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Creature — Kithkin Wizard
Protection from red
Sacrifice Burrenton Forge-Tender: Prevent all damage a red source of your choice would deal this turn.
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Burrenton Forge-Tender Discussion
1 week ago
A few other things, since is your greatest enemy, I would sideboard some Burrenton Forge-Tender. Help counter those burn sweeps.
When I was running this deck in Modern, I found that my greatest success was running Elspeth, Knight-Errant over Sorin, Solemn Visitor. I know Sorin's +1 ability is very tempting, But Elspeth has more utility and her ult is what you really need!
If you want any more inspiration or ideas, feel free to check out the deck I ran before I discovered the joys of Affinity. LOL B/W Tokens (Competitive)
1 week ago
Casting on their endstep or anytime you have priority and your opponent is tapped out isn't defensive, it's just not casting your collected company unless you need to. If an opponent has a counterspell, they will try to stop coco, so casting it whenever they're tapped out is better than losing it to a Spell Pierce. I disagree on the sideboard, as elves have a lot of options by using silver bullets. Spellskite and Scavenging Ooze are easily found with coco and chord, and adding black lets you play Thoughtseize. Phyrexian revoker is a chord-able Pithing Needle on a stick.
There is actually an elf with graveyard hate, Deathrite Shaman. its merely banned in modern.
Try watching every elf deck in feature matches. Common sideboards you'll see are Burrenton Forge-Tender <, Fracturing Gust, Thoughtseize, Spellskite <, Scavenging Ooze < , Abrupt Decay, Kitchen Finks, Kataki, War's Wage <, Eidolon of Rhetoric, Elvish Champion, Melira, Sylvok Outcast, Thalia, Heretic Cathar, Stony Silence, Rest in Peace, &c. I don't mean to sound imperious, or bothersome, but you may want to change your sideboard, as it seems to be directed against flyers. That is fine, but since you have 15 cards against multitudes of decks, you really shouldn't spend more than 2 cards against one thing. Your Lys Alana Bowmaster is all you need against flying, the other cards get in the way and cause you to have less bowmaster triggers.
By the way, your example of throne of the god pharaoh sounds more like winning just from shaman of the pack, your example didn't include throne at all. Including heritage druid lets you win earliest on turn 3, while throne seems much better as a sideboard, or in a deck made to easily tap out all their creatures. of your 33 creatures, only 11 of them are able to tap for mana. That means most of the life your opponent loses from throne comes from you attacking, and not tapping for mana (unless you don't plan for throne to make your opponent lose much life.
TL;DR: If you want, here's a for sideboards (as well as many elf strategies in general), but really, the best guide is just testing out cards yourself. I can't tell you how many times Prowess of the Fair has saved me from boardwipes, kataki from just about any artifact loving deck.
2 weeks ago
Thank you for the high praise ! Merfolk is my favorite deck so that's very nice to hear. I would certainly agree that it isn't as strong primarily due to lacking utility and versatility (as well as the sweet evasion), but the increased speed, access to hard removal, access to the best sideboard color in modern, and access to vigilance are real upsides in the right meta.
If Drana, Liberator of Malakir were a human, dear god would I be excited. Hero of Bladehold is strong, and possibly worth considering, but as is I consider the deck's lack of a 4-drop one of its advantages rather than a drawback. It could be a consideration if I found I couldn't finish reliably though. Gideon, Ally of Zendikar is probably the next best 4cmc finisher, but being able to reliably cast it in time is of course a concern, and it is slower than Hero if I happen to have a full board.
Also, I originally did have Burrenton Forge-Tender in the sideboard, but learned quickly that Damnation and Wrath of God are as common as Anger of the Gods at my local store. Selfless Spirit also has the advantage that I can Vial it in in response to a sweeper, as my Vials will usually be on 2cmc and basically never on 1cmc after turn 2. This means an early Fatal Push can't snipe it the turn before the sweeper. That said in an open meta I would still run the Burrenton Forge-Tender instead.
2 weeks ago
I'm going to be really straightforward: in this list I can finally see a tribal deck that is close to Merfolk bith in construction (look at that sweet 2cmc curve!) and in punch. It is not as strong because you mostly lack finishers like Master of the Waves and evasion with for example Spreading Seas and islandwalk but in all honesty I don't see what could make the cut (Kalitas, Traitor of Ghet, Drana, Liberator of Malakir or Hero of Bladehold maybe?). However, you have access to Path to Exile, you are more resilient to some match-ups like Eldrazi or Death's Shadow. Since sweepers are still a thing in modern, I would SB some Burrenton Forge-Tender, which are a great to vial on turn two and just lay there. :)
3 weeks ago
Couple of things I noticed about your writeup:
- Burrenton Forge-Tender can do nothing against Kozilek's Return because Return is devoid. Not saying it makes the Tender a bad choice, but you need to edit that bit.
- You might consider a singleton Rhonas the Indomitable for those pesky prison decks that like to run both Leyline of Sanctity and Ensnaring Bridge main.
- I see why you didn't include any, and I understand slots are somewhat tight, but a Wx deck with 0 Path to Exile can't be correct.
Other than that, great deck idea and I look forward to seeing how it plays!
1 month ago
colton815: I wanted to politely remind you that this website is meant to be a helpful, collaborative community, not one where you talk to others in a supercilious manner.
As an elf player myself, I most often see black green and white green builds, rather than mono green. The few Mono Green Builds I run into either have a different wincon, such as stealing lands with Gilt-Leaf Archdruid, or, a budget deck that cannot afford to run expensive dual lands.
Elves, with just mono green, is meant to be an aggressive deck, but it has fewer answers. Mono Green elves can lose everything to Lightning Bolt, or any quick removal. Adding white allows for Burrenton Forge-Tender. Adding black lets you have an alternative wincon in Shaman of the Pack, while running cards such as Thoughtseize. Blue lets you pay Beck / Call, which is essentially the same as mono green combo elves that ran Glimpse of Nature (which got banned early into modern).
1 month ago
colton815 The purpose of adding different colors to elves is for sideboards, as well as access to certain spells such as Beck / Call, or Lightning Bolt. Green Black has become a really common splash color, especially with Shaman of the Pack, as well as access to Thoughtseize and Abrupt Decay. White lets you run Burrenton Forge-Tender, Kataki, War's Wage, and a menagerie of other spells.
Hello there! I have some recommendations to make. What your reason behind running Lead the Stampede over Chord of Calling? With Dwynen's Elite, Nettle Sentinel, and not a single copy of Heritage Druid, you could easily get flooded with a ton of creatures, which aren't strong enough to attack easily without Ezuri, Renegade Leader. Running chord also lets you swap Burning-Tree Emissary could probably be cut for some Ezuri, Renegade Leader, and Narnam Renegade for Heritage Druid. This allows you to still have a possible turn 3 swing for 21 damage, while keeping lightning bolt at the ready.
Although red is a helpful color, relying on red for most of your sideboard spells (and not having an easy way to get red early in the game) can cause you to have sideboard answers flooded in hand. You only have 5 lands which can help you get red, meaning that many of your games can result in having no red. swapping destructive revelry for Fracturing Gust can help you against affinity. cutting atarka's command for Ghost Quarter and another Grafdigger's Cage. +1 :D
TL;DR: cutting burning tree emissary for Ezuri, Renegade Leader, and narnam renegade for Heritage Druid. destructive revelry for Fracturing Gust and Reclamation Sage, and atarka's command for Ghost Quarter and another Reclamation Sage
Also, if you want, here's my black green elves list!
1 month ago
i would suggest trying to find room somewhere in the sideboard or even mainboard for an Elvish Champion. Because lightning bolt is one of the top (if not already) played spells in modern, and Burrenton Forge-Tender is a great card against that. i would suggest cutting melira, as infect is not as popular anymore.
lead the stampede is good, but Chord of Calling may be better for you, as chord lets you find silver bullets and puts it straight onto the battlefield at instant speed.
You probably already know this, but Spellskite does not stop counterspells. (You'd be surprised at how many people think you can use spellskite to make a target illegal).