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CardShark Content - Vincent Lovaglio (2/2/2004)

As promised, today I am presenting a Mono Green deck for play in the new Block Constructed Season. Green, traditionally having the role of the efficient and undercosted creatures becomes a more controlling version in Mirrodin.

However, Mono Green Hate is not your normal control deck that focuses on destroying creatures. With the artifact-rich environment known as Mirrodin, MGH focuses on destroying the opponent's artifacts, which especially proves useful against White Weenie and Affinity.


Now, before I make the deck I would like to review what makes a control deck a control deck.


1. Card Advantage: For those of you who are thinking, ´´Green has no way to draw cards!´´ You are right. However, card advantage is not only about drawing cards. For example, Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.
creates 2 for 1 card advantage because it gives us an efficient creature as well as artifact destruction.


2. Mass Removal: Mass removal is another way to generate card advantage because it rids you of opposing threats. We will use the most effective mass removal spell in Mirrodin, Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
, which also has great synergy with Molder Slug
Molder Slug
Molder SlugSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact.
against Affinity and Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Troll AsceticSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.
because of its ability to regenerate.


3. Ability to stall: Most controlling decks use removal spells such as Terror
Terror
TerrorSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Black
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Ron Spencer
Text:
Buries target creature. Cannot target black creatures or artifact creatures.
to stall until the late game. MGH uses a combination of artifact removal and efficient creatures like Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Troll AsceticSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.
and Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
to stall.


Next, I would like to examine what would make MGH the deck to play at your first Mirrodin Block Constructed tournament.


1. It rolls over the most popular deck: Without a doubt, Affinity will be the most played deck in MBC and with all of the artifact removal that Mono Green Hate packs, the match is pretty much a bye.


2. It rolls over another deck that will see play: MGH also beats White Weenie because your artifact removal can kill their equipment, enabling your creatures to go into battle that they will definitely win against White's smaller and less effective creatures.


3. It is mono-colored: The deck is all green so the mana base is very stable. You can also splash a color without fear making MGH very versatile.


4. It is very synergetic: This will be explained in my card by card explanation of the deck.


And before I end, I would like to give my decklist of MGH as a testing tool for your gauntlet.


4 Molder Slug
Molder Slug
Molder SlugSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact.
: A killer against Affinity that has positive interaction with both Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
and Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
.
4 Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Troll AsceticSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.
: Without a doubt, the best creature in the block.
4 Viridian Shaman
Viridian Shaman
Viridian ShamanSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Elf Shaman
Rarity:
U
Number:
139
Artist:
Scott M. Fischer
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
When Viridian Shaman comes into play, destroy target artifact.
: 2 for 1 card advantage.
4 Oxidize
Oxidize
OxidizeSet: Darksteel
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
79
Artist:
Kev Walker
Text:
Destroy target artifact. It can't be regenerated.
: The most efficient artifact removal spell in the block.
4 Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the Tangle
Pulse of the TangleSet: Darksteel
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
80
Artist:
Wayne England
Text:
Put a 3/3 Green Beast token into play. Then if target opponent controls more creatures than you, return Pulse of the Tangle to its owner's hand.
: In my opinion, better than Call of the Herd
Call of the Herd
Call of the HerdSet: Odyssey
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
231
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Put a 3/3 green Elephant creature token into play. Flashback 3G (You may play this card from your graveyard for its flashback cost. Then remove it from the game.)
, especially in a controlling deck.
4 Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn Simulacrum
Solemn SimulacrumSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact Creature
Rarity:
R
Number:
245
Artist:
Greg Staples
Text:
When Solemn Simulacrum comes into play, you may search your library for a basic land card and put that card into play tapped. If you do, shuffle your library. When Solemn Simulacrum is put into a graveyard from play, you may draw a card.
: Has great synergy with Molder Slug
Molder Slug
Molder SlugSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
125
Artist:
Heather Hudson
Power:
4
Toughness:
6
Text:
At the beginning of each player's upkeep, that player sacrifices an artifact.
and Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
.
4 Oblivion Stone
Oblivion Stone
Oblivion StoneSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
R
Number:
222
Artist:
Sam Wood
Text:
4, T: Put a fate counter on target permanent. 5, T, Sacrifice Oblivion Stone: Destroy each nonland permanent without a fate counter on it, then remove all fate counters from all permanents.
: Best mass removal spell in the set.
4 Deconstruct
Deconstruct
DeconstructSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
C
Number:
118
Artist:
D. Alexander Gregory
Text:
Destroy target artifact. Then add GGG to your mana pool.
: Great synergy with all of your three drops including Troll Ascetic
Troll Ascetic
Troll AsceticSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Troll Shaman
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
Puddnhead
Power:
3
Toughness:
2
Text:
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic.
.
4 Predator's Strike
Predator's Strike
Predator's StrikeSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
128
Artist:
Tony Szczudlo
Text:
Target creature gets +3/+3 and gains trample until end of turn.
: Your only removal spell and the only card that I feel should not be in the deck. This could be taken out for a possible splash card.
24 Forest
Forest
ForestSet: Oversize Cards
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
X
Artist:
Tony Roberts
Text:
T: Add G to your mana pool.


Until the next time.
P.S. Feedback
Feedback
FeedbackSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
3
Color:
Blue
Type:
Enchant Enchantment
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
Feedback does 1 damage to controller of target enchantment during its controller's upkeep.
at my e-mail address is greatly appreciated.


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