Sometime ago my brother went for such a huge overkill in Forge with his green Vigor deck that the game crashed. I wanted to show him even bigger overkill:
Here is me playing against top modern deck called Death’s Shadow. I got it by the balls. Without lands opponent can’t do nothing. Even if he draws a land, I can immediately get rid of it by using Ghost Quarter. I can play up to 4 lands from graveyard or hand per turn: I have Windswept Heath, Horizon Canopy, Ghost Quarter. Sacrificing them also gives me extra cards from Gitrog Monster. But the most important thing is I have Archangel of Thune + Spike feeder Combo online meaning my life total and the size of my creatures can be anything I want.
This deck belongs to a creature toolbox family of decks. It has plenty of 3 mana creatures and so it makes good use of 4x Birds of Paradise and 4x Noble Hierarch. For creature fetching purposes we have:
Fauna Shaman or Survival-of-the-Fittest-on-a-bear needs no explanation, especially since the deck doesn’t have anything else in 2 cmc slot. Eldritch Evolution is a risky card. People usually play Chord of Calling instead. The problem is that opponent can kill two cards of yours with one removal or countermagic. The deck is optimised for Evolution though: turn 2 you can turn your dork into 1 of the crucial 3 cmc creatures or a silver bullet game two. Later you can complete the combo or fetch the day saving frog.
I called the deck “Carebears” because I initially wanted to make a Hate Bears Deck- deck that has small to medium creatures that hate on the things opponent do. Eventually I decided I don’t want to hate. I want to care- have creatures that give me various synergistic boosts. Those boosts usually have something to do with playing and sacrificing lands, especially lands such as.:
The main combo here is:
Those two on board and these lands allow me to destroy up to 3 opponent’s lands (well not completely but most decks play few basics) or get up to 3 untapped forests/plains/shock lands or draw up to 3 cards or some combination of those effects. The supporting cast:
Courser of Kruphix is a nice blocker that has two great abilities: Lands that cost you life now pay for themselves. With the amount of lands you play the life gain can be significant. You can play the top card of your library if it is a land. Otherwise you can grab it with Horizon Canopy or if you don’t like it you can shuffle it away with many effects. Either way Courser is a great card advantage.
As you fill your yard with lands, Knight of the Reliquary becomes a huge beater that can also fetch you a land you need and/or shuffle library.
Finally a single legendary frog that is a reason we splash black (with 1 Overgrown Catacomb and 4 Birds of Paradise). Why? The frog’s abilities are pretty good on their own and glorious when you have Ramunap Excavator and lands that like to be sacrificed. But the Gitrog Monster is not here only for the abilities: often time this sexy 6/6 deathtouch body will save the day.
So what do you do? You don’t attack. You play blockers and remove troublesome creatures with Path to Exile and Fairgrounds Warden. You can get what you need not only from library but also from graveyard thanks to Eternal Witness.
You will either go for choke (disrupt opponent’s land base until he can’t do a thing) or you will go for the combo:
…Or you can just build advantage and smash face with Knights of the Reliquary and whatnot. Isn’t it nice to have options?
I play with myself but I kind of like to think some good, knowledgeable pilot could build this deck and have good results in a tournament. There is a nice element of surprise in the sideboard: you could pack it with 3 cmc silver bullets that you can threaten your opponent as early as turn 2. For example for Death’s Shadow you can take 1x Magus of the Moon and for Blue Moon 1x Gaddock Teeg. If you don’t expect sweepers or enchantment removal/bounce, it could be neat idea to have an option to remove most of the Spike Angel combo and put in 4x Worship game two.
P.S.: This thing about absinthe was to prove someone that not every web page is a reputable source on absinthe as anyone can write stuff on the internet.