Green/Black Energy Rocks!

Back in my day G/B was lucky to scrape enough cards together to make one standard deck. In this current format, however, there are three distinct sub-archetypes: Aggressive Energy, Delirium, and Midrange. After tinkering around with all three versions and countless tweaks to each list, I finally settled on Energy as not only the most powerful, but also the most enjoyable to play. It definitely has the most potential for a “nut draw” out of any of the G/B variants, and often times a Winding Constrictor into any of the various +1/+1 token producers is just game. For being on the aggressive side the deck has a surprising amount of staying power if the game goes long and this is what really drew me in.

This past weekend I decided to sleeve this archetype up for a local PPTQ, and spoiler alert, I was able to take it down. This was extremely reassuring to me as I Have the RPTQ coming up, and the tweaks I had made to the “standard” list going around all played out well. I’m most likely going to run my same list back again, which is listed below.

Winding Constrictor - Aether Revolt

Winding Constrictor – Aether Revolt

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Now I’ll quickly go over my changes, and my thought process behind them. First off, I decided to cut down to 2 Longtusk Cub, and replace them with 2 Gonti, Lord of Luxury. Longtusk Cub can lead to some of the most powerful starts, but in the late game its often a fairly bad top deck, and not particularly impressive in the mirror outside of turn 2. Gonti on the other hand is a house in the mirror, providing a must deal with body due to its deathtouch, as well as providing a free card to use later on. With the prevalence of the G/B mirrors this felt like a no brainer to me.

The other main change I made was to include 3 Nissa, Voice of Zendikar in the main deck over the more common 2 Aethersphere Harvester and an extra removal spell. I was never particularly impressed with Harvester outside of the Mardu matchup, where as Nissa is great in the mirror and versus control. There are very few ways to efficiently deal with planeswalkers in the format and she seemingly does it all. Her plus gums up the board in creature mirrors buying you time to assemble your forces or can threaten ultimate on a stable board. Her minus is also a huge game especially if you have out a Winding Constrictor, allowing your forces to immediately outclass your opponent’s. Against the control decks she also proves herself worthy by allowing you to deploy a threat that is difficult to deal with, and doesn’t lose to Wrath. Overall I’ve been very happy with her and could possibly even see adding the 4th copy.

Now for everyone’s favorite part of deck-tech style articles is the sideboarding guide. This deck does a great job post board at converting itself to matchups against whatever is thrown at it, with solid plans against Mardu, G/B mirrors, and various flavors of control.

Mardu Vehicles:

Out:
2x Gonti, Lord of Luxury
3x Nissa, Voice of Zendikar
2x Longtusk Cub

In:
2x Grasp of Darkness
2x Natural Obsolescence
2x Aethersphere Harvester
1x Murder

Jeskai Control/Saheeli

Out:
4x Fatal Push
2x Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2x Longtusk Cub

In:
3x Transgress the Mind
1x Lifecrafter’s Bestiary
2x Tireless Tracker
2x Ob Nixilis Reignited

G/B Mirrors

Out:
2x Longtusk Cub
1x Verduruous Gearkhulk
3x Glint-Sleeve Siphoner

In:
2x Grasp of Darkness
2x Tireless tracker
2x Ob Nixilis Reignited

4 color Saheeli

Out:
2x Gonti, Lord of Luxury
2x Fatal Push

In:
3x Transgress the Mind
1x Murder

That should just about cover all of the matchups you would expect to face in any competitive tournament or on MTGO. When facing a rogue deck, or brew just keep sideboarding to a minimum and try to curve out. Usually Gonti, Cub, and Fatal Push are the cards to look to if you’re having trouble narrowing the cuts down. Anyway, hope you enjoyed, and good luck to anyone sleeving the deck up in the coming weeks. I think it’s a great choice. Until next time!

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