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Upgrading Commanders: Building Korvold, Fae-Cursed King in Brawl

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Hey folks! I’m back with another flexible budget Brawl deck upgrade!

The idea here is to take the preconstructed Brawl decks and spend up to $25 (since it’s a 60-card deck, I’ve lowered the budget) before tax and shipping to improve them. Obviously, $25 has a different impact on everyone, but the idea is to show you how to take a deck and improve it while still operating on a set budget.

We’re going to throw a wrench in here, though. I’ve been considering how these budget articles could scale to different price points because everyone’s budget is different. This time around, I’m going to upgrade the decks for four price points: $25, $50, $100, and Unlimited. That way, you can pick and choose the upgrades you like based on how much you want to invest in a deck. If this ends up being something you like, I’ll incorporate it into more articles.

As we go through the changes, I’ll list the prices (from this very website, ChannelFireball.com) of each card I plan to add. That way, you can see how I keep things in budget. Prices and availability of cards may have changed since I wrote this because time always progresses forward no matter what we do. If you see an inconsistency because of that, I apologize, but it’s inevitable. The overall idea is that Brawl, just like Commander, isn’t a pay-to-win format–instead, it’s about synergies and themes.

Today we’re going to improve on Savage Hunter, helmed by Korvold, Fae-Cursed King.

Korvold, Fae-Cursed King - Collector Pack Exclusive

Oh, and this is predicated around multiplayer Brawl, just like my Commander articles. I’ll be building for 1v1 Brawl as well, don’t worry!

For reference, you can find the full decklist for this and all the Brawl precons here. Let’s start out by dropping some cards I’m not excited about from the initial list.

Keeper of FablesLeyline ProwlerEvolution SagePollenbright DruidWoodland ChampionBloodsoaked AltarGoblin CratermakerTaste of Death - Brawl Deck ExclusiveRhythm of the WildAngrath, Captain of Chaos

Keeper of Fables is a pretty slow draw engine, and Leyline Prowler is a similarly slow mana creature. Evolution Sage and Pollenbright Druid point toward a proliferate theme that I’m not sure is worth supporting. Woodland Champion has good synergy with our token generators, but it’s a pretty terrible topdeck. Angrath, Champion of Chaos is bad on an empty board and has a pretty low floor to its results – I’m not excited about a 4-mana 2/2. Bloodsoaked Altar requires too many resources to keep online. Goblin Cratermaker is a decent filler card but is relatively low-impact. Taste of Death is very costly, and there are better ways to control a large volume of creatures on a board. Finally, Rhythm of the Wild is a generally decent card but doesn’t promote our synergies.

Here’s what’s coming in to replace those nine cards:

Midnight Reaper ($2.79)

Moldervine Reclamation is bringing us a similar effect, albeit one that takes our life total in a different direction, but Midnight Reaper is cheaper and comes with a 3/2 attached. Sure, that makes it more vulnerable, but attacking is important.

Gilded Goose ($4.49)

Food is a great way to keep Korvold happy and attacking, and Gilded Goose helps with that. It’s also a useful mana accelerant in the early game. Honk!

Beanstalk Giant ($0.35)

I’m pretty sure this is the Kodama’s Reach of the current Brawl format. Green decks are going to want it until it’s not Standard-legal anymore.

Legion Warboss ($3.19)

Krenko is a step in the right direction for this deck, and Legion Warboss is another step along that path. More Goblin tokens to sacrifice means more for Korvold–more counters and cards, that is.

Rankle, Master of Pranks ($9.49)

The sheer flexibility of Rankle is nothing to sneeze that. Combine that with the fact that this deck should be able to out-resource most decks on the board and in terms of cards in hand and you’ll see why Rankle looks so good on most board states.

Lazotep Reaver ($0.15)

Two creatures in one right off the bat means Lazotep Reaver amounts to 2-mana Divination if you can keep Korvold running. I’d rather have this than Grim Initiate because you get both right away.

God-Eternal Bontu ($3.35)

Bontu can provide a huge burst of cards on its own, so imagine just how good that can be if you combine it with Korvold. Plus, it’s a threat that can’t be easily dealt with on a permanent basis.

Mask of Immolation ($0.25)

This was in the Arena version of the deck in place of one of the multiplayer-focused cards, and I can’t help but think it should have made the cut in paper too. Low-cost sacrifice outlets are really important for this deck, and cards that threaten to grow Korvold or draw cards with it at instant speed are valuable.

Blood for Bones ($0.39)

One of the best value cards in recent memory, Blood for Bones isn’t card advantage on its face. That said, when you place it in context within a sacrifice-focused decklist, its applications become immediately obvious.

Massacre Girl ($0.55)

When I said there were better ways to control a board than Taste of Death, this is what I meant. There will be few enough situations where Korvold survives that effect that Massacre Girl looks a lot better. Korvold can get big enough to survive the -1/-1 triggers, and even if it doesn’t, this means opponents looking to go wider won’t have an edge.

Okay! By some stroke of pure luck we’ve managed to spend exactly $25.00. Here’s the decklist so far:

Savage Hunter – $25 Budget Upgrade

Commander: Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

1 Bloodfell Caves
1 Command Tower
1 Cryptic Caves
1 Evolving Wilds
6 Forest (347)
1 Golgari Guildgate
1 Gruul Guildgate
1 Jungle Hollow
2 Mountain (343)
1 Rakdos Guildgate
1 Rugged Highlands
1 Stomping Ground
6 Swamp (339)
1 Temple of Malady
1 Beanstalk Giant/Fertile Footsteps
1 Chittering Witch - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Gilded Goose
1 Gluttonous Troll - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 God-Eternal Bontu
1 Golgari Findbroker
1 Judith, the Scourge Diva
1 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
1 Lazotep Reaver
1 Legion Warboss
1 Massacre Girl
1 Mayhem Devil
1 Midnight Reaper
1 Orzhov Enforcer
1 Paradise Druid
1 Plaguecrafter
1 Priest of Forgotten Gods
1 Rankle, Master of Pranks
1 Rapacious Dragon
1 Savvy Hunter
1 Syr Konrad, the Grim
1 Thorn Mammoth - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Thrashing Brontodon
1 Vindictive Vampire
1 Arcane Signet - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Bake into a Pie
1 Blood for Bones
1 Deathsprout
1 Dreadhorde Invasion
1 Find/Finality
1 Golden Egg
1 Mask of Immolation
1 Moldervine Reclamation
1 Witch's Oven

Let’s see what we can accomplish by spending another $25.

Out: Rakdos Guildgate

In: Blood Crypt ($11.99)

More and better blood storage (i.e. a land that doesn’t always enter tapped.) We cut the Guildgate rather than Bloodfell Caves because I didn’t find room in this list for Circuitous Route.

Out: Bake into a Pie

In: Bedevil ($3.99)

A superior, more flexible removal spell. Sure, that means we won’t get a food, but removal doesn’t have to have synergy. It just has to work.

Out: Deathsprout

In: Garruk, Cursed Huntsman ($7.49)

Garruk’s Wolves are the best creature tokens I can imagine when it comes to sacrificing things to Korvold. Plus, (or in this case, minus,) Garruk’s a solid removal spell. The ultimate is actually possible in this decklist thanks to the ease of disposing of the Wolf tokens. Deathsprout is pretty costly and we already have some good ramp.

Out: Find // Finality

In: Casualties of War ($0.65)

This would mostly be used for Find in this deck, as Finality fails to deal with a lot of very scary threats in this format. I’d rather have another flexible removal spell, and Casualties of War fits the bill very, very well.

Out: Gluttonous Troll

In: Izoni, Thousand-Eyed ($0.49)

Another card that made the list in Arena as a replacement for one of the multiplayer-focused cards, I think Izoni is a better fit than the Troll. It’s more explosive, which this deck needs–I think the ability to create a huge army is very important.

We’ve now spent a total of $49.61, so let’s take a look at the current decklist.

Savage Hunter – $50 Budget Upgrade

Commander: Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

1 Blood Crypt
1 Bloodfell Caves
1 Command Tower
1 Cryptic Caves
1 Evolving Wilds
6 Forest (347)
1 Golgari Guildgate
1 Gruul Guildgate
1 Jungle Hollow
2 Mountain (343)
1 Rugged Highlands
1 Stomping Ground
6 Swamp (339)
1 Temple of Malady
1 Beanstalk Giant/Fertile Footsteps
1 Chittering Witch - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Gilded Goose
1 God-Eternal Bontu
1 Golgari Findbroker
1 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
1 Judith, the Scourge Diva
1 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
1 Lazotep Reaver
1 Legion Warboss
1 Massacre Girl
1 Mayhem Devil
1 Midnight Reaper
1 Orzhov Enforcer
1 Paradise Druid
1 Plaguecrafter
1 Priest of Forgotten Gods
1 Rankle, Master of Pranks
1 Rapacious Dragon
1 Savvy Hunter
1 Syr Konrad, the Grim
1 Thorn Mammoth - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Thrashing Brontodon
1 Vindictive Vampire
1 Arcane Signet - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Bedevil
1 Blood for Bones
1 Casualties of War
1 Dreadhorde Invasion
1 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman
1 Golden Egg
1 Mask of Immolation
1 Moldervine Reclamation
1 Witch's Oven

If you’re excited about putting some more resources into the deck, keep reading – there’s more work to be done to optimize this. Let’s see what we can do with another $50.

Out: Golgari Guildgate

In: Overgrown Tomb ($7.99)

Manabase upgrades are one of the best ways to spend some cash. They’re not flashy, but they improve consistency.

Out: Gruul Guildgate

In: Fabled Passage ($14.99)

Another big upgrade in terms of the manabase–plus, it’s another self-sacrificing permanent.

Out: Witch’s Oven

In: Liliana, Dreadhorde General ($15.99)

We have plenty of sacrifice outlets, and while Witch’s Oven produces Food which can be sacrificed even beyond that, I think Liliana provides a much better source of advantage with her Zombies and her static ability. She can also reduce the width of a board, which can be very useful.

Out: Golden Egg

In: Cavalier of Night ($6.49)

Bone Splinters, some recursion, and a threat all in one. The mana cost is a little prohibitive, but it’s worth it, especially when replacing a low-impact card like the Egg.

Out: Swamp

In: Blast Zone ($3.79)

Our mana is pretty good at this point, so I feel comfortable cutting a Swamp for my favorite utility land in Brawl.

We’ve now spent a total of $99.86. Let’s look at the list as it is now:

Savage Hunter – $100 Budget Upgrade

Commander: Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

1 Blast Zone
1 Blood Crypt
1 Bloodfell Caves
1 Command Tower
1 Cryptic Caves
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Fabled Passage
6 Forest (347)
1 Jungle Hollow
2 Mountain (343)
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Rugged Highlands
1 Stomping Ground
5 Swamp (339)
1 Temple of Malady
1 Beanstalk Giant/Fertile Footsteps
1 Cavalier of Night
1 Chittering Witch - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Gilded Goose
1 God-Eternal Bontu
1 Golgari Findbroker
1 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
1 Judith, the Scourge Diva
1 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
1 Lazotep Reaver
1 Legion Warboss
1 Massacre Girl
1 Mayhem Devil
1 Midnight Reaper
1 Orzhov Enforcer
1 Paradise Druid
1 Plaguecrafter
1 Priest of Forgotten Gods
1 Rankle, Master of Pranks
1 Rapacious Dragon
1 Savvy Hunter
1 Syr Konrad, the Grim
1 Thorn Mammoth - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Thrashing Brontodon
1 Vindictive Vampire
1 Arcane Signet - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Bedevil
1 Blood for Bones
1 Casualties of War
1 Dreadhorde Invasion
1 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
1 Mask of Immolation
1 Moldervine Reclamation

This is actually pretty close to my ideal list, but I have three more upgrades I’d make with an unlimited budget. Let’s take a look:

Out: Priest of Forgotten Gods

In: Murderous Rider ($7.99)

Another piece of flexible removal beats out a card that, while pretty good, requires a lot of resources to keep running. I think our other sacrifice outlets are more efficient than the Priest.

Out: Plaguecrafter

In: Assassin’s Trophy ($21.99)

Again, flexible removal. If our opponents’ budgets are going up, they’re more likely to have things we’ll want to directly target.

Out: Thorn Mammoth

In: Embercleave ($16.19)

I think the deck, as it stands, could use a way to help Korvold break through and win games by himself. Embercleave has impressed me a lot, and I think it’s the card we’re looking for.

Here’s the final list with no budget restrictions!

Savage Hunter – Unlimited Budget Upgrade

Commander: Korvold, Fae-Cursed King

1 Blast Zone
1 Blood Crypt
1 Bloodfell Caves
1 Command Tower
1 Cryptic Caves
1 Evolving Wilds
1 Fabled Passage
6 Forest (347)
1 Jungle Hollow
2 Mountain (343)
1 Overgrown Tomb
1 Rugged Highlands
1 Stomping Ground
5 Swamp (339)
1 Temple of Malady
1 Beanstalk Giant/Fertile Footsteps
1 Cavalier of Night
1 Chittering Witch - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Gilded Goose
1 God-Eternal Bontu
1 Golgari Findbroker
1 Izoni, Thousand-Eyed
1 Judith, the Scourge Diva
1 Krenko, Tin Street Kingpin
1 Lazotep Reaver
1 Legion Warboss
1 Massacre Girl
1 Mayhem Devil
1 Midnight Reaper
1 Murderous Rider/Swift End
1 Orzhov Enforcer
1 Paradise Druid
1 Rankle, Master of Pranks
1 Rapacious Dragon
1 Savvy Hunter
1 Syr Konrad, the Grim
1 Thrashing Brontodon
1 Vindictive Vampire
1 Arcane Signet - Brawl Deck Exclusive
1 Assassin's Trophy
1 Bedevil
1 Blood for Bones
1 Casualties of War
1 Dreadhorde Invasion
1 Embercleave
1 Garruk, Cursed Huntsman
1 Liliana, Dreadhorde General
1 Mask of Immolation
1 Moldervine Reclamation

Okay! That’s the end of this one. Let me know your thoughts on this list in the comments or on Twitter (I’m @RagingLevine) and we can talk about your version of the deck as well. I’ll see you next time with one of the two remaining lists, so let me know which one you want to see next.

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