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pie chart Bearenstain Bear Tribal Deck

Casual Mono-Green Theme/Gimmick Tribal




This is the tribal deck that trumps all. I've been to Local Game Stores across the good ol' US of A, searching far and wide for a creature type befitting of my rugged masculinity, and after ages the truth has beared down upon me. That's right, I found bears. From there I crafted a hybrid combo/creature deck that you see now, which utilizes Sylvan Library and Words of Wilding to turn your draw step into 3 bears. Every turn. Now bear with me here, as what is to follow is an in-depth explanation of how I broke what is paws-ibly one of the cheesiest decks out there you'll see. Are you pre-beared?


3 Thawing Glaciers: Not one land to be polarized about, you'll agree that with Glaciers you can draw out all of your basic lands before the game ends.

3 Gaea's Cradle: Every green deck with creatures can go bear-zerk over this land, and with the Wilding/Library combo you can expect massive returns on these.

4 Oran-Rief, the Vastwood: Enabling your bears to bear arms, whether token or not? A great addition, even if you've got multiple on the field.

3 Tranquil Thicket: This synergizes with Words of Wilding to turn the em-bear-assment of a late game land draw into another beater!

9 Forest: Ah, yes, the place your bears will call home. For bonus points I suggest you put bear stickers on the art to increase morale.


4 Striped Bears: A cantrip bear for 2 more colorless. Normally it goes unused in lesser bear decks, but with Words of Wilding you can get 2 for 5!.. That doesn't sound as good as I hoped it would.

4 Ashcoat Bear: At instant speed, you can turn clear waters into a grizzly situation for your opponent at the cost of your normal infantry.

4 Balduvian Bears, 4 Forest Bear, 4 Grizzly Bears: The bread and beartter (That was a reach) of your deck, you might think them as nothing more than 2/2 vanillas. False. On an aesthetic level, these cards have the most attractive bear art you'll find anywhere (Look at Forest Bear, he wants a hug!), and on a strategic level they work with Door of Destinies to turn into unbearable fighting machines.


4 Sylvan Library, 4 Words of Wilding: "Now paw-s right there," you say, "these bears read?" You're damn right they read, and have discovered the secret we humans have been after for decades. These two combo together to produce a steady supply of infantry until you've caused enough panda-monium to swing to victory.

2 Fecundity: I can bearly express the sadness that tears my heart asunder when I see a good bear die on the battlefield, so with this card, in concert with Words of Wilding, you can turn the enemies attempt at thwarting your empire into futility, thereby giving you a bear to replace the one you just lost. Hang in there buddy.


4 Door of Destinies: This powerhouse, in the right deck (i.e. this one), can bring your opponents into kodiak arrest at the very sight of it. It is through this door that cubs become full fledged BEARS. Never again will they question the authority of your bear deck.


4 Tangle: As you amass your glorious army, it is wise to have a contingency plan in the event your enemies have an army of their own. When they likely swing with everything, it is this contingency plan that will catch them with their bear repellent pants down, and with two attack phases rendered useless they must prepare themselves to bear all at your might.

Later on I shall add explanation for my sideboard, and the deliberation over my maybeboard. Comments and compliments are accepted!




Vhin says... #1

I believe this could use some birds...

March 4, 2013 11:15 p.m.

vaulttec101boy says... #2

You can work that out yourself.

March 4, 2013 11:43 p.m.

TiredTofu says... #3

Oh god. The puns. Make them stop!

However, you might want to consider letting your bears bear arms: Coat of Arms.

March 5, 2013 12:52 a.m.

vaulttec101boy says... #4

Indeed a Coat of Arms could see great benefit to my infantry, yet it's not as selfish as I wish it could be.

March 5, 2013 1:29 a.m.

MinscAndBoo says... #5


March 5, 2013 10:09 a.m.

MinscAndBoo says... #6

Bear Cub for Cute Damage / alternate win when they scoop because they can't stand to kill it.

March 5, 2013 10:10 a.m.

MinscAndBoo says... #7

Can't bear to, rather

March 5, 2013 10:12 a.m.

dream_cast says... #8

March 5, 2013 12:36 p.m.

Reminds me of Bear Force One. Very nice.

March 5, 2013 12:48 p.m.

I was inspired by Bear Force One, yes.

March 5, 2013 7:42 p.m.

A great way to get your bear-ings.

March 6, 2013 12:55 a.m.

Now that's the spirit!

March 6, 2013 6:54 p.m.

-Ragnar- says... #13


March 11, 2013 7:35 a.m.

Were to fit it?

March 11, 2013 9:16 a.m.

magic_plis says... #15

I've done an Aurochs deck... very similar to your deck!!I'll post my deck list later and put the link here =)

But your deck is very nice, +1

March 11, 2013 10 a.m.

-Ragnar- says... #16

Maybe swap out Grizzly Bears for it. It is a better card in the long run.

March 11, 2013 7:05 p.m.

Orohu says... #17

..I'd best be beary prebeared for an unbearable bear of a battle when facing a deck like this. This deck just looks impawsable to beat, and is rather grizzly. At first I thought this deck concept seemed ridiculous, but then I decided to bearish the thought. I am so embearassed to have thought like that before...

May 5, 2013 4:35 p.m.

HySpeed says... #18

If it is true that you "... can bearly express the sadness that tears my heart asunder when I see a good bear die on the battlefield ... ", then surely you would add Yavimaya Hollow so that you won't need as many pall-bearers....

March 22, 2014 1:36 p.m.

ggzilean says... #19

Werebear then +1

May 14, 2015 3:16 a.m.

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This deck is Casual legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.58
Tokens 2/2 Bear
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Top rank #21 on 2013-03-17
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