In the early game, concentrate on playing lands. Get extra lands into play with Silkwing Scout (after it blocks) or Coiling Oracle. You might take some damage early on, but you’ll quickly have lots of mana. Your opponent will be in deep trouble when your fat creatures and chunky spells start showing up.
One of the best early plays is to get Vigean Hydropon on the table. Such a tactic may seem strange, since this creature can’t attack or block. However, its graft ability can make each of your next five creatures bigger! In fact, this deck is all about the graft ability. Your creatures with graft can give their +1/+1 counters to other creatures, and their abilities affect creatures that have +1/+1 counters on them. For example, Helium Squirter can give your pumped-up creatures flying for a massive aerial attack! Figure out which creatures and abilities are best against the deck you’re playing. Mutate accordingly.
The tricks don’t end there, though. Thrive and Experiment Kraj add more counters to your creatures, and Simic Guildmage moves those counters around at will. Want more wackiness? Simic Guildmage can move Shielding Plax onto whichever one of your creatures your opponent is trying to target. Experiment Kraj puts all kinds of abilities at your fingertips. Put a +1/+1 counter on one of your opponent’s creatures just to steal its ability! If Experiment Kraj is hiding out, you can sacrifice your Protean Hulk to Drowned Rusalka or Starved Rusalka to fetch Kraj out of your deck and put it directly into play.
Though the “Simic Mutology” deck is already full of graft creatures, why stop there? The Dissension set has many more great options, such as Novijen Sages, Cytoplast Manipulator, and Cytospawn Shambler. The Ravnica set’s Doubling Season is an especially potent weapon, allowing your graft creatures to show up at twice the size—and then the fun really begins! Experimentation is the Simic way, so don’t be afraid to do a little yourself. Unleash the true power of nature!
|2||Simic Growth Chamber||C|
|1||Novijen, Heart of Progress||U|