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This is how you become Unstoppable

Modern Aggro Budget Mono-Green Tokens Zoo

Zacoly


Description

Use a buff on Wild Beastmaster, she buffs all other attacking creatures including Champion of Lambholt. This makes a single Giant Growth very, very powerful!!

Interestingly enough, once you have buffed all of your creatures significantly "until the end of the turn" when you play Fungal Sprouting you get even more for your mana!

With just a Wild Beastmaster bonded to a Wolfir Silverheart, when I swing my 5/5 and 8/8, the 8/8 becomes a 13/13. If I cast fungal sprouting and get 13 1/1's they can again be buffed by the beast master next turn if they aren't needed to chump block. ...Oh yea and my Champion of Lambholt just got 13 +1 counters off that supposing I had one on the board as well :D

For a very inexpensive standard mono color deck, I'm pretty happy with this one.

+1 if you'd be willing to try it out :)

Suggestions

Updates

I changed much of my sideboard to more directly counter other decks rather than simply tweak my own.

In some decks it's a viable sideboard strategy to change your win-condition but not this one. In this one I think i should focus on counter options.

On that note, what Mono-Green deck countering options are favored these days?

Comments

JokerWx13 says... #1

if i Tragic Slip your Wild Beastmaster and it gets -13/-13, it'll give all your creatures -13/-13 :P food for though

February 13, 2013 8:24 p.m.

Royberto says... #2

Cathedral of War doesn't fit in the deck all that well... The whole point of Champion of Lambholt is that you make ALL your creatures unblock able and you swing with every creature you have! Even buffing out Wild Beastmaster with your +1/+1 counters buffs out your champion and every other creature!

February 13, 2013 8:28 p.m.

Zacoly says... #3

Royberto:

I agree that it doesn't seem to fit very well, but if I build a monocolor deack I NEVER only put in mono color land. I want to have a few lands that provide some kind of benefit. My other options are Haunted Fengraf or Cavern of Souls .

February 13, 2013 8:37 p.m.

Zacoly says... #4

JokerWx13:

You would need the morbid effect to Tragic Slip my entire army, which might be tough to get before my attack step, BUT I hadn't thought of it before, good thought!

February 13, 2013 8:41 p.m.

Royberto says... #5

I second that. Cavern of Souls is pricey, but its a great land. Ghost Quarter is great to blow up enemy lands like Cavern of Souls and any shock lands or other ones they constantly use like Gavony Township

February 13, 2013 8:43 p.m.

Royberto says... #6

Wild Defiance in response to that Tragic Slip comment would be good to counteract those kinds of spells. Even if you target your own creature with a spell it'll buff them! Giant Growth would give a creature +6/+6 for 1 mana!

February 13, 2013 8:45 p.m.

ReymondKira says... #7

no Ghost Quarter i thought it was standard.

February 13, 2013 9:02 p.m.

JokerWx13 says... #8

Ghost Quarter is standard

February 13, 2013 9:10 p.m.

Zacoly says... #9

My problem with Wild Defiance is the same problem I have with Predator Ooze I already have 7 three cost spells in the deck. I'm trying to avoid having too many spell of the same cost.

But Wild Defiance does look like a lot of fun in this deck!

February 13, 2013 9:17 p.m.

Zacoly says... #10

I was just deciding that card:Death's Presence is too expensive. After play testing a bit I usually end up winning around turn 5-7.

I added a few Ambush Viper s to deal with those players who swing at my while all my blockers are tapped >:D

Besides I needed more 2 cost cards in the deck, and Revenge of the Hunted on an Ambush Viper sounded HELLA funny!

February 13, 2013 9:22 p.m.

JokerWx13 says... #11

if they all block, do all of them get killed? or is that only with trample?

February 13, 2013 9:25 p.m.

Zacoly says... #12

If I have an 8/7 death touch (Ambush Viper + Revenge of the Hunted ) - I can choose to apply one damage to each creature.

Death touch's effect reads

"Any nonzero amount of combat damage assigned to a creature by a source with deathtouch is considered to be lethal damage, regardless of that creatures toughness. "

So if I apply 1 damage to 8 different creatures they will all take lethal damage! :D

http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Deathtouch

February 13, 2013 9:48 p.m.

Royberto says... #13

On the note of Ambush Viper . Wasteland Viper is good to use too. If you top deck RotH and you bloodrush Wasteland Viper , thats +7/+8 death touch and trample!

February 13, 2013 9:51 p.m.

Zacoly says... #14

TBH, I didn't know about Wasteland Viper , that's a powerful 1 cost card!

Thanks man!

February 13, 2013 11:56 p.m.

Sniperops says... #15

This is just... Oh my god. wow. Nice Job.

February 15, 2013 8:58 p.m.

Snatcharelli says... #16

Sheltering Word is a good response to any removal spells. especially Wild Beast-Master.

February 19, 2013 1:18 a.m.

Snatcharelli says... #17

Primordial Hydra mixed with Bioshift sounds fun for this deck as well.

February 19, 2013 1:21 a.m.

Snatcharelli says... #18

Or card:Ranger's Guile for a one drop.

February 19, 2013 1:32 a.m.

Zacoly says... #19

I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

I'll put some Sheltering Word in the sideboard/maybe board.

Sadly Primordial Hydra < Wolfir Silverheart in an aggro deck, even though I like that card too.

February 19, 2013 1:51 a.m.

Distorted says... #20

JokerWx13 That wouldn't give everything -13/-13 because the modifier calculates only once before you respond. If you were to hit it with a kill spell -BEFORE- the battle phase was entered then I wouldn't have all the super power creatures, but in the way I'm thinking you suggested it (I declare attackers and you Tragic Slip Wild Beastmaster ) there would still be 13 13/13 fungal tokens attacking you.

February 19, 2013 4:15 a.m.

JokerWx13 says... #21

http://blogs.magicjudges.org/rulestips/2012/10/wild-beastmaster-can-kill-your-other-creatures-if-it-has-negative-power-when-its-ability-resolves/ this is where i got the info from and his explanation is very thorough

February 19, 2013 11:15 a.m.

Royberto says... #22

I don't think Cathedral of War fits well in this deck... You aren't a exalted deck, this is green aggro. Ghost Quarter could be in here to slow down your opponents.

February 19, 2013 11:20 a.m.

JokerWx13 says... #23

exalted goes against EVERYTHING this deck is trying to do, which is boost and swarm

February 19, 2013 11:27 a.m.

Royberto says... #24

Ghost Quarter or Cavern of Souls would be better, or even just more forests.

February 19, 2013 11:34 a.m.

Zacoly says... #25

Ahhhh the "blissful" words of those who haven't playtested with Cathedral of War . The countless times that I have swung unblockable Champion of Lambholt by themselves only because of my lands, the countless times I'm swung 3/2 or 4/3 Strangleroot Geist on turn 3.

I will not use Ghost Quarter . The only thing this land does is destroy one of my lands and untap one of theirs. (And trade a multicolored land for a basic OF THEIR CHOICE). There are only 2 deck types that should be using this land, "Mill" or "land destruction".

I would use Cavern of Souls ... but if I put in 4 of them the cost of this deck would DOUBLE. That, and I think I only actually own one.

February 19, 2013 12:42 p.m.

Royberto says... #26

yeah but Cathedral of War is only useful for that and that alone, you're a swarm aggro deck, yes it would pump up your champion to make it bigger but still, champions power shines when you swing with it, AND every other creature because it makes the rest of them unblockable! Yeah its decent for early swings with Strangleroot Geist or Flinthoof Boar , but thats about it. You can keep it in your deck if you want but they're pretty useless aside from that.

February 19, 2013 7:52 p.m.

Distorted says... #27

I guess everyone doesn't understand that Exalted is just a utility ability on a land. It's not like you have to play into it, and it DOES help on a turn three 3/2 or 4/3 Strangleroot Geist . I for one think it's fine in the deck. I don't see anything wrong with it.

As for Wild Beastmaster getting power smashed and decimating everything - that ruling still sounds like bullsht. If you look at the context layers it's ability would activate before you even have the opportunity Tragic Slip , Downsize , or Hydrosurge ... But I'm not a Judge, and for good reason.

I'd just flip the table at World, and be like "Yuuya wins. Don't talk sh*t, you know you were going to lose!"

February 19, 2013 9:14 p.m.

Royberto says... #28

Thats what makes Wild Beastmaster so great! and if you put in Sheltering Word or card:Ranger's Guile you can make it so they can't touch her either.

February 19, 2013 9:29 p.m.

Zacoly says... #29

Even if Wild Beastmaster does get kill carded sending in a Wasteland Viper with Revenge of the Hunted paves the road for everybody else.

@ Distorted

TY! Yes, I believe there was some confusion. Cathedral of War is NOT a "key" element in this deck. I get a few good uses out of it in a game, and rarely does it's text ever matter late game. But considering my other utility land options (and costs) I'm very happy with it.

As for Wild Beastmaster being Stupid powerful in the right conditions, Hell yea, I agree!! But there a few creatures like that.

Vexing Devil still pisses me off, and everybody has probably heard of the Boros Reckoner + Blasphemous Act combo by now... >.<

February 19, 2013 10:54 p.m.

Royberto says... #30

Boros Reckoner is just a cheaper better Stuffy Doll , only reason why its so popular

February 19, 2013 11:01 p.m.

Forced Adaptation seems like it would be the perfect add one mana to either give the champion an extra counter or the beastmaster some more bang

February 19, 2013 11:09 p.m.

JokerWx13 says... #32

there's also the infinite life combo you can do with Boros Reckoner and the fact that it's a 3/3 and can gain first strike

February 20, 2013 1:18 p.m.

Zacoly says... #33

@ JokerWx13

I've heard of the infinite life combo, but I haven't seen it. How does it work?

February 20, 2013 1:22 p.m.

JokerWx13 says... #34

give the Boros Reckoner lifelink and indestructible. then deal damage to it. he's indestructible so it won't die and then basically you choose to deal damage to him over and over again activating lifelink

February 20, 2013 1:24 p.m.

Distorted says... #35

Boros Reckoner with Boros Charm + Swift Justice on turn four is the most probable way to do this in standard if you ask me, but with Omniscience decks ALL over my LGS infinite life really kinda sorta doesn't matter at all so no one is playing this combo. Not to mention that Boros Reckoner happens to be retardedly high priced, and I'm not about to go trading Huntmaster of the Fells  Flip ', and Thundermaw Hellkite s for it. Reckoner is a fad.

February 20, 2013 9:32 p.m.

card:Rogue's Passage could work instead of Cathedral of War .

February 22, 2013 6:25 p.m.

JokerWx13 says... #37

4 mana to make 1 creature unblockable is pretty bad imo

February 22, 2013 10:23 p.m.

ljduh says... #38

I dont get what Wasteland Viper is doing in the deck, as Slaughterhorn is a better bloodrush card for your deck. Although deathtouch is fatal with any amount of damage, damage distribution doesn't work like that. You cannot assign damage to another creature until the first one has lethal damage applied. So, basically, if you have a 5/5 deathtouch creature being blocked by 5 different 4/4 creatures, you can't assign 1 damage to each creature, doing lethal damage. You first have to apply a full 4 damage to the first blocker of your choice, and then you can select another blocker to receive the additional one damage, which would be fatal to that one creature. Thew fact that one damage is enough to be fatal does not permit you to distribute damage in a way that would allow you do kill all of the 4/4 creatures. So I'd recommend replacing them with a more straightforward bloodrush creature for the versatility. Wasteland viper is good as a low drop creature with versatility, but its deathtouch ability seems extremely limited since your creatures should be large enough to kill opposition in the first place.As for the rule, this is why death touch doesn't work like that."510.1c A blocked creature assigns its combat damage to the creatures blocking it. If no creatures are currently blocking it (if, for example, they were destroyed or removed from combat), it assigns no combat damage. If exactly one creature is blocking it, it assigns all its combat damage to that creature. If two or more creatures are blocking it, it assigns its combat damage to those creatures according to the damage assignment order announced for it. This may allow the blocked creature to divide its combat damage. However, it can't assign combat damage to a creature that's blocking it unless, when combat damage assignments are complete, each creature that precedes that blocking creature in its order is assigned lethal damage. When checking for assigned lethal damage, take into account damage already marked on the creature and damage from other creatures that's being assigned during the same combat damage step, but not any abilities or effects that might change the amount of damage that's actually dealt. An amount of damage that's greater than a creature's lethal damage may be assigned to it."

February 24, 2013 9:45 p.m.

ljduh says... #39

I dont get what Wasteland Viper is doing in the deck, as Slaughterhorn is a better bloodrush card for your deck. Although deathtouch is fatal with any amount of damage, damage distribution doesn't work like that. You cannot assign damage to another creature until the first one has lethal damage applied. So, basically, if you have a 5/5 deathtouch creature being blocked by 5 different 4/4 creatures, you can't assign 1 damage to each creature, doing lethal damage. You first have to apply a full 4 damage to the first blocker of your choice, and then you can select another blocker to receive the additional one damage, which would be fatal to that one creature. Thew fact that one damage is enough to be fatal does not permit you to distribute damage in a way that would allow you do kill all of the 4/4 creatures. So I'd recommend replacing them with a more straightforward bloodrush creature for the versatility. Wasteland viper is good as a low drop creature with versatility, but its deathtouch ability seems extremely limited since your creatures should be large enough to kill opposition in the first place.As for the rule, this is why death touch doesn't work like that."510.1c A blocked creature assigns its combat damage to the creatures blocking it. If no creatures are currently blocking it (if, for example, they were destroyed or removed from combat), it assigns no combat damage. If exactly one creature is blocking it, it assigns all its combat damage to that creature. If two or more creatures are blocking it, it assigns its combat damage to those creatures according to the damage assignment order announced for it. This may allow the blocked creature to divide its combat damage. However, it can't assign combat damage to a creature that's blocking it unless, when combat damage assignments are complete, each creature that precedes that blocking creature in its order is assigned lethal damage. When checking for assigned lethal damage, take into account damage already marked on the creature and damage from other creatures that's being assigned during the same combat damage step, but not any abilities or effects that might change the amount of damage that's actually dealt. An amount of damage that's greater than a creature's lethal damage may be assigned to it."

February 24, 2013 9:45 p.m.

ljduh says... #40

Oops, sorry about the double post. TL:DR- Deathtouch doesn't work like that.Wasteland and Ambush viper are alright. Probably replace with mana weenies for a faster ramp or better pump.

February 24, 2013 9:51 p.m.

Maybe +1 Witchbane Orb it's a great budget deck though. you think I could get help with my decks?

February 24, 2013 10:33 p.m.

JokerWx13 says... #42

ljduh http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Deathtouch

this article explains how deathtouch works. So in other words, you're actually wrong for the better cause

February 24, 2013 10:45 p.m.

Zacoly says... #43

http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Deathtouch

Death touch says:

702.2b. Any nonzero amount of combat damage assigned to a creature by a source with deathtouch is considered to be lethal damage, regardless of that creatures toughness.

Trample says:

702.18b The controller of an attacking creature with trample first assigns damage to the creature(s) blocking it. Once all those blocking creatures are assigned lethal damage, any remaining damage is assigned as its controller chooses among those blocking creatures and the player or planeswalker the creature is attacking. When checking for assigned lethal damage, take into account damage already marked on the creature and damage from other creatures thats being assigned during the same combat damage step, but not any abilities or effects that might change the amount of damage thats actually dealt. The attacking creatures controller need not assign lethal damage to all those blocking creatures but in that case cant assign any damage to the player or planeswalker its attacking.

It's kind of a long read, but what I got from it is, YES, I can assign 1 damage to each blocker (because one is considered lethal), then trample to rest to the player or planeswalker.

February 24, 2013 11:43 p.m.

Zacoly says... #44

@ ljduh

I do like Slaughterhorn for it's bloodrush, but this deck has a real lack of early blockers. This deck has plenty of powerful 3 cost creatures and plenty of cheap buffs.

This deck only has 2 cheap blockers that can delay opponent's offense by threatening to kill off valuable attackers. Honestly Wasteland Viper is not a key part of this deck, that's why there's only two, it's more like fluff that I personally like to use.

You make a decent argument for Slaughterhorn and if you want to use it you certainly may. This deck is still a powerhouse budget deck either way.

I have considered Wild Defiance in place of Wasteland Viper , but it doesn't help the Very Early game, and it's another 3 cost spell... What do you guys think?

February 24, 2013 11:53 p.m.

Zacoly says... #45

@ ljduh

One other tid-bit that I did not address is that these creatures are not "big enough" to block well. They are either tapped after dealing hefty damage early-mid game or un-buffed 1/1's that I hate to sacrifice. After Wild Beastmaster swings the other creatures are only buffed till the end of the turn. My blockers in the deck are generally weak, with Garruk's Beasts being the only tough creatures that I expect this deck will be using to block. I hope you never have to wait long enough to use Garruk's ult, but... If you did Champion of Lambholt would become a very powerful champion indeed...

With otherwise poor blockers early game, I think Strangleroot Geist and Wasteland Viper earn their keep.

Although I did consider Experiment One as an early game blocker, they have decent synergy with Strangleroot Geist - would that be a better one drop? Or Young Wolf ?

February 25, 2013 12:13 a.m.

ljduh says... #46

user:2zacoly, note the text on the rule for trample, "take into account damage already marked on the creature and damage from other creatures thats being assigned during the same combat damage step, but not any abilities or effects that might change the amount of damage thats actually dealt." Deathtouch is an ability that alters damage to be lethal amounts, so it is not included in trample calculation. One of my friends built a deck around deathtouch before, and this problem sorta did the deck in. As for 1-drops, lacking in the lower drops, i would recommend card:Avacyn's Pilgrim. Yes, the white mana is mostly irrelevant, but it allows for even more mana ramping, and since your mono-colored the essentially colorless mana it gives you is perfectly fine for ramp. Meanwhile, it can chump, and is still a very dangerous body once the beastmaster starts pumping everything. A second mana chump will help you spend less time building up and more time smashing face.

February 25, 2013 9:20 a.m.

ljduh says... #47

user:2zacoly, after further review, I must apologize. Turns out there was a re-definition of trample damage as of M11 that changed its interaction functionality with deathtouch. All the same, I think you should focus on trying to apply lethal damage before they manage to muster up a real defense, especially since champion of lambholt allows you to juke blockers once you swing for lethal, anyways. Blocking is a little less relevant when you can swing for lethal in one fell swoop. I'd recommend bumping Revenge of the Hunted up to 4, because your lack of a draw engine means that it will always be miracled as long as your aren't so unfortunate as to draw it in your opening hand. This deck is going to have a hard time once targeted kill spells and board wipes enter the equation, so you should probably focus on trying to get the quickest kill possible, and anything slowing that down risks having the opponent reset the board.

February 25, 2013 9:33 a.m.

MinscAndBoo says... #48

+1 this is teh sex

February 25, 2013 12:25 p.m.

Zacoly says... #49

I just play-tested This is how you become Unstoppable. vs Death won't stop me!

Death is a boardwipe + bloodartist deck. It won every match that it played a board wipe by turn 4/5 even tough I usually was able to hit it for around half it's life by then.

Mono-Green is pretty lacking in response to boardwipes/excessive kill cards. The only counter I could come up with was Predator Ooze , so I sided 3 in. Along with the Strangleroot Geist I hope Rancor + buffs will still get the job done quickly.

Does Mono-Green have any other decent responses to boardwipes/kill cards?

February 25, 2013 1:37 p.m.

ljduh says... #50

If you are looking for opposition to kill cards, I think your best shot would be card:Ranger's Guile, as they are most likely going to be targeting your Wild Beastmaster as soon as you declare attackers, and as a result the instant reply coupled with a boost is great for these kinds of decks. As for board wipes, with the exception of Young Wolf and Strangleroot Geist , your best options usually come in the form of splashing colors for regenerators like Lotleth Troll , or your Predator Ooze . A good mono green creature in case of board wipes are Wolfir Avenger s because of their staying power, plus they can be flashed in as a bonus to make your opponent miscalculate.

February 25, 2013 2:32 p.m.

MasterFox says... #51

@ 2zacoly

"Trample says:

702.18b The controller of an attacking creature with trample first assigns damage to the creature(s) blocking it. Once all those blocking creatures are assigned lethal damage, any remaining damage is assigned as its controller chooses among those blocking creatures and the player or planeswalker the creature is attacking. When checking for assigned lethal damage, take into account damage already marked on the creature and damage from other creatures thats being assigned during the same combat damage step, but not any abilities or effects that might change the amount of damage thats actually dealt. The attacking creatures controller need not assign lethal damage to all those blocking creatures but in that case cant assign any damage to the player or planeswalker its attacking."

The part that says, "When checking for assigned lethal damage, take into account damage already marked on the creature and damage from other creatures thats being assigned during the same combat damage step, but not any abilities or effects that might change the amount of damage thats actually dealt." Deathtouch applies because it is an effect. So I believe no you cannot assign 1 damage because that would change the amount.

March 1, 2013 9:24 a.m.

MasterFox says... #52

Ahh ljduh is right http://www.wizards.com/Magic/Magazine/Article.aspx?x=mtg/daily/feature/97 it was revamped so the first damage applied to a creature is enough to kill it. Good read and info for the future.

March 1, 2013 9:34 a.m.

pumpkinsword says... #53

+1 for mono-green and being cool.

Hi there. :D

March 12, 2013 2:07 a.m.

tempest says... #54

Phytoburst is better than Titanic Growth . also, i'm sure you took into acoount that Wasteland Viper does not have flash like Ambush Viper , but i wanted to make sure cause that instant speed could mess up your opponent pretty badly.

@ Zacoly green does not have answers to board wipe. you either kill them fast enough or hope they get mana screwed. you could use Mending Touch but thats only for one creature. if you splash a color, you get a lot more chances but i don't think he is aiming for that.

April 25, 2013 3:16 a.m.

Gearge says... #55

You can't really counter the board wipe, but taking out the blood artist with something like Pit Fight is a nice option.

April 25, 2013 4:16 a.m.

ZooGambler says... #56

Revenge of the Hunted is unfortunately Sorcery Speed. Not Instant speed so it wouldn't work how you wanted it to with Ambush Viper

July 6, 2013 6:20 p.m.

lil_cheez says... #57

This is great! Yay for Monogreen!

July 8, 2013 6:24 p.m.

jokercrow says... #58

Very nice deck !

+1

July 17, 2013 8:31 a.m.

yuval says... #59

I had a very similar deck to this for a while. How about Increasing Savagery ?

September 4, 2013 4:01 a.m.

Zacoly says... #60

@ yuval

I suppose the best place to put Increasing Savagery in would be in place of Fungal Sprouting but I really enjoy that card in this deck, it adds a unique touch and can in some ways be slightly more effective. Nothing gives me more joy than finishing my opponent with 7/7 Sapolings led by a Wild Beastmaster !

Both are good, I just think Fungal Sprouting is a little bit more entertaining :)

Very good suggestion though. Thankyou!

September 4, 2013 11:27 p.m.

silentorgy2 says... #61

why the cavern? your entire point (at least in the description) was to use Wild Beastmaster, maybe try Oran-Rief, the Vastwood

January 6, 2015 5:08 p.m.

Zacoly says... #62

@ silentorgy2

I built this deck out of cards that were standard legal at the time. It's an old deck.

January 7, 2015 12:48 a.m.

silentorgy2 says... #63

oh ok but if you do think to remake it try oran-reif out

January 7, 2015 11:20 a.m.

Zacoly says... #64

If I remade this deck as a modern deck I'd probably use Yavimaya Hollow with my forests

And probably Hunter's Insight instead of Garruk, Primal Hunter

January 8, 2015 11:12 a.m.

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