The Great Green-White Deck

Posted in Event Coverage on August 9, 2015

By Adam Styborski

Stybs has played Magic the world over, writing and drafting as part of the event coverage team and slinging Commander everywhere his decks will fit.

Red Aggro. Abzan Control. Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact. Red-Green Monsters. There were plenty of decks that appeared in force at Pro Tour Magic Origins. One type of deck that didn't features as often was that built on white and green.

Descended from the Green-White Devotion decks of Fate Reforged and Dragons of Tarkir Standard, and weaving in the megamorph technology of Den Protector and Deathmist Raptor, the current wave of white and green decks produced impressive results at the Pro Tour – at least for the players within the confines of the Constructed rounds.

With a look across top players in San Diego it was clear that switching from Mountains and, perhaps, Islands, to Forests and Plains wasn't as odd as it was the week prior. Why make the switch?

World Champion and No. 15-ranked Shahar Shenhar was one to move over to new basics.

No. 15-ranked Shahar Shenhar had the World Championship to defend looming, and his move to Green-White for San Diego looked savvy so far.

“Both Matt Nass and Jacob Wilson are also playing Green-White Megamorph this weekend, two guys I'm staying with,” Shenhar said. “They were on the deck coming here and I decided last night. It's a deck that's good against Red Aggro and Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact, and it's not bad against Abzan.”

Shahar Shenhar was successful under the cameras in his Round 6 feature match against an Abzan deck.

What makes it such a good choice this weekend? “The biggest card, and the reason it's so good, is Dromoka's Command. It plays four in the main deck,” Shenhar explained. “It's great against not just Red Aggro but it gets Ensoul Artifact – both their main game plan, but also their regular game plan of making flyers. It prevents damage from Shrapnel Blast and handles Ensoul Artifact on Darksteel Citadel because they have to sacrifice. It's just a really strong card in the deck, and is great against any aggressive deck with artifacts and enchantments.”

“It's also good against the Sphinx's Tutelage deck,” Shenhar added. “You have four Dromoka's Commands and four Den Protectors. You can always get it back.”

The defending World Champion wasn't alone in making the jump: Canadian standout Jon Stern made the jump from Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact to the Green-White deck made to defeat his Pro Tour choice.

Jon Stern was one of the many players that brought Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact to Pro Tour Magic Origins. Now he was ready to demolish it.

Why did Stern switch over? “There's a few reasons. The decks coming out the Pro Tour were Red Aggro and Blue-Red Ensoul Artifact. White-Green Megamorph has a great matchup against both those decks,” he explained. “It's a naturally strong strategy against burn decks, and the Thopter deck is all-in on plans foiled by cards like Valorous Stance and Dromoka's Command.”

“At the Pro Tour we all played blue-red and we knew after it'd be hated out and over-played,” Stern continued. “There was no way we were playing it at the Grand Prix. I wanted to make sure I could beat those two decks, so I also considered Bant Heroic: I wanted to play at least two copies of Dromoka's Command.”

Is Green-White the next big thing? “It's a meatgame deck,” said Stern. “It has trouble with any unfair deck trying to go over the top. I lost to Esper Dragons. And Abzan Rally, I really don't have a way of fighting that deck. There's also a Green-White Constellation deck that I imagine is horrible matchup – any of the grindy, midrange decks. Control is probably a bad matchup as well. If I draw enough Deathmist Raptor I might have a chance.”

Fleecemane Lion is also bad in a world full of Languishs,” Stern said, putting an exclamation on the point that Standard with Magic Origins is only just beginning to settle down.

Shahar Shenhar – Green-White Megamorph

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