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Get called a Dick Deck (Multi FNM Winner)

Modern Competitive Land Destruction Ramp RG (Gruul)



Everyone hates this deck, but it shuts down the thousand dollar decks.

Ramp up while blowing up their lands and wiping their board, then close out with a very hard to kill Stormbreath Dragon. And get called a dick a lot by the guys with russian foil fetchlands.

Turn 1 Forest, Arbor Elf

Turn 2 Forest, Utopia Sprawl, tap-untap for 4 mana, cast Mwonvuli Acid-Moss to blow up their land and get a Stomping grounds

Turn 3 Stormbreath Dragon or Land + Inferno Titan

Opening Hands Keeps

You will always want a hand with a green source and at least once mana accelerant. You absolutely want to be able to play a 3 (or 4) drop on turn two, either Blood Moon and land destruction. I always mulligan down to five if I don't have this in opening hand.

Arbor Elf or Utopia Sprawl on turn one: On those rare opening hands where you have both Arbor Elf and Utopia Sprawl, you have a quandary. If you lead with Arbor Elf, you have the potential to have four mana on turn two. You also have the potential to get blown out by a Lightning Bolt. Unless I know my opponent is not playing red, I will usually play it safe and lead with Utopia Sprawl on the first turn and be virtually guaranteed my three drop.

Why to play this deck:

It craps all over decks with complicated mana bases.

You like running something against the grain

You like seeing frustration in your opponents faces

Why not to play this deck:

People will hate you

It has trouble with linear, single color decks.


Anything three colored: Favored. Nuff said

Dredge: I've been about 50-50. Blood Moon normally shuts off Life from the Loam, and if you draw a Scavenging Ooze or, after sideboard, Anger of the Gods things look good.

8-whack: Surprisingly good. The Blood Moons are often a dead card, but there is enough life gain and sweepers to shut them down. Also, keeping them off 3 mana really hinders the deck.

Burn: Good. The lifegain main deck can be handy. But I haven't faced a tier 1 burn deck piloted by a good player yet.

Tron: Good, but be wary of Pyroclasm taking out your mana dorks. If possible, cut them off red before hitting the tron lands.

Scapeshift: Unfavorable. Even through Blood Moon shuts down Valakut, they ramp faster than you and start beating you with a Titan.

Affinity: 50-50. I have some probably misplaced hate for this deck, as shown in my sideboard.

Infect: 50-50. Keep back Beast Within for their creature.

Merfolk: Unfavorable. I think this is the Achilles heel for this deck. Spreading Seas nerfs Utopia Sprawl, Master of Waves laughs at your sweepers, The deck could care less about Blood Moon, and they dodge past your blockers with ease. Still looking for angels against this deck.

Lantern Control: Fair. I've only played against this deck once so far. My affinity hate came in handy as I had plenty of artifact answers to shut him down.

Elves: Unfavorable. Game comes down to you landing a sweeper before they buff their team.



Clockwurk says... #1

Love it. Your opponent can't path a dragon. +1 from me.

May 23, 2016 12:25 p.m.

I'd switch Dual Shot for Forked Bolt otherwise, this deck is great!

June 1, 2016 2:03 p.m.

wylie72 says... #3

Dual Shot exists for three reasons: Birds of Paradise (the bane of this deck), gobins, and so I can go "Pew! Pew!". I tried Forked Bolt, but I preferred the instant speed too much. Granted, Murphy will now kick my butt with a two toughness creature this weekend.

June 1, 2016 4:16 p.m.

BenMonte says... #4

Nice solid deck. Considered giving Electrickery a try?

June 11, 2016 5:20 a.m.

wylie72 says... #5

BenMonte, I like Electrickery, I'll give it a go. Thanks!

June 13, 2016 10:20 a.m.

yak300 says... #6

Wouldn't Nature's Claim instead of Oxidize be better in the Sideboard? Or is the benefit of also beeing able to target enchantments not worth over the 4 life the opponent gains and the loss of can't be regenerated?

June 13, 2016 10:36 a.m.

wylie72 says... #7

yak300, I agree Nature's Claim would be better, it would deal with Spreading Seas and Terra Eternal in my meta, but I have the full art player rewards Oxidize, and I am very shallow when it comes to blinging out my deck.

June 13, 2016 10:52 a.m.

clayperce says... #8

Welcome back to Modern!

I'm very new to Ponza (I'm MUCH more of an Infect player), so please take these comments with some healthy skepticism! There are (at least) two Merfolk decks at my second-favorite LGS but I have yet to play either. But I've been reading up/planning for the match-up, so here are some thoughts:

Bottom line: If I was boarding your deck against Fish, I'd try ...

Draw well!

April 29, 2017 10:01 p.m.

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This deck is Modern legal.

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