Creature — Insect
Skylasher can't be countered.
Reach, protection from blue
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4 months ago
Sorry if this comes off as rude to you, but delve does not get rid of the cards needed to scavenge. In fact, it does nothing to put cards into your graveyard , and only makes use of the cards that were dumped into the yard with spells like Mulch, Grisly Salvage, and other instants / sorceries that were used up and sent to the graveyard over the course of the game.
Blossoming Defense and Vines of Vastwood are both better at stopping a burn spell as compared to Predator's Strike. Because of how this deck can easily get extra cards in the yard, casting Become Immense cheaply should be fairly consistent, and has been so far in my testing. The main usefulness of Predator's Strike is that it gives trample, and in most cases, the only creatures you'll be casting is Death's Shadow and Varolz, the Scar-Striped.
I have some additional suggestions for your deck. perhaps moving the Birds of Paradise over into your mainboard? currently, your mainboard 1 ofs are not suitable to be played on turn 1 (pump, or bioshift). Birds of Paradise helps you out, as well as being a flyer you can pump up later on. I really recommend this, as while I was testing, every round with a good hand would go something like this. turn 1 either death shadow or nothing, turn 2 mulch or grisly salvage, turn 3 varolz. If you had birds of paradise included, you could do something like this. turn 1 birds, turn 2 grisly salvage and death's shadow, turn 3 varaolz and put 13 counters on birds, turn 4 use some removal some pump, and swing for lethal. Although your deck can already win on turn 4, keeping Birds of Paradise in the mainboard to start with helps out with more consistent wins. Mire Boa and Skylasher are great cards, but on turn 2, your deck generally needs to be casting a mulch or a grisly salvage (provided you didn't cast a death shadow on turn 1).
4 months ago
Yeah, so there's also Turn to Frog, stuff like Skylasher and Clip Wings in Green which trolls flyers, and there's always Essence Scatter to get rid of threats before they even hit the field (that's my personal fav). Or just use B to Murder or Dark Betrayal once they do hit the field.
5 months ago
Isn't Mulch, Jarad's Orders, and Grisly Salvage a way to get card advantage, and at the same time putting combo-pieces in the GY? They are card-neutral, which Altar's Reap also is (the latter draws you two cards, in exchange for a creature and itself = 2 for 2), but they give you a lot better selection as they dig deeper. I think Elvish Visionary is better than Abundant Growth - it also draws a card, but it can block early attackers, be sac'ed to Altar's Reap or varolz, and discarded to Lotleth Troll.
For a two-coloured deck, you don't really need manafixing, when you play the lands you do. Skylasher is really a sideboard-card, and not even a good one at that. It doesn't have hexproof, it just has "protection from blue, advanced". Thrun is solid, though.
Another card to consider could be Rite of Consumption. It makes the deck even more combo-like. It should be boarded out against anything with counterspells (same as Altar's Reap, but otherwise it's good.
5 months ago
7 months ago
This deck looks pretty solid, In the sideboard I'd try to fit in 2 Choke because it's so good against grixis delver and other blue decks. I'd also suggest playing 2 more Natural State and maybe throw in some graveyard hate such as Tormod's Crypt. Cards to cut from the sideboard are probably Thragtusk because it's too slow as well as Fog because you can use feed the clan in match-ups where you'd want to prevent that combat damage. You can probably cut Skylasher for Choke to hate on blue decks. Also finding space for Heroic Intervention to beat board-wipes and removal is a good idea. If you want to check out my list you can do so here: Mono-Green Stompy Primer (Budget/Non-Budget)
9 months ago
Updated recommended sideboard:
- 3x Feed the Clan (vs. Burn, Zoo)
- 4x Fog (vs. faster creature decks e.g. Infect, Affinity, Death's Shadow Aggro, Merfolk)
- 2x Relic of Progenitus (vs. Living End, Dredge)
- 4x Mutagenic Growth (vs. Lightning Bolt based removal and combo) or 4x Blossoming Defense (vs. Jund/Junk/Jeskai/Mardu)
- 2x Hunt the Hunter (vs. Jund/Junk) or 2x Skylasher (vs. Blue-based Control)
10 months ago
10 months ago
Nantuko Elder is a nice Insect that provides you with ramp. Also fits the budget classification.
Deadbridge Goliath is a big creature for its cost, then stretches even more with its scavenge ability. Plus it's an Insect.
Nantuko Disciple is another cheap pumping Insect.
Skylasher is a strong hard counter to blue decks and fliers.