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Brian’s Old School Custom Set – Green

Brian GreenIn the fall of 2004, which was between Mirrodin block and Kamigawa block, Brian wanted to try his hand at set design.  So he made a set of 150 cards.  Other than some templating work and new terminology and keywords, these are exactly as Brian originally created them.  It’s an interesting look back at old school set design, as well as Brian’s personal spin on it.  Chewie and Mike added some commentary just for good measure. You can also read the White, Blue, Black, and Red cards.  We hope you enjoy this trip back as much as we do!

Here are the green cards.  The most obvious theme is with the Fullroot creatures, who don’t really like to remain in the graveyard.  All but the one-cost Speaker have a higher casting cost than the cost to reanimate, with the thought that within the set there were not many discard outlets to cheat them into play.  When I made them, I thought that they were pretty fair.  For a while afterword, I thought they were probably too good.  With the quality of creatures these days and cards like Reassembling Skeleton (which is arguably better since the cost can be played any time), I’m back to thinking that they’re probably okay.  Other than the Fullroots, there are some other interesting cards here.  Hillside Nest should probably be a rare.  Oakwood Sage is kind of silly for limited, but then again, I’m a silly guy.  It’s kind of funny to me that Terran Colossus is pretty much worse than Primeval Titan – creatures really are better these days, aren’t they?  One final section on the way, but in the meantime, give us your thoughts.

Common

Evergreen Seed
2G
Creature – Plant
T: Add G to your mana pool.
1G: Regenerate Evergreen Seed.
0/3

 

Fullroot Hopper
2G
Creature – Insect
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Fullroot Hopper is in your graveyard, you may pay 1G. If you do, put Fullroot Hopper onto the battlefield.
2/3

Mike – I think Brian is underestimating the Fullroot creatures.  In my opinion, they’re right up there with Hammer of Bogardan in terms of how much they offer for a midrange or control deck.

 

Fullroot Speaker
G
Creature – Elf Shaman
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Fullroot Speaker is in your graveyard, you may pay G.  If you do, put Fullroot Speaker onto the battlefield.
1/1

 

Gaea’s Gift
G
Sorcery
Put a +1/+1 counter on each creature without flying.

Chewie – This seems like an awful idea in multiplayer unless you’re playing some kind of saproling horde.  Although I wouldn’t mind having a couple in my Unblockable Wizard deck now that I think about it…

 

Hungry Bear
G
Creature – Bear
At the beginning of your upkeep, pay G or Hungry Bear becomes tapped and deals 2 damage to you.
2/2

Mike – Green used to have several 1-drop creatures that really hated you.  I never thought about it before this very moment, but perhaps it was done to express the “wildness” aspect of the color.  Now they actually make sense to me.

Chewie – Does that mean the 4/4 for GG would be called Hungry Hungry Hippo?

 

Nature’s Will
2G
Instant
Destroy target  artifact or enchantment.  It can’t be regenerated.

 

Teenage Ninja Bear
2G
Creature – Bear Mutant
Trample
3/3

Mike – If Brian had known what was going to happen in Magic over the next year, he would have been able to include the Ninja creature type!  So sad…

 

Temporary Recovery
G
Instant
Gain 3 life. At the beginning of the next end step, lose 2 life.

Mike – I don’t get it.  I mean, I “get” it, but I don’t really get it.

Chewie – What Mike said.

 

Wild Expanse
2GG
Sorcery
Search your library for a basic land card and put that card onto the battlefield.  Shuffle your library.
Draw a card.

Chewie – Anyone else notice how good this is?  Sure it’s 4 mana, but it puts it onto the battlefield untapped AND draws you a card.  I like it.  Good when you’re trying to get to a lot of mana, not just trying to get a turn ahead.

 

Uncommon

Elite Elf Squad
3GG
Creature – Elf
1G: Regenerate Elite Elf Squad
4/4

 

Elvish Lumbermage
3G
Creature – Elf Shaman
T, Sacrifice a forest:  Search your library for a land card and put it onto the battlefield.  Shuffle your library.
2/4

Mike – Knight of the Reliquary‘s little brother, except this guy doesn’t have an ability for which you have to ignore the fact it doesn’t make any flavor sense.

Chewie – You know, it never occurred to me that she didn’t make any damn sense.  How did I miss that?

 

Flightless Dodo
2GG
Creature – Bird
T:  Flightless Dodo deals 3 damage to target attacking creature with flying.
4/3

Chewie – I like how the Dodo is all butthurt about not being able to fly, so he takes it out on the flying creatures.

 

Fullroot Garden
3G
Creature – Plant
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Fullroot Garden is in your graveyard, you may pay 2G.  If you do, put Fullroot Garden onto the battlefield.
T:  Add G to your mana pool.
0/4

 

Fullroot Stomper
3GG
Creature – Beast
Trample
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Fullroot Stomper is in your graveyard, you may pay 2GG.  If you do, put Fullroot Stomper onto the battlefield.
4/3

Mike – I think this one would also have become a favorite for midrange and control, especially with the evasion.

Chewie – It also would have been a favorite of mine for my Beast Deck.  Beast with Recursion on the cheap(er)?  Sold!

 

Hillside Nest
3G
Creature – Wall
Whenever you gain life, for each 1 life you gain you may pay 1G.  If you do, put that many 1/1 green Insect creature tokens onto the battlefield.
2/3

Mike – When Chewie and I were editing these, I couldn’t find a truly comparable example for templating purposes.  I think this reads well enough.

 

Ironweb Spider
3GG
Creature – Spider
Reach
Whenever Ironweb Spider blocks a creature with flying, it gets +3/+3 until end of turn.
2/5

 

River of Life
XGG
Sorcery
Gain X life.
Draw a card.

 

Rare

Fullroot Guardian
4GGG
Creature – Elemental
Whenever a creature blocks or is blocked by Fullroot Guardian, destroy that creature at end of combat.
At the beginning of your upkeep, if Fullroot Guardian is in your graveyard, you may pay 4GG.  If you do, put Fullroot Guardian onto the battlefield.
5/7

 

Lifeforce Entity
GGG
Creature – Elemental
At the beginning of your upkeep, you may pay 2G.  If you do, search your library for a creature card, reveal it, and shuffle your library.  Then put that card on top of your library.
G:  Regenerate Lifeforce Entity.
3/4

Chewie – There are SO many cards that care about creatures on top of your library that this could be considered cheating.  I mean, I love me some Genesis, why not do the same thing straight from the library?

 

Lifeforce Tap
GGG
Enchantment
Whenever a creature you control is dealt damage, you may gain 1 life.

 

Oakwood Sage
G
Creature – Human Shaman
If you would draw a card from a library with no cards in it, you don’t lose the game instead.
When Oakwood Sage leaves the battlefield, you lose the game.
0/2

Mike – At first I was kind of repulsed by the risk you take for having this guy protect you, but then I considered that if you run him out there at all it’s because you’re about to lose soon anyway, so it’s not so bad.

 

Presence of Gaea
8GGG
Creature – Monster
Affinity for lands, trample
Presence of Gaea has power and toughness each equal to the number of lands on the battlefield.
*/*

 

Roots of the World
GGG
Creature – Plant
At the beginning of your upkeep, put a +1/+1 counter on target creature.
Roots of the World gets +1/+1 for each counter on it.
0/1

Chewie – This is one to play on Magic Online, because keeping track of the math for this would be BRUTAL.  Especially if there are different flavors of counters on it.  Remember, the +1/+1 counters count twice, but the (whatever) counters only count once.  ARGH!

 

Terran Colossus
4GG
Creature – Beast
Trample
Whenever Terran Colossus deals combat damage to an opponent, you may search your library for 2 basic land cards and put them onto the battlefield tapped.  If you do, shuffle your library.
4/6

Mike – Brian is right, creature quality has come a long way (I think the turnaround really began in Lorwyn).  If this guy actually had 6 power, he might have cost as much as 5GGG, being largely ignored by Spikes but a hero to everyone else.

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9 Comments

  1. Matt
    January 13, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Permalink

    Nature’s Will, wasn’t that a card in… betrayers or something?

    Stop, stop, stop!
    Knight of the reliquary makes a lot of sense flavorfully:
    She is roaming bant in search of evil infested lands (Damn forests, all evilly and stuff) and vanquishing it leaving only smoldering ruins behind for the loyal people to inhabit once again. For each quest she completes she gets more experience in skullchrushing.

    • January 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

      But she’s a Knight of the Reliquary; a container that you put important religious artifacts in. She shouldn’t be out adventuring at all, I’d think, just guarding a tin can full of a saint’s ashes with a great big sword. To be flavorfully correct, I would imagine her doing something cool with artifacts…

      Of course, there might be some other explanation that I’m missing in the set that she’s from, too.

      Also, Hungry Hungry Hippo card FTW!

  2. Jars
    January 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Wild Expanse feels like a Krosan Tusker or Explore.. Maybe it should cost 3 instead, according to my gut.

    Oakwood Sage should get into a fight with Laboratory Maniac for the next Mega Fighter Ex Machina Kingdom Beatdown of the Universe XII.

    affinity for lands :)

  3. PottsRox
    January 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Permalink

    For Hillside Nest- Cradle of Vitality, kind of?
    Whenever you gain life, you may pay {1}{G} for each life. If you do, put a 1/1 green insect token into play.
    IDK, your wording still makes sense.

    • Mike
      January 16, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, Cradle of Vitality and Well of Lost Dreams were the cards I studied most closely when I was editing the templating for Hillside Nest. The fact that the optional payment is scalable and can’t be represented simply by X is what really complicates things. The final result is very close to Brian’s original wording.

      And I just now noticed Hillside Nest doesn’t have a P/T given for it…

      • January 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

        Oops! Fixed it! If you notice something like that in the future, shoot me a message and I’ll fix it up immediately.

  4. Banzai_Tree
    January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    I’m confuzzled, is Gaea’s Gift a Creature-Shaman that’s just missing P/T or is it a Sorcery?

    • January 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

      Whoa, hey, what now? It’s a sorcery, fixing that now. Man, I must have been half asleep when I did the green section.

  5. zzzzsman
    December 17, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Presence of Gaea. I almost swore in the middle of class when i read this. GOSH. This would definitley be a mythic nowadays

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