Cube Archetype – RG Ramp

Green in the cube in the oldest versions was a bit of a mess. There were plenty of good cards but the attempt at an elf tribal sub theme caused it some problems.

I’m experimenting with the red green archetype deck being the big ramp deck of the cube. Green will provide the bulk of the ramp itself, with red providing a couple of one shot rituals plus a couple of creatures with mana effects.

The payoff for the ramp will be both some big bombs in the red green section, colourless bombs and reds high end and X spells.

Ramp

Green has a number of spells to search up basic lands or dig into your deck for them as is normal. There are also a couple of rituals in red. Geosurge jumps you up by quite a bit and Battle Hymn, depending on your deck, could easily be 6+ mana.

Green has a reasonable assortment of ramp creatures, a few elves and Birds of Paradise at one cmc, various creatures that search up a land such as Sakura-Tribe Elder and a couple of larger mana dorks that do any colour for creatures only.

Red has Generator Servant (I’m perhaps unduly fond of the idea of this being the last step in a turn 5 or 6 Ulamog or Kozilek with haste. A little silly perhaps but it would be cool) and Grinning Ignus.

Pay Off

Big spells are one of the ways to top out a ramp deck and in this cube these take the form of a selection of X spells. There is Crater’s Claws in red and Clan Defiance in Gruul. In addition to these there is the full “X Sun’s Zenith” cycles. Red obviously can serve as removal or go to the dome. Green is a little more utilitarian (the worst case scenario is fetching up more ramp creatures and that’s not bad). The ramp deck has the easiest time splashing off colour cards and the rest of the cycle are all possibilities here.

Titanic Ultimatum in Naya colours is another good option. Who doesn’t love killing their opponent with the worlds buffest llanowar elves.

Ramping out a great big fatty is the other traditional ramp win condition. There are a couple of strong ones in Gruul. Borborygmos Enraged and Omnath, Locus of Rage both have the additional benefit of providing value from any additional lands you may draw into or turn a late game Cultivate into something less frustrating.

In mono green there is also Giant Adephage (for fun) and Craterhoof Behemoth (for the massive game winning swing).

Support and Mana Smoothing

On top of mana ramp, with the way games go in this cube, you will want some ways to keep yourselves alive and Courser of Kruphix does a good job of this while smoothing out your draws or getting you lands out a little earlier. It also combos with Mina and Denn, Wildborn to improve your draws by quite a bit.

There are some creatures available which in some way draw a land on casting such as Solemn Simulacrum and Sakura-Tribe Elder which can be used to keep you in the game until you can get out a bomb as well.

Colourless

While you will be competing with other decks for these the colourless ramp cards  are a strong pick for this deck. Sol Ring is the best, and arguably a little too powerful for the cube. Fractured Powerstone is notable as it’ll be a much higher pick when I finally finish the full set of planechase planes and do a big multiplayer draft planechase event of some kind.

There’s also Thran Dynamo and Gilded Lotus to help power out the top end stuff.

Chromatic Lantern is there too but it is more a tool for a heavily multicoloured deck or for the guy who got a P1P1 Progenitus.

The earliest version of the cube contained a multicolour artifact subtheme. The idea was you drafted a heavily colourless affinity/modular type of deck and splashed cards from a couple of colours depending on how your deck went (perhaps Pia and Kiran Nalaar and Megatog from red for example). This never really worked however so in the newest builds I have removed it entirely.

The colourless slots have been replaced in part with some of the better Eldrazi. I’ve avoided the Annihilator Eldrazi as that effect isnt one I’m hugely fond of, plus I prefer the newer versions of the Eldrazi titans.

As an aside I intend to make Wastes available in the land box (I might throw in a couple of other colourless mana cards on top of Kozilek) but with a limit such as 4 per person.

A Sample Deck

RG Ramp

Creatures (12)
Elvish Mystic
Gyre Sage
Sakura-Tribe Elder
Zhur-Taa Druid
Mindsparker
Bloodbraid Elf
Ghor-Clan Rampager
Mina and Denn, Wildborn
Thragtusk
Craterhoof Behemoth
Void Winnower
Wurmcoil Engine

Non-Creature Permenants (5)
Sol Ring
Loxodon Warhammer
Gilded Lotus
Koth of the Hammer
Xenagos, the Reveler

Spells (5)
Farseek
Rampant Growth
Kodama's Reach
Crater's Claws
Clan Defiance

Land (18)
Mountain
10 Forest
Sideboard (23)
Anafenza, Kin-Tree Spirit
Ancient Grudge
Breaker of Armies
Coastal Discovery
Crocanura
Delver of Secrets
Doubling Season
Geosurge
Giant Adephage
Honor's Reward
Hydra Broodmaster
Jade Mage
Jeskai Sage
Martial Coup
Prophet of Kruphix
Purphoros, God of the Forge
Rancor
Ruric Thar, the Unbowed
Ryusei, the Falling Star
Satyr Wayfinder
Skarrg Guildmage
Think Twice
Titanic Ultimatum