What are some cheap creatures that grow over time?

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Posted on May 16, 2018, 8:23 p.m. by RedUndead40

Besides Tarmogoyf.

The idea is to make a deck with at least white blue and splash a third for some cheap things that get big. Then use white blue to control the board and protect the creature to victory.

I was thinking Myth Realized and maybe something like Managorger Hydra / Primordial Hydra.

Any tips for those creatures or the deck overall?

TlDecker1988 says... #2

Quirion Dryad + Ponder, Preordain, Opt, Gitaxian Probe. Throw in some Delver of Secrets. Mana Leak. Couple Runechanter's Pike. Young Pyromancer.


May 16, 2018 8:35 p.m.

TlDecker1988 says... #3

Nevermind, the cantrips are banned. Quirion Dryad. Serum Visions. Thought Scour. Opt. Runechanter's Pike.

May 16, 2018 8:36 p.m.

x12721 says... #4

Any of the major tribes come to mind - Elves, Hydras, even Slivers. Slivers especially can really snowball out of control quickly, and have decent W/U cards as well.

May 16, 2018 8:44 p.m.

TheBoraxKid says... #5

Have you considered Scavenging Ooze?

They're sitting around $3.50 right now. Great graveyard hate plus gains you some life. It's great tech against a number of decks, including the aforementioned Tarmogoyf.

May 16, 2018 9:38 p.m.

Pieguy396 says... #6

Scute Mob is fun, albeit not very good

May 16, 2018 10:06 p.m.

Snap157 says... #7

I've always loved the vampires from innastrad like Stromkirk Noble or maybe Markov Blademaster

May 16, 2018 11:44 p.m.

Agusdakilla says... #8

You need to build around it, but Enigma Drake seems really fun. It can get very big, very fast.

May 17, 2018 7:21 a.m.

Xica says... #9

There is Quirion Dryad & Deeproot Champion as its second playset.

(Scute Mob, Dragonmaster Outcast, Death's Shadow, Serra Ascendant, Jace's Phantasm...)

White has Jotun Grunt, which can act as a weird hybrid of goyf and ooze, and is devastating against decks that utilize their graveyard.And there is Moldgraf Scavenger, and Exemplar of Strength (which is miles better in a deck that runs things like Quillspike or Nest of Scarabs).There is plenty to choose from.

May 17, 2018 9:58 a.m.

enpc says... #10

If you're playing blue/white, Chasm Skulker could work nicely. You get value off any cantrips, however even just the you drawing a card each turn is decent. And other than Path to Exile, your opponent still suffers if they remove it.

Plus, if you ever end up running Jace, the Mind Sculptor then it gets bigger by 4 each turn.

May 17, 2018 11:45 p.m.

Fleetwood-Mat says... #11

Leonin Arbiter is a great modern card and can be used to great effect in combination with other modern control staples like Ghost Quarter and Path to Exile; also hoses fetches. Ajani's Pridemate better as a grower, need to have lifegain to make him good though. Rancor also could be a card worth considering, although it's not a creature, it's got super value at a green, gives trample to get past chump blockers. And we get down to probably the best 1 drop grower in those colours; Serra Ascendant... could take some time to get big without some help though, but curves into pridemate nicely. Another good 2 drop that doesn't need to swing to be good and deadly is Suture Priest, which combines the abilities of Soul Warden and Blood Seeker, which if you use, you could run a card called Mercy Killing, hope some of this can help.

May 18, 2018 2:03 a.m.

Fleetwood-Mat says... #12

Oh yeah; one more thing about Suture Priest and Mercy Killing is that the ability stacks with more Suture Priests out, so another good 2 drop you can use to abuse it is Phantasmal Image

May 18, 2018 2:21 a.m.

TypicalTimmy says... #13

There is always Forced Adaptation, which makes any of your creatures grow each turn. Combo it with Hardened Scales and you passively get huge. Use Managorger Hydra as a bane against your opponent playing spells. That should do the trick.

Alternatively, in white you have access to Citadel Siege.

You can also combo Nyx-Fleece Ram with Archangel of Thune to buff your entire boardstate every turn.

May 18, 2018 4:23 a.m.

Fleetwood-Mat says... #14

Catalog9000 has a good point about that. I also think Hardened Scales is a great value card early game, and I also like it with Mikaeus, the Lunarch too (which is a nice way to grow other creatures quickly), and on the humans topic; Champion of the Parish can also get pretty big over time if you build your deck right.

May 18, 2018 1:29 p.m.

antacidbrn says... #15

I was thinking about Steppe Lynx and Knight of the Reliquary because they combo so well in decks that want lands in the graveyard. With Goyf it would be a Bant build and the mana base could creep to the prohibitive cost range.

May 20, 2018 8:01 p.m.

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