My Best Turn-Two Play

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Posted on April 20, 2017, 2:20 a.m. by The_Lost_Primarch

Yesterday I picked up what may be my most important mana-ramp pieces for my deck: Utopia Sprawl and Arbor Elf.

First game I played with my friend with the new pieces went like this.

T1: Forest, Arbor Elf

T2: Forest, cast Utopia Sprawl on untapped forest. Tap enchanted forest for 2 floating mana, untap using Arbor Elf, tap again for a total of 4 floating mana. Cast Garruk Wildspeaker and use his +1 loyalty ability to untap the enchanted forest (which I tap again for 2 floating mana) and the other forest. I cast Gyre Sage and end my turn.

I already had a Garruk Wildspeaker, Arbor Elf, and a Gyre Sage on turn 2

My opponent's reaction was "Wow, that's scary."

Ended up winning against his Modern Mono-Red Goblins deck

icehit6 says... #2

It's a pretty nice setup for mana ramp. Mana ramp decks like that are definitely something that shouldn't be overlooked. If I remembet correctly there was a deck that ran that same engine but used planeswalkers and cloudstone curios as combo and went infinite mana for a kill. Suprisingly quite effective... I wonder where it went.

April 20, 2017 9:23 a.m.

PTsmitty says... #3

Interested to here what you followed that turn up with? All that mana had to result in something big!

April 20, 2017 2:25 p.m.

PTsmitty, sadly, I can't remember now! Although I do remember him playing Goblin Fodder and sacking one of his Goblins to Goblin Grenade my Garruk.

I think my play slowed after that, putting only a Forced Adaptation on my Gyre Sage the turn after.

April 20, 2017 10:10 p.m.

PTsmitty says... #5

Man, I was hoping you dropped an epic hydra. Definitely one challenge with ramping is getting the big creature to play to go along with it.

April 21, 2017 7:38 a.m.

Well, I did manage to dish out one of my Kalonian Hydra, not sure about one of my Primordial Hydras

April 21, 2017 8:46 a.m.

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