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DTK Mono Green Aggro

Happy Tuesday MTG peeps,

Today it is raining cats 'n' dawgs and other things here in Barrie, Ontario and the last stubborn remnants of snow are sure to be purged by day's end.  Chances are that we won't be needing the dog sled to get to our local gaming store, OMG! Games from now on in as things are starting to green up and shy foliage are just now starting to appear.

Speaking of green, we think it apropos to look at a standard constructed (post Dragons of Tarkir) mono-green decklist.  Quite specifically, a mono-green aggro list posted by Magic: the Gathering great, Tomoharu Saito.  Saito has been an exceptional player since bursting onto the scene in 2000 and has been gaming ever since.  He is owner of the Hareruya & Saito Card Shop and for some time, shortly after each set release, he posts a number of fun suggestions - here is his Mono-Green Aggro list -

4x Elvish Mystic
4x Avatar of the Resolute
4x Swordwise Centaur
4x Bassara Tower Archer
4x Reverent Hunter

Looks very decent to take full advantage of any devotion to green strategies so far.  Avatar  and Swordwise is value at double green and decent 3/2 bodies with the Av receiving conditional eotb counters.  Rev Hunter is the first devotion card here and expected to benefit greatly.

4x Boon Satyr
4x Surrak, the Hunt Caller
4x Aspect of Hydra
4x Cached Defenses
2x Nylea, God of the Hunt

The Satyr is an obvious choice, adding another two to devotion tech and is decent both early and late game.  Dragons of Tarkir new Surrak also adds another double green and is saddled with the new formidable mechanic allowing a conditional haste to a creature.  Alhtough Surrak is legendary, a full book-set of four may be acceptable considering this will have a large target on it for removal.  We can imagine that this may occasionally be a dead card in your hand but perhaps not often.  We are not altogether certain of Saito's choice of a deckset of Cached Defenses - perhaps this is intended to apply to Bassara or Avatar in order to fend off flying dragons.  Nylea, God of the Hunt looks good in the list.

2x Nykthos, Shrine to Nyx
20x Forest
Good Choice here

We would love to take this for a spin and really only need to complete our decksets of Avatar and Surrak to get if off the ground.

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