Indeed, some decks will just continually trade spells with you and then suddenly play a couple of three for ones in succession: a Harmonize into a Siege-Gang Commander and then a Bogardan Hellkite. Obviously in EDH this is a way to put morph creatures into play on the cheap and its decent in conjunction with Sensei’s Divining Top. It’s worth mentioning that the text is never centered vertically, it’s closer to the bottom than the top. The “Cliff is Awesome!” text is something I put on there for fun, and also as a custom watermark. Against the aggro decks you no longer have a marquee threat that shuts down their offense; instead you have a 5-mana turn-waster that eats their 2-3 mana removal spell while they put the final bash on until you stop twitching. First, nearly every Wide Ribbed Deck Supplier with removal has removal that can kill Stuffy. Back at States, Shriekmaw could kill anything and everything, but now, cards like Phyrexian Ironfoot, Doran the Siege Tower, Nath the Gilt Leaf and Siege-Gang Commander are seeing more and more play. And although Peleg has done an excellent job on the mana, resisting the temptation to play any White cards other than Doran himself, the deck nevertheless still has some consistency issues and mulligans more often than either G/B Elves and G/B Rock.
What then, is the formula for success for these G/B decks? And so, while the cores of these decks remain the same throughout, the peripheral cards are endlessly customizable. Almost all US mailings have been sent; the International mailings are being held waiting for a couple of spare King and Queen of Wands. Well, like all “Good Stuff” decks, these G/B lists play the best possible cards at every point in the curve, mixing efficient creatures like Tarmogoyf, top notch removal like Shriekmaw, hand disruption in the form of Thoughtseize and card advantage generated by the undeniably powerful planeswalkers so that what we have in a end is a mish-mash of questions and answers. As such, all the G/B decks in the top8, although different, are actually built upon the same skeleton. As such, more aggressive options like Troll Ascetic are replaced by cards like Ohran Viper, which performs the double role of providing card advantage and defending against opposing Tarmogoyfs, while cards like Masked Admirers fit into the deck perfectly despite the lack of tribal synergies. It does not focus on controlling the board or attacking the opponent but is perfectly capable of doing both, playing the role of midrange control against aggressive decks and aggro control against control decks.
Indeed, Mirri the Cursed fits the deck’s aggro control strategy quite well. Indeed, Mori’s build of Elves lacks the incremental card advantage provided by cards like Shriekmaw and the third copy of Garruk Wildspeaker (unlike the other G/B decks, Elves only runs two copies of Garruk) which means that it has a lot of trouble keeping up with the slower more controlling G/B Rock lists. As such, the deck is forced to run an alternate four drop instead that is an elf; and while although Masked Admirers is undeniably a great card, strategically, it fits much better in a more midrange deck like Huber’s G/B Rock. In fact, this deck is so aggressive that calling it midrange would probably be a misnomer and indeed, the single thing that distinguishes this list from the others is the noticeable paucity of removal; the deck does not run Shriekmaw while the slow but powerful Liliana Vess has also been relegated to the sideboard. While Mori’s Elves list could be said to lean more towards Aggro-Control and while Huber’s Rock list could be said to lean more towards Mid-range, Peleg’s Doran list tries to get the best of both worlds.
It does not take a genius to work out that the most successful decks to come out of Worlds are those powered by the Elf Dual land Gilt-Leaf Palace. So Worlds is finally over and after many battles between dueling Vanquishers, Siege-Gang Commanders and Garruk Wildspeakers, one man, Uri Peleg, was able to weather the storm and take home the trophy with a funky little B/G/w deck whose primary selling point was its ability to bust out a fat 5/5 treefolk on the second turn. There is little or no rigidity of their design with English cottage gardens for the reason that entire thought behind them is to let the vegetation themselves “just develop” and to allow them to develop in a extra natural, or organic method. I thought about styles differently and learned to appreciate the ground work of groups like Freestyle Fellowship, the Pharcyde, J5, Souls of Mischief and other eMCees/groups I never would’ve known about if I didn’t search. If you don’t like it, you can board in random creatures like Gaddock Teeg or Kataki as chump blockers instead of the remaining Therapies. Fakespot also looks at things like whether the number of positive reviews are plausible given how long a seller has been active.