Ok, we all love, or love to hate Tarmogoyf. It is a supper efficient creature capable of putting on maximum pressure the minute it hits the board. Unfortunately this is reflected in the price tag, around 70 to 80 dollars per card. For a lot of player, like myself, that want to play modern this is a high barrier stopping them from playing most green decks, because the goyf has a place in almost all of them. The question then is, is there a good substitute for Tarmogoyf? The answer really is no, no other creature with a CMC of two matches the power of goyf or its splashability. However there are some contenders that at least won’t get you laughed out of the room for your goyfless deck.
The common ones I have seen are: Stormblood Berserker, Jotun Grunt, and Kavu Predator with all three finding places in Zoo decks. Each of which comes with unique advantages in the right deck or against the right deck. However as mentioned, I’ve only seen these substitutes in Zoo decks.
What decks use Tarmogoyf and what creatures could successfully be used in Tarmogoyf’s place? What creatures in general could be used in place of Tarmogoyf’s but haven’t gotten any place in the spot light?