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Deck Tech: Explosive Vegetation

 

Explosive Vegetation
By now you've heard plenty about the giant monsters. You've seen how eight-mana spells have dominated the environment, and how one gigantic Legend or another seems to be lurking around every corner. Well, whether it's Dragons or Angels or Elemental Legends doing the beating, each of these decks has one strategy at its core: get to six mana as fast as possible. And one card is central to that strategy: Explosive Vegetation.

Vegetation, or "Veggies" as it's being called here, is the key card in what looks to be a diverse selection of mana acceleration cards. With the ability to go from 4 to 6 land is nice, the added ability of fixing colors is what makes it so amazing. Let's look at four relevant decks.


Gary Wise
Green-Red-White Vegetation, 15th Place
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Main Deck

60 cards

Forest
Forgotten Cave
Grand Coliseum
Mountain
Plains
Tranquil Thicket
Wooded Foothills

25 lands


Kamahl, Fist of Krosa
Krosan Tusker
Ravenous Baloth
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Wall of Mulch

16 creatures
Akroma's Vengeance
Biorhythm
Explosive Vegetation
Shock
Slice & Dice
Starstorm

19 other spells

Mana Fixers: 4 Veggies, 4 Krosan Tusker.
Wise didn't make the Top 8, but he did finish in the Top 16 and is playing the same deck Kai Budde chose to use. The deck has double mana spells in three colors and tops out with the eight-mana Biorhythm. The extra land can also be put to use by Kamahl, Fist of Krosa. After sideboarding, the deck can go to four colors to support Chromeshell Crab.

William Jensen
Green-White Vegetation
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Main Deck

60 cards

Forest
Plains
Secluded Steppe
Tranquil thicket
Windswept Heath

26 lands


Akroma, Angel of Wrath
Daru Sanctifier
Exalted Angel
Ravenous Baloth
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Wall of Mulch
Windborn Muse
Wirewood Elf

26 creatures
Akroma's Vengeance
Explosive Vegetation

8 other spells

Mana Fixers: 4 Veggies, 4 Wirewood Elf
Jensen's deck ditches the Tuskers for Wirewood Elves. With only two colors, the "tutoring" of the Tusker isn't really needed, and the Elf allows for some truly crazy openings. Imagine turn-2 Elf, turn-3 Veggies, turn-4 Silvos or Exalted Angel. With so many decks running Silvos, the games can often be decided by who gets his in play first, and Jensen's deck seems to have the most consistently fast way of doing so.

Akihiro Kashima
Three-Color Vegetation
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Main Deck

60 cards

Barren Moor
Forest
Grand Coliseum
Plains
Swamp
Tranquil Thicket
Windswept Heath

26 lands


Akroma, Angel of Rath
Daru Sanctifier
Exalted Angel
Krosan Tusker
Silvos, Rogue Elemental
Skinthinner
Starlight Invoker
Undead Gladiator
Withered Wretch

23 creatures
Akroma's Vengeance
Cruel Revival
Explosive Vegetation

11 other spells

Mana Fixers: 4 Veggies, 4 Krosan Tusker
Kashima's deck shows what kind of nutty mana you can get away with if you play the right fixers. It's possible for Kashima to draw opening hands that contain WWW, GGG, and BB cost cards. But with all the fixers, fetchlands, and Grand Coliseums, anything is possible—Kashima's record attests to that.

Darwin Kastle
The Claw
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Main Deck

60 cards

Contested Cliffs
11  Forest
Mountain
Wooded Foothills

25 lands


Goblin Clearcutter
Imperial Hellkite
Kilnmouth Dragon
Krosan Tusker
Ravenous Baloth
Rorix Bladewing
Wirewood Elf

27 creatures
Explosive Vegetation
Starstorm

8 other spells

Mana Fixers: 4 Veggies, 4 Krosan Tusker, 4 Wirewood Elves, 4 Goblin Clearcutters
Darwin goes for the full package of 16 mana fixing/accelerating cards. And his deck needs it. With eight 7-mana Dragons as the base of his attack force, he can't afford to fall behind on land. Of course, his deck has the biggest potential payout: a 17/17 flyer that taps to deal 12 damage is certainly worth all the trouble it takes to play.



Aaron Forsythe was a professional Magic player and Internet columnist prior to leaving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to join Wizards of the Coast. His first duty here was Content Manager of this very website, a job that required him to do actual work as opposed to playing games all the time. So when a position opened in R&D, he jumped at the chance. He is now director of Magic R&D, and still plays Magic in his free time when he's not busy playing Magic.



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