Daily Deck Tech Vow: Monogreen Sends 'Em Packing

Here's our vow: Every workday ahead of the set's release, Insight is taking a quick look at another deck featuring the new cards from Innistrad: Crimson Vow. Monogreen Aggro is possibly stronger than ever and just took down the Standard Challenge. A new one-drop changes a lot—and that's not even all!

ulvenwald oddity - ascendant packleader

Every time someone asks, "What can make this aggro deck better," the answer will usually be: a better one-drop. In this case it's Ascendant Packleader. First, it's a 2/1 for one, which is already a great rate. It also rewards you for progressing your game plan as it will grow with subsequent plays if they meet the condition. Finally, when topdecked, it will often still enter the battlefield as a 3/2 and grow later. When a one-drop is good both early and late, you know it's going to make waves. And so it does.

We can see the ripples all over the deck. This version runs a whopping eleven permanents able to add counters to the Packleader. There is of course the regular playset of Esika's Chariot. Then there are three Unnatural Growth. Changing each 2/2 into a 4/4 and each 4/4 into an 8/8 forces the opponent to answer basically every creature. In addition, they stack, so multiple copies are not fully redundant. Not least, the enchantment works very well with trample …

ascendant packleader ulvenwald oddity ulvenwald behemoth

While monogreen players probably miss Questing Beast, we got something kind of close from Crimson Vow: Ulvenwald Oddity // Ulvenwald Behemoth. It comes down and hits hard right away, extraordinarily hard when there's Unnatural Growth, and with trample to boot! Having a hasty trampler gives the deck this bit of reach out of nowhere that can be so crucial when the opponent has stabilized. The transform ability shouldn't matter in most games. But occassionally a 16/16 Ulvenwald Behemoth might end a massive board stall and help the team stomp the opponent to death.

To accommodate the higher curve, the extra four-drops in particular, this build employs full sets of both Tangled Florahedron // Tangled Vale and Sculptor of Winter. With them, Chariot and Oddity can realistically enter the fray on turn three. To make room, the deck cut down on Ranger Class. After all, when you spend four mana on something, it better trigger Ascendant Packleader.

Beware of Wolves!

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