Daily Deck Tech Hunt: Gruul Stuff


Every workday while the set is new, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring cards from Innistrad: Midnight Hunt. Werewolves may hog the spotlight storywise, but a less tribalistic red-green build might be the best deck in current Standard: time for the good stuff!

reckless stormseeker - esika's chariot

My colleague Gianluca has already done a great job covering Werewolves in the midst of the spoiler season, so today I get to talk about a different breed of Gruul. That's a privilege because purebred tribal decks rarely cut it these days—it's more about individually powerful cards. Well, Goldspan Dragon, the strongest red creature in Standard, is still on the loose, and so is Esika's Chariot.

esika's chariot goldspan dragon

Just a handful of sets are legal right now, but this deck manages to take the best cards from all of them. In addition to the headliners above, Kaldheim gives us Jaspera Sentinel and my namesake card. Adventures in the Forgotten Realms adds Dragon's Fire, Ranger Class, and Lair of the Hydra. The cards that Midnight Hunt introduce deserve a bit more coverage, of course.

Wrenn and Seven has already become a mainstay in this deck and many others. While not a ramp deck per se, Gruul Midrange can both accelerate into Wrenn and benefit from all of the planeswalker's abilities, including the first and second. The red and green creature land are great targets for both, and they become easier to animate too. All this ramping also improves Shatterskull Smashing // Shatterskull, the Hammer Pass and make it easier to reach Ranger Class's final level.

wrenn and seven reckless stormseeker

Only two new creatures see consistent play in this archetype for now, Briarbridge Tracker and Reckless Stormseeker // Storm-Charged Slasher. In the worst case, the latter is a hasty 3/3 that's even better at night. Other times, it will give haste to Wrenn's Treefolk or to Esika's Chariot—and that's just brutal!

Here are two very similar Gruul lists. Likely not a collaboration but parallel evolution, their similarity lends extra credibility to the design.

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