Modern Horizons 2 EDH Set Review – Green

Travis Stanley • June 14, 2021

Green. One of the most-played colors and the one that can do it all. Ramp? Check. Card draw? Check. Permanent removal? Check. Big silly creatures that do big silly things? Double check! In the past few years Wizards has really made green one of, if not, the best colors to play, or at least be paired with. Modern Horizons 2 is no different, with green receiving an ample amount of powerful cards to slot into your next G/X deck. Let’s check out some of the new Modern Horizons 2 Commander cards in this year’s modern harvest!

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Mythics


Chatterfang, Squirrel General

I love that I get to start this off with my favorite card of the whole dang set! Chatterfang, Squirrel General comes in a small package, but is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Having pseudo-evasion with Forestwalk (what I said earlier about green being very popular), and relevant abilities in its color identities makes Chatterfang the scariest Squirrel. As a commander, I can see Chatterfang as the head of a Golgari (or Witherbloom) aristocrats-style deck, or a Squirrel tribal deck, or heck, even a voltron deck! This Squirrel is going places. As I was writing this, I realized that Chatterfang is a warrior, and Najeela, the Blade Blossom loves warriors and making tokens, so yeah, do with that what you will.

Endurance

Endurance is the green member of the Elemental Incarnation cycle presented to us in Modern Horizons 2. Even ignoring its abilities, it’s a 3/4 for 3, with flash and reach, that’s good value! Add in the fact that it can put spells back in your deck from the graveyard, or save you from being milled out, and you have yourself one special card. It can also hose your opponents graveyards shenanigans. A Meren of Clan Nel Toth deck gaining too much value? A quick flash/evoke later and all of their fuel is gone. Endurance is a very fitting name for this card, I’m sure we will see it for a long time to come.

Thrasta, Tempest’s Roar

You had me at Legendary Dinosaur! The sweet lightning art doesn’t hurt either. Seeing as this is the first instance we see the ability “Trample over planeswalkers,” it will be interesting to see how much that comes up with Thrasta, Tempest’s Roar. Don’t worry too much about that though, it also has regular trample and haste to boot! The turn Thrasta enters the battlefield, it will definitely get some thrashing in since there’s little your opponents can do to stop it. You will almost never pay retail for this dino, with it only taking two spells to get this down to a very reasonable six mana, most folk are going to slam this down faster than pogs.


Rares


Aeve Progenitor Ooze

Oozestorm? Stormooze? Stoomz? In the same vein of Thrasta, Aeve, Progenitor Ooze gets better the more spells you play before it. Seeing as there are only 21 different mono-green oozes, Aeve is better used in the 99 of a deck. The Mimeoplasm would be a great fit, along with a bunch of its Ooze buddies who do what they do best and make more oozes, oozai? Oozee?

Chitterspitter, Scurry Oak, Squirrel Sanctuary, Squirrel Sovereign, Chatterstorm

 

I feel like it’s a good time to discuss my favorite tribe, and one of the archetypes of Modern Horizons 2 Commander: Squirrels. There are some fantastic additions to help build your new Squirrel army! Chitterspitter allows you to sacrifice some tokens (Squirrels or otherwise) to help strengthen your ever building army. Speaking of building your army, Chatterstorm, Scurry Oak, and Squirrel Sanctuary bring more Squirrels to the party. Next we have Squirrel Sovereign, the first ever blackbordered Squirrel that is a Squirrel lord! Inside the set, Squirrel Mob got a reprint, so that’s nice. Somewhere, Earl of Squirrel and Acornelia, Fashionable Flicher are smiling, and may even see some play, depending on what kind of play group you have.

Gaea’s Will

Ah, so they took Yawgmoth’s Will, stapled a Crucible of Worlds to it and gave it a four turn countdown, when it’s cast for it’s suspend cost. Neat. Casting this off a cascade trigger, or a Rishkar’s Expertise seems pretty good! Did green need this effect? I’ll leave that up to you to decide. Is it fun? Heck yes.

Ignoble Hierarch

A jund version of Noble Hierarch, splendid! Efficient and effective mana dorks are always a welcome commodity in commander, so Ignoble Hierarch is a clear winner. It being a Goblin is also relevant in some decks. It should be a staple for most, if not all Jund decks going forward.

Sanctum Weaver

As Gavin Verhey said in his youtube video, this is a nod to Serra’s Sanctum. For all intents and purposes, it is a better fit for most enchantress style commander decks compared to that land. It’s flexible in what color it can create, it’s an enchantment itself, and it’s just one color so it can fit into a lot of decks. Plus there is also the financial side of it, this will be much more affordable and accessible for the average player, thus, making it a better pick. Even though it dies to Doom Blade, it’s still a super good card.

Sylvan Anthem

An anthem for two mana in green? Sign me up! This little enchantment is a great addition to any green deck that wants to go wide. Having the added bonus of scrying whenever creatures enter the battlefield, really allow you to keep the train going and filter through your library. Guardian Project, Beast Whisperer and Zendikar Resurgent may be “better” and draw cards, but there is something to say about card selection.

Verdant Command

Being able to counter a planeswalker’s “ultimate” ability is a handy trick to have, though requires a very specific scenario. Mostly I see this in Kalamax, the Stormsire and Wort the Raidmother style decks. Being two mana to cast makes it a good target for copying and upping storm counts.

 


Uncommons


Blessed Respite

Graveyard hose AND a fog? Respond to someone’s Living Death with this for the ultimate feel bad. Fog combat and possibly even shuffle your own graveyard back in to get back some cards from earlier seems good too!

 

Fae Offering

This card is the epitome of having your cake and eating it too. Rewarding you for playing Magic by breaking a pinata full of tokens each end step seems like there are many decks that would want this. I have an artifact build of Korvold, Fae-Cursed King, and this card (mechanically and flavorfully) fits right in there. Have flash on your spells and every end step, may you get richer and fuller!

Herd Baloth

I want to take a moment to shout out Commander Spellbook, from them I learned this card combos with both Cathar’s Crusade and Ivy Lane Denizen resulting in infinite creatures, +1/+1 counters, and enter the battlefield triggers! Isn’t that fun?

Timeless Witness

What almost seems like a nerfed Eternal Witness, Timeless Witness is a different creature altogether. A big advantage it has is the ability to bring itself out of the graveyard. Trostani, Selesnya’s Voice, Rhys the Redeemed, Ghired, Conclave Exile would love to populate that eternalized token and Adrix and Nev Twincasters gives Timeless Witness a double life coming back from the grave.

 

Tireless Provisioner

This uncommon version of the famous Tireless Tracker gives us different choices than its predecessor. While the former gave us clues, this one either gives us food or treasure. Folk will most of the time use this as a pseudo-Lotus Cobra, to store up mana in the form of treasures. Considering the food tokens though, I am sniffing a potential Jund, or Witherbloom food deck with either Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar, or Gyome, Master Chef cooking in the kitchen. Anywhere this Elf goes, it will always have something you can use.


There are some exciting things coming out from Modern Horizons 2 Commander goodies, especially in green. Even though this set is designed for a more modern perspective, there are a lot of cards that will make waves in commander playgroups everywhere. Reprints in sets are always appreciated, they put more copies of certain cards out into the wild, and also serve as opportunities to get new art like Quirion Ranger. What decks are you looking forward to building? And which cards bring out your inner Titania, Protector of Argoth?