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    Monogreen decks

    Are there any viable monogreen decks in legacy? And by monogreen I mean no dedicated means to produce other colors of mana, so no Bayou and similar crap. Things that are allowable are:
    - Artifacts
    - Leylines
    - Rainbow lands like Cavern of souls
    - Phyrexian mana
    - Alternate cast or cheating into play like Faerie Macabre or Griselbrand

    Because there are already monocolored decks i other colors, like
    1. Blue:
    - Merfolk
    - Omnitell
    - High tide

    2. Red:
    - Prison
    - Burn
    - Storm
    - Goblins

    3. Black:
    - Pox
    - Devotion

    4. White:
    - Death and taxes
    - Soldier stompy

    So I would like to see a monogreen too, problem with Elves is that they still black, even with Deathrite shaman banned.

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    Re: Monogreen decks

    Elves and titanpost

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    Re: Monogreen decks

    Some people were messing around with Chalice/Loam/Ramunap Excavator, as I recall. It looked/sounded pretty interesting, though I didn't really follow it closely.
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    Chalice, Trinisphere, GSZ, Wasteland Ranumap and Planeswalkers

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    Re: Monogreen decks

    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Deuce View Post
    Some people were messing around with Chalice/Loam/Ramunap Excavator, as I recall. It looked/sounded pretty interesting, though I didn't really follow it closely.
    It all depends on how good Choke is positioned in the metagame. This deck popped up in the middle of the Miracles domination period.

    EDIT: This is what I remember, but it had a black splash.

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    Re: Monogreen decks

    I have a Mono Green Stax deck I mess around with. Its fun but I think it's missing something I either have yet to find or is yet to be printed.
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    Re: Monogreen decks

    Certain versions of Sylvan Plug can be mono-green. Usually they are BG (Decay/Deluge/sideboard stuff) or splash white for Knight. There are some fringe decks, like mono-G enchantress or oddballs like NO-Eureka.

    I have a Mono Green Stax deck I mess around with. Its fun but I think it's missing something I either have yet to find or is yet to be printed.
    I really wanted to jam Tireless Tracker into a version of Braids Stax since it sort of operates like a more powerful Ophiomancer. Don't think I could ever come up with a version with a stable-looking manabase.

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    Re: Monogreen decks

    Also, Berserk Stompy used to be a thing before infect became the go-to Berserk deck.
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    Re: Monogreen decks

    Quote Originally Posted by square_two View Post
    I really wanted to jam Tireless Tracker into a version of Braids Stax since it sort of operates like a more powerful Ophiomancer. Don't think I could ever come up with a version with a stable-looking manabase.
    The mana is the reason I have not splashed Black, which I agree is the best option. If GSZ could grab non Green creatures that would make for a much stronger deck. Then able to grab Braids and a Green/Black Braids I think would make the deck actually useful.

    Tracker is queen in the deck. Making all those clues and also giving you something most Stax decks don't have, a draw engine that fits seamlessly into the deck. Something not forced into the shell. While the clues going to a Stax is really handy, I actually think the real power is the draw effect once your mana is settled. The issue is you have a hard time setting up if someone picks apart your board.
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    Re: Monogreen decks

    elves is monoG right? or at least only a light splash. makes no sense to focus on mono too hard in legacy anyway.
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    Wanted monogreen for the statistics, but also if there is a way to play green without duals. Elves is not monogreen, because it still uses black sideboard cards that forces to play Bayou. Although maybe can be adapted.
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    The deck against which you want black are control and combo and those are not grindy at all so you do not to feel the difference between Bayou and Overgrown Tombstone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poron View Post
    The deck against which you want black are control and combo and those are not grindy at all so you do not to feel the difference between Bayou and Overgrown Tombstone
    You completely ignore Delver decks where life points matter.
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    You donít need black against delver decks in an Elf list

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    No, but if you have Overgrown Tombs instead of Bayous, there will be times when you have to play them untapped and pay that 2 life against Delver (or any other deck).

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    Super marginal situations. If you like Elves and Bayous are a problem play 2 Tombs

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    Anyone say enchantress yet?

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    I run a home brew that I have been working on for over two years now called Winter Maze that has gotten a bit of attention online. It's a toolbox deck that features a Winter Orb and Root Maze soft lock in conjunction with Trinisphere to cut off your opponent's resources while ramping into a toolbox of huge creatures that are cheated out via Natural Order and Green Sun's Zenith. Since I moved into a small town with nearly no Legacy environment I haven't been able to take it to a major tournament, however in my testing with my friends we've discovered that it smashes Death and Taxes and a number of top tier decks. Combo is probably it's biggest weakness but Trinisphere and Root Maze do help in that match up as does a nice anti combo sideboard which we are still fleshing out. It is unintentionally budget friendly. Here's the current list:



    Search and Destroy:

    4x Green Sun's Zenith
    4x Natural Order

    Toolbox / Beatz:

    1x Carnage Tyrant
    1x Deadbridge Goliath
    1x Dragonlord Atarka
    1x Gigantosaurus
    1x Hornet Queen
    1x Omnath, Locus of Mana
    1x Scavenging Ooze
    2x Steel Leaf Champion
    1x Thrashing Brontodon
    1x Worldspine Wurm

    Disruption / Lock Down:

    4x Root Maze
    2x Trinisphere
    3x Winter Orb

    Ramp:

    4x Arbor Elf
    2x Garruk Wildspeaker
    4x Elvish Spirit Guide
    4x Utopia Sprawl
    4x Wild Growth

    Land:

    1x Dryad Arbor
    13x Forest

    Sideboard (15)

    2x Cursed Totem
    3x Krosan Grip
    3x Mindbreak Trap
    2x Pithing Needle
    4x Surgical Extraction
    1x Xantid Swarm

    One of the main strengths of the deck is that it is mono colored. Root Maze is a nutty tempo card against fetchlands. Combine it with Winter Orb and your opponent will give you the finger. Often you will get explosive turn one plays such as: Drop a Forest, pitch Elvish Spirit Guide casting Wild Growth, tap Growthed Forest, cast Arbor Elf and Root Maze, pass the turn. Your opponent will get a tapped land drop and pass the turn back. You then drop Natural Order for Worldspine Wurm and follow up with either Winter Orb or Trinisphere to lock them out.

    Winter Orb is tight with land enchantments such as Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl as the one land you untap each turn is enchanted. Combined with either Arbor Elf or Garruk and you will generate a huge amount of mana. Hard casting Worldspine Wurm happens frequently.

    GSZ is so good in this deck! Early game it's Arbor Elf numbers 5,6, 7 and 8. Late game it's Worldspine Wurm, Hornet Queen, Carnage Tyrant etc...

    With Natural Order you can crank out Worldsine Wurm turn two. I used to run Progenitus here but I got sick of drawing him or having him in my hand as I can't cast him.

    With the printing of Gigantosaurus, Thrashing Brontodon and Steel Leaf Champion the deck has evolved from good to very competitive. Anyway, give it a few play tests if you are interested and let me know what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laser Brains View Post
    I run a home brew that I have been working on for over two years now called Winter Maze that has gotten a bit of attention online. It's a toolbox deck that features a Winter Orb and Root Maze soft lock in conjunction with Trinisphere to cut off your opponent's resources while ramping into a toolbox of huge creatures that are cheated out via Natural Order and Green Sun's Zenith. Since I moved into a small town with nearly no Legacy environment I haven't been able to take it to a major tournament, however in my testing with my friends we've discovered that it smashes Death and Taxes and a number of top tier decks. Combo is probably it's biggest weakness but Trinisphere and Root Maze do help in that match up as does a nice anti combo sideboard which we are still fleshing out. It is unintentionally budget friendly. Here's the current list:



    Search and Destroy:

    4x Green Sun's Zenith
    4x Natural Order

    Toolbox / Beatz:

    1x Carnage Tyrant
    1x Deadbridge Goliath
    1x Dragonlord Atarka
    1x Gigantosaurus
    1x Hornet Queen
    1x Omnath, Locus of Mana
    1x Scavenging Ooze
    2x Steel Leaf Champion
    1x Thrashing Brontodon
    1x Worldspine Wurm

    Disruption / Lock Down:

    4x Root Maze
    2x Trinisphere
    3x Winter Orb

    Ramp:

    4x Arbor Elf
    2x Garruk Wildspeaker
    4x Elvish Spirit Guide
    4x Utopia Sprawl
    4x Wild Growth

    Land:

    1x Dryad Arbor
    13x Forest

    Sideboard (15)

    2x Cursed Totem
    3x Krosan Grip
    3x Mindbreak Trap
    2x Pithing Needle
    4x Surgical Extraction
    1x Xantid Swarm

    One of the main strengths of the deck is that it is mono colored. Root Maze is a nutty tempo card against fetchlands. Combine it with Winter Orb and your opponent will give you the finger. Often you will get explosive turn one plays such as: Drop a Forest, pitch Elvish Spirit Guide casting Wild Growth, tap Growthed Forest, cast Arbor Elf and Root Maze, pass the turn. Your opponent will get a tapped land drop and pass the turn back. You then drop Natural Order for Worldspine Wurm and follow up with either Winter Orb or Trinisphere to lock them out.

    Winter Orb is tight with land enchantments such as Wild Growth and Utopia Sprawl as the one land you untap each turn is enchanted. Combined with either Arbor Elf or Garruk and you will generate a huge amount of mana. Hard casting Worldspine Wurm happens frequently.

    GSZ is so good in this deck! Early game it's Arbor Elf numbers 5,6, 7 and 8. Late game it's Worldspine Wurm, Hornet Queen, Carnage Tyrant etc...

    With Natural Order you can crank out Worldsine Wurm turn two. I used to run Progenitus here but I got sick of drawing him or having him in my hand as I can't cast him.

    With the printing of Gigantosaurus, Thrashing Brontodon and Steel Leaf Champion the deck has evolved from good to very competitive. Anyway, give it a few play tests if you are interested and let me know what you think.

    Winter Maze
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    Quote Originally Posted by kinda View Post
    Gigantasaurus over kalonian hydra? 2 Trinisphere...2???
    I haven't tested Kalonian Hydra, the trample aspect makes him look great though. Originally in the 5 drop slot I had Thragtusk. I've only missed him once since I've made the switch. Gigantosaurus has been really good, but the Hydra with trample really makes more sense. Thanks for the heads up.

    Two Trinisphere actually works quite well here. You certainly do not want to see more than one and it's meant to be dropped after you've set up your Arbor Elves and Wild Growths. I feel like two is correct.
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