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« on: 24-06-2013, 03:31:52 PM »

So, a few years ago I tried my hand at a 3-color Zoo deck, but I kind of missed the mark by having too many high-cc creatures. So this past weekend I tried again, and here's what I have so far:

Artifact: 3

1 AEther Vial
1 Sensei's Divining Top
1 Winter Orb

Creature: 40
1 Accorder Paladin
1 Bloodbraid Elf
1 Bloodhall Ooze
1 Boggart Ram-Gang
1 Changeling Berserker
1 Cloistered Youth
1 Dryad Militant
1 Elite Vanguard
1 Experiment One
1 Figure of Destiny
1 Ghor-Clan Rampager
1 Goblin Guide
1 Horned Kavu
1 Isamaru, Hound of Konda
1 Jackal Pup
1 Jungle Lion
1 Kird Ape
1 Loam Lion
1 Memnite
1 Mirran Crusader
1 Porcelain Legionnaire
1 Pouncing Jaguar
1 Reckless Waif
1 Rumbling Slum
1 Savannah Lions
1 Serra Avenger
1 Skinshifter
1 Skyshroud Elite
1 Sparkcaster
1 Stormblood Berserker
1 Tarmogoyf
1 Tattermunge Maniac
1 Uktabi Drake
1 Watchwolf
1 Wild Leotau
1 Wild Nacatl
1 Wojek Halberdiers
1 Woolly Thoctar
1 Advent of the Wurm (instant, makes 5/5 dude)
1 Call of the Conclave (sorcery, makes 3/3 dude)

Enchantment: 3

1 Fires of Yavimaya
1 Mass Hysteria
1 Rancor

Instant: 15

1 Beast Within
1 Boros Charm
1 Burst Lightning
1 Congregation at Dawn
1 Ghostway
1 Krosan Grip
1 Lightning Bolt
1 Lightning Helix
1 Magma Jet
1 Naya Charm
1 Path to Exile
1 Ready // Willing
1 Selesnya Charm
1 Swords to Plowshares
1 Wear // Tear

Planeswalker: 2

1 Ajani Goldmane
1 Garruk Wildspeaker

Sorcery: 2

1 Browbeat
1 Harmonize

Land: 35

1 Arid Mesa
1 Copperline Gorge
1 Fire-Lit Thicket
5 Forest
1 Jungle Shrine
1 Krosan Verge
1 Mishra's Factory
4 Mountain
1 Naya Panorama
4 Plains
1 Plateau
1 Razorverge Thicket
1 Reflecting Pool
1 Rith's Grove
1 Rootbound Crag
1 Rugged Prairie
1 Sacred Foundry
1 Skarrg, the Rage Pits
1 Stomping Ground
1 Sunpetal Grove
1 Temple Garden
1 Terramorphic Expanse
1 Treetop Village
1 Wasteland
1 Wooded Bastion

I haven't seen any other Zoo lists, but I know they've been kicking around for a while. So, if any has any suggestions, or links to "proven" decks, would love to see them... thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: 24-06-2013, 04:48:40 PM »

A valuable source of information is www.mtgpulse.com.

Browse the Highlander section for recent and not so recent lists.

Your deck has the numbers about right. 40 creatures is a good ratio. With so many cheap cards you might want to go down on lands (about 32-33 seems like a good place to start).

Some card choices seem odd. But you will find ideas on mtgpulse.com.
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« Reply #2 on: 28-06-2013, 02:28:21 PM »

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A valuable source of information is www.mtgpulse.com.

Browse the Highlander section for recent and not so recent lists.

Thanks!

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Your deck has the numbers about right. 40 creatures is a good ratio. With so many cheap cards you might want to go down on lands (about 32-33 seems like a good place to start).

Yep; I was thinking of that as I was putting it together but I am always terrified of mana screw.  Wink

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Thanks for your input!
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« Reply #3 on: 28-06-2013, 04:17:03 PM »

Changeling Berserker   -> Too Expensive for 5/3 haste.
Horned Kavu            -> Needs another creature to be good in early game, this cannot be guaranted in turn 2.
Memnite                -> You don't have an ultraagressiv deck for him. 1/1 is just too weak.
Sparkcaster            -> Ineffecient for 4 mana.
Uktabi Drake           -> Only good in an ultraagressiv deck.
Wild Leotau            -> Not big enough for 4 mana.
Mass Hysteria          -> This advances your opponent's creatures like your creatures, but you have invested one card more.
Ghostway               -> Only good in a blink deck.
Ready // Willing       -> I would prefer a pump effect for the creatures over indestuctible.
Harmonize              -> This card is by far not an aggro card.
Krosan Verge           -> Only good in ramp decks.
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