Ach! Hans! You have a card!

That's right, the loveable Hans is no longer Lhurgoyf! I am so excited to see many beloved characters in Magic finally receive the legendary treatment, Hans being at the top of the list.

As a Commander player, my love for the game is tied heavily into lore. I mean, how cool is it to pilot a creature as your commander with such a rich history behind it?! It's beyond cool! With the release of Commander Legends, commander players have dozens upon dozens of flavorful creatures at their fingertips.

The Commander

Hans Eriksson is an interesting Gruul commander. His ability allows us to get free creatures, however, he has a flavorful caveat. Much like Hans' encounter with the Lhurgoyf, he must face the beast. This time, however, Hans cannot run and hide from the terrors that lurk in our library—he must fight them. Playing this deck is a gamble: we want big creatures with big converted mana costs that we want to get out without paying for them. But how do we get them without killing Hans?

Save Hans!

I have to be honest here, Hans' caveat is pretty annoying. Having him fight the creatures he cheats out seems fair, but can really suck for us. We don't want to have to lose our commander every time we attack. That's just not fun (and that commander tax sure adds up).

Thankfully, we run a few ways for Hans Eriksson to survive a couple of his more violent encounters in the form of Equipment. Hammer of Nazahn, Darksteel Plate, and Magebane Armor are all slotted into this deck to save Hans from his own carelessness!

Top Deck Manipulation

Hans Eriksson ability uses the top card of our library, making it crucial for us to hit a creature card. If it isn't a creature, we're able to draw the card. However, it's always more rewarding to gain a free creature. So how do we make it so our hits with Hans always land? Top deck manipulation! There are many cards in Magic that allow us to cheat specific cards to the top of the library.

A few such cards are Noxious Revival and Worldly Tutor. While Noxious Revival only allows us to snag a creature from our graveyard, both cards allow us to grab a specific creature and place them on top of our library. Sensei's Divining Top and Sylvan Library are excellent top deck manipulation with the added benefit of extra card draw. Yeah, we may lose some life from the Library, but it's worth it to deal a ton more damage during combat.

Our final piece of top deck manipulation is a card from Morningtide I've always wanted to pop into a deck, yet I could never figure out where it should live. Thankfully, this card has the perfect home in Hans Eriksson. Cream of the Crop triggers whenever a creature enters the battlefield under our control and essentially allows us to scry whatever we want to the top.

The beauty of this card is that if we want a creature, we can place a creature, but if we are looking for that Vandalblast to ruin the Emry, Lurker of the Loch player's day, we can put that on top instead. This enchantment could not be more aptly named, for the cream of the crop is whatever we need it to be.

Let's Fight!

It would be rude of us to let Hans Eriksson be the only one who fights. Why should he be the only one who gets maimed? All he's trying to do is smell a nice flower! THE NERVE!

The cards in this deck that instigate fights are meant to serve two purposes: creature removal and Hans triggers! We have many ways of starting fights thanks to the crafty ways of some of our creatures and planeswalkers. Let's dive right in, starting with creature removal!

When I think Gruul, I think of Domri Rade. This loveable little anarchist has two appearances in this deck (Domri Rade and Domri, Anarch of Bolas), both having a -2 ability that can make one of our creatures fight another target creature. The added emblem and uncounterable abilities are just gravy. Kogla, the Titan Ape and Apex Altisaur are other examples of amazing fight cards, throwing hands when they enter the battlefield. While they already have to fight Hans, that extra step of fighting other creatures is a great way to share the fists… I mean love!

Some of our fighters can tackle our opponents' more hard-to-touch creatures, making them incredibly powerful to cheat out onto the battlefield. But what about the creatures that don't have fight abilities? They still fight Hans Eriksson, right? Correct! While these creatures are not normally prone to violence, we have definitely slotted a few that do some nifty things when they butt heads with Hans.

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Catch These Hans by Chase Carroll

'Catch These Hans' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Chase Carroll

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Commander

Market Price: $770.20

Cards

Ulvenwald Tracker

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.32

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{1}{G}, {T}: Target creature you control fights another target creature.

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Temur Sabertooth

Color Identity:G

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{1}{G}: You may return another creature you control to its owner's hand. If you do, Temur Sabertooth gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Command Tower

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{T}: Add one mana of any color in your commander's color identity.

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Sylvan Library

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your draw step, you may draw two additional cards. If you do, choose two cards in your hand drawn this turn. For each of those cards, pay 4 life or put the card on top of your library.

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Warstorm Surge

Color Identity:R

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, it deals damage equal to its power to any target.

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Selvala's Stampede

Color Identity:G

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Council's dilemma — Starting with you, each player votes for wild or free. Reveal cards from the top of your library until you reveal a creature card for each wild vote. Put those creature cards onto the battlefield, then shuffle the rest into your library. You may put a permanent card from your hand onto the battlefield for each free vote.

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Vigor

Color Identity:G

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Trample
If damage would be dealt to another creature you control, prevent that damage. Put a +1/+1 counter on that creature for each 1 damage prevented this way.
When Vigor is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.

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Yavimaya Hollow

Color Identity:G

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{T}: Add {C}.
{G}, {T}: Regenerate target creature.

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Domri, Anarch of Bolas

Color Identity:G,R

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Creatures you control get +1/+0.
+1: Add {R} or {G}. Creature spells you cast this turn can't be countered.
−2: Target creature you control fights target creature you don't control.

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Garruk's Uprising

Color Identity:G

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When Garruk's Uprising enters the battlefield, if you control a creature with power 4 or greater, draw a card.
Creatures you control have trample. (They can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker they're attacking.)
Whenever a creature with power 4 or greater enters the battlefield under your control, draw a card.

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Ilharg, the Raze-Boar

Color Identity:R

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Trample
Whenever Ilharg, the Raze-Boar attacks, you may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield tapped and attacking. Return that creature to your hand at the beginning of the next end step.
When Ilharg, the Raze-Boar dies or is put into exile from the battlefield, you may put it into its owner's library third from the top.

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Stuffy Doll

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Indestructible
As Stuffy Doll enters the battlefield, choose a player.
Whenever Stuffy Doll is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to the chosen player.
{T}: Stuffy Doll deals 1 damage to itself.

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Drakuseth, Maw of Flames

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Whenever Drakuseth, Maw of Flames attacks, it deals 4 damage to any target and 3 damage to each of up to two other targets.

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Cinder Glade

Color Identity:G,R

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
Cinder Glade enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or more basic lands.

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Vandalblast

Color Identity:R

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Destroy target artifact you don't control.
Overload {4}{R} (You may cast this spell for its overload cost. If you do, change its text by replacing all instances of "target" with "each.")

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Ancient Tomb

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{T}: Add {C}{C}. Ancient Tomb deals 2 damage to you.

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Selvala, Heart of the Wilds

Color Identity:G

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Whenever another creature enters the battlefield, its controller may draw a card if its power is greater than each other creature's power.
{G}, {T}: Add X mana in any combination of colors, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.

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Ripjaw Raptor

Color Identity:G

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Enrage — Whenever Ripjaw Raptor is dealt damage, draw a card.

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Vizier of the Menagerie

Color Identity:G

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.
You may spend mana as though it were mana of any type to cast creature spells.

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Kessig Wolf Run

Color Identity:G,R

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{T}: Add {C}.
{X}{R}{G}, {T}: Target creature gets +X/+0 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Zhalfirin Void

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When Zhalfirin Void enters the battlefield, scry 1. (Look at the top card of your library. You may put that card on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {C}.

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Spire Garden

Color Identity:G,R

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Spire Garden enters the battlefield tapped unless you have two or more opponents.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Myriad Landscape

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Myriad Landscape enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice Myriad Landscape: Search your library for up to two basic land cards that share a land type, put them onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Mosswort Bridge

Color Identity:G

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Hideaway (This land enters the battlefield tapped. When it does, look at the top four cards of your library, exile one face down, then put the rest on the bottom of your library.)
{T}: Add {G}.
{G}, {T}: You may play the exiled card without paying its mana cost if creatures you control have total power 10 or greater.

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Beast Within

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target permanent. Its controller creates a 3/3 green Beast creature token.

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Avenger of Zendikar

Color Identity:G

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When Avenger of Zendikar enters the battlefield, create a 0/1 green Plant creature token for each land you control.
Landfall — Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, you may put a +1/+1 counter on each Plant creature you control.

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Hydra Omnivore

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Hydra Omnivore deals combat damage to an opponent, it deals that much damage to each other opponent.

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Bane of Progress

Color Identity:G

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When Bane of Progress enters the battlefield, destroy all artifacts and enchantments. Put a +1/+1 counter on Bane of Progress for each permanent destroyed this way.

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Terror of the Peaks

Color Identity:R

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Flying
Spells your opponents cast that target Terror of the Peaks cost an additional 3 life to cast.
Whenever another creature enters the battlefield under your control, Terror of the Peaks deals damage equal to that creature's power to any target.

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Kodama of the East Tree

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.89

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Reach
Whenever another permanent enters the battlefield under your control, if it wasn't put onto the battlefield with this ability, you may put a permanent card with equal or lesser mana value from your hand onto the battlefield.
Partner (You can have two commanders if both have partner.)

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Scroll Rack

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{1}, {T}: Exile any number of cards from your hand face down. Put that many cards from the top of your library into your hand. Then look at the exiled cards and put them on top of your library in any order.

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Wooded Foothills

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{T}, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a Mountain or Forest card, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Prowling Serpopard

Color Identity:G

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This spell can't be countered.
Creature spells you control can't be countered.

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Kodama's Reach

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal those cards, put one onto the battlefield tapped and the other into your hand, then shuffle.

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Hornet Nest

Color Identity:G

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Defender (This creature can't attack.)
Whenever Hornet Nest is dealt damage, create that many 1/1 green Insect creature tokens with flying and deathtouch. (Any amount of damage a creature with deathtouch deals to a creature is enough to destroy it.)

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Silverclad Ferocidons

Color Identity:R

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Enrage — Whenever Silverclad Ferocidons is dealt damage, each opponent sacrifices a permanent.

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Triumph of the Hordes

Color Identity:G

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Until end of turn, creatures you control get +1/+1 and gain trample and infect. (Creatures with infect deal damage to creatures in the form of -1/-1 counters and to players in the form of poison counters.)

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Hammer of Nazahn

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Whenever Hammer of Nazahn or another Equipment enters the battlefield under your control, you may attach that Equipment to target creature you control.
Equipped creature gets +2/+0 and has indestructible.
Equip {4}

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Krosan Grip

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.49

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Split second (As long as this spell is on the stack, players can't cast spells or activate abilities that aren't mana abilities.)
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Farseek

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $1.86

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Search your library for a Plains, Island, Swamp, or Mountain card, put it onto the battlefield tapped, then shuffle.

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Mwonvuli Beast Tracker

Color Identity:G

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When Mwonvuli Beast Tracker enters the battlefield, search your library for a creature card with deathtouch, hexproof, reach, or trample and reveal it. Shuffle and put that card on top.

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Vivien, Monsters' Advocate

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $5.15

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You may look at the top card of your library any time.
You may cast creature spells from the top of your library.
+1: Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token. Put your choice of a vigilance counter, a reach counter, or a trample counter on it.
−2: When you cast your next creature spell this turn, search your library for a creature card with lesser mana value, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle.

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Rhythm of the Wild

Color Identity:G,R

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Creature spells you control can't be countered.
Nontoken creatures you control have riot. (They enter the battlefield with your choice of a +1/+1 counter or haste.)

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Kogla, the Titan Ape

Color Identity:G

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When Kogla, the Titan Ape enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.
Whenever Kogla attacks, destroy target artifact or enchantment defending player controls.
{1}{G}: Return target Human you control to its owner's hand. Kogla gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Neyith of the Dire Hunt

Color Identity:G,R

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Whenever one or more creatures you control fight or become blocked, draw a card.
At the beginning of combat on your turn, you may pay {2}{R/G}. If you do, double target creature's power until end of turn. That creature must be blocked this combat if able. ({R/G} can be paid with either {R} or {G}.)

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Port Razer

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Port Razer deals combat damage to a player, untap each creature you control. After this combat phase, there is an additional combat phase.
Port Razer can't attack a player it has already attacked this turn.

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Noxious Revival

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $11.01

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({G/P} can be paid with either {G} or 2 life.)
Put target card from a graveyard on top of its owner's library.

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Sensei's Divining Top

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{1}: Look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.
{T}: Draw a card, then put Sensei's Divining Top on top of its owner's library.

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Rogue's Passage

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{T}: Add {C}.
{4}, {T}: Target creature can't be blocked this turn.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.04

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Soul of the Harvest

Color Identity:G

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Trample
Whenever another nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may draw a card.

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Green Sun's Zenith

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a green creature card with mana value X or less, put it onto the battlefield, then shuffle. Shuffle Green Sun's Zenith into its owner's library.

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Contested Cliffs

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $0.42

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{T}: Add {C}.
{R}{G}, {T}: Target Beast creature you control fights target creature an opponent controls. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Darksteel Plate

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Indestructible
Equipped creature has indestructible.
Equip {2}

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Sol Ring

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{T}: Add {C}{C}.

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Hans Eriksson

Color Identity:G,R

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Whenever Hans Eriksson attacks, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put it onto the battlefield tapped and attacking defending player or a planeswalker they control. Otherwise, put that card into your hand. When you put a creature card onto the battlefield this way, it fights Hans Eriksson.

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Apex Altisaur

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $2.42

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When Apex Altisaur enters the battlefield, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.
Enrage — Whenever Apex Altisaur is dealt damage, it fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Cultivate

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for up to two basic land cards, reveal those cards, put one onto the battlefield tapped and the other into your hand, then shuffle.

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Worldly Tutor

Color Identity:G

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Search your library for a creature card, reveal it, then shuffle and put the card on top.

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Karplusan Forest

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $6.74

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{T}: Add {C}.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}. Karplusan Forest deals 1 damage to you.

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Needletooth Raptor

Color Identity:R

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Enrage — Whenever Needletooth Raptor is dealt damage, it deals 5 damage to target creature an opponent controls.

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Guardian Project

Color Identity:G

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Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, if it doesn't have the same name as another creature you control or a creature card in your graveyard, draw a card.

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Heroic Intervention

Color Identity:G

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Permanents you control gain hexproof and indestructible until end of turn.

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Cream of the Crop

Color Identity:G

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Whenever a creature enters the battlefield under your control, you may look at the top X cards of your library, where X is that creature's power. If you do, put one of those cards on top of your library and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Magebane Armor

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Equipped creature gets +2/+4 and loses flying.
Prevent all noncombat damage that would be dealt to equipped creature.
Equip {2} ({2}: Attach to target creature you control. Equip only as a sorcery.)

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Stomping Ground

Color Identity:G,R

Market Price: $8.67

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({T}: Add {R} or {G}.)
As Stomping Ground enters the battlefield, you may pay 2 life. If you don't, it enters the battlefield tapped.

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Tendershoot Dryad

Color Identity:G

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Ascend (If you control ten or more permanents, you get the city's blessing for the rest of the game.)
At the beginning of each upkeep, create a 1/1 green Saproling creature token.
Saprolings you control get +2/+2 as long as you have the city's blessing.

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Finale of Devastation

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $34.93

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Search your library and/or graveyard for a creature card with mana value X or less and put it onto the battlefield. If you search your library this way, shuffle. If X is 10 or more, creatures you control get +X/+X and gain haste until end of turn.

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Copperline Gorge

Color Identity:G,R

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Copperline Gorge enters the battlefield tapped unless you control two or fewer other lands.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Rootbound Crag

Color Identity:G,R

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Rootbound Crag enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Mountain or a Forest.
{T}: Add {R} or {G}.

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Hua Tuo, Honored Physician

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.55

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{T}: Put target creature card from your graveyard on top of your library. Activate only during your turn, before attackers are declared.

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Blasphemous Act

Color Identity:R

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This spell costs {1} less to cast for each creature on the battlefield.
Blasphemous Act deals 13 damage to each creature.

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Brash Taunter

Color Identity:R

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Indestructible
Whenever Brash Taunter is dealt damage, it deals that much damage to target opponent.
{2}{R}, {T}: Brash Taunter fights another target creature.

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The Great Henge

Color Identity:G

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This spell costs {X} less to cast, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control.
{T}: Add {G}{G}. You gain 2 life.
Whenever a nontoken creature enters the battlefield under your control, put a +1/+1 counter on it and draw a card.

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Etali, Primal Storm

Color Identity:R

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Whenever Etali, Primal Storm attacks, exile the top card of each player's library, then you may cast any number of spells from among those cards without paying their mana costs.

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Mirri's Guile

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your upkeep, you may look at the top three cards of your library, then put them back in any order.

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Castle Garenbrig

Color Identity:G

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Castle Garenbrig enters the battlefield tapped unless you control a Forest.
{T}: Add {G}.
{2}{G}{G}, {T}: Add six {G}. Spend this mana only to cast creature spells or activate abilities of creatures.

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Lurking Predators

Color Identity:G

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Whenever an opponent casts a spell, reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put it onto the battlefield. Otherwise, you may put that card on the bottom of your library.

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Mountain

Color Identity:R

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({T}: Add {R}.)

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Scavenger Grounds

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{T}: Add {C}.
{2}, {T}, Sacrifice a Desert: Exile all graveyards.

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Arena

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{3}, {T}: Tap target creature you control and target creature of an opponent's choice they control. Those creatures fight each other. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Reliquary Tower

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You have no maximum hand size.
{T}: Add {C}.

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Nylea, Keen-Eyed

Color Identity:G

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Indestructible
As long as your devotion to green is less than five, Nylea isn't a creature.
Creature spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
{2}{G}: Reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put it into your hand. Otherwise, you may put it into your graveyard.

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Return of the Wildspeaker

Color Identity:G

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Choose one —
• Draw cards equal to the greatest power among non-Human creatures you control.
• Non-Human creatures you control get +3/+3 until end of turn.

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Domri Rade

Color Identity:G,R

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+1: Look at the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, you may reveal it and put it into your hand.
−2: Target creature you control fights another target creature.
−7: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control have double strike, trample, hexproof, and haste."

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End-Raze Forerunners

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance, trample, haste
When End-Raze Forerunners enters the battlefield, other creatures you control get +2/+2 and gain vigilance and trample until end of turn.

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Enrage Creatures

Enrage creatures are the holy grail for Hans Eriksson. They fall into our secondary category for fight creatures. While they don't actively fight other creatures (save for the Altisaur), they do fight Hans thanks to his attack trigger.

This deck runs a total of four enrage creatures, and they each serve a powerful purpose. Apex Altisaur is the board wipe that keeps on wiping, as this Dinosaur fights another creature we don't control. While the Altisaur won't be long for this world after the Hans fight trigger, we can take some other creatures out along the way.

While Silverclad Ferocidons does not continuously fight, it still serves as a form of removal for our opponents, making it an incredibly huge threat. Sure, both these creatures kill Hans, but the risk is certainly worth the reward.

Our next enrage creature is Needletooth Raptor. This creature has a pretty hefty enrage trigger for such a small casting cost and power/toughness. Thanks to Hans Eriksson, we not only have a 2/2 attacker, but a nice bit of damage to lob at another creature an opponent controls. This is insanely powerful, and because of Hans' power, it won't die!

Lastly, we have Ripjaw Raptor. This beauty allows us to draw cards whenever it's dealt damage, meaning that during blocks and fights, we can snag some cards! While these creatures weren't made to fight, they give us many benefits when they do.

The MVP

To be honest, choosing this week's MVP was hard. After all, there are a lot of different pieces to this deck. We have fights, big hitters, protection, and the general good Gruul stuff. But after much debate, I've landed on Neyith of the Dire Hunt.

Released in Jumpstart, this legendary creature is one of the underrated dual-colored commanders, and yet it shines brightly in this deck. Thanks to her, whenever one of our creatures fights or becomes blocked, we draw a card. Since we have Hans Eriksson leading the way, this means we receive a steady stream of consistent card draw.

However, Neyith of the Dire Hunt value doesn't stop there. Her secondary ability allows us to double the power of a creature until the end of turn. This makes our combat shenanigans even stronger! Thanks to Neyith, we are able to draw into more power and have more painful combat steps. What's not to love?

Parting Thoughts

I was incredibly nervous to build around Hans Eriksson. His ability, while incredibly powerful, makes him vulnerable. If we lose him, the deck comes to a standstill. However, if we run too much protection for our commander, we won't draw into the big beaters we need to win. This commander needs a careful balance in order to fit our goal. Finding this balance proved to be rather difficult, involving many cuts and re-additions to the list.

Despite the challenges that come with building around Hans, his unique ability and flavor definitely draw you in to create. If you're looking to build a fun, new twist on Gruul beat-'em-up, then Hans Eriksson is definitely the commander for you!