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Posted byEvery Rose Has Her Throne4 years ago

[Suggestions] Trying Out Selesnya

I'm a Grixis player, my first deck was Mono-Black Erebos, my second was Oona Mill, and my third was Nekusar Death Draw, and now I've gotten into the Black Rose's pocket, but I haven't tried White, Green, or any variation of Selesnya.

A friend in my playgroup brought this up and my first instinct was Prossh because "It's kinda Green." But I want to take the full plunge, I want to build a Selesnya deck that will show my friends I can leave my comfort zone!... without breaking the bank.

For reference, I played GW Myr Tokens back in Darksteel and Selesnya Tokens in Innistrad-Ravnica block, so that should give a hint as to what cards I'm working with and experience with GW.

Any advice on what/who to build?

TL;DR I don't really play GW, want to play GW, only experience is Tokens in 2003 & 2012, Advice

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Trostani's Free-Range Fatties1 point · 4 years ago

Trostani or Rhys.

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Trostani, Selesnya's Voice2 points · 4 years ago

Haha, as a dyed-in-the-wool Selesnya player, I second these suggestions for any GW token build. Whichever you pick as your commander, you'll probably want the other as one of the 99. Bring in some populate cards, the various token doubling enchantments ([[Doubling Season]] is pricey but essentially a must), stuff like [[Cathars' Crusade]] and [[Champion of Lambholt]] that flourish when a lot of creatures ETB, some evasion/protection for your tokens ([[Asceticism]] and [[Avacyn, Angel of Hope]] if you're willing to shell out a bit more), and a few splashy finishers such as [[Storm Herd]]. With Rhys, you may want to focus more on elf tribal, while Trostani will want lifegain-matters cards like [[Ajani's Pridemate]] or [[Well of Lost Dreams]]. Add [[Mimic Vat]] for even more fun!

As for nontoken builds, [[Captain Sisay]] as a commander is great as an almost-always-available tutor for anything legendary, but again, some of the things you might want for that are not exactly budget. (On the other hand, Theros has introduced some great, relatively cheap stuff for this, such as [[Nykthos]] and a few good legendary-matters artifacts.)

[[Karametra, God of Harvests]] is great for ramp, either as a commander or as one of the 99.

You can also do a sacrifice-based deck around [[Saffi Eriksdotter]], or some persist/boardwipe shenanigans with [[Asmira, Holy Avenger]] as your commander (just find a way to make her indestructible so she survives the board wipes). [[Chorus of the Conclave]] is expensive enough to cast that it's usually better as one of the 99 but you could probably manage some kind of +1/+1 counter-based deck (though [[Ghave, Guru of Spores]] will always be better for that), especially with the new Abzan Khans cards. Finally there are the junky legends you can use for the lulz - [[Emmara Tandris]] (more tokens), [[Lady Caleria]] (deathtouch/archer tribal?), and [[Sir Shandlar of Eberyn]] (...I got nothing).

(For the record I have built Trostani, Rhys, and Caleria, and all are fun though tree-lady and elf-boy are obviously more powerful decks.)

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Every Rose Has Her ThroneOriginal Poster1 point · 4 years ago

Rhys elves, saprolings, or humans?

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Trostani's Free-Range Fatties1 point · 4 years ago

angels, mostly. but it'll poop out just about any token a GW can make.

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Hot Prince of Bananas1 point · 4 years ago

Selvala Grouphug, as a cool contrast to Nekusar punish.

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Every Rose Has Her ThroneOriginal Poster1 point · 4 years ago

Can you win with it, or do you just come in second everytime?


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