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Mono Green Devotion concept by Steven McGrath

Posted on January 27th, 2014

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Today I’d like to talk about building the Mono-Green Devotion deck. This deck which initially broke out with Makihito Mihara’s performance at Pro Tour Theros.

 

Maindeck

9 Forest

2 Mountain

4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

4 Temple of Abandon

4 Stomping Ground

 

4 Elvish Mystic

4 Burning-Tree Emissary

3 Scavenging Ooze

4 Sylvan Caryatid

4 Voyaging Satyr

2 Nylea, God of the Hunt

 

Sideboard

1 Mistcutter Hydra

2 Wasteland Viper

1 Destructive Revelry

3 Mizzium Mortars

2 Burning Earth

2 Chandra, Pyromaster

2 Nylea’s Disciple

1 Xenagos, the Reveler

1 Sylvan Primordial

 

Upon seeing this deck I knew I wanted to play it. The fast mana, huge threats and one of the most powerful cards in the format Nykthos. From the above deck list and some others from various different tournaments it seems like the core of the deck is:

4 Elvish Mystic

4 Burning-Tree Emissary

4 Sylvan Caryatid

3-4 Voyaging Satyr

0-2 Nylea, God of the Hunt

4 Polukranos, World Eater

2-3 Arbor Colossus

1-3 Scavenging Ooze

0-1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

 

3-4 Domri Rade

2-3 Xenagos, the Reveler

4 Garruk, Caller of Beasts

 

9 Forest

2 Mountain

4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

4 Temple of Abandon

4 Stomping Ground

0-1 Rogue’s Passage

 

A card that I think has a lot of potential in standard right now is Boon Satyr and it seemingly fit right into this deck. It’s another early creature which gives you two devotion to green, as well as a reasonable body that can become a powerful aura . I also decided to forgo the one rogue’s passage because it seemed a bit too cheeky. But I did want to try out 24 land to see if it made the deck slightly more consistent. I trimmed the Nyleas and Scavenging Oozes to try it out.

 

 

From this I threw together this rough, untuned list:

 

4 Elvish Mystic

4 Burning-Tree Emissary

4 Sylvan Caryatid

4 Voyaging Satyr

4 Polukranos, World Eater

3 Boon Satyr

3 Arbor Colossus

 

4 Domri Rade

2 Xenagos, the Reveler

4 Garruk, Caller of Beasts

10 Forest

2 Mountain

4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

4 Temple of Abandon

4 Stomping Ground

 

After some initial testing with this list against Selesnya Aggro and Mono-Blue Devotion as well as some other lower tier decks I think that 36 mana sources is too many and that Nylea’s effect is one that the deck desires: another Large threat, a Mana Sink and the trample is very good on Colossus and Polukranos.

The Boon Satyrs got the axe. They proved unimpressive against most decks and overall Nylea is the better choice. Cutting a land, a Domri Rade and the last Boon Satyr leaves us with three slots left in the Maindeck which I decided to fill with 3 copies of Scavenging Ooze. It fills a similar roll to Boon Satyr as a cheap cost effective threat, but the upside of growing to a larger size as well as the lifegain gives it the edge over it’s flashy counterpart. With these changes the Final Maindeck became this :

 

4 Elvish Mystic

4 Burning-Tree Emissary

4 Sylvan Caryatid

4 Voyaging Satyr

4 Polukranos, World Eater

3 Scavenging Ooze

3 Arbor Colossus

2 Nylea, God of the Hunt

 

3 Domri Rade

2 Xenagos, the Reveler

4 Garruk, Caller of Beasts

 

9 Forest

2 Mountain

4 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx

4 Temple of Abandon

4 Stomping Ground

 

Next up is the Sideboard, something that is more or less Metagame dependant:

3 Burning Earth

1 Ruric Thar, the Unbowed

3 Nylea’s Disciple

3 Mizzium Mortars

3 Mistcutter Hydra

2 Wasteland Viper

 

I chose to go with Burning Earth because I’m expecting there to be some amount of greedy, three colour midrange and control decks.  I chose Disciples and Mortars for the aggro match up. Without any reliable removal in the Maindeck, Mortars is a good choice against aggro. The Disciple is a reasonable body often with 6+ life attached.

 

We have Wasteland Vipers against any creature based deck. The interaction between Viper and Polukranos is very powerful. The Hydras are a powerful, hard to remove threat against the Mono-Blue devotion deck as well as most blue based control decks.

 

 

That’s all for now, I’ll test the deck some more and try it at FNM.  Thank you for reading.

 

 

Steven McGrath has been playing Magic since the release of Rise of Eldrazi in 2010 and more competitively after the release of Scars of Mirrodin.

For questions and comments, Steven and be reached at sjmcgrath@upei.ca

 

 

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