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Overgrown Umbral Elf ($30 Turn 3 Infinite)

Modern* Budget Infinite Combo Theme/Gimmick




$30.36 on TCG minus lands and optimized (The core of this deck is very cheap please don't take the TCG price literally... There a couple cards that you can drop to get price back into the $30's and still win on combo alone) Infinite mana and infinitely large Arbor Elf, Voyaging Satyr , or Viridian Joiner achieved by abusing Overgrowth, and Utopia Sprawl with Umbral Mantle's untap ability.

Turn 1: Forest- Arbor Elf Turn 2: Forest- Utopia Sprawl, Overgrowth Turn 3: Umbral Mantle..............Infinte mana and +2/2 stacks from Umbral Mantle.

Turn 1: Forest- Utopia Sprawl Turn 2: Forest- Utopia Sprawl, Utopia Sprawl, Voyaging Satyr Turn 3: Umbral Mantle............ same.

Turn 1: Forest- Utopia Sprawl Turn 2: Forest- Utopia Sprawl, Viridian Joiner Turn 3: Forest- Tap 2 Forest and Viridian Joiner to play Umbral Mantle, equip and pay 3 to untap. Joiner is now a 3/4 and can pay to untap...... same.

The main goal of this deck is to beef up some dorks and swing lethal with trample or protection rather than getting out big creatures. That being said it's pretty easy to have a lot of mana and nothing to spend it on so I'm always trying to find the right balance. Being mono-green and not having fetchlands and shocklands in our deck affords us an extra turn against most decks, play smart.

The main core of the deck is rather fun to build around. For budgets it allows you a way to play fun/junky cards. There are probably better win cons but this deck allows you wins with any of them. Banefire with a backup Fling would be a fun build. It's a cheap mana engine and adding colors for Tutors/Answers is easy to achieve with Utopia Sprawl, Fertile Ground, and $$$ (Remember Arbor Elf only targets forests). The Maybeboard contains my sideboard suggestions, I don't know your meta so add to taste.

Thanks for looking, as always suggestions are welcome and appreciated. I am constantly fiddling with this deck so if things look different or weird please check regular updates for card selection reasons.


With all the untap effects why not throw in a Squirrel Nest... just for fun of course, but seriously, how can you not say "Boom Sucka!" Infinite squirrel tokens on turn 3... Sucka please. (Not Modern legal). Spawning Grounds (Also not modern legal) is just silly but 8 mana is actually a lot easier than you think. I would throw them in for casual multiplayer goodness.

Please check older updates for other card choice reasons.

As always, thanks for all the plus +1's and suggestions.

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So I ran this last night at modern.2-1 (Hardened Humans),1-2 (Affinity),1-2 (Abzan)I made two major misplays. I can't guarantee I would have won but they were stupid. Current list reflects the changes I wil be making. Deck makes mana like crazy but I felt lacking in win cons when I missed the combo. I feel a move in the direction of midrange stall/aggro gives us that extra turn or two to drop the combo but still has some meat to put up a good ground game.

November 25, 2016 2:08 p.m.

Overgrown Umbral Elf

Less budget build idea. Still play testing I'm open to suggestion.

December 11, 2016 7:49 p.m.

Mongol says... #3

Nice combo for a budget deck!

Why not Unnatural Predation over Predator's Strike?

December 14, 2016 2:12 p.m.

Thanks for comment. As per Predators Strike basically it's to dodge Bolt, but you can also cast it on Viridian Joiner and actually net 2 mana. The biggest key to this deck is keeping the dorks alive.

December 14, 2016 2:25 p.m.

Vortain says... #5

I like this deck. Sometimes through play testing I would would end up with the combo, and other times with nothing until late. As a thought, do you think Lifecrafter's Bestiary would fit well? It doesn't break budget, can come out earlier than Harmonize, gives a persistent effect, and synergies well with the small creatures.

September 11, 2017 5:03 p.m.

Hey there thanks for the suggestion. I'll try and pick some up. I would actually consider running some Ancient Stirrings to further dig the combo out but drop harmonize now that we have another target. Should work.

September 18, 2017 9:08 p.m.

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