Mono Green Aggro

Posted in Feature on February 10, 2012

By Gavin Verhey

When Gavin Verhey was eleven, he dreamt of a job making Magic cards—and now as a Magic designer, he's living his dream! Gavin has been writing about Magic since 2005.

The StarCityGames.com Open Series in Richmond this past weekend saw several players packing decks backed by brand-new Dark Ascension cards. Former US National team member Todd Anderson brought an especially exciting deck to the table: Mono Green Aggro!

Mono Green Aggro hasn't been seen in Standard for a while, but the power of Dark Ascension's Strangleroot Geist has tempted some players down the forested path. Using the Geist as the exciting lynchpin for the deck, other hard-hitting green creatures like Dungrove Elder and even Bellowing Tanglewurm also help provide a reason to stick with a twenty-four-Forest manabase. Phyrexian Metamorph and Sword of War and Peace add a dash of non-green, giving the one-color deck a wide array of effects.

With tempo-based Delver of Secrets decks at a high point in popularity, Todd's green deck is poised to take them down. The hexproof on Dungrove Elder and Thrun, the Last Troll prevent cards like Vapor Snag from setting you back, and Sword of War and Peace helps the creatures break past a wall of white tokens. After sideboarding, the addition of Ratchet Bomb helps push back against the white-blue deck even further. Todd's careful preparations for that popular archetype helped propel him through the field all the way to the Top 8!

With Pro Tour Dark Ascension starting today, this could be a deck to keep an eye on! Stay tuned to the expanded coverage all weekend for up-to-the-minute text and video updates. With plenty of new room to innovate in Standard, this Pro Tour is one you won't want to miss!

Todd Anderson's Mono Green

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