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The Best Card In Invasion
By James Strawson
This may be a bit late, but as I was reading the Invasion spoiler on MTGnews.com, one card stuck in my mind. Well, actually, two. One of them was Reya, Dawnbringer because I collect angels. The other was Verdeloth the Ancient (I do not collect Treefolk Legends).

Not since Sliver Queen has there been a way to create a massive number of creatures with only mana. I immediately thought of fun ways to get hundreds of 2/2 saprolings running around. The first thought was with elves:

4x Llanowar Elves
4x Fyndhorn Elves
4x Priest of Titania
4x Wood Elves
3x Rofellos, Llanowar Emissary
4x Saproling Symbiosis
3x Ashnods Altar
2x Verdeloth the Ancient
2x Skyshroud Poacher
4x Quirion Elf
4x Yavimaya Granger
4x Skyshroud Elf
3x Stampede Driver
4x Gaea's Cradle
17x Forest

This deck was hilarious to play with! I got out every elf in the deck with the Poacher, and then tapped everything for mana, played the Symbiosis, sacrificed it all to the Altar and played a Verdeloth. I got hundreds of 2/2s, and made them 3/3 tramplers with the Driver. It was great.

Then I went on to try it out with life. It wasn't as good, but still fun. And my opponenents were not expecting it!

4x Jasmine Seer
4x Stream of Life
4x Radiant's Dragoons
4x Hero's Resolve
4x Channel
4x Healing Salve
3x Crawlspace
3x Verdeloth The Ancient
4x Tonic Peddler
4x Gerrard's Wisdom

12x Plains
9x Forest
4x Elfhame Palace

It may look like it has very little defense, but you can gain a lot of life every turn with the Seers. The Crawlspace and Radiant's Dragoons are good together, because at 5 toughness they survive most things. (You win by paying a lot of life into a Channel and then casting Verdeloth.)

Thanks
JAMES

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