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Turning Dogs into Apes for $25

Modern Aggro Budget G/U (Simic) Tempo



Greetings, fellow Magic player. Would you like to learn about evolution?

This deck aims to place out small creatures that can get bigger (such as Experiment One , Young Wolf, Strangleroot Geist , Elusive Krasis and Cloudfin Raptor) in the first couple turns, and then Pongify or Rapid Hybridization an undying creature. Generally, this will give you a powerful board-state to win with by turn 4 or 5. Hardened Scales is there to accelerate the many undying and evolving creatures, Evolutionary Leap is great for maintaining board state even when one of your creatures is killed, and Inspiring Call is just an amazing card draw and protection spell in this deck. For a less budget option, try tinkering with the mana base, adding Remands and Beast Withins, and developing a suitable sideboard. Any help appreciated, especially budget sideboard ideas.




2x Mana Leak

3x Rune Snag

2x Khalni Garden


1x Hardened Scales

4x Hunger of the Howlpack

2x Forest

I realized, with an aggressive deck like mine, that controlling cards are just counterproductive in achieving my goal. In addition, Hunger of the Howlpack has great synergy with my Undying creatures, Inspiring Call, and Hardened Scales. As for Khalni Garden, I realized that land entering the battlefield tapped in a tempo deck like mine are a burden.


FatCat23476 says... #1

Nice Simic deck! The only additions I can think of would be, maybe, Elusive Krasis as an unblockable evolve creature.

  • FatCat23476
August 18, 2015 7:51 p.m.

Stickman618 says... #2

Looks good. After seeing this I tried to update my Simic deck based on this but without copying it outright.

Maybe add Servant of the Scale? He can also be targeted by Rapid Hybridization and his counter moved to another creature.

August 19, 2015 1:47 p.m.

Ardynt says... #3

FatCat23476 thanks for your suggestion! I realized that Elusive Krasis fits right into this deck! It dodges Lightning Bolt, has evasion, and evolves every one of my creatures.

August 19, 2015 6:09 p.m.

Ardynt says... #4

Stickman618 I was thinking about adding Servant of the Scale, but i don't know if there's any cards that it would be good enough to replace. It just doesn't do enough in my opinion. Thanks for the suggestion anyway!

August 19, 2015 6:09 p.m.

FatCat23476 says... #5

Ardynt, don't sweat it! Elusive Krasis was a staple of my old Simic deck. I'll be buying some cards and building this deck soon! Thanks for the helpful ideas!

  • FatCat23476
August 19, 2015 6:28 p.m.

Sgreenden says... #6

Simic Guildmage Make undying trigger a bunch and build up your permanents

August 23, 2015 10:44 p.m.

Ardynt says... #7

Sgreenden I see what your saying, Simic Guildmage is really good. However, my bigest issue is how it's not very aggressive, and can easily die to Lightning Bolt. Feel free to put it in your sideboard though, for more grindy matchups!

August 24, 2015 5:53 p.m.

Blade18410 says... #8

Hi Ardynt, I'm fairly new to MTG and I've been looking around at some decks, and I'm really interested in getting this one :) I just wanted to know if Yavimaya Coast is important to have or if I can just substitute it for something a little cheaper. Thanks! Also +1

August 25, 2015 3:12 a.m.

FatCat23476 says... #9

@Blade18410, if you're looking for something less expensive, try Thornwood Falls from the Khans of Tarkir set. That should do the trick.

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August 25, 2015 7:42 a.m.

Aleboth93 says... #10

Crazy deck, beautiful idea :D I playtested a bit, and I think that maybe 20 lands are enough. What do you think?

August 25, 2015 9:46 a.m.

Ardynt says... #11

Hey Blade18410, welcome to MTG!

There are cheaper options that you could go with, such as Thornwood Falls (as FatCat23476 stated) and Temple of Mystery, but your best bet would definitely be Yavimaya Coast. With how aggressive this deck is, you really need your lands to enter the battlefield untapped so you can keep up with your tempo. Also, Yavimaya Coast provides much needed two-colored mana production. If you want to wait a couple days, Yavimaya Coast will probably drop down to a dollar or so, but right now on TGCplayer you can get a playset for only $3.20!

August 25, 2015 12:35 p.m.

Ardynt says... #12

Aleboth93 I often get more than enough lands as well. I can try it and see how it works...

August 25, 2015 12:56 p.m.

ArabsCamel says... #13

I wouldn't add simic but I would replace hardened scales with Bioshift. Being able to pongify the same creature or having the undying ability back is a nice advantage. I would also probably add a Vorapede or two for mid range games to stop creature stalls or as just a big nasty to have out. Hardened scales is good but +1 counter isn't reallyWorth not being able to save your creature and keep board presence. Love the synergy with hunger of the howlpack and pongify though. I'll give you a +1, undying decks are fun.

August 25, 2015 6:50 p.m.

ArabsCamel says... #14

Oh and Oran-Rief, the Vastwood could be good in here for when you have that extra mana and can spare some. All cards I've suggested are budget also, I kept that in mind for you.

August 25, 2015 6:54 p.m.

geena says... #15

Great job! I love this deck! I played the Experiment One \ Cloudfin Raptor deck in Standard and its great to see them back. I built a clone of this last night and I'm going to take it to FNM and see if I can get a play or two in before it starts. I have been toying making a Simic deck for my Modern stuff since I have all the lands (and 99% of the cards) already.

I may only run 20 lands to give that a test. "My 21st land" is Alchemist's Refuge but I'd probably pull that one for another Elusive Krasis if I go down to 20.

I tried to begin to put together a sideboard In the Lab full of situational stuff, but this deck is so fast that cards that aren't part of the engine just seem to get in the way. Cards have to be cheap to be in the sideboard and have a chance at use without killing your tempo, I would think. The average CMC is 1.53! That is nuts (to me) since even my goblin deck is a CMC of 1.88! If I do sideout, it will probably be like two cards at a time. I think Aquastrand Spider against a flyer deck is particularly nasty, and Crystal Shard is also an annoying artifact that is cheap to use.


August 26, 2015 3:21 p.m.

Ardynt says... #16

ArabsCamel Thanks for your suggestions! As for Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, I again can't stress how important it is for my lands to enter the battlefield tapped. Every one of my explosive plays requires Turn 1 and Turn 2 to have fully untapped mana. However, I'm thinking that maybe Oran-Rief, the Vastwood could be the 21st land, since it is often useful Turn 3 or 4 in grindier matchups when you're topdecking Pongify. As for Bioshift. I can see how it would be useful, but I don't know if it's better then Hardened Scales. I'll have to think about that. Vorapede I think might be a bit too slow.

August 26, 2015 4:14 p.m.

Aleboth93 says... #17

Imho, Hardened Scales is the most important card of your deck. You can have a 2/3 Cloudfin Raptor attacking on turn 2, and in the best scenario a 4/5 on turn 3. So, at least 6 damage in the opponent's face!

August 26, 2015 4:55 p.m.

Ardynt says... #18

geena that's awesome! I'm so glad that people are taking my deck idea to the next level, revising and constructing it. I think that Alchemist's Refuge is a good 21st land, or Oran-Rief, the Vastwood, as both have their pros and cons. As for Crystal Shard and Aquastrand Spider, I feel those might be a little to slow, but if they work for you then by all means play them. If you could give me an update as to how the deck does at FNM, is would be greatly appreciated! I also really like your sideboard. AEtherize for the win!

August 26, 2015 8:51 p.m.

ArabsCamel says... #19

I think you should check out the bug undying deck article. From the sounds of it, you might be missing some vital triggers and stack manipulation if you're going to be playing hardened scales.

August 26, 2015 9:22 p.m.

Ardynt says... #20

ArabsCamel could you give me a link?

August 26, 2015 10:58 p.m.

geena says... #21

I really like the Aquastrand Spider using it as an "enchantment" that I can push a green through to give all my creatures reach even if it is a touch slow, but I agree Crystal Shard is not the best fit. what do you think about Pithing Needle? It's a good solution for a lot of stuff and also can target annoying planeswalkers. Plus it only costs 1 :)

August 27, 2015 1:03 p.m.

AwesomeName says... #22

Have you tried out Avatar of the Resolute? It could be a nice bomb. Also Simic Charm could be helpful for more utility.

August 27, 2015 2:09 p.m.

Ardynt says... #23

geena Pithing Needle would be very good, although you might lose some tempo. Also, Hurkyl's Recall is the best card I can think of for this deck vs Affinity.

August 27, 2015 3:07 p.m.

Ardynt says... #24

AwesomeName I definitely am considering adding Avatar of the Resolute, as it has great synergy with Hardened Scales, and virtually every one of my creatures. As for Simic Charm, I might consider adding it, but I don't know if it would be good enough to replace Inspiring Call

August 27, 2015 3:40 p.m.

geena says... #25

Wow - I didn't even know Avatar of the Resolute existed.

I think it may be worth moving two of the Hunger of the Howlpack to the sideboard and adding two to the main deck. It solves the mid-game problem of flying creatures if you don't get the kill early, has trample to get pask pesky chump blockers and it will give you another level of evolve for everything that is on the battlefield. A playset of these is only $4.00. Of course, you may have to change the name of the deck to "Turning Dogs into Apes for $27" :)

August 27, 2015 5:07 p.m.

SImicOverlord says... #26

Managorger Hydra or maybe Kalonian Hydra as win cons.

August 27, 2015 7:21 p.m.

smack80 says... #27

needs more Storm Crow

August 28, 2015 3:25 p.m.

Clever combo of Undying with Abzan's bonuses to +1/+1 countered creatures!

August 28, 2015 3:32 p.m.

Ardynt says... #29

SImicOverlord I feel that those cards are too slow...

August 29, 2015 11:43 a.m.

bkobayashi says... #30

I would maybe consider including Zameck Guildmage in the list, possibly over Elusive Krasis. The card draw is ridiculous, and being able to take counters from your undyers so they keep on coming back is amazing. I would also consider running Rancor, over Hardened Scales as it causes you to get 2 for 1'd less, gives your guys a form of evasion, and does better on its own in many cases.

August 29, 2015 7:09 p.m.

llanowar reborn might be good to add.

August 30, 2015 1:03 a.m.

Snugogo says... #32

Trygon Predator could be a good sideboard choice?

August 31, 2015 11:53 p.m.

Ardynt says... #33

RandomPokeGamer thanks!

September 1, 2015 3:13 p.m.

Ardynt says... #34

bkobayashi Zameck Guildmage unfortunately fails the Lightning Bolt test, and Hardened Scales has more synergy in this deck than Rancor.

September 1, 2015 8:45 p.m.

Ardynt says... #35

rainbowofdeath good idea, I'll think about it. Tapped lands aren't really good for this deck though.

September 1, 2015 8:47 p.m.

Ardynt says... #36

Snugogo totally. I'll add it to maybeboard

September 1, 2015 8:48 p.m.

FatCat23476 says... #37

Now that I look at your deck a second time, I'd have to agree with the others who have suggested this and say that Bioshift is a very viable addition to the deck. It helps your Undyers survive, and also accelerates the pump on pressure cards like Elusive Krasis.

  • FatCat23476
September 2, 2015 11:04 a.m.

Snugogo says... #38

AEthersnipe could be evoked evolve some guys and have a nice effect.

September 3, 2015 2:01 p.m.

Spellblade says... #39

Have you thought about maybe adding Slime Molding? It gives you some added versatility with the evolve creatures. You can play it for cheap at the beginning to evolve them when they are small, or use it later when you have more land and your other creatures are too small to trigger evolve. I could understand concerns of it being too slow though. Maybe more of a sideboard card. Anyway, I love the deck idea. The combo of Hardened Scales, Undying, and Evolve is brilliant. Well done!

September 9, 2015 4:51 p.m.

TowelGuy says... #40

I have made the proxies just to try it out and...I simply love it and wnat to build it.I changed 1 forest for one Bioshift and worked quite well, with one or two Hardened Scales on the field it lets move the counter from an undying creature to other with some evasion adding a enormus amount of counters to it, which is really helpful in long games.

October 24, 2015 1:52 p.m.

bkobayashi says... #41

I have been playing with this deck a bit and it is SUPER fun, absolutely love it. Something I might suggest is throwing in a 1 of Evolutionary Leap. It has a ton of synergy with your deck, giving you TONS of extra card draw and allowing you to kill you own undying creatures when you need to (1) evolve your other creatures or (2) get some more creatures with +1 counters for inspiring call. It also gets around Path to Exile preventing your undyers from being exiled. I find it almost never to be a dead draw and it has pulled be ahead in a ton of control/grindy matchups as this sort of deck tends to run out of cards rather quickly.

October 30, 2015 3:58 p.m.

Ardynt says... #42

bkobayashi good idea! I'll add it to the list.

October 31, 2015 7:27 p.m.

bkobayashi says... #43

Ardynt because Evolutionary Leap is redundant with itself I wouldn't suggest adding 4 to the list. You could probably just run 1 - 3 and be good to go!!

November 2, 2015 6:23 p.m.

HydraDuck99 says... #44

Awesome deck!!!

January 31, 2016 11:22 p.m.

Draculigula says... #45

Would this deck by any chance work against a mono-red dragons deck?

May 18, 2016 9:24 p.m.

Ardynt says... #46

HydraDuck99 thanks!

Draculigula it's very fast and the Pongifys and Rapid Hybridizations can kill there massive dragons. I think it could hold it's own ;)

May 19, 2016 10:03 p.m.

dougjr15 says... #47

Is this deck still viable in modern now in 2017?

April 19, 2017 5:45 p.m.

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