With a total cost of under 130 dollars (USD using TCGplayer Median pricing data), this is a great start into highlander at a very low cost. Not only that, but this deck clocks in at the FULL 10 points! Let’s discuss some of the thought that went into building the deck.
My inspiration for the decks comes from two main sources. 1) one of the highlander OG’s Mike Harrison used to play a version of this deck back in the vintage (no points) highlander days, and would absolutely smash everyone. I believe he once won 3 or 4 tournies in a row, some matches against broken combo decks stuffed full of power. And 2) it throws me back to one of my very favorite standard decks, mono green Scryb ‘n’ Force, from time spiral era standard (Shout out to Sean Tambo). Mono green aggro has one very simple goal: Smash your opponent with creatures that are hyper efficient for their mana cost, and/or suit up one of your many evasive/protected threats to push through blockers. There are many different routes you can take this kind of deck down, (land destruction sub-theme, tribal elves) that you can absolutely explore as well, but for now I’ve stuck to the most basic, cheapest version that still packs a mean punch!
First off, lets talk about our point spread.
(5) Natural order: Natural order is an absurd magic card. In this deck, (as with many others) its main function is going to be getting a craterhoof behemoth to end the game in short order. In a pinch, it can fetch you enchantment/artifact removal from reclamation sage, graveyard hate from scavenging ooze, or a pseudo cryptic command effect from Timbermare.
(3) Sol ring. In a non budget world, this would be a Mox emerald, but sol ring still fits in great here. It allows you to deploy your 4 and 5 drops well ahead of schedule, or allow you to play multiple spells in the same turn early in the game.
(2) Strip mine Strip mine gives the deck some “free” win potential. Going mana elf into a 2 drop and a strip mine on turn 2 is a devastating sequence that a lot of decks will struggle to catch up to.
Next lets talk a little bit about potential matchups!
Your creatures will generally be larger than others, and you are not taking any damage from fetch lands or shocklands, which lets you race well. Prioritize suiting up a creature and starting to race ASAP., as you should be able to keep up with any other aggressive deck speedwise but they may have access to removal, which you dont.
Tempo decks should be among your best matchups. A lot of your threats are hexproof, or uncounterable, which leaves tempo decks in an awkward spot to try to keep up with your board presence.
Combo decks are likely your worst matchup. , as you will generally have trouble interacting with them outside of a small amount of artifact hate. Even if you are up against combo-control , you just have to go as fast as possible, and not worry about if they have a wrath of god effect. Try to kill them before they can develop the game into an inevitable state.
Control decks are a bit of a mix between combo and tempo. You have great threats that line up well against control, but you also have sequence them properly, and not overextend into a board sweeper. Use your haste creatures sparingly, and use the flash creatures to your advantage to make them play on their turn as much as possible.
Non budget options for the deck:
Monogreen really benefits from the best equipment. Adding jitte (at the expense of removing strip mine pointswise) would be a good upgrade, as well as sword of fire and ice, and sword of feast and famine. Noble Hierarch is the best possible accelerant for the deck, and would be a welcome addition to our ramp suite. Also the notorious Tarmogoyf, which has plummeted in price, but is still quite expensive, would be right at home as an efficient 2 drop.
Monogreen does contain a number of format staples that you want to have in your highlander collection, especially if you tend to enjoy playing green. It is a fun, aggressive deck that can hang a loss on any deck if they don’t come prepared.
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