Simic/Theros Standard

Standard*

ALX Score: 1


Description

I never quite got my simic deck to work during Return to Ravnica block, some of the blue and green cards in Theros seem pretty cool so I thought I'd try again...The idea is to build up +1/+1 counters on a hexproof creature then Bioshift them onto an unblockable creature (or just slap Aqueous Form onto the hexproof guy. Any thoughts are most welcome.

Updates

new plan — Oct. 11, 2013

Decided to do a major rethink on this, it needed more ways of building up that one creature, essentially this is a voltron deck so I am adding a bunch of enchantments, it's still geared around building up a hexproof creature, specifically Gladecover Scout these are the changes:

new in - 1x Thassa's Emissary, 1x Nimbus Naiad, 2x Trollhide, 1x Into the Wilds, 2x Oath of the Ancient Wood,

more of - +1x Forced Adaptation, +1x Ordeal of Thassa, +1x Elvish Mystic, +1x Gladecover Scout

out - 2x Agent of Horizons, 2x Staunch-Hearted Warrior, 1x Bioshift, 1x Hindervines 1x Voyage's End, 1xShipbreaker Kraken, 1x Rubbleback Rhino, 2x Nimbus Swimmer

I have so many enchantments because I am hoping to to trigger Oath of the Ancient Wood as much as possible


— Oct. 7, 2013

out - 1x Benthic Giant 1x Crocanura 1x Rubbleback Rhino 2x Agent of Horizons

in - 2x Elvish Mystic 2x Gladecover Scout 1x Cloudfin Raptor

bexica says... #1

I would't play Benthic Giant , even as a 1 of. He's just to slow. You can speed up this deck with another 1x Cloudfin Raptor and 4x Experiment One . Also, you can ramp with 4x Elvish Mystic . For your three drop spot I would add more Elusive Krasis or maybe Vorel of the Hull Clade over Agent of Horizons . Finally, try to get your hands on some Master Biomancer , he's so great in a Simic build.

October 6, 2013 8:52 p.m.

ALX says... #2

Thanks for the ideas. I was thinking of Gladecover Scout instead of Benthic Giant maybe 2 of and take out one of the Rubbleback Rhino as well. What do you think?

October 7, 2013 6:07 a.m.

you definetly want to run 4x Elusive Krasis and 1-2x Ivy Lane Denizen and 1-2x Stolen Identity , i know Stolen Identity is a dimir card, but it is very possibly one of the best cards in my simic deck copying heavies or Ivy Lane Denizen every turn with cipher to get even more voltron power

October 12, 2013 6:50 p.m.

Axx1000 says... #4

Use Witchstalker as your hexproof guy, so many days ruined with him at fnm :)

October 12, 2013 7:14 p.m.

Grimgrinner says... #5

I really like where this build is going, and I really like simic. I have a number of suggestions if you care to read my wall of text.

  • Renegade Krasis outperforms Crocanura by a lot if you ask me, even without the reach. If you're aggressive enough, your opponent's fliers are going to be chumping your big dudes anyway, unless of course you make them unblockable.

  • I think cut the Oath of the Ancient Wood and Into the Wilds . they're slow, clunky, dont effect the board state, and are unreliable even in ideal conditions.

  • 1x more Bioshift . It works well with your strategy.

  • Thassa's Emissary is absolutely terrible for constructed. switch it (imo) for 1x more Elusive Krasis .

  • Prophet of Kruphix is more for control builds i.m.o. It's slow and not very effective for this build.

  • how do you normally use Hindervines ? To me it seems good ol' Fog works better.

  • might want to sideboard in Cyclonic Rift and/or Voyage's End . they can act as "removal" for problematic creatures, especially fliers and deathtouch dudes. Not so good for things with haste though. cyclonic rift even hits the god cards when they're out of creature mode (Erebos, God of the Dead for refference)

  • as Axx1000 mentioned, Witchstalker would be a good option here. Judging by the decklist though, it seems you're on a budget.

October 12, 2013 10:29 p.m.

ALX says... #6

Thanks, that gives me PLENTY to think about. Glad its not as crazy as I thought. I find Hindervines is a nice surprise when they are hoping to trade creatures, making them hesitate with blocking or attacking when I have blockers and mana available but the 3 mana cost might be a problem, I'll probably put in some Fog instead.Witchstalker is a good idea (I am always trying to avoid spending too much) as long as I can get him out early enough with a dork.

Thassa's Emissary, Oath, and Into the Wilds were all there just because I was trying to put in lots of enchantments to trigger Oath of the Ancient Wood but I'll just forget that now.

I didn't think of Stolen Identity but that does intrigue me and I'm pretty sure I have one somewhere...

As I said, LOTS to think about, thanks everyone!

October 13, 2013 5:05 a.m.

Grimgrinner says... #7

Thinking about it a lot and being creatuve is probably the true "spirit" of simic. It's always been a Janky/fun color combo if you ask me.

October 13, 2013 1:41 p.m.

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Date added 1 year
Last updated 1 year
Legality

This deck is Standard legal.

Cards 60
Avg. CMC 2.08