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|Duel Decks: Elves vs. Goblins||Uncommon|
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Creature — Elf Druid
When Elvish Harbinger enters the battlefield, you may search your library for an Elf card, reveal it, then shuffle your library and put that card on top of it.
T: Add one mana of any color to your mana pool.
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Elvish Harbinger Discussion
5 days ago
Nice composition, I especially like the creature choice.I am building a similar deck and can throw some ideas your way:I think the main drawback you have is card draw. You are going for Card quality instead, with tons of ways to search your library. However, if you don't draw any of those cards, or you don't draw enough lands you will starve before ramping up. Any of your creatures are good enough to dominate mid-game. You only need specific cards for lategame. It would be considerably easier to achieve the mid-game with ramping up mana and drawing cards.I would suggest switching out some copies of Time of Need, Weird Harvest and Congregation at Dawn for Explore and Harmonize. And perhaps 2 Elvish Harbinger for 2 Sakura-Tribe Elder.
Some further creatures to look at:
Akroma, Angel of Wrath, Aurelia, the Warleader, Jin-Gitaxias, Core Augur, Knollspine Dragon, Sepulchral Primordial, Ashen Rider, Bringer of the Blue Dawn, Craterhoof Behemoth, Hellkite Overlord, Pelakka Wurm, Razia, Boros Archangel, Thraximundar
1 week ago
thanks AIOSDev05. i didnt think Drove of Elves, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, or Immaculate Magistrate because i feel like the other win conditions are better and i didnt like Elvish Harbinger because it just seemed too slow.
1 week ago
I would advise the use of Drove of Elves, Jagged-Scar Archers, Nath of the Gilt-Leaf, Elvish Champion, Elvish Harbinger, Immaculate Magistrate, and probably an Elvish Mystic or two. Rhys the Redeemed is another typical go-to if you don't care about cost which, it appears, you do not.
It is curious that the majority of your deck's cost comes in the form of lands and off-color sideboard cards rather than putting some of the really heavy hitting elves in the deck.
1 week ago
I'm really going back and forth over how I want to build my Modern Elf deck. At the crux of this deliberation are three artifacts which all seem to offer tremendous opportunities, depending on how its built.
My first thought was Staff of Domination for the infinity loop it offers with Elvish Archdruid - those two cards hit the table with any kind of support and its game over, while in the meantime I just run a traditionally aggressive Elf deck, perhaps with some Heroic Intervention to keep the key parts of the combo safe.
My second thought was building a Elf recursion deck around Cloudstone Curio, specifically using elves that create an effect as they come into play, like the aforementioned Shaman of the Pack, Elvish Visionary, Reclamation Sage, Elvish Harbinger and Sylvan Messenger. Even Joraga Warcaller works here because it can be cast early for (G) and then picked up and recast with the kicker when the mana production explodes. In fact, with this version I'm finding myself with a bit of 'option paralysis', where including everything that looks good might lead me taking too few of anything, making my ideal draw less and less likely. Something like this (Elven Curiosity), maybe.
My final consideration was lifecrafter's beastiary. I've actually run Elf decks with 42 elves and nothing else but lands and had them be very effective. I can't help but think that the added draw (and scry) that the Bestiary gives me could really speed up the game - but by the same token, I don't want to get drug down by casting it and re-casting it as my opponent bounces, counters or destroys it.
I've toyed around with a host of non-creature cards - green staples like Heroic Intervention, Collected Company and Chord of Calling - and I'm not specifically opposed to including them, but again, I've found success and synergy going all-Elf in the past. I guess I'm wondering if working towards those combos is pulling me away from the strength of Elves or, if done correctly, might instead help me maximize what they can do. It seems like the Staff of Domination combo might be too specific, but its not as if the deck wouldn't be strong even if the combo never comes out. The Cloudstone Curio combo might be too unfocused, though it does offer quite a bit of versatility. Card draw is so important, hence Lifecrafter's Bestiary... ugh.
Another part of me thinks that sticking with my original 42 so that I don't have to worry about protecting my artifacts and not having any non-creature spells in the deck at all could actually give me an advantage in wasted draws by my opponent. After all, the entire reason I lean hard towards Elf decks is the speed and efficiency with which they can overwhelm an opponent. I'm so conflicted...
Here's what it comes down to - if I were going to run an Elf deck with 38 Elf spells and 18 lands, which artifact would you suggest to fill those 4 remaining card slots, and why it over the other options available? Any insights would be most appreciated...
1 month ago
1 month ago
Also, just thought to test out Approach of the Second Sun as a single copy, to see if it changes anything. Druid of the Anima and Elvish Harbinger can both also produce white mana, and we do a lot of drawing once we're comboing off. (lol) I'm really not trying to create more mana issues!
1 month ago
It may be a little low in mana; I haven't quite found the sweet spot yet. The problem with 20 lands is that, with too many lands, the card draw fizzles a lot, since our main drawing comes from casting creatures with Gilt-Leaf Archdruid and Lifecrafter's Bestiary out. If we draw into a couple lands in a row, that can sometimes end the streak. Personally, I don't seem to have an issue getting a land and 1 drop in my hand, but early removal definitely kills our mana :(
I almost always have Druid of the Anima or Elvish Harbinger on the field before I'm ready to cast Banefire, so I actually haven't run into the red issue either. However, adding some red/green dual-lands would be safer; I was just being cheap!
I really like the Chord of Calling suggestion! Elvish Harbinger also helps find Ezuri, Renegade Leader (and Elvish Archdruid, Gilt-Leaf Archdruid, or Nullmage Shepherd), but the Chord of Calling is definitely faster and more reliable.