Gishath Sun’s Avatar – Budget Commander Deck Tech | MTG Ixalan


Hey guys. You asked and I heard you loud and clear. You want a Gishath, Sun’s ava- Dinosaur Roar… “clears throat”. Excuse me, I have no idea what happened there. Anyway. Commander Deck tech, go! First off let’s take a look at our commander. Gishath, Sun’s Avatar. Don’t say you didn’t see that coming. You saw the thumbnail. I know you did. Anyway, Gishath is a 7/6 for 5, red, green,
white with trample, vigilance and haste. Not a cheap commander, but we want to play
dino’s so we don’t care. The real reason we are playing Gishath is
that second ability. Whenever it does combat damage to a player
reveal that many cards from the top of your library and put any number of dino’s revealed
that way onto the battlefield and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order. Now that we are all on the same page, lets
get into the 99. We have a lot to cover. so keep up. Starting off light with our Artifacts we have
Prying Blade to help us ramp with extra mana from treasure. Vanquisher’s Banner is here to save the day. Atleast for those creatures that are at risk
of losing in combat. Bonus is that it also helps you keep your
hand full, cuz you’ll be casting lots of creatures. Cobbled wings is hilarious. Just picture the biggest, dumbest dinosaur
hanging from that little kite. And of course since we’re playing Commander
we have a Sol Ring. Next up we have Sorceries, most of which were
chosen to make life difficult for your opponents. We have Emergent Growth, Hunt the Week and
Mutiny to annoy your opponents. Legion’s judgment to deal with their biggest
threat. And Thunderheard Migration to help fix your
mana. We have a couple enchantments. Baffling End, Ixalan’s Binding, Luminous Bonds
and Pious Interdiction to deal with opponents threats New Horizon’s to ramp and buff a creature. And Tilonalli’s Crown to help trigger enrage
as well as makes sure your creature doesn’t forget arm day. For instants we have Crash the Ramparts and
Sure strike to help make combat math tricky. Crushing Canopy and Divine Verdict t deal
with annoying fliers or any creatures that are stopping you from getting your commander
from smashing face. Lightning Strike, Slash of Talons and Unfriendly
Fire to finish off the last couple points of damage needed to kill blockers with big
butts. And Pounce, because that’s what Raptors do. Let’s be honest with each other. All the other parts of this deck are nice, but we are here for one thing, and one thing only. Dino’s. We’ll start with the White creatures. We have to start with a couple humans, before
making our way into the big boys. Kinjalli’s Caller to help make our Dino’s
cheaper. Imperial Lancer for an early board presence,
while also giving us value when we start having Dino’s in play. For white Dino’s we have Looming Altisaur,
Raptor Companion, Bellowing Aegisaur, Sun-Crested Pterodon, Territorial Hammerskull, Trapjaw
Tyrant and Finishing off with Zetalpa, Primal Dawn. Red creatures also include human or two before
we get to the main attraction. Forerunner of the Empire to help tutor for
the right dino and trigger enrage. Otepec Huntmaster to again help make our Dino’s
cheaper and give them haste. Tilonalli’s Knight for a bear with upside. Sun-Collared Raptor and Frenzied Raptor so
you can have 8 power on turn 4. Thrash of Raptors will be a 5/3 most of the
time. Sun-Crowned Hunters can take a punch and still
give a decent one back. Frilled Deathspitter will make your opponent
think twice about blocking with their 1/1’s. Needletooth Raptor is a little off curve,
but it’s enrage trigger is hard to ignore. Be honest, would you attack in knowing even
with first strike your creature could die to a 2/2? Didn’t think so. Charging Monstrosaur, because a 5/5 with trample
and haste for 5 mana is impossible to not include Silverclad Ferocidons is an insurance policy. And Etali, Primal Storm is an amazing way
to both Mill and get extra value out of your opponents library. For green creatures includes a Human, but the
rest are Dino’s. Drover of the Mighty for Ramp. Wayward Swordtooth to help play as many lands
as you can, you’ll get the city’s blessing will be pretty easy so it will be a 5/5 in
no time. Orazca Frillback is hard to ignore with so
much power for such a minimal investment. Grazing whiptail helps keep fliers at bay. Spike-Tailed Ceratops to keep your opponent
from attacking with a wall of tokens. Overgrown Armasaur, Ripjaw Raptor and Snapping
Sailback to take advantage if your opponent decides to attack or block. Thundering Spineback to buff your dinosaurs
and make new ones late game. Polyraptor can get out of control especially
with Forerunner of the Empire. Colossal Dreadmaw because why not and finally
Ghalta, Primal Hunger, which more often than not will be a 12/12 for double green. We have some gold creatures, starting with
humans and ending with an awesome Dino Atzocan Seer for colour fixing and late game
recursion. Sky Terror is probably the most fearful thing
in the sky. A 2/2 flyer with menace means it will get
through most of the time. Regisaur Alpha to give everything Haste and
get a 3/3 that can immediately attack in is pretty great. And of course Zacama, Primal Calamity because
who doesn’t like getting a 9/9 with vigilance, reach and trample for free. Our land base is pretty simple since we are
only in three colours. And most creatures in the deck are only a single colour Keeping with the Mostly Ixalan theme we have
Rootbound Crag and Sunpetal Grove for duals. Unclaimed Territory and Unknown Shores for
colour fixing. Adding in a Command Tower, because, well this
is commander. And then top it all off with 13 forests, 11
mountains and 9 plains. And there we have it, one Dino stompy commander
deck. Since about 99% of all Dinosaurs are from
Ixalan block this deck was built with the idea that it can easily be converted into
a Brawl deck. That being said, if you really want to spend
more than $75 there are some upgrades that can be made. Urza’s Incubator and Quick Silver amulet are
good to help get the bigger Dino’s onto the battlefield faster. Huatli, Warrior Poet and Carnage Tyrant don’t
need an intro or an explanation. Coat of arms gives great value for going all
in on Dino’s. Mirari’s wake buffs your Dino’s and helps
you ramp into bigger and more badass Dino’s. When it comes to mana there are plenty
of options for upgrades. If money is no object you could upgrade to
the original Dual lands, but if you can do that you are probably playing legacy If you aren’t in that group and you don’t
care about keeping the mana base Brawl legal then you could include all the relevant
Expeditions and BFZ check lands. Other land options are Cavern of Souls and
Ancient Ziggurat. And if you really want to take advantage of Gishath’s
ability you can always throw in a Rogue’s Passage or Whispersilk Cloak. If you are looking to change this over to
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10 thoughts on “Gishath Sun’s Avatar – Budget Commander Deck Tech | MTG Ixalan

  1. I need to update mine. I've found it's a little on the slow side for me but that could be because I only really play 1v1 commander with Mr. BadWolf

  2. You are MTG.  I think I'll build this for sure.  I bet I have all the cards already – except Polyraptor.  I like how to put the potential upgrade cards at the end.  Thanks!

  3. Great sound quality and pretty banging deck, Kitch! While watching I kept thinking "brawl", love how you addressed it 😉 If you're looking to add dinos, I'm a big fan of Deathmist Raptor 🙂 Sure you don't have any other morph creatures but 3/3 Deathtouch that you can pump is just the best. Cheers dude.

  4. Very well done deck tech video! Gishath has been one of my favorite fun decks to play. Mine is a bit more expensive, especially in the land base. One of the cards I highly recommend for this deck is Scroll Rack. Since this is a top decks matter style of deck, being able to put those expensive dinos from your hand back on top of your library for 1 mana seems really good! If you're curious, here is my current deck list, though I'm thinking of updating it in the coming weeks.

    http://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/26-01-18-jurassic-park/

  5. Just built my very first edh deck around this big baddie. The cards come in a couple days and I'm psyched to play some big bad beasties.

  6. A fun video – My favourite part was that you used Pounce instead of something like Rabid Bite because it's more thematically appropriate (and instant speed I guess). I'm going to be playing my first commander deck this weekend (just a 2p game unfortunately while a friend and I figure out the format) and I mostly just thrown together what I have and bought a Gishath to be my commander, so it was interesting to see some upgrade paths I could follow and especially some dinos I should be including.

    My non-creature game is definitely less considered than this.

    https://tappedout.net/mtg-decks/naya-dinoswoles-1/

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