Happy Friday to my fellow Planeswalker Duel Deck aficionados! Before we dive in, make sure you're caught up on my introduction to the project, along with our decks so far.

Although I wish WoTC had done a little bit more to develop Vivien's character, her debut was nevertheless impressive. She's a magical ranger from a plane utterly destroyed by the tyrant Nicol Bolas, traveling the multiverse seeking revenge with her Arkbow. It preserves the spirits of fallen creatures she's hunted and tagged to summon and fight by her side. And she looks like a real badass.

Green Spirits is a pretty interesting design point. At the time I designed this Vivien deck, her Arkbow had not yet been printed, so stay tuned for that particular card in a future Vivien iteration! These days we're so used to Spirits being stuck in the Blue/White/Black space that we often forget there are some pretty potent Green options, and because of Kamigawa Block there are also some Spirit/Arcane synergies that seem promising. Underused design space that ties in flavorfully to a new planeswalker? Color me excited.

Welcome to the jungle:

Magic: The Gathering TCG Deck - Vivien Reid Planeswalker Duel Deck by Andy Hurst

'Vivien Reid Planeswalker Duel Deck' - constructed deck list and prices for the Magic: The Gathering Trading Card Game from TCGplayer Infinite!

Created By: Andy Hurst

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Freeform (Casual)

Market Price: $20.38

Cards

Vivien's Invocation

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top seven cards of your library. You may put a creature card from among them onto the battlefield. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order. When a creature is put onto the battlefield this way, it deals damage equal to its power to target creature an opponent controls.

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Vivien's Jaguar

Color Identity:G

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Reach (This creature can block creatures with flying.)
{2}{G}: Return Vivien's Jaguar from your graveyard to your hand. Activate only if you control a Vivien planeswalker.

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Aggressive Instinct

Color Identity:G

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Target creature you control deals damage equal to its power to target creature you don't control.

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Back to Nature

Color Identity:G

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Destroy all enchantments.

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Haru-Onna

Color Identity:G

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When Haru-Onna enters the battlefield, draw a card.
Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may return Haru-Onna to its owner's hand.

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Spectral Force

Color Identity:G

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Trample
Whenever Spectral Force attacks, if defending player controls no black permanents, it doesn't untap during your next untap step.

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Wear Away

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment.
Splice onto Arcane {3}{G} (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Shinen of Life's Roar

Color Identity:G

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All creatures able to block Shinen of Life's Roar do so.
Channel — {2}{G}{G}, Discard Shinen of Life's Roar: All creatures able to block target creature this turn do so.

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Forked-Branch Garami

Color Identity:G

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Soulshift 4, soulshift 4 (When this creature dies, you may return up to two target Spirit cards with mana value 4 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Monstrous Onslaught

Color Identity:G

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Monstrous Onslaught deals X damage divided as you choose among any number of target creatures, where X is the greatest power among creatures you control as you cast this spell.

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Kami of the Tended Garden

Color Identity:G

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At the beginning of your upkeep, sacrifice Kami of the Tended Garden unless you pay {G}.
Soulshift 3 (When this creature dies, you may return target Spirit card with mana value 3 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Strangleroot Geist

Color Identity:G

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Haste
Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Howlgeist

Color Identity:G

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Creatures with power less than Howlgeist's power can't block it.
Undying (When this creature dies, if it had no +1/+1 counters on it, return it to the battlefield under its owner's control with a +1/+1 counter on it.)

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Phantom Centaur

Color Identity:G

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Protection from black
Phantom Centaur enters the battlefield with three +1/+1 counters on it.
If damage would be dealt to Phantom Centaur, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom Centaur.

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Nightsoil Kami

Color Identity:G

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Soulshift 5 (When this creature dies, you may return target Spirit card with mana value 5 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Vivien's Grizzly

Color Identity:G

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{3}{G}: Look at the top card of your library. If it's a creature or planeswalker card, you may reveal it and put it into your hand. If you don't put the card into your hand, put it on the bottom of your library.

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Kodama's Might

Color Identity:G

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Target creature gets +2/+2 until end of turn.
Splice onto Arcane {G} (As you cast an Arcane spell, you may reveal this card from your hand and pay its splice cost. If you do, add this card's effects to that spell.)

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Phantom Tiger

Color Identity:G

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Phantom Tiger enters the battlefield with two +1/+1 counters on it.
If damage would be dealt to Phantom Tiger, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom Tiger.

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Harbinger of Spring

Color Identity:G

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Protection from non-Spirit creatures
Soulshift 4 (When this creature dies, you may return target Spirit card with mana value 4 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Harmony of Nature

Color Identity:G

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Tap any number of untapped creatures you control. You gain 4 life for each creature tapped this way.

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Vivien Reid

Color Identity:G

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+1: Look at the top four cards of your library. You may reveal a creature or land card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in a random order.
−3: Destroy target artifact, enchantment, or creature with flying.
−8: You get an emblem with "Creatures you control get +2/+2 and have vigilance, trample, and indestructible."

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Rending Vines

Color Identity:G

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Destroy target artifact or enchantment if its mana value is less than or equal to the number of cards in your hand.
Draw a card.

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Spectral Bears

Color Identity:G

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Whenever Spectral Bears attacks, if defending player controls no black nontoken permanents, it doesn't untap during your next untap step.

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Roar of Challenge

Color Identity:G

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All creatures able to block target creature this turn do so.
Ferocious — That creature gains indestructible until end of turn if you control a creature with power 4 or greater.

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Commune with Nature

Color Identity:G

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Look at the top five cards of your library. You may reveal a creature card from among them and put it into your hand. Put the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.

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Phantom Wurm

Color Identity:G

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Phantom Wurm enters the battlefield with four +1/+1 counters on it.
If damage would be dealt to Phantom Wurm, prevent that damage. Remove a +1/+1 counter from Phantom Wurm.

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Loam Dweller

Color Identity:G

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Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, you may put a land card from your hand onto the battlefield tapped.

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Elder Pine of Jukai

Color Identity:G

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Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, reveal the top three cards of your library. Put all land cards revealed this way into your hand and the rest on the bottom of your library in any order.
Soulshift 2 (When this creature dies, you may return target Spirit card with mana value 2 or less from your graveyard to your hand.)

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Unchecked Growth

Color Identity:G

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Target creature gets +4/+4 until end of turn. If it's a Spirit, it gains trample until end of turn.

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Kodama of the South Tree

Color Identity:G

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Whenever you cast a Spirit or Arcane spell, each other creature you control gets +1/+1 and gains trample until end of turn.

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Resuscitate

Color Identity:G

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Until end of turn, creatures you control gain "{1}: Regenerate this creature."

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Aggressive Urge

Color Identity:G

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Target creature gets +1/+1 until end of turn.
Draw a card.

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Jugan, the Rising Star

Color Identity:G

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Flying
When Jugan, the Rising Star dies, you may distribute five +1/+1 counters among any number of target creatures.

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Forest

Color Identity:G

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({T}: Add {G}.)

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Gnarled Mass

Color Identity:G

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The Game Plan

The goal is to capitalize on the various spirit synergies while we develop our board and apply pressure with resilient creatures. Strangleroot Geists and the phantoms (Phantom Tiger, Phantom Centaur, and Phantom Wurm) are extremely durable and shrug off trades with opposing forces. Elder Pine of Jukai and Haru-Onna ensure you'll have a constant flow of cards and land drops. Spectral Bears and Kami of the Tended Garden require a little bit of maintenance, but in return we get good stats for the cost, and Howlgeist gives us a resilient finisher. Try to trade off creatures and sequence your plays so you can best capitalize on the Soulshift triggers on some of the Spirits at the higher end of the curve. The combo of Elder Pine and Loam Dweller can result in pretty absurd mana ramping.

The removal here is pretty poor, but hey, that's par for the course in Green. We do get a big game breaker in Monstrous Onslaught that can take out multiple creatures on the other side, and there are several useful combat tricks in Aggressive Urge, Aggressive Instinct, Kodama's Might, Unchecked Growth, and Roar of Challenge. Remember that at some point you will absolutely either own a combat step or shrug off a big removal spell with Resuscitate; use it to save only one creature when absolutely necessary.

The Rares

Although I loved its Northern brethren a little more during their time in Standard approximately 45 years ago, South Tree is an Absolute Unit in this build. Our creature base is nothing but Spirits and we have plenty of Arcane spells, which means copious and consistent triggers that buff our entire team and also grant Trample. Smells like Team Spirit to me.

There aren't great ways to untap this big fella, but he makes up for it by hitting like a freight train. Even by today's standards, 5 mana for an 8/8 Trample is a pretty great rate, and who knows? Maybe you'll be up against a Black deck, in which case the Force is with you...always.

Of all the legendary dragons from Champions of Kamigawa, Jugan has always garnered the least respect. I suppose it's understandable; its ability is the least flashy and for some reason it requires the steepest colored mana commitment of any of them (ah, the halcyon days of WotC denying good things for Green). That's not ideal. But Green doesn't tend to get many giant flyers, and since we're Mono-Green anyway, the triple G in the casting cost is irrelevant.

Additionally, we have several creatures that make great use of the death trigger. All 3 of our phantom creatures are fantastic candidates to receive 5 more lives, and growing Howlgeist presents a very difficult threat to answer before it puts your opponent into the ground. Giving +5/+5 to a massive trampler like Spectral Force makes our biggest threat even more dangerous, and even if we're lacking the Force don't forget that South Tree gives Trample to the whole squad, so if we Jugan even a shrimpy Spirit it can gain some evasion. Jugan's stock is rising swiftly in this build.

Card selection and removal in one (expensive) package. Nice! Because of Invocation's large sticker price, we're almost certainly looking to choose the most expensive creature we find, or maybe the one with the largest power to make the removal half of the spell more potent. Keep in mind that we're not fighting these creatures—the beatings are one-sided—in case that influences what creature you choose to invoke or bite.

Unsung Hero

Phantom Centaur is not unlike the supernatural killer in a horror movie. Although it seems like it's already died at some point, it keeps showing up and trying to kill its victim, taking multiple seemingly lethal blows before it can finally goes down for good (taking a lot of others with it along the way). It goes without saying that we are actively rooting for the killer in this particular horror movie.

Phantom Centaur is one of my favorite creatures. The phantom ability is resistant to Red damage spells and the protection from Black obviously protects against Murder and its ilk, making this Centaur one tough customer. Heaven help your opponent if you ever get any proliferate shenanigans cooking. Don't forget that any auras or global effects that give this creature a static +X/+X will make it immortal, as the damage prevention will always trigger regardless of whether or not a counter exists to remove.

The Uncommon symbol also brings back fond memories of a previous era of Standard where some of the best cards you could play didn't have a Rare symbol (and Mythics weren't even around back then). These days, it seems like identifying the big players in competitive formats starts with looking at all the cards with the big red Mythic status, and while many of those cards are fun and interesting, we should pour one out for this prior era that felt more accessible. Shoutout to the kids busting packs at the local game store trying to cobble together a scrappy contender.