Tuesday Night Takeover

Brewed EDH: Gishath Dinosaurs!

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Art: Gishath, Sun's Avatar by Zack Stella

Welcome to another installment of Brewed EDH:

Gishath is a very fun Naya dinosaur commander he is high costed but also has a great ability that can help swing games into our favor. Even though Gishath has a high cost we are a Naya deck after all, so we can ramp a ton and cast Gishath and a lot of our high power creatures very early in the game.

The Deck:

Gishath Dinos!

Commander (1)
Gishath, Sun’s Avatar

Creatures (36)
Birds of Paradise
Elvish Mystic
Llanowar Elves
Priest of the Wakening Sun
Marauding Raptor
Otepec Huntmaster
Atzocan Seer
Kinjalli’s Sunwing
Ranging Raptors
Shaman of Forgotten Ways
Somberwald Sage
Thrashing Brontodon
Topiary Stomper
Tranquil Frillback
Wayward Swordtooth
Forerunner of the Empire
Knight of the Stampede
Ripjaw Raptor
Territorial Allosaurus
Quartzwood Crasher
Ravenous Sailback
Regisaur Alpha
Trapjaw Tyrant
Zilortha, Strength Incarnate
Carnage Tyrant
Etali, Primal Storm
Etali, Primal Conqueror
Ghalta and Mavren
Goring Ceratops
Tyrranax Rex
Verdant Sun’s Avatar
Wakening Sun’s Avatar
Zetalpa, Primal Dawn
Zacama, Primal Calamity
Ghalta, Primal Hunger

Planeswalkers (2)
Huatli, Warrior Poet
Huatli, Dinosaur Knight

Spells (10)
Commune with Dinosaurs
Eladamri’s Call
Finale of Devastation
Kodama’s Reach
Explosive Vegetation
Triumph of the Hordes
Overwhelming Stampede

Artifacts (8)
Sol Ring
Arcane Signet
Pillar of Origins
Chromatic Lantern
Herald’s Horn
Urza’s Incubator
Gilded Lotus
Vanquisher’s Banner

Enchantments (7)
Descendants’ Path
Growing Rites of Itlimoc
Glorious Sunrise
Mirari’s Wake
Unnatural Growth
Warstorm Surge
Lands (36)
Ancient Tomb
Arid Mesa
Bonders’ Enclave
Boros Garrison
Boseiju, Who Endures
Bountiful Promenade
Branchloft Pathway
Canopy Vista
Castle Garenbrig
Cavern of Souls
Cinder Glade
Command Tower
Cragcrown Pathway
Fabled Passage
Jetmir’s Garden
Jungle Shrine
Mosswort Bridge
Needleverge Pathway
Path of Ancestry
Reliquary Tower
Sacred Foundry
Secluded Courtyard
Selesnya Sanctuary
Spectator Seating
Stomping Ground
Sunhome, Fortress of the Legion
Temple Garden
Temple of the False God
Unclaimed Territory
Windswept Heath
Wooded Foothills
Yavimaya, Cradle of Growth

Why Gishath Suns Avatar?

There are a lot of great options for Dinosaur tribal commanders like Zacama, Primal Calamity and Ghalta and Mavren I believe what puts Gishath on the top of the dinosaur tribal commander is that he can give us an insane creature advantage just from one attack, this in a way makes his mana cost less if you attack with Gishath and hit maybe 2 or 3 creatures that pays for Gishath’s mana investment right there and gives you a big creature advantage on the board! Gishath allows us to have big board state swings and get some free efficient dino’s on the field.

Deck Overview:

Since we are a Naya big creature deck the first thing we need to do is ramp, there are many ways for us to do that including format staples like Kodama's Reach and Cultivate. But we also play some creature specific ramp like Shaman of Forgotten Ways and Somberwald Sage, we also run Elvish Mystic and Llanowar Elves all of these cards help us to Gishath and some of our other bombs as early as possible. As far as tribal discounts we are packing Urza's Incubator and Herald's Horn which are very boiler plate for any kind of tribal deck but still have an important impact. Our dinos provide tribal discounts as well with cards like Knight of the Stampede and Otepec Huntmaster. We are above average on lands with 36 mostly due to our higher average mana cost than most decks. Due to the high cost of the deck you rarely ever feel that you have been flooded especially in the late game when you cast 1 to 2 high cost dinos a turn. For our enchantment suite we have some powerhouses like Unnatural Growth and Glorious Sunrise both of these cards aim to make our combat step even crazier and with Gishath out get even more creatures for free! Gishath is arguably the best Dino in our deck and he can very regularly end games with commander damage, but he has a great supporting cast including Quartzwood Crasher,Regisaur Alpha and Tyrranax Rex. In addition to our enchantments adding combat tricks we also have creatures that do it as well Goring Ceratops gives our other creatures double strike which is great for Gishath as well as just finishing games. Since we are a combat deck we have to include game ending cards like Triumph of the Hordes and Overwhelming Stampede. Overall Gishath is a fun and fast dino tribal commander with a lot of different lines of play and a ton of Jurassic fun, combine that with great general support and a lot of dinosaur support and we have a very fun stompy deck!

Strengths of the Deck:

  • A lot of anthem effects / discounts for dinos
  • Mana ramp / Discounts allows us to cast big creatures early
  • Gishath gives a ton of free creatures

Weaknesses of the Deck:

  • Weak to creature hate
  • Not much in the form of removal
  • Not much early game a lot of our big-impact creatures are high cost

Deck Stats:

Sample Hands:

Main Win Conditions:

Our main win con is through combat damage and getting free creatures but we also have some combos!

Polyraptor + Marauding Raptor + Fling

Result: Infinite creature tokens. Infinite ETB. Marauding Raptor’s power is infinite until end of turn. In addition with fling you can fling the Infinite Marauding raptor power at someone to end the game


In conclusion I think that Gishath is one of the best options for a Dino tribal deck, not only can he make your board get out of hand quickly he has a ton of support in Naya to get the job done. Combined with combo potential a ton of ramp and ton of ways to make creatures big, Gishath is a very fun tribal stompy deck!

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