Garruk returns to MTG Standard in Throne of Eldraine

Wolf tribal themes and Proliferate find a leader.
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The fairy tale spoilers from Throne of Eldraine continue to roll in with Garruk, Cursed Huntsman.

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Throne of Eldraine (ELD) brings back a fan-favorite planeswalker that everyone in the MTG community has been asking for. Garruk, Cursed Huntsman could have a huge impact on Standard following the fall rotation. 

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Rolling with a wolf tribal theme, Garruk, Cursed Huntsman creates two wolf tokens (two/two) at a zero-cost loyalty counter. Combine this with Nightpack Ambusher and they become instant three/three tokens. 

Due to not having a plus-one loyalty counter, the Proliferate mechanic from War of the Spark will play a major role in using Garruk’s other two loyalty abilities. A minus-three that can take out a target creature while benefiting from card draw is an ability that players will want to use more than once. 

And to access Garruk, Cursed Huntsman’s ultimate, adding a loyalty counter is a necessity since he comes into play with only five. It’s a decent ultimate, though, allowing a player to give all their creatures plus three/plus three and trample. Now that’s a win-con ultimate worth getting. 

Proliferate cards that’ll fit nicely into a deck that uses Garruk, Cursed Huntsman include Pollenbright Druid and Evolution Sage. And don’t forget, there’s also Karn’s Bastion

Throne of Eldraine releases on Oct. 4 with a pre-release event taking place from Sept. 27 to 29. Players on MTG Arena and MTGO will have access to the set on Sept. 27.

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