Manalith Ramp

Posted in Feature on March 6, 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.

At the StarCityGames.com Open Series in Tampa this past weekend, Ron Xidea came with his take on the accelerated green decks that have been at the top of Standard: black-green-white ramp. Packed with more versatility than a normal ramp deck, the archetype propelled Xidea right into 9th place!

Most decks of this variety tend to focus on the ramp aspect, then play a six-drop or seven-drop and hope it's good enough. Not so here. While Xidea certainly has some must-answer six-drops in his deck, a whopping eight planeswalkers help him play another game entirely! The trifecta of Gideon Jura, Garruk Relentless, and Elspeth Tirel add another angle of attack, allowing him to buy time on the ground—or just create an insurmountable board presence for himself.

Lingering Souls, Day of Judgment, and Oblivion Ring also push the deck down a different path. This deck can switch game plans using removal spells and board sweepers, turning into a control deck, or ask for the opponent to deal with Lingering Souls backed up by planeswalkers. The two-pronged attack of this deck is what makes it so powerful!

But what might be most interesting about this deck is what it doesn't feature. Eschewing Primeval Titan entirely, this deck relies on other acceleration to get the job done. The relatively unplayed Manalith even makes an appearance here.

If you like decks that ramp up mana into huge threats but also have a little more flexibility, this could be right up your alley. Take a look at the decklist:

Ron Xidea's Black-Green-White Ramp

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