An Extensive Guide to Running Hippos with Swords – Gameplay Examples

Instead of just showing gameplay and hoping everyone figured it out, I start with tons of background info and explanations about the deck and its testing methods then show purposely different gameplay examples to show every single possible card combination that could reasonably happen. You’ll be a hippo expert when you finish this!

New Deck List:
1 [AKH:182] Rhonas the Indomitable
2 [AKH:160] Channeler Initiate
2 [AKH:192] Vizier of the Menagerie
21 [UST:216] Forest
2 [XLN:203] Ripjaw Raptor
2 [KLD:165] Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
3 [RIX:136] Jadelight Ranger
4 [DOM:166] Kamahl’s Druidic Vow
4 [DOM:172] Marwyn, the Nurturer
3 [DOM:214] Forebear’s Blade
3 [DOM:211] Blackblade Reforged
2 [RIX:130] Ghalta, Primal Hunger
4 [DOM:168] Llanowar Elves
2 [AER:123] Rishkar’s Expertise
2 [AKH:236] Rhonas’s Monument
2 [AKH:214] Mouth // Feed
1 [AER:122] Rishkar, Peema Renegade
SB: 4 [RIX:143] Plummet
SB: 2 [KLD:165] Oviya Pashiri, Sage Lifecrafter
SB: 4 [AKH:224] Heaven // Earth
SB: 4 [AER:154] Hope of Ghirapur

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Isaac Robertson says:

This deck is awesome!

dalmacietis says:

Well, one of the reasons why people are playing Approach vs you is because you called the lobby ‘no Approach bullshit’ :3

Jacob Ramp says:

Des are you going to gp Minneapolis, I Know you’re in Wisconsin, and it’s the closest it’s been

SelectorOfSouls says:

Turn 6. “I can win the game, but where’s the fun in that?”
Hate to break it to you, but Magic is a COMPETITIVE game type. The intention is to win. Regardless of what the developers want/wanted it to be, that’s what it is. If you want to have fun, go play minecraft or something.

Turtle Vallent says:

Sylvan awaking

Centuros Productions says:

Unfortunately, people have fun playing control. It’s not fun to play *against*, but people have fun playing it.

Brian says:

I was there when you were raging on Xmage. You ignored me and told everyone to ignore me, and all I did was ask if I could play your deck (I don’t even play control). *shrug*

Josiah Hokanson says:

Bro. you should play someone with some fans on xmage. I’d be willing personally. f netdeckers. and the xmage European server tends to be better mid day on weekdays(basically when only a select few aren’t at work or school)

The unknown Jacob says:

There’s a new guy at my lgs who plays the approach challenger deck.

yourthesecret says:

As a new player I think that Approach card is utter garbage.

Eefell says:

This deck looks really fun, just one little problem, Jadelight Ranger current price is sitting at $10 per and Raptors/Ghalta are sitting at $5. Prices have kinda jumped up.

Yut0kun gaming says:

Drop swords and add red

splatterb0y says:

Try gameplay testing a pauper deck, you always meet people with land destruction decks in XMage.

“I play a land” .. “no you dont” …

Repeat process 20 times.

Len the cat says:

With lanowar elves, green rush is back.

MtG CardoftheDay says:

I got a cool deck similar to this but I’m gonna run that djinn who gets discounted via tapping an artifact and you potentially can have a 5/6 flyer on turn three and turn for slap the blade on him and he’s fairly freakin big. Win on turn five- turn sixish

ElevatedReality says:

Why don’t you run 3 or 4 hasheep oasis?

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