Wednesday, December 8, 2010

A Deck Based on: Lhurgoyf

LhurgoyfSomething I find fun is to find a quirky card and base a deck around it. I often hear friends name some random card and say,  "What good is this card?", and I'll usually be able to come up with some combos with their supposedly useless card.

Today, I'm going to show off a deck based on a somewhat-quirky card that has a long history in Magic: the Lhurgoyf.

The Lhurgoyf is an iconic MtG card, spawning a number of similar cards - including more luhrgoyfs such as the Magnivore, Mortivore, and Tarmogoyf.

What makes the original somewhat of an oddball is that its ability is more suited to that of a black card than green. Black is the traditional color of graveyard love, so you have to work a bit to make green want a bunch of creatures in graveyards.

Time to dig up the list!

 Lands (23)
  • 23x Forest
The deck uses little mana and has some ways to get lands out of the library, so you can go a bit skimpy on the number of lands. As for adding other types of lands, if you have them, go for it.

Creatures (27)
  • 1x Arashi, Sky Asunder
  • 1x Arctic Nishoba
  • 4x Avenging Druid
  • 2x Brawn
  • 3x Diligent Farmhand
  • 2x Druid Lyrist
  • 1x Golgari Grave-Troll
  • 1x Kaysa
  • 2x Killer Bees
  • 2x Krosan Tusker
  • 4x Lhurgoyf
  • 2x Scavenger Folk
  • 2x Spore Frog
The deck is packed with creatures that can do an effect as long as it dies. Why play Scavenger Folk and Druid Lyrist when I can simply play Naturalize? Because Naturalize isn't going to up the count of creatures in graveyards. That's the key here. In addition, cards like Golgari Grave-Troll and Avenging Druid ensure a graveyard full of creatures at least on your side. Killer Bees becomes a powerhouse with all the Forests you'll be pulling out of the deck, and they too can get the Lhugoyf's power using one of the cards listed below.

Other Spells (10)
  • 3x Desert Twister
  • 4x Exoskeletal Armor
  • 3x Muscle Burst
The remainder of the deck gives a little removal and some big buffs. Nothing like putting that armor on an Avenging Druid, who just gets bigger the more times he damages an opponent!

I hope you liked this deck idea. If this proves popular, I'll try to make this a recurring type of post where I'll build a deck around other unique cards.

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