Greater Good is a great card, but the last article missed the greatest "Card Advantage Engine Of All Time:"
My friends and I built an expensive Replenish-based W/G/B version of Burstaplenish and also a deck we titled Greater Negator. I’m submitting Greater Negator, or at least the version that went 2-1 at our last Friday Night Magic thing:
4 Birds of Paradise
4 Yavimaya Elder
4 Saproling Burst
4 Greater Good
2 Weatherseed Treefolk
4 Phyrexian Negator
4 Dark Ritual
2 Yawgmoth’s Will
Greater Negator is a fattie deck with massive card advantage. The deck has three plans, basically. Plan one is the obvious Swamp-Ritual-Negator-Win. Plan two is to play some mana acceleration, and try to drop a Greater Good and a Saproling Burst. Here, I’ll demonstrate:
Create a 6/6 Token - 3 cards of advantage, 3 of quality
Create a 5/5 Token - 2 cards of advantage, 3 of quality
Create a 4/4 Token - 1 card of advantage, 3 of quality
Create a 3/3 Token - 3 cards of quality.
Thus, one Saproling Burst and one Greater Good counts as Stroking oneself for 6 and attuning 4 times! Yikes! That’s 6 really good cards you’re going to have - you can dark ritual into a mind twist (Duress, Duress, Stupor, Stupor! Take that!), cast Yawgmoth’s Will and win the game. A quadrouple Rancored Weatherseed Treefolk is a Whole Bunch Of Damage That Don’t Go Away.
Best of all - the deck BEATS DOWN. As we all know, decks must BEAT DOWN to be any fun.
Next up was Elves. Elves is an all Elf deck that is certainly extended competitive, especially if you gave up on the Elves part of the Elves. Key card - Elvish Fury.
(The Beat Down)
4 Deranged Hermit
3 Skyshroud Poacher
4 Elvish Fury
4 Titania’s Chosen
4 Priest of Titania
4 Llanowar Elves
4 Findhorn Elves
4 Llanowar Sentinel (2/3, Bring a sentinel from your deck into play for 2)
4 Quirionn Ranger
2 Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
4 Multani’s Acolytes
4 Yavamaya Grangers
This decks plays a lot of fast elves, and generates a horde of mana, then procedes to cast Elvish Fury about 10 times on an unblocked Squirrel token and that’s game. Imagine the power of 20 mana on turn 3 -
Forest, Llanowar Elf
Forest, Ranger, Priest, Findhorn Elf
Forest, Ranger, 17 Mana lets one cast a bunch of stuff. Deranged Hermit? Skyshroud Poacher? Elvish Fury with Buyback?
That’s right, turn 4, 20 mana, 2 lands total. The only problem is that you might take a lot of burn. Remember, Quirion Ranger works when tapped, and when it first comes into play. Generate a lot of mana, play Elvish Fury 1000 times, get a huge Titania's Chosen and win. Mirror Match Tech - add Eladamri, Lord of Leaves. That adds a dimension to the deck unheard of. Note that he's not an Elf, so just cast Elvish Fury on him a bunch. Have fun!