while providing trample, which is great for cards like Lovestruck Beast and the Harbinger itself. I was really tempted to try to put Garruk, Cursed Huntsman but a six mana planeswalker isn't with this deck needs.

Conclusion

The deck definitely flexed its muscles and I did really like the deck but I'm not sure if Collected Company is what we needed as it takes Questing Beast and Shifting Ceratops off the table. I do like the splash of black because we of the answers it gives us access to. I'd like to add more copies of Noxious Grasp to our deck as that gives us a clean answer to all of the Nissa, Who Shakes the World running around in the format right now. I know Barrier Breach is a sweet card as it can exile multiple enchantments but I wonder if we can fit Gemrazer in here. Of course, this means dropping Collected Company but that feels worth it to me. If we decide to keep the CoCos in our deck, maybe copies of Thrashing Brontodon or Reclamation Sage is better as we can actually dig for it with CoCo. 

Either way, I'm happy to see Pioneer return to a format without too many combos. I've started to get paired against Wilderness Reclamation but I'm not sure how good that deck is if the Pioneer meta adapts to it. Whatever deck we decide to play, I'm just going to continue doing what I do which is preparing to kill Nissa, Who Shakes the World because Mono Green Devotion can drop some crazy bombs. 

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