Opinions on mono G cEDH

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Posted on Sept. 9, 2019, 10:13 a.m. by GhostChieftain

In my commander league I have decided that I will slam my Hulkweaver Karador deck up until I can win a season with it. I have gotten close twice so far and the final rounds are coming right up for the most recent season and we are in a storm meta (i.e. my best matchup) so I have a solid shot.

After I have gotten the win, be it this season or a later season, I plan on going mono green and haven't decided how to go.

Right now it looks like my best options are Yisan, the Wanderer Bard , Selvala, Heart of the Wilds , and Yeva, Nature's Herald . If anyone has played these (or another mono g cEDH) competitively and can offer input as to what feels best, what is most reliable, and what is strongest overall I would really appreciate your help.

dbpunk says... #2

I don't play cEDH often, but I've played a few games and I think you probably wanna go with Yisan, the Wanderer Bard or Selvala, Heart of the Wilds . Both of them are gonna be way quicker than Yeva, Nature's Herald , which is gonna actually require you to use alternative Mana and draw sources to get creatures out, as compared to the other two.

Yisan is definitely great if you're going for more of a tool box/combo kit. Just remember to have something's that interact with counters and things that can search for creatures outside his ability.

Selvala's gonna be a much more "watch this stuff get huge" commander. But, since she has ramp and draw built in, she's the full package.

September 9, 2019 10:30 a.m.

Joe_Ken_ says... #3

I have Selvala, Heart of the Wilds as one of my own edh decks and I can post my build of it up if you’d like. It’s not totally geared towards competitive since I’m not too big in that scene, but I think it is still a very focused deck. I would say she is really good and straightforward to use and would highly recommend her. I think the best play I’ve had with her is Genesis Wave with X = 13 and and then just dominating the board state.

September 9, 2019 10:44 a.m.

GhostChieftain says... #4

dbpunk I was kinda leaning toward one of those two, but I have also seen a yeva draw go list that seems pretty good so I thought I would throw it into the conversation in case

September 9, 2019 11:02 a.m.

BodhiQL says... #5

I personally play cEDH Marwyn, the Nurturer . She constantly wins on turn 2-4, and is usually more consistent than Selvala. Marwyn also has the benefit of being overlooked and underestimated, most opponents assume it is just elf tribal. The deck is very dependent on the commander though, so I'm not sure how fond of that playstyle you are. Selvala is also extremely reliant on the general, and I think Yeva is a bit too slow for a Storm meta. If you want a deck that doesn't rely as much on the general, Yisan is the way to go. Here's my list and two cents.

Mono Green Pump-Storm

Commander / EDH BodhiQL


September 9, 2019 noon

SynergyBuild says... #6

Yisan is technically the most powerful.

ShaperSavant's list is often cited to be the most powerful:

Wanderer's Song

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September 9, 2019 3:12 p.m.

CommanderPatsy says... #7

I myself have piloted Ezuri, Renegade Leader for a couple of years. I have won one season with him, and also got to final pod my last season with him. It's very fast usually wins around turn 3, but sometimes can pull an early turn 2 win. My primer for it is right here. I highly recommend this deck if you are a fan of tribal combo. The reason I prefer him over other green commanders is that he is a win con himself and allows you to protect key creatures with his regeneration abilities.

Ezuri, Renegade Leader Combo Elves *Primer*

Commander / EDH CommanderPatsy


September 9, 2019 3:42 p.m. Edited.

Joe_Ken_ says... #8

Got my Selvala deck all put together on here now in case you'd also like to take a look at that.

Selvala's Journey

September 9, 2019 3:50 p.m.

Joe_Ken_ says... #9

Hold on it shared a deck name with a different deck.

Selvala's great journey

September 9, 2019 3:52 p.m.

CastleSiege says... #10

Titania, Protector of Argoth is a pretty explosive option that a lot of people overlook

September 9, 2019 4:18 p.m.

jaymc1130 says... #11

Yisan is definitely the best performer for mono green in cEDH settings, although none of the mono colors are particularly potent if partner commander decks will be running around. Yisan has serious trouble dealing with interactive blue decks and largely fails to beat them outside of going first in a pod and winning on turn 3, and even then there's a fair bet that the combo attempt gets shut down by some form of interaction.

Fun to play, but not exactly top tier competitive, or even tier 2 or 3 competitive in true competitive settings.

September 9, 2019 10:33 p.m.

Inkmoth says... #12

GhostChieftain: As much as I love Yeva, Nature's Herald the other two are substantially stronger, but if you would like to be the underdog at your cEDH table then Yeva could work for you. She currently boasts a 35% winrate in true cEDH environments for me.

September 10, 2019 11:46 a.m.

dingusdingo says... #13

I'd say its mostly a matter of preference for your play style. Pilot skill matters a lot too when trying to win :-)

Do you like all-in combo decks? Selvala

Do you prefer a more adaptive midrange deck? Yisan

Do you enjoy storm decks? Selvala

Do you prefer toolbox combo control? Yisan

Both decks are competitive, but they also both stagnate when the commander is nullified (Imprisoned in the Moon or Lignify or something) and you don't have removal in hand. Selvala plays better under most stax because of the mana production, but Yisan plays MUCH better against card draw hate (Spirit of the Labyrinth Notion Thief) than Selvala. And for what its worth, Selvala is cheaper to build without all those expensive stax cards

September 14, 2019 7:02 p.m.

Inkmoth says... #14

And if you'd like everything dingusdingo in one deck and don't mind being an underdog you can play Yeva. Currently at a 38% winrate with her in cEDH pods and boy is it thrilling.

September 14, 2019 8:49 p.m.

dingusdingo says... #15

Inkmoth's build for Yeva is fantastic and definitely the one I'd recommend if you want to hit 'em with the sauce

September 15, 2019 1:15 a.m.

Inkmoth says... #16

Sure thing! :)

Yeva Draw-Grow

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September 15, 2019 1:50 a.m.

Wuzibo says... #17

I pulled yisan in my 2015 fat pack. I laughed and thought 'what is this guy'. The whole design of yisan is hilarious to me. A bard with 'verse' counters. And his ability is dummy strong. Reclamation Sage or even just Elvish Mystic early, anything up to Siege Wurm or Elderscale Wurm mid and even Emrakul, the Aeons Torn or other, less powerful and less big but still threatening eldrazi. I didn't have any counter manipulation, though, so i used sac outlets to reset his counters, or swung with him or something. Even still, as just a casual play deck(my competitive decks were daretti and Kaalia of the vast), he was strong. I didn't even run good green stuff. One of my best threats was Ivy Lane Denizen , for perspective. I didn't have a lot of the green ramp stuff like dorks and land enchants because this is my only green deck. It's still passably good.

I'd go with him out of the three you mentioned. The flash ability is kinda nice, but doesn't do anything game winning on its own, like yisan's 'tutor value and big shit and win'. Selava may potentially benefit opponents, but her ramp is nice. I think you definitely want yisan though.

October 10, 2019 7:45 p.m.

Inkmoth says... #18

Wuzibo: Yeah, Flash doesn't win a game on its own, but it's nice knowing that once you're infinite you can win at any point and are not limited by sorcery speed.

Yisan and Selvala are the absolute best in terms of consistency and/or speed when it comes to cEDH in monogreen. Marwyn would be the next best thing and I'd place Yeva right below them.

October 11, 2019 11:50 a.m.

SynergyBuild says... #19

Inkmoth I have actually seen other cEDH lists. For example Ghalta was basically a variation of Selvala abusing cards like Greater Good to better extent for card draw by looping the commander if you have enough power, but makes less mana.

Seton is a fast elf-ball, or druid-ball list too.

October 11, 2019 3:36 p.m.

Inkmoth says... #20

SynergyBuild: Well, from what I've gathered, cEDH is really a deck building philosophy that could theoretically be applied to any commander. You ideally try to leverage whatever your sub-optimal general does and build a cEDH shell around it, but these brews generally tend to be weaker than those with an actual combo piece in the CZ.

I just think Yisan/Selvala and Marwyn (Maybe Seton?) draw the line between the best most other generals fall under that line.

Though, I would REALLY love to see that Ghalta list, that sounds badass. I love all things cEDH & Monogreen.

October 11, 2019 4:33 p.m.

jordanalessi says... #21

Unpopular opinion: Marwyn is better than Yisan

October 20, 2019 1:54 p.m.

dingusdingo says... #22

I know the nerd over at labmaniacs added a Marwyn deck to their list, but its basically weak Selvala without a draw in command zone, and they really don't speak for the entire cEDH community. You're just trying to hit infinite with untap effects + Marwyn as big dork, but you still need an outlet. Pretty much every untap loop requires an artifact (besides Temur Sabertooth + bounce dork), which is hard to tutor in mono G. I honestly do not know why its even a divergence from the Selvala list, when the Selvala is a superior list.

Yisan has its own discrete list at least

October 20, 2019 2:32 p.m.

SynergyBuild says... #23

jordanalessi Well, I am sure there are well-built Marwyn decks that can in-fact, with the right draws, beat a Yisan with 99 forests.

Put both up against the field however with well-build decks, and Yisan is must more consistent and efficient.

Marwyn can win faster, but speed isn't much when it comes at the cost of consistency and interaction.

October 20, 2019 4:31 p.m.

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