2x Birthing Pod


2x Thrun, the Last Troll
4x Acidic Slime
4x Cudgel Troll
3x Dungrove Elder
2x Elvish Archdruid
2x Garruk's Companion
4x Llanowar Elves
2x Primeval Titan


22x Forest


2x Genesis Wave
2x Green Sun's Zenith
2x Lead the Stampede
2x Beast Within
2x Hunter's Insight
3x Rampant Growth

Since Zendikar/M11 rotates out I did not include Leatherback Baloth into my deck, do you have some ideas for replacing it?

  • @downvoter -> Care to add a comment?
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 14:06

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Well, assuming you're happy with how the deck was working up to now, the most important thing is to preserve the mana curve. That is made extra important of course by the use of birthing pod. Once you constrain to 3-cost green-only creatures, the list of options in standard is quite manageable. Especially considering you can exclude the infect creatures.


I would say a fourth Dungrove Elder is an obvious recommendation. I also like Sylvok Replica a lot for this deck. The option to use him as an artifact removal is great, and he still finds Thrun for you if your opponent has no artifacts.

  • Thanks, I will add a Dungrove Elder, but I don't know why Sylvok Replica would help me since I got 4 acidic slimes.
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 18:35
  • That link is nice. I think I will try Ezuri and consider a some more elves. By the way: I don't want to start another question for this but one other card which is hard to replace is sylvan ranger. I checked the currently legal cards but I haven't find a replacement which costs 1-3 mana. Any ideas?
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 18:40
  • Ah. Something good: magiccards.info/mbs/en/95.html
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 18:43
  • I find the slime is better used blowing up lands to keep your opponent off one of their colors. A turn 3 slime (via elf ramp) blowing up someone's only land of a particular color can be brutal. Having an easily tutored alternate way to kill swords and curses later means you don't have to second guess doing it.
    – Affe
    Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 7:56
  • Yep, the best opening hand contains a mana-turbo elf, a Llanovar elf and a slime among 2+ lands.
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Sep 26, 2011 at 13:18

One obvious tack, after a rotation, is to look at cards that will be rotating in that may fill the hole left by the cards rotating out. In the 3cc range for a mono green deck, this card immediately caught my eye:

Splinterfright (2G)

Trample. Splinterfright's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creature cards in your graveyard. At the beginning of your upkeep, put the top two cards of your library into your graveyard.

Alternatively, this doesn't look too bad in a green deck packing a lot of creatures, though it would probably work better with lots of tramplers (4 Garruk's Companions would be a good start):

Elder of Laurels (2G)

2/3. 3G: Target creature gets +X/+X until end of turn, where X is the number of creatures you control.

Not in the 3cc slot, sadly, but this card looks like the poster child for mono green horde decks in the new set:

Essence of the Wild (3GGG):

6/6. Creatures you control enter the battlefield as a copy of Essence of the Wild.

Unfortunately all of these are rares or mythics, but it's that or go werewolves basically...

  • Thanks for the info. Splinterfright won't work for me since I don't have graveyard-messing cards. Elder of Laurels looks mutch better.
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 18:38
  • Splinterfright works in any deck with a lot of creatures, because either your creatures stay alive (in which case they are beating down, and killing, your opponent) or else they die, in which case you play the pumped up Splinterfright. The big problem of a "horde deck" is often mass removal. Splinterfright is a great play the turn after your opponent has wiped the board for the second time with a Day of Judgment or whatever... you untap and play a cheap 9/9 Trampler! Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 18:47
  • A significant amount of my creatures are hexproof and/or regeneratable so I don't think I will have any problems with mass removal.
    – Adam Arold
    Commented Sep 24, 2011 at 23:02
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    Er, hexproof doesn't usually do much to combat mass removal. But whatever you think! Commented Sep 25, 2011 at 9:41
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    @edem hexproof only prevents spells from targeting that creature. Spells that say "do x to all creatures" don't target, so therefore hexproof does not protect them, nor does shroud.
    – Beofett
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 12:32

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