EDH Deck Time: Virtus + Gorm

The idea here is pretty obvious. Gorm acts as the Tank while Virtus makes the kill.

Virtus the VeiledGorm the Great

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Virtus the Veiled
Legendary Creature – Azra Assassin
Partner with Gorm the Great (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Gorm into their hand from their library, then shuffle)


Whenever Virtus the Veiled deals combat damage to a player, that player loses half their life, rounded up.

Gorm the Great
Legendary Creature – Giant Warrior
Partner with Virtus the Veiled (When this creature enters the battlefield, target player may put Virtus into their hand from their library, then shuffle)


Gorm the Great must be blocked if able, and Gorm must be blocked by two or more creature if able.

What can we do with this?

Ward of BonesTainted AetherArchfiend of Depravity

I do have ideas…

You could also just make Virtus unblockable, but where’s the fun in that? This strategy I’m proposing is kind of problematic. It isn’t very good, but at the same time, it’s not going to be very popular either. Taking these huge chunks of life just seems scary, even though it actually isn’t that effective. I mean, it’s 19, 9, 4, 1, 0. That’s five attacks. How many Commanders can do the same with less attacks? Not necessarily starting turn four, but still. The difference isn’t huge. At the same time, losing most of your life early does make you vulnerable to many, many other things, where as simple Commander damage just makes you vulnerable to that Commander in the future.

Again, since just making Virtus unblockable would be unfun for us, we would rather use other methods to get him through. Gladly, this is under green’s perview. Lure has been around since Alpha (and I know players who still love the old Thicket Basilisk + Lure combo).

Gift of the DeityNoble QuarryDeadly AllureFibrous EntanglerSatyr Piper
Destined // LeadRoar of Challenge

Let’s just call this our “never thought I’d see this in Commander” -package. (Although, seeing unusual cards in Commander is not a rare occurance.) For me, this is a reason to play cards. I don’t want to overdo this, however. Pushing this theme more than needed will leave us vulnerable to removal. We’d just have a bunch of these effects in our hand without anything to play them on.

Not that I’m going to use many more creatures. Some, yes, because there are other effects that are good when opponent has a hard time blocking them.

Ashling, the ExtinguisherBanshee of the Dread ChoirBone DancerDemon of Wailing AgoniesDriven // Despair
DreamstealerEmperor’s VanguardFell ShepherdFiend of the ShadowsGiant Adephage
Graveblade MarauderGrim FlayerHapatra, Vizier of PoisonsIkra Shidiqi, the UsurperInk-Eyes, Servant of Oni
Liliana’s ReaverLord of the VoidOhran ViperOkiba-Gang ShinobiRaving Dead
SpawnwritheUrgoros, the Empty OneVraska the Unseen

Then there’s Phage the Untouchable, but we’re not going to go that far. We’re not going to play all of the others either. Their curve is just too high for my taste.

You know what else works well, when you are fairly sure you can get through blockers?

Sword of Fire and IceSword of Feast and FamineSword of Light and ShadowSword of War and PeaceSword of Body and Mind

Besides these, I want to play my usual early card advantage package.

Read the BonesNight’s WhisperPain SeerRuin Raider

Our creatures can grind out the rest quite nicely. The point of these is mostly just to help with finding lands early.

Some ramp. Although, since our commanders are a 3- and 4-drop, I’m not sure if we’ll need these. Double spelling and fixing are still both good, so maybe we can skimp on lands just a bit by playing these. I would like to stick to ones that actually give card advantage, meaning that they find at least two lands, but I also want to make sure I hit my landdrops, so this leaves us in a bit of weird spot, but I’ll put these in.

CultivateKodama’s ReachKhalni Heart ExpeditionExplosive VegetationRampant Growth
FarseekSakura-Tribe ElderWood ElvesFarhaven ElfSearch for Tomorrow

Otherwise, we need some removal and other utility cards.

Go for the ThroatHero’s DownfallUltimate PriceCast DownDoom Blade
Victim of NightTragic SlipBile BlightMalicious AfflictionRelic Crush
Rain of ThornsBane of Progress

We’ll need to make some cuts, so I’ll take out Fell Shepherd, Ink-Eyes, Servant of Oni, Sword of Body and Mind, Sword of Light and Shadow, Graveblade Marauder and Ruin Raider. That leaves us with…

Well, there’s more creatures than initially planned, but I don’t see that’s a problem since they are usually the most fun things to play.

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