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Some of the best green cards in Kaldheim are surprisingly not creatures. While there are certainly some very impressive creatures with the new Vorinclex and Battle Mammoth, they tend to be fairly niche and may not fit well into many decks. Overall, these Magic: The Gathering cards have a better chance to impact Standard than other flashier cards.
Typically, niche planeswalkers like Tyvar Kell don’t perform very well. Tyvar Kell is unique in that he cares about elves. While Standard currently lacks one-mana elf ramp creatures, Tyvar turns each elf into a mana ramper. Pair Tyvar with a creature that boosts the board, like Elvish Warmaster, and an army of elves can double and triple in size. Being able to create free mana-ramping elves and to continuously upgrade creatures ensures Tyvar remains protected once he’s on the field.
Speak of the elf, it’s Elvish Warmaster! Acting as a replacement for Ezuri, Renegade Leader, Elvish Warmaster cares about strengthening an elf army for an all-out attack. While not as powerful as Ezuri, the Warmaster does create elf tokens very quickly. While it is only once per turn, with multiple copies on the battlefield or if left alone for a few turns, an army can double in size very quickly.
It may seem strange to have a little mana dork as one of the best green cards in Kaldheim, but Jaspera Sentinel does a lot of work. First up, it’s a one-mana creature with half stats and reach. It’s already better than most one-drop creatures — but it also ramps. While the ramp requires another creature, in an elf deck it will be easy to hit. Between Jaspera Sentinel and other mana ramping creatures like Gilded Goose, players will be able to accelerate into bigger spells much faster than before.
Snakeskin Veil is just Blossoming Defense in disguise. It helps creatures dodge any targeted removal coming their way while giving them a permanent stat increase. Most green heavy decks will be packing multiple copies of Snakeskin Veil since it’s both a combat trick and protection. The first time a player casts this in response to an opponent’s Heartless Act is going to feel great. As far as spells go, Snakeskin Veil is one of the best green cards in Kaldheim.
In Search of Greatness
Casting In Search of Greatness on turn two will set the tone of the rest of the match. The chance to have a free spell each turn gives players a huge advantage over their opponent. At worst, In Search of Greatness helps smooth out draws. It’s a win-win situation for its controller. The unfortunate downside of the card is that it checks other cards for their condition, not its own. On turn three, unless players were able to cast a one-drop, players will be forced to just scry 1, which is still pretty good.
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