Simic Ramp got a great new card in Theros Beyond Death.
Even without taking in consideration its Escape cost, Uro is a 3 Mana Growth Spiral that also gains 3 life, and gaining life is very important to the Simic Ramp deck. It used to have a very tough time against Rakdos Knights and other aggressive strategies, and this will help a lot.
Uro being Legendary is not going to be relevant, as you’ll often just use it for its “Evoke” side – this card reminds me of Mulldrifter, as you can gain a small bit of value on the first side and then gain more value for its Escape cost.
The core of the deck won’t change – we’ll still have Nissa, Who Shakes the World and Hydroid Krasis, as well as Finale of Devastation and End-Raze Forerunners to have an “I win” button, and to give us more consistency at finding Cavalier of Thorns to reanimate more Uros.
Speaking of Hydroid Krasis, Theros Beyond Death brought us a pretty good way of dealing with it, and it might be that Krasis will not be as good as it used to be.
This card could be confusing to read at first, so let me explain it. If I cast a Krasis X=6 with 0 mana left, you can use Whirlwind Denial to counter both the 6/6 Krasis and its ability of drawing 3 cards and gaining three life.
Control and Flash decks were overall favorite against Ramp Strategies, and the only way we were able to fight with them was thanks to a large Krasis to uncounterably draw cards. Now this isn’t a reliable plan, as those Control and Flash decks will be able to deal with our Krasis, so it will move the match up slightly in their favor. Although Uro will provide another source of card advantage by Escaping, so we still have a game, this counter is definitely bad news for those of us who love Hydroid Krasis.
I believe Dryad of the Ilysian Grove will be a very big trap, probably the biggest in the set.
Many people are excited about this, even very good players, and I’m honestly surprised. Simic Growth Chamber isn’t Standard legal, so it will be very hard to chain lands with this, and this to me just looks like a three mana Arboreal Grazer with better stats and without reach (at least in Standard). It will definitely shine with Valakut, the Molten Pinnacle, but I don’t think it belongs in Standard.
Another card I’ve been asked about is this expensive enchantment. Despite the token having Hexproof, and hence protection from Teferi, Time Reveler, this card is still too expensive for what it does in Constructed, and for the same amount of mana I’d prefer to cast Agent of Treachery, especially in a deck with Finale of Devastation.
MonoRed isn’t very good, and there’s not much Burn around, but if there’s ever a need I really appreciate this Nylea’s Disciple reprint. For now, Lovestruck Beast will be a superior sideboard card to deal with aggressive decks.
With this being said I’ll leave you with the decklist that I’ll try as soon as Theros Beyond Death is released, remembering you that as I write this article only 187/254 cards have been revealed and there might be something more to add to the list!
Andrea Mengucci – Simic Ramp
2 Arboreal Grazer 4 Cavalier of Thorns 4 Uro, Titan of Nature's Wrath 4 Risen Reef 1 End-Raze Forerunners 3 Hydroid Krasis 4 Leafkin Druid 2 Finale of Devastation 4 Growth Spiral 4 Nissa, Who Shakes the World 10 Forest (347) 4 Island (335) 4 Temple of Mystery 4 Breeding Pool 2 Castle Garenbrig 2 Castle Vantress 2 Fabled Passage Sideboard 4 Aether Gust 4 Mystical Dispute 4 Lovestruck Beast/Heart's Desire - Showcase 1 Return to Nature 2 Shifting Ceratops