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Kalonian Tusker Discussion
5 days ago
Also some notes for possible upgrades that should be pretty cheap anyways.
Ghalta, Primal Hunger as a 2 of will almost always be a 12/12 for 2, and even if it's not it can still easily be a 3 drop.
This isn't really an upgrade, but I would run Garruk's Companion instead of Kalonian Tusker . I'd put it up to preference but the trample you get in exchange for that 1 toughness cut is pretty powerful and can help get some extra damage.
Another card to possibly consider is Nettle Sentinel . While you have to play a green spell to untap it, I think it would possibly run very well in this deck.
Skylasher would be a good sideboard card imo as it's a value creature on it's own.
1 week ago
Btw, I wanted to mention that I traditionally had always liked using more 3-drops in my deck. I always had 4 Baloth, and even after Champion was printed I still liked to keep 1-2 in the deck along with usually 1 other 3-drop like Dungrove Elder. Then, when I recently got back into the game and playing stompy, I even played around with a 1 Rhonas + 2-3 Ghalta build. The move to a more low-down, even more aggressive list took place recently after noticing a few things.
I was looking for successful stompy lists on mtgtop8 (there usually aren't too many) and the only recent list was this one, which actually won the 46-player Hareruya event - https://www.mtgtop8.com/event?e=21669&d=345568&f=MO. I was surprised to see him running good-ol' Giant Growth over Vines and 3 Garruk's Companion instead of Scooze (along with the full 4 Kalonian Tusker ). The sideboard is short+sweet and it's obvious he was just going for full-on aggression. I figured a deck like that can get a lot of free wins when the opponent stumbles just the slightest at the start.
Then, while looking on this website I came across this list ( Big Green Daddies ) and that's when I decided to lower the curve a bit to see how it worked. I have to say that so far it does seem better (for me). You should def give it a try once/if you start playing in a larger meta. Personally, I am even gonna give that hyper-aggressive version (the Japanese one) a shot next week just to see what happens, haha.
2 weeks ago
Gladly! My sideboard is kinda specified to decks i see, for example back to nature is good against bogles but not much else, so adjust your own sideboard!
As a rule of thumb i switch out creature cards for crature cards in the sideboard, and non-creature for non-creature.
The reason for this is that you are mainly a creature aggro deck, where creatures are star and pumpspells either help; finish ( Aspect of Hydra ) / protect ( Vines of Vastwood ). This means that if you are siding in "protection" i.e. Relic of Progenitus i would consider switching out vines of vastwood. Same goes for Dismember , for if you need to remove creatures from your opponent they're most likely removal-light.
Feed the Clan can also be switched with vines, for the simple reason that most our creatures are beefy enough to withstand damage-removal, and this is mainly for dealing with burn. Collector Ouphe is mainly for affinity and here you could for example swap out scavenging ooze lest you desperatly need lifegain. They dont rely on their graveyard.
As you see i often swap out vines, i much consider it the weakest card and most flexible. but then again it depends on the matchup and personal taste. Consider your need for protection, explosiveness, interaction, and so on. Sometimes you might not want to switch out all the copies of a certain card, but rather take out different cards.
Lastly i want to say that you should probably make slight mainboard changes aswell: Kalonian Tusker is a good alternative for scavenging ooze, if you need more power earlier. The number of Rancor , Vines of Vastwood and Aspect of Hydra can be interchanged, and even switched out for Blossoming Defense or Dismember .
The onedrop slot is also very adjustable: Dryad Militant shines against certain decks (mostly storm and maybe dredge, and maybe snaocaster decks)and Hexdrinker against others. Same goes for Experiment One and Pelt Collector . The two latter should only be split in a 4-2 or 3-3 in my opinion because they cant evolve one another.
Lastly if there are certain cards you dont want/own in the sideboard here are alternatives:
Thrun, the Last Troll : Very good against control, but i have had a though time against Terminus lately which wrecks him. Pro tip, there seems to be some changes coming up to UW control, and this might mean Terminus is being phased out, so do keep your eye out for thrun.
Hope this helps! Reply if you need more help or anything was unclear ;D
4 weeks ago
Hey i Have my version of mono green stompy on here too i love Rhonas the Indomitable but i would cut the Kalonian Tusker it is a bomb but no livability And Dryad Militant does screw over Creeping Chill due to the replacement efect aka not hitting grave but im trying out lead the stampedes in my build also the only reason young wolf is two copies is becuse it helps curve
1 month ago
heckproof Glad I could help a fellow Stompy player out! Dryad Militant is a fantastic card to have access to against any decks looking to utilize their graveyard, so certainly dredge. Now that you mention it, it does seem like Dryad Militant would exile the Creeping Chill , but I too am not entirely sure the precedence the are placed on the stack. Also, I have been recently playing with the idea of more one drops, now that there seems to be more strong one-drops available than ever before, and Kalonian Tusker is one of the weaker cards in the deck overall. More one-drops allows for more consistent aggression, but poses the possible downside of weaker topdecks or a weaker curve against opposing creature based decks.
1 month ago
Hey, sorry for the late response. Just wanted to say thanks so much for responding to my earlier message! It was a huge help to me in teaching me the thought processes of what to sideboard, and I can’t even describe how much I appreciate the help.
As a side note, I’d just like to mention that Dryad Militant is, like, really sneaky good against Dredge. It keeps them off of Conflagrate , which means they’re forced into using creatures to beat down. And yours are just bigger. Also, I might be reading it wrong (and I haven’t played a match against Dredge yet, so I have no firsthand experience in this matchup), but doesn’t Dryad Militant also keep them off of Creeping Chill ? It seems like they rely on that card so much to race so it seems superb.
Finally, what are your thoughts on running two extra one-drops instead of two Kalonian Tusker ? I realize that this might not be a question you can answer, because your deck seems really tightly tuned to deal with your own meta. It’s just that my build runs 2 Scavenging Ooze in the main, and Kalonian Tusker has easily been the worst card in the games I’ve played. I feel like two copies of Experiment One would be better for Avatar of the Resolute . If you can offer any insight, I’d be happy to hear it!
1 month ago
Honestly, I'm seriously considering it. The thing is that Kalonian Tusker is the worst card in the deck right now anyways, and I don't think trading the point of toughness for trample is really gonna help it. What this deck needs is another Avatar of the Resolute -level card, something busted that also has the two green pips.
Thanks for the suggestion, though! I will absolutely continue to test with both; it's not like either is expensive at all.
2 months ago
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