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Theros Set Review – Green Cards

Theros Set Review – Green Cards
Kyle Maas
  • On September 25, 2013
  • http://www.limitedmagic.com

Welcome to my Theros set review for all things green! In this article i will be going through all the green cards as well as any green multicolored card. I will be dividing each card into two ratings, the first rating is for constructed formats and the second is for limited formats. Each card will be given a number value from 1-5 for both constructed and limited, the criteria is as follows:

1: Dont bother, not worth it

2: There are far better cards in the format, but its not the worst

3: Not a bad card, could see play

4: Overall good card to have

5: Your Staple, this card is a must have in your deck!!

So without Further ado here are the Theros Green cards:

Agent of Horizons

Agent of Horizons

Constructed: 1

You do not want to play this card, there are far better three drops that fit into a Simic deck.

Limited: 2

If you decide late in the draft you are in Simic colors this card is worth picking up. Having an unblockable creature in limited can be a great way to end a match.

Anthousa, Setessan Hero

Anthousa, Setessan Hero

Constructed: 1

Not worth playing, a 4/5 body with a terrible ability, being able to animate up to three lands for your opponent to pick off..

Limited: 1.5 – 2

A 4/5 for 3GG is not the worst thing you could be playing, and the ability could be useful late game with your excess mana.

Arbor Colossus

Arbor Colossus

Constructed: 2.5-3

Might see play in some Mono Green Side Boards to deal with flyers and still be left with a giant creature.

Limited: 4

A giant creature that is hard to deal with that only gets bigger the next turn and can block for days!

Artisan’s Sorrow

Artisan’s Sorrow

Constructed: 1-1.5

I can not see this card seeing any competitive play, there are other, more efficient cards to deal with artifacts and enchantments (see Naturalize.

Limited: 1.5 – 2

So it’s late in the draft, the pack is getting smaller and smaller.. you see this card, you’re in green and the other cards are terrible, congratulations you have a sideboard!

Boon Satyr

Boon Satyr

Constructed: 3

This card will most likely see play in Mono green aggro decks, A 4/2 for 1GG is very aggressive and lets not forget the FLASH..WOAH.. also it has bestow – this aggressive flash creature just became a great late game combat trick.

Limited: 3

Solid pick, aggressive creature or great enchantment, versatility!

Centaur Battlemaster

Centaur Battlemaster

Constructed: 1

Not worth the mana, becomes a giant 2 for 1 for your opponent late game when you’re using your spells to make him bigger

Limited: 3

This is a solid limited card, assuming you get a hold of a few enchantments, this card can get out of control very quickly.

Commune with the Gods

Constructed: 2-2.5

this card will see some play testing, for instance it gives the hexproof builds a method of digging for its creatures and enchantments.

Limited: 1

Not worth it.

Defend the Hearth

Defend the Hearth

Constructed: 1

With Fog still in the format I don’t see this card seeing any constructed play.

Limited: 1

Will sit in your hand most of the game, and if you do end up playing it, will most likely only delay your defeat by a turn.

Fade into Antiquity

Fade into Antiquity

Constructed: 1

Sure exiling things is good, however at 2G and sorcery speed… nope.

Limited: 2

Have it in the side board, you just never know when it might come in handy.

Feral Invocation

Feral Invocation

Constructed: 1

Too costly to see play in competitive Hexproof decks, too slow for aggro decks.

Limited: 2.5-3

Decent pick up, great combat trick

Hunt the Hunter

Hunt the Hunter

Constructed: 2

Should see play in the side board of green aggro decks, gives you the upper hand in the mirror match

Limited: 1.5-2

Pick it up late in the draft as a sideboard card.

Karametra’s Acolyte

Karametra’s Acolyte

Constructed: 1

Too slow, even green midrange decks would not get value from this card

Limited: 2-2:5

Decent pick, great for ramping into large creatures or spells.

Leafcrown Dryad

Leafcrown Dryad

Constructed: 1

not worth playing even in aggro decks, there are much better two drops.

Limited: 3

It’s a 2/2 for 2 (Bear) or you can Bestow it’s powers onto another creature… great 2 for 1!

Mistcutter Hydra

Mistcutter Hydra

Constructed: 2-3

Not sure how this card will play out, should see play in the sideboard against blue, could also be utilized in green aggro decks, x1 generally is slow and inefficient, however having Haste could be a game changer.

Limited: 4

Great bomb to have for any limited deck

Nemesis of Mortals

Nemesis of Mortals

Constructed: 1

This card has the potential to be huge, a 10/10 why not! however it would take to long for you to build up a large enough graveyard of creatures to efficiently use this card.

Limited: 3

Solid pick up, Monstrosity 5 makes this card a huge threat in this format

Nessian Asp

Nessian Asp

Constructed: 1

There are better 5 drops in the format

Limited: 3

Its a 4/5 for 5 and reach, great value for this format, Monstrosity 4 makes this a late game threat.

Nessian Courser

Nessian Courser

Constructed: 1

You can do better!

Limited: 2.5-3

It’s a 3/3 body for 3, you get what you pay for with this creature.

Nylea’s Disciple

Nylea’s Disciple

Constructed: 1

Not worth it.

Limited: 2

In a mono green deck this card can make a difference, worth grabbing late game.

Nylea’s Emissary

Nylea’s Emissary

Constructed: 1

The bestow cost is way to costly to be played in this format

Limited: 3-3.5

The bestow is what really makes this a playable card, giving one of your creatures +3+3 and trample is great, and if they manage to deal with that threat your still left with a 3/3. Value!!

Nylea’s Presence

Nylea’s Presence

Constructed: 2

Could see play in 4 – 5 color decks as a mana fixer, or enchant an opponents land to enable your spells (Mountain walk for example)

Limited: 2

Not worth playing unless you decide to play more than 2 colors, in which case it becomes a great mana fixer.

Ordeal of Nylea

Ordeal of Nylea

Constructed: 1

Dont see this card seeing any constructed play, gives your opponent plenty of time to remove the creature, too slow for aggressive decks.

Limited: 2-2.5

Not a game changer, if you’re playing 2 or 3 colors it might be worth looking at for the mana fixing.

Pheres-Band Centaurs

Pheres-Band Centaurs

Constructed: 1

Play something better!

Limited: 2

Solid defender at 5 mana that can be troublesome to get through

Polukranos, World Eater

Polukranos, World Eater

Constructed: 3.5-4

Fits into aggro decks, and midrange decks. allows full use of your mana late game to dish out some serious damage.

Limited: 5

Amazing card for this format, huge threat that can clear your opponents board.

Reverent Hunter

Constructed: 3

I really like this guy in a mono green deck, Turn 1: G creature, Turn 2: GG creature Turn 3 Reverent Hunter with +4/+4

Limited: 2.5-3

Works really well if you’re able to go mono green, gets exponentially worse with each additional color of creatures you play.

Satyr Hedonist

Satyr Hedonist

Constructed: 2-2.5
Could see some play in Gruul aggro decks as it works well with Burning-Tree Emissary and can get some big threats out earlier.

Limited: 2

Not a terrible card to have if you’re playing Gruul can help ramp you in the early game.

Satyr Piper

Satyr Piper

Constructed: 1

Not worth playing in a constructed format.

Limited: 2-2.5

Could be used to push damage through on your opponent by forcing all his creatures to block your weakest, allowing the rest of your creatures to get through directly.

Savage Surge

Savage Surge

Constructed: 1

There are far better combat tricks in the format.

Limited: 2-2.5

Definitely playable although not necessary.

Sedge Scorpion

Sedge Scorpion

Constructed: 1

It’s another 1/1 for 1 Deathtouch…

Limited: 2-2.5

Decent blocker that can make combats awkward for your opponent.

Shredding Winds

Shredding Winds

Constructed: 1.5

Might be seen in a sideboard or two to deal with pesky flyers, but overall not worth it.

Limited: 2-2.5

There is a high number of flyer creatures in Theros, this makes for a great sideboard addition.

Staunch-Hearted Warrior

Staunch-Hearted Warrior

Constructed: 1

Not fast enough for constructed formats.

Limited: 3-3.5

Theros is packed with enchantments and Bestows that make this guy very dangerous.

Sylvan Caryatid

Sylvan Caryatid

Constructed: 4-4.5

This card will see lots of play in any multicolor deck running green, with the tap lands rotating out this card becomes very useful.

Limited: 4-4.5

Great addition 0/3 wall that stops a lot of early creatures and the mana ramp is very useful.

Time to Feed

Time to Feed

Constructed: 1

An expensive Pit Fight with a terrible 3 life gain added, nope.

Limited: 2-2.5

With very limited removal in Theros this card has the potential to be very useful.

Voyaging Satyr

Voyaging Satyr

Constructed: 2-2.5

Although it’s not a 1 drop mana dork, being able to untap any type of land can prove quite useful.

Limited: 2.5-3

Not a bad addition to a multicolored deck, mana fixing is always good.

Vulpine Goliath

Vulpine Goliath

Constructed: 1

There is always that one common green creature in a set with trample that costs way to much to see play in a constructed format.

Limited: 1.5-2

There are better cards in the set to be picked over this, however its not the worst.

Warriors’ Lesson

Warriors’ Lesson

Constructed: 1

A very situational card, you need to have two unblocked creatures to get full value out of this card, and if your board is empty it’s a dead card.

Limited: 1

I have the same issues here, too situational and could be dead in hand.

Chronicler of Heroes

Chronicler of Heroes

Constructed: 1

A 3/3 for 3 with an ability that I don’t see triggering all that often, there’s far better cards in Selesnya: Loxodon Smiter for example.

Limited: 2.5-3

Its a 3/3 for 3 if you’re playing Selesnya it’s a good addition.

Destructive Revelry

Destructive Revelry

Constructed: 3-3.5

This card should be in every Gruul sideboard without question, with the addition of Bestow (Enchantment Creatures) in Theros this card can deal with alot of threats and still burn your opponent.

Limited: 4

Great card to have for this set with the large number of enchantments.

Fleecemane Lion

Fleecemane Lion

Constructed: 4

This card should be in every Selesnya deck right alongside Voice of Resurgence and Loxodon Smiter, a must have.

Limited: 5

What’s not to like here.. a 3/3 for 2 that becomes indestructible and Hexproof. Difficult for your opponent to recover once this Cat becomes Monstrous

Horizon Chimera

Horizon Chimera

Constructed: 2

There might be a spot for this card in some kind of Simic build, but overall a forgettable card.

Limited: 3

Good card to pick up if you find yourself in Simic colors. Flash is a great mechanic.

Pharika’s Mender

Pharika’s Mender

Constructed: 1

At five mana this card really does not pack the kind of punch you would want.

Limited: 2-2.5

Has the potential to be really good, assuming your opponent killed one of your big threats this gives you a second chance with it.

Polis Crusher

Polis Crusher

Constructed 3.5-4

With the addition of so many enchantments in this set this card is a powerhouse, and it slides right into Gruul aggro, plus it has Monstrosity!

Limited: 5

Can steal the game in some cases, with the high number of enchantments and if this guy goes monstrous it can put your opponent on the ropes.

Prophet of Kruphix

Prophet of Kruphix

Constructed: 2.5-3

This card has an incredible ability, effectively doubling your mana for use on creature cards. play him turn 5 then flash in a another 5 drop on your opponents turn.

Limited: 5

A must have for this format, pump out creatures and Overwhelm your opponent.

Reaper of the Wilds

Reaper of the Wilds

Constructed: 3.5-4

This card is very versatile. being able to make it Hexproof and Deathtouch at cheap costs. Great 4 mana creature for Golgari.

Limited: 4-4.5

This card can be one heck of a pain to deal with and makes combat hard for your opponent.

Xenagos, the Reveler

Xenagos, the Reveler

Constructed: 3.5-4

Should see play in a variety of decks because all three abilities make this fit into different builds. Pumping out 2/2 haste creatures is a great way to pressure an opponent. Ramping with his +1 ability to drop more threats also seems effective.

Limited: 5

Great card to pick up, has to ability to protect itself by pumping out tokens as well as the great mana ramping, not to mention his -6 which has the potential to put your opponent on the brink of defeat.

Other Theros Review Articles:
Red Review: Here.
White Review: Here.
Black Review: Here.
Blue Review: Here.

Comments

  1. Very solid review, all good points and scores. Wood work man.

    Though I don’t disagree with you on Vulpine Goliath’s score I did see that card do serious work. Especially if you put the Flying Haste boots on it. Same goes for Agent of Horizons, it was really good to me but it’s super limited in application. However I think that it could be good enough to splash a little blue if you get them AND if you have ways to power it up. I won a draft match on the back of this guy and think it deserves a little more love.

  2. MagiC

    Thanks for your review ! I like how your opinion on multicolored G/W cards differ a lot from the guy who did the white cards review. He gave something like a 2 for Fleecemane Lion. This card is really hard to deal with when it’s monstrous so yeah, your rating was better.

  3. Defending defend the hearth

    Defend the hearth is more than a fog. Read the card again. It’s serious removal. read the damn card.

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