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The Forest for the Trees - Luke Collins (7/14/2009)

A long time ago (about the time of Odyssey block) Wizards of the Coast had a theme week on their website revolving around mana and land-heavy decks. One of the decks that was buried deep in one of the articles was called “Scalplexis? Nooo!!!” which had forty two forests in it, the name coming from the fact that one hit from Scalplexis would cause the entire deck to evaporate, since almost every card in it had the same name (Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
). The deck worked by using Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring
Rites of SpringSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Search your library for that many basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
and Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko CultivatorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Cultivator comes into play, you may discard any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on Nantuko Cultivator and draw that many cards.
to put a lot of lands into your graveyard, and then cast a gigantic Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
to go in for the wind. At the time, the only card anyone cared about from Onslaught
Onslaught
OnslaughtSet: Exodus
Cost:
1
Color:
Red
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
C
Number:
92
Artist:
Paolo Parente
Text:
Whenever you successfully cast a creature spell, tap target creature.
was Psychatog
Psychatog
PsychatogSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Multicolor
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Atog
Rarity:
U
Number:
292
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Power:
1
Toughness:
2
Text:
Discard a card from your hand: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Remove two cards in your graveyard from the game: Psychatog gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
, so there were plenty of unwanted Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
s lying around. I got four for $3 each, and built the deck.

I recently rediscovered it, and now that it’s out of style, I decided to improve it. The idea is still the same: pump lands into the graveyard for a big Cultivator and Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
. Now that I’m not trying to keep it in Standard, though (it’s Standard era has long since passed) I’ve decided to add to it here and there.

Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
for the Trees
Creatures:
4 Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko CultivatorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Cultivator comes into play, you may discard any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on Nantuko Cultivator and draw that many cards.

4 Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.


Artifacts/Enchantments:
2 Rowen
Rowen
RowenSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Reveal the first card you draw each turn. Whenever you reveal a basic land card this way, draw a card.

2 Zuran Orb
Zuran Orb
Zuran OrbSet: Ice Age
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
0: Sacrifice a land to gain 2 life.


Spells:
4 Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring
Rites of SpringSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Search your library for that many basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.


Lands:
4 Slippery Karst
Slippery Karst
Slippery KarstSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
327
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Slippery Karst comes into play tapped.T: Add G to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

4 Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)

4 Blasted Landscape
Blasted Landscape
Blasted LandscapeSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
319
Artist:
Ciruelo
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)

32 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


I hate to include a $7-8 card like Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
(it sure has gone up since Odyssey) in a deck for casual play, but as it’s the only money card in the deck, I don’t feel too bad. It is still essential, and there’s nothing quite like attacking with a 14/14 Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
on turn 4.

Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko Cultivator
Nantuko CultivatorSet: Torment
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect Druid
Rarity:
R
Number:
133
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Nantuko Cultivator comes into play, you may discard any number of land cards from your hand. Put that many +1/+1 counters on Nantuko Cultivator and draw that many cards.
– This guy is essential for refilling the hand and dumping lands. He also becomes a big man when he’s played (usually getting three or four counters on him) which makes him a good threat and a good blocker to keep you alive while Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
does all the hard work.

Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
– The real meat of the deck. Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
comes down as early as turn 3 and is unstoppable, swinging for huge amounts of damage in a very short period of time. It’s just very satisfying to drop a gigantic man on the board quickly and easily.

Rowen
Rowen
RowenSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Reveal the first card you draw each turn. Whenever you reveal a basic land card this way, draw a card.
– This ensures that half the time you draw a card, you draw a second card. Yes, it doesn’t work on the cycling lands (only the Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s) but it’s still worth having since it can help you find a Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
if you haven’t within those first few key turns.

Zuran Orb
Zuran Orb
Zuran OrbSet: Ice Age
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
0: Sacrifice a land to gain 2 life.
– This deck does not have a lot of tricks or defense, and after turn 4 it doesn’t need any more land. Zuran Orb
Zuran Orb
Zuran OrbSet: Ice Age
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Sandra Everingham
Text:
0: Sacrifice a land to gain 2 life.
lets you get rid of extra land while building up your life total so you don’t have to block, and can wait for that Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
or Cultivator to arrive.

Rites of Spring
Rites of Spring
Rites of SpringSet: Odyssey
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
265
Artist:
Bradley Williams
Text:
Discard any number of cards from your hand. Search your library for that many basic land cards, reveal those cards, and put them into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
– The point of this, obviously, is to pitch lands in order to get lands. You may find yourself pitching an additional Orb or Rowen
Rowen
RowenSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Reveal the first card you draw each turn. Whenever you reveal a basic land card this way, draw a card.
from time to time, but in general, you will just be using this to fill the yard with lands, while thinning your deck.

Slippery Karst
Slippery Karst
Slippery KarstSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
327
Artist:
Stephen Daniele
Text:
Slippery Karst comes into play tapped.T: Add G to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
/Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil Thicket
Tranquil ThicketSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Number:
326
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Text:
Tranquil Thicket comes into play tapped. T: Add G to your mana pool. Cycling G (G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.)
/Blasted Landscape
Blasted Landscape
Blasted LandscapeSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
319
Artist:
Ciruelo
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
– There’s little this deck can do on the first few turns, and it WANTS to have lands in the graveyard, so these guys are great for the early turns. Blasted Landscape
Blasted Landscape
Blasted LandscapeSet: Urza's Saga
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
U
Number:
319
Artist:
Ciruelo
Text:
T: Add one colorless mana to your mana pool.Cycling 2 (You may pay 2 and discard this card from your hand to draw a card. Play this ability as an instant.)
can be replaced by any one of the other Urza
Urza
UrzaSet: Vanguard
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Character
Rarity:
X
Number:
7
Artist:
Mark Tedin
Power:
-1
Toughness:
+10
Text:
3: Urza deals one damage to target creature or player.
’s Saga cycle lands, it’s just in there to be cycled.

Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.
s – The fuel for this deck.

Of course the ideal draw for this deck is to go Thicket/Rites/Terravore
Terravore
TerravoreSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Lhurgoyf
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Jim Nelson
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Trample Terravore's power and toughness are each equal to the number of land cards in all graveyards.
/Cultivator, but it still works surprisingly well even if it has to wait a turn or two. The Cultivator almost always digs into a relevant non-land card, and the thinning done by the Rites, Rowen
Rowen
RowenSet: Classic Sixth Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
250
Artist:
Jon J Muth
Text:
Reveal the first card you draw each turn. Whenever you reveal a basic land card this way, draw a card.
and cycling lands enable you to thin the deck very aggressively. It’s fun to play, and though it may be vulnerable to creature destruction, it is nonetheless a great deck to take to a kitchen table or other informal Magic get-together.


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