Mono Green Stompy Theorycraft – Throne of Eldraine Standard
Welcome to our third theorycrafting session for the upcoming Throne of Eldraine Standard! Today we will review the green Throne of Eldraine cards and potential deck ideas for Standard constructed play in Magic: The Gathering. Remember, you can check out our latest Mono Black and Mono Red Aggro theorycraft articles (updated as more cards are spoiled) as well if you like those colors.
Green is a color in Magic: The Gathering that is all about big creatures, and getting them out even quicker by ramping mana and lands. Players who enjoy playing these types of cards and decks are called “Timmy” – and is definitely a popular profile!
Up to Core Set 2020, the Standard format has enjoyed a range of green cards to consolidate into a relatively strong and surprisingly a competitive deck. Kavartech has been managed to qualify for the Mythic Championship V with his version of Mono Green Stompy. Read on as we look into creating a solid Mono Green deck in the new Standard.
Mono Black Cards that are Leaving
The most sorely missed card in Mono Green will be Llanowar Elves. In fact, a lot of decks will miss it – being able to spend 3 mana on the second turn is indeed a powerful move in Magic: The Gathering. It is confirmed that it won’t be returning in Throne of Eldraine – unlike Opt and Shock.
Steel Leaf Champion and Ghalta, Primal Hunger are also the most efficient and effective creature cards that will be rotating out. They are must answer threats that give opponents a quick clock even if they stumble slightly. There are also other strong cards like Thorn Lieutenant , Vine Mare and Carnage Tyrant that are good in different situations.
Mono Green Stompy Cards that are Staying
Nissa Who Shakes the World will likely to remain a key component of many green decks even after Standard rotation, and there are a host of other strong green cards that are remaining in Standard. Paradise Druid is still here as mana ramp even without Llanowar Elves. Pelt Collector is an important first turn play to apply the pressure. Barkhide Troll makes it difficult for your opponent to deal with. Vivien Arkbow Ranger acts as creature removal spell in a pitch. Voracious Hydra works well with Nissa. More cards worth mentioning:
- Growth-Chamber Guardian: This is another solid two drop good in a meta full of removal spells.
- Incubation Druid: Another mana ramp that can complement or be used with Paradise Druid.
- Vivien, Champion of the Wilds: A decent planeswalker good against control decks so you can hold up your creatures until the end of their turn.
- Nullhide Ferox: Control decks will have difficult time dealing with this creature.
- Shifting Ceratops: The strongest sideboard option against blue decks, especially Teferi, Time Raveler.
- Cavalier of Thorns: No elemental synergy, but above the curve and provides a lot of value in just one card.
- Gargos, Vicious Watcher: A really large creature for only six mana.
Mono Green Stompy Cards that are Coming
- Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig: This is green’s equivalent to Steel Leaf Champion, and though it doesn’t have evasion like it does, it can grow much larger. Weak against Blightbeetle.
- Castle Garenbrig: A land perfect for mono green decks, it is ubiquitous and deserves a spot in every mono green deck.
As is the focus of the set to give each color a strong identity, we were pleasantly surprised by the green cards revealed in Throne of Eldraine. This was more than enough to entice us to write this article in the first place!
- Gilded Goose: This card is possibly the replacement for Llanowar Elves, and may also give the deck a minor Food synergy.
- Once Upon a Time: This card on its own merits its own article – and people are rightly hyped about the power of this card and its implications. Check out this article by Frank Karsten at ChannelFireball to read about its potential use.
- Syr Faren, the Hengehammer: This card is okay at making something like Gilded Goose semi-useful after it has used all the Food tokens.
- Wildborn Preserver: Another solid two drop that has a high ceiling.
- Questing Beast: This card has 6 different abilities –
- Feasting Troll King: This could be the curve topper mono green may need. It can be annoying for your opponents to deal with for a second time.
These cards here are more specific in nature, but we thought they were worth mentioning:
- Edgewall Innkeeper: This is another strong first turn play if you can fill your deck with some Adventure cards.
- Lovestruck Beast: Works well with the innkeeper, and is a 5/5 for only 3 mana.
- Wicked Wolf: Wolf tribal decks are almost becoming a thing, and this could fit well in a creature heavier meta.
- Stonecoil Serpent: Though not a green card, green has access to ramp (i.e. Nissa) and X spells are a good way to convert that mana into some value. Since we are not attempting to use Hydroid Krasis (that is a question for a different sort of deck), this card can fit the bill quite nicely.
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This is a generic Mono Green Stompy build, that does not attempt to do anything too fancy other than to beat down your opponents.
3 Nissa, Who Shakes the World (WAR) 169 4 Vivien, Arkbow Ranger (M20) 199 3 Barkhide Troll (M20) 165 2 Wildborn Preserver (ELD) 162 2 Syr Faren, the Hengehammer (ELD) 177 3 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200 4 Gilded Goose (ELD) 160 4 Paradise Druid (WAR) 171 4 Pelt Collector (GRN) 141 3 Yorvo, Lord of Garenbrig (ELD) 185 3 Questing Beast (ELD) 171 2 Feasting Troll King (ELD) 152 19 Forest (XLN) 277 4 Castle Garenbrig (ELD) 240 1 Voracious Hydra (M20) 200 1 Stonecoil Serpent (ELD) 235 1 Questing Beast (ELD) 171 1 Thrashing Brontodon (RIX) 148 1 Shifting Ceratops (M20) 194 2 Vivien, Champion of the Wilds (WAR) 180 4 Nullhide Ferox (GRN) 138 4 Veil of Summer (M20) 198
It looks like we will be getting several interesting and powerful green cards to play around with in Throne of Eldraine. While Mono Green Stompy will rarely be be a first tier option in Standard, it will exist in some form in the meta as a more straightforward and simple alternative to dual or tri-color decks.