Don't get me wrong, I think Garruk Wildspeaker (the character) is awesome. He just doesn't really showcase a tremendous amount of depth. He's a guy who hunts stuff in the woods. He does it in a really cool way! ...That's pretty much it. 

One of the problems I've found with Planeswalkers overall is that WotC can often strike gold with a resonant character that doesn't have much interesting design space. They want to keep putting said character in sets for the brand value, but the abilities are kinda stagnant and less novel with each iteration. This is partly why I found Planeswalkers like Chandra and Gideon relatively difficult to design for, and why I'm grateful for the relatively wider swath of experimentation for Walkers like Jace and Liliana. 

Garruk is one such character. He's a stoic, angry strongman. But he was also cursed by Liliana fairly early on in his character's lifespan, and spent almost all of his time in the Vorthosphere as a mindless killing machine that's 2 colors. Not much to go on...but that's okay! Luckily for us, we can work with what we know so far! Green has a long, illustrious history of creatures that hunt, track, and fight and that's what we're gonna do.

Meet our strong, silent type and his forest friends:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Garruk, Primal Hunter by Andy Hurst

'Garruk, Primal Hunter' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

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Market Price: $35.98

Cards

Beast Hunt

Color Identity:G

Market Price: $0.16

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Reveal the top three cards of your library. Put all creature cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest into your graveyard.

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Broodhatch Nantuko

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Broodhatch Nantuko is dealt damage, you may create that many 1/1 green Insect creature tokens.
Morph {2}{G} (You may cast this card face down as a 2/2 creature for {3}. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)

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Hunt the Weak

Color Identity:G

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Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control. Then that creature fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Byway Courier

Color Identity:G

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When Byway Courier dies, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")

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Memorial to Unity

Color Identity:G

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Memorial to Unity enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{2}{G}, {T}, Sacrifice Memorial to Unity: Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card from among them and put it into your hand. Then put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Algae Gharial

Color Identity:G

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Shroud (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
Whenever another creature dies, you may put a +1/+1 counter on Algae Gharial.

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Gargos, Vicious Watcher

Color Identity:G

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Vigilance
Hydra spells you cast cost {4} less to cast.
Whenever a creature you control becomes the target of a spell, Gargos, Vicious Watcher fights up to one target creature you don't control.

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Hunter's Ambush

Color Identity:G

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Prevent all combat damage that would be dealt by nongreen creatures this turn.

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Mirri, Cat Warrior

Color Identity:G

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First strike, forestwalk, vigilance (This creature deals combat damage before creatures without first strike, it can't be blocked as long as defending player controls a Forest, and attacking doesn't cause this creature to tap.)

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Unravel the Aether

Color Identity:G

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Choose target artifact or enchantment. Its owner shuffles it into their library.

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Rhonas's Monument

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Green creature spells you cast cost {1} less to cast.
Whenever you cast a creature spell, target creature you control gets +2/+2 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Feral Hydra

Color Identity:G

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Feral Hydra enters the battlefield with X +1/+1 counters on it.
{3}: Put a +1/+1 counter on Feral Hydra. Any player may activate this ability.

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Foe-Razer Regent

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Foe-Razer Regent enters the battlefield, you may have it fight target creature you don't control.
Whenever a creature you control fights, put two +1/+1 counters on it at the beginning of the next end step.

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Brightwood Tracker

Color Identity:G

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{5}{G}, {T}: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.

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Fierce Empath

Color Identity:G

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When Fierce Empath enters the battlefield, you may search your library for a creature card with converted mana cost 6 or greater, reveal it, put it into your hand, then shuffle your library.

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Bounty of the Hunt

Color Identity:G

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You may exile a green card from your hand rather than pay this spell's mana cost.
Distribute three +1/+1 counters among one, two, or three target creatures. For each +1/+1 counter you put on a creature this way, remove a +1/+1 counter from that creature at the beginning of the next cleanup step.

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Rushwood Grove

Color Identity:G

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Rushwood Grove enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Put a storage counter on Rushwood Grove.
{T}, Remove any number of storage counters from Rushwood Grove: Add {G} for each storage counter removed this way.

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Hunter's Insight

Color Identity:G

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Choose target creature you control. Whenever that creature deals combat damage to a player or planeswalker this turn, draw that many cards.

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Fangren Hunter

Color Identity:G

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Trample

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Renata, Called to the Hunt

Color Identity:G

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Renata's power is equal to your devotion to green. (Each {G} in the mana costs of permanents you control counts toward your devotion to green.)
Each other creature you control enters the battlefield with an additional +1/+1 counter on it.

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Awaken the Bear

Color Identity:G

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Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Affectionate Indrik

Color Identity:G

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When Affectionate Indrik enters the battlefield, you may have it fight target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Indrik Stomphowler

Color Identity:G

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When Indrik Stomphowler enters the battlefield, destroy target artifact or enchantment.

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Dosan's Oldest Chant

Color Identity:G

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You gain 6 life.
Draw a card.

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Bequeathal

Color Identity:G

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Enchant creature
When enchanted creature dies, you draw two cards.

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Windstorm

Color Identity:G

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Windstorm deals X damage to each creature with flying.

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Brindle Shoat

Color Identity:G

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When Brindle Shoat dies, create a 3/3 green Boar creature token.

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Treetop Village

Color Identity:G

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Treetop Village enters the battlefield tapped.
{T}: Add {G}.
{1}{G}: Treetop Village becomes a 3/3 green Ape creature with trample until end of turn. It's still a land. (It can deal excess combat damage to the player or planeswalker it's attacking.)

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Hunting Moa

Color Identity:G

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Echo {2}{G} (At the beginning of your upkeep, if this came under your control since the beginning of your last upkeep, sacrifice it unless you pay its echo cost.)
When Hunting Moa enters the battlefield or dies, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.

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Durkwood Tracker

Color Identity:G

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{1}{G}, {T}: If Durkwood Tracker is on the battlefield, it deals damage equal to its power to target attacking creature. That creature deals damage equal to its power to Durkwood Tracker.

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Adventurous Impulse

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top three cards of your library. You may reveal a creature or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Trophy Hunter

Color Identity:G

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{1}{G}: Trophy Hunter deals 1 damage to target creature with flying.
Whenever a creature with flying dealt damage by Trophy Hunter this turn dies, put a +1/+1 counter on Trophy Hunter.

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Outmuscle

Color Identity:G

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Put a +1/+1 counter on target creature you control, then it fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)
Adamant — If at least three green mana was spent to cast this spell, the creature you control gains indestructible until end of turn.

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Emergence Zone

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{T}: Add {C}.
{1}, {T}, Sacrifice Emergence Zone: You may cast spells this turn as though they had flash.

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Ulvenwald Tracker

Color Identity:G

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

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Briarbridge Patrol

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Briarbridge Patrol deals damage to one or more creatures, investigate. (Create a colorless Clue artifact token with "{2}, Sacrifice this artifact: Draw a card.")
At the beginning of each end step, if you sacrificed three or more Clues this turn, you may put a creature card from your hand onto the battlefield.

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Epic Confrontation

Color Identity:G

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Target creature you control gets +1/+2 until end of turn. It fights target creature you don't control. (Each deals damage equal to its power to the other.)

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Garruk, Primal Hunter

Color Identity:G

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+1: Create a 3/3 green Beast creature token.
−3: Draw cards equal to the greatest power among creatures you control.
−6: Create a 6/6 green Wurm creature token for each land you control.

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Brutalizer Exarch

Color Identity:G

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When Brutalizer Exarch enters the battlefield, choose one —
• Search your library for a creature card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
• Put target noncreature permanent on the bottom of its owner's library.

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Wilt

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Cycling {2} ({2}, Discard this card: Draw a card.)

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The Game Plan

Our main goal is to use our creatures and fight spells to punish smaller creatures on the other side, and attack with large creatures consistently to secure the win. Our early creatures aren't much to write home about, as they won't win many fights, but they do help set us up for success later. Broodhatch Nantuko and Brindle Shoat don't mind getting into fights they can't win, Fierce Empath goes and gets one of our Rare monsters, and Hunting Moa is just around to help out. 

Once we get a little further up the curve, the threats start to get scary. The larger bodies are much scarier in combat or some brawls on the side, and the Rares help fix those fights. It'll be hard to imagine your opponent donating to the growth of Feral Hydra (Downshift Alert! Thanks Battlebond / Jumpstart!) but even if you're the only one contributing, it only takes a few turns to get out of hand. 

Also keep in mind that if it's possible, land Algae Gharial before you start battling. It might not look like much, and its stats are crappy, but it gets absolutely massive if it gets to stick around for a few turns and the Shroud becomes game-breaking. 

Our removal package contains several outstanding ways to get rid of artifacts or enchantments. But when it comes to creature kill, it's pretty much all based on fighting. So given that, it's very important to keep in mind when the opponent has open mana to cause some trouble when we're trying to get our scrap on. However, if your fight spells / effects end up resolving, it'll be difficult to lose, since our board will snowball quickly. 

The Rares


The First Rule of Ulvenwald Tracker is You Do Not Talk About Fight Club! Uh...I've said too much. Tyler Durden here is only happy when he can facilitate some brawls and if he gets active for a while the opponent will be in tough shape. Consider invoking Project Mayhem if the tracker contributes strongly to wins. 


I'll be honest, this is here because I absolutely love the card and the character and it benefits from combat tricks. Its stats are very handy with any kind of creature enhancement and I just kinda feel like Garruk and Mirri would have found some sort of common ground in the lore. Maybe not exactly buddies, but perhaps a mutual respect?


Gargos is a...vicious beating (I'm sorry). Its stats are outstanding, especially for only 6 mana, and we're not concerned about the Green mana commitment since we're only Green. We even have another hydra to synergize with—Feral Hydra—no easy feat, considering that most Hydras these days tend to be Rares or Mythics. Oh yeah, and it also helps protect your entire board by acting as some sort of UFC matchmaker. It's likely that your opponent's creatures haven't been training!


The stats-to-cost ratio is a little rough, but all it takes is 1-2 fights before The Regent here rules the board and it gets the first fight automatically. Considering the themes of our deck, it's not unreasonable for this thing to end games in a single hit. 

Unsung Hero


It's extremely satisfying whenever I see Masters sets and other supplemental products that are reprint-heavy which contain cards I've picked out for these decks, or maybe seeing new downshifted Rares that would be welcome additions to the card pool. 

Hunter's Insight is a great example, as it's come out in Ikoria Commander decks, Jumpstart, and Commander Legends in 2020. I think it helps affirm that WotC recognizes these cards are potent and powerful, and that they should be around more so folks can play them. 

I'm not sure if you've ever resolved a Hunter's Insight before, but boy oh boy is it a good one. Keep in mind two very important things: it draws cards equal to the damage dealt by its target, not just one card, and it's an instant. These two factors combine to make the Insight a game-defining card. And if you can, I'd try to play it with Gargos in play to protect your target from opposing tricks.