The latest options from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty indicate two new avenues for aggressive strategies featuring green. The first is the "enchantments matter" route, centered around cards like Weaver of Harmony and Kami of Transience. But that looks at its best in a Selesnya build.
The other theme involves the "modified" keyword, which is a batch term lumping together creatures carrying Auras, Equipment, or counters. Green almost always supports the latter element in particular. In fact it's already present in the current iteration of Stompy via Ranger Class, Snakeskin Veil, and Ascendant Packleader.
A freshly printed two-drop that can back up Ranger Class is Roaring Earth. This time the +1/+1 counters are given via landfall, and in the late game, when that whole business might have become too slow, the channel ability can create a large hasty attacker out of nowhere.
The payoffs for all these modifications—which, winningly, are in part already their own payoff—come in the form of two of the set's three monogreen mythics. Both are three-drops, potentially taking over that slot from Mammoths and Trolls. Kodama of the West Tree (which completes a mega-mega-cycle started in the original Champions of Kamigawa eighteen years ago) grants trample to all modified creatures and makes them ramp upon connection. This in turn benefits Roaring Earth—whether it sits in play or in hand waiting to be channeled.
Jugan Defends the Temple // Remnant of the Rising Star ends up giving us a 7/7 flying trampler that turns every other creature into a kind of self-contained Wildborn Preserver. And that happens after delivering a mana dork and two modifications, so every chapter is extremely relevant.
The third mythic, Kura, the Boundless Sky, still has a place in the deck as a curve topper. The big token it leaves behind interacts favorably with instant classic Esika's Chariot, and the same is true of those from Invoke the Ancients—which self-modify to boot!
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