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Drafting Commons in Green Future Sight - Arthur Childers (5/27/2007)

In this, my second article on the commons in the new set, I am going to take on Green. Green is the toughest color in the commons, as it has really no downside cards. If I decided to go with Green as I have seen many people do, I have seen it work well with White, Black, and Blue, I haven’t tried to do the Gruul combination of Red-Green yet, but it should really be possible. I will spoil something early. In my previous article I had ‘would I draft it’ and ‘will it see my main deck’ for each common – the answer to all of them will be yes for Green.

Edge Of Autumn
Would I draft it? Yes
Will is make my main deck? Yes
In a draft you don’t often go for really high casting cost cards, but with this card you can get an extra land early and if it is the late game you can sacrifice an unused land for card draw, which is good if you have just Scryed as you have loaded your next draw.

Kavu Primarch
Kavu Primarch
Kavu PrimarchSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Kavu
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Kicker 4(You may pay an additional 4 as you play this spell.)
If the kicker cost was paid, Kavu Primarch comes into play with four +1/+1 counters on it.

Would I draft it? Yes
Will is make my main deck? Yes
A 3/3 for 4 isn’t a bad thing in draft. But by the time you have out the mana to hard cast him without the kicker, most times you will have the kicker cost covered by your creatures. Just be sure you can survive at least one attack if you leave him as your only open blocker by tapping all the others to convoke

Llanowar Augur
Llanowar Augur
Llanowar AugurSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
129
Artist:
Tsutomu Kawade
Power:
0
Toughness:
3
Text:
Sacrifice Llanowar Augur Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn. Play this ability only during your upkeep.

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
As a 1 drop the 3 toughness is enough to block most small attackers in the early game. In the late game if you have a flyer or a creature with shadow or one you have buffed up with an enchantment, the +3/+3 boost can easily administer the coup de grace (for those who don’t understand French he can open a can of I Win). [Editor’s note: The Augur also gives trample, which can easily turn the tide of a game in your favor.]

Llanowar Empath
Llanowar Empath
Llanowar EmpathSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Llanowar Empath comes into play, scry 2, then reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put it into your hand. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
As a 2/2 for 4 casting cost he’s not someone who would be considered a heavy hitter or good defender, but with his scry/put into hand ability he helps you get ahead in creatures on your side of the board. With only 1 green in his casting cost it makes him more versatile to be used with other colors also.

Nessian Courser
Nessian Courser
Nessian CourserSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
(2G)
Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
The full art card for Green, Nessian Courser
Nessian Courser
Nessian CourserSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Centaur Warrior
Rarity:
C
Number:
148
Artist:
Vance Kovacs
Power:
3
Toughness:
3
is a medium creature as a 3/3 for a 3 casting cost, like most of the median creatures it only take 1 color specific mana which makes them more versatile such as the Llanowar Empath
Llanowar Empath
Llanowar EmpathSet: Future Sight
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
C
Number:
130
Artist:
Warren Mahy
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Llanowar Empath comes into play, scry 2, then reveal the top card of your library. If it's a creature card, put it into your hand. (To scry 2, look at the top two cards of your library, then put any number of them on the bottom of your library and the rest on top in any order.)
.

Petrified Plating
Petrified Plating
Petrified PlatingSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
133
Artist:
Zoltan Boros & Gabor Szikszai
Text:
Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2.
Suspend 2-G(Rather than play this card from your hand, you may pay G and remove it from the game with two time counters on it. At the beginning of your upkeep, remove a time counter. When the last is removed, play it without paying its mana cost.)
(2G)
Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
This is not only a good back end but a good all over strength/toughness booster, once again with only 1 color specific mana needed it is a very versatile card. I really don’t see much use in the suspend ability as it gives your opponent the opportunity to remove your creature from play before it gets the aura and then you’d have no choice but to attach it to one of his creatures or hope he don’t have one for it to just go away.

Quiet Disrepair
Quiet Disrepair
Quiet DisrepairSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Sub Type:
Aura
Rarity:
C
Number:
134
Artist:
Glen Angus
Text:
Enchant artifact or enchantment
At the beginning of your upkeep, choose one - Destroy enchanted permanent, or you gain 2 life.

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
This card can be used very effectively in the early game to knock out an enchantment/artifact or give you a life advantage, either way it’s a win/win situation. On a personal note I did see someone in the release events put 3 of these on a Coalition Relic
Coalition Relic
Coalition RelicSet: Future Sight
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
161
Artist:
Donato Giancola
Text:
T Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
T Put a charge counter on Coalition Relic.
At the beginning of your precombat main phase, remove all charge counters from Coalition Relic. Add one mana of any color to your mana pool for each counter removed this way.
gaining 6 life per turn, later on I’ll tell you which green card I used to get around all 3 of them.

Sporoloth Ancient
Sporoloth Ancient
Sporoloth AncientSet: Future Sight
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Fungus
Rarity:
C
Number:
152
Artist:
James Kei
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a spore counter on Sporoloth Ancient.
Creatures you control have Remove two spore counters from this creature. Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
I was glad to see this creature, even with the high 5 casting cost I know he will end up a staple in my Fungus deck. With Sporesower Tahllid and this bad boy you will be making saprolings every turn for every fungus you have.

Sprout Swarm
Sprout Swarm
Sprout SwarmSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
138
Artist:
Chippy
Text:
Convoke (Each creature you tap while playing this spell reduces its total cost by 1 or by one mana of that creature's color.)
Buyback 3(You may pay an additional 3 as you play this spell. If you do, put this card into your hand as it resolves.)
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
How can you not add this bad boy to any fungus deck you’ve made? (I replaced Sprout
Sprout
SproutSet: Time Spiral
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
221
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
Put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play.
in my thallid deck with this). After awhile you will have enough saprolings so that it becomes self-perpetuating that you can convoke for its entire casting cost. (Yes I realize that it will leave it open to be countered by spells such as Nix
Nix
NixSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Blue
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
R
Number:
55
Artist:
Brian Despain
Text:
Counter target spell if no mana was spent to play it.
but I plan on having a few of these in my deck). This is the card I used to get around the Quiet Speculation
Quiet Speculation
Quiet SpeculationSet: Judgment
Cost:
2
Color:
Blue
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
49
Artist:
John Avon

Text:
Search target player's Library for up to three cards with flashback and put them into that players graveyard. Then that player shuffles his or her library.
life gain my opponent had going, once I hit him with over 60 points of damage on one turn he didn’t stand a chance.

Thornweald Archer
Thornweald Archer
Thornweald ArcherSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Archer
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Deathtouch (Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
As a quick 2 drop he is a good defensive creature, as your opponent will have to think twice about attacking with any creature (unless it has shadow). However, at the same time you will have to be careful in how he blocks, do you use it now or save it in case of a heavy hitter later? With a few Wrap In Vigor
Vigor
VigorSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
240
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample If damage would be dealt to a creature you control other than Vigor, prevent that damage. Put a +1/+1 counter on that creature for each 1 damage prevented this way. When Vigor is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.
he will be a much more formidable foe.

Virulent Sliver
Virulent Sliver
Virulent SliverSet: Future Sight
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Sliver
Rarity:
C
Number:
155
Artist:
Franz Vohwinkel
Power:
1
Toughness:
1
Text:
All Sliver creatures have poisonous 1. (Whenever a Sliver deals combat damage to a player, that player gets a poison counter. A player with ten or more poison counters loses the game.)

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Only if I had slivers from the rest of the set available.
The Green Sliver in the set is a weaker 1/1 but it brings back an old mechanic in the form of poison counters. My biggest problem is while they brought back this mechanic they didn’t bring back the card that would allow you to remove poison counters also. I remember many a game back in Ice Age and 4th edition where it was a race to see who could get poisoned/unpoisoned first.

Wrap In Vigor
Vigor
VigorSet: Lorwyn
Cost:
6
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elemental Incarnation
Rarity:
R
Number:
240
Artist:
Jim Murray
Power:
6
Toughness:
6
Text:
Trample If damage would be dealt to a creature you control other than Vigor, prevent that damage. Put a +1/+1 counter on that creature for each 1 damage prevented this way. When Vigor is put into a graveyard from anywhere, shuffle it into its owner's library.

Would I draft it? Yes
Will it make my main deck? Yes
The card bringing up the rear in green is a good Hail Mary card, chump block all his creatures on an attack and when he is all blocked regenerate yours to lead an attack next turn. Once again a solid, versatile card with only 1 colored mana needed to cast it.


So as we see Green can work well with any color, it’s almost like the seasoning in a good soup. I have done green many times and one of my favorites is the Thornweald Archer
Thornweald Archer
Thornweald ArcherSet: Future Sight
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Archer
Rarity:
C
Number:
154
Artist:
Dave Kendall
Power:
2
Toughness:
1
Text:
Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
Deathtouch (Whenever this creature deals damage to a creature, destroy that creature.)
. Now Head over to the forums and lets discuss how any of these will/won’t be seeing your deck and why or why not.


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