Elves of Deep Shadow
Creature — Elf Druid
Gain . Elves of Deep Shadow deals 1 damage to you.
|Want (2)||Etinifni , merdrach|
Printings View all
|Guilds of Ravnica: Guild Kit (GK1)||Common|
|Duel Decks: Izzet vs. Golgari (DDJ)||Common|
|Masters Edition III (ME3)||Common|
|Ravnica: City of Guilds (RAV)||Common|
|The Dark (DRK)||Uncommon|
|Promo Set (000)||Common|
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|Commander / EDH||Legal|
Elves of Deep Shadow occurrence in decks from the last year
Commander / EDH:
All decks: 0.05%
Elves of Deep Shadow Discussion
5 days ago
I like the self mill cards, but have you thought about a mana dorks, reanimation, or recursion package to make it a little faster/resilient? Like Birds of Paradise, Llanowar Elves (and the mechanical reprints), Elves of Deep Shadow, Avacyn's Pilgrim, Animate Dead, Entomb, Reanimate, Dance of the Dead, Noxious Revival
Also highly recommend Sylvan Library if you can afford it.
1 week ago
Hey man! Welcome to magic. I have a few suggestions... feel free to ignore any/all of them.
Dorks are one mana creatures that tap for mana. A lot of the time people don't like them, because before you play with them you don't realize how absurdly powerful they are; people are wrong. I highly suggest running at least a handful of these guys, like Llanowar Elves, Elves of Deep Shadow, Birds of Paradise, Deathrite Shaman, Fyndhorn Elves, Elvish Mystic... In general, ramping turn one is REALLY strong, since it lets you play a turn ahead of everyone else. Though they aren't one mana, you could also consider some cards like Priest of Titania or (if you're rich) Bloom Tender, which are also pretty strong.
Slate of Ancestry is an interesting card to consider. You're running a lot of creatures, so I think in general using Slate of Ancestry will be card-positive for you. Note also that if you discard a creature card with it, Meren of Clan Nel Toth can just get it back for you.
Plaguecrafter: This guy is messed up, and he gets you an experience counter from sac-ing himself. Also, once you're at 3 exp, you can just keep recurring him.
Abrupt Decay/Assassin's Trophy: Personally, I like Abrupt Decay more since I play in a meta with a lot of counterspells and low-to-the-ground decks, but both are good. Being able to kill any card type is generally pretty powerful.
If you're in a counter-heavy meta, Veil of Summer is an absurd card.
Finally, running Ancient Tomb is worth considering. It's pricy, but the price is lower these days than it has been in a while; the ramp it offers is really, really good.
Cards I'd consider cutting:
Eldrazi Monument: Your experience may be different from mine, but I feel like this card is probably a win-more type thing in that it's only really good if you're already winning the game. You're probably better off just running card draw by something like Phyrexian Arena or Slate of Ancestry.
A few lands: If you run the dorks mentioned in (1), generally people don't play more than 33 lands.
Black Sun's Zenith: Like Butcher of Malakir, I think you have plenty of ways to make your opponents lose creatures already. You're probably better off running more universal removal, like Windgrace's Judgment.
Also, since you're a new player, I'd like to point out edhrec.com is an excellent resource I use a lot. You should check it out if you haven't already.
2 weeks ago
Get rid of
- Evolution Sage
- Goblin Cratermaker
- Pollenbright Druid
- Syr Konrad, The Grim
- Woodland Champion
- Bloodsoaked Altar
- Goledn Egg
- Jund Charm
- Dreadhorde Invasion
- Khalni Heart Expedition
- Angrath, Captain of Chaos
Add cards like:
- Llanowar Elves
- Elvish Mystic
- Gatecreeper Vine
- Birds of Paradise
- Llanowar Dead
- Elves of Deep Shadow
- Fyndhorn Elves
- Beastcaller Savant
- Devoted Druid
- Druid of the Cowl
- Heart Warden (seems really good here)
- Vine Trellis
And maybe some more removal. Seems a bit light on control.
And of course, Goblin Bombardment :D
4 weeks ago
You are welcome. I normally get more lukewarm responses from my in-depth analysis, so its refreshing to receive praise. I've taken another look at this bad boy, and here are the specific changes I would make, with a decent budget in mind (ofc Imperial Seal would be a great include but there are cheaper avenues to explore first).
I would advise thinking about the chromatic pieces another way. Its color fixing AND a draw AND metalcraft for , and you get repeat value from Glissa if there is nothing better to grab immediately (if there's a boardwipe, or you aren't getting pieces blown off the board, or you are able to continually snipe dorks/bears/commanders with Ulvenwald + Glissa). Even without Glissa, you've basically made yourself into a 97 card deck. With Glissa, you have a cheap ": draw a card" engine. It turns all your kill spells into cantrips, letting you dig faster to the combo, and grind out games that go longer. It also plays EXTREMELY well with any topdeck tutors, like Vampiric Tutor. I think there's a strong case for inclusion, but I can also see this list is chock-o-block full.
As far as the Sword. Its a nice card, but its mostly only helping you when you're already ahead. If you can't get an attacker to hit a player, you're not getting anything for paying mana to cast + equip. It also requires that you have a creature on board to get the uses out of it, which means you're slowed by casting + summoning sickness if someone else board wipes. Its a delayed slow reusable card, and its a reusable dork killer, both are unreliable for getting the triggers. Compare this to Jitte. Jitte gets triggers off ANY combat damage, and you get far more out of the triggers from Jitte. The -1/-1 until EOT is much better removal, and if something has bigger than 2 toughness you can always hold the counters. The 2 life refuels you when Confidant and other draw effects slurp you into danger range. The card draw is VERY nice, but being unreliable really makes me favor Jitte here. Of course I think the best choice would be Sword of Feast and Famine.
Grim Monolith is going to be outperformed by an elf here. Consider if either is in your opening hand. With an elf, you spend 1 mana on turn 1 to have 3 colored mana on turn 2. With Monolith, you spend 2 mana on turn 2 to have 3 colorless mana on turn 2. Monolith is expensive to untap, and you run no ways to artifically sacrifice Monolith to recur it untapped, or to untap it. You aren't running Monolith for an infinite combo either, which is another reason it is usually slotted.
I really think Exploration Burgeoning Azusa, Lost but Seeking Ramunap Excavator Wasteland and Ghost Quarter are a very powerful choice for stax. It means you will have to drop slots elsewhere though, which might require some more rethinking or reassembling of the deck. This also opens further lines and slots, such as Crop Rotation into Inventors' Fair to get Crucible of Worlds to replay Inventors' Fair to continue digging up pieces.
I also really think the chromatic + baubles have value here. Turns removal into cantrips, lets you play the longer value game.
I would advise you to investigate artifact based combos. You have artifact recursion in the command zone. If a piece gets blown out, you still have it in reach throughout the whole game until it is exiled. Currently, your combos are enchantment + enchantment and enchantment + artifact. Your combos also suffer from either requiring an untap stap (to get rid of summoning sickness), or causing each opponent to take 1 damage. Simply put, they are not instant wins. You're giving other opponents the ability to draw/play answers to the board and disassemble your win.
4 weeks ago
Very nice deck. I have a paper Alesha, Who Smiles at Death list, so I can appreciate another paper non-blue stax deck.
Things I enjoy
Hope of Ghirapur is a very saucy include and is a strong Glissa recursion target
Tainted Wood and the other tainted lands are EXTREMELY under rated
Ulvenwald Tracker has some crazy strong synergy with Glissa (first strike and deathtouch)
Areas I can see improvement
First, Tree of Tales and Vault of Whispers raise risk while providing extremely marginal benefit (Mox Opal metalcraft). While it is recurrable with Glissa, you risk the chance of things like ETB tapped, get sniped on a land drop on turn 1 or 2, having it turned into a Mountain, or just having it not untap. Having 2 more basics will allow your Crucible of Worlds to be a BEAST with fetchlands and makes games against other stax decks easier. Similarly, you can ease off a touch with the non-standard dual color producers, because its only a two color deck. While these cards are certainly nice, cutting another 2-4 for various utility lands I bet you won't notice a drop in color consistency because of the high fetch density. I would also consider Wasteland and Ghost Quarter, which conveniently work extremely well with Crucible of Worlds in a stax deck. Green also has access to Ramunap Excavator, as well as the highly cancerous Exploration and Burgeoning and Azusa, Lost but Seeking. Blowing up a couple lands a turn makes players scoop pretty fast.
I think you should run the elf squad. Turn 1 elves make mana faster which helps A LOT. Stax decks needs to have strong starts, to get ahead of players so you can bury them with symmetrical and asymmetrical effects. Llanowar Elves Fyndhorn Elves Elvish Mystic Elves of Deep Shadow. I think these will help your consistency and speed. Also consider Priest of Titania. These are also great mid and late game targets for Skullclamp.
Artifact based draw that graveyards itself provides huge incidental value with Glissa. Specifically, Chromatic Star and Chromatic Sphere are worthy of includes. You could even grab Barbed Sextant if you strongly liked the chromatic effects.
Mana Web is a great effect when it goes, but I have personally found this card to be lackluster in color identities that lack White or Blue. It needs supporting cards to make it go, like Winter Orb and Static Orb. Blue and white get the benefit of having further extensions with Hokori, Dust Drinker and Stasis, and I really believe this card belongs mostly in decks.
Smallpox and Innocent Blood are synergy inclusions, but they are rather marginal if drawn later in the game. You could consider swapping one of them into Damnation. I don't think Sickening Dreams is worthwhile if you aren't running a combo to draw 50 cards and kill the table with it.
Tormod's Crypt could be worth running. Ezpz recursion target that you can always pop for value if someone has a creature about to die on the stack. Helps against fish hulk which you think is a bad match up. Also every deck has some way to gas from the GY.
You run some creatures that seem value oriented, but I think should be replaced. Wurmcoil Engine Ravenous Slime Scrap Trawler. I don't think you're getting enough meaningful action on combat for wurmcoil, I think ravenous is pretty marginal at beats as well as GY patrol, and scrap trawler is redundant with your commander and doesn't really advance your game plan.
1 month ago
There really isn't a so to speak druid or cleric deck, but I mean, there are support cards to druids... I don't think you'll get a strong deck out of it, though. (Clerics don't have any modern legal support cards as far as I know. You'll need to go to legacy for that)
Druids aren't great... But it does have Gilt-Leaf Archdruid , which combined with a lot of mana dorks could make an okay combo deck with Arbor Elf , Boreal Druid , Beast Whisperer , Devoted Druid , Elves of Deep Shadow , Elvish Mystic , Llanowar Elves and such...
1 month ago
Also, be careful of color identity. Since you have a simic commander, you can't include Elves of Deep Shadow , since it has on the card anywhere with the exception of reminder text. Check out the EDHREC page for Rashmi! EDHREC is the best resource for finding cards to suit your deck, based upon hundreds of thousands of decks from sites like TappedOut!
1 month ago
If you want this to be competitive in modern, you have too many high cmc cards and cards that just don't do enough.
Cards like Elvish Harbinger , Elvish Visionary , Nettle Sentinel , Protean Hulk , Jarad, Golgari Lich Lord , Maralen of the Mornsong , Castle Garenbrig , Summoner's Pact , Doubling Season , Growing Rites of Itlimoc Flip, and Elvish Promenade are just not good enough for modern GB Elbe.
In general, the cards I named above just aren't fast/good enough for modern if you want to play competitively (but if you want me to explain why, feel free to ask and I'll give my reasons for that)
You'll probably want to run a set of Elves of Deep Shadow or Boreal Druid in addition to Llanowar Elves and Elvish Mystic s, whichever you prefer, to make your draws more consistent, I've been playing GB Elves competitively for almost a year now, and your draws with a mana dork on 1 are a LOT better than without.
Ezuri, Renegade Leader is one of the best payoffs you can play, because he's legendary, 2/3 is probably the right number, he's a payoff for your mana from Elvish Archdruid , and can regenerate your team to make combat very favourable/to (almost) blank a board wipe.
You might also want to try Once Upon a Time , it helps find land drops when you need them, allowing you to keep a low land count, and also finds payoffs pretty often when you need them.