Just some random observations about Tenth edition.
Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn. Draw a card.
Every now and then I’ll go through a period of time when all I play against is Blue and all their card drawing. Like, every week. And one day I decided to see if I could make a beatdown deck with card drawing and keep my hand full while I smashed face. I’ll add this to my deck of Kavu Climber, Carven Caryatid, Ohran Viper and Primordial Sage. It doesn’t work because most of those cards suck. I’ll add aggressive urge to it and play some casual.
Birds of Paradise
Flying T Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
Right now, I’m enjoying having twelve one drops that can give me 3 mana on turn 2. Right now, there’s an insane amount of busted green things at three mana. Moldervine cloak, Troll Ascetic, Ohran Viper, Groundbreaker, and Pincer Beetles are fans of such plays. I’m spitting at you Rune Snag, Mana Leak, Delay and Remand!
Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or land.
I love this card. This is the perfect sorcery for Green. It embodies all I love about Green sorceries. I don’t like to just smash face. I like to make them want to quit the game (the land destruction aspect) or be prepared for major problems (killing loxodon warhammer) or even shutting down cards that are an auto win for decks not prepared for them (Worship.) It’s expensive but it solves so many problems.
Type: Creature - Elf
Creature spells can't be countered.
It’s really too bad they’re awful. I remember when I first discovered these guys. I bought four of them right away at about a quarter apiece from some bot. I couldn’t imagine why they were not a three dollar rare. Then I played with them a bit and found out why. I’d explain it if I could, but they just never seem to work that well. Despite that fact, I LOVE them. I love the elves and will be incorporating them into my decks to see how that tribe can do in tenth.
Type: Creature - Beast
When Hunted Wumpus comes into play, each other player may put a creature card from his or her hand into play.
WUMP! Man I love this card. This is one of the best sideboard cards ever against weenie strategies. You get a 6/6 and they get a free Kird ape or Mogg Fantastic. Go them. When I play Green, and I play another deck trying to be aggressive and fast, I love siding these things in and going “Yeah that’s right. Bigger than you.” That’s what Green has going for it and in the sideboard, this guy is a beating.
Rules Text: Hurricane deals X damage to each creature with flying and each player.
Green is massively aggressive right now. With this coming back, this is a fantastic finisher for those last few points of damage. This is like the opposite of Gaea’s Herald. Every time I include it in a deck, I love it and it surprises me with its power. And then I forget about it and never include it.
Type: Creature - Yeti
Karplusan Strider can't be the target of blue or black spells.
Green seems cursed to have a billion awful creatures at 4 mana. There are exceptions of course, but this is just another also ran. So close to being good but will never see constructed play.
Might of Oaks
Rules Text: Target creature gets +7/+7 until end of turn.
Alan calls it the “Green Hatred.” I call it a staple. I’m just glad it’s in Tenth.
Mirri, Cat Warrior
Type: Legendary Creature - Cat Warrior
Rules Text: First strike, forestwalk, vigilance
Another “Busted at Three” addition. She’s always been amazing and at one time was my favorite creature. I think I’m just going to make up a deck of one drop mana producers, Mirri, Trolls, Oh-no ran Vipers and Overrun. Yeah. That sounds like a beating. Now imagine her with a Moldervine Cloak on her.
Rules Text: Creatures you control get +3/+3 and gain trample until end of turn.
TAROOOOOOOOOOOO! TAROO! TAROO! TAROOOOOOOOOOO!
Will you have my babies?
Type: Creature - Insect
Rules Text: Shroud (This creature can't be the target of spells or abilities.)
I like these guys because I’m going to put the Untouchables deck back together. All the creatures have Shroud, some burn spells and some land destruction. Here’s the original list from my book “The Quest for the Pro Tour.”
4 Jolrael’s Centaurs
4 Deadly Insects
4 Autumn Willows
4 Lightning Bolts
4 Desert Twisters
2 Kaervek’s Torches
1 Final Fortunes
1 Hammers of Bogardan
3 Roots of Life
3 Seeds of Innocence
3 Halls of Gemstones
3 Red Elemental Blasts
As you can guess, it’s going to look a little different. Molds instead of Twisters. Pincer Beetles instead of Deadly Insects. Trolls instead of Centaurs. You get the gist. Play an untouchable, blast everything out of its way, smash face until you win.
Scion of the Wild
Type: Creature - Avatar
Scion of the Wild's power and toughness are each equal to the number of creatures you control.
I’ve never gotten this guy to work. That doesn’t mean I don’t love him though. One of the concepts I’ll be trying to make work is a token generating deck and Overrun. Sprout Swarm and Wurmcalling cry out to me. Hmm, 12 one drop mana produces, sprout swarm, Wurmcalling, Overrun, Scion, Creeping Mold, Acid Moss and I think we’re good…
Search your library for a land card, reveal it, and put it into your hand. Then shuffle your library.
I can’t believe they reprinted this. I think it’s a mistake and will annoy a lot of people for the next three years. I’ll be using it to go get my Treetop Villages.
Type: Creature - Troll Shaman
Troll Ascetic can't be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control. 1G: Regenerate Troll Ascetic
I like these guys less than just about everyone else on the planet, but I can’t deny they are awesome and with the insane amount of cheap removal right now, will be a staple in many of my decks. And of course, I’m thrilled to have them for the Untouchables.
Type: Creature - Elemental
Rules Text: At the beginning of each upkeep, put a 1/1 green Saproling creature token into play under your control.
Admitedly, I’ve never found a way to make him work without Natural Order but I’ll have to try and make this work with my token generating, Scion of the Wild, Overrun deck.
Overall? I give Tenth Green a 9.5 out of 10.