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Black-Green Undergrowth in Standard

Black-Green Undergrowth in Standard

A pair weeks in the past, I acquired a request for a donation deck league throughout my stream. One in every of my subs had run right into a candy Black-Inexperienced Undergrowth listing on Reddit, and he needed me to attempt it out.

I like to recommend you check out the unique publish, however in the event you don’t need to hassle, right here is TheFiremind88’s record that I began with:

I used to be skeptical, however after enjoying with the deck a bit, it appeared just like the archetype was legit. Accessing 4 Midnight Reaper was excellent towards Black-Inexperienced Midrange and Jeskai Management, and the Molderhulk/Memorial to Folly loop was the actual deal within the late recreation—it was proving an excessive amount of to cope with for many opponents. Getting access to seven Nekrataals was essential towards Blue-Purple Drakes and particularly efficient towards the slower builds. I used to be even comfortable to have the complete playset of Ravenous Chupacabra towards most management decks, as the present lists rely closely on Niv-Mizzet. Even the Lotleth Big, who ultimately received reduce, was doing work.

I went Three-2 in my first League with the deck, however I used to be hooked. I assumed the deck had potential and it was actually enjoyable to play. Whereas Necrotic Wound and Discover // Finality have been each good, I felt such as you needed to play as few noncreature spells as you can get away with, so I made a decision to chop certainly one of every so as to add extra creatures. I additionally felt just like the Thrashing Brontodon was a bit misplaced in the primary. Here’s what I ran within the second League, the place I ending up profitable all 5 matches:

The notorious single Llanowar Elves record. The rationale for that odd wanting selection was merely that I needed a pair extra low cost creatures, so I added one Elves in addition to a second Harpooner. I additionally added an Izoni, Thousand-Eye as one other late recreation menace provided that B/G Midrange appeared fairly common. Whereas I trophied with this record, as did Tommy Ashton a couple of days later, I didn’t assume it was particularly good and I stored engaged on the deck. I attempted a number of variations, together with one with 4 Llanowar Elves nevertheless it didn’t look like the cardboard actually match within the deck.

I didn’t maintain monitor of each record I attempted, however right here is the one with which I received my second trophy:

The deck began with 21 lands—a really low quantity—and counted on Glowspore Shaman and Branchwalker to do some heavy lifting, however I stored wanting extra lands. I feel 24 is about proper. The opposite massive change is Dryad Greenseeker over Merfolk Branchwalker. Whereas Branchwalker provides you extra aggressive and potential nutty attracts, and has higher synergy with Midnight Reaper as it’s extra more likely to commerce in fight, I feel the Dryad is best in just about each non-control matchup. The Dryad combos properly with the Glowspore Shaman set off, and ensures that you’ll hit. TheFiremind88 has been tuning into my stream and he was the one who recommended including a Golgari Findbroker/The Immortal Solar package deal to fight B/G Midrange. I feel the change has been good. Findbroker naturally matches within the deck and accessing a strong noncreature spell that you could truly get again—versus playing cards like Vraska’s Contempt—is an effective choice to have.

Right here is my present record, however plenty of the numbers are nonetheless up within the air:

I’d generally tend to play too many 1-ofs, however they work particularly nicely on this deck as you’re going to be milling a variety of creatures and accessing the correct silver bullet by way of Memorial to Folly is vital.
Most notably absent is Jadelight Ranger which competes with Deathgorge Scavenger. I’m unsure which is best. Different robust major deck candidates are: Doom Whisperer (a card I’ve tried and was pretty proud of), Plaguecrafter #2, Kraul Foragers #2, Carnage Tyrant, The Eldest Reborn, and Molderhulk #Four.

After sideboard, you typically don’t have a selection however so as to add noncreature spells and dilute the undergrowth engine to fight drawback playing cards like Tocatli Honor Guard or Rekindling Phoenix. I’ve performed 73 Aggressive League matches up to now, going 46-27 with a Three-Three run within the MOCS Month-to-month. Not probably the most superb win-rate, however strong contemplating I’m nonetheless making an attempt to determine the construct.

B/G Midrange

They’ve two important methods of beating you: an aggressive draw backed up by Reapers and Chupacabra, or an unchecked planeswalker—often Vivien Reid, however both Vraska and even Karn will do the trick. Should you can forestall that from occurring, you must have the ability to take over within the mid-to-late recreation with the Molderhulk loop or certainly one of your 6-drops. You can even win with aggressive attracts of your personal.

I feel the matchup is shut however Undergrowth ought to have an edge, particularly with the Izoni/Immortal Solar construct.

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Jeskai Management

This matchup has been superb. Until I’m mistaken, I’m unsure I’ve misplaced to Jeskai as soon as out of fifteen or so matches. The present variations of Jeskai that rely closely on Niv-Mizzet line up particularly poorly towards B/G Undergrowth and I’m unsure how I might fare towards one thing like an Azor’s Gateway construct. Having Dryad Greenseeker over Merfolk Branchwalker might be going to harm your win fee, however the matchup ought to nonetheless be favorable. Typically, they only don’t have Clarion and die to a bunch of Three-power creatures. Entry to 4 Midnight Reaper is large despite the fact that they’ve entry to a bunch of exile results and you may often comply with their sweeper with Molderhulk or Golgari Raiders to maintain the strain on. The video games may be difficult in the event that they draw a number of Settle the Wreckage, however even when they survive, they will have a tough time turning the nook as you’ve got a number of solutions to their threats. Teferi is the cardboard you need to be most fearful about and I feel you all the time need to have a minimum of 5 energy value of creatures in play, even when it means getting blown out by a sweeper.

I had Carnage Tyrant over Izoni in the primary for the longest time, and if Jeskai Management could be very in style in your meta, you may need to contemplate switching it up.

Whereas Esper is means much less well-liked and I’ve solely performed towards it a few times, I’m assuming that it’s a a lot harder matchup as you don’t get as a lot worth out of your Chupacabras.

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Grixis Management

One other extraordinarily straightforward matchup that performs out equally to Jeskai one, besides they don’t even have Teferi. I’m unsure how good the Grixis deck is towards the sector, however it have to be respectable as a result of I get paired towards it lots on Magic On-line.

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Izzet Drakes

I feel this matchup varies relying on their construct. I feel Undergrowth is a favourite towards the Pascal Vieren construct however struggles towards the variations with Enigma Drake, Maximize Velocity, and major deck Dive Down. I’m nonetheless not precisely positive learn how to sideboard on this matchup and the way a lot prime finish you need in your deck.

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Selesnya Tokens

I truly haven’t performed towards this deck a lot, perhaps a few times, and their construct may differ so attempt to sideboard accordingly. I anticipate it to be pretty shut and also you may need to contemplate extra Ritual of Soot within the 75 if this deck is widespread in your meta.

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Boros Weenie

Dangerous matchup. They’re often capable of run you over earlier than you stabilize in recreation 1 and Tocatli Honor Guard, Experimental Frenzy, and Ajani, Adversary of Tyrants are all actually good towards you. They make it exhausting to provide you with a potent sideboard plan.

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Mono-Pink Aggro

One other dangerous matchup and sort of the identical story as Boros. Chainwhirler is excellent towards you they usually can end you off with Frenzy in case you don’t kill them quick sufficient. Your greatest probability is to shut out the sport as shortly as potential with a quick Molderhulk draw. Rekindling Phoenix is a nightmare after sideboard. It’s in all probability the only greatest card towards the deck.

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Boros Angels

That is in all probability one of many worst matchups as their playing cards line up completely towards yours. They often have 4 Phoenix important, play Lava Coil important as properly, and typically even Tocatli Honor Guard. Playing cards like Adanto Vanguard and Historical past of Benalia are annoying. On prime of that, when you do have an honest variety of solutions to their Angels, you’re not all the time going to attract one.

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A few of you may marvel why it is best to play this deck over common green-black midrange. Whereas each decks have a whole lot of playing cards in widespread, they’ve drastically, virtually reverse, good and dangerous matchups.

The Undergrowth variant is lots of enjoyable to play (to be truthful, I additionally actually take pleasure in enjoying the midrange one) and I’ll hold making an attempt to enhance the record. I’ve had a number of individuals attempt the deck out, take pleasure in it rather a lot, and do properly with it, so when you’re on the lookout for one thing a bit totally different, give it a attempt. Any sort of suggestions or questions are clearly welcome.

Edit: Right here is the newest record that includes Jadelight Ranger. I went Four-1, dropping within the final spherical to… Jeskai Management for the primary time (that they had Phoenix within the sideboard, which was arduous to cope with as traditional).

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