The Trees are Alive: Squirrel Tribal finds its Commander!

There has always been a faction among the MTG faithful who have LOVED squirrels. They have waited and hoped that someday there would be enough squirrel cards or ‘squirrel adjacent’ cards to make a decent Commander Deck. The only problem? No Legendary Squirrels. They Kaldheim hit and Wotc found the perfect time to drop their first Legendary Squirrel; Toski, Bearer of Secrets. But, although Toski was a fun card to play and brought a nice level of draw advantage to the game, the first legendary squirrel just didn’t bring to the table the type of Commander Clout we were hoping for.

Well, fret no more, True Believers! With Modern Horizon 2, we have, not only, a great Commander but actually a couple of Squirrel Lords!

As I said, Modern Horizon 2 has brought us not one, but two squirrel lords. Unfortunately, only one stands supreme as Commander. Chatterfang, Squirrel General, arrives followed by a virtual army of his kin; quite literally. Our new Nut King makes a 1/1 green Squirrel creature token for every token generated. On top of this, he has a sacrifice engine which forces us, for good or ill, to include black mana in the deck.

Squirrel Soverign ramps all other Squirrels a +1/+1. This makes him one in a hundred and just another support to our new king, Chatterfang. But read that flavor text. If that doesn’t endure him to you, I’m not sure what will.

Chatterfang’s sacrifice engine won’t be very useful to ramp your creatures, but it will aid you in removal.

So what are the elements of this deck? Tokens, of course, everything that generates tokens and anything that will ramp or trigger to squirrels. I think I’ve found some cool Convoke cards that, coupled with your army of Squirrel Tokens, will allow you to cast just about anything you draw. Add to that all of the great staples that double your token generation.

Also appearing in Modern Horizons 2 is the Ravenous Squirrel. This vicious little critter ramps to sacrifice. So every squirrel token you sacrifice will trigger it.

PLUS if you absolutely NEED a sac engine or your commander isn’t available, it can sacrifice an artifact or creature to gain one life, draw a card and ramp itself!

Also, don’t forget to include a squirrel’s best friend, a druid/hermit. The Deep Forest Hermit AND the Deranged Hermit ramp Squirrels by +1/+1. Not only that but both drop four Squirrel Tokens upon entering. You can even answer the Druid’s Call by enchanting ANY creature with this card and generate tokens equal to how much damage it takes.

The best creature to enchant with Druid’s Call is Toski, Bearer of Secrets. This will either diswade attacks or allow you to block anything and rain squirrels onto the battlefield. All this and NOT loose Toski since, well, he’s indestructible!

Two other Druids can come in VERY hand in this Commander deck also. Nut Collector, first of all, generates a squirrel token at its upkeep. Then, if you have at least seven cards in your graveyard, gives ALL squirrels +2/+2. You may look toward a bit of the black/green self mill cards to help. Squirrel Wrangler brings a couple of sacrifice engines to help ramp the Ravenous Squirrel and can either create two squirrel tokens or give your army of squirrels an additional +1/+1 for the turn.

There are also a few enchantments, creatures, intants and sorcery that helps with token duplication. Doubling Season, an Enchantment, is the most popular, of course, which doubles tokens and counters. Another Enchantment, Primal Vigor, also ramps them. Second Harvest, an instant, and Parallel Evolution, a sorcery, will double the tokens you have out at the time. Liege of the hollows, a spirit creature, once it goes to the graveyard, it allows each player to pay for Squirrel Tokens. The only difference is that your commander will double that!

Some optional, unexpected additions I made include the Krosan Beast that grows to horrific proportions when your graveyard is filled out. Feaster of Fools that can be ‘Convoked’ into play and can sac ANY NUMBER OF CREATURES and ramps double that. Lastly, Hogaak, Arisen necropolis, can also make use of Convoke AND Delve. It’s an 8/8 with Trample and can be cast from the graveyard.

Below is my deck list. I would love to hear how you would build this! Hit us up in the comments below or on our social media (links on the homepage)

CREATURES (25)

CHATTERFANG, SQUIRREL GENERAL (COMMANDER)

TOSKI, BEARER OF SECRETS

DEEP FOREST HERMIT

DERANGED HERMIT

KROSAN BEAST

LIEGE OF THE HOLLOWS

NUT COLLECTOR

SCURRID COLONY

SQUIRREL WRANGLER

RAVENOUS SQUIRREL

SQUIRREL MOB

SQUIRREL SOVREIGN

FEASTER OF FOOLS

HOGAAK, ARISEN NECROPLIS

PHARIKA, GOD OF AFFLICTION

SABER ANTS

SCUTE SWARM

SPOREWEB WEAVER

ARASTA OF THE ENDLESS WEB

BELEDROS WITHERBLOOM

CREAKWOOD LIEGE

EMRAKUL’S EVANGEL

GRISMOLD, THE DREADSOWER

HORNET NEST

LIVING HIVE

SORCERY (16)

CHATTER OF THE SQUIRREL

ACORN HARVEST

ENDLESS OBEDIENCE

NISSA’S EXPEDITION

OVERWHELM

SPROUTING RENEWAL

PARALLEL EVOLUTION

PLANEWIDE CELEBRATION

SPIDER SPAWNING

WAITING IN THE WEEDS

BEACON OF CREATION

DEATH MUTATION

DEMONIC TUTOR

MORBID BLOOM

DIABOLIC INTENT

DIABOLIC TUTOR

INSTANT (7)

MURDER

MOB

PAUSE FOR REFLECTION

SCATTER THE SEEDS

SUNDERING VITAE

UNMAKE THE GRAVES

PREDATOR’S HOWL

ARTIFACTS (6)

ACORN CATAPULT

OBELISK OF URD

SECOND HARVEST

TEND THE PESTS

ARACHNOGENESIS

MASKWOOD NEXUS

ENCHANTMENT (9)

DRUID’S CALL

SQUIRREL NEST

SQUIRREL SANCTUARY

MURAGANDA PETROGLYPHS

PARALLEL LIVES

PRESENCE OF GOND

PRIMAL VIGOR

PRIMEVAL BOUNTY

DOUBLING SEASON

LAND (35)

SWARMYARD

OVERGROWN TOMB

ATZAL, CAVE OF ETERNTITY (JOURNEY TO ETERNITY)

UNDERGROWTH STADIUM

GOLGARI ROTFARM

20 FORESTS

11 SWAMPS

PLANESWALKERS

VRASKA, RELIC SEEKER

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