Green/White Aggro Deck with 4 Wolfir Silverheart
November 21, 2012 | Posted by Dee
I’ll play any deck to win, but I have a slight preference for aggro and midrange decks. Brian Kibler is one of my favorite deck builders because he has a knack for building green aggro and midrange decks that exploit the metagame.
Last weekend, he showed up at Grand Prix Charleston with a unique take on Green/White (GW) Aggro. With this color combination, many players play a bunch of Humans to take advantage of Champion of the Parish but Brian went another direction.
He used the mana acceleration strategy by playing the maximum amount of Arbor Elves and Avacyn’s Pilgrims. These one-drops enable strong creatures on turn two, Loxodon Smiter and Silverblade Paladin.
The mana dorks also play well with Wolfir Silverheart. Not only do they allow you to play it on turn four or even turn three, but they are creatures you can soulbond with to get the +4/+4 bonus.
Wolfir Silverheart was Brian’s finisher of choice because it comboed well with other cards in the deck including Ulvenwald Tracker, Silverblade Paladin, and Yeva, Nature’s Herald.
The deck proved to be pretty good as Brian finished in 10th place out of 661 players. Check out his decklist below.
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The Other Green Five-Drop
In the five-drop spot for green decks, Wolfir Silverheart has been overshadowed by Thragtusk but Brian saw the potential of the Wolf Warrior.
Wolfir Silverheart is better in aggro decks than Thragtusk because it hits much harder. It gives you 12 more power on the board whereas Thragtusk gives you eight power in two installments.
Also, Wolfir Silverheart has a haste-like ability, which is perfect for killing your opponent quickly. You can soulbond a creature that was on the battlefield the previous turn and it can attack right away with the +4/+4 buff.
+4/+4 is a big buff so Wolfir Silverheart combos very well with Ulvenwald Tracker. The Wolf Warrior becomes an 8/8 so it can kill just about any creature in a fight without dying.
Once you get the combo going, you can starting mowing down your opponent’s creatures with Ulvenwald Tracker.
You can kill creatures with medium-sized bodies (like Thragtusk, Sublime Archangel, Thundermaw Hellkite, Restoration Angel, Centaur Healer, and Loxodon Smiter) and Wolfir Silverheart will stay alive to fight another creature on the next turn.
Some creature decks just concede to Ulvenwald Tracker + Wolfir Silverheart in game one because they don’t have any removal spells main deck.
For example, the combo dominates Green/White Humans decks because they usually put their removal spells in the sideboard.
Silverblade Paladin is insane with Wolfir Silverheart. When you pair them together, you’re talking about 28 damage in one attack from just two creatures!
Yeva, Nature’s Herald is pretty sweet with Wolfir Silverheart because she allows you to add 12 more power on the board at instant speed.
You can definitely surprise your opponent by casting Wolfir Silverheart at the end of his turn. He probably won’t expect your army to become much bigger for only five mana since Wolfir Silverheart is currently underplayed and underrated.
The deck only has five noncreature spells to avoid the drawback of the 4 Thalia. These spells interact very well with Wolfir Silverheart by negating the effectiveness of chump blockers.
If your opponent has blockers for your 8/8 creature, Faith’s Shield can make it unblockable by giving it protection from the color of the blockers.
Selesnya Charm allows you to deal damage past the blockers by giving Wolfir Silverheart trample. Trample is one of the best abilities for huge 8/8 fatties and you also get a +2/+2 buff from the green/white spell.
Cards that Beat the Metagame
You can tell that Brian understood the metagame by his card choices. For example, Loxodon Smiter became a better card because many players started relying on counterspells in decks such as Blue/White (UW) Flash.
Thalia, Guardian of Thraben also gained a lot of value. She slows down UW Flash, Four Color Reanimator, and Bant Control, decks that have become more popular over the past few weeks. These decks play a lot of noncreature spells so Thalia wrecks them pretty hard.
Thalia may only give you an extra turn before your opponent can cast Unburial Rites or Supreme Verdict but that turn may be all you need. With Silverblade Paladin and Wolfir Silverheart, you can deal a ton of damage in one turn.
The deck plays flash creatures to foil the instant speed strategy of UW Flash. Anytime you can play your own flash creatures, you negate much of the strengths of that deck because now you’re playing at instant speed like them.
Also, flash creatures are great against sorcery speed removal spells like Dreadbore, Mizzium Mortars, and Supreme Verdict. By casting them at the end of your opponent’s turn, you can attack with them for one turn before your opponent can kill them.
That extra combat phase is often enough to win you the game especially when you have two soulbond creatures that add a lot of damage to every attack.
The noncreature spells, Faith’s Shield and Selesnya Charm, are also instants to make the deck flexible against a variety of threats. Faith’s Shield is good at stopping Unsummon and Azorius Charm.
Against other decks, it prevents your creatures from dying to Ultimate Price, Searing Spear, Dreadbore, and Tragic Slip. Not bad for only one white mana.
Selesnya Charm is a strong card against a turn four Restoration Angel. The 3/4 Angel is a great blocker versus Thalia and Wolfir Avenger. Plus, she trades with a soulbond double strike Silverblade Paladin.
With Selesnya Charm, you can buff up these creatures so that they are able to kill Restoration Angel in combat without dying. Using a two mana instant to deal with a four mana 3/4 flash creature is a pretty good trade.
Also, I like using Selesnya Charm to make a creature bigger before sending it to a fight with Ulvenwald Tracker’s ability.
Nevermore, Triumph of Ferocity, Thragtusk, and Garruk, Primal Hunter come in against decks with boardwipe spells like Supreme Verdict.
If you need removal against decks with small creatures, you can bring in Garruk Relentless.
Intrepid Hero is there to beat up on Rancor decks and other Wolfir Silverhearts. Also, it’s excellent versus the exalted abilities of Sublime Archangel.
Centaur Healer and Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice are good against Zombies and fast red decks with a lot of burn spells.
Rest in Peace is good against Reanimator and UW Flash.