Mono-Green Devotion by uegjo on MtGO

Creatures (22)
4 Arbor Elf
2 Birds of Paradise
1 Courser of Kruphix
4 Devoted Druid
3 Eternal Witness
1 Hornet Queen
1 Polukranos, World Eater
1 Primeval Titan
1 Scavenging Ooze
2 Tireless Tracker
1 Vizier of Remedies
1 Walking Ballista

Non-Creature Spells (18)
4 Garruk Wildspeaker
4 Primal Command
3 Fatal Push
3 Oath of Nissa
4 Utopia Sprawl

Lands (20)
4 Forest
1 Kessig Wolf Run
3 Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
2 Overgrown Tomb
1 Stomping Ground
1 Temple Garden
1 Verdant Catacombs
3 Windswept Heath
4 Wooded Foothills

Sideboard (15)
1 Scavenging Ooze
1 Acidic Slime
1 Bonfire of the Damned
1 Chameleon Colossus
1 Choke
1 Creeping Corrosion
3 Crumble to Dust
1 Dragonlord Atarka
2 Eidolon of Rhetoric
2 Nature’s Claim
1 Shapers’ Sanctuary

Summary

There are many ways to be successful in Modern, which is one of the best features of the format. Aggro, midrange, control, and combo are all viable. Ramp decks in this format have had several different variants, from the combo-oriented Scapeshift to the deck we’re featuring today, which uses the power of mana creatures to cast big, game-winning creatures.

While casting big creatures is nice and all, actually getting to the point where they can be cast is the most important part of ramp decks. In this deck, Arbor Elf and Birds of Paradise are the 1 mana mana dorks in this deck, each offering, at base level, an additional mana each turn after they’re played. However, Arbor Elf earns its spot as a 4-of in this deck because of two cards: Utopia Sprawl and Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx. Utopia Sprawl acts as another mana dork, and plays extremely nicely with Arbor Elf and Garruk Wildspeaker. Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx has the ability to produce incredible amounts of mana with little effort, and is why the deck has the name that it does.

Once this deck’s big mana is obtained, there are a number of ways for this deck to turn the corner and win the game. Hornet Queen, Polukranos, World Eater, and Primeval Titan are the creatures in this deck that earn their slots solely by how powerfully they impact the game when they enter. Hornet Queen offers 4 deathtouch creatures that can trade profitably with nearly every creature in the format, Polukranos, World Eater takes advantage of the oodles of mana this deck produces to demolish the opponent’s board, and Primeval Titan allows this deck to search up more mana from Nykthos, or a game-ending land in Kessig Wolf Run.

What separates this deck from the similar ones we’ve seen in the past is the inclusion of the infinite mana combo made by Devoted Druid and Vizier of Remedies. Devoted Druid is already an attractive option for this deck, acting as a mana producing creature that can add an additional mana if need be. Infinite green mana in this deck not only allows it to play its entire hand out, but it allows Primal Command to search out a Walking Ballista, which can use the infinite mana to end the game.

Here are the changes I would make going forward:

Mainboard

-1 Devoted Druid

-1 Primal Command

+1 Oath of Nissa

+1 Courser of Kruphix

Sideboard

-1 Dragonlord Atarka

-1 Shapers’ Sanctuary

+2 Grafdigger’s Cage

This is day 337 of Spellsnare.com’s 2017 Deck of the Day column, where each day we’ll feature a different Standard, Modern, or Legacy deck that caught our eye. You can read day 336 here, where we featured a Legacy midrange deck that uses the power of Back to Basics to shut its opponents down.

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