Golgari Theorycraft Decks – Throne of Eldraine Standard
Throne of Eldraine Standard is now in full swing, and after the first day, we’ve already had the first Standard tournament (Fandom Legends) conclude, as well as the Play Any Deck Event live for players to play with all the cards they want for 12 games. We have already reviewed Black and Green Throne of Eldraine cards in the context of their mono colored versions, but what if we combined together?
Golgari Midrange was one of the strongest deck archetypes in early Guilds of Ravnica Standard, on the back of the powerful Explore package, Carnage Tyrant as an almost unstoppable finisher and some black removal spells. As more cards were added, it became easier for decks to out value the creatures. Now that these cards have rotated out, it is necessary for Golgari to look for new weapons. Today we look at three to four powerful options in this color combination.
Golgari Aggro / Golgari Midrange
With the new set, it is possible to go for a creature-centric build, with the introduction of Adventure cards that act as spells at the same time. Murderous Rider and Questing Beast is the key component of this deck, as they need to deal with the new Planeswalker in the block – Oko, Thief of Crowns.
We’re losing the explore package, but here’s another package we should consider – the Adventure package. Edgewall Innkeeper and Lucky Clover provide lots of value as well. This is a shell worth experimenting with and could be a strong Standard contender.
Golgari Land Destruction
This version of the Golgari deck is primed to prey on three color decks in particular, but in combination with cards like Vraska, Golgari Queen, it will also have the best answers to all the three mana planeswalkers. It can then whittle down the opponent with Questing Beast and Rankle, Master of Pranks.
1 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman (ELD) 191 3 Vraska, Golgari Queen (GRN) 213 4 Knight of the Ebon Legion (M20) 105 4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171 1 Deathsprout (WAR) 189 4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160 4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97 3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171 3 Rankle, Master of Pranks (ELD) 101 1 Massacre Girl (WAR) 99 4 Casualties of War (WAR) 187 4 Assassin's Trophy (GRN) 152 8 Forest (XLN) 277 6 Swamp (XLN) 269 2 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241 4 Temple of Malady (M20) 254 4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253
Command the Dreadhorde is a powerful card, and we lose the card that made it work in the last Standard format – Wildgrowth Walker. But what is another good way to gain life? Food Tokens! This is a hybrid Food and Midrange deck that wants to exploit powerful planeswalkers by having access to The Elderspell to counter opposing planeswalkers and bringing them back, as well as being able to fuel your own.
3 Vraska, Golgari Queen (GRN) 213 1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General (WAR) 97 1 Ugin, the Ineffable (WAR) 2 4 Murderous Rider (ELD) 97 4 Savvy Hunter (ELD) 200 4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160 3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171 2 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200 4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171 3 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169 1 The Elderspell (WAR) 89 3 Assassin's Trophy (GRN) 152 2 Command the Dreadhorde (WAR) 82 1 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman (ELD) 191 7 Forest (XLN) 277 1 Witch's Cottage (ELD) 249 4 Overgrown Tomb (GRN) 253 4 Temple of Malady (M20) 254 5 Swamp (XLN) 269 2 Castle Locthwain (ELD) 241 1 Blast Zone (WAR) 244
We feel Golgari is well positioned for the new metagame, having access to the powerful tools and spells black provides, and the must-answer creatures from green. Adding a third color like white or blue to have access to cards like Oko, Thief of Crowns (Food theme) and Tolsimir, Friend to Wolves (wolf tribal theme) are also possible decisions to branch out.