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Leatherback Baloth Discussion
3 weeks ago
fireschnot777 Thanks for the advice!
I think you might be right about the Leatherback Baloth over the Dungroves. They very rarely are more that 4/4s and can hurt my devotion. I will give them a try, and might move the Dungroves to my Sideboard.
So far MGS has been really fun to play!
1 month ago
nice, my favorite archetype: mono-g ramp! First off, you need to shore up the ramp side of this deck.
Add some Thragtusks to help with burn, it also fairs well against most removal too.
Personally I would trim alot of the fat your deck has, for example Parallel Lives isnt as useful as stuff like Heroic Intervention for a deck that wants to play alot of creatures in a format with plentiful amounts of board wipes. I'd also cut stuff like Garruk's Horde that doesn't really hold alot of value in modern.
1 month ago
Ok, first of all, nice deck, I like the idea of it.
Second, I do have a concern about this. Rumbling Baloth is just an overall bad card. It’s just a 4/4 for 4, with two devotion. It’s a common for a reason. In terms of everything, Leatherback Baloth is better in just about every way.
Nemesis of Mortals doesn’t feel in place in a deck like this. It works best in a deck based on putting cards in the graveyard, and you might get a small bit of reduction, but not enough to make it full value. If you chose the above two cards in terms of devotion, two symbols isn’t enough to justify a spot in the deck. Vorapede, Gigantosaurus, and if you can afford some, Khalni Hydra, which are also decent for their mana cost. Good job with the other bits, though.
I tried to make a ramp deck with a devotion subtheme, feel free too check it out. Devotion To Ramping. It uses the Acolytes instead of Nykthos, and wants to ramp hard into big trampling threats.
1 month ago
I don't know how much any of the cards I'm about to talk about are but I know when I went into my first modern tournament with my old standard deck after tweaking it was a solid deck and was fun as hell for me. Did it top 8 hell no... Well it did a few times but it's not like that
The only thing baloth has going for it is the 4/5 on turn two. Dungrove has hex proof and honestly can easily match a goyf. In a turn or two and gets bigger. Strangleroot geist you already play but he's just all around good and he's comes back lol. Vengevine is always good if you have a fair and reasonable amount of creatures to revive him. Garruk primal hunter is just great in standard I used to have a dungrove elder and by the time I played garruk made a 3/3. Next turn draw cards from dungrove's power and usually after that you had more that enough to win.
Rancor is always nice but again I don't know the $$$
1 month ago
I really like the idea of swapping out the Leatherback Baloth for Boggart Ram-Gang and I should also definitely make some room for Aspect of Hydra. I too am scared that I'm going to have too much manna and nothing to do with it, at this point I'm think it would be wise to do away with some of the ramp or at least cut back on it. The reason I put Primeval Titan is to pump up my Dungrove Elder but that may be a little excessive.
Anyways Thank you for the useful advice ellie-is!
1 month ago
It's been a while since I commented here, so I'll give you some advice.
Since you are in Mono-Green, you are really just trying to goldfish the opponent if you are playing competitively. Which means that i'd personally cut a Dismember, and go for another pump based spell even. you could also go for a Prey Upon or something if you wanted to.
You are stompy, which means you play Steel Leaf Champion over Leatherback Baloth. I know that it is a bit more expensive because of standard, but it is infinitely better. The reasons are becuase it can't be chump blocked by small creatures until the end of time. It runs over Young Pyromancer and Dark Confidant, and it has 5 power, which makes it even easier to get the turn 4 kill this deck wants to have.
If you are going to say this deck is great for budget, either include a sideboard that fits the deck, or mention one in the description so people wanting to play it have an idea of what to play.
1 month ago
Im going to also recommend Arbor Elf + Utopia Sprawl as its the best ramp combo in Modern. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx is required for any deck that has devotion due to its amazing strength in these decks. Instead of useless stat cards with no abilities like Terrain Elemental, use better statted ones that add to your devotion like Leatherback Baloth. Naturalize or something similar is a must to combat all sorts of stuff, specifically Ensnaring Bridge and cards like it. The big cards in your deck need to have massively good abilities to make it worth ramping into them, so i recommend stuff like Genesis Wave, Tooth and Nail, Craterhoof Behemoth. Maybe even add some Llanowar Elves and other mana dorks to improve the consistency of your ramp. Garruk Wildspeaker is fantastic with Utopia Sprawl and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Chancellor of the Tangle also helps you ramp.
2 months ago
I would replace Abundant Growth with another mana dork like Llanowar Elves, because it only lets the enchanted land produce any color, it doesnt ramp you, which is your main way of winning with decks such as this. Due to the mono-green devotion, I would drop Gishath, Sun's Avatar in favor of a big green beater such as Craterhoof Behemoth, even though it doesnt fit the theme it is a great wincon that affects the board immediately. I would also suggest some stuff like Leatherback Baloth to further strengthen your devotion plan. Personally I would drop all semblance of splashing red and focus more on the devotion theme, but if you do want to keep the Gruul colors, I would probably recommend you drop devotion and focus on ramp and board aggression, into a more mid-range styled list as opposed to a ramp list.