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The standard environment is currently a trench war – U/W control vs. Sarnia Affinity, with the occasional mad rush of Goblins or aggro Affinity creatures. Conventional wisdom says that the only viable green deck still uses the white control toolkit – Exalted Angel
Exalted Angel
Exalted AngelSet: Onslaught
Cost:
6
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Angel
Rarity:
R
Number:
28
Artist:
Michael Sutfin
Power:
4
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying. Whenever Exalted Angel deals damage, you gain that much life. Morph 2WW (You may play this face down as a 2/2 creature for 3. Turn it face up any time for its morph cost.)
, Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2
, Decree of Justice
Decree of Justice
Decree of JusticeSet: Scourge
Cost:
5
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
8
Artist:
Adam Rex
Text:
Put X 4/4 white Angel creature tokens with flying into play.
Cycling 2W
When you cycle Decree of Justice, you may pay X. If you do, put X 1/1 white Soldier creature tokens into play.
, and Akroma’s Vengeance
Vengeance
VengeanceSet: Portal Second Age
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Keith Parkinson
Text:
Destroy any one tapped creature.
/Wrath of God
Wrath of God
Wrath of GodSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
4
Color:
White
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Quinton Hoover
Text:
All creatures in play are buried.
– combined with some of the better green creatures – specifically, Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.
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.
. If you want to be tier 1.5, you can always go the R/G land destruction route, but people will throw paint on you. Wait, that’s wearing fur…hmm…well, anyway, R/G LD doesn’t quite make the grade with most people.

But, what makes us think that R/G Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s is dead and buried? Points in favor of windmill-slamming big green fatties:

1. Wing Shards
Wing Shards
Wing ShardsSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
White
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
25
Artist:
Darren Bader
Text:
Target player sacrifices an attacking creature.
Storm
, after a brief hiatus in the spotlight during 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.
Block Constructed, has gone away, taking some of the sting out of white control strategies.

2. My Contested Cliffs
Contested Cliffs
Contested CliffsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
314
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. RG, T: Choose target Beast you control and target creature an opponent controls. Each creature deals damage equal to its power to the other.
can kick your Dragon’s butt.

3. Cheap artifact removal can seriously hose Affinity. From a metagame perspective, this is the matchup that you should be least worried about, since you can bring in 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.
, Hum of the Radix
Hum of the Radix
Hum of the RadixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Each artifact spell costs 1 more to play for each artifact its controller controls.
, and Shatter
Shatter
ShatterSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Amy Weber
Text:
Shatter destroys target artifact.
/Detonate
Detonate
DetonateSet: Fourth Edition
Cost:
2
Color:
Red
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Artist:
Randy Asplund
Text:
Bury target artifact. Detonate deals X damage to the artifact's controller, where X is the casting cost of the artifact.
from the sideboard.

4. Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.
hurts. Really. It hurts a lot. Admittedly, if your opponent has a landcycler or other tutor, they can break up the clump at the top of their library, but they’re still two lands short.

The big problem, as usual, is countermagic. There is no easy answer here, but keep in mind that in Affinity, the counters are meant to protect Broodstar
Broodstar
BroodstarSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
10
Color:
Blue
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
31
Artist:
Glen Angus
Power:
*
Toughness:
*
Text:
Affinity for artifacts (This spell costs 1 less to play for each artifact you control.) Flying Broodstar's power and toughness are each equal to the number of artifacts you control.
, not necessarily keep you from playing spells early. U/W control is an ugly matchup no matter what. If you really hate blue, throw in some Xantid Swarm
Xantid Swarm
Xantid SwarmSet: Scourge
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Insect
Rarity:
R
Number:
135
Artist:
David Martin
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying
Whenever Xantid Swarm attacks, defending player can't play spells this turn.
s.

A decklist might look something like this:

Creatures:
4 Birds of Paradise
Birds of Paradise
Birds of ParadiseSet: Revised Edition
Cost:
1
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Mana Birds
Rarity:
R
Artist:
Mark Poole
Power:
0
Toughness:
1
Text:
Flying T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool. This ability is played as an interrupt.

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.

4 Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous Baloth
Ravenous BalothSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
278
Artist:
Arnie Swekel
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
Text:
Sacrifice a Beast: You gain 4 life.

3 Krosan Tusker
Krosan Tusker
Krosan TuskerSet: Onslaught
Cost:
7
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
272
Artist:
Kev Walker
Power:
6
Toughness:
5
Text:
Cycling 2G (2G, Discard this card from your hand: Draw a card.). When you cycle Krosan Tusker, you may search your library for a basic land card, reveal that card, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.

3 Fangren Firstborn
Fangren Firstborn
Fangren FirstbornSet: Darksteel
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
R
Number:
75
Artist:
Tim Hildebrandt
Power:
4
Toughness:
2
Text:
Whenever Fangren Firstborn attacks, put a +1/+1 counter on each attacking creature. In the Tangle bad is often followed by worse.


Spells:
3 Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.

4 Plow Under
Plow Under
Plow UnderSet: Urza's Destiny
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
R
Number:
117
Artist:
Edward P. Beard, Jr.
Text:
Put two target lands on top of their owner's library.

4 Carbonize
Carbonize
CarbonizeSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Red
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
U
Number:
83
Text:
Carbonize deals 3 damage to target creature or player. That creature can't be regenerated this turn. If that creature would be put into the graveyard this turn, remove it from the game instead.

4 Explosive Vegetation
Explosive Vegetation
Explosive VegetationSet: Onslaught
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
263
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Search your library for up to two basic land cards and put them into play tapped. Then shuffle your library.

Land:
4x Contested Cliffs
Contested Cliffs
Contested CliffsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
314
Artist:
Anthony S. Waters
Text:
T: Add 1 to your mana pool. RG, T: Choose target Beast you control and target creature an opponent controls. Each creature deals damage equal to its power to the other.

4x Wooded Foothills
Wooded Foothills
Wooded FoothillsSet: Onslaught
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
R
Number:
330
Artist:
Rob Alexander
Text:
T, Pay 1 life, Sacrifice Wooded Foothills: Search your library for a mountain or forest card and put it into play. Then shuffle your library.

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

7 Mountain
Mountain
MountainSet: Arabian Nights
Color:
Land
Type:
Land
Rarity:
C
Artist:
Douglas Shuler
Text:
Tap to add R to your mana pool.


The sideboard can be tuned according to the local metagame, but should almost certainly contain a fourth Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
, 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 probably Silklash Spider
Silklash Spider
Silklash SpiderSet: Onslaught
Cost:
5
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Spider
Rarity:
R
Number:
281
Artist:
Iain McCaig
Power:
2
Toughness:
7
Text:
Silklash Spider may block as though it had flying.. XGG: Silklash Spider deals X damage to each creature with flying.
and/or Wing Snare
Wing Snare
Wing SnareSet: Urza's Legacy
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Sorcery
Rarity:
U
Number:
117
Artist:
Carl Critchlow
Text:
Destroy target creature with flying.
in some combination. If you really want to beat Affinity, Hum of the Radix
Hum of the Radix
Hum of the RadixSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
4
Color:
Green
Type:
Enchantment
Rarity:
R
Number:
122
Artist:
John Avon
Text:
Each artifact spell costs 1 more to play for each artifact its controller controls.
isn’t a bad idea, but you can be sure it’ll get countered. Maindeck options abound as well, depending on the situation – more burn, bigger beasts for the Cliffs, Predator’s Strike to push through damage, etc. Krosan Warchief
Krosan Warchief
Krosan WarchiefSet: Scourge
Cost:
3
Color:
Green
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
U
Number:
123
Power:
2
Toughness:
2
Text:
Beast spells you play cost 1 less.
1G : Regenerate target Beast.
accelerates and regenerates your beasts, which might be handy given the top-heavy mana curve of the deck, but it’s a fragile card compared to the 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.
. If you see a ton of Eternal Dragon
Eternal Dragon
Eternal DragonSet: Scourge
Cost:
7
Color:
White
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Dragon Spirit
Rarity:
R
Number:
12
Artist:
Justin Sweet
Power:
5
Toughness:
5
Text:
Flying.
3WW: Return Eternal Dragon from your graveyard to your hand. Play this ability only during your upkeep.
Plainscycling 2
s, you can add some Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling Claws
Scrabbling ClawsSet: Mirrodin
Cost:
1
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Artifact
Rarity:
U
Number:
237
Artist:
Thomas M. Baxa
Text:
T: Target player removes a card in his or her graveyard from the game. 1, Sacrifice Scrabbling Claws: Remove target card in a graveyard from the game. Draw a card.
in place of the Naturalize
Naturalize
NaturalizeSet: Onslaught
Cost:
2
Color:
Green
Type:
Instant
Rarity:
C
Number:
275
Artist:
Ron Spears
Text:
Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
s. Finally, if you have them, you could add in 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.
s. You don’t even need to place fate counters with 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.
on the board – just regenerate the Troll and wipe everything else clean.

This deck is heavy on rares, but for the most part they remain fairly inexpensive compared to the cards you need to build, say, U/W control. I can’t help but think that some version of Beast
Beast
BeastSet: Garruk vs. Liliana
Cost:
0
Color:
Colorless
Type:
Creature
Sub Type:
Beast
Rarity:
C
Number:
1
Artist:
John Donahue
Power:
4
Toughness:
4
s is still relevant in standard. Give it a try!


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